Tuesday, July 12


MANCHESTER KEELE TOUR The Manchester Keele International Cup is Britain’s biggest youth football tournament. It has been running for the last 17 years and attracts over 400 teams from 30 countries worldwide every year. In 2004 Ligi Ndogo made a decision to enter a team in this tournament. The objective for this was to expose our players to top level football standards as a way of improving their skills. Manchester is an area rich in football pedigree with two great teams,Manchester United and Manchester City. Football traditions run deep and thus it was an ideal option for a youth tournament for Ligi Ndogo. This tournament normally takes place at the end of July each year during the summer. In our first year we entered an under 12 and under 17 side. We found the going tough and did not manage to go past the preliminary stages. However it was a great learning experience for both players and coaches. In 2005 we gave the tournament a miss as we re-organized ourselves to be better prepared. This paid dividends as in 2006 we fared much better. The under 12 side went on to win the plate competition. This is the second level of competition in the tournament. In 2007 the under 12 side successfully defended the plate cup. We were gaining valuable experience with each passing tournament. 2008 saw all this hard work come to bear fruit as the under 12 side finally won the coveted main trophy. An additional bonus was the scouting of two of our players by the Liverpool Football Club Academy.In 2009 the U14 side lost at the finals. Last year the U17 won in their category and are going back this year as defending champions.

Ligi Ndogo representatives in this year's tournament.
Oduor Matthew Tuju,Muriithi Eric Munene,Ngaira Christian Isabwa,Kiambata Luis Hans Kandumba Neto,Maina Lewis Mwangi,Gachugu Muchiri,Gatonye Trevor Ngugi,Makimei Hidde Ngunjiri Gitau,Omari Shaun Nyamweya,Oduor Jonathan Igeria,Kihoro Gakumo,Murage Sammy Jeff,Vanderwolk Alvin Mwenja,Odongo Andrew Otieno,Sheikh Remmy  Mozamil,Muindi Daniel,An Lou,Kirimi Gemstone Kihara,Biko Hudson Mwalagho,Tesfaldet Tekie Zeremariam,Lubulu Kitamba Christian,Gicovi Julian Murwakori,Kimpiatu Nehemie,Obuya  Kennedy,Owino Christopher  Ogutu,Sheikh Zamil Mozamil,Amadi Vincent Ondewe,Njogu Geoffrey Kamau,Kinyolo Israel Munguti,Ikirima Desmond Mugambi,Mwondi Sean Muinde,Tesfaldet Haben Zeremariam,Daniel Mbavu Tshilombo,Wandere Stephen Gichimu,Ogle Abdulrizak Mohamed Abdi,Abura Jackson Onyango,Wafini Reagan,Yoga Komagazani,Kiplagat Ali