Monday, June 15, 2009

Soccer bonds Kenyans in KC

Mike Arum (Right) poses with fans after winning the opening game against OK during the anual Toyoyo soccer tournament in KC.
There is a bunch of 411 you won’t read in the Kansas City Star or any local paper but, Standard and or Kenya Times will report about it. Kansas City Kenyan community hosted a Kenyan Soccer tournament. It was an ever so rare in modern times, grass roots tournament. Unlike the US open Cup, Kohl’s tournament, and the endless 3v3 and 6v6 tournaments around town, this is a sponsor-less tournament. The participants are not having to pay to play. The local Kenyans worked together with friends in success of the tournament. Field rental, officials, and even the food is being payed for by individuals within the local community. Did I mention all of this is happening without a sponsor.
This is the way the game was meant to be played. For the love of it. If you are a fan of the game may I suggest you head on down and watch a match or two before heading out to the Wizards match Saturday. If you like to see some exciting fast paced attacking soccer you need to join us on face book and follow the events aligned. Now I will admit that I am a fan of the local African Cup. I have made a match or two when our local African community is playing against each other. Just between me and you, this is some very good non-professional soccer. And I highly recommend it.
As stated above, this is so far off everyone’s radar that it probably won’t be covered by the local bloggers or media. I doubt the Wizards are going to show up or offer the players free or discount tickets or even mention the tournament at their match Saturday. So show your support for local competitive soccer and catch a match or two Saturday or Sunday.
Kansas City’s local Kenyan team will be hostings teams from New Jersey, Oklahoma, St. Louis, Kentucky, Memphis, and Virgina. Stay locked and one love. Cheers

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