Manyatta United from Kisumu County have earned the chance to play in Kenya's fourth tier- the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Div 2 after successfully dispatching Lela Korowe in the Kisumu County league play-offs held between 6th and 8th December. The side, who have been in the county league for four years, held Lela 1-1 away from home before dispatching the Zone A champions 2-0 in the return.
Captain Victor Ochieng says the only challenge once they set foot in the Div 2 will be acclimatizing to the rigors of the division but with time, they will get used to it.
''It's our debut season so there are a few butterflies. Also, some of our players are still in school and we might not use them for away matches but we somehow survived that way in the county league so it's not a big problem,'' says Ochieng who has been with the team since registering for the county league.
United finished top of Kisumu County Zone B and had to play Zone A champions Lela in a championship clash. Away from home on 6th, Benson Omalla scored an important away goal as they held the hosts to a 1-1 draw. Omalla, a Kisumu Day High School student, would score one of the two goals two days later when Lela came to the capital.
Rodgers Ouma scored the other goal as Manyatta spanked the visitors 2-0. The two students are also part of Manyatta's team that recently won the Nyanza North Chapa Dimba tournament.
The Isaiah Opiyo coached side however has a few ends they need to tie before any assurance that they will be able to participate in Div 2- the most glaring one is the financial burden that comes with more distant fixtures. Skipper Ochieng reveals that it is for this reason that they recently held a meeting with their own parents and even planned for an Harambee.
''We presented the trophy to our parents this week to show them what we have been working on. The other agenda was to urge them for more support as we take on Div 2. From what I have, I believe a Harambee will be held some time in March next year,'' says Ochieng.
Manyatta played their county league home matches at the Shauri Moyo Primary school but with promotion into the fourth tier will have to move to the Moi Stadium as regulations get more stringent up the ladder.