Launched in 26th January, 2013 at Ridgeville Academy South B, Cheza Sports Academy attracted about 12 players mainly from the host school in a 3 hour weekly program with Ridgeville Director, Mrs. Sarah encouraging parents keen to ensure their kids participate in extra-curriculum activities mainly football, growth in a well natured environment, relating with others from diverse backgrounds and getting the necessary exposure to enrol. Cheza Sports Academy started as a partnership between Collins Olimba and Moses Mbeda with much financial support coming from Mr. Mwangi who enrolled his sons in the program. Already existing community team Chezafrika that drew players from Mukuru Slums birthed Cheza Sports Academy owing to the financial constraints, it was therefore needful to have a commercial based soccer academy to cushion operations.
In May, 2013 we moved to Railways Training Institute to give room for expansion, in partnership with already existing community team Chez’afrika we managed to share the cost of the field as we bettered the football experience. That year we were privileged to host Manchester United and South African Legend Quinton Fortune who inspired and motivated the young lads.
December, 2013 was a milestone as Cheza Sports and Chez’Afrika players made a one week tour to Mombasa and Kilifi Counties. Hosted at Mtwapa Special School, it was a learning experience for both coaches and players.
Year 2014 marked major Cheza Sports restructure, Coach Manu joined me in the administrative capacity with branding, marketing and publicity taking priority. A blessing of Parent of The Year Kefa Oduor enrolled his son Matthew took the lead in offering support. He welcomed us to the Mazinga Lane Estate field which made us introduce many most Golden Gate kids to football, with weekday after school training many kids both boys and girls enrolled and improved their skills. In February we had complete U9, U11, U13, U15 & U17 categories with few U7 players. Emerald International School, Karen adopted our concept of whole-life coaching with many students commuting more than 12kms to train with us.
29th March, 2014 we were part of the Supersports Lets Play launch at St. Mary’s School, it’s a shame there has not been any subsequent activity with this regard. A moment to cherish Supersports Marketing Manager Vaughn Bishop shared a photo with the young lads that was posted in their website.
31st May, 2014 participation in the World Environmental Day Tournament at UNEP Complex, Gigiri was the highlight of the year with parents joining the players and coaches to the event.
7th June, 2015 was our Inaugural Cheza Sports Inter Schools Tournament; we hosted various primary schools namely: Moi Education Centre, Kitengela International, Laureate School (Kiambu), Makini School, Riara Road and Peace Junior School. The tournament was played in the Under 8, 11, 13 & 15 years category; our boys showed their prowess with some good performances wining the Under 13 category. The event was supported by Sports Station who sponsored the trophies.
In the months of August we participated in various tournaments and matches including the East Africa Ligi Ndogo Tournament that helped us establish friendship most importantly in Uganda.
Left Foot Children’s League set in October, our participation was a learning experience and appreciate its organizer Aman Bahsin for the opportunity, and we look forward to working together again.
Inter Estate Tournaments has been one of our major success stories, the kids are usually excited to represent their hoods with Mazinga Lane Field working for us.
1st December, 2014 marked our 1st Gala Award ceremony with players that excelled over the year being rewarded.
April 2015, Cheza Sports Academy and Chez’afrika Eagles resolved to part ways with each entity operating independently. I, Coach Emmanuel and Joseph formed the Cheza Sports side with the other coaches moving on the other side. Much success has be realized with the influx of new players; currently we have approximately 200 players spread in the Under 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17 age categories and Cheza Sports Fc comprising of graduates from the academy. Cheza Sports Fc took part in the Football Kenya Federation Nairobi West Sub County League 2016 finishing 14th of the 23 team league; we played 22 matches, won 3, drew 6 and lost 13. Having featured a young squad in our first season, despite the numerous challenges we look forward to a better performance in the coming season. 14 year old Herbert Daniel was among the top performers in an inconsistent squad. Having a squad comprising of school going players, we struggled to maintain the squad as some were left midway to join boarding school.
We are determined to see to it this players achieve their football potential as well as grow into responsible men and women. Some of the most committed less privileged enjoy our scholarship program largely through sponsorship from some able parents, I must note that though we have much positivity a lot is still needed and we welcome more well-wishers on board.
Cheza Sports venture is under the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts, further affiliated to Football Kenya Federation. The sports industry contributes to the overall national development through promotion and exploitation of Kenya’s peaceful co-existence and sports tourism. We look forward to embrace the enactment of THE SPORTS ACT 2013, an ACT of Parliament to harness sports for development, encourage and promote drug-free sports and recreation; to provide for establishment of sports institutions, facilities, administration and management of sports in the country, and for connected purposes