Football Kenya Federation (FKF) on Saturday launched the Nairobi Leagues at the City Stadium, where local football chiefs and corporate companies vowed to support all the leagues to ensure football development.

Moyas’ Joyce Onyango (left) is challenged by Old Is Gold’s Rose Onyango during the FKF Nairobi league match at City Stadium, on Saturday. PHOTO: JONAH ONYANGO/STANDARD

Outering FC, featuring in the newly introduced County League Zone A, had a dream start in the competition with a deserved 2-0 win over Roto Moulders, to set the ball rolling in a season that is expected to have a host of football activities after most of the clubs failed to compete in leagues last year.

Evans Omondi broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute through a penalty and Michael Gitere added the tally in the 36th minute to give the Eastlands’ side the edge over their opponents.

“It feels great to be playing in the league again after a year of no football and with the new football office, there is hope because the talent is already there,” said Omondi.

Erick Ochieng’ scored Inter City’s priceless goal in the 19th minute, to steer them to a 1-0 win over Kibarage United in the District League.

FKF Chairman Sam Nyamweya, who graced the opening ceremony, said it was time to return the country’s football to its lost glory.

Nairobi will have five leagues, which include the provincial league, county league, district league and two women leagues in provincial and district levels.

According to the fixtures released by the federation’s Nairobi office, the men’s provincial league will bring together 20 teams including former Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants Re-Union, Dandora Youth, Bedjos, Fisa and Umoja Renegades among others.

The winner would earn promotion to the Division One, while the last eight will be relegated. The County league has 80 teams divided into four zones of 20 teams each and the top two from each zone would earn promotion to the provincial league the next season with the bottom teams being relegated to the district leagues.

At the district level, a total of 160 teams have been attracted and they have been grouped into eight zones of 20 teams each. The women provincial league has 16 teams with their district league attracting 46 teams.

“Matches will be played every weekend on Saturday and Sunday’s and we will be resuming on February 18, because we don’t want to interfere with the start of the KPL next weekend,” said branch Secretary General Steve Ragos.

He added: “A lot of corporate companies including Samsung, Nakumatt, New KCC, NBK, Airtel, Coca-Cola and YU have showed interest in sponsoring the leagues and we are certainly that before February 18 the leagues will have sponsors.”

By JAMES WAINDI, The Standard

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