Touted as the most competitive edition since its establishment three years ago, the Eastland Solidarity Championship came to an end at the Dandora Primary School in Nairobi after two weeks of action. The new 2012 Champions are Mathare Youth from the sprawling slums of Mathare. They won on a solitary goal against an equally impressive Pelico FC from the Pumwani. The third spot was taken by Maono FC from Dandora.
The third edition was dedicated to creating awareness on the importance of youth taking part in voter registration; the process had faced voter apathy following the post poll violence that was experienced in 2007/2008.
While thanking the World Youth Alliance, Mr. William an assistant coach whose team won the tournament said the tournament was a good platform, well timed during the festive season which is more prone to vice than virtue were the youth to be left idle in the Eastland’s area. Two Kenya Premier league teams sent their scouts throughout the tournament to look for new talent. Among the top league clubs with scouts at the tournament included Mathare United and KCB from the Premier League and many nationwide clubs. While thanking the teams for participation, WYAA Regional Director of Operations, Hezbon Mogambi urged the youth to utilize such lessons drawn from football as teamwork, discipline, endurance, respect and communication in their day to day lives. The next edition will be in the last quarter of 2013.