Miwani Division in Nyando District, Nyanza Peovince, is experiencing lost hope. Miwani Sugar Company is now marking its 10th year since being put under receivership, and the turnaround at Ahero Irrigation Scheme is not out of the woods yet. Enrollment in schools has dwindled as parents and children collectively pull from every direction to keep starvation at bay. The youth are short of role models to guide them into the right path; the economic malaise has given them a hard knock and disillusionment is written all over their faces. There is a general degeneration of social order, and typical of such circumstances, the rate of criminal activities has sky-rocketed. The blame game on who is sleeping on the job is up but this serves to exacerbate, rather than stem, the situation.
In 2005, two Miwani students from the University of Nairobi came up with an elaborate idea to empower the youth of Miwani division. Together, they teamed up to raise funds to organize a football tournament with the aim of “empowering the youth of Miwani through sports by conglomerating them together”. Having come from poor backgrounds, they solely relied on the remnants of the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) bursary fees to assist in making this idea a success. In 2006, they both raised a total of Kshs 20,000 for the flagship tournament which brought together 6 teams from Ombeyi, Kiliti and Olik-Oliero areas. The response from the community was instant. This overwhelming response challenged the organizers to come out with a more elaborate plan in order to meet the increasing demand for participation by other areas in the division which had not been covered.
The 2007 version was not held due to the effects of the polarized atmosphere leading to the infamous 2007 general elections. In 2008, there was a public outcry to extend the coverage of the tournament to the other sub locations that had not been covered before. This presented an enormous logistical challenge considering that there was no external funding for the project, and that the organizers (as students) were relying on the savings that they had made in school to keep this project afloat. This restricted the coverage to the maiden regions. The 2009 version attracted applications from the sub-locations that had not been covered previously which were consequently included into the fixtures after intense deliberations