The 2016 Barding Boys winning coach now returns to youth football in Busia County


The 2016 Barding  Boys winning soccer  coach Chrisanthus Otsieno  has returned to his  Butula  Sub County  in Busia County where he  has set up a youth academy to nurture talents  in the under 13 and 15 categories.

Otsieno guided  Barding to winning the 2016  National Secondary Schools title before  winning the East African Secondary  Schools crown, thus becoming the second Kenyan school to win the title after St Anthony  Kitale in 2002.

Otsieno, who won the Kakungulu Cup and  Uganda Premier League with  Express FC  as a player  said  he is a proud coach to end 14 years of  dominance by Uganda schools  in the regional soccer  title with St Mary’s Kitende winning it unabated.

Apart from winning the FEASSA title in Eldoret, Otsieno  said the team  created history by ending the tournament without conceding a goal and for producing  the Most Valuable player at both national and regional levels.

” It is shocking that Kenya allowed Kitende to win back the trophy for Uganda  in Gulu  this year.  We need to  go to the drawing board on why  our teams  have become the whipping boys  in the East African Games.

It is not that Ugandan  schools have  better boys than Kenya. They have dominated due to  good preparations and commitment. We need to embrace football  and invest in terms of scouting for  talents,  offer scholarships  and get better coaches,” he said.

Otsieno said he  set the ball rolling  by scouting for  Kelvin  Mukok  from Bwaliro primary school  who has now become the pillar of   Barding defense.

” Busia   has produced  the best players  including   JJ Masiga, Wilberforce Mulamba,  Silvanus Otema,  MacDonald Mariga, Bernard Onyango,  Chris Amboka and Nicolas Muyoti among others.

Otsieno  said it  his prayer that Busia County Government gets the best Chief Officer  who has  the zeal and interest  to take sports to the next level  and not egocentric and self centered officers,” he said, adding that ward administrators should also embrace sports.

Photos:  Chrisanthus Otsieno, the proprietor of  Butula Youth Academy with some of  the players he is nurturing their talents.

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