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.