Friday, November 1, 2013

Dennis Lutaaya Believes In Education

My name is Lutaaya John Dennis. I am 16 years old and  was  born  on  the  9th  of  January  1997. I am from Uganda. I was born in Nsambya Hospital. I am from a poor family. I  am a Tennis  player  as  well  as  a  pupil  of  Malezi  School. I train  at  Sadili  Oval. My  parents  work in the Industrial  Area  of  Kampala whenever they can get jobs. My  father  works  as  a  carpenter  and  my  mother is a cook.
I  love  and  treasure  my  education  because  it  will  make  me  who  I  aspire  to  be  someday - a  mechanical  engineer.  I  also  love  Tennis  because  it  helped  me  to  come  to  Sadili, a  place  where  I  can  improve  my  game. This  happened  when, Dr. Liz Odera came to my  club  in  Uganda,  and she  coached  over  20  of  us  free of charge and  chose  two of us  to join Sadili's players.  This happened in  2009 when  I  was  12  years  old. I was really scared that I would not be picked, because I wasn’t the best, but when my name was called out, I became overjoyed because I knew that this was my one big chance in life. When I came to Sadili, my  tennis  wasn't  that  good  but  now, I  have  tremendously  improved  and  this year, Malezi called me to play for the school team for the second year running in the national school games, where my partner Jamin Luvembe and I won the District, County , Regionals and Nationals, and represented Kenya at the East Africa Ball games in Lira, Uganda, where we won the doubles title again. I have also had a great chance to play for Uganda in the 14 and Under Circuit in April, I and I am now number 2 in the Under 16 boys in the Tennis Africa Cup ( I hope to perform even better next year, so that I my scholarship can be extended and I can remain in the Africa Talent Training Academy - SATTA. I have seen many tennis players who behave very badly, and my  dream  is  to  become  a  well  educated  professional  tennis  player!
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Monday, August 12, 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Malezi Hold Firm At Nationals As They Head to Tennis Semis

Jamin Luvembe
Henry Ayesiga (Boys Player 1), Chizi Mutsumi /Melissa Brown (girls doubles), JaminLuvembe/John Lutaaya (boys doubles) continue to brave the rain, as they march to the semi-fianls at this year's Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA), Term 2 National Ball Games held in Embu. In the boys singles, Malezi remains unbeaten as Henry does not drop a single game, trouncing Nzoia 4-0, Nakuru 4-0 and Lake Region 4-0.

The Girls Doubles Team Of Chizi/Melissa have played and won two matches, winning against Central 4-2, and Nakuru 4-1.

Jamin/John have not disappointed the fans, as they mauled Lake Region  4-0, Nzoia 4-0 and  Eastern 4-1 in their run to the semi-finals, which will be played tomorrow.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sadili Basketball Pips Dankind Academy 40-22

It was an exciting afternoon of competitive basketball at Sadili Oval Sports Academy as the young and talented Sadili Basketball Academy team took on the athletic and experienced Thika Road-based Dankind Academy.

The favorites, Dankind Academy, came out of the huddle with enthusiasm and fire in their eyes, going on a quick 4-0 run at the beginning of the first quarter. With only a portion of their full team the home team, Sadili Basketball Academy, staged a come back with their leader Zack Okong’o taking charge and piloting the team to an 18-18 tied game at the half.

The second half was all Sadili as they settled and went on cruise control at the right altitude. The young players Eddy Amos and James Gok were both on the court for significant minutes, but had to take a seat and allow the veterans to finish the game:

Leading Scorers:
Zack Okong’o           16-points, 3-rebounds and 2-steals
Fred Odhiambo         8-points, 7-rebounds and 3-blocks
John Madol               6-points, 3-steals
Hamza Hersi              6-points, 3 assists

Having coming off the bench John Madol and Hamza Hersi both combined for 12 of the teams 40 points. John Madol played a great defensive game having 3 steals that transitioned into fast-break points on the other end of the court. The Sadili Basketball team travels to Nakuru this Saturday for the Madaraka Day Tournament. Don’t miss the next exciting game at home (Sadili Oval Sports Academy) when they team takes on their next competitor.


Thursday, April 18, 2013


The Good?
5 players from Sadili qualified to represent East Africa in the Africa Junior Tennis Championships this month! Olivier Kigotho (Kenya), Josephat Garo (Kenya), Chizi Mutsumi (Kenya), Shabani Kabura (Burundi) and Sada Nahimana (Burundi). That puts us in equal footing with the ITF team and ahead of the country teams! We were staidfied that, between studies and tennis, our young players performed very well, and will continue to grow their game.

The results of the Kenya National Examinations in both primary in secondary school was fair, and all the students have been absorbed back into our academy school, Malezi or in other good high schools. 78% of those who completed the high school made the pass mark to seek local training and or get into a college (if they are successful in getting a sponsor for the nest level).

We have found our first Learning Partner – Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Foundation of Philadelphia, and we have launched an exchange tennis, cultural exchange and lifeskills project for 30 junior tennis players from each organization.

So much to be thankful for:
Malezi School, our academy school, made District Basketball Champs after beating giant Sunshine Secondary 51 -26. We then moved on to the County, losing in the finals to Upperhill Secondary, but still qualified for the Regionals, which we play from the 28th April. A great achievement with only 7 boys on the team! Thanks to Amoko and volunteer coach Nicaro Goldman.

After tearing down the rat-infested, dilapidated Banda kitchen and eating area, we have built in its place, the Banda Gardens, complete with kitchens, shops and office space for hire, all this done with materials scavenged from the rubble, and from other building sites around the city.  The design, building and painting was carried out by our own staff, athletes, friends and parents from the Kibera community. Talk about successful re-cycling! We are grateful to Karen Country Club members who donated towards the leveling of our space for tennis in Kibera slums.  The Tennis Committee ran a successful tennis event at their prestigious club, and inviting our own Kibera juniors to play. Next step? Improving the stony surface.  Members also donated old racquets and some used balls.

We also give back! One of our students, Olivier Kigotho built a cardboard boat, his team mates Amadi and Henry competed on it to raise funds for America Women’s Association to deliver food for the needy. Of course we won the race! Thanks too to all the girls and boys to helped coach and run demonstrations in tennis, soccer and basketball that day.

Kenya is now ranked number 5 in the world in 7s Rugby, and will most likely, qualify to play in the next Olympics. We have not been left behind, and, with the French Embassy’s support, we now have new changing rooms, a rugby pitch and a watering system for the inauguration of a Junior Rugby Academy, the first dedicated program in the city. 

With support from Evolve9 directors, Ronald Pothuizen and Mike Barrell, and their friends, we have excavated, built a drainage system, and prepared the foundation for four mini-tennis courts for a Tennis 10s program. We are now fundraising jointly for the final artificial surface, fencing and equipment. When complete, it will be the East African region’s first dedicated courts in what will be a Kids Heaven, a little safe corner of Sadili, to include seating and a life skills play and learning shelter.

Sadly our two Ugandans, Henry Ayesiga and John Lutaya, though amongst the top in Africa, were not allowed to play the Africa Junior Championships, as their country has been suspended from the ITF.  We are convinced that, given the chance, Henry would have won the tournament. We still hope that they get a chance to play other major tournaments, should a sponsor be available.

Its been a tough beginning of year. With 56 boys needing to board in order to perform better in school, we are trying to improve the shacks in the bush behind Sadili and organize a basic (very basic) boarding facility. So, boys are working hard under coaches Rehema, Florence, Benard and Nic, to clear bush, protect the old tin buildings every day from wild dogs (of both the animal and human kind). The circumstances are not flattering, trying to survive next to an open sewer (a result of poor management by the Nairobi City Council). However, the boys have hope for a great future: they get to live in a safer environment, eat two square meals a day, and have two hours of extra study at night (there is no opportunity to read in the slums and rural areas, where electricity is rare and people use small home-made lamps fuelled by kerosene), and a chance to take a (cold) shower every day. Already, in one month since we opened, we can see the improvement in personal hygiene, attitude, health and attention span.
Our newly selected soccer and rugby teams are very youthful and extremely hopeful for the best. Working with part-time college students who are former beneficiaries of our programs, these boys and girls are already showing great promise, winning a number of matches, and with more technical support, they will reach great heights.

Thanks to Women Win and their partners, we will be able to continue to mentor 600 high school girls in Nairobi this year, in sport and lifeskills through the Goal Project!

The girls are back! Yes, we are re-building the girls team, for Malezi. Only problem? They will be teaching each other, with help from the boys team, as we look for volunteer coaches. Girls are very excited and keen to prove themselves next year.

1. Zack Okong’o (Basketball Captain), Amadi Kagoma (Tennis Captain) and Jamin Luvembe are graduating from high school soon and intend to play college sports. They need help in getting into college
2. In tennis, we have run out of basic supplies of shoes, balls, strings, grips, and general kitting. As a team that tops in the region, we hope that we can gain some interest from an international brand.
3. We need serious sponsorship for basketball: the court is dilapidated, the rims are barely holding on. We wish to have one and court and four practice courts. This would cater for a development program of 300 boys and girls a week, including wheelchair basketball.
4.  Basketball continues to suffer from lack of kitting, balls, and nets, inspite of being on of the two best teams in Nairobi County.
5. Food is not enough: it’s a struggle. We believe in working to achieve a sustainable system by growing much of what we eat: building a Green House will help achieve this.
6. Our three tennis courts need to be re-surfaced, and we need a partner to build three more to cater for the almost 600 children that we train every week.
7. We need volunteers who can lend their expertise to Sadili Oval, through staff training, marketing, online advertising, sports coaching (tennis, basketball, soccer, swimming and rugby), teaching (English, Math, Sciences, music, computer, Art and reading), preparing our talented for SAT and college, fundraising, telling our stories through video and blogs, and organizing successful events.
8. We continue to dream of a computer lab, complete with internet facilities, to improve learning for the children, and also give them a chance to feel that they are part of a bigger world. Any exchange program will not happen successfully without this.
9. We are seeking a partner to help us build a greenhouse to cater for our needs, but also sell some vegetables to pay for fuel and staff who will maintain our kitchen.
10. Education is a very important part of our lives, and sponsoring some of our talented but poor kids continues to be a challenge, we need to make their dreams come true by sponsoring every child on our program to school, by expanding on the Africa Sport and Education Fund (for which we welcome a Board).

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

French Open First Rugby School in Kenya at Sadili

Sadili Oval Sports Academy was the center of interest when a high profile team of leadersKenyan and French leaders launched Kenya's first Rugby School.
The project, which was launched by the French Ambassador in Kenya, His Excellency, Etienne Poncin, is expected to train young boys and girls at the junior level, up to 16 years. The French Embassy supported the improvement of the Sadili rugby pitch, including lights and changing rooms and the training of community rugby coaches, to the tune of Kshs. 2million. The Ambassador said that his country will continue to work with Sadili Oval in the development of sports amongst underprivileged youth, stating that he was satisfied that the funding was utilized well.

In attendance at the occasion were the MP for Langata, Joash Olum and his counterpart for Kibra Constituency, Hon. Kenneth Okoth, who welcomed the partnership, and committed to supporting the project further. Joash Olum further used the opportunity to inform the press that Sadili Oval and Malezi School would soon launch the region's first sports school, that would embrace any sports, and every effort would be made to support this development to improve the livelihoods of the youth, many of whom could benefit financially for the sport.

The Chairman of the Kenya Rugby Football Union, Mr. Mwangi Muthee, reiterated the commitment of his Union to partnering with Sadili Oval, and, saying that he continues to be impressed with the effort that the organization has been making towards the development of rugby in the last 20 years, he said that the KRFU would support Sadili in every way possible to join Upperhill School in Nairobi, as part of their select centres of excellence. He also challenged the MP for Langata to help Sadili seek even more space to extend their pitches to accommodate international matches and training.

On behalf of the Ministry of Youth and Sport, the Commissioner of Sports Mr. Gordon Oluoch sent a special message congratulations to Sadili Oval and partner French Embassy, for launching the first sports school in Kenya, confirming the government's comittment to supporting new and improved systems that will prepare the youth for a great future.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sadili Oval News: Malezi School are District Champions

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Kenyan in Finals of Smashers Challenge

Amon Muinde

Kenyan and Kibera Junior, Amon Muinde, today, for the first time in three years, made the finals of the Smashers Challenge Cup in the Under 16s category, showing hope that the country can equal others in talent. Amon who beat top African junior, Henry Ayesiga (Uganda) 4/6,6/1[5-10] in the group stages, struggled through the first set, to lose 6/0, before rallying to fight back, losing in a close 5/7 in the second and final set.  Henry, in his element today, had earlier won a tough match against top Kenyan junior, Olivier Kigotho 6/2 6/4 in the quarterfinals, then stopped upcoming talent Sada Nahimana 6/1 6/0 in the semi-finals.
Henry Ayesiga
In the boys 14s finals, Anthony Owiti slipped past Davis Matanda (Kenya), 7/6(3) 6/3 in a close encounter that lasted a little over 2 hours.
The Smashers Challenge Tournament is part of a series of challenges for junior players of intermediate to advanced level, and is recognized by the Tennis Africa Cup.
Alice Ayoma v/s Belinda Awino 7/6(5),6/3
Alice Ayoma v/s Elizabeth Sheila 6/1,6/2
Belinda Awino v/s Elizabeth Sheila 6/0,6/0
Winner: Alice Ayoma
Runner-up: Belinda Awino
2nd R-up:Elizabeth Sheila
 Pool A
Davis Matanda v/s Charles Ochieng 6/0,6/1
Davis Matanda v/s Peter Kyama 6/0,6/0
Charles Ochieng v/s Peter Kyama 6/4,6/3
1ST Davis Matanda
2nd Charles Ochieng
Pool B
Antony Owita v/s Nigel Odhiambo 7/6(2),6/3
Antony Owita v/s Ian Okungu 6/0,6/0
Nigel Odhiambo v/s Ian Okungu 6/0,6/0
1st Antony Owita                                                                     
2nd Nigel Odhiambo
Smashers Challenge No.2 (LEVEL B)
BS 14
Tennis Tournament Planner -
Matanda Davis
Matanda Davis
Odhiambo Nigel
6-1 6-3 
Owiti Antony
7-6(3) 6-3 
Ochieng Charles
Owiti Antony
Owiti Antony
6-4 6-2 

Pool A
Henry Ayesiga v/s Amon Muinde 4/6,6/1[5-10]
Henry Ayesiga v/s  Josphat Garo 0/1 Ret. Won
Henry Ayesiga v/s   Sylvester Juma 4/6,6/4[10-7]
Amon Muinde v/s Josphat Garo 6/2,6/2
Amon Muinde v/s Sylvester Juma 6/0,6/2
Josphat Garo v/s Sylvester Juma 7/5,5/7[10-5]
1st Amon Muinde
2nd Henry Ayesiga
Pool B
John Lutaaya v/s Robert Kasombo 6/4,0/6[10-5]
John Lutaaya v/s Sada Nahimana 6/7(5),1/6
John Lutaaya v/s David Mukhwana 6/2,6/2
Robert Kasombo v/s Sada Nahimana 1/6,6/2[10-4]
Robert Kasombo v/s David Mukhwana 6/1,6/1
Sada Nahimana v/s David Mukwana 6/2,6/3
1st Sada Nahimana
2nd Robert Kasombo
Pool C
Shebani Kabura v/s Olivier Kigotho 1/0 Ret. Lost
Shebani Kabura v/s Ronex Otieno Not Played Lost
Shebani Kabura v/s Wycliffe Okenye 6/4,6/3
Olivier Kigotho v/s Ronex Otieno 6/7(4)6/3[10-7]
Olivier Kigotho v/s Wycliffe Okenye 6/3,6/3
Ronex Otieno v/s Wycliffe Okenye 4/6,1/6
1st Olivier Kigotho
2nd Wycliffe Okenye
Smashers Challenge No.2 (LEVEL B)
BS 16
Tennis Tournament Planner -
Muinde Amon
Muinde Amon
Otieno Ronex
6-1 6-0 
Muinde Amon
Kasombo Robert
7-5 6-4 
Kasombo Robert
Okenye Wycliff
6-3 6-0 
Ayesiga Henry
Kigotho Olivier
6-0 7-5 
Ayesiga Henry
Ayesiga Henry
6-2 6-4 
Ayesiga Henry
Juma Sylvester
6-1 6-0 
Nahimana Saada
Nahimana Saada
6-0 6-4 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Malezi Basketball Boys Grab Chance To High School Finals

The stage was set at Sunshine Academy today for the semi-finals of the Lang’ata District. Malezi High, St. Aloysious, Lang’ata High, Olympic and Light Academy were the teams present to fight for their place in the finals.

The Malezi Varsity, Langata District favourites, came out the gates with fire in their eyes and clearly something to prove. Eddy Amos (PG/SG), freshman, had his first high school basketball depute today verses the St. Aloysious team; stepping in for Captain Zack Okong’o who had an ankle injury and is out of action for the District Play-offs.

With their leader out one knew how Malezi would respond, but respond they did scoring a convincing 94 points against their opponents; ending the game with a 94—04 victory over the St. Aloysious.

Leading Scorers were:
Fred Odhiambo (F)   28-points, 15-rebounds, 2-blocks
John Madol (SG/SF)  18-points, 8-rebounds, 9-assissts, 8-steals
Lwal Mathiang (SF/F)          16-points, 17-rebounds, 3-steals
Samuel Mwalo (PG/SG)        16-points, 8-assissts, 7-steals

The District Final Game tips off tomorrow at Sunshine Academy, where the Malezi Varsity team will continue their wins streak and attain District bragging rights and title.

Come out and support the Finals.


Nicaro Golding
Assistant Coach