About Us

CONTACTS;

In the UK; Our club president Gary Lamb, Tel: +44 (0) 7880732078

In Kenya; Our club Captain Jose Theuri, Tel: +254 (0) 728113715

WHO ARE SUNDERLAND AFC KEROCHE & HOW DID THEY BECOME TO EXIST ? HERE IS OUR STORY, ALONG WITH OUR ACHIEVEMENTS.

SUNDERLAND AFC KEROCHE ARE A FOOTBALL TEAM & ACADEMY IN THE VILLAGE OF KARAI ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF NAIVASHA TOWN, IN KENYA.

WE RELY SOLELY UPON SPONSORSHIP/DONATIONS/CONTRIBUTIONS FROM SUNDERLAND FANS & FOOTBALL FANS WORLDWIDE, TO KEEP OUR CLUB & ACADEMY ALIVE, AND CONTINUE OUR AMAZING SUCCESS.

UNLIKE OTHER TOP KENYAN TEAMS, WHO ARE “COMPANY TEAMS” WITH LARGE COMPANY FUNDING, WE ARE, TO OUR KNOWLEDGE, THE FIRST EVER “COMMUNITY TEAM” (A team funded solely by it’s donations/contributions and sponsorship, from fans) TO SUCCESSFULLY GAIN PROMOTION INTO THE KENYAN NATIONAL LEAGUES.

BUT THE COST OF SUCCESS COMES AT A HIGHER PRICE, SUCH AS HIGHER REGISTRATION FEES, HIGHER REFEREES FEES, AND HIGHER AWAY TRAVEL FEES, (Some journeys in Div. 2 are up to 10hrs each way) WHICH IS WHY WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR EXTRA SPONSORS or DONORS. (Please see the bottom of this page if you can help in any way, no matter how small or large)

YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS/DONATIONS/SPONSORSHIP HELP TO GIVE OUR TEAM AND ACADEMY THE OPPORTUNITIES IN LIFE, THAT MOST AROUND THE GLOBE TAKE FOR GRANTED.

Sunderland AFC Keroche, began in the village of Karai, on the outskirts of the town of Naivasha, Kenya in 2012.

Karai village is a very poor area, where only 1 in 28 of the adults have a full-time job.
It all began as a way of trying to give the youth of the area a focus in life, to keep them away from life’s darker temptations such as drugs, crime and alcohol etc.
It started quite simply as a group of football loving young men forming a football team, but they had no kit, no boots, and no pitch, but they give themselves the name of Sunderland AFC Keroche for 2 reasons;- (1) The then manager elect was a Sunderland fan, (2) The village sits in the shadow of the huge KEROCHE BREWERY (Kenya’s second largest brewery)
The boys played friendly games against other local villages, but soon realised that they were quite a good team, as they were winning all their games (Even though they were playing in bare feet, on pitches in other villages) So they approached the local village school and asked if they could use their spare land to play games, and originally erected 2 goals made from tree branches.
One day, the then manager “Paul Kimani” approached a Sunderland fan in England called Gary Lamb (Via Facebook) to ask if their was a possibility of trying to donate kits and boots etc. After checking out the team and satisfied everything was genuine, Gary put out an appeal for Sunderland shirts, plus boots, shorts and socks etc. and was overwhelmed by the response, not only items for the football team, but donations also included items such as clothing, bedding, mattresses, children’s toys, bikes, school books, pens, pencils, toothbrushes & toothpaste, and much more, So SUNDERLAND AFC KEROCHE, the school and their village of Karai, became a whole new place.
Village elder Joseph Muchina, has told us that since the project started, that crime in the village area has dropped by over 70%, because all the young children and youths are now attending football training 4 evenings a week. Sadly Joseph passed away on Monday 4/3/2019

OUR HISTORY & AWARDS

Ground; The ECO LOGIC PARTNERS  STADIUM OF LIGHT 

We walk onto the pitch to; “Can’t help falling in love with you” #WISEMENSAY
Nickname; The Black Panthers
Founded in; 2012
Promoted from Divisional league to Sub Branch league in 2014
Kenya/England Friendship Cup Winners 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & RUNNERS UP IN 2020. WINNERS IN 2021. (Winners 8 TIMES in 9 YEARS)
Promoted from Sub Branch League to Branch League in 2015.
Naivasha FA Cup Runners Up in 2016.
Mucananda Cup Winners 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 Runners up in 2018.
Governors Kinuthia Mbugua’s Cup Winners 2016 & 2017.
CDF Tournament, runners up in 2018.
Promoted from Branch League to National Division 2 in 2018

BRADLEY LOWERY CUP, Winners 19/05/19 won 4-0 against Kihoto Mags #WEDIDIT4BRADLEY

FAIR TRADE TOURNAMENT, WINNERS 2016, RUNNERS UP 2017 & 2018, WINNERS IN 2019.

NAIVASHA FOOTBALL BONANZA TOURNAMENT, WINNERS 2020.

SYFA ALLSTARS INTERSTATES TOURNAMENT, WINNERS 29/11/20, Won 1-0 against SYFA Select 11. 

STARS OF THE FUTURE TOURNAMENT 2019, Our under 15’s academy made the semi-finals, and our under 17’s academy were runners up, in their respective age groups.

2020 NEW HOPE SOCCER EXTRAVAGANZA UNDER 13’s TOURNAMENT, WINNERS 30/12/20

2020 NEW HOPE SOCCER EXTRAVAGANZA UNDER 16’s TOURNAMENT, WINNERS 30/12/20

BRADLEY LOWERY CUP: Winners 8/2/21 we beat GRVL FC 4-0 in the final #WEDIDITFORBRADLEY

MHESH WAROTHE HELLSGATE WARD NORTH TOURNAMENT: WINNERS 21/2/21

MHESH WAROTHE HELLSGATE WARD GRAND FINAL: WINNERS 28/2/21 we beat WILDFIRE FC 1-0

That is 3 promotions in 9yrs and in February 2019 we started competing in the Kenyan National 2nd Division. It also makes us the “Most successful club in Kenya” in the last 8 yrs, (due to the amount of achievements over those 9 yrs)

In just 9yrs, our club have won a total of 22 cup/tournament finals, including those won by our Academy kids, and in those 9 yrs a total of 31 senior academy players have progressed into the senior team, which is a great testament to the senior players, and coaches, who give up their free time to help coach our young talents.
Our Senior Under 21’s academy also hold a 9yr record of ONLY 1 DEFEAT since our club were formed in 2012. that single defeat was in 2014, and they now remain unbeaten for the last 7yrs.

 

The 2 pictures directly above show some of our academy kids proudly wearing their “BRADLEY LOWERY” shirts

Since the SUNDERLAND AFC KEROCHE project started in 2012, we have achieved the following through donations and sponsorship from Sunderland fans, mainly in the UK.

1, The school pitch has been levelled, and seeded to become one of the best pitches in the area. (Voted best pitch in the branch leagues in 2018) In the UK the estimated cost of this would be; £50-£60,000, but in Kenya the total cost was the equivalent of £800.

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2, New full size metal goalposts have been fitted.

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3, Home and away dugouts have been erected.

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4, The first team have had 3 promotions, won 19 cup competitions, and been runners-up in 15 other cups. (On the 2nd Dec. 2018 they gained their 3rd promotion, to the Kenyan National Division 2)

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5, We now have a thriving academy, currently attended by 135 kids, (Including a few girls) and constantly growing. Please view the academy section of our website at the following link: http://safckeroche.com/academy/

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6, We have installed a full fresh water supply to Karai school, (Where our pitch is based) giving the 900+ pupils fresh clean water for the first time ever. (We class this as one of our biggest achievements to date)

 

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7, So far 31 senior academy players have progressed into the 1st team squad.

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8, Six first team players have progressed to Kenyan premier league and super league teams, and now make a living through football. (Which is one of our main aims)

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9, To our knowledge, we are the only Kenyan football team outside of the KPL (Kenyan Premier League) to have our own worldwide website, which was built and funded totally free of charge by ANDRE BOMAR our I.T. genius from Atlanta, Georgia, USA. This has helped us greatly to secure a number of Main sponsors, as we can offer them free advertising in return for their sponsorship. It also gives YOU OUR FANS the opportunity to find out all you need to know, about our club & academy

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10, One small corner of Kenya has become red & White crazy and our fanbase continues to grow, due to our success. Even thogh most Kenyan football fans follow the big 6 English premier league teams, you will still see more Sunderland shirts on the streets of Naivasha Town, than any other team. A large number of fans now even follow our team to away games. And even stop on the way home to do do victory dances (See the short video below)

 

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11, From our humble beginning in 2012, We have now become one of the most respected teams in Kenya.

    

 

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12, On Dec. 31st 2018 our club were voted SPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR in the Kenyan 2018 Gala awards (Kenya’s equivalent of Sports personality of the year) and our then, Centre Forward James “Okeke” Ollise was voted “Most Valuable player of the year”

 

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13, On Saturday January 12th 2019, we installed a new smaller sized training pitch, adjacent to our main pitch, complete with smaller 12ft x 6ft goals. This smaller pitch will enable our boys to improve their moving and passing game, with fast 2 touch, 5 or 6 a side games, but it will also be used for our academy kids, and all the 900+ pupils in Karai School, where our pitch is based. This pitch was funded by JAMES STOKOE a Sunderland fan from the Isle of Man, UK.

 

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14, We now stream all our league games live on our teams Facebook page, kick-off in UK is 10am UK winter time, and 11am UK summer time. This is our Facebook page link https://www.facebook.com/sunderlandafckeroche/

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15, On Friday 5th April 2019, we formed a partnership with the BRADLEY LOWERY FOUNDATION, this partnership goes under the hash tag  #WEARINGITFORBRADLEY and our academy Shirts have #4BRAD on the back. For more information on our partnership, please read the following link from our home page: http://safckeroche.com/2019/04/06/our-partnership-with-the-bradley-lowery-foundation/

 

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16, In September 2019, we presented a new water tank to the Karai Secondary school (Based at our pitch location) So now both schools at our pitch have a clean supply of water, this was funded by MR. BRIAN HIGGINS from WALLSALL, UK.

 

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17, WE NOW PRIDE OURSELVES WITH THE EXTRA WORK WE DO IN THE COMMUNITY.

During 2019, We began an initiative to help other schools and sporting organisations within our community, who struggle for any form of sports kit. With donations of 2nd hand kit from local teams and clubs in the North East of England, we have been distributing their donated kits to others, and so far we have been able to distribute Kits to the following: Karai Secondary School, Karai Primary School, Rubiri School, Nyamathi Academy, Naivasha volleyball team, Naivasha Ladies team, Pipeline FC, Kihoto FC, Site FC Academy, New Hope FC Academy, Maai Mahiu FC. Kayole Superstars FC, Nyamathi Secondary School, any many more.

UPDATE: WE HAVE NOW PRESENTED MATCHING KITS TO OVER 40 DIFFERENT SPORTS CLUBS/FOOTBALL TEAMS/SCHOOLS AND FOOTBALL ACADEMIES, IN AND AROUND OUR REGION, AND IN DECEMBER 2020 WE WERE VOTED AS KENYA’S “COMMUNITY CLUB OF THE YEAR” FOR OUR WORK HELPING OTHER LESS FORTUNATE TEAMS

Here are just a few of those presentations, with teams now wearing kits donated by North East clubs.

 

 

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18, At the beginning of the 2019 season, we installed some bench seating around our pitch, mainly so our village elder fans had somewhere to sit during games:

 

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19. On December 14th 2019, our club swept the boards at the 2019 Gala sports awards winning the following

Sports tournament team of the year.

Coach of the year (Coach Scato)

Sportsperson of the year (Capt. Jose)

Sponsor of the year (Our UK president Gary Lamb)

Football Fan of the year (Our fan Julius)

Team fans of the year (Presented to our Vice chairman, John Eilbeck)

Academy team of the year (Presented to Academy coach “Ngasho”)

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20, In the 2020 Gala awards held at the Merlin resort in Naivasha, we were voted as:-

Kenya’s “Community club of the year”, for our work helping other sporting teams.

 

 

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21,  At the beginning of the 2021 season, we introduced 2 more teams into our club. (1) Our “Wazee” team, (When translated into English, Wazee means “Old men”) this can be compared to an over 35/40s team in the UK, but here it was to give an opportunity not only to some of our older former 1st team players, but also to some of our loyal fans, who are reasonable players, but not at the standard of our 1st team players. (2) Our ladies team known as the SUNDERLAND AFC KEROCHE STARLETS

 Our Wazee team.

Pictures of our Ladies team will be uploaded as soon as the current Covid19 restrictions are lifted.

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22, In January our club captain Joseph Theuri aka “Jose” was elected to the committee of the FKF (Football Kenya Federation for the Nakuru County region, and appointed the role of Youth Developement officer. This was a very proud moment for our club, as he was recognised by the FKF as a dedicated and very learned member of the local football community.

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The list of achievements in just 9yrs goes on and on.

In the early yrs the cost of funding the whole team and academy was around £3,200 per season, but as our academy grew in numbers (it now has 135 kids), and after the 1st team gained a 3rd promotion to the National 2nd Division, this has risen to around £7,500 each season, mainly down to the extra travelling involved to away games, which will be much further afield, (some will be 10hrs each way, compared to 2hrs maximum previously) When you consider that this covers 131 academy players, 30 1st players, plus coaches and other club staff this equates to only £44 per season per person, (Less than £1 per week) but it also includes all our match fees, registration fees, travel expenses etc.

Without donations and sponsorship from Sunderland fans around the world, the team, academy and the extra projects around the school and village would cease to exist.
If you can find it in your hearts to donate/sponsor or help in any way possible, please contact our clubs UK President GARY LAMB on UK mobile;- 07880732078

or you can donate by making a bank transfer to:

Lloyds Bank

Account name: SAFC KEROCHE

Account Number: 25602160

Sort Code: 30-95-96

Or via PayPal to: garysafclamb@hotmail.com

If all our fans (We now have over 7,800 on our Facebook page) were able to donate just £5 each per season, our team and academy would continue to thrive. Every penny donated goes towards the running costs of the club.

PLEASE NOTE:-

No-one within our club takes any form of wages or payment. Except one our our players who does not have a job, he receives 400ksh per week to wash all our kit. Sometimes this can be 3 full sets of kit, per week. (400ksh = approx £3-£3.50  depending upon exchange rates). All monies raised go towards the future progression of our club and academy.

Sponsorship packages start from as little as £50 per season (to sponsor a player), and at the top end, to become a main sponsor of one of our academies, (Our Junior Academy is still available to sponsor) or a main 1st team sponsor these are £500 per season, but come with many benefits. If we manage to raise over our intended target for the 2020-21 season, we already have plans to build an outdoor exercise area, with various exercise stations, which can be used by both the team/academy but also by the schools 900+ pupils. The total cost of this is approx £1,200 – £1,500, a snip compared to what it would cost in the UK.

Please check the “SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES” tab on our home page. or click this link: http://safckeroche.com/sponsorshippackages/ 

HOW DO WE USE YOUR SPONSORSHIP?

ALL SPONSORSHIP MONEY/DONATIONS/CONTRIBUTIONS GO INTO A CENTRAL POOL, TO COVER THE BASIC COSTS OF RUNNING THE ACADEMY AND 1st TEAM, AND SUPPLYING ALL OUR PLAYERS WITH THE REQUIRED KIT.
THIS MONEY IS HELD IN A UK BANK ACCOUNT, (Lloyds Bank at Seaham, UK) AND SENT TO THE TEAM VIA “MONEYGRAM” TRANSACTIONS, AS AND WHEN REQUIRED.

MAIN EXPENSES INCLUDE;-
LEAGUE REGISTRATION FEES (30,000ksh per season)
PLAYERS REGISTRATION FEES (300ksh, for each player)
PLAYERS REGISTRATION CARDS (Which must be shown to match officials at all games)
REFEREES FEES (5,000ksh per game, both home and away)
SECURITY FEES AT HOME GAMES (All teams must supply a minimum of 2 uniformed security personnel at all home games, @ 2,000ksh each home game)
TRAVEL EXPENSES TO AWAY GAMES (This is our biggest outlay during the season, 5 away games alone  last season cost between 60,000-70,000ksh each game, due to the long journeys which can be up to 10hrs each way)
PRINTING COSTS (Of FKF official paperwork, registrations, training schedules etc)
ENTRY FEES TO CUP TOURNAMENTS (Varies depending on the tournament)
STOCKING OF FIRST AID KIT (A league requirement)
REPAIRS TO BALLS (150ksh per ball = £1.20p. EXAMPLE; due to the conditions of Kenyan pitches, we average 6 repairs per week)
REPLACEMENT KIT, (But only If urgently required) ETC. ETC.

If you have any questions,
Please feel free to ask by calling or texting our UK president Gary Lamb on UK mobile; 07880732078. Or email: garysafclamb@hotmail.com

Finally, we would also like to invite you to enjoy our documentary, which was made just 2 yrs after we were founded. just click on the following link;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzcV1Z6TDy4

Thank you for taking the time to read our story & achievements.

#WEARETHEMIGHTYBLACKPANTHERS