“This dream started four years ago. We are going for the Kenya Cup and nothing else,” says MMUST captain Samuel Mbeche after a mid-morning Wednesday training in Kakamega on MMUST’s dream to Kenya Cup promotion.
Siting second on the Championship log on 63 points, MMUST are in pole position to qualify for Kenya Cup on second attempt. They are 14 points above third placed Mean Machine whom they may meet in the semifinal.
MMUST are one match away from Kenya Cup promotion. The only defeat this season came in the hands of unbeaten Strathmore Leos.
“It’s Kenya Cup and we are going for it. We are sealing a home semifinal slot and we wait probably face Mean Machine and we beat them at son we are welcoming them to Kakamega, it’s not easy here.”
“This season most people finally saw what we wanted. It has been a good one.”
“The dream started four years ago, first two season we lost to City Kisumu in Western region quarters then we restructured, recruited a few players and changed the way of doing things.”
After that we got promoted to the Championship but being newly in the league and faced a few challenges, after learning now we are on our way to promotion.
MMUST reached Championship quarters in 2019 losing 26-8 to Kisumu whom they may replace in the Kenya Cup.
“After restructuring we got a common goal as young players, we wanted to achieve something. We’ve not had transfers in and out of MMUST. We only get High School graduates and those who leave leave after graduation. We’ve gelled well to know what we are doing,” adds Ndeche.
But what keeps MMUST going unlike other Universities?
“Most people think we have sponsors here and there but we only get Ksh400 match allowance and nothing else. We have two teams, one in the Championship and another in the Nationwide, so we work as brothers.”
“Scholarships is one motivation factor. The former VC, late Prof Otieno, our former Patron was really into this team. He introduced scholarships and whenever we could go to him with payers who couldn’t afford fees but were good players he was really positive in helping.
Almost 10 to 15 players here are on scholarship and that makes us remain together. You get 50% tuition fee per year.”
“90% of our players are students and some are those who have graduated but are yet to leave. The management work here and it’s really amazing they do this out of their own heart.”
There are reports MMUST may seal a sponsorship once they get Kenya Cup promotion as Indeche says it’s early to speak on that with Equity Bank being one of the names thrown around.
“Those talks are ongoing, they are to enter as kit sponsors and then later on when they see the need to come in as full sponsors.”
Just like any other team, MMUST also face challenges with gym being the main one.
“We use the gym outside the University where we pay by ourselves. The boys are good, disciplined, I get a group every morning to attend but if we get a good facility than what we have.”