George Alwanga an Alumni University of Nairobi who holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.
American football was introduced at the University of Nairobi by Tom Kelly a Gridiron diplomat and a coach in 2012, where Mr. Alwanga was a 2nd year student and an enthusiast of the game which elevated him to leadership roles as Captain. He was part of the team that played in the Inaugural East Africa Championship in Uganda 2012.
As a startup Nation then, equipment and technical stuff was an impediment to the growth of the game. This led Mr. Alwanga and four others to enroll into special programs dubbed player/coach. Kenyan athletes were beneficiaries of donated equipment at the end of the program that aided in football development. Under his leadership, three other university teams came to birth and thus the league was created.
In 2015 Mr. Alwanga was invited to the USA by IFAF where he worked with game officials on rules and officiating mechanism in Canton, Ohio during the world championship men. He was later introduced to the IFAF Congress as interested party for IFAF-Membership where he ended up being a regular attendee.
In the spirit of football development, He saw the need to have a national body mandated to govern, regulate and grow the game. He founded Kenya Federation of American football (KFAF) and serves as the President supported by a full board. Football is growing at a steady pace due to his works. His energy to uplift sports on the continent starches beyond Kenya, he recently had a hand in introduction of American football in Ethiopia at the just ended FASU games (July 2018). KFAF has established good relationship African countries on matters of football development. Mr. Alwanga now trains young coaches and officials with the help of USA football. In addition, he is committed to see the sport hold a competitive league for universities and high schools.
Kenneth masika the CEO of Broadband tours and safari limited and the treasure, Kenya Federation of American Football (KFAF).
Mr. Masika has been involved with American football for the last 3 years. He saw the need to join hands with director sports University of Nairobi to see the sport grown. He says he first developed interest when he was passing along Uhuru highway and saw students practicing.
He wanted to know how they got equipemnt and techinical support to start since its know to be a complex game and very expensive to set up. As a fan who had friends in the USA wanted to be involved and help to provide more equipment, football manuals, and footballs. This would increase the number of players interested.
He worked with his connections and during his first year, the team got training jerseys. A year later he introduced a friend to the university. Together they donated a number of footballs, more jerseys, shorts, and boots(from the seahawks).
Masika who his the coordinator of University games now plans to take the sport further to high schools through a smilar kind of sport called flag football.
He believes sometime in future people will look at this sport diffrently since now it has not gained the kind of mometum fans expect. The kind of energy evident in the USA, Mexico, germany. Egypt and Morocco.
Secretary- Kenya federation of American football (KFAF) currently works at Safaricom Limited. She is an alumnus of the University of Nairobi where she attained her degree in BSc. Electrical and Information engineering.
Stacy was a star athlete through her campus life. She was a swimmer who represented the university and her country in several competitions. Some of her achievements include winning 12 medals in the all African university games in 2014, 15 gold medals in the East African university games in Dar es Salaam in 2013 and going on to represent the University of Nairobi and Kenya in the world Universiade games in Kazan, Russia in the same year.
Although she doesn’t have American football background, she is passionate about the game. With her experience in the sports world and her enthusiasm for the sport, she is eager to see it move to the next level in Kenya. This will be done by creating awareness about the game within country, by spreading its reach to the universities, clubs and schools and finally by empowering young athletes who are full of potential to play and make history. Kenyan American football team will be making headlines across the world.
Mr Moses Ondeng is the Sports and Games Director of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). He is also the Treasurer of the KUSA NAIROBI CONFERENCE.
Ondeng is a B.ed graduate from Kenyatta University with a bias in Physical Education. He has a master’s degree in adapted physical activity from Katholieke University Leueven in Belgium. He also has a diploma in sports for people with disability from Leipzig University in Germany.
After graduating from KU, he taught for 9 years at Asumbi Teachers Training College where he was the head of Physical and Health Education department upto 2002 when he joined JKUAT as a sports officer. He also had a small stint as the National Director of Special Olympics Kenya in 2011.