In Summary
  • From this weekend, Kisumu County will host the 38th edition of the Kenya Communications Sports Organisations (Kecoso) Games with 12 different sporting codes on the programme.
  • The Kecoso Games bring together 12 institutions from the communications industry and are held annually on a rotational basis across the country.
  • The ministries of transport, information and sports are also represented in the membership of Kecoso, with the three cabinet secretaries joint patrons of this affiliation.

From this weekend, Kisumu County will host the 38th edition of the Kenya Communications Sports Organisations (Kecoso) Games with 12 different sporting codes on the programme.

The Kecoso Games bring together 12 institutions from the communications industry and are held annually on a rotational basis across the country. The ministries of transport, information and sports are also represented in the membership of Kecoso, with the three cabinet secretaries joint patrons of this affiliation.

However, in recent years, these games somewhat lost their lustre, largely because of dwindling financing, a shoestring budget and declining interest from some of the member institutions.

However, the good news is that the Kecoso Games are currently experiencing renewed interest and vigor, with the Kisumu championships expected to reflect this new spirit.

Which is just as well because it is these championships that played a pivotal role in the development of some of Kenya’s greatest sporting stars of old, and need to be re-engineered to their rightful place in the Kenyan sport matrix.

Bitten by the sports bug as a student in the 1980s at Cardinal Otunga High School Mosocho in Kisii County and, before then, at the neighbouring St Mary’s Mosocho Primary School, one of the annual events that I really used to look forward to sneaking out to watch were Kecoso Games.

Partly because some of my schoolmates had their professional sporting careers ignited at these games, cradle-snatched by some of the top Kecoso teams like Posta, Kenya Airways and Kenya Ports Authority who went to the lengths of offering them scholarships after appreciating their skills at inter-schools competitions.

My classmate, the late former national 100 and 200 metres champion and record holder Kennedy Ondiek, was snapped up by Posta while another classmate, Kennedy Ochieng, a two-time Africa 400m champion, joined the Kenya Ports Authority.

Before them, many of our schoolmates, including former Kenya national basketball team veteran and later coach Ronnie Owino, starred for Posta’s basketball team with other stars such as Peter Achar and Robert Omolle joining Posta and KPA squads.

Our multi-talented schoolmate Mike Sanna, a gifted hockey and football star, turned out for Posta’s football team, then anchored around the powerful league side Kisumu Posta FC.

If they didn’t join Kecoso teams, then the high school sports stars back in the day would be recruited mainly by the banks, with Barclays Bank’s “Eagles” and Kenya Commercial Bank’s “Kencom Lions the preferred destinations of basketball legends such as Philip Omany and Gerald Nyaoma, the latter now a director at the Central Bank of Kenya.

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