From a team that had to sometimes play without reserves, on account of poor finances, Sunderland AFC Keroche, has through the intervention of honorary president Gary Lamb, come the length where they can afford to hire and pay professional coaches.
Speaking to World Footie Net, Lamb indicated that their main challenge in the past had been having to play matches under the guidance of individuals not necessarily trained in coaching.
He, however, confirms that the team can now afford the services of qualified tacticians.
-This season has been very good for us, leading to the team getting promoted, said Lamb.
-I can also confirm that we now have a professional coach and an assistant on a regular wage, and this will serve to heighten the professionalism in the team.
Sunderland started as a community team, in Karia Naivasha, aimed at keeping the youth of the region occupied.
However, a chance meeting with Lamb, a staunch Sunderland AFC [of the English Premier League] supporter, over social media network Facebook, turned thetides of the team.
Gary went out in a spirited awareness campaign which helped the team get both material and moral support.
In February 2012, Gary managed to ship in 17 boxes of sporting gear, donated by Sunderland Supporters in England.
Asked how he gains from this commitment, Gary said it warms his heart to see the sport grow around the world.
-Football is a great sport because it brings people together. The relationships you build by your involvement in the game are amazing.
-Plus, it gives you the chance to travel.
Keroche, will in the 2013 season be playing in the Central Rift County league.