Sept 19, 2020 (Thessherald)–Naath Boys FC was thrashed 2-1 by BNFA Football Club in a friendly match played on September 18, 2020 in Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp.
Both BNFA FC and Naath Boys FC are the top football teams in Kakuma that have been participating in the Kakuma Premier League since its inception in 2016.
The Kakuma Premier League (KPL), made up of top soccer players, was formed by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its implementing agencies as part of their efforts to empower and promote skills development of refugees and the host community in showcasing their soccer talents.
Speaking to the media on Friday, the BNFA FC Manager, Puot Bol, said the team was established in May 2015 for the purpose of competing with other top football teams in the camp, and later joined the Kakuma Premier League (KPL) in 2017 during the 2nd Season and successfully emerged in the top 10 position.
In recent years, the team ranked fifth during the third season 2018-2019.
However, in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, the current season of 2019-2020 has been put to a halt in compliance with Covid-19 measures- but is expected to resume in mid-October this year.
Puot admits that the team is currently facing financial challenges and unable to meet its needs. He appeals to well-wishers and good-hearted Samaritans for financial support . He can be reached here
Kakuma remains one of the largest camps in the world, with the majority of its refugees are South Sudanese who fled deadly violence in 2013 following the outbreak of conflict in Juba.