The fifth edition of Obama Cup takes place on the 1st of February, 2020. The event was initially organised to bring together former Strathmore University FC players to remember one of their own, Allan “Obama” Onyango. The annual football tournament has since grown to become an excellent sporting attraction in Nairobi while drawing attention from around the globe owing to its unique concept.
The interest and support that the event has received inspired the organisers to set up The Football Foundations for Africa (FFA). FFA is an international social enterprise aiming to improve the quality of opportunities in the African football industry by driving more investments into grassroots football. In August 2018, FFA decided to take Obama Cup to the continent as FFA Cup, an event that doubled as the launch of the foundation.
The Football Foundation for Africa was in September 2019 feted at the Football Heroes Awards for FFA Cup 2018, emerging winner in the category “For Social Responsibility Activities”.
The annual Obama Cup is a tournament played in honour of Alan “Obama” Onyango, who met his untimely death in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on the 23rd of January 2015. Alan, a budding IT professional, moved to Tanzania in search of work after failing to secure gainful employment in Kenya.
Obama played for Strathmore University FC and until his death was still a student of the institution, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology (BBIT).
Friends and teammates of Obama decided to organise a tournament in January 2016, as a way of remembering their departed brother. The occasion also allowed them to come together and celebrate friendship, network, and enjoy what brought them together – football.
Five teams participated in the inaugural Obama Cup.
TACKLING UNEMPLOYMENT THROUGH SPORT
Following the successful first edition, the tournament organising committee decided to make Obama Cup an annual feature running under the theme Tackling Unemployment through Sport. The tournament seeks to connect participants to education and training, employment and business opportunities.
We work with various partners across sectors who can add value to our event. The number of teams has also increased from the initial five to ten (2017), fifteen (2018) and fourteen (2019).
Obama Cup 2020
Obama Cup 2020 is the fifth edition of the competition and serves as a significant milestone. It is also the second organised under the FFA banner. The men’s tournament will feature sixteen (16) teams drawn from the corporate sector (8), academia (4) and community (4).
For the first time, Obama Cup will have a women’s competition. Interested groups are encouraged to request an invitation. To support the participation of girls in football, we are inviting individuals and corporates to adopt the four teams set to participate in the women’s competition. Adoption involves paying their registration fee, which caters for their lunch and refreshments throughout the day.
The one-day tournament will be held at the Strathmore University Sports Complex from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with teams competing in a 7-a-side format.