FALLEN GIANTS: Mumias Sugar Football Club

Mumias Sugar FC was formed in 1977 and based in Mumias  in Western Kenya and played their matches at Mumias Complex owned by Mumias Sugar Company since the team was established by the sugar milling firm.

Mumias Sugar FC was formed in 1977 and based in Mumias  in Western Kenya and played their matches at Mumias Complex owned by Mumias Sugar Company since the team was established by the sugar milling firm.
Mumias FC was one of the most a formidable teams in the league during its existence and attracted quality players like Nick Yakhama, Steve Okumu, Patrick Mugata, Eric Limiti, Bernard Onyango, Chris Kimuyu, Evans Alemba and Mark Sirengo. Other players who made a name at the side included Slyvanus Otema, Issa Kassim, Hilary Omondi, Willis Ochieng and  Josiah Ougo.

Cups won
Mumias Sugar won the FA Cup then referred to as  Moi Golden Cup and currently FKF Gotv Shield twice first in 1996 and 1999.
In 1996 they defeated Nairobi-based Reli FC 1 – 0 in the finals to lift the trophy and in 1999 defeated Coast Stars from Mombasa 3 – 2.

Photo/Courtesy: Nick Yakhama, now into management

Controversy
The side was embroiled in controversy in 1999 after winning the league title which they were later stripped off with   Kenya Breweries FC  now Tusker FC being handed the title following after match fixing  and bribery claims  and protests from Tusker forwarded to the Kenya Football Federation.
It was alleged that Mumias Sugar FC had bribed Kisumu All Stars to win the match by  convincing margin so as to pip Tusker F.C to the title. Mumias needed to beat Kisumu All Stars by seven goals on the Sunday of November 28, 1999 at Mumias Complex to win the league. The match ended 10 – 0 in favour of Mumias leading to protests from Tusker F.C who thought they had been shortchanged from popping the champagne.

Bribery and match fixing allegations were  presented to the Federation but no proof has been given to date  to indicate that Kisumu All Stars received 40,000KES to fix the match.

Disbandment
Midway during the 2006/2007 season Mumias Sugar company  financial difficulties reached boiling point as the firm posted losses. In the end end, the firm announced the decision to disband Mumias Sugar FC as a part of restructuring process in the company which was under the leadership of then CEO and now current Nairobi County Governor, Dr. Evans Kidero.

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