Reunion Fc- This was the Home of Kenyan Football
Friday, 04 May 2012 08:59

Back in the days when football was like a religion in Kenya, there lived three clubs: AFC Leopards, Reunion and Gor Mahia. The clubs boasted a huge following and when Reunion was relegated from the National league, many thought that this was the end of it. the club is currently on a restructuring process and its history is very unique. Here is the Reunion story.

Reunion Football Club is one of the top three most followed football clubs in Kenya.

The Club known then as Luo Union FC and subsequently Luo United FC was founded in 1957 in Mwanza Tanzania as a welfare club of Luo Union East Africa. Most of the players were working with Tanganyika Plantation Company in Mwanza.  The club changed its name to Reunion in 1980.

The club won the Premier League Champions in 1964 and 1975 and the FA Cup in 1964, 65 and 66. It was also the first Kenyan Club to win the East and Central Club Championship (1976 and 1977).

Reunion is a vibrant football club that embraces all genuine football fans. The Club is historically known for its free flowing and adventurous football and its passionate but peaceable fans. Reunion believes in providing a safe environment for fans to enjoy their football.

Reunion is famously remembered for beating the Ethiopian national team which was then the African Nations cup champions in 1964. Prime Minister Raila Odinga then going under the name Raila Amollo was in the 1964 squad.

The club has over the years has produced some of the best players in the history of Kenyan football including legendary goal keeper John Siang’a, ace goal scorer William Chege Ouma, speedy winger Eric Omonge and one of the best headers of the ball in Kenyan football history striker Charles Ochieng and Francis Kadenge son of the legendary Joe Kadenge both played for Reunion.

In the 90’s Reunion had players like Patrick Nzau, John Odhiambo ‘Baresi’ Ben Gachie and John Odie. More recently, Reunion has premier league stalwarts like Jacob Kelli currently with KCB Football Club and Eric Masika of AFC Leopards.
Reunion is a truly Kenyan club well known for providing an environment for nurturing young talented players and opening its doors to Kenyans of all races and ethnic backgrounds either as players or officials.

Reunion made history in November 26, 1976 when it signed Edward Wamalwa the then Abaluhya (AFC Leopards) FC defender. This meant that a Luhya player was joining what was considered a Luo team. This was at the time unheard of.

Muna Singh, one of the few Kenyan Asians to have played in the Premier league played for Reunion alongside Hon. Peter Kenneth who went on to become an official. Reunion has fans all over Kenya and in the East African Region in Uganda and Tanzania.

They are currently participating in the Nairobi Provincial League as they resurrect from the bad run that saw them relegated to the lower division.

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