Israel Scud had a bright start as the 10th edition of the annual Chris Oguso Betika football tournament kicked off at Chevavo High School in Vihiga on Saturday. The Bunyore-based team beat Indomitables of Mahanga 2-0 in a thrilling opener to progress to the next level of the competition that will see the eventual winner pocket Sh200,000 during the final slated for December 20. Charles Chuma, who could have easily notched a hat-trick had he not wasted a glut of chances, broke the deadlock in the 39th minute after a defensive mistake by Indomitables\u2019 last man. Sadique Ayew added the second one in the 60th minute as the Bunyore side ensured that they are not knocked out of the competition on the first day like it happened last year. \u201cI am happy that we have had a positive start this year compared to last year when we were knocked out on the first day. This time we are optimistic of going all the way and winning the Sh200,000 prize money,\u201d said Scud\u2019s forward Chuma. This year\u2019s competition, running on a knock-out format, has attracted a total of 48 teams who will battle it out, and for the first time,it will involve women\u2019s teams. According to the tournament organiser Chris Oguso who himself was a football player, this year\u2019s event has been fully sponsored by betting firm Betika. \u201cI started this tournament in 2011, it is a non-political tournament whose goals and objectives are to empower the youth and give back to the community. I came up with this idea after I saw what teams in my county Vihiga go through in terms of talent nurturing, providing sports gear to different teams and exposing the youth to scouts from the bigger leagues to spot them,\u201d said Oguso who is a Chief Inspector of Police. He added: \u201cI grew up in this county and I have picked Ebwali High School as the venue of the finals because that is where I went to for my secondary education.\u201d Reigning champions Red Bees have registered for this year\u2019s competition and are optimistic of retaining the title they won last year. According to Oguso, former Harambee Stars captain Dennis Oliech will lead a team of former Harambee Stars internationals including Musa Otieno, Francis Chinjili, Francis Oduor \u2018Killer\u2019, John Shoto Lukoye and Josephat Murila, among others, against a local combined team.