A thunderous header, a peach of a free-kick and an impudent chip were part of the 15 goals scored at Jamhuri High School grounds today as teams tussled for a chance to win Kshs. 200, 000/= and the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Nairobi Region crown.
The first semi-final of the girls’ competition pitted previous winners Beijing Raiders and Kibagare Girls. Beijing Raiders were dominant in the opening stages and their endeavours were richly rewarded in the 27th minute when Martha Mutheu muscled her way through the Kibagare defence to lob the ball past the keeper. Maximila Robi was then left unmarked in the area and she thundered in a header to put Beijing 2 up. Robi bagged her brace in the 80th minute to complete a comfortable 3-0 win.
“I knew the game was going to be tough because it was a semi-final. We were up for the challenge and I am happy that we emerged the winners. Come tomorrow, I am confident we shall emerge victorious and I look forward to represent the region at the National finals“, said Mark Okwiri, coach, Beijing Raiders.
The first girls’ semi-final had set the tone for the day. It was then left to the boys’ teams Hakati Sportiff and Brookshine Academy to put on a show worthy of their semi-final status. Lewis Bandi, Hakati Sportiff’s master creator and puller of strings opened the scoring with a curling freekick that looped over Brookshine’s keeper just after the quarter-hour mark. The gulf in class between the two teams was evident and it was a matter of time before Hakati added a second. That duly arrived in the hour mark when Otieno Juma was found in the box with a low cross. He controlled the ball, sold a dummy, created space and found the bottom left corner with authority. Lewis Mutava pounced on an error in the Brookshine defence to add a third late on.
“I am happy that I scored the opening goal to give my team the confidence to put up a good fight and win. Looking at tomorrow’s game, we shall listen to our coaches, keep up the teamwork and pray to God that He may deliver the win to us,” said Lewis Bandi.
6 goals in 2 games quickly became 12 goals in 3 games as Acakoro Ladies put 5 goals past St. Anne’s Eagles who could only muster a consolation goal. In the second minute, St. Anne’s were caught out while trying to play from the back and Catherine Omondi capitalized to open the floodgates. St. Anne’s Eagles were their own worst enemies as a goalkeeping howler allowed Florence Achieng’ to add Acakoro’s second goal in the 14th minute. 4 minutes later, Sylvia Makungu sprung the offside trap and kept her composure to add Acakoro’s third goal. She then broke into a well-deserved shaku dance at the corner flag to celebrate her goal. Diana Hashina’s header from a corner made it four before St. Anne’s clawed a goal back through Lavin Anyango on the stroke of half time. Catherine Omondi completed the rout in the 63rd minute with her second goal of the game
In the second semi-finals to find out who would play Hakati Sportiff in tomorrows final, Dagoretti Mixed beat Kenya School of Government 3-0 to qualify for the final. Another goalkeeping calamity, this time by KSG’s keeper gifted a goal to Jamin Mongoi in the 9th minute. Idi Mubarak added a second goal in the 29th minute, bundling in a rebound. Victor Hagai added the third goal two minutes later to send Dagoretti Mixed to the final.
Boys Final – Hakati Sportiff vs Dagoretti Mixed
Girls Final – Acakoro Ladies vs Beijing Raiders
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