Kiriko FC stunned Kamuriai to lift the Football Kenya Federation Teso North Sub Branch League title in a thrilling final played Malaba Stadium, Achunet on Thursday.
Kamuriai had topped Zone B with Kiriko finishing in second place. However, they showed scant respect for the zonal champions with a 4-2 victory on penalties after the two teams settled for a goalless draw in regulation time.
Kiriko scored through Moses Omusugu, Eugene Omudek, Benson Emurgat and Brian Omwalo with Kamuria finding the target through Iddi Rashid and John Opuko. Filex Etori and Godfrey Shauri had their shots saved by Kiriko goalkeeper, Michael Omondi.
In their first match, Kiriko had another fairytale when they eliminated Zone A champions Chamasiri Tiger FC 2-1 to sail through to the finals.
Edwin Karani put them into the lead in the 4th minute with a close range shot to make it 1-0 at half-time. Omudek made it 2-0 after 62 minutes before Edwin Elungata pulled one back for Kamuriai six minutes into injury time.
In the opening match, Kamuriai won 5-4 on penalties against Kakemer after the two teams settled for a 1-1 draw in regulation time with Kamuria coming from behind to level the score. Levis Etyang had put Kakemer in the lead after 48 minutes before John Opuko struck the equalizer 12 minutes later via a penalty.
In the penalty shootout, Kamuriai scored through Haron Opollo, John Opuko, Teddy Olekete, Munene Kevin and Victor Odhiambo. Kakemer struck through Calvin Eman, Seth Ebu, Joseph Chemengu and Levy Etyang.
Chief Officer Education and Vocational Training in the County Government of Busia, Daniel Mogoria who sponsored the mini-league awarded Kiriko a trophy, a set of uniform, two balls and Ksh.18,000.
Runners-up Kamuriai received a trophy, uniforms, two balls and Ksh.12,000. Chamasiri and Kakemer went home with uniforms, two balls and Ksh.5,000 each.
Man of the match Michael Omondi, a student at Chebos High School in Bungoma County said he was happy with his heroic saves in goal that made his team capture the title, exuding confidence of playing for a top club in the country.
Team captain Samuel Osikol said they put up their best but run out of luck in the spotkicks that cost them the sub branch title. A member of the team’s disciplinary committee, Bernard Omusugu said beating zonal champions, Kamuriai and Chamasiri were no mean achievement, noting that the magnificent performance was worth celebrating.
Sponsor Daniel Mogoria saidc he was impressed by the performance of the teams to confirm talents abounds in the sub branch, thus the need by more sponsors to nurture such talents.
” I helped Homeboyz proprietor Toto but I am happy to note that he has not forgotten talents. We had Busia United which brought glory to the County before going into oblivion. We need to sit down and devise ways of sponsoring our teams by starting an incubation centre where talents can be nurtured,” he said.
FKF Teso North Sub County chairman, Victor Ochakala expressed satisfaction on the rising soccer standards in the region and thanked the sponsor Mr Dan Mogoria for his kind gesture of sponsoring the mini-league, and FKF Busia Branch for providing an enabling environment.
” It takes the seal and passion to build from where we are. I have confidence the teams to be promoted to the County league will be no pushovers considering the high standards they have displayed in the mini-league,” he said.
Football stakeholder from the region, Kizito Echakara thanked FKF Busia Branch for it efforts in raising football standards in the region, and urged coaches and club officials and instill discipline in the game in the spirit of fair play.