Annual Kothbiro tournament kicks off this Sunday
KothBiro Offseason tournament kicks off this Sunday with a mouth watering match pitting defending Champions 1000 street against Ziwani Heavy weights and 2014 finalists Nyoi fc .
The match kicks off at 3.00pm at Ziwani Grounds .
1000 Street will field their traditional team a mix of stars and upcoming players including SPL winner Alwanga. Nyoi fc led by former Qatari based Rhamadan “Otiato’ Maloba have confirmed the signature of their star striker, Michael Olunga of Swedish side Djurgårdens IF.
After six day of intensive and heart pulsating knock-outs eleven teams booked their spots to the group stages of the 2016 edition.
Group B will be a hard nut to crack as last season’s quarterfinalists the flairful Dandora based Piuretto takes on Wenyeji, South B and The Netherlands of Kothbiro, Mashteam.
Wenyeji buoyed by Western Stima’s and last season top scorer Salim Ochola will be looking for a repeat of their giant slaying ways. A reserved South B will be depending on their stealth and magnificent run in the league to proceed to the round of sixteen.
Group C will see a youth studded Umeme Bees take on tournament debutants Cheza Ukipenda and Wazee Pembe. Also back in the tournament after a season’s absence is Country bus. Umeme Bees are notoriously known for fielding young players who are quickly gobbled up by Kenya Premier league and Nationwide teams.
Credible sources have revealed that Tera Alwyn Chamla will be flying in from Georgia where he has been on excellent form to join his brother Misiko who is loaned to Tusker from Nancy in France. Also in the Bees line-up will be Evander Mieno Tusker’s U-20 holding mid-fielder.
Last season’s surprise semi-finalists Headquarters fc from Pipeline are pooled against Team Umeme, Interdjinamory and Jesder in group D. Headquarters will be captained by last season’s Kothbiro best player 20 year old Kelvin Kyalo.
Pumwani All Stars smarting from their 3-0 defeat at the hands of A1000 during last season’s finals will battle for a place in the round of sixteen against fellow group E colleagues Beirut, Eastleigh North and Zimmerman Youth.
Pumwani will rely on talismanic Peter Nzuki of Nakumatt FC upfront for goals and Beirut has in it’s ranks entertaining playmaker Solomon ‘Deco’ Masika.
Highly disciplined Intercity will lead the group F charges against Githurai All Stars, Young Achievers and tournament debutants University Of Nairobi. U.O.N will find the running’s on the ever Intimidating and Iconic Ziwani Sports Grounds different from the street riots of the CBD and will probably need their whole student fraternity to rally behind them in support in every match.
Group G will see Mamba entertain Flats Tornadoes, Langata Gremio and Masa. This is yet another tough group with all the teams evenly balanced. Talent will reign but tactics will prove supreme.
Langata Gremio have had a great year in the league and also lifted the Rhamadhan Cup but importantly will rely on the experience they gathered last season to wade through the muddy half of the tournament.
Flats Tornadoes will sail through if they can be able to replicate last season’s form but with Mamba and Masa on their radar they will have to swirl harder. This is yet another tough group.
Finally but equally deadly is group H, lead by last season’s 2nd runner-up Opitos. The team will be missing some of their stars who play for Champions Tusker who are scheduled for continental duty in December. But with a deep pool of replacements, they should be able to match up to Shofco, FIFA Best and long distance travelers Rongai fc.