Young Ghetto Football Club from the mountain region were crowned the Guinness Night football champions after triumphing against Wazoefu Football Club in the latest regional event in Machakos.
Jones Mwanzia, The Young Ghetto FC striker scored the lone goal in the second half to ensure the Machakos outfit are crowned champions of the Mountain region tournament.
This was after a grueling scoreless first half where both teams were on each other’s half in search of the crucial goals.
The nut-cracking match had both teams showcasing their prowess inside the pitch, proving to doubters they were the best from the region.
Jones Mwanzia pounced on a loose ball, scoring the much needed goal in the finals. The team then resulted to defend their goal, frustrating Wazoefu FC and ensuring that they booked their ticket for the national finals.
Jones Mwanzia, The Young Ghetto FC striker said, “Am quite happy with the performance of our team.
We were the underdogs in the finals but we proved to be the best team in the region.
We now look forward to the National finals in Nairobi and I trust I can continue with my scoring form to help my team to qualify to proceed to Nigeria.”
Enroute to the final, The Young Ghetto FC defeated Mawa FC two goals to nil in the knock-out phase, they then defeated Burning City FC one goal to nil in the quarter finals.
In the Semi-final they triumphed two goals to one against the resilient Machakos Youth Football Club.
In the 3rd place play-offs, the fancied W.I Football Club led by Innocent Mutiso defeated Machakos Youth Football Club three goals to two during a penalty shoot-out.
This was after the two teams drew two all in normal regulation time. Innocent Mutiso scored the first goal for W.I FC. Machakos Youth FC then equalized through Stephanie Wangare.
Allan Omondi from Machakos Youth FC scored the second goal but it was disallowed due to infringement in the penalty box.
Anthony Kimani from W.I FC scored the second goal in the second half.
The team had confidence they would hold on to their lead only for Yusuf Mohammed to equalize in the dying minutes for Machakos Youth FC which brought out wild cheers from the fans.
Yusuf Mohammed could not replicate the success during the spot-kicks as he lost his penalty against W.I goalkeeper Isaiah Owago.
Denis Kyengo from W.I FC converted the last spot-kick to ensure his team got into the podium finish as the second runners up.
Each match was played for 20 minutes with each half being 10 minutes.
The winners walked away with Kshs. 50,000, while the first runners up won Kshs. 20,000 in the regional finals.
The 12-week campaign dubbed ‘Guinness Night Football’ is aiming to give consumers an opportunity to represent Kenya in a pan-African tournament in Lagos, Nigeria.
For more details about the ‘Guinness Night Football’ national consumer promotion campaign and to find out how you can be a part of it, like the Guinness Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/guinnesskenya/
Heroes Football Club 1 VS 4 Machakos University Staff
Machakos University Ladies 0 VS 3 W.I Football Club
Wazoefu Football Club 1 VS 0 Maruti Football Club
Jua Kali Football Club 1 VS 1 Machakos Main University FC (Jua Kali win 3 – 1 penalties)
West Pokot 5 VS 1 Burning City
Young Ghetto FC 2 VS 0 Mawa FC
Katoloni FC 1 VS 2 Machakos Youth FC
Jambo FC 2 VS 0 Maveto FC
W.I FC 2 VS 1 Machakos University Staff FC
Wazoefu FC 2 VS 1 Jua Kali FC
Burning City FC 0 VS 1 Young Ghetto FC
Jambo FC 2 VS 2 Machakos Youth FC
W.I FC 0 VS 2 Wazoefu FC
Young Ghetto FC 2 VS 1 Machakos Youth FC
3RD PLACE PLAY-OFFS
W.I FC 2 VS 1 Machakos Youth FC
Young Ghetto FC 1 VS 0 Wazoefu FC