Koth biro : Pumwani to Soldier on despite bitter loss -Coach Curtis says
Kaloleni’s a 1000 Street on Sunday January 10 trounced Pumwani All Stars 3-0 to ink their name in the history as the first team to successfully clinch the Koth Biro title two years on a trot and a record of four times.
In the hotly contested finals reminisce of the Biblical encounter between David and Goliath, Pumwani, who were biled the underdogs, handed the Zablon Pro Otieno’s charges a walk in the park after succumbing to the three goals in the first half.
However, speaking to Ghetto Radio Sports tactician Curtis, who is a sports journalist and a pundit at Ghetto Radio has underlined that the his side which was injury-plagued during the final showdown at the weekend which was his main hurdle on his way towards grabbing his first title of the tournament.
“It was really disappointing especially for our fans that turned out in large numbers only for us to lose the match. But we have noted our mistakes that cost us but things have to move on,” Curtis, who along side Polosa are the holders of the 2013 Kenya Premier League (KPL) Sports show of the year for the radio program Offside.
“A lot was at stake during the match and unavoidable circumstances such as the four injuries cost us. The players panicked when Sande (Charles Odette) called to say he will not be available with a knee injury with twenty minutes to kick-off,” said the former KCB man.
Pumwani who had only themselves to blame after failing to capitalize on their gilt-edged chances, missed the services of Charles ‘Sande’ Odette (Posta Rangers) who has been a key pillar of defense for the Pumwani outfit.
Also conspicuously missing was hitman who plies his trade at SPL’s Ulinzi Stars, striker Jaffer Salim from Police FC and Nakumatt’s midfield maestro Peter Nzuki.
Curtis, 31 who has previously played as a full back for Sakayonsa FC alongside the likes of Dennis Oliech, Jamal ‘Malo’ Mohamed, Arnold Origi among others during their playing days admitted they lost fairly adding that his side was not under pressure.
“We slumbered on the first half they (1000 Street) scored all their goals but in spite of their defensive play in the second half, we tried to break them but it was too late.”
“As far as we are concerned, we were calm and the opponents were the ones under pressure because they were on the brink of making history.” Remarked Curtis who has also played for Pumwani Sportiff and Postbank .
This year’s finals is a replicate of history as both Pumwani and the Kaloleni outfit have previously clashed and the memorable tie was the 2009 finals where Curtis and Pro were both the captain general of their respective teams where 1000 Street grasped a decisive 2-1 victory.
In 2014, Nyoi eliminated Pumwani 1-0 in the semis and coach Curtis says that they are making progress and after reaching the finals three times in the recent past, hopefully this year they will clinch the crown of the oldest successful tournament in the history of Kenyan football.
As a result of finishing second place, the Pumwani side received Ksh 75,000 plus medals for their outstanding efforts.