Led by Sofapaka captain Elly Asieche and several KPL players,Defending Kothbiro annual soccer tournament kingstone fc from Shaurimoyo were tossed out of the tournament today after going down narrowly 2-1 to Uthiru based Leads United before a mammoth crowd at the Ziwani Umeme Grounds.
Coached by Issa Winston,Leads took the lead barely after 18 minute through Herman Sikubale who headed home Alex Sunga’s corner.
Kingstone featuring four players from KCB led by Chrispinus onyango, Okari Zaki and michael Mutinda levelled the score seven minutes later through Neville Ochieng from the spot after Kevin Juma handled the box in the dreaded box.
Sensing danger, Leads made several substitutions to contain the defending champs
who attacked in waves in the second half forcing several fruitless corners.
Leads financed by Eng.Ken Odhiambo put up a gallant show in the dying minutes with Henry Api scoring the match winner in the 75th min amid thunderous cheers following a goal -mouth melee.
Addressing the media after the match Eng. Odhiambo said despite lacking a sponsor,their target was to reach the grand finale.He pleaded with Football Kenya Federation(FKF) to help his side register in one of their lower League zones.
In the second match Asec Huruma led by former Tusker fc midfielder Osborne Monday are through to the quarter finals after edging out stubborn Napoli from Mathare 4-3 through the dreaded spotkicks.
Both teams had tied 0-0 in the normal duration time at the Ziwani Umeme Grounds before a mammoth crowd.
The late kick off match saw stephen Barry losing a penalty for Asec Huruma while their opponents(Napoli) played with 10 players after Evans Omuoma was send off in the 43rd min following his second bookable offence.
Napoli coach Gilbert Aseke admitted the red card was fairly given.However ,he felt the match could ave gone either way adding that his charges were just unlucky.’We were just unlucky despite being reduced to 10 men late in the first half.
I have no issue with the referee.We lost fairly.I thank my players for showing mature game in the second half despite playing with one man down’ Aseke said.
During the tension packed penalty shoot-outs,Asec coached by Patrick Njuguna converted their spot kicks through Osborne Monday,Peter Gavin,Kinyanjui Mbaici and John Mwangi while David Odhiambo blasted wide.
Scorers for Mathare’s Napoli were Gabriel Batistuta,Michael Okoth,Eric Juma, while Fred Luyanze and Meshack Ochieng squandered their chances amid thunderous cheers from their opponents.
The tournament continues tomorrow Wednesday with kaloleni based Black Mamba hosting Terror fc from ,9.30 am with the second tie set for 2.30pm pitting Biafra against Ngara All-stars respectively.