A 1000 Street became the first side to retain the Koth Biro title after thrashing Pumwani All Stars 3-0 in the final played at a jam-packed Ziwani Grounds on Sunday (Jan. 10).
The tie was put to bed during the last 17 minutes of the first half. Tusker FC forward, Brian Osumba, was the first on the scoresheet as he slammed home a pass from man of the match Roy Syamba just before the half hour mark.
The goal was the least A 1000 street deserved having bossed the game and come close to taking the lead when Eric Mata saw his rasping effort miss the target by inches.
However, Mata who plays for Kenyan Premier League side Mathare United, could not be denied when he netted his side’s second with a well-taken finish in the 33rd minute. It was only fair that Syamba also got his name on the scoresheet when he headed home at the stroke of half time.
Pumwani barely threatened the champions despite the introduction of Nakumatt FC dangerman Peter Nzuki in the second half. However, their second half display was much better but they created little to suggest they would stage a comeback.
The title is A 1000 Street’s 8th in the tournament’s 38-year history and the second time they have triumphed over Pumwani who they beat 2-1 in the 2009 final.
The Kaloleni side walked home with Kshs. 200,000 with Pumwani settling for Kshs. 150,000. Opitos, 2-0 winners over Headquarter FC in the third-place playoff, walked home with Kshs. 100,000 with the Embakasi outfit getting Kshs. 50,000 for finishing fourth.
Headquarters however were left celebrating more than the fourth-place gong after they won the Fair Play Team Award while their player, Kelvin Kyalo was named the Most Valuable Player by Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK). Kyalo, 19, won himself Kshs. 20,000 and a 43-inch LG TV.
Wenyeji FC’s Salim Ochola took the Golden Boot with seven goals while Umeme Bees 16-year-old Maurice Muya won the Golden Glove award. The individual awards were reserved for players who do not feature in any of the top leagues.
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