Kitale Youth and Shinyalu win Copa 2014 titles

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Aug 17, 2014
  • Shinyalu Youth girls celebrate their Copa Coca-Cola win after beating Cherengany Starlets in the final at City Stadium. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Kitale Youth are the new Copa Coca-Cola national champions. They beat Kisumu Lakers in the final at the City Stadium on Saturday.

Rift Valley’s Kitale Youth and Shinyalu Girls from Western are the 2014 Copa Coca-Cola under-15 national champions.

The two teams emerged winners after winning their final ties on post-match penalties. Shinyalu beat Cherangany Starlets 4-2 while Kitale edged out Kisumu Lakers 5-4 at City Stadium.

The boys’ final was a tightly contested. Kitale Youth who beat the Lakeside outfit 2-0 in their Group ‘A’ clash earlier in the week were quick off the starting blocks taking the lead inside two minutes.

Eric Wafula sliced through Kisumu Lakers’ defence before slotting home between the legs of Eric Ochieng in Kisumu Lakers goal. Kisumu Lakers bounced back exerting pressure on Kitale Youth.

They almost drew level when Jack Odhiambo was put through but Kitale keeper John Musumba was quick off his lines to collect the ball.

With ten minutes on the clock, Kisumu Lakers who lost last year’s final to JMJ Academy found the equalizer. Benson Omalla received the ball from outside the danger area, controlled it on his chest before unleashing a rasping shot into the back of the net to draw evel.

Both teams tightened their backline but it was Kisumu Lakers who threatened. Twice, Omalla found himself in a good position but was thwarted by Musumba as the match ended 1-1 at half time.

Kisumu Lakers dominated the second half but could not find the winner sending the match into penalties. Isaiah Opiyo’s reliable skipper Frankline Otieno stepped up first to easily drill home.

Musumba took Kitale’s first and almost lost but Erick Ochieng’s hands were too weak to hold onto the ball. Kisumu’s Collins Omondi, Jack Odhiambo and Basil Ochieng converted successfully and so did Charles Chege, Ken Mwendwa and Rashid Issa for Kitale Youth.

Penalty saved

Marvin Omondi saw his penalty saved by Musumba giving Brian Bahati the chance to score and win Kitale Youth the title. The lanky midfielder delivered for Gideon Olando’s men leaving Ochieng stranded and sending Kitale Youth into celebration. It was the second loss for Kisumu Lakers in the final.

Shinyalu ended their spectacular Copa 2014 campaign with a winners’ medal after beating Cherangany Starlets 4-2 on post-match penalties. The Kakamega County queens took the lead early in the first half through Lavendah Lihemo only for Cherangany to equalize immediately through Naomi Jepkosgei.

The match ended 1-1 in regulation. Shinyalu converted all their penalties but Cherangany’s Belinda Bright and Jacinta Njeri saw theirs saved by Shinyalu custodian Lydia Mukasia as the Western side won this year’s title after coming third last year. Shinyalu and Kitale Youth each won Sh500,000.

The runners up collected Sh200,000 each. Last year’s winners, JMJ Academy who beat Murhanda 3-2 in the boys’ playoff were awarded Kshs100,000 alongside Nyanza’s Nyamira Girls who beat Kirindara 1-0 in the ladies’ playoff.

Shinyalu captain Lavender Lihemo was named the ladies’ most valuable player with Kitale’s Kennedy Mwendwa lifting the boys’ title. Beaten finalists Cherangany and Kisumu Lakers had their keepers, Nancy Chebet and Eric Ochieng named the best keepers.

The Golden boot awards went to Shinyalu’s Lavender Nalisi and Kitale’s Elly Saenyi, both with four goals as curtains came down on one of the best Copa Coca-Cola tournaments in recent memory.