Mata and Osumba steer A1000 Street to 5th Koth Biro title

By alex wafula
Jan 10, 2016
  • David Ojwang, the A1000 Street FC captain displays the trophy they won after beating Pumwani All Stars 2-1 in the Koth Biro final. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Eric Mata (L) who scored one of the goals for A1000 Street races away from Athman Buki of Pumwani All Stars. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

A1000 Street from Kaloleni have retained the annual Koth Biro title after beating Pumwani All Stars 3-0 in a final played at the Ziwani ground on Sunday evening.

This was a repeat of the 2009 final when A1000 Street won 2-1. A1000 Street from Kaloleni have now won the title five times.

The match was one-sided and the champions completely dominated their opponents although both teams fielded a good number of players from Premier League teams.

But, it was the boys from Kaloleni who were more organized, played as a team and took their chances. Tusker’s Brian Osumba and the Mathare United duo of Erick Mata and Roy Syamba scored in A1000 Street’s comfortable win.

Osumba scored with an easy finish inside the box unmarked after being picked out by Syamba who put through a defense-splitting pass between the two Pumwani centre halves. Pumwani missed the inspirational Charles Odette at the heart of defense.

As a result, they struggled to mark  the deadly trio of Mata, Clifford Alwanga and Osumba. Athman Buki was pushed from right back into centre half, but still he could not do much to steady the ship.

Just before Osumba hit the back of the net in the 29th minute, the Tusker FC midfielder had come close with a shot from the edge of the box which went over.

A1000 Street had dominated and the only chance Pumwani had was an Augustine Eshiwani header from Tyrone Owino’s corner which went wide.

Four minutes after Osumba had opened the scores, Mata doubled the lead after taking advantage of a goalkeeping error by Pumwani's Salim Rakula. The keeper had pulled out of his line to try and block away Syamba, but the Mathare man managed to side step him and float in a cross.

Mata scored his seventh goal

Alwanga rose to bring it down and Mata slapped home his seventh goal of the tournament from a close range.

At the stroke of halftime, Syamba scored the third with a header from a David Mwangi freekick from the left.

At the start of the second half, Pumwani brought on Nakumatt FC skipper Peter Nzuki in place of Nigerian Mathius Okoro who had struggled to impress.

But it was too little too late with A1000 Street taking it easy while Pumwani labored and opted to play with three at the back in search of a goal, but Mathare’s Robinson Kamura was taking no prisoners in the A1000 Street defense.

Earlier on, Opitos claimed third place after beating Headquarters 1-0 in the play off.

The final was graced by the tournament’s patron, Starehe MP Maina Kamanda who promised to lay an artificial turf at the ground, similar to the one at Jericho's Camp Toyoyo.

It was a final full of flair especially with A1000 Street fans flocking the pitch in all manner of dressing and flamboyance. Security had been tightened by the organizers after cases of match stoppages were witnessed last year when A1000 Street beat Nyoi in the final.

Calvin Kyalo from Headquarters was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player with Salim Ochollah from Wenyenji named top scorer. Sixteen-year old Maurice Muya of Umeme Bees was the goalkeeper award.