Kibera's Mashimoni All Stars pocket Ksh1 million in Inaugural 82 Ultimate Cup tournament


FOOTBALL Kibera's Mashimoni All Stars pocket Ksh1 million in Inaugural 82 Ultimate Cup tournament

Festus Chuma 20:22 - 04.12.2023

Kibera's Mashimoni All Stars celebrate their stunning victory and a substantial cash reward in the 82 Ultimate Cup.

Kibera’s Mashimoni All Stars emerged triumphant as the inaugural 82 Ultimate Cup tournament champions after an electrifying showdown against Dandora Youth at the Police Sacco Stadium on Saturday, 2nd December.

 In a thrilling final that left fans on the edge of their seats, Mashimoni All Stars secured their victory in a dramatic post-match penalty shootout.

The champions did not just earn a well-deserved title as they also took home a grand prize of one million Kenyan shillings. 

The first runners-up, Dandora Youth, received a consolation prize of Ksh500,000, while the second runners-up claimed Ksh300,000.

 Other participating teams in the tournament were not left empty-handed, each receiving Ksh100,000.

The intense final match saw Mashimoni and Dandora locked in a one-all draw during regular time, pushing the game into extra time. 

Ultimately, it was Mashimoni who secured a thrilling 4-3 victory over the Dandora representatives during the penalty shootout.

This epic showdown marked the culmination of a three-day football extravaganza that commenced on Thursday, November 30th, 2023. 

Eight teams from eight different regions in Nairobi battled not only for the coveted one million Kenya shillings but also for the honor and bragging rights of their respective city neighborhoods.

Mashimoni took an early lead against Dandora in the first half thanks to Jahson Wakachala's goal. 

However, Karsam Njaga's second-half goal from a corner kick gave Dandora the lifeline they needed, leading the match into the high-pressure penalties to determine the champion.

During the penalty shootout, Mashimoni's nerves were tested as they saw two of their six penalties saved, while Dandora had one penalty saved, one blasted over the bar, and another rattled on the crossbar. 

An elated coach, Joash Olwaga of Mashimoni, expressed their gratitude for the victory and their commitment to using some of the prize money to empower their players:

"We are thankful that we emerged as the winners. It was a good game with some pressure, though we knew it would be a tough match. We shall use some of the money from the one million to empower our boys in the team to ensure they have something to keep them busy," he said.

 "There is a need to have a pool of players across different age groups and ensure a smooth transition into the senior team. Tournaments such as these will help unearth such talents."

Earlier on the same day, Dagoretti’s FIFA Best secured third place by edging out Strathmore FC in the third-place playoff with a solitary goal.

In the individual awards category, Mashimoni's goalkeeper, Victor Omondi, received the best goalkeeper accolade. 

Dandora's duo, Steve Musyoka and William Odhiambo, were recognized as the top scorer and best player, respectively.

Besides showcasing their football skills, this tournament also made a significant contribution to environmental conservation. 

From its conception and throughout the preliminary stages, the tournament advocated for environmental conservation with the rallying call "Play for Green Spaces." 

Over 2,000 trees were planted by the end of the first edition on Saturday, with plans to continue this initiative even after the tournament concludes.

The tournament organizers, 82 Sports, are a young, vibrant, and upcoming sports company with a mission to host talent search tournaments and venture into sports gear and sports facility construction. 

Their focus on nurturing sports talent and promoting environmental sustainability through "Play For Green Spaces" underscores their commitment to leaving a positive footprint in the world of sports. 

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