Rivalry is set to be reignited yet again this weekend as two fearless warriors battle down at Kongoli Primary School grounds today.
Nzoia Sportiff FC will square out with long-term rivals Kongoli FC, in an epic semi-final match set to kickoff at 2PM. Both teams will be seeking to qualify for the finals of The Kennedy Nabalia tournament, sponsored by the assistant chief of Kongoli sub location.
Both technicians have expressed their confidence ahead of this clash, which has been dubbed a ‘final before a final’. Speaking with the writer, Kongoli FC coach George Dada Adundo has confirmed that tomorrow’s game is a must win.
“My team has prepared very well, we had our final touches today. My boys are in good morale and we expect nothing but the best.”
Onyango also acknowledges that he expects a home advantage, with the game hosted on their home ground. He also added that all players are fit and expects a good match.
“It will be a derby, I expect fans to come out in large numbers. I hope the Kickoff time is strictly observed because of rains. Sportiff have never beaten us in a semifinal.”
On the other hand, Sportiff FC tactician Classford Sponsor Situma is also head high, affirming that his young boys will carry the day.
“Any fixture between us has been carried with the respect it deserves. This is a derby, and we expect all sorts of feelings, emotions and rivalry.”
He further added that his goal in this tournament will not be judged by winning trophies, but rather his interest is on talent development.
” I have young talented boys who I have faith will play well. For instance, Coutinho is fresh from the national primary school games. Another good player is Mash Wekesa. It has also been our culture as Nzoia Sportiff FC to produce talents which have been absorbed in KPL yearly.”
The tournament was started by Mr. Kennedy Nabalia, who is the assistant chief of Kongoli sub location.
“I thought of something good to keep my youths active during this August holiday. The objectivity of the tournament was Unity, anti-drug abuse campaigns, nurture the talents of our boys and also create awareness on national programs e.g the census.”
The administrator was delightful of how the tournament has been highly welcomed, citing that the semifinal matches will be exciting.
“I am happy to see Ian Simiyu signed at Nzoia Sugar FC. This is the trend we should set, nurturing talents of the youths. I understand tommorow’s game will be of high emotions, and I therefore urge all fans coming for this match to maintain order and discipline. They should not cheer entering the pitch and in case of any issue, let them forward to the tournament committee.”
Mr. Nabalia further added that he is trying to source in for more sponsors ahead of the finals slated for 1st September.
“All teams will be given something. The trophy is already in place, and other monetary awards will be channeled after the finals.”
The other semifinal scheduled on Sunday will see on form Mbuni Fc taking on Brand Fc.