NAIROBI, Kenya, July 18- JMJ Academy and Jogoo Road Girls will represent Nairobi Province in the COPA Coca-Cola national finals after cruising past their opponents in the provincial finals played last weekend.
Jogoo Road booked their ticket to the Kisumu finals after topping St. Teresa 4-2 on post-match penalties at the semifinals stage before sinking four goals past Kasarani in the final.
Phoebe Ekirapa was the heroine netting a brace with Mural Auma and Peninah Achando scoring the other two to give Jogoo the convincing win.
St. Teresa beat St. Martins 1-0 to take third place.
The boy’s fixtures were tightly contested with four matches, including the final, being decided on penalties.
JMJ Academy proved too good for Makadara in the first quarter final and duly prevailed 3-1.
Anthony Mieno was instrumental in the goals providing assists for goal scorers Felix Okinyi and Dennis Njoroge while Hawi Omondi scored the third late into the match.
In the other quarters, Kasarani knocked out Jamhuri 5-4 on penalties after the tie ended in stalemate.
Langa’ta Boys also won 4-3 on spot-kicks against Ofafa Jericho after the two teams shared a barren draw in regulation time while Annointed beat Asec Academy 2-1.
In the semis, James Oyayo and Michael Maina were both on target as Langa’ta edged out Kasarani 2-1.
Anointed defeated JMJ Academy 5-4 again on the lottery of penalties before they were controversially disqualified after allegedly fielding ineligible players in the other last four fixture.
Kasarani were hence given a walkover in the third place play-off as JMJ Academy and Lang’ata Boys contested the final.
The two teams entertained the fans with some sharp passing but their cagey approach to the game meant no one managed to breach their opponent’s goal as it deadlocked at 0-0 in normal time.
JMJ keeper Felix Okinyi emerged the hero as he saved Hillary Shako’s penalty to give JMJ Academy a laser thin 5-4 win and a ticket to the Kisumu finals slated for mid-August.
Meanwhile a team comprising of Nairobi-based journalists gave a good account of their potential in spite of going down 4-0 to a well drilled Thika Veterans side.
Joe Muracia, Victor Mburu, Patchers Okwaro and Bramwel Wambua were all on target for the Veterans who had to pull every trick out of the football manual to beat the Media11.
The media team was represented by among others, goalkeeper Robin Toskin, Fred Arocho, David Nyadera, Robo, Diblo Kaberia, Erick Ochieng’, Ken Nato, Stafford Ondego, Stephen Mukangai, Muigai Kigure, Nelson Mzee and Josphat Kebut.
The COPA Coca-Cola provincial finals will enter its penultimate stage this weekend.
Boys – Quarterfinals
Eshikamale 2 0 Mbale
Chavakali 4 2 Mukumu
Mundika 2 0 Bukembe
Lumakanda 2 0 St Mathias
Eshikamale 0 1 Mundika
Chavakali 2 0 Lumakanda
Chavakali 2 0 Mundika
Butere 2 0 Mudavadi
Bishop Njenga 0 2 Busaida (walkover)
Butula 2 0 Ibinzo (walkover)
Butula 6 0 Busaida
Lasalle Youth 1 0 Sagana Youth
Gataragwa 1 0 Reality Stars