NAIROBI, February 22 – It was close but no cigar yet again for the spirited Capital FM football side after they fell at the final hurdle of the Standard Chartered Bank Road to Anfield tournament after going down 3-2 to Posta in a nail biting final at Nairobi’s Kenya School of Monetary Studies on Sunday.
Posta will now represent the country at next month’s East Africa regional finals at the same venue where the winner in a play-off between them and respective champions from Uganda and Tanzania will earn a ticket to a fully paid trip to the home of English Premier League club Liverpool FC as the Best Mix of Music cast were left to rue what might have been.
Capital featuring Break Fast presenter Maqbul Mohammed, Sport reporter Alex Isaboke and Programmes producer Lassie Atrash in their ranks stunned many to reach the decider but ultimately came short against the mailmen who boasted of experienced players such as ex-Kenyan Premier League campaigner, James Okal.
Posta scored quick fire goals through Samuel Ouma and Steve Okere against a Capital side still in the dressing room in the first half before Atrash pulled one back on the stroke of half time.
Atrash completed his brace to level the match as Capital upped the ante after the breather but with the match headed for the lottery of spot-kicks, Okal grabbed a late winner to quash the dream of the Best Mix of Music side of vying for a coveted shot at Anfield, a particularly heartbreaking loss for Maqbul who is a fervent Liverpool diehard.
By the time of going to press, he had recovered sufficiently from being gutted to mutter he will soldier on with his show on his Monday as his sports colleague Isaboke returned desolate to file evening KPL results with other teammates around them downcast.
“There goes my chance to travel to Anfield as a player. Feels like the time Gerrard slipped to loosen our grip on the EPL title last season. It was (Demba) Ba-ad,” Maqbul (sic) said between gritted teeth as fellow Liverpool supporter and social media lynchpin, Duncan Ndirangu who was hoping to hitch a joy ride to Merseyside to give the team’s progress online with his iPad to Tweet, post on Facebook and Instagram wept.
To reach the decider, Capital drained the fuel out Oil Libya 2-0 in the round of 16 before hospitalising Kenyatta National Hospital in the quarters 3-2 on post match penalties after their pulsating match ended 2-2 in regulation time.
In the semis the Best Mix of Music masters deflated Vivo Energy 2-0.
The two-day five a side tournament brought-together 40 teams from the media and the corporate world with defending champions the Standard Media Group falling 4-3 to Radio Africa on penalties in the round of 16.
Radio Africa bounced back from their 2-0 defeat to Posta in the semis to find the frequency to beat Vivo Energy 1-0 in the third-place play-offs.
Speaking during the trophy presentation ceremony, the Bank’s CEO Lamin Manjang hailed the participating teams for making the tournament a success.
“I thank all teams for their participation. It’s a befitting final and I congratulate the winners, but continue training hard and prepare well for the regional finals,” said Manjang.
Capital turn attention to Friday’s SuperSport Fun day tournament where they lost narrowly in the final after sassy news caster Anita Nderu scored an own goal for victorious host team. It was truly Dejavu Sunday.