NAIROBI, February 27 – The Capital FM Football team earned a fully paid trip to Liverpool after producing a brilliant performance to thrash Radio Africa 3-0 in a mouth watering Standard Chartered Road to Anfield final at Kasarani Stadium on Saturday.
Capital FM team will now represent Kenya at the Standard Chartered Trophy Finals which will be played at Anfield in April.
In addition, the Best Mix of Music team that was managed by head of IT Duncan Kikata, will attend an English Premier League match at Anfield, and will benefit from a professional training session with Liverpool FC legends and coaches in preparation for the final tournament.
It was a dream come true for Capital FM who fell at the final hurdle last year 3-2 at the hands of Postal Corporation of Kenya.
“I’m so happy that we finally made it after coming close last year. It’s a dream come true for the entire team and I thank the Capital management for the support. I assure Kenyans that we will represent the country well and hopefully come home with the trophy,” an elated Kikata said after the match.
Liverpool legend John Barnes who was the chief guest congratulated Capital FM and is looking forward to meet the team in Anfield.
“Well done, you guys deserve it, you have played so well hope you will be the first Kenyan team to win the finals in Anfield… congratulations,” Barnes, a former PFA Player of the Year twice, stated.
A spirited Capital FM featuring Sports Editor Alex Isaboke, programmes producer Lassie Atrash, web master David Muba, Solomon Okeyo, Ali Athman, Shaffie Soud, Richard Litunya and Jeffrey Ooko in their ranks stunned many to reach the decider.
However, the team suffered a blow after Muba picked a knock in the second match of the group against National Airport Services but that did not stop their dream of visiting Anfield.
In the final, Most valuable player of the tournament Okeyo scored a brace to add onto Atrash’s thunderbolt opener to silence a strong Radio Africa Group that comprised former Harambe Stars and AFC Leopards defender, Anthony ‘Modo’ Kimani and football commentator Fred Arocho.
To reach the final, Capital FM deflated Vivo Energy 3-0 in the quarter-finals before shocking favourites Nakumatt 3-1 in the semis.
In the preliminary round, Capital FM topped Pool B on 15 points after beating Standard Group 3-2, National Airport Service 1-0, IBM 2-1, Nairobi bottlers 2-1 and drawing with Nokia and Safaricon 1-1.
The one-day five a side tournament brought together 32 teams from the media and the corporate world with 2013 winners the Standard Media Group failing to go past the group stages.
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.