NAIROBI, February 29 – Capital Group Limited chairman Dr Chris Kirubi lauded the brilliant Capital FM football team as they underlined their name after lifting the fourth Standard Chartered Road to Anfield tournament.
Kirubi, who spared his busy schedule to meet the Best Mix of Music team on Monday, congratulated the side that earned a four-day fully paid trip to Liverpool, urging them to go on and make history as the first African country to win the Standard Chartered Trophy Finals which will be played at Anfield in April.
Only Postal Corporation of Kenya who bundled out Capital FM in the finals last year came close, when they lost 2-1 to Korea.
“It’s a great pleasure that we have a team of talented people who have proved to be very good. It’s a big pride of you to win and beat all other teams. For Capital FM, that’s an extra feather on our side because we are number one.”
“You have got an opportunity for training to learn new tricks and you better continue doing practice. You must go there and win. You know when I was young playing football my favourite quote was ‘If you miss the ball don’t miss the man’ But these days you get penalised if you do that,” Kirubi said after the team showed him the glittering trophy.
He called on the team to maintain discipline and be ambitious, “You should work as a team and motivate each other. Things don’t happen overnight they take a long-time but you don’t lose hope, you go for tough options not easy ones.”
“Please keep on going and since you are associated with me you must succeed not to let me down. Hard work, success and determination is the key. I will come and watch you guys play but only if you promise me you will win,” Kirubi urged.
The team is expected to intensify a month long training to be ready for the life-time experience where they will carry Kenya’s flag in Anfield, the home of Liverpool FC.
The Capital FM team booked the slot after whipping Radio Africa 3-0 in an all media final on Saturday to earn the bragging rights at least for a year.
In the tournament that brought together 32 teams, Capital FM produced the top scorer Solomon Okeyo with 10 goals who was named the Most Valuable Player after playing a pivotal role in the team that had key among them Alex Isaboke from the Sports Desk, Head of IT Duncan Kikata, Webmaster David Muba and programmes producer skipper Lassie Atrash.
Ali Athman, Richard Litunya, Shaffie Soud and Jeffrey Ooko completed the list of the players who featured in the 5-aside annual tournament.
While in Anfield, Capital FM will attend an English Premier League match , and will benefit from a professional training session with Liverpool FC legends and coaches in preparation for the final tournament.