NAIROBI, March 29 – The Standard Chartered Road to Anfield tournament champions Capital FM have been drawn in a tough group for the inaugural StarTimes media challenge set for Saturday at the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani.
The Best Mix of Music team will square it out with Radio Africa, whom they edged out in the Standard Chartered Road to Anfield final, national broadcaster KBC and football website Soka in Group B.
Capital FM captain Alex Isaboke while acknowledging it will be a tough group reiterated the team’s ambition to go all the way and said it will be a great platform for the team to prepare for the international Standard Chartered Anfield tournament set for April 23 at the home of Liverpool FC.
“It is a tough group for us since all the teams are good but we are optimistic as we have met some of the teams before. I know Radio Africa will come to the match with intents of revenging but we have what it takes to move to the next round.
“This will be a great opportunity for us to gauge our fitness ahead of the Anfield tournament in Liverpool next month,” Isaboke stated.
Capital is set to depart April 20 to represent Kenya in the global showpiece that will bring together all the continents.
Group A will be the pool of death as it includes Nation Media Group, Standard Group, Royal media and the sponsors StarTimes while Group C include Xinhua, Media Forum, Goal.com and 442 Media.
Media Max headline Group D where they will battle it out with Kass Media, ATG Radio, and Ghetto Radio.
The top two teams from each group qualifies for the quarter finals with Group A leader facing Group B’s runners-up while Group C’s table toppers squaring it out with Group D’s second finisher.
Former Arsenal and Nigeria forward Nwankwo Kanu will grace the tournament as the chief guest and according to the organizers, he will head straight to Kasarani after landing at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Saturday morning.
Winners of the tournament will walk home with Sh50, 000, second placed receives Sh30, 000 while the third best team will be rewarded with Sh20, 000.
There will also be individual prizes for best goalkeeper and the top scorer.
StarTimes corporate communications manager Alex Mwaura has confirmed the tournament will be an annual feat and disclosed the company is looking to explore more into football development.
“Kanu, who is our brand ambassador, will conduct a football coaching clinic on Sunday involving players between 10-16 years and this is part of our commitment to see to it that we assume our corporate responsibility more by sponsoring grass-root football. There are several negotiations that are in place for sponsorships but we cannot let the cat out of the bag yet,” Mwaura said.
The former Arsenal legend will have a four day itinerary and it will include a visit to cardiovascular condition patients at Kenyatta National Hospital to promote his Kanu Heart Foundation initiative which he founded in 2000 to help save underprivileged African children.
Group A: Nation, Standard, Royal Media, Startimes
Group B: Radio Africa, KBC, Capital FM Soka
Group C: Xinhua, Media Forum, Goal, 442 Media
Group D: Kass Media, ATG Radio, Mediamax, Ghetto Radio