NAIROBI, April 2 – High flying Capital FM football team warmed up for the Standard Chartered Anfield Trophy Final with a the third place play off title at the inaugural StarTimes Media Challenge tournament held at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani on Saturday.
The Best Mix of Music team edged out Four-Four-Two Media 3-2 on post match penalties to lift a trophy and receive Sh20, 000 in a tournament that was graced by former Nigeria and Arsenal great forward Nwankwo Kanu.
The match ended in a 1-1 draw in regulation time to force the shoot-outs where Alex Isaboke from the Sports Desk punched away Steve Ayoo’s penalty after Production Assistant Lassie Atrash and Jeffrey Ooko had successfully converted for Capital FM.
Capital produced the best goal keeper of the tournament with Shaffi Soud grabbing the Golden Gloves.
Radio Africa beat Goal.com 1-0 to be crowned champions and take home Sh50, 000 while the runners-up got Sh30, 000.
Entering the one-day tournament as favorites, Capital, who missed their injured instrumental midfielder Kristian Litunya, displayed their tiki-taka style of play but fall short at the semi-finals when Goal.com won 5-4 on penalties after a barren draw in regulation time.
In the penalties, Atrash, Sports Reporter Timothy Olobulu, Ooko and Solomon Okeyo scored before Ali Athman saw his kick saved.
“It was another good day. I want to thank my team for giving their all. Penalties are usually anyone’s game. We were not lucky today but we are happy we emerged third. It was a good platform for us to gauge our fitness as we prepare to represent the country at Standard Chartered Trophy Finals in Anfield,” Team Manager Duncan Kikata, who is the Head of IT highlighted.
The team that also featured stars Web Master David Muba, Football Sunday’s presenter Joyce Mukami and Ivy Mang’eli from the Digital department began on a high note after beating SOKA 2-0, then went on to draw goalless with Radio Africa before beating National Broadcaster KBC 2-0 to top Pool B on seven points.
In the quarter-finals, Atrash produced a man of the match performance when he drove home a screamer from the set-piece to help Capital humble Nation Media Group 2-0 after Ooko added the second from Okeyo’s fine set-up.
The team continues with training ahead of the Standard Chartered Trophy Finals with Capital seeking to become the first outfit from Africa to lift the prestigious tournament after Postal Cooperation of Kenya lost 2-1 to Korea in the final last year.
The Capital team will depart to Anfield, the home of Liverpool April 20 and will attend an English Premier League match against New Castle United on the weekend before playing the tournament the same day under floodlights.