KAKAMEGA, Kenya, Mar 25 – Kapenguria Heroes custodian Brian Lumumba grabbed the headlines after saving three penalties to inspire his West Pokot team shock favourites Gor Mahia Youth 3-0 in post-match penalties to lift the Boys Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom title at a packed Bukhungu Stadium on Sunday.
Kapenguria went home with Sh1mn prize money and earn a fully paid one-week trip to London where they will benefit from clinics and mentorship from Tottenham Hotspur midfielder and Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama.
The match had ended 0-0 with both sides firing blanks but it was Kapenguria who fluffed a number of glorious chances including a feeble shot towards the Gor Goalkeeper, Caleb Omondi from star David Majak two minutes for stoppage time.
Lumumba was named the best goalkeeper, Ben Ogot from Ombek Red Devils scooped the Golden Boot after scoring four goals while Kapenguria Heroes star, Majak won the Most Valuable Player award.
Despite failing to save any penalty in post-match, Gor shot-stopper Omondi rescued the K’Ogalo juniors several to thwart Majak’s shots with fantastic saves.
Majak forced Omondi to fully stretch and punch away the powerful set-piece for a fruitless corner.
On the other end on the quarter-hour mark, Gor should have gone ahead if Sellasie Otieno had not miss-cued in the box.
Two minutes to the break, Omondi once again stood tall in between the sticks to keep his side in the game and see both sides share spoils at half time.
There were no goals in the second half despite the chances created and Kapenguria Heroes through Majak were denied by the Gor keeper who tipped the shot over the bar.
Heading to post-match penalties, Kapenguria converted all their opening three penalties through Gabriel Poriot, Fredrick Krop and Collins Kibet while Gor squandered their kicks with Alpha Onyango seeing his first penalty well saved, same as Mathew Mwendwa’s that was parried away before Geoffrey Omondi blazed his over.