Mashimoni claim championship in nail-biter after conquering Dandora Youth
Kibera’s Mashimoni All Stars etched their name in history as they triumphed at the inaugural 82 Ultimate Cup after a thrilling face-off against Dandora Youth that culminated in a dramatic penalty shootout at the Police Sacco Stadium over the weekend.
The championship match unfolded into an intense battle, with Mashimoni and Dandora locked in a one-all draw during regular time. The deadlock persisted into extra time until Mashimoni secured a nerve-wracking 4-3 victory over their resilient opponents from Dandora, sealing their triumph.
With the prestigious title came a substantial reward as Mashimoni claimed the winner’s purse of Sh1,000,000.
Dandora Youth secured the first runners-up spot, earning a consolation prize of Sh500,000, while the second runners-up, Dagoretti’s FIFA Best, walked away with Sh300,000.
Other participating teams were awarded Sh100,000 each.
The tournament, spanning three days from November 30, brought together eight teams from distinct Nairobi regions, igniting not just a quest for the prize money but also the honor of the city’s football supremacy.
Coach Joash Olwaga expressed his joy over the victory, highlighting plans to utilize part of the winnings for the team’s development.
“We shall use some of the money from the one million to empower our boys in the team to ensure they have something to keep them busy.”
Further, he emphasized the importance of nurturing talent across various age groups and acknowledged the role tournaments like these play in unearthing hidden potential.
Beyond the competition, the 82 Ultimate Cup championed environmental conservation through the slogan “Play for Green Spaces.”
Throughout the event, the initiative saw the planting of over 2,000 trees, emphasizing a sustained commitment to the environment beyond the tournament’s conclusion.
Among the individual accolades, Mashimoni’s Victor Omondi claimed the Best Goalkeeper award, while Dandora’s Steve Musyoka and William Odhiambo emerged as the tournament’s Top Scorer and Best Player, respectively.
Representing various regions of Nairobi, the tournament served as a platform to unite communities through the love of football, transcending boundaries and advocating for both sporting excellence and environmental stewardship.