Allin Jua-Kali have made it to the finals of the 2019 annual Kothbiro football tournament after beating a star-studded MASA fc by a solitary goal in an exciting semi-final match played at the iconic Ziwani Sports grounds this afternoon.
The single goal was scored by former Ingwe man Victor Ochieng in the 60’ when he picked a loose ball that had bounced off the top-bar after a beautiful corner. The goal was enough to push the mechanical fanatics also known as the Spanner boys to the most coveted stage in Kenyan football; the Kothbiro finals.
The first half was equally balanced on and off the field with wasted opportunities on both sides working to charge the fans even more. The referees whistle was a reliever to both teams.
The 2nd half kicked off as if there was no break with the same speed and pace and MASA were pressing dangerously forward but the Spanner was in place to lock the Lunatic train on its tracks. Though poor on counter-attacks Allin got their pace right and correct passes and turned the tide against MASA but their effort yielded the important corner kick. Victor Ochieng’s found himself lonely and unmarked but with a blessed rebound ball that just needed his head for guidance to the back of the net. The goal sent the crowd into a frenzy and the fanatical mechanics were beaming with joy like a freshly painted and buffed car.
Their celebrations were almost short lived as MASA swift response yielded a free-kick right on the edge of the Spanner boys box. MASA first tried a quickie on goal but only received a yellow card for playing the ball without the ref’s consent. The second shot dipped dangerously but was punched away by the Allin keeper who fell heavily due to the force that was behind it.
The debutant Spanner boys who have emerged as the surprise package this season rekindles fond memories of the 2017 winners, South B led by Abraham Dawo and managed by Jeff Kinyanjui. South B were then playing in their 3rd season but Allin are in their maiden season. Though they lost their first match to Ruaraka fc by a single goal, they came back stronger in their second match against defending champions Cinema beating them by by two unreplied goals and also beat Country Bus with the same margin.
Allin will face Kingstone fc who also deservedly won all their knock-out matches including beating a highly fancied Umeme Bees. Kingstone the Carnivores from Burma in Shauri Moyo are last season’s semi-finalist and will be looking to lift their first ever Kothbiro title.
The finals and fete are scheduled for Saturday 3rd, from 2pm and as per the norm promises to be a star studded event.