The 2017 Annual Kothbiro Football Tournament is on and to start the proceedings 37 teams will battle it out for the 16 slots available in the coveted group stage. As per set tradition, all teams that made it to the round of 16 the previous season are saved from the rigors of the qualifiers as they are automatic admittance. All other teams that registered have to navigate through the tricky and murky qualifiers.


Inline with the new disciplinary rules and regulations 3 teams from last season; Wenyeji, Country Bus and Lebanon have been issued two seasons suspensions. Wenyeji and Country Bus caused abandonment of matches in their round of sixteen encounters against Interdjinamory and Nyoi respectively. Thus the two automatic qualifiers slot were gifted to Burrussia and FIFA Best who were the best performers in their groups.

At least 15 other teams were barred from the tournament after elapse of the two day extended registration deadline. During the teams meeting a couple of issues including the perceived “harsh” disciplinary measures were discussed. In the interest of free and fair football and growth of the tournament, it was concluded that deterrence to violence in future was paramount.

The qualifiers will be played in three different stadiums, Ziwani Sports grounds, Pumwani Sports grounds and D.E.B Primary school grounds. Three matches will be played per day between Tuesday 14th Nov and Thursday 16th Nov.

The full tournament Kothbiro draw will be conducted on 17th Nov and the launch and first match will be played on Sunday 19th Nov.


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