Isiolo-based Taqwa FC produced one of the best performances of the Copa Coca-Cola tourney so far as they easily glided past their opponents at Isiolo Boys grounds on Saturday, to book their tickets to this year’s provincial games.
The community team kicked off the exciting week eight Copa games, qualifying for the provincials after beating St Kizito Boys 2-0, before thumping a hapless Isiolo Barracks side 5-0.
Taqwa showed their intention to kill off the first match fast, floating three brilliant freekicks within the opening ten minutes of the game, two of which went just wide with the third one hitting the post. Their relentless attacks were rewarded just quarter-way into the match when Isiolo Boys’ defender Abdisalan Issack headed the ball into his own net from a corner.
The well-drilled Taqwa side, whose goalkeeper barely touched the ball during the first half, harangued their opponents but wasted glorious opportunities after another before the referee whistled for half time. It was Taqwa who again started the second half brightly as their tiki-taka, pass and move football clearly overwhelmed and wore down their opponents.
They doubled their lead at the half hour mark when the industrious Mujahideen Abdi slotted a Mohamoud ‘Ozil’ Adow cross past a helpless Isiolo Barracks custodian. Adow then waltzed and jinked his way past three defenders before hitting an inviting through ball to Mujahideen but the diminutive midfielder squandered the chance as the game ended 2-0 in favour of Taqwa.
In their second match, Taqwa fired a warning to their next opponents in the provincials with a dominant and convincing 5-0 mauling of a more senior Isiolo Barracks side. Mahamoud Abdul and Suleiman both hit a brace each while Hassan Hared completed the rout in the 88th minute to give Taqwa a much deserved 5-0 win over Barracks.
In another match, Isiolo Boys bounced back from their loss to Taqwa to beat St. Kizito 3-1 and also book their place in the provincials.
In the girls’ category, Fanstar qualified for the provincials after coming from a goal down to beat Glittering Stars 2-1, thanks to goals from Irene Gatwirie and Jackline Kawera, either side of Zeinab Ali’s consolation for the Stars. This was in spite of Fanstars’ 2-1 loss to table-toppers and fellow provincials-bound Isiolo Girls. Sabina Angelina scored a hat-trick and Farhiya Shariff added another for St. Kizito Girls as they ran riot against Glittering Stars but their 4-1 win could not take them beyond the group stages. Zeinab Ali was the only star that shone for the Glittering stars with a last minute consolation.
In results from other counties, St. Mathias were the big winners in Busia County hitting three goals past Bujumba who also lost their second match 2-1 against Malaba youth. A solitary goal was enough for Villa to earn a 1-0 win over Farm. Mundika beat Bukhalalire 2-0 before sharing a 1-1 draw with Farm.
In Makueni, Unoa Sportif overwhelmed Mwaani Boys 3-0 in the boys’ only match. In the girls’ matches, AIC Muyuni handed both Ititu and Mwaani girls a 2-0 beat down. Ititu saved their face with a 3-1 win over Makueni Girls.
St. Daniels gave Ikuu and Mukuuni a 4-0 thumping each in Tharaka/Nithi county as Gatunga eased to a 3-1 win over Karigini before they suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Tharaka. Tharaka then narrowly edged out Karigini 1-0, a scoreline that was repeated by Chogoria in their match against Wukuuni.
Karigini and Mukuuni were involved in a four-goal thriller as they both saw the back of each other’s net twice, as Chogoria beat Mukuuni and Ikuu 2-0 and 2-1 respectively.
The biggest scoreline of the week eight games was in Mombasa where Mombasa United humiliated Changamwe girls 8-0 in a one-sided encounter before edging past Khamis 2-1. Changamwe’s goal was then breached four times by Gulshan youth while Mombasa Baptist drew 0-0 with Serani Secondary before beating Tudoy Day by a solitary goal. Shimo la Tewa and St Lwanga both won 2-0 and 1-0 against Serani Secondary and Mama Ngina respectively.
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