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Monday, July 18, 2011

JMJ Academy and Jogoo Road Qualify For COPA National Finals

JMJ Academy and Jogoo Road Girls will represent Nairobi Province in the COPA Coca-Cola national finals after cruising past their opponents in the provincial finals played last weekend.

Jogoo Road booked their ticket to the Kisumu finals after piping St. Teresa 4-2 in post-match penalties at the semifinals stage before hitting four goals past Kasarani in the final. Phoebe Ekirapa was the heroine hitting a brace with Mural Auma and Peninah Achando scoring the other two to give Jogoo Road a convincing 4-0 win over Kasarani.

St Teresa beat St. Martins 1-0 to take the third place bragging rights.

The boys’ matches were hotly contested with four matches, including the final, being decided on penalties. JMJ Academy proved too good for Makadara in the first quarterfinal match winning 3-1. Antony Mieno was instrumental in the goals providing assists for goalscorers Felix Okinyi and Dennis Njoroge while Hawi Omondi scored the third late into the match.

In the other quarterfinal matches, Kasarani knocked out Jamhuri 5-4 on penalties after the match had ended in a stalemate. Langa’ta Boys also won 4-3 against Ofafa Jericho in post match penalties after the two teams could only manage a 0-0 draw in normal time while Annointed beat Asec Academy 2-1.

In the semifinals, James Oyayo and Michael Maina were both on target as Langa’ta Boys edged out Kasarani 2-1. In the second semifinal, Anointed defeated JMJ Academy 5-4 in post-match penalties but they were controversially disqualified after allegedly fielding ineligible players.

Kasarani Boys were hence given a walkover in the third place playoff as JMJ Academy and Lang’ata Boys contested the final. The two teams entertained the fans with some sharp passing but their cagey approach to the game meant no one managed to infringe their opponent’s goal as it ended 0-0 in normal time.

JMJ keeper Felix Okinyi emerged the hero as he saved Hillay Shako’s penalty to give JMJ Academy a 5-4 win over Lang’ata and a ticket to the Kisumu finals slated for mid-August.

Meanwhile a team comprising of Nairobi-based journalists gave a good account of their potential in spite of going down 4-0 to a well drilled Thika Veterans. Joe Muracia, Victor Mburu, Patchers Okwaro and Bramwel Wambua were all on target for the Veterans who had to pull every trick out of the football manual to beat the Media11.

The media team was represented by among others, goalkeeper Robin Toskin, Fred Arocho, David Nyadera, Robo, Diblo Kaberia, Erick Ochieng’, Ken Nato, Staford Ondego, Stephen Mukangai, Muigai Kigure, Nelson Mzee and Josphat Kebut.

The COPA Coca-Cola provincial finals will enter its penultimate stage this weekend.

Other Results

Western Province

Boys - Quartefinals
Eshikamale 2 0 Mbale
Chavakali 4 2 Mukumu
Mundika 2 0 Bukembe
Lumakanda 2 0 St Mathias

Semifinals
Eshikamale 0 1 Mundika
Chavakali 2 0 Lumakanda

Final
Chavakali 2 0 Mundika

Girls

Semifinals
Butere 2 0 Mudavadi
Bishop Njenga 0 2 Busaida (walkover)
Butula 2 0 Ibinzo (walkover)

Final
Butula 6 0 Busaida


Central Province

Boys Final
Lasalle Youth 1 0 Sagana Youth

Girls Final
Gataragwa 1 0 Reality Stars

And That's thesteifmastertake!!