Murhanda Boys and their ladies’ team, Murhanda Girls, are odds-on favorites to lift the COPA Coca-Cola Western provincial finals title as the fight for national championships heads to the western region on Sunday at Kakamega High School.
The duo who topped the standings during the Western branch group stage matches are in a fine run of form after both recorded victories in their previous two assignments and will be aiming at the top price when the provincial finals enter its penultimate leg.
The first match will pit Murhanda Boys against their Western branch rivals Bulimbo Academy before Maraka and Kaptama Boys square it off in a Northwestern derby. The latter will take on Murhanda in the third fixture as Maraka aim for an upset against Bulimbo.
In the girls’ fixtures, bookmakers’ favorites Murhanda Ladies will clash against group rivals Ibinda in the first fixture. The last encounter between the two teams ended in a 0-0 stalemate. Nzoia Girls will take on branch nemesis Amukura Girls before the latter clashes with Ibinda Ladies and the former meet Murhanda.
The matches will be played in a round-robin format with the team garnering the most number of points in both the boys’ and ladies’ categories qualifying for the Nairobi national finals.
Coast, Rift Valley, Eastern, Central and Nairobi have all produced their teams for the national finals. The last leg of the provincials will be played next weekend in Nyanza region.
This year’s winners will not only get a cash price of Kshs. 500,000 but will also travel to South Africa for an international boot camp where they will get firsthand training from coaches from Chelsea FC foundation coaches.
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