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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Standard Chartered Launches 2014 Road to Anfield Kenya Edition

Media Combined team celebrate winning Plare in Road to Anfield tourney last year
The 2014 Kenyan edition of the Standard Chartered Road to Anfield 5-aside football tournament will be played on the weekend of 15-16th March, 2014 at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS).

The tournament which will be on its 2nd edition after the inaugural leg last year will see 32 teams compete for this year’s trophy which will guarantee 7 lucky players an all-expenses paid trip to Anfield, an iconic stadium and the home of Liverpool Football Club.

A total of 25 teams out of the 32 will be drawn from the bank’s branches with the 7 remaining slots reserved for local media houses.

“We are ready to kick off the 2014 edition after a highly successful tournament last year,” said Standard Chartered CEO Lamin Manjang during the launch of the tournament at the bank’s offices today.

Among the media teams who will compete for the honours include the Standard Media, Nation Media Group, Mediamax, KBC, Radio Africa, Royal Media and Capital. They will compete against Stanchart teams christened with names like Oh Yes, Checker Mates, Phoenix, Black Wallets, Kenyatta Avenue among others.

The games will be played in a round-robin format with 8 groups of 4 teams each. Winners and runners up of every group will advance to the knockout stage with respective winners moving to the quarters, semis and finals respectively. Pan Africa Life Insurance won last year's edition after edging out Moi Airbase 2-0 in post-match penalties.

Every team will have seven players, 5 active and 2 reserves, with each game lasting 4 minutes each half. There will be penalty kicks in the event of a stalemate . “All the seven members of a team will travel to Anfield plus two other select players. If a media team wins, two Stanchart players will travel along with them and vice-versa,” said Manjang.

In addition to the once in a lifetime UK trip, the winning team will also get to watch an EPL match at the stadium. The players will also receive professional training from some of the club’s past legends and coaches prior to the grand finale international tournament at Anfield on May 13th where they will face 13 other teams drawn from around the world.

The Standard Chartered Trophy-Road to Anfield tournament is run in partnership by Standard Chartered Bank, the main sponsors of Liverpool Football Club.

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