The first weekend of November went down fire-blazing as football fans around voi town were treated to a sporting spectacle that was the seven-a-side tournament.
Dubbed ‘Kick-Out Corona’, the event was aimed at creating awareness on the covid pandemic and sensitizing residents on the importance of proper sanitization and mask-wearing, as well as treating the locals to some homemade soccer-tainment.
The tournament featured 16 teams, all made up by youths between the ages of 13 and 30 to seniors as aged as 60s. Some of the teams included Kaloleni, Halifax, Police, Tanzania’s Beach Warriors, Ikanga, Ajax, and Ndovu, that was the host team, amongst others.
After two days of utmost soccer brilliance, the final was between Ndovu DC and Ajax, the two colossal that proceeded at the expense of Halifax and Police respectively, and after a 90 minutes stalemate, Ndovu won the day in a 4-2 penalty shootout dramatics, thanks to the TTU based custodian Collins ‘Cuban’, whose saves made the deciding difference.
The winners were awarded monetary kitties plus trophies, courtesy of Kaloleni MCA Hon. Omar, local businessman Mr. Mustafa Jamal and chief organizer Mr. Katemba Sofali. Upon receiving the awards, the two captains from the finalists hailed their voices to the sponsors and supporters to hold their hands further forward.
They unitedly requested for, not only just crowd support, but also jerseys, training kits and betterment of their training facilities as well. With the Kaloleni MCA present, he firmed his support and pledged to help in improving the facilities all around the constituency.
Equally, the MCA currently serving a second term encouraged the teams to mentor and help the next generation in the same course as he prepares for the second annual U-17 Youth Tournament next month.
And with the success of the concluded tournament, Mr. Jamal further promised ksh200, 000 to facilitate a similar event the next month. “We have been impressed by your turnout in such short notice, therefore, before the close of the year, I together with the organizing team, will push for a bigger and better tournament”.
And below are more shots of the action.
Photo Credits: EYESEE STUDIOS
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