By Mwangi Waweru
Star studded Opitos failed to advance to the round of 16 after suffering shock elimination by last year’s finalist Githurai United.
The 41st edition of the tournament has proven extremely tough for teams with rich history in the tournament with 4 teams already eliminated before the round of 16.
For Opitos not even the services of experienced Zambia’s league top scorer Jesse Were and former Gor Mahia FC man Humphrey Mieno could save them from Githurai.
Moses Giovani opened the score sheet for Opitos early in the 8th minute to set the much needed pace in the game before Fredrick Kimondo equalized for Githurai United before the second half mark
The two teams came back strong in second half firing lethal attacks at each other’s defense until Kevin Osoro netted a goal for Githurai United in the 80th minute giving them the much needed confidence which allowed Joe Abongoa chance to net their winning goal.
According to Jesse Were the game was tough showing how much Kenyan football has grown over the past few years.
“I have played for Opitos in the Kothbiro off-season tournament before and from what I have seen today Kenyan football is on the right path if young people continue getting chances to expose their talents.” Said Were.
Were has 26 call ups for the Harambee Stars and currently holds the record for the all-time scorer for Zesco FC in the Zambian league which saw him been awarded as the ABSA player of the tournament in the just concluded season
The Zesco FC player has advised young footballers to continue working hard because at the end of the day it will pay off and also to take advantage of tournaments like Koth Biro as its such tournaments where talents are discovered.