The knock outs for the Kothbiro tournament came to an end after a thrilling and entertaining week which saw 12 teams qualify for the group stages.
50 teams registered in this year’s edition with 20 teams gaining automatic entry to the group stages by virtue of being placed in last season’s editions.
There were shock exits early in the tournament with former finalist Pumwani FC knocked out by new entry Ping FC to the displeasure of their loyal fans
The matches in the second round of the play offs saw the fans favorite GOA FC battle it out with Masters for a chance to advance into the group stage.
Masters started the game with lethal attacks keeping GOA’s defense busy until they cracked allowing them to earn the lead in the 12th minute through Brighton Ochieng and only after 10 minutes Vincent Ochola scored an own goal giving Masters an early advantage in the game.
In the second half GOA came back with a strong mentality which saw them score two goals back to back through Peter Kilale and John Mambia to equalize the tally with Masters who lost focus in the second half.
This results ensured that the teams go for the second penalty shoot-out of the tournament with GOA booking a place in the group stages after seen off Masters 4 – 2 in the penalties.
The next game was between Langata Gremio and Pro Soccer Academy with both teams playing an even game in the field until Langata were able to demolish Pro Soccers defense in the 58th minute with Donald Bolo firing a shot past the goalkeeper and Simon Karuri confirming the victory for Langata in the 80th minute taking them into the group stage.
In the last game Soka Academy from kibera saw off Softie Ndirangus team, Kata Tenje in 1 – 0 victory with Ronald Okello scoring a goal worth awarding goal of the knockouts in the 8th minute after he tapped past the keeper in a set piece
The tournament is expected to officially start after the draw is conducted on Wednesday.