Stream Football Club (Lake region representatives) are the inaugural champions of the Guinness Night Football tournament after beating Bangers Football Club (Nairobi Region representatives) 3 – 1 in post-match penalties in a match that was held at Halycon Lounge and Grill in Kitengela.
The intense match was settled through post match penalties after a one all draw in normal regulation time.
At stake was the chance to become the first champions of the tournament and a ticket to Lagos, Nigeria for the Pan-African championship to take place on 31st January 2020 which will be hosted by Guinness ambassador and football legend, Rio Ferdinand.
Stream FC will compete with winners from Uganda and host country Nigeria.
Stream Football Club were clinical from the penalty spot as they converted all their spot kicks through their captain Calvin Ogallo, Fredrick Ochieng and Ouma Jared.
Bangers Football Club converted their penalty through Timothy Ouma. Their dependable player Byron Otieno failed to convert his penalty, crashing his teams hope for lifting the trophy.
During the match, the hosts went ahead in the first few minutes with Captain Hassan Hussein scoring the first goal. The first half ended with Bangers FC leading a goal to nil.
In the second half, Fredrick Ochieng equalized for Stream FC in the dying minutes to send the match straight into penalties.
An elated Stream FC Captain Calvin Ogallo explained: “We had a strategy to execute though it did not go our way during the first half. During the second half of the match, we re-grouped and had a chance to kill the game.
Am glad to have captained my team to the trophy. We will continue with the good form even in Lagos, Nigeria for the Pan-African tournament and hopefully become champions.”
On his part, Hassan Hussein, Captain of Bangers FC said: “We were very much prepared for the game.
We were leading in the first half and the better part of the second half but a loose of concentration ended in us conceding.
The team gave all their best to ensure they win the trophy but luck was not on our side.”
En route to the final, Stream FC had defeated Young Ghetto one goal to nil while Bangers FC had thrashed Black Jubil three goals to nil in the grand finale semi-finals.
In the 3rd place play-off, Black Jubil (Rift Valley representatives) defeated Young Ghetto Football Club (Mountain region representatives) three goals to one (3 – 1).
Winners Stream FC walked away with Kshs. 100,000 and the trip to Nigeria for the Pan-African championship that will be held in Lagos, Nigeria at the end of January.
The first runners up Bangers FC won 100,000Kshs as consolation prize.
Black Jubil finished in the podium, securing the cash prize of Kshs. 50,000.
Meanwhile, the Nairobi region matches were also played on the same day. The finals had Bangers FC emerging the regional winners after defeating Sega FC four goals to one (4-1).
Bangers FC then progressed to the national finals which they emerged as the first runners up.
Each match was played for 20 minutes with each half being 10 minutes.
The 12-week campaign dubbed ‘Guinness Night Football’ is aiming to give consumers an opportunity to represent Kenya in a pan-African tournament in Lagos, Nigeria.
For more details about the ‘Guinness Night Football’ national consumer promotion campaign and to find out how you can be a part of it, like the Guinness Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/guinnesskenya/
Stream FC (Kisumu) 1 VS 1 Bangers FC (Nairobi) – (Stream FC wins 3 – 1 through penalties)
3RD PLACE PLAY-OFF
Black Jubil FC (Nakuru) 3 VS 1 Young Ghetto FC (Machakos)
Stream FC (Kisumu) 1 VS 0 Young Ghetto (Machakos)
Bangers FC (Nairobi) 3 VS 0 Black Jubil (Nakuru)
NAIROBI REGION MATCHES
Boka FC 1 VS 0 Free Kickers FC
Sega FC 3 VS 0 Score Kenya FC
Lamasia FC 1 VS 1 Pro-Soka FC (Pro Soka wins 4-3 penalties)
Compton FC 3 VS 0 Kawasaki FC
Qatari FC 0 VS 7 International FC
Kichimbi FC 2 VS 1 Team Yetu FC
G.F.C 2 VS 0 Loketo FC
Bangers FC 3 VS 1 Lakers FC
Sega FC 4 VS 2 Boca FC
Pro Soka 1 VS 4 Compton FC
International FC 3 VS 1 Kichimbi FC
G.F.C 0 VS 3 Bangers FC
Compton FC 3 VS 3 Sega FC (Sega FC wins 3 – 2 penalties)
International FC 1 VS 1 Bangers FC (Bangers win 2-1 penalties)