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Dramatic final crowns Kenya’s most famous tournament

It was a dramatic end to the country’s annual off-season tournament as the most famous of them all Koth Biro Football tournament ended at the legendary Ziwani’s Umeme Grounds at the weekend as A1000 Street were crowned champions.

In its true flavour, off-pitch entertainment, the tournament that gives all in terms of characteristic, pleasure and drama saved its best for the last and it did not disappoint – not to any of those in the capacity crowd.

Layabouts, idlers, miraa-chewing fans and football fans including retired footballers kept the spirit of the tournament founded by former Kenya Football Federation (KFF) Nairobi branch chairman Vincent Okoth Radido alive.

Despite pressure from their home fans to win, A1000 lived up to expectation by upsetting Pumwani All Stars by a solitary goal thanks to David Mwangi’s effort that helped his side to bag the trophy for the third time in a row.

A star-studded Pumwani who enjoyed the services of Kenyan international and Harambee Stars forward Jesse Were, Ismael Dunga, Abud Omar and Cersidy Lumumba failed to crack A1000 for the second time at the finals as they went down 3-1 during last year’s finals.

Fans hurling of unprintable words against each other, politicians surfacing without notice and temporary unrest was part of the thrills that characterised the pulsating encounter that was halted on various occasions to restore order.

Among the politicians that graced the heated final included Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, Starehe MP Maina Kamanda aspiring candidate Steve Mbogo and University of Nairobi students leader Babu Owino.

“Coming into this match we knew we had to put aside most team’s fear of playing against experienced players and try to prove our critics wrong who thought we could not beat our opponents.

We knew the match was going to be difficult because our opponents were equally good but determination, team work and patience saw us emerge victorious and impress our large fan base that had turned out,” noted the Otieno.

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