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Exciting football final to produce new national kings

 Lynette Matheka in Nyeri

A new champion in football will be named Saturday when 2013 title holders Upper Hill take on returning 2012 champions St Antony Boys after the two qualified for the finals Friday.

The champions St Antony eliminated defending champions Laiser Hill in the regional competition on their way to booking a finals appearance.

Playing against 2013 finalists Kathungi Boys from Eastern in the semi-final, the side won 1-0 in regular play after goal poacher Cylus Ogana broke Kathungi’s tight defence to find the back of the net in the 88th minute.

Nairobi Region’s football power house Upper Hill denied record title holders in the boys’ category Kakamega School a chance to feature in the finals after a two-year absence when they defeated the side 5-3 on penalties after playing to a goalless draw in regular time.

The two sides engaged in a breathtaking encounter that saw Green Commandos dominate play but failed to convert that to goals missing open chances on several instances while their goalkeeper Job Ochieng proved hard to beat for the city boys.

However, the match went Upper Hill’s way when the side’s shot stopper Duncan Okinyi made two superb saves when the decision of the match came down to penalties.

Meanwhile, a brace for Wiyeta’s ace Gentrix Shikangwa in the first 10 minutes of their semi-final match against Central’s Jabini propelled her side to the finals in the girls’ category after the latter tried to equalise in vain for the remaining minutes of the encounter.

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