It was celebration time as Kawangware United were finally feted for winning the SportPesa Super Eight Premier League title after their 3-3 draw with hosts Jericho FC in an entertaining final match of the season staged at Camp Toyoyo grounds on Sunday.
Kawangware, who dethroned Kayole Asubuhi with two games to spare, claimed the bragging rights in the competitive grassroots league after attaining 66 points from 30 contests to lead the 16-team log and carry home the home trophy that comes with Sh1 million.
Striker Francis Thairu hanged his boots in style after netting twice to inspire Kawangware to the hard-fought draw in front of a noisy crowd. The veteran center forward opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute only for Oneal Omondi to level matters in the 43rd minute but Thairu was at it again two minutes later to give Kawangware a 2-1 half-time lead.
Midfielder Musa Mohammed put Jericho in front soon after the interval to give the hosts renewed hope but Kawangware had other plans as lanky forward Victor John headed in the equaliser for a 3-3 stalemate.
The draw saw Jericho finish fifth with 53 points. “It feels great to end my career by winning a trophy. It has been a great challenge but we have done it and I am thankful to the organisers Extreme and SportPesa for inspiring the youth.
I will still be active in the team to give players motivation and encouragement to achieve even greater things,” said Thairu, who is Kawangware’s player-cum-coach.
Division One winners Makadara Junior League were also feted as they received a trophy and Sh500,000 after collecting 65 points out of a possible 90 as RYSA settled for second place which came with Sh250,000 while Rongai All Stars took home Sh100,000 for third place.