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Riverside aim at hat-trick as Omogi Cup starts

Defending champions Riverside Kodiju will be vouching to have the title for keeps during the third edition of the Omogi Super Cup which kicks off Saturday at Kadiju Primary School Grounds in Kisumu County.

The tournament, which ends on December 23, will serve as a defining moment for Riverside who won the 2015 and 2016 titles amidst stiff challenge from several other entrants.

Riverside are in Group “A” alongside Omungi, Bungu and Miwani while Group “B” incorporates Chiga, Masawa, Ayaro and Obino. Group “C” teams include Amani, Kunya, Homeboyz and Renja while Group “D” attractions are Alendu, Orongo, Buoye and Alara.

According to the convener and coordinator of the tournament Dan Oyugi, at stake are prizes for the semi finalists up to the finalists.

Oyugi said the annual event is geared at tapping talent within Kadiju and its environs, besides keeping the youth busy during the long festive period to discourage them from engaging in social vices like drug and alcohol abuse.

Last year, Riverside pipped rivals Obino in a repeat of previous year’s final to retain the title and walk away with lucrative cash prizes and the bragging rights for the second year running.

The lone goal was scored by Obino defender Michael Ongengo in the 59th minute, when he failed to clear a dangerous ball from Riverside’s Elly Otieno. Betting company SportPesa this year donated playing kits to all the participating teams and issued balls.

Riverside rarely missed their top scorer Laban Odhiambo, who limped off just after the breather, as they created a glut of chances and could have won the contest 3-0 had they converted their clear chances, with Collins Odhiambo and Bernard Obuon being the main culprits.

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