With the annual Kothbiro tournament in Ziwani headed into the round of 16 after completion of the group stages, the shock elimination of three-time champions 1000-Street has left tongues wagging.
Very few fans in their wildest of dreams had expected 1000-Street to exit the tournament given that they had dominated the show in previous event and even went ahead to clinch three back to back titles.
Yet this is the reality as the crowd-pulling Kaloleni side forfeited their match against Eastleigh North due to crowd trouble despite leading 1-0 courtesy of a strike by Vincent Otieno.
The unfortunate incident saw 1000-Street join last year’s semi-finalists Interdjinamorry, Headquarters, Flats Tornadoes and Cheza Ukipenda in bidding farewell to the 39th edition of action.
To reach the group stages, 1000 Streets needed to post an outright win while surprise package Eastleigh North required any kind of draw to achieve the ambition. However, as expected, the match was not devoid of fireworks by both teams before one moment of madness by a suspected 1000 Street fan put paid to the team’s ambition of progressing in the tournament.
It all happened soon after Otieno had scored when the fan attacked the linesman without provocation and when matters went out of hand, the centre referee called off the match and awarded it to Eastleigh as per the laid down rules on hooliganism.
In the meantime, South B and Kingstone have qualified to the round of sixteen as royup A winners and runners-up respectively. Kingstone beat Young Achievers 2-1 while South B blanked Nyoi 4-0 in the latest fixtures.
The pre-quarter finals kicked off yesterday and will take a break on December 20 and 21 to pave way for Spanish La LIga coaches to conduct a soccer clinic with Umeme Bees and Opitos.