South B cross swords with Team GAA Huruma as curtains come down in East Africa’s oldest tournament the Koth Biro at the legendary Umeme Grounds in Ziwani Sunday.
This will be the first time these two teams will be playing in the finals of the off-season tournament in seven years after three times champions and cup holders A1000 Street failed to qualify past group stages after losing to Eastleigh North.
Last year’s finalist Pumwani All Stars were also unable to advance past group stages after going down 1-0 to South B in pool matches. En route to the finals GAA stunned Makongeni Sports Association (MASA) 5-4 on post-match penalties after playing to a 1-1 all draw in the quarter-finals before crushing Fifa Best 3-1 on penalties after a barren draw in a heated semi-final match.
GAA will be banking on their lead strikers Asembeka Amos, Alfred Mburu and John Mwangi to deliver their goals and seal victory for the first time but they face an uphill task in form of South B who have had an impressive run in the tournament after conceding only three goals.
The South B-based side, pulled off a magnificent comeback after overcoming an early 2-0 scare to rally over an experienced Beirut 3-2 to the amazement of the fans that had gathered.
A star-studded South B with the likes of Zecso United ace Antony Akumu, AFC Leopards youngster Mike Kibwage and 16-time Kenya football league champions Gor Mahia centre-back Musa Mohammed will be expecting to display a superb play to lift the coveted cup.
Former Gor Mahia goalkeeper trainer and South B coach Charles ‘Korea’ Omondi has noted his squad is mentally and physically prepared for the final match despite the absence of Paul Were who returned to Greece. – RODGERS NDEGWA