James Magayi and David Ndolo @magayijim
The ground is set for the StarTimes inter-media tournament dubbed ‘Mini World Cup’ set to take place at Upper Hill High School, Nairobi tomorrow.
Fifteen media teams and hosts StarTimes will duel for the ultimate glory and cash prizes on offer for top three finishers. Yesterday’s draw served to whet appetites ahead of group stage kick-off as bigwigs are set against one another, each with raw ambition for bragging rights.
Defending champions Radio Africa are set against 2016 losing finalists Ghetto Radio in Gool D that has been termed “pool of death” which also has two-time Road to Anfield winners and pretournament favourites Capital Group and minnows ATG Radio.
Royal Media Services are top seeds in Group A following their fairytale run in the 2018 Road to Anfield tournament in which they exited as the top media house at the semi-final stage. They are joined by State broadcaster KBC as second seeds. Turkish-owned TV station Ebru and hosts StarTimes complete the pool.
Group B has Standard Group as top seeds followed by Mediamax with the two largely expected to qualify for the knockout stages. Homeboyz Radio and vernacular Lolwe complete the group. Standard have an organised team that once won the Road to Anfield tournament but have lately been in disarray while Mediamax, losing quarter finalists from two years ago are brimming with confidence.
A Homeboyz squad comprising three popular disc jockeys does not pose the gravest of threats but untested Lowle, who are making their inter-media debut, are the tournament dark horses.
Nation Media Group headline Group C followed by Kass Media and Qwetu Radio. A talented field of freelance journalists completes the group.
Nation are brimming with confidence after traversing the republic in the recent past playing matches against various opponents and are favoured to top their group.
Kass failed to make it out of the group stage in the last edition and lost their talisman Benoit Cheruiyot to Mediamax. They have NMG and Freelancers to contend with as Qwetu Radio are the group underdogs.