Riruta fly over Santos as Sakaja Super Cup groups reach penultimate stage
The opening round of matches in the Sakaja Super Cup football tournament got to their penultimate stage this weekend with exciting action across the county.
After 16 teams from Makadara and Embakasi West qualified from the pool games after three matches, every team this weekend put their foot forward for a chance to advance to the quarter-finals in this esteemed inaugural tournament.
In some selected matches, Mathare City from Ruaraka edged Homeboys 2-0 at Drive Inn primary school grounds before Ajax Rock City went down fighting 0-2 to Babadogo United.
In Dagoretti South Sub-county, Riruta 105 FC defeated Dagoretti Santos FC by a solitary goal with Frederick Onyango’s 30th-minute strike making the difference.
Across the ridge in Dagoretti North Sub-county Kile Soccer played out to a barren draw with Maranatha.
Saints FC meanwhile outwitted the Blues downing them 2-1 with Tom Stephen and Nyabal Gabriel inking their names on the score sheet and Derrick Mulima pulling one back for the Blues.
In the Embakasi South Sub County preliminary results at Reuben stadium, FC Barca defeated Cyprus by a goal to nil courtesy of Joel Murithi’s 4th-minute goal as the Dream team overpowered Green Santos in a 2-1 score line.
In Westlands Sub-county, Gachie Friends beat Atlantic 4-1 at the Kihumbuini Ground before Young City saw red at the hands of Red City with an emphatic 3-0 defeat. James Ngugi scored for Atlantic as Elly Kogo and Cheruoyot Robert hit a brace each for Gachie friends. Gonda Mohamed, Enock Wanyonyi, and Makori Frank scored one each for Red City.
In Dagoretti South sub-county matches played at Ruthimitu Primary School, Kitchen College beat Nairobi Chapel 1-0 with a goal from Brighton Gitonga nine minutes after the restart.
Bokastars lost 1-3 to Corinthians with goals from Analo Stephen, John Andere, and Fredrick Achola, in the 11th, 25th, and 88th minutes respectively carrying the day for the victors as the losing team managed a consolation courtesy of Septa Savic in the 61st minute.
The pool matches will end on November 8, 2023.
Winners of the tournament sponsored by the Sakaja Foundation in partnership with the Nairobi City County government and Football Kenya Federation will win Sh3 million in prize money.
The second-placed team will pocket Sh2 million as the third-placed takes home Sh1 million.
This off-season tournament, which has attracted huge crowds, has been organised in a bid to expose talents from the grassroots to Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League and National Super League sides.