St George’s FLOW Super Cup title defence over – Excelsior take group honours after tied contest

first_img Jonathan Grant 0 H Selassie 1 St Jago High 0 Hydel High 1 Excelsior High 2 St George’s 2 Yesterday’s Results STGC’S TWO GOALS Though lone scorer Alex Marshall netted a stunner, earning St George’s College a come-from-behind 2-2 draw, Excelsior High won the day, earning the automatic FLOW Super Cup and Walker Cup knockout positions from the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup Group A yesterday. The Mountain View Avenue-based institution prevailed in a spirited 45-minute contest to remain unbeaten in eight games and claiming 20 points. St George’s ended with 19 points and will not be able to defend their ISSA/Super Cup title. They will also miss the Walker Cup KO, where they were finalists last season. Meeting for the second time this season, the game was called off at half-time on September 20, due to the passing of St George’s captain Dominic James, who collapsed inside the first five minutes. Excelsior were leading 2-1 at the half-time break and the game was continued – with the second-half – at Stadium East yesterday. Thorne Buchanan’s brace in the 30th and 37th minutes gave Excelsior the lead. Buchanan had a hat-trick beckoning, but failed to put away a 42nd-minute penalty, plus other scoring chances yesterday. Akeem Robotham scored St George College’s goal in the first half in minute 25, while Marshall added the ‘Light Blues’ second in the 71st, bringing his goal tally to nine this season. “It felt good that I could score a good goal like that. I told myself that I wanted to put myself in a good chance to score goals here and help my team win the game and get the Super Cup place, unfortunately we didn’t win, but we want to continue playing for everything,” Marshall told The Gleaner. Excelsior’s best chance came when Tyane Wilson streaked onside, supplied Buchanan with a peach of a pass, only to see the striker firing wide of goal with only the goalie to beat. “We knew that they were gonna come and throw everything at us offensively. We tried to contain them,” said Shavar Thomas, Excelsior High’s coach. St George’s coach Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell said: “We are disappointed that we didn’t make the Super Cup. We came here with an opportunity to win two. We can still win the Manning Cup and we can still win the Olivier Shield.” Meanwhile, Hydel won 1-0 and joined St Jago on 19 points. Superior goal difference placed Hydel second overall to zone winners Bridgeport High, who qualified for the Super Cup. Surprise team Haile Selassie qualified for the FLOW Super Cup for the first time in their history, topping Group D with a 1-0 win over Jonathan Grant.last_img read more

Sofapaka to play hard ball on Avire transfer

first_img“We are just waiting for them to request for a release letter and an ITC (International Transfer Certificate). He is our player, under contract and there is no way he can leave for free, behind our backs. What he and the club have done is very wrong,” an infuriated Kalekwa said.He added; “We had clubs which had asked for his services and valued him very high and now, for us to hand him a release, the club has to meet our valuation or else there is no deal.”Capital Sports understands that a club in Egypt was ready to offer Sh15mn for his services while there was a second one which had tabled a Sh10mn bid.A second tier club in France was also said to be interested in his services having watched him play for Harambee Stars in their friendly against Madagascar in Paris in June.Umaru Kassumba wheels away in celebration joined by John Avire after scoring an injury time equalizer against Vihiga United. PHOTO/SofapakaAvire reportedly travelled to Egypt behind the club’s back and engineered a move to the side, one that was allegedly aided by immediate former Football Kenya Federation CEO Robert Muthomi, who had to step down in the middle of the storm.With the new development, it will either force the club to bend to Sofapaka’s valuation or lose out on the player.However, according to sources, Avire is banking on the fact that he went unpaid at Sofapaka for more than two months and according to FIFA rules, that alone gives him the right to agitate for a move out of the club.With both sides sticking to their guns, the case looks likely to end up in FIFA ‘s player disputes tribunal if no consensus is reached before the transfer window closes in the next three weeks.Meanwhile, Sofapaka have confirmed the departure of several key players including the Burundian duo of Justin Ndikumana and Mousa Omar who were vital in their campaign last season. Also leaving is midfielder Dennis Odhiambo.Sofapaka strker Umaru Kasumba celebrates one of his two goals against Mathare United with teammate Dennis Odhiambo during a Kenyan Premier League fixture at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAll are leaving on mutual agreement.Stephgen Waruru already left to join KCB while Piston Mutamba and Mike Oduor joined Wazito with Cliff Kasuti heading down the Coast to Bandari.Top scorer Umaru Kasumba left for Zesco United after his contract ended.While the club has admitted the departure of the key players will affect the team, Kalekwa says plans are in place to ensure they bring equally quality signings with a Portuguese coach set to arrive later this week.“We have already started engaging with some players and we have progress. We have to build a strong team for the new season because we want to compete for trophies. We will have a foreign coach jetting in this week,” Kalekwa told the club’s official website.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks defender Nixon Omondi makes a brilliant tackle to deny Sofapaka’s John Avire a chance to progress during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 18, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 7 – Kenyan Premier League side Sofapaka say they will not let striker John Avire leave for less than what they value him for after it emerged that newly promoted Egyptian side Tanta FC had officially signed him.The forward, according to Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa has a running contract with the club having just joined last December from Mount Kenya United.last_img read more