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Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 19:05 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
All Stars FC Nairobi beat Emulunya Chelsea FC 7-6 in post-match penalties to lift the trophy of the fourth edition of the annual Sir Charles Opong Buchere tournament. Both teams displayed determination and urgency immediately centre referee Nashon Ochieng' Chui blew the whistle to signal the start of the match to the satisfaction of thousands of fans at Emulunya Primary School grounds. All Stars FC were the luckiest side as they were the first to score through Geoffrey Oyondi Abuli in the 20th minute of the first half.
In the second half of the match Emulunya Chelsea FC perfected their game exerting pressure on the tight All Stars FC defence. Their efforts were rewarded in the 50th minute when one of the defenders Geoffrey Lisanze held the ball in the penalty area earning them a penalty which their talisman David Kruiger Lukale easily converted to level the result 1-1. In the 60th minute, David Kruiger Lukale got redcarded after earning a second yellow card for dissent.
The 10 man Emulunya Chelsea FC sustained the fighting spirit and managed to hold to the hard earned score culminating in penalty shootouts to determine the winner. Vitalis Akumu's spot kick proved to be the icing on the cake for his All Stars FC side after Emulunya Chelsea FC's Michael Aswani Omukuba alias Katisha had fluffed his lines. In the third play-off match of the tournament, Bafana FC thumped St. Paul's Mwirembe FC 2-1. Philip Atieli and Japheth Gatei scored Bafanabafana's goals while Richard Nakaya gave St. Paul's Mwirembe FC their consolation goal.
The winner of the tournament, All Stars FC got a trophy and cash prize of Ss10,000, runners up Emulunya Chelsea FC got a trophy and Sh7,000, second runners up Bafanabafana FC got a trophy and Sh5,000 while St. Paul's Mwirembe FC at fourth position got Sh3,000.
The tournament's top scorer was David Kruiger Lukale with seven goals. He was rewarded with Sh1,500 as best goalkeeper Bafana's Ian Duncan got Sh1,000. New entrants into the tournament Blackstars Eshichubulu were recognised as the most disciplined team with Sh1,000.
Meanwhile in the women soccer, Simba FC women beat Emulunya Chelsea FC women 1-0 to lift the trophy. The annual tournament is sponsored by the Buchere's family in commemoration of their departed brother the late Charles Derrick Buchere who was a skilled footballer. The finals are usually held on January 1st of every year.
On the day of the finals, fans are treated to a variety of many other events including cricket, boxing, dancing competition, ajua, beer drinking competition, dancing competition among others. Previous winners of the tournament: Wazee FC third edition, Bafanabafana FC second edition and Simba FC first edition.