Gor Youth edge White Rhinos in Tunai Premier Cup opener
The second edition of Governor Tunai Premier Cup kicked off on Tuesday evening with special guests Gor Mahia Under-20 team dazzling past hosts White Rhinos Under-20 of Narok 2-0, in the curtain raiser staged at the Narok Stadium
The Narok team had fought frantically to register a barren draw in the first half, forcing the fancied young K’Ogalo to wait until the 75th minute when substitute Charles Odaki broke the deadlock.
A fine volley from the left channel found Odaki in a prime position on the goalmouth who perfectly beat the opponent’s custodian Victor Langat for the opener.
Odaki, who was the man-of-the match, completed a brace through solo effort in the final minute of the exciting clash.
After the curtain raiser, the climax of the day was a colorful opening ceremony, where all the 36 teams featuring in the tournament paraded.
Each of the county’s 30 wards has a team in the tournament that will see the winner team take home Sh500, 000. The runners-up team will get Sh200,000, while the third placed team will take home Sh150,000 while the fourth placed team will get Sh50,000.
All the participating teams will receive playing uniforms and balls, according to tournament coordinator John Koilel
Koilel, who is the Administrator in the Office of the Governor in charge of Youth and Sports, said the competition has brought a huge number of participants where the best will be selected to form Narok County Football Club.
Narok stadium will be the main venue with other games being spread in several other venues including Narok High School, Maasai Girls High School, Ole Sankale, St. Marys Secondary, Ilmashariani Primary, Bible College and Fanaka Boys.
“The aim of the tournament is to nurture and empower talents among the youths in this county, ” Koilel told Citizen Digital.
The County Director of Sports Benson Kariuki has called on the participants to put on more effort so as to nub the solo sport to represent th county in national competitions.
“The overall winner of the tournament will get chance to represent the county in Busia, during Kenya Youth Inter-County Sports Association organized by Council of Governors,” he said.
Former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Technical director, Patrick Naggi will lead a team of scouts in search of best talents throughout the competition.