TU-K Wins SportPesa Championship in Row
Technical University of Kenya (TU-K F.C) fondly referred to as the hammers, is this year’s SportPesa Super Eight series Champions after cruising past a resilient Jericho All Stars with a convincing 3-1 win during the exciting finals held at Nyayo National Stadium.
The hammers, who won last year’s SportPesa Super 8 Premier League, came into the match as pre-match favorites and lived upto the expectations to claim the trophy and a cash prize of Ksh. 500,000, while Jericho All Stars received Ksh. 250,000 as runners-up.
Coached by Lukas Aluoch and assisted by Francis Oduor, TU-K has demonstrated confidence earning them, ‘West Conference Kings’ title. They recently emerged 5-4 winners over Meltah Kabiria in the semi-finals of the SPS8 Champions League that earned them a ticket to the final.
TU-K opened the scoring in the 53rd minute through Calvin ‘Marcelo’ Odhiambo who rose high to head in Stevens Odhiambo superb cross from a corner. Jericho who seemed to be under pressure from their noisy fans, upped the tentacles in search of an equalizer but their efforts were heavily thwarted by TU-K’s well drilled backline.
Sensing Jericho’s nervousness, TU-K mounted pressure and got their reward, Jeconiah Uyoga making a brilliant run in the left wing before feeding Emmanuel Ateti who netted the score for the students.
Eddie Kuria would net Jericho’s only goal in the 86th minute, after he found himself unmarked inside the student’s box to fire home a strong shot past a hapless Paul Maina between TUKs post. Hopes of a Jericho comeback were, however quashed when Uyoga, the top tiers top scorer with 16 goals, collected a loose ball from the center of the field and made a dazzling run before sending a thunderbolt past opposing goalkeeper Eric Ogwenda two minutes later.
“The match was tough but we were able to contain our opponents and emerge winners. I congratulate my players for clinching the title,” said head coach Lukas Aluoch.
Coach Francis Oduor credited their determination from his team for the win noting the game would have gone either way.
“I am elated with the win because we failed to defend our league title. I want to thank the players for playing according to the script during this do or die match. Our zeal and determination to win has finally paid off,” said Odour after being crowned the winner of the first ever Champions league tournament in Kenya.
TU-K FC train every day in the evening and their dreaded striker Jeconiah Uyoga has been one of their main weapons of destruction. Uyoga is the club’s leading scorer with 26 goals and narrowly missed out on the top scorer’s award this year after being named the most valuable player last year. He was however awarded the Man of the match after he increased the tally in the 60th and 88th minute.
Steven Odhiambo has also played a key role for the Hummers, the forward joined the team during the June transfer window and immediately clicked well with Jeco and Evans Otieno on the rightwing and Dennis Alila on the left flank to help the team reach where they are now.
TU-K midfield is occupied by the towering Boniface Okomo and Tony Ouko, who are responsible for engineering the attacks, while the rear guard is manned by captain Kelvin Okomo as the central defender together with Nicholas Otieno. The left side is handled by Calvin ‘Marcelo’ Odhiambo as Phillip Mwatha takes the right back position. Paul ‘Jaguar’ Maina is the team’s keeper.
The team is as old as the institution itself and has over the years been active and conspicuous in various campus football leagues as well as other tournaments within and outside of Nairobi County.
TU-K’s consistency and steady performances has seen them curve a respectable status in the football circles in Nairobi especially after winning the much celebrated the 2015 SPS8 tournament. This year’s SPS8 premier league, they performed exceptionally well and have been one of the most feared opponents in the league. They represent the Starehe region which comprises of the neighbourhoods such as Race Course, Ziwani, Ngara, Pangani, Mathare, Huruma and the entire CBD.