The Kirinyaga County Football Tournament dubbed “Governor Minji Minji Cup” came to an end on Sunday, December 10, as Intercity FC was crowned champions walking away with Sh1 million.
The football tournament was unveiled by Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and ran from October 1st to 10th December this year when the final match was played.
Intercity FC won the two-month long tournament in a nail-biting 3-2 penalty shoot-out at Wang’uru Stadium in Mwea constituency against Thumaita FC from Kiine ward.
The team was awarded the Sh1 million grand prize by Governor Waiguru before a crowd of about 20,000 spectators.
The defining moment came when the game ended in a barren draw prompting the referee to call for a penalty shout-out.
Dennis Murimi, the indomitable captain of Intercity FC, basked in the glory of their hard-fought triumph.
Overflowing with ecstasy and elation, Murimi said that their relentless dedication and hard work had finally reaped the sweet fruits of success.
Thumaita FC walked home with Sh750,000 after securing second place in the tournament.
Shifting the spotlight to the women's matches, a riveting clash unfolded as Mukou Queens FC from Thiba Ward scored 3-1 to seize victory over Nyangati Ladies FC.
In a dazzling display of prowess, Mukou Queens FC was crowned the champions, clinching the Kshs. 500,000 women's grand prize.
Governor Waiguru said she was elated to witness a display of excellent talents during the tournament.
The governor congratulated all the 200 teams that participated and announced that she would make the tournament an annual event.
Green Stars from Karumandi ward emerged third, scooping Ksh.500,000 while Al Muslim FC from Kariti ward bagged Ksh.350,000.
“The football matches that were played every Sunday simultaneously across the wards also created business opportunities for innovative entrepreneurs who sold foodstuff and other merchandise to thousands of fans who turned up to cheer their teams,” the Council of Governors (CoG) stated.
The governor disclosed that a total of Ksh 7.850 million in cash prizes were awarded to winners of various levels of the tournament.