Re­gional teams for next month’s Ghetto tour­ney

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY FRAN­CIS WADEGU/

The 8th edi­tion of the an­nual Ghetto foot­ball cham­pi­onship will for the first time fea­ture teams from the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries led by Uganda.

The event set to start on Novem­ber 27, will fea­ture 32 slum squads drawn from Tan­za­nia, South Su­dan and ma­jor­ity from Kenya. The two-week event will end on De­cem­ber 11 at Jeri­cho’s Camp Toy­oyo grounds, Nairobi.

The event brings to­gether teams from the lead­ing slums in­clud­ing Mukuru Kwa Njenga (South B), Ma­jengo, Mathare, Kawang­ware, Ki­ambio, Kay­ole and Kib­era.

Ac­cord­ing to tour­na­ment chair­man, mu­si­cian and for­mer lower league foot­baller Eko Dy­dda (pic­tured), prepa­ra­tions for the glam­our event are al­most com­plete.

“We are fully set for the an­nual event. Un­like pre­vi­ous years when the tour­na­ment fea­tured youth cat­e­gories, this time the event will be open to any age group. We are fi­nal­is­ing on the four zones that will host the event but I can as­sure you the semi-fi­nals and the fi­nals shall be held at the Jeri­cho Camp Toy­oyo grounds,” he ob­served.

The tour­na­ment will be played in four zones in dif­fer­ent parts of Nairobi with the semi-fi­nals and the fi­nals slated at the Jeri­cho Camp Toy­oyo grounds. The zones will be an­nounced at a later date.

The tour­na­ment has re­ceived spon­sor­ship from Sa­fari­com mo­bile provider, who have do­nated Sh920,000, Mu­sic Copy­right So­ci­ety of Kenya (MCSK) and the Nairobi County Gov­ern­ment among oth­ers. The over­all win­ner will pocket Sh200, 000 while the sec­ond and third win­ners will earn Sh100,000 and Sh50,000 re­spec­tively.

At stake will also be tro­phies, cer­tifi­cates and balls for var­i­ous cat­e­gory win­ners like best goal­keeper, top scorer and Golden Boot win­ner among oth­ers. Mcheza Sports Academy from Nairobi’s South ‘B’ are the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons.

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