Mugai FC were crowned 2020 winners of Karamoja Super Cup after sinking holders Samitsi FC in an entertaining clash played at Samitsi grounds.
The victory came courtesy of a second half solitary goal scored by the youngest and most lethal striker of the tournament Muyaka Tande, who pounced on a loose ball after Samitsi FC goalkeeper Nandwa Edwin had failed to clear a shot from Zach Yekho.
The first half saw the two sides share the spoils after both custodians proved hard to beat.
The second half began on a high as the two sides tried to break the deadlock which arrived in the 70th minute after Yekho who had received a floating diagonal pass from Mugai FC midfield maestro Walter Chiliswa released a fierce shot which Samitsi Keeper fumbled to clear, giving room for Muyaka to tap home.
In an effort to seek for an equalizer, Samitsi FC were awarded a spot kick in the 75th minute after the center referee Geoffrey Sawanga penalized Mugai FC right back John Muyekho for handling the ball in the six yard box.
However, the resultant spot kick was blocked by Mugai FC custodian Bob who went the right direction to bury Ken Wanyama’s fierce drive.
In the 80th minute, Mugai FC almost doubled the lead only for Samitsi FC center back Ken Muyeshi to clear the ball from the line.
The holders camped in the opponents half in the dying minutes but as the final whistle went, it was Mugai FC who walked home with the trophy.
The winners were awarded Sh200, 000 as first runners up walked home with Sh100, 000. Sh50, 000 and Sh30, 000 went to the second runners up and those who finished in position four respectively.
The tournament, sponsored by Betika in collaboration with former Kenya international Bramwel Karamoja who also doubles up as Jaza Stadi Founder, attracted sixteen teams from Mugai-Shirugu, West Kabras and Chegulo-Butali wards in Kakamega North Sub County.
Speaking before awarding the winners, Karamoja urged youth to stop abusing drugs and instead use their time well and nurture their talents.
With more sponsorship, Karamoja promised that this year’s competition would be bigger as he promised to airlift Mugai FC to Nairobi for a series friendlies as one way of motivating more youth to love sports.
In attendance were AFC Leopards Chairperson Dan Shikanda among other big names in the sports and media industry including Carol Radull.
By Isaiah Chengoli