Gesero Girls retain football title at Kisii County Games
- Gesero Girls have successfully defended their KCSSA football Under-19 title after defeating edging out Kerongorori Girls 4-1 a pulsating penalty shootout Saturday afternoon
- The game ended all square in normal time and neither side could break the deadlock in extra time thus needing the penalty shootout to break the tie
Gesero Girls have successfully defended their KCSSA football Under-19 title after defeating edging out Kerongorori Girls 4-1 a pulsating penalty shootout Saturday afternoon.
The game ended all square in normal time and neither side could break the deadlock in extra time thus needing the penalty shootout to break the tie.
Gesero had a bigger share of the ball possession in a game that both sides struggled to build up from the back as a result of the heavy rains that poured overnight.
Kick-off was delayed as a result of the wet weather, but that could not stop the locals who thronged the sidelines of Nyachogochogo grounds to cheer on the two finalists.
Gesero had to thank their goalkeeper who saved three penalties to take them over the line.
Team head coach Albert Mekubo lauded his players for holding their nerves to emerge victorious in the hotly contested clash.
Speaking to Citizen Digital, reckoned that the experience of playing in the finals for three consecutive years gave them an advantage.
“We played well our, and our opponents gave us good competition. I thank our goalkeeper because she literary won us the game. She saved three penalties, which are no mean fete,” he said.
He has set his sights of progressing to the national levels, a fete that they are yet to achieve despite making to the regionals on three occasions.
“We hope to progress to the nationals for the first time. We have been there in the last two years, and I believe we have enough experience,” he added.
Their lethal striker Celine Nyaboke who has scored nine goals in this year’s editions also echoed her coach’s sentiments saying that they are focused on making the cut for the nationals.
“We have been at the regional level on two occasions. We now want to reach the national level on our third attempt,” she said.
The team will attempt to make the cut for the national games that will be held in Kisumu later this month, a target they have come short in three previous attempts.
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