Machakos County retain football title at KICOSCA Games as Nairobi bags overall crown


Machakos County retain football title at KICOSCA Games as Nairobi bags overall crown
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga poses with the finalists at the conclusion of the KICOSCA Games at Gusii Stadium.Image/John Kyanda/Citizen

In Summary

  • Machakos County retained the football title at this year’s Kenya Inter-County Sports and Cultural Association (KICOSCA) Games after beating Bungoma County 1-0 in the final played at Gusii Stadium on Saturday.
  • Festus Kikuvi scored the winner in the 68th minute after a great through ball from Antony Mutisya .
  • However, the overall crown went to Nairobi County having scored 32 points while Uasin Gishu came second with 13 points, ahead of host county host Kisii which came third with 10 points.

Machakos County retained the football title at this year’s Kenya Inter-County Sports and Cultural Association (KICOSCA) Games after beating Bungoma County 1-0 in the final played at Gusii Stadium on Saturday.

Festus Kikuvi scored the winner in the 68th minute after a great through ball from Antony Mutisya .

Head coach Thomas Kitheka was pleased with the performance of his team.

“Bungoma were a very good side; they are the toughest team we have played in this tournament, we knew we had to take every little chance that we get and I’m happy my team has been able to retain the title,”Kitheka said.

He went on: “Being the defending champions, the pressure was on us to retain the title and we thank God for we are going back with the trophy.”

Uasin Gishu County were crowned the athletics champions after bagging 113 points as Narok and Nandi County came second and third with 68 and 48 points in that order.

However, the overall crown went to Nairobi County having scored 32 points while Uasin Gishu came second with 13 points, ahead of host county host Kisii which came third with 10 points.

West Pokot were fourth with 9 points, as Kiambu County wrapped up the top five bracket on eight points.

This year’s games were officially closed by the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga  who urged the government to allocate more funds in the development of sports in the country.

Former prime minister Raila Odinga (L) and Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karauri display a new club jersey for Gor Mahia FC during the unveiling of club's new kit and Sportpesa sponsorship deal at the Intercontinental hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on March 04, 2016. Sportpesa betting company has sponsored Gor Mahia FC to a tune of Ks 65Million for the next 5 years. Photo/Ondego/sportpicha
(FILES)Former prime minister Raila Odinga (L) and Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karauri display a new club jersey for Gor Mahia FC during the unveiling of club’s new kit and Sportpesa sponsorship deal at the Intercontinental hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on March 04, 2016. Sportpesa betting company has sponsored Gor Mahia FC to a tune of Ks 65Million for the next 5 years. Photo/Ondego/sportpicha

“The future of sports lies in the youth, and the only way to secure our next heroes is through the investment in sports infrastructure, that will help nature talent,” said Raila.

Summarized results

Overall winner

Nairobi 32 points

Uasin Gishu 13 Points

Kisii 10 Points

West Pokot 9 Points

Nakuru 7 Points

Mombasa 7 Points

Bungoma 5 Points

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