The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Barefoot Referee Ekenyan Sparks Amusement At the Amos Wako Tournament

A class Three referee from Teso North caused a stir on Sunday when he officiated the Amos Wako soccer tournament clash between Boca Juniors and Kamuriai barefoot.

Fans watched the encounter at Malaba Primary School grounds in disbelief as Titus Ekenyan handled the match without shoes. Boca went ahead to beat Kamuriai 1-0 with Job Omuse sidestepping two Kamuriai defenders before beating Godfrey Omuse in goal with a close range shot.

Ekenyan was in big contrast with players who doned blue and maroon jerseys donated by the sponsor Amos Wako, the former Attorney General and aspirant for Senator in Busia County.

He was also the linesman in the second match at the same venue between Amoni and Okuleu which ended in a goalless draw. Maembe FC also registered a slim 1-0 win against Chelelemuk at Katakwa Secondary School grounds with David Oiria scoring the lone goal.

Match commissioner Bramwel Onyiko said he was also shocked to see the referee barefoot, adding that it was the first time in his checkered career to see a referee officiate without shoes.

In other matches in Teso zone, Chamasiri Tigers FC were skinned 1-0 by arch-rivals Mwari at Kolanya Primary School grounds. Kolanya also registered a 3-1 win over visiting Rwatama.

Amagoro FC got off to a good start when they trounced Kokare 3-1 at Kocholia Secondary School grounds while Kocholia and Simba battled to a 1-1 draw in another match at the same venue.

At Machakusi Primary School, Amukura hammered Boda Boda 3-0 while hosts Machakusi were beaten 3-1 by visiting Lukolis. Okatekok registered the highest score when they thrashed Kwangamor 4-1 at Apokor while Kotur and Apokor drew 2-2. Asing'e beat Ong'ariama 1-0 at Asing'e.

Otimong edged out hosts Angorom 1-0 while Chakol and Okame drew 1-1 in a close fought match watched by area civic aspirant, Fred Adung'o.

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