The Star (Nairobi)

25 June 2013

Kenya: Black Cats and Kiriginin Storm Copa Provincial Finals

Kirigini Boys and Black Cats from Embu booked their slots in the Copa Coca Cola under-15 provincial finals after cpicking maximum points over the weekend at Moi Stadium, Embu.

The two will be joined by girls team-- Embu Queens and Tharaka Youth Starlets-who were also in domineering form during the weekend action. Kirigini and Black Cats-composed of rehabilitated former street boys--finished first and second respectively from the branch matches and will now feature at the Central province finals set for next month. Both teams went into their matches needing maximum points to guarantee their progress. Black Cats beat group leaders, Embu Youth 3-0 in their first match. Embu were the quickest off the blocks but were caught napping against the run of play when David Njau collected a perfect through ball from Jeff Njau to leave Embu custodian Emmanuel Mugendi grounded.

The goal livened up the game as Embu pushed for the equaliser, but this only left them exposed at the defence line.

Hillah Mohammed scored a magnificent goal from a counter attack to give the Cats a 2-0 lead into the interval. Kevin Mwaura burst from midfield and went on unchallenged to net Cats' third. A goal each from Max Muremi and Kevin Mwaura were enough for the Cats to secure their second match against Tharaka Youth by a 2-0 margin, a result that saw them extend their tally, to automatically book their provincial slot.

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