31 May 2011 SADILI COMPETE IN JOHN PACKARD FAMILY CUP
The Academy participated in JOHN PACKARD FAMILY CUP a junior soccer tournament in Kibera, featuring in three categories, Boys U-14 & 16 and Girls under 15.
The boy’s U -14 team started their campaign by thumping Red Arrows 6 -1 and tied with the slum soccer 1 – 1. In the knock out stage, Sadili boys pip (defeated) their bitter rivals Shofco Juniors on a penalty shoot out, this happened after Shofco equalized on a controversial goal leading to 1 – 1 normal time scores. In the quarter finals we lost to Makina youth who capitalized on our mistakes and the chances that we squandered. Comments from the officials and all who attended agreed that it was like a final match, as it wooed all onlookers and made the referee sweat as he officiated. This match killed the anxiety of watching the finals which turned out not to be as exciting as the Sadili boys had carried the day with the match they had displayed earlier.
The U-16 boys on the other hand had more matches to play on group stages. Playing Gyff, we won 2-0 then thrashed Lazio 3-2. We then drew 2-2 to Uweza at a ragged Toi primary pitch and on muddy Woodley ground 1-1 to Shofco Juniors. The team also lost in the quarter final to a fancied Atlas FC 4-2.
In the girls category, Sadili had a good run and looked like the tournament's favorite. In group stages, Sadili beat Kibera girl soccer 1- 0 before aging out Terror Squad 3 – 0. In the quarter finals, Sadili Queens thrashed Uweza Foundation 7 – 0. In the semi-finals, due to overconfidence and hence loss of focus, Sadili drew 0-0 to Carolina for Kibera. This led to penalties where Sadili lost 2-1 and had to play the third position. They won with ease against Hamlets 1-0 on a one sided match after Sadili captain EVELINE AICHO was awarded the “golden boot” for being the top scorer.
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