Standard Group wins Road to Anfield

Standard Group wins Road to Anfield

Standard Group wins Road to Anfield

Standard Group team win trophy

The Standard Group are the winners of the second edition of the Standard Chartered Bank  Road to Anfield football tournament  held in Nairobi at the weekend.

The win has granted the Standard Group a final slot to the United Kingdom where they will be flown to play in a global championship involving 13 other nations at the historic Liverpools's Anfield ground in May.

The Standard Group, that beat other 32 contestants to the diadem, won the highly contested and volatile final against the Standard Chartered Bank's Oh Yes 1-0.

At the same time Standard Group's Rogers Eshitemi emerged tournament top scorer with 10 goals, while Oh Yes captain Andrew Rukangu bagged the Most Valuable Player award.

Morris Ochieng Osir put the winners a head in the seventh minute with a rasping shot that blasted past Oh Yes custodian who was left clutching into thin air.

The match was balanced in the first half of the five aside tournament final, but Osir managed to grab a free throw from Oliver Omondi, who stood strong in the winners goal mouth,to notch the all important goal of the final.

On their way to the finals the Standard Group drew 1-1 against Chekers Mates,but went ahead to win 1-0 against Tirads and 4-1 against Thunder in the group stages.

Round of 16 was a tricky affair as the Standard Group came from a 1-0 trail to win 3-1 against Crocs.A do or die battle ensued in the quarterfinals against the Nation Media group that proceeded to a penalty shootout, and the Standard Group managed to win the post match penalties 4-3.They went ahead to win the semis against Chingwe 2-1 to sail to the coveted finals.

Team captain Erick Oyugi noted that it was a deserved win following all the challenges the winners went through to be crowned champions.

While savouring the victory Team Manager, Robin Toskin said the victory was as a result of hard work and commitment to practice.

"The team is going to resume training immediately at the university of Nairobi ground as they prepare to participate in a global tournament to be held at the former  English Premier League champions, Liverpool's Anfield ground," Toskin said.

"Besides the contest, the team will also engage in various tours and high profile trainings in their stay in England,"Bank CEO Lamin Manjang noted.

The tournament involved 32 teams, 25 from the bank's staff members and seven teams from the Kenyan mainstream media houses.

 Standard Group torch bearers at the tournament were captain Erick Oyugi, Titus Muoki, Oliver Omondi, Morris Ochieng, Michael Odhiambo, Bismarck Mutai and Rodgers Eshitemi.

Pan African Life Insurance won the first edition held last year at the Impala grounds while Media Combined won the plate category. Besides, the tournament involved former Harambee Stars players who were engaged in exhibition matches.

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