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Talanta Hela U19: Another ‘Mini Mashemeji Derby’ lined up in quarters


NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 7 – There were 16, and now only eight remain; the national finals of the Talanta Hela Under-19 tournament has now moved to the business end, with the pairings confirmed for the quarter finals on Friday, after the completion of the group phase.

There will be interesting fixtures lined up with the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani, Nyayo Stadium and the Jamhuri Complex hosting the matches.

Girls:

In the girls quarters, Kisumu will take on Kakamega in one of the most interesting fixtures of the last eight, what is protracted as a ‘mini mashemeji derby’. Kisumu finished top of Pool C after winning all their group stage matches, with an enviable record of scoring 20 goals and conceding none.

Kakamega bounced back from their opening day loss to Busia to win their subsequent two matches and finished second in Pool A with six points.

Busia County players celebrate a goal in one of their matches. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu
Busia County players celebrate a goal in one of their matches. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

At the Nyayo National Stadium, Busia, table toppers of Group A also with a 100 percent record, face host girls Nairobi, who finished second in Pool C behind Kisumu.

Meanwhile, Pool B table toppers Homabay, who scored a whooping 38 goals in three matches, including 24 against Wajir in their final group stage duel, will take on Machakos at the Kasarani Annex.

The last quarter final will pit Pool D top side Uasin Gishu County against West Pokot, who finished second in Pool B. Both sides accumulated seven points, with the latter having a better performance scoring 18 goals and conceding one.

Boys:

In the boys’ quarter finals, free-scoring Vihiga will take on West Pokot at the Nyayo National Stadium. Vihiga have netted the highest number of goals in the group stages, hitting the back of the net 19 times in three matches, including the 10 against Garissa.

West Pokot finished second in Pool C after two wins.

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Meanwhile, Kisumu who topped Pool B with seven points off two wins and a draw will tackle Makueni who were second in Pool D at the Kasarani Annex.

Jamhuri will host two matches, Mombasa taking on Homabay in what promises to be a thriller, while Nakuru will face Nyamira in the last quarter final.

Full Fixture:

Boys (All matches at 3pm)

Vihiga vs West Pokot (Nyayo), Kisumu vs Makueni (Kasarani Annex), Mombasa v Homabay, Nakuru vs Nyamira (Jamhuri)

Girls (All matches at 10am)

Busia vs Nairobi (Nyayo), Homabay vs Machakos (Kasarani Annex), Kisumu vs Kakamega, Uasin Gishu vs West Pokot (Jamhuri)

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