Mathare Light Centre, Hanka emerge victorious in U-15 tournament

Hanka Education Center captain Elly Odhiambo receives a trophy from Fred Amoke, Crydit Ambassador Kenya, at KCB Sports Club on July 4, 2024.

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What you need to know:

  • Crydit Ambassador Kenya, Fred Amoke, reflected on the tournament's success.
  • In the girls' final, Mathare Light Centre beat Hanka Educational Centre 1-0.

Mathare Light Centre and Hanka Educational Centre emerged as champions of the inaugural Crydit Under-15 football tournament on Thursday evening at KCB Sports Club, Nairobi.

In the girls' final, Mathare Light Centre secured a narrow 1-0 victory over Hanka Educational Centre. The winning goal, scored by Vallary Achieng in the second half, sparked jubilant celebrations from their coach, Lavender Akinyi.

"This victory is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our girls," she remarked. “They played with heart and determination."

Meanwhile, the boys' final was a tightly contested affair, ending with another 1-0 scoreline, as Hanka Educational Centre triumphed over Mathare Light Centre, through a late goal by prolific sticker Wycliffe Omondi.

Hanka coach Davis Omondi expressed his pride in his team's resilience and team spirit, especially under pressure. "This victory means a lot to our school and community," he said.

The tournament, which attracted 15 primary schools from Mathare, was themed "Childhood Unlimited” and was organised by Crydit and Hanka Educational Centre 

Crydit Kenya Ambassador Fred Amoke, reflected on the tournament's success.

"Our aim was to promote young talent and provide a platform for students to showcase their skills," he explained. "We are thrilled with the level of competition and enthusiasm shown by all participants."

He said plans are in place to make the tournament annual, reaching more schools and continuing to support the development of young footballers in Mathare.