Container Terminal Operations rediscover their winning formulae
Mombasa – February 10, 2017
Defending champions of the annual KPA interdepartmental football tournament Container Terminal Operations have revived their hopes for the title after convincingly beating Conventional Cargo Operations 6-2.
Having started their opening pool A match against Marine Operations on a wrong footing, losing 2-3, the defending champions came back charged with one mission of collecting maximum points on the fourth day of the games.
The team which boasts of veteran footballers such as former Harambee Stars midfielder Ali Breki and striker Antony Kimani displayed a very entertaining game creating chances and executing in both halves of the match.
Terminal Operations' veteran midfielder Ali Breki controls the ball.
Terminal Operations opened their scoring through Abdala Salim followed by Athman Kibwana's brace which gave the team a comfortable 3-0 victory by half time.
During the half time break the Principal Operations Officer at the Container Terminal Operations Mr Edward Opiyo accompanied by Mr James Kagete, a superintendent in the department encouraged the players to strive for more goals in the second half.
"So far the game is impressive but I am appealing for more goals as you enter the second half because you never know goal difference also matters in such competitions," said Opiyo.
In the second half the Terminal Operations side sustained momentum and their thirst for goals with Antony Kimani registering the fourth goal under his name in the early minutes of the second half.
Terminal Operations striker Antony Kimani (scorer of fourth goal) vies for the ball.
With the score line reading 4-0 against Conventional Cargo Operations, the team made some technical changes bringing in Swabri Omari from the bench.
The entry of the substitute had a positive impact as he settled immediately making many runs to collect and distribute the ball to his teammates. Within a few minutes of play he managed to score the first goal and created an assist for Kennedy Otieno who netted the second goal to bring the score to 4-2.
The result prompted the Terminal Operations side to surge forward to push for more goals and in the end man of the match Athman Kibwana scored the fifth goal before Ayub Karoyo sealed the victory in the dying minutes of the match.
The players from both sides exhibited fighting spirit in the second half.
In other matches played at Mbaraki Sports Club grounds, Group B's Terminal Engineering and Security Services shared the spoils with the match ending with a goalless draw while ICD Nairobi beat Bandari College 2-1.
The tournament which kicked off on Monday, February 6, 2017 features a total of 10 teams divided into two pools; A and B each with five teams.
Pool A has; Terminal Operations, Marine Operations, Administration, Conventional Operations and Inchape Shipping while Pool B comprises of; Terminal Engineering, Conventional Engineering, Security Services, Bandari College and ICD Nairobi.
The best two teams per pool will proceed to the semifinals which will be played on Thursday February 16, 2017 to determine which teams will meet for the third playoffs and the finals slated for Friday, February 17, 2017.
At the moment Marine's Raphael Okello is the top scorer with four goals, followed by Wahab Musa of Security Services and Athman Kibwana of Terminal Operations (3), Bobb Azziz of Conventional Engineering and Marine's Hassan Khamis (2).
KPA interdepartmental football tournament 2017 results at a glance:
Terminal Operations vs Marine 2-3
Terminal Engineering vs Conventional Cargo Engineering 4-0
Conventional Operations vs Administration 2-0
Bandari College vs Security Services 0-8
ICD Nairobi vs Conventional Engineering 0-3
Inhcape Shipping vs Marine Operations 0-6
Terminal Engineering vs Security Services 0-0
Conventional Cargo Operations vs Terminal Operations 2-6
ICD Nairobi vs Bandari College 2-1