By Phares Mutembei
There was celebration as Bethsaida Children’s Home emerged winners in the under-12 girls category after they beat Shangilia 2-1 in the finals during the Annual Children Talent Search tournament held at Ufalriji Centre and Kamiti Prisons fields respectively.
Shangilia beat Maximum Miracles 5-4 in semis to advance. Bethsaida children could not believe when they were announced winners. “I am so happy that we beat last year’s champions, House of Mercy because we have worked so hard in training,” said excited 11-year-old Mary Njeri.
“The most important is that children from different homes met and played together. This cements their relationships and teaches them to socialise,” added Edward Mwangi, the home’s patron.
Under 14 boys trophy went to Maximum Miracles who defeated Jammi 2-0 in the final. However
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Jammi won in 18 years and over category beating Kamuthi 3-2 final to be crowned champions. Only two girls teams participated, Jiree and Maximum Children Homes. They played against each other and Jiree won 2-1 in the final. Children Talent Search tournament is an annual event where different homes come together to play friendly matches and at same time tap talent with the view of developing it. Most of talent discovered join Football Kenya Federation organised league.
“This year, 20 teams turned up for the games as compared to last year where 15 teams from different homes within Nairobi participated. Only five girls teams were presented compared to two last year which is a plus,” said Mr Mwangi.
“I have made friends and I hope we will keep in touch and grow our football talent ”. Said 11 year-old, Peter Kamau from Miracle Centre.