Zetech Retains league title for the second year running
FOOTBALL By Joel Odidi And Jonah Onyango | December 3rd 2012
By Joel Odidi And Jonah Onyango
Like an arrow aimed at a close target, Zetech College shot and wounded big boys in the Universities and Colleges Football League (UCFL), leaving them reeling for the second year running.
The defending champions, who were crowned yesterday at Kabete Technical Training College, attributed their success to hard work, commitment, support from administration and determination from the players.
“When we came into the universities colleges league last year, most teams underrated us, we took the underdogs tag and pulled surprises from our very first match and led all the way to the UCFL title,” Zetech coach Maurice Onyango told FeverPitch yesterday.
“Even after lifting the trophy last year, many colleges thought it was by sheer luck that we managed to bring down the big in our maiden appearance in the league. This made us even work harder to prove our critics wrong and today we have proved a point,” added an elated Onyango yesterday.
The coach, who expressed their intention to retain the title for the third time next season, however cautioned that the league will be tight and promised to work even harder next season.
“Retaining the title was no easy task. However, we hope to join even higher leagues. We started on a poor footing, but as the league progressed, we built confidence that has brought us this far,” said Onyango whose side collected 51 points. Zetech captain Paul Omondi, however urged league officials to ensure that all matches are played for the official 90 minutes.
Runners up Kenya Institute of Professional Studies were in a scoring spree, beating Nairobi Institute of Business Studies (Nairobi Campus) 4-1 in a one-sided encounter to collect a total of 44 points to their credit , yesterday.
But his Nairobi Aviation College counterpart Isaiah Ochilo, whose charges beat Nairobi Institute of Business Studies (Ruiru Campus) 3-1 in the season-ender said: “I’m glad that we have finished third. My charges faltered somewhere on the way, but we hope to wrestle Zetech to the title next season. We lost many players to Kenyan Premier League sides, but we picked ourselves up to reach this far,” Ochilo told FeverPitch yesterday.
During the Nairobi Aviation match at Kabete Technical Training Institute grounds, Nelson Marika scored a brace before Erick Kuria made it 3-0 at half time. George Makena scored Nibs’ consolation goal.
UCFL Secretary General Maurice Ochieng’ urged the players to be disciplined and continue working harder come next season.
“Success in any sports discipline cannot be achieved without discipline, this explains why Zetech has been performing well since they joined the colleges league,” said Ochieng’.
He, however commended Kips for putting up a spirited fight to give Zetech a run for their money.
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