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KCB beat Talanta to earn return to KPL

first_img0Shares0000Dennis Gicheru leads celebrations afte scoring for KCB in their National Super League match against Talanta as they earned a return to the KPL on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 7 – Dennis Gicheru and Simon Abuko scored in the final 10 minutes as KCB FC beat a stubborn FC Talanta 2-0 at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on Sunday to earn promotion back to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) after three years.Gicheru poked home at the back post from a Dennis Ng’ang’a freekick with nine minutes left before Simon Abuko slotted home from the penalty spot in added time to finally break a stubborn FC Talanta as they earned an unassailable lead in second position. The three points will ensure KCB’s final match against Nairobi Stima next weekend will be a mere formality.The bankers moved to 75 points in the National Super League (NSL) standings, eight ahead of third placed Nairobi Stima who will be playing Kenya Police in the other NSL match later Sunday.“I am really pleased to have scored today in such an important match to help the team get back to the league. It was a tough match but we knew when we get one goal, things will be easy. I can’t really explain how it feels because we have fought for this so much,” goal scorer Gicheru said.KCB FC defender Dennis Gicheru celebrates after scoring for KCB during their National Super League tie against FC Talanta at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAmazingly, Gicheru scored one of the four goals for Wazito FC last year when they beat Kenya Police 4-1 in Narok to earn promotion to the KPL which now means he has scored in both crucial matches and earned promotion with two different teams in consecutive years.Head coach Elvis Ayany, a former player of the bankers was in cloud nine after sealing the slot.“It has been a tough season and every game has been like a final. Over the last three years we have come very close but lost it in the final four games. This time round, we were very serious in every game and we did not underrate anyone,” Ayany pointed out.After being frustrated by a high defending Talanta, coached by former KCB boss Abdallah Juma, the bankers upped the tempo in the second half.On the hour mark, they came inches close when Samuel Mwangi’s venomous strike from distance was finger tipped over the bar by Talanta keeper Joel Bataro.KCB FC midfielder Samuel Mwangi strides forward during his side’s National Super League tie against FC Talanta at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMwangi had come in after 35 minutes replacing Shami Kibwana who had found it tough to maintain the tempo with the scorching mid-morning sun and the blazing Toyoyo turf taking a toll on him.KCB were almost punished in the 70th minute when a defensive blunder by Isaac Okello gifted Emmanuel Mogaka the ball at the edge of the area, but the Talanta man’s shot from range was well collected by KCB keeper Omar Adisa.The bankers had a glorious opportunity with quarter of an hour left when an industrious Chrispinus Onyango did well on the left to lay in a cross that was met by Kennedy Owino, but the latter’s shot with acres of space ahead of him came against the side-netting.KCB FC striker Chrispinus Onyango was brought down leading to the opening goal during his side’s National Super League tie against FC Talanta at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe search finally yielded fruit with nine minutes left when Gicheru poked the ball home at the backpost when Ng’ang’a’s in-swinging freekick evaded a forest of bodies.Former AFC Leopards winger Simon Abuko then sealed the win in added time when he slotted home from the penalty spot after Mwangi was brought down inside the box by Brian Okeyo.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Lucky Seven: Donegal clubs scoop €18,000 in Topaz Cash for Clubs initiative

first_imgSeven lucky Donegal sports teams have been drawn as winners for the Topaz 2017 Cash for Clubs initiative, with a total of €18,000 being awarded across the clubs.After signing up to ‘Cash for Clubs’, members collected tokens by fueling up at their local Topaz station. The following three Donegal clubs were randomly selected as lucky jackpot prize winners as part of this year’s campaign: Twin Towns Boxing Club, St. Eunan’s GAA, and Letterkenny RFC. These three teams have been awarded €5,000 each.St. Eunan’s GAA, with Topaz Area Managers, Enda O’Reilly and Eddie Tobin. Photo Clive WassonLetterkenny RFC with Topaz Area Managers, Eddie Tobin and Enda O’Reilly. Photo Clive WassonGweedore Celtic and Gweedore United FC were awarded €1,000 each under the initiative, with CLG Naomh Padraig Muff and Quigleys Point Swifts Football Club scooping €500 each. This year, over 3,000 clubs registered for the initiative. Since its launch in 2015, Cash for Clubs has awarded €400,000 in prizes to clubs nationwide.Sinead Moriarty, Marketing and Communications Manager at Topaz, said: “Topaz Cash for Clubs was first set up in 2015 to reward the tireless work of clubs in Ireland that demonstrate commitment to their communities each day.“With 438 service stations across the island of Ireland, Topaz is very much at the heart of Irish communities, so we are thrilled to have the chance to reward the intrinsic roles that clubs play in their communities. We would like to extend our congratulations to the prize winning clubs from Donegal this year – we hope that the prize money will help them to make a difference to their community in the coming years.” Lucky Seven: Donegal clubs scoop €18,000 in Topaz Cash for Clubs initiative was last modified: October 20th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cash for clubsTopazlast_img read more