Kenya Air Force and Kenya Navy female player display skill during the tournament.
The annual Chief of Defence Forces Football tournament officially kicked off on Monday, 01 October 2018 at the Laikipia Air Base, Nanyuki.
The two-week long tournament brings together participants from the three services of the Kenya Defence Forces: Kenya Army, Kenya Air Force and the Kenya Navy.A total of sixteen (16) teams drawn from different formations within the three services seek to lift the highly sought after trophy that is currently held by the Defence Headquarters Camp Unit (DHQ CAU) team.
This year’s championship has attracted various teams including;Moi Air Base, Engineers Brigade,Garissa Team, DHQ CAU, Laikipia Air Base,Kenya Navy Bases Manda and Mtongwe, Kahawa Garisson,2,6 and 8 Brigades, Embakasi Garrison, Artillery Brigade, Armoured Brigade,RangerRegiment, and the Isiolo team.
When officially launching the tournament, the Base Commander Laikipia Air Brigadier,John Omenda, in his opening remarks urged the participants to adhere to the military and the FIFA rules. He reminded the players that the tournament will be a platform to select the best players to join Ulinzi Stars as it gears up for the upcoming Premier league.
He further commended Ulinzi Stars for flying high the KDF flag up to the semi-finalsin the ongoing SportPesa tournament and extended the gratitude to the management of the tournament. “I wish to thank the Defence Headquarters, Defence Forces Sports Control Board(DFSCB) and the Defence Forces Football Association (DFFA)for putting in place the best plans for the smooth running of this year’s event.
Also speaking during the occasion, the Commandant Defence Forces Constabularies,Lieutenant Colonel Erick Oloo who represented the Chairman DFFA, Brigadier Kiugu, said that the event will be alternated in all units and formations so that all participants can have an experience of hosting the event.He urged all KDF sportsmen and women to work hard, improve their talents and enhance the spirit of sportsmanship.
The Secretary General of the Defence Forces Football Association emphasized the purpose of the CDF Cup which is to bring a sense of esprit de corps, and a spirit of sportsmanship among formations through football which is one of the most popular sports disciplines in the world.
The curtain-raising match was between the Kenya Navy and the Laikipia Air Base Ladies’ teams where the Navy thrashed Laikipia Air Base 2-1. The two goals were scored by Second Lieutenant Shanton Chepng`eno. In the men’s category, 8 Brigade trounced Laikipia Air Base 4-1 with Private Ouma scoring 2 goals while, Private Munene and Baraza scoreda goal each.
The matches have been categorized into pools A, B C while the fourth comprises the Ladies team. The qualifiers will run until 8 October where the qualifying teams will proceed to semifinals and the finals on 12 October 2018 in the same venue.
Base Commander Laikipia Air Base Brigadier John Omenda gives his opening remarks during the opening of Chief of Defence Forces Football tournament 2018 edition held at Laikipia Air Base, Nanyuki.
Laikipia Air Base and 8 Brigade players battle for the ball.
Base Commander Laikipia Air Base Brigadier John Omenda shake hands with 8th Brigade Players before the launch of the game.