General Officer Commanding Western Command, Major General Joseph Kivunzi awards a medal to Nairobi Garrison Football Team head coach Corporal Stephen Ocholla after bagging the CDF Cup trophy at 81 Tank Battalion in Lanet, Nakuru County.
The Nairobi Garrison Football Team have been crowned champions of the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Football Cup 2019 after beating Ranger Regiment (RR) 2 goals to 1.The finals were played on Friday,5 July 2019 at the 81 Tank Battalion,Lanet-Nakuru.
The first half of the game ended in a barren draw only for Nairobi Garrison to shook RR’s net at the 46th minute through Lance Corporal Enock Momanyi. 9 minutes later, RR equalized through Lance Corporal Oliver Agwanda which would push the game into extra time. 2 minutes before penalties, an own goal by the Rangers tilted the scales in favour of Nairobi Garrison Team to whom was presented the coveted trophy by the General Officer Commanding Western Command, Major General Joseph Kivunzi.
The Kenya Navy Base Mtongwe team settled for third position having defeated 6 Brigade 2-1 in a match played earlier on Thursday.
Held annually,the CDF Cup is meant to provide troops with a chance to renew their acquaintance, allow them to compete as part of training,enhance Espirit de Core and also for talent spotting for Ulinzi Stars football Club.At the end of this year’s tournament that kicked off on 24th June 2019, a total of six new players had earned their slot in Ulinzi FC.
Speaking on behalf of the CDF, Maj Gen Kivunzi lauded the winning team and everyone that took part in ensuring the success of the tournament.”The lessons we have drawn from this tournament will be used to make better our future games,” he added as he read the CDF speech.
“I extend my appreciation to the Service Commanders for their commitment to the improvement of football in the Defence Forces and for providing the necessary leadership, material and personnel support.Equally, I want to thank the Defence Forces Football Association for maintaining renowned high standards of the tournament which was resoundingly successful,” the statement read in part. The CDF further urged the KDF contingent to put in all their best in the East Africa Military Games and Cultural Event that is set to commence on 11 August 2019 at the Moi International Sports Centre-Kasarani.
Amongst those who witnessed the finals of the tournament was the Deputy Commandant Kenya Military Academy Brigadier Patrick Muteti, Kenya Defence Forces Football Association chairman Brigadier Juma Mwinyikai,Brigade Commanders, Regional Police and Prisons Commanders, Senior Military and Police Officers, Officers, Service Members and members of the public.
Senior Private Cosmas Omugweso of Ranger Regiment shields the ball against Spte Stephen Kimani of Nairobi Garrison during the CDF Cup finals at 81 Tank Battalion
Lance Corporal Oscar Injika of Nairobi Garrison dribbles past Ranger Regiment defender Senior Private Moses Okello during the Chief of Defence Forces cup Championships 2019
Nairobi Garrison Team Captain Lance Corporal Lameck Anyona lifts the trophy after winning against Ranger Regiment in the CDF cup finals at the 81 Tank Battalion