The recently concluded inaugural Sakaja Super Cup has left an indelible mark on Nairobi’s football history, emerging as a tournament that goes beyond the conventional.
In a departure from the commonplace competitions backed by political figures, the Sakaja Super Cup, generously sponsored by Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja, distinguishes itself through its unique approach, substantial rewards, and enduring influence on the city’s football landscape.
Governor Sakaja’s commitment to the tournament was evident not only in his role as a sponsor but also in his active participation, as seen in the pre-event activities where he jogged with enthusiasm. This hands-on involvement from a political figure adds a personal touch to the competition, fostering a sense of community engagement.
What sets the Sakaja Super Cup apart is not just the spectacle of football but its transformative impact on the prospects of local footballers. The tournament’s unique approach goes beyond the norm by providing a platform that nurtures talent and showcases the vibrant football culture present in Nairobi.
Moreover, the substantial rewards associated with the Sakaja Super Cup serve as a powerful incentive for teams and players, elevating the significance of the competition. Such initiatives contribute not only to the development of football skills but also to the overall growth of the sport within the community.
As Nairobi strives to become a hub for football excellence, the Sakaja Super Cup acts as a catalyst, propelling the city’s football scene to new heights. By promoting a spirit of healthy competition, fostering talent, and offering substantial rewards, this tournament stands as a game-changer for Nairobi’s football prospects, leaving an enduring legacy in its wake.
Top performers in the recently concluded Sakaja Super Cup were honoured for their outstanding achievements in the three-month tournament on Thursday, December 21, 2023.
The prestigious men’s Golden Boot award was shared by three exceptional players, each receiving a trophy and Ksh50,000 for their remarkable feat of scoring 11 goals individually.
The standout performers in the Sakaja Super Cup, including runners-up Kawasaki’s striker Cedric Achweya, Riruta 105’s Geoffrey Erambo, and Caleb Abuga from Creative Hands, were recognized for their impressive contributions during the tournament’s concluding ceremony on Thursday, December 21, 2023.
In the women’s category, Sheila Atsachi, the striking force behind the Nairobi region secondary schools girls’ football champions, clinched the women’s Golden Boot accolade by scoring an impressive 6 goals. This achievement earned her the top scorer title and a prize of Ksh50,000.
Ramadhan Waliaula of Victor’s Faith and Florence Akinyi from Women’s champions Club Jojo, both key players in their respective teams, were crowned the tournament’s Most Valuable Players (MVPs) in the men’s and women’s categories. Each MVP received a cash prize of Ksh50,000 in recognition of their exceptional performances.
The Golden Glove awards were presented to Naomi Achieng’ of Kibagare Girls (women’s category) and Bramwel Katari, the Dandora Hunters shot stopper (men’s category). Both goalkeepers were awarded Ksh50,000 for their outstanding goalkeeping skills.
Gift Mumo of Kawasaki earned the title of Most Promising Player, along with a reward of Ksh50,000, showcasing a bright future in the world of football.
Recognizing the vital role of tournament coordinators, Curtis Sitati of Embakasi South and Adan Ibrahim of Langata were named the best coordinators. In appreciation of their efforts, each coordinator was presented with a cash prize of Ksh50,000. The awards ceremony not only celebrated individual achievements but also highlighted the collective efforts that made the Sakaja Super Cup a resounding success.
Golden Boot Awards
Ladies (6 Goals Each):
Sheila Atsachi (Dagoretti Mixed School)
Men (11 Goals Each):
Cedric Achweya (Kawasaki)
Geoffrey Erambo (Riruta 105)
Caleb Abuga (Creative Hands)
Florence Akinyi (Club Jojo)
Ramadhan Waliaula Simiyu (Victor’s Faith)
Golden Glove Awards
Naomi Achieng (Kibagare Girls)
Bramwell Katari (Dandora Hunters)
Most Promising Player
Gift Mumo (Kawasaki)
Adan Ibrahim (Langata)
Curtis Saiti (Embakasi South)
Most Decorated Fan Base
These awards recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of teams, players, and fans during the Sakaja Super Cup, reflecting the spirit of competition and sportsmanship displayed throughout the tournament.