Even with one pending match, Kibirichia Boys have kissed the 2012 Airtel Rising Stars tournament goodbye, with their Wednesday 8 August 3-2 loss to Upper Hill.
In the match, Upper Hill opened the scoresheet in the 25th minute, through Calvin Odongo, before Michael Olunga doubled his side’s scores in the 48th minute.
Kibirichia’s John Karani, then converted an awarded penalty in the 50th minute, paving way for Abdi Huka to secure an equalizer three minutes later.
However, Upper Hill were to emerge the better side, with Odongo working well with a 56th minute Timothy Luda pass to earn his side an advantage that stood to the final whistle.
After the match, Kibirichia’s head Coach Joshua Mburugu commended his side and promised to put up a decent show in the next edition of the tournament.
-I am not disappointed at all. This is because it was the first time for my team to make the nationals and they have played decently until now, Mburugu told Futaa.com.
-I can promise that next year we will make it to the finals, because the squad I currently have comprises players from form one and two, and with this exposure, they will know what to do when we return.
Mburugu singled out Karani, Huka and captain Joshua Musa, saying that they are national team material.
-I would like to urge the national team coaches to consider giving the trio a chance, because I am sure they will impress.
The match was played at the Shanzu Teachers College, starting 1100hrs.