JKUAT men football team commonly known as JKUAT Panthers won their first FKF Division Two game against Nyahururu All Stars in a scintillating match played at the JKUAT sports grounds.
JKUAT, who were recently promoted to the Division, won the match through a solitary goal scored by Eugene Ateya at the dying minutes of the game. The game saw the first half end in a barren draw with JKUAT not capitalizing on their chances.
The JKUAT Panthers’ goal came at the 82nd minute after an infringement at the 18 yard goal area. Ateya converted his penalty attempt in the game with composure and style. A slight Bruno Fernandes-esque jump right before the kick took the Nyahururu All Stars goalkeeper by surprise as the striker calmly tucked the ball into the net.
The JKUAT Panthers Coach, Francis Chege lauded his side’s performance and was pleased with the reaction after the break to press higher up the park which led to the penalty.
“This being a new challenge to the team and the level of competition in the division, I am pleased that the team managed to walk away with the three points from an experienced side,” said Coach Chege.
The Coach said he was glad that the friendly matches played before the beginning of the league had turned them into a competitive side and they are ready for the challenge the division will offer.
“This is the start I had hoped for and this team can go as far as they want to go and it’s up to them,” he said.
Echoing the sentiments of his coach, Team Captain, Clive Moyia said, the win is vital in ensuring that the team is not chasing for points in the division and while he recognizes the challenge presented by the division, he is confident that the team will rise to the occasion and make JKUAT proud.
“I am happy with the win and I hope the players will continue working hard for the wins and hopefully, do that with a smile as we fly the JKUAT flag high,” said Muyia.
In attendance during the match was Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua, Director Sports, Dr. Peter Waweru Kamaku among other staff and students who enthusiastically cheered the JKUAT Panthers till the final whistle was blown.