They say the proof is in the pudding and this is almost always true. It was quite an eventful day yesterday in Dar Es Salaam when journalists from Kenya were walloped 7 – 2 by their counterparts in Tanzania ain a friendly match played at the eve of the SportPesa Cup football festival.
The one hour game was basically an avalanche of goals which could have been worse had the match been played in the regular 90 minutes.
The match was played at the Karume Grounds, also where the Tanzanian Football Federation is located. Inasmuch as it was in the spirit of banter, local journalists and residents praised the result saying it is a sign of things to come.
“This is what will happen to the teams from Kenya including the two-time SportPesa Cup titleholders, Gor Mahia FC”, said Ibrahim, a local who watched the game.
The other sides include AFC Leopards SC, Kariobangi Sharks FC and Bandari FC and the action gets underway today, Tuesday 22nd January at the National Stadium in Dar Es Salaam.
However, in keeping with the spirit of banter and in typical Kenyan fashion, the Kenyan journalists immediately declared the result ‘null and void’ and quickly dismissed the outcome as the only result that the hosts will enjoy in the competition.
The Tanzanian flag will be flown by Simba SC, Yanga SC, Singida United FC and debutants Mbao FC at the eight-team invitational tournament.
After the match, both teams posed for photographs and engaged in light talk about the kick-off of the highly anticipated SportPesa Cup, with Kenyan side Bandari FC taking on Tanzania’s Singida United in the opening fixture at 2PM.
Right after, Tanzanian Premier League leaders Yanga SC will battle it out against Kariobangi Sharks FC in the 4:15PM encounter, one that has the billing to be arguably the match of the day.
The tournament runs until Sunday, January 27 with the ultimate winner getting the once in a lifetime opportunity to play a match against English Premier League’s Everton FC, right in their own backyard.