Pyrethrum Dolphin FC emerged victorious after a tense penalty shootout against Bondeni FC in the conclusion to the 2023 Ghetto-Champions tournament, securing the coveted title during the Inter-estate finals of Nakuru East Sub-County at Kamukunji Grounds. The match, which ended in a 0-0 draw in regular time, showcased the resilience and skill of both teams.
The championship, organized by the area Member of Parliament, Hon. David Gikaria, brought together football enthusiasts and supporters from various estates to witness the intense battle for supremacy. Pyrethrum Dolphin FC and Bondeni FC displayed exceptional sportsmanship, leaving spectators on the edge of their seats throughout the closely contested match.
Following the grueling match, both teams were awarded trophies and cash prizes in a grand ceremony. Pyrethrum Dolphin FC, crowned the 2023 Ghetto-Champions, received a well-deserved Sh300,000, while Bondeni FC, the worthy runners-up, were presented with Sh200,000. The rewards not only recognize the teams’ outstanding performance but also contribute to the development and sustainability of grassroots football.
Hon. David Gikaria, the brain behind the successful tournament, praised Nakuru County Governor Susan Kihika for her commitment to enhancing sports infrastructure. He specifically acknowledged the construction of three stands at Kamukunji Grounds, a move that has undoubtedly elevated the standard of sports facilities in the region.
The match was graced by the presence of Nakuru County Governor H.E Susan Kihika and Deputy President H.E Rigathi Gachagua, who added prestige to the event. Governor Kihika commended the organizers for providing a platform for youth engagement, emphasizing the importance of such initiatives in combating issues like drug abuse, idleness, and criminal activities. She also took the opportunity to extend her heartfelt New Year wishes to the residents of Nakuru.
Deputy President H.E Rigathi Gachagua underscored the significance of affordable housing as a means of creating job opportunities and ensuring decent housing for local communities. In addition to the prize money, he awarded Pyrethrum Dolphin FC an impressive Ksh.1 Million, recognizing their dedication and skill in clinching the title.
The event drew a distinguished crowd, with various political leaders in attendance, including Cabinet Secretary for Water Hon. Zack Njeru, Members of Parliament, County Executive Members, and County Assembly Members. The Ghetto-Champions tournament not only showcased exceptional football talent but also demonstrated the power of sports in fostering community engagement, unity, and the overall well-being of residents.