Kenya’s Talanta Hela crowned champions in Spain


Kenya’s Talanta Hela Boys Under-19 team showcased their dominance on the international stage as they emerged victorious in the prestigious 15th edition of the Costa Daurada Cup held in Salou, Spain.

The youngsters displayed exceptional talent and determination throughout the tournament, culminating in a resounding 3-0 victory over Usurbil FT in the final match played at the Futbol Salou Stadium.

From the onset, the Kenyan side demonstrated their prowess, starting their campaign with an impressive 3-0 win over CF Constantine. They continued their winning streak with a convincing 4-0 triumph against X Buyer Team A, followed by a solid 2-0 victory over Usurbil FT in the pool matches.

In the semifinals, the determined boys faced off against Berango FT, securing a 2-0 win to advance to the final stage where they met Usurbil FT once again. Undeterred by the challenge, the Kenyan team delivered a commanding performance, clinching the title with a remarkable 3-0 win.

Austin Odongo emerged as a standout player, contributing two crucial goals, while Hamisi Otieno sealed the victory with another goal in the closing moments of the match. Their stellar performances throughout the tournament earned them praise from coach Stanley Okumbi, who commended the team for their outstanding display on the field.

“It was a great game. The boys really turned up well. They played according to expectations. We will build from here as we aim to make this team stronger in the future. These boys are capable of achieving more,” Okumbi remarked.

William Gitamu and Austin Odongo with golden boot awards. PHOTO: Ministry of Sports

Furthermore, Austin Odongo and William Gitamu were honored as the tournament’s top point scorers, each tallying three goals apiece, further solidifying Kenya’s dominance in the competition.

While the boys celebrated their triumph, Kenya’s girls’ team faced a tough challenge in the final match against Sporting de Portugal. Despite a valiant effort, the Kenyan girls succumbed to a 2-0 defeat in post-match penalties after a 1-1 draw in regular time.

However, striker Elizabeth Mideva distinguished herself as the tournament’s top scorer, netting an impressive six goals, including Kenya’s lone goal in the final match.

Goalkeeper Christine Adhiambo was also recognized for her outstanding performance, earning the title of the best goalkeeper of the tournament with five clean sheets to her name.

Despite the disappointment in the final, the girls received medals and a team trophy in recognition of their efforts.

Both the boys and girls’ teams will now shift their focus to the upcoming MIC Camp, where they will have the opportunity to further hone their skills under the guidance of renowned international coaches.

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