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Glory, Glory: Kenya Under 14 Lift The Shield in Southampton Cup

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SOUTHAMPTON, England – The Kenya Under 14 (U14) boys team ended their Southampton Cup campaign in glorious fashion when they beat Ormer FC 2-1 on to clinch the Shield trophy in England.

James Gachago was the Kenya U14 hero when he notched a brace, a goal in either half to deliver his team the prize.

The Southampton Cup that is an annual brand new eight-day international youth football tournament hosted in Southampton and the surrounding area ended Saturday having attracted 40 boys and girls teams from across the globe.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Technical Director Andres Spiers led the side that outclassed Plymouth Argyle 4-1 on penalties after a 2-2 stalemate in normal time on Thursday at Staplewood to clinch the Shield.

Earlier on, Kenya topped Isle of Man by a solitary goal on Wednesday to finish bottom of Group B with three points alongside Chelsea FC and Isle of Man where Portuguese giants FC Porto topped the standings by winning all their group games.

Learning curve

Kenya qualified for the semi finals of the Shield where they met English side Plymouth Argyle before playing Ormer in the decider.

“It’s a learning curve for us as a federation and for the boys as well. We intend to keep doing this by getting the boys such exposure for us to have a strong team in years to come,” FKF CEO Robert Muthomi, who accompanied the boys said.

The Under 14 Junior Stars will watch a live English Premier League match at St. Mary’s, the home of Southampton FC and tour the facility.

The tournament is set to become a key fixture in the calendar for youth football clubs around the world, bringing some of the most talented young players to the region for a ‘festival of football’.

In addition to the main Southampton Cup tournament, there will be a Community Tournament from Sunday to Wednesday that will see Under-7 to Under-12 teams from across the country compete.

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