Once the word was out that a tournament would be taking place with prize money, there was no shortage of teams registering. 14 men’s and 8 women’s teams from all over Eastleigh and surrounding areas like Pangani, signed up to compete over a 3-day period. A surprising number of the women’s team members were players from the National team, Harambee Starlets. From day one the terraces and perimeters of the pitch were packed with spectators; Max from Berlin kept the schedule and tally of the scores, and mediated team conflicts and concerns.
The fiercely contested U18 boys’ final between Sakayonsa and Borussia went into penalties. Sakayonsa ended up winning. Interestingly both teams train together under the same coach, Chameleon from Majengo who is a local legend, scouting and coaching many Kenyan football stars throughout his long career, including Oliech, Mariga and Jamal Mohamed who still resides in Eastleigh. The final was attended by the musician Nonini, who took a tour of the nearby SAMOSA art exhibition and even managed to sneak in the shooting of his music video, while giving out prizes to the deserving winners.