Following the Kenyan Harambee Star’s impressive 2-0 performance against the Zanzibar Ocean Stars in a GOtv Cecafa group A fixture on Tuesday evening at the Afraha Stadium, an overwhelmed governor of Nakuru County, Kinutia Mbugua has given the victorious team an instant a K.sh 1 M (Ug.shs 30 M) handsome cash reward.

Mbugua had made the promise prior kick off of the game played at the Stadium which is used as home to Kenyan Premier army Side, Ulinzi Stars. The Kenyan players just replied his wishes as early as the 5th minute of the game when Tanzania based defender, Jockins Atudo, calmly converted a penalty that came after Kenya’s 2012/13 league top scorer, striker Jacob Keli had been tripped into the area.

Harambee’s other goal came 8 minutes after the half time recess, this time from AFC Leopard’s striker Allan Wanga, who also carried the Captain’s responsibilities after Belgian coach, Adel Amorouche surprised every one as he handed the Wanga the arm band after from fellow striker, Francis Kahata.

“For the good of the game, it is important, the players are rewarded and I will continue to handsomely reward the excelling players”, a jovial Mbugua told Kawowo Sports, shortly after the thrilling fixture watched by a capacity lively crowd at the tourist town stadium of Nakuru.

Keli, the day’s best performer on the pitch, who earned himself a GOtv Decoder courtesy of Super Super and DSTV applauded the fans but cautioned them against hurling insults to them whenever results fail to turn out the way they are needed.

“We thank you fans for cheering the team, but you should not abuse us when results fail at times”, the tricky and fast KCB striker said as he received his man of the match accolade.

Kenya’s victory meant they are joint top in group A with Ethiopia, who had won earlier 2 – 0 over South Sudan in the first match played at the Nakuru turf.

The Stars and the Walya Antelopes will now await that coin toss on Thursday to determine the group winner as the rest of the groups finish up their games in preparation for the quater-finals.

CECAFA action continues with group B match action still at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru when Burundi plays Tanzania in the day’s opening fixture before the 2010 African champions, Zambia face off Somalia in the second game of the day at 4 pm.

 Nakuru becomes the 3rd County to host CECAFA action after Nairobi and Machakos with Mombasa set to host the quarter-finals and quite other lingering doubts about Kisumu before the final and closing stages of the tourney back at the heart of the Kenyan capital in Nyayo national Stadium.

Coca cola, Wash United are the co-partners of GOtv to finance this biannual tournament.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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