The inaugural East Central and Southern Africa Shipping and
Logistics Football Tournament (ECSAFOT) was held successfully at
Mombasa Sports Club on Saturday November 24, 2018.
convened and sponsored by the ISCOS Secretariat attracted
several teams drawn from mainly the maritime sector and other
Among the teams were
Kenya Ports Authority, Kenya Maritime Authority, ISCOS
Secretariat, Maersk Line, Uganda Revenue Authority, Filiken
Transit Forwarders, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers,
Inspectorate EA Limited, Express Shipping EA Limited, Shipping
Veterans, Coast Media and Kenya Commercial Bank.
The tournament was
played in a group stage and knock-out phase with four teams
qualifying from two tough groups to book quarter final berths.
Authority topped group A while Maersk Line reigned supreme in
The quarter finals
witnessed both titanic and underwhelming clashes with the
highlight being URA versus Maersk line.
The latter emerged
supreme with a 2-0 trouncing of their rivals. There were also
wins for Filiken over ISCOS (1-0), KPA over Inspectorate EA
(1-0) and KCB over Coast Media (1-0).
In the semi-finals,
the dark horses Filiken edged out KCB in post-match penalties
1-0 while Maersk was too strong for KPA winning with a solitary
Coastweek -- Ibrahim
Abdallah [right] from Maersk Line FC controls the
ball against Ayub Yusuf from Filken Transit Forwarders FC
during the final match of the East, Central and Southern
Africa Shipping and Logistics (ECSAFOT) Football
Tournament at the Mombasa Sports Club.
With the penultimate
phase done, there was time for a thrilling final.
Maersk came into the
final on the back of a seven-game winning streak.
The Filiken Transit
Forwarders in contrast had ridden on luck, winning marginally
and prevailing on post-match penalties in the knock out phases,
their luck was to be curtailed by a well-oiled Maersk Line
The final turned out
to be one-sided with Maersk Line merely recycling possession
after their third goal ending the contest in a 3-0 win.
The final was
arguably one of the most comfortable games for the ship owners
as they barely had to step up a gear to breakdown their sorry
After the final, the
Maersk Line skipper Berdley Onyango was effusive in praise for
his charges lauding even the fans who had shown up to cheer the
“We hada different
approach for every match and adopted the approach of taking it
one game each at a time,” said a visibly overjoyed Onyango after
receiving the maiden winner’s trophy from the acting ISCOS SG,
There was a
consolation prize for the bankers (KCB) as they broke down a
stubborn KPA rearguard to finish third.
went to Coast Media for being the fair play team, ISCOS for
being the key sponsor and URA for being the sole representative
of corporates outside the Kenyan borders.
On an individual
level, the conquering juggernaut Maersk produced the best
defender (Fadhil Abdalla) and the top scorer Ibrahim Abdalla
while the bankers KCB produced the best goalkeeper (David Kiiru).
Chibunya was recognized as the best midfielder in the awards
gala. While giving the awards, the ISCOS acting SG Kassim Mpaata
reserved praise for all the participants for believing in the
first time ECSAFOT concept.
“The motive of the
tournament was to bring together stakeholders in shipping and
logistics industry to enhance collaboration and connectivity,”
all the corporates sang their praises to the organizers of the
event as they promised to be ready for next year’s edition.
Mpaata proceeded to
announce that plans were already underway to stage the second
edition in another East Africa City and hence make the event