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Coastweek -- Maersk Line players and officials celebrate winning the ECSAFOT Football Tournament after beating Filiken Transit Forwarders 3-0 in the final match at Mombasa Sports Club.
Maersk Line wins the inaugural ECSAFOT tournament

Coastweek -- 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.

The tournament convened and sponsored by the ISCOS Secretariat attracted several teams drawn from mainly the maritime sector and other corporates.

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.

Uganda Revenue Authority topped group A while Maersk Line reigned supreme in group B.

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 goal.

 
 
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 machine.

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 opponents.

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 team on.

“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, Kassim Mpaata.

There was a consolation prize for the bankers (KCB) as they broke down a stubborn KPA rearguard to finish third.

Additional awards 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).

URA’s Charles 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,” remarked Mpaata.

Representatives from 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 rotational.

           

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