Playing in their second last match against Transfoc FC with black ribbons on their arms, Eldoret Youth dedicated their win to the late Benjamin Kiplimo who died on Thursday in a road accident.
Anthony Chingwa and Abraham Kogei scored a goal apiece to automatic qualify for the National Super League (NSL) with two matches to spare.
Playing in Division One, Zone B, Eldoret Youth needed two points to get a direct promotion and they did in style following a 2-0 win against their hosts Transfoc FC in an entertaining match played today at St. Anthony’s Boys’ high school, Kitale ground.
According to team captain Dennis Injen, the win was dedicated to Kiplimo who died on Thursday evening along Eldoret-Nairobi highway near Oslo Petrol Station.
Due to the death of Kiplimo, the proprietor of the famous Silver Line Hotel located in the Eldoret Central Business District, the win was crucial for the team who decided to dedicate the win to the late entrepreneur according to the captain Dennis Injen said they had respect for him.
“We dedicated the win to win because of what he has done to our team and heading into the crucial stages, we really needed him,” said Injen.
Chingwa opened the score with just from the spot after the visitor’s had earned a penalty kick in the 15th minute before Kogei doubled three minutes later from a free-kick after Kevin Wanyama had been brought down just outside the 18 yard area.
With the win, Eldoret Youth cemented top of the table with 64 points from 24 matches, won 20 and drawing 4 and the promotion, they join their Zone A leaders Fortune Sacco as the two teams to earn direct promotion into the second tier. Last week, Fortune Sacco edged Mwatate United to seal Zone A championship.