RMS eyeing ‘dream’ Startimes Inter-media Cup run
Royal Media Services Ltd football team will hope to carry their Left Foot Sports league form into Saturday’s StarTimes Inter-media tournament set to be staged at Upper Hill High School.
The RMS team was seeded top in Pool A during Thursday’s draw following their fairy-tale run in the 2018 Road to Anfield tournament in which they exited as the top media house at the semi final stage.
The team which rolled over General Electric Kenya 4-2 in their Left Foot Division Five debut are joined by KBC as second seeds with Turkish owned television station Ebru and hosts StarTimes completing the pool.
Captain Washington Evance warned rival teams that the squad is hungry for redemption after a quarter-finals exit at the hands of Radio Africa who went on to win the previous edition in 2016.
“We hadn’t set up a good team in 2016 but now we have a squad that can compete against the best. We exciting new players and a different style of play; a bit like Manchester City because we score a lot of goals.
“It’s our dream to win the ultimate prize but first we hope to finish top and maybe meet Capital Group somewhere along the way because we keep hearing they are a good yet they haven’t faced us,” he said.
This year’s edition has been dubbed ‘Mini World Cup’ with fifteen media teams and hosts StarTimes set to duel for the ultimate glory and cash prizes on offer for top three finishers.
Thursday morning draw served to whet appetites ahead of group stage kick-off as big wigs are set against one another, each with raw ambition for bragging rights.
Defending champions Radio Africa are set against losing finalists from two years ago Ghetto Radio in the group of death. Inclusion of two-time Road to Anfield winners and pre-tournament favorites Capital Group complicates group D whose composition is completed by minnows ATG Radio.
Group B has Standard Group as top seeds followed by Mediamax with the two largely expected to qualify for the knockout stages.
Homeboyz Radio and vernacular Lolwe complete the group. Standard have an organized team that once won the Road to Anfield tournament but have lately been in disarray while Mediamax, losing quarter finalists from two years ago are brimming with confidence.
A Homeboyz squad comprising three popular disc jockeys does not pose the gravest of threats but untested Lowle who are making their inter media debut are tournament dark horses.
Nation Media Group headline Group C followed by Kass Media and Qwetu Radio. A talented field of freelance journalists complete the group with high probability of qualifying.
Nation are brimming with confidence after traversing the republic in recent past playing matches against various opponents and are favored to top their group.
Kass failed to make it out of the group stage in the last edition and lost their talisman Benoit Cheruiyot to Mediamax. They have NMG and Freelancers to contend with as Qwetu Radio are the group underdogs.
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