The Chief of Defence Forces ‘BORA CUP’ football tournament 2021 Women Edition officially kicked off on 9th August 2021 presided over by Commander Armoured Brigade and Chairman Defence Forces Football Association (DFFA) Brigadier Jeremiah Maroko, at the 81 Tank Battalion Sports Complex.
The 12-day tournament is made up of thirteen formations teams, which will renew previous acquaintance and provide an opportunity for KDF female football players to compete in a bid to secure a place in the ‘Ulinzi Starlets’ team.
The Chief of the Defence Forces, General Robert Kibochi, who is the Patron of the Defence Forces Sports Control Board through the DFFA Chairman sent his warm wishes to the participating teams.
“I extended my appreciation to the Service Commanders for their commitment to the improvement of sports in the Defence Forces and providing necessary leadership, material and personnel supports. To our sponsors may I take this opportunity to also appreciate your valuable support to KDF sporting disciplines and continued partnership over the years. I wish all the teams success in the tournament and also not to forget the efforts of our soldiers who are working tirelessly in both Close and Deep Operations in the spirit of National Security. As we endeavour to diversify our national duties by taking part in sports, we should not forget our core business as soldiers,” the CDF statement read in part.
Opening the tournament on behalf of the CDF, Brigadier Maroko welcomed the teams and urged the players to enjoy the game, interact socially, but nevertheless compete.
“Certainly, each of you will put your skills and talents against the opposing teams. However, this achievement has to be made within the strict discipline of the military and under the military Code of Conduct not forgetting the Laws of the Game (FIFA Rules) and the Ministry of Health guidelines on COVID-19 mitigations,” he said.
In the opening game, “curtain raiser”, Armoured Brigaded punched 8th Brigade 13 goals to nil.
In attendance during the opening ceremony were Senior Officers, Officers and Service Members.