Kenyan parliamentarians lost to their Turkish
counterparts 1 to 3 on in a friendly football match in Nairobi
aimed at fostering ties between the East African nation and
Turkey, reports SAMSON ATEKA.
awarded the trophy by the Turkish Ambassador to Kenya
Ahmet Cemil Miroglu, the Turkish team captain and Istanbul
MP Ali Sarikaya told Anadolu Agency that in reality, no
team had lost.
“We came here
to boost friendship between Turkey and Kenya, to establish
strong and eternal relationships between our two prominent
“We are here
after the speaker of parliament in Kenya invited us to
celebrate 50 years of relations between Kenya and Turkey.”
midfielder and Webuye West MP Dan Sitati Wanyama told
Anadolu Agency that Kenyan lawmakers were learning a lot
from their Turkish visitors.
parliamentarians are aiding us in improving how we work by
learning from us where they can and sharing policies and
legislation that have worked back home with us.
The Turkish team captain and Istanbul MP Ali
Sarikaya being awarded the winner’s trophy by Turkish
Ambassador to Kenya Ahmet Cemil Miroglu.
“The match was great
and even though we lost, once we go for the return match in
Turkey, we will surely win,” said Wanyama.
“This match is just
a bridge for us to cement Kenya-Turkey relations.”
Istanbul MP Ali
Sarikaya gave his team an early lead after scoring after just
five minutes of play leaving a frustrated Senator Malala
Cleophas, shouting to his teammates not to stray far from their
allocated defensive positions.
Urfa MP Ibrahim
Yildiz scored the second goal in the 20th minute
after single-handedly passing Kenyan defenders from midfield,
sending the ball flying into the top right corner.
Late in the second
half, MP Ali Sarikaya volleyed from 20 meters out leaving the
Kenyan goalkeeper helpless and putting his team ahead by three
With just minutes to
the end of the game, Senator Malala Cleophas managed reduced the
gap by scoring from a whopping 40 meters out on a free kick.
Miroglu said the football match was important to link Kenyan and
“Today none of the
teams won. Today there was just one winner, it is the
Turkish-Kenyan friendship,” he said.
The match was played
at Parklands Sports Club.