FOCUS: It all comes down to this, the Fainali

After four weeks of great Kenyan University FIFA, the curtains close this Friday with the final four Conference teams battling it out in the e-Lig Series finals event dubbed The Fainali. 

The Fainali will run as the final event of the University FIFA Esports inviting four conference teams from the qualification weekends. As earlier reported, the second-placed teams were to meet in the 3rd/4th play-off match but we have re-formatted the Fainali event to have a direct semi-final play-off between the teams with the winners from each of the matches getting a direct ticket to 1st/2nd place match while the losers head directly for the 3rd/4th place play-offs. 

“Conference teams that finished first place in their respective groups will face off with the second-placed team from the other group e.g. Winner from Group A (1A) plays second-place from Group B (2B).”


As the e-Lig series comes to an end, it all comes down to the mental and psychological state of the players who will battle it out from home. The Nairobi region-based teams seem to be favorites heading into the final but this is Kenyan FIFA- anything can happen.

The first semi-final of the day will see Nairobi North Conference (JKUAT) Njiru Njeru take on Central Conference (KeMU) Victor Mwangi. Everything is on the line for Victor coming from a loss handed to him by UONs Frank Kibet while JKUATs Njiru Njeru will be entering this match with only one mission – TO WIN.  

The second semi-final will see the tournament favorite Frank Kibet take on Kisii University player Feswall Abdalla. Can Feswall Abdalla of Kisii University with his defensive play stop Frank’s offensive plays? Can Feswall Abdalla stand up to the pressure? 

The Fainali schedule

Match One: JKUAT_Njiru Njeru v. KeMU_Victor Mwangi 

Match Two: UON_Frank Kibet v. Kisii University_Feswall Abdalla

FOCUS: Late goal deciders, Nairobi North dominance and Kisii University Feswall Abdalla.

“Compete & Dominate” 

The Nairobi region dominance was in the display this past Friday as Njiru Njeru and Frank Ochieng powered past any opponent that came their way. The boys from JKUAT put up a show booking a slot in the final event dubbed “Fainali” set for 20th November. 

Nairobi North Conference v. Western Conference   

The JKUAT players came in with only one goal, win and send a message to any other opponents taking part in this demonstration tournament. Friday night clash between the boys from JKUAT and Kisii University player Feswall Abdalla produced two late winning goals and comebacks as qualification was on the line. 

The first match between Njiru Njeru and Feswall was a “premium tears” kind of moment for the Western Conference hitman as he came from 2-0 down to equalizing, going in to catch up again as Njiru went up by a goal (3-2) to take the game level again- and eventually conceding a late 90+ winning goal to seal the game for the Nairobi North Conference team. Feswall suffered the same fate as he played Frank Ochieng losing the game 2-1 with the latter’s winning goal coming in the dying minutes of the game. 

Nairobi North Conference v. Rift Valley Conference 

The second match kicked off immediately with Njiru Njeru playing both matches for the Nairobi North Conference due to connection issues experienced by Frank Ochieng. Joel Mong’are an engineering student from Moi University, took the challenge to represent the Rift Valley region. 

Going 1-0 up in the half, Joel was starting to take hold of the game but Njiru Njeru had to pour out all his anger after a painful loss to Frank Kibet in the e-Lig Series Opener Nairobi derby showcase. The Computer science student from JKUAT came back scoring three goals and sealing a 3-2 win in the first match. 

Njiru later set the tone higher with a 5-2 convincing win in the second match of the team battle securing an 8-4 aggregate win against the Rift Valley region franchise. After this game, this meant a direct qualification for the Nairobi North players and a must-win for either of the remaining teams. 

Rift Valley Conference v. Western Conference 

The final matches of the day came down to Feswall Abdalla & Joel Mong’are with both fightings for slots in the e-Lig Series Fainali event. “It is a must-win game for both players.” Bruno Sorre, the e-Lig official commentator said as the match kicked off. 

Joel Mong’are came in the match knowing how strong Feswall was at the attack but poor at closing out the games as he had earlier lost both matches in the dying minutes of in-game FIFA. Losing 2-1 in the first match, Joel Mong’are set his eyes for the second game looking to secure a convincing win to book a slot in the Fainali event. Unluckily, Joel Mong’are could only scoop one point in this game giving Feswall a boarding pass for the e-Lig Series Fainali. 


Group A (Collated Results-Aggregate) 

Nairobi North Conference v. Western Conference | 6-4

Nairobi North Conference v. Rift Valley Conference | 8-4

Rift Valley Conference v. Western Conference | 4-3

The e-Lig Series moves into the Group B matches this Friday 13th with Nairobi South, Central, and Coast Conferences lined up for the battle.

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FOCUS: Frank Ochieng, Njiru Charles to lead the Nairobi North Conference team in the e-Lig Series Group stages.

“Compete & Dominate” 

After a disappointing opening weekend last Friday, Njiru Charles of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology comes back to lead the Nairobi region team against unknown players from Western & Rift Valley Conferences. 

Njiru Charles had a disappointing opening weekend losing 5-1/1-0 (6-1 Aggregate score) to University of Nairobi Frank Kibet. Charles will be joined by Frank Ochieng as they team up to go hunt for wins against two other teams set to compete this Friday.  


Nairobi North, Western and Rift Valley Conference teams will be heading for a battle this Friday with each team fielding two players. 

Nairobi North Conference v. Rift Valley Conference 

Nairobi North Conference v. Western Conference 

Rift Valley Conference v. Western Conference 

All competitors will be assigned special numbers that will be used to design the fixtures for the day. For example, If Frank Ochieng is player 1 for Nairobi North Conference, he will play against player 1 from the other two Conference teams

 The matches are set to kick-off at 7.30 pm/1900hrs (EAT) with Bruno Sorre on the commentary box and Davy Kamanzi handling the stream. The winner of this Group gets a direct ticket to the Fainali while the second runners up will play in the 3rd/4th playoff.  

Focus: Inside the e-Lig Series showcase tournament

“Compete and Dominate” 

Aimed at attracting everyone from competitive & casual FIFA players, content consumers, to corporates at large, the e-Lig Series showcase is helping the Esports and casual video gaming in Kenya to engage, inform and inspire a new generation of digital sports enthusiasts. The ultimate goal of the series showcase is to bring an innovative way to compete amongst different Universities’ video gaming communities and also open up a conversation of how traditional and electronic sports can merge to develop electronic divisions that steer new ways to compete. 

The showcase tournament will be the first-ever sanctioned and licensed Esports tournament held in Kenya with teams franchised per University Conference. 

University Conferences

The e-Lig Series will see the six Kenya University Conferences compete in a grouped format with three conference teams per group. Each University Conference will have two representatives making this a twelve-person tournament. 

The six conferences include;

  • Nairobi North Conference 
  • Nairobi South Conference 
  • Western Conference 
  • Rift Valley Conference 
  • Central Conference 
  • Coast Conference 

 “Franchising teams based on their regional Conferences was a great idea for the tournament because it helps highlight not only the KUSA structure but various University institutions we have in Kenya,” says Fanuel, Ace Pro Gaming Head of Business and Leagues. 


The tournament will see the six conference teams divided and placed in two groups (Group A & B). Each group will have three teams playing in a round-robin format on a selected weekend (Friday) tournament. Each Conference team will field two players to fit our new FIFA competition policy that is pushing for team-based competitions, unlike the usual individual format that we have been running in the past. 

Nairobi North Conference Nairobi South Conference
Rift Valley Conference Central Conference
Western Conference Coast Conference

Group Stages

The group stages will follow a round-robin format with the winner getting a direct slot for the e-Lig Series Finals (Fainali). 

Each Conference team will field two players (Player 1 & 2) who will play against each conference team in their respective groups. 

For example:

Nairobi North Conference_Player 1 v. Central Conference_Player 1 

Nairobi North Conference_Player 2 v. Central Conference_Player 2

If there is a tie after both matches, the best players from each Conference will play in a tiebreaker to determine a win for the team

The winners of the group will be determined by their Aggregate Win-Loss Record and Goal Difference. 


Fainali will be the official e-Lig Series Final tournament of the sanctioned KUSA Esports program. It will have two matches slated for the evening, the e-Lig Series third/fourth place playoff, and the main event Finals. 

The third-place playoffs will follow the Group stage format of play while the main Finals will have a different format. The final match of the e-Lig Series will see players from either team play against both players from the opponent team. 

Nairobi Conference v. Western Conference 

NNC_Player 1 v. WC_Player 1 

NNC_Player 2 v. WC_Player 2 

NNC_Player 1 v. WC_Player 2 

NNC_Player 2 v. WC_Player 1

This finals format brings all contenders from either team to get the taste of competition from both their opponents. If there is a tie, the best players will face off to decide who the winner will be. 

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