Inter Bank Sports bonanza gets off with CBK targeting to retain title

Chairman of the Kenya Institute of Bankers (KIB), Nairobi Local Centre Ezekiel Tanui (left), Emmanuel Okutoyi and Jane Makale team credit leader of KIB during the 35th Edition of the Kenya Institute of Bankers,Nairobi Inter bankers games at KIB offices on Thursday, Sept 19, 2019. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

The annual 35th Edition of the annual Inter Bank Sports Bonanza gets underway this weekend at the Kenya school of monitory Studies (KSMS) Ruaraka.

Defending Kenya Institute of Bankers tournament-Inter Banks overall Champions Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) will put their title on line as they target to retain the title.

This year’s two weeks tournament has been beefed up by the introduction of women football where six financial Institutions have promised to unleash their teams for the coveted trophy.

The six banks include Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), Equity, Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Investments and Mortgages (I&M), Barclays and Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA).

The women football matches will be played on a round robin where KCB will open their account against Central Bank, as Barclays battles Equity with Commercial Bank of Africa facing I&M.

As expected, former national volleyball team captain Bernard Musumba is expected to steer Central Bank of Kenya’s (CBK) bid to reclaim the title they surrendered to Co-Operative Bank last year.

Addressing the media at the Kenya Institute of Bankers (KIB) secretariat, Long-serving and instrumental sports chairman Ezekiel Tanui said preparations for this year’s tournament are complete and promised fireworks.

He said the tournament is to bring the entire banking fraternity together for interacting purposes. Tanui disclosed that 35 teams will participate during this year’s extravaganza , an increase of  two teams  from last season’s pool of 33 teams.

He said this year’s rules of the tournament remain unchanged and warned teams that will field ineligible   players will be disqualified.

He was flanked by other officials that included Immanuel Masinde, Press Liaison coordinator Mathayo Bwire, and Timothy Wanyama among other top officials from various banking institutions.

New entrants in the two weeks extravaganza include Paramount Bank and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture Technology (JKUAT) School of Economics.

Teams that are participating include Bank of Africa, Barclays Bank of Kenya, Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), Chase Bank, Citi Bank, Commercial bank of Africa, Consolidated bank, Co-operative Bank, Credit bank, Diamond Trust Bank, Equity Bank.

Others include I&M Bank, Kenya Commercial Bank, Post Bank, National Bank of Kenya, NIC, Standard Chartered, Prime Bank, Platinum Credit, Agricultural Finance Corporation, Gulf African Bank and Housing Finance.

Last year Central Bank of Kenya won the overall title by amassing 925 points to pip Barclays into second place with 850 as Equity completed the last podium finish by managing 848.

The opening ceremony is set for tomorrow (Saturday Sept 21) at the Kenya School of Monitory Studies (KSMS) where the chief guest  will be the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Governor and  patron of the games  Prof. Patrick Njoroge. The games ends on Saturday 28th November with the major highlight being the CEO’s run where senior managers will be on parade to spice up the  two weeks tournament.

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