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New champions to represent Kenya at regional schools action

Focus now shifts to the East African Secondary School Games scheduled to kick off on August 10 at Gulu Municipality in Northern Uganda with Pece and Kaunda Stadia as the main venue for the games, after curtains came down on the Kenya Secondary School Term 2B Games held at Moi Nyeri Complex Primary School.

New champions were crowned on Saturday following the absence in the final of defending champions in all the categories but for boys’ volleyball. Upper Hill won their second title as they got lucky twice; beating former champions St Antony Boys 4-2 after post-match penalties having made it to the finals by downing record titleholders Kakamega School through penalties too.

In a repeat of the 2012 finals where St Antony emerged winners, it was sweet revenge for the city boys who had to play catch-up as they were a goal down after Mohammed Kazungu put their opponents on the lead in the 34th minute.

However a late equaliser from substitute Shaban Mwachozi restored the side’s hopes for the title upon return from a three years absence. Shot stopper Duncan Okinyi was again Upper Hill’s saviour as he made two crucial penalty saves to deliver the coveted title to the Nairobi region team much to the disappointment of their opponents. “We were the better side but they (Upper Hill) put up a good fight and held us to a draw.

This is football and penalties can go either way and they got lucky with theirs. We shift our focus to Uganda for the regional competitions now and make sure we are well prepared,” said St Antony coach Peter Mayoyo.

Rift Valley side Wiyeta reclaimed the title they relinquished last year to Coast’s St Johns Kaloleni to take their title count to seven after beating Western’s Ibinzo on post-match penalties too. “We were confident all through and had prepared well for the competition.

My girls followed all instructions and played their hearts out. We are heading to Uganda with our minds set on the title,” coach Wafula Awoh said. Kakamega School and Kobala Girls were placed third after defeating Kathungi and Jabini in the play offs.

Kakamega joins the finalists in Uganda for the East Africa games as three boys’ teams qualify for the event. In volleyball, little known Sengera SDA savoured their maiden title in the boys’ category after stunning East Africa defending champions Malava Boys 3-1.

Sengera came from one set down to dominate the remaining three sets for the historic win. Eastern’s Kwanthanze recaptures the title they last won in 2014 after downing 2012 finalists Cheptil Girls 3-0.

“We made our debut in the nationals last year finishing fourth but we used the opportunity to learn and come back stronger. The underdog tag worked for our good and I am happy we have won the title against a worthy competitor,” Sengera head coach Silas Kaloo said.

His Kwanthanze counterpart Justin Kigwari attributed their win to good preparation and discipline on the pitch, congratulating his charges for the fete and for remaining focused in a final match whose mood was dampened by a broken arm to a Cheptil player on the third set.

Kakamega’s Ongachi Mazembe was named football’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in boys’ category while Martha Amunyolete from Wiyeta won in the girls’ category, picking the Golden Boot.

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