Twenty eight schools (boys and girls) have been enlisted for the 2017 Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA). The annual event, which fetes best performing and all-round school teams, will eventually settle for top three schools that were outstanding this year when the gala takes place mid this month.
In the girls’ category, national and East Africa football girls’ champions Wiyeta Girls’ have secured their slot in the nominees list after making a major come back last year.
East Africa volleyball champions Kwanthanze Girls’ from Machakos County, who also doubles up as national champions also made the cut alongside national volleyball finalists Cheptil, and dethroned 2016 national champions Soweto Academy.
Sinyolo Girls, who bagged their fifth straight East Africa hockey title, will also be a force to reckon with for the Soya honours alongside national hockey champions St Cecilia Misikhu Girls’ and St Joseph’s Girls Kitale, who grabbed silver and a bronze at the national and East Africa Games respectively.
Other nominees in the category include, football girls’ national finalists Ibinzo, who made their debut both at the national and East Africa level last year, Kobala Girls, national netball champions Obambo, St Brigid’s Kiminini and 2016 SOYA winners Kaya Tiwi, whose 2017 exploits dipped after relinquishing their East Africa basketball and netball titles.
Tigoi, Sega, Moi Girls Kamusinga and St Franci’s Cheptarit completes the girls’ nominee list. The boys’ category will feature familiar names with only the little known East Africa Rugby sevens champions Muhuri Muchiri from Nairobi County coming across as the new kid on the block.
Muchiri announced their arrival at the East Africa stage in style as they defied their rookie status to lift their maiden title after finishing third at the nationals. Menengai Mixed from Nakuru County, who won the national rugby Sevens title and finished third in East Africa, have also been shortlisted alongside Laiser, who reclaimed the rugby 15s East Africa and national basketball titles, national 15s champions Kakamega High School and national rugby Sevens losing finalists Chavakali Boys.