Timothy Simwa @timsimwa
Jitters that have greeted the recent move by the Ministry of Education to transfer secondary school principals has also crept into sports.
The issue is giving sleepless nights to schools that have been shining in co-curricular activities as a result of massive influence from their head teachers and as the 2018 Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) Term One Games draws to a close, the anxiety among those affected cannot be gainsaid.
Twelve-time national football boys champions Kakamega High School otherwise known as Green Commandos are among those in limbo regarding how they will cope without their leaders after long-serving principal Oliver Minishi was transferred to Nanyuki Boys.
Minishi has been the force behind Kakamega’s enviable success in football, rugby as well as drama and music festivals with the institution making history by qualifying to play in this season’s FKF National Super League, the second tier in Kenya.
Under Minishi, Kakamega dominated not only in academics but also co-curricular activities for over a decade in Kenya and the region.
Nevertheless, Kakamega rugby 15s and football coaches Amos Wamanga and Brendan Mwinamo believe they will still remain a force to be reckoned with despite the change of guard that brought an end to Minishi’s 12-year reign. “We will miss him but that does not mean Kakamega will cease being what it is.
Our new principal has equally pledged his support for all school teams and he will be equal to the challenge,” said Wamanga. In Nairobi, Upper Hill High, whose change came a little earlier, will be watched keenly this year in the wake of Peter Orero’s exit, the man who was at the centre of every discipline they excelled in.
Upper Hill have been a force in rugby, basketball, hockey and football. Focus will also be on volleyball giants Malava Boys, who have lost Daniel Mwachi to Vihiga Boys.
Mwachi’s passion for volleyball has kept Malava at the helm of the sport since 2006 when he joined from Lugulu Girls. Lugulu are no exception in this rearrangement as their principal was also moved to a different school and it remains to be seen if the 22-time national volleyball girls champions will keep the tempo under the new management.
Bungoma’s academic giants and 13-time hockey boys national champions Friends School Kamusinga have lost Edwin Namachanja to Maranda School, a move that has been vehemently opposed by local leaders, and they will have to contend without him.
The ministry also extended its changes into the KSSSA calendar, scrapping off Term 2A games, which involved rugby sevens, handball, netball and Under 16 soccer, which will now be shared between Term 1 and Term 2 events.