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Kakamega, Menengai shift focus to national championships

Fred Likuyani and Gibo Zachary @PxoplxSports11 Kenya Secondary Schools rugby 15s defending champions Kakamega High School are now focusing on the national title after they emerged victorious in Western region games with slim win of 6-3 over St. Peter’s Mumias at Friends School Kamusinga, at the weekend.

The team’s head coach Edward Butala told People Sports that they have little time for celebration as they head straight into serious and intensive training as they seek to mount a serious challenge for the national title with an anticipation of retaining it. “Against St Peter’s it was tough and they gave us a real scare.

As our arch rivals they know most of our players and understands how we play so it was not easy for the boys as they really gave us a run for our money.

We want to build on this as the turning point and prepare well for the national games that will take place in Embu in two weeks’ time,” said Butala.

He also stated that they applied a cautious approach that saw most of his players come out of the tournament in good shape without major injury scares apart from minor knocks.

“The team picked few knocks here and there and I am happy they are responding well on the medication and I am optimistic in three days time they will be fully fit. I also want to pay my special tributes to St Peter’s which proved to be a very strong side.

“They capitalised on our mistakes and now we have to work on some areas where they left us exposed before the nationals,” he added. Kakamega’s winger Timothy Omela who has emerged as the main force behind the success of the team with crucial tries, revealed that they want to take each match as it comes.

“As a playing unit we want to fight for the school and go in the history books by winning East African title and leave behind a legacy.

This dream can only come true only if we can successfully defend the national title which requires hard work,” said Omela. Kakamega High School is one the few teams that survived upsets at regional finals which saw national boys handball defending champions Mukumu Boys surrender their title to Kimilili boys after they were beaten 91-18.

Meanwhile, after reclaiming their Rift Valley region rugby 15s schools title which they last won in 2015, champions Menengai High School have now turned their focus to national secondary school games glory and says they are ready and the time has come for them to finally conquer the national school games.

The team’s biggest success on the national school games stage to date came in 2014 while playing in their debut season, the school finished third nationally and managed to go to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for the East Africa School Games though they didn’t go far, losing in the preliminaries, while the following year in 2015 they defended their Rift Valley title but they didn’t perform so well in their second appearance at the national school games.

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