Lynette Matheka @PeopleSports11
East Africa Secondary School games rugby sevens defending champions Muhuri Muchiri will today begin their hunt for a ticket to feature in this year’s Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) national games when they participate in the Nairobi Region games set for Lenana Schoool.
Kikechi Kombo’s side headlines Pool A that also has Sunshine, Aguinas and Garden Estate.
The other 20 teams are spread across five more pools headlined by Strathmore, national champions of the 15s version of the sport Upper Hill, Dagoretti, Ofafa and Nairobi School respectively.
The top eight teams in the group stages will qualify for the main cup competition proceeding to the quarter-finals to be staged on Saturday while the next top eight (position 9-16) qualify for the challenge trophy quarter-finals.
“We have prepared well for the competitions knowing that we will be the school to beat as opposed to last year when we were viewed as underdogs. Five of my first team players cleared school in 2017 but I ‘m not worried as I have nurtured a strong team that can survive the absence of any player,” said coach Kombo.
Upper hill on their part will be keen to cement their place as the kings of rugby in Nairobi having won the national 15s title. Another team to watch will be Dagoretti as they have former Upper Hill coach Victor Walgwe in charge of the squad.
In football, Nairobi region champions in girls category Olympic booked a quarter-final berth after picking maximum points in their two preliminary matches played last weekend.
In the four quarter-finals to be played today, Olympic face Pool B winners Buru Buru Girls’ while St Dorcas play Kariobangi North. Parklands Arya take on Dagoretti Mixed with the final match pitting Loreto Convent against Girls Soccer.
In soccer U16 girls Olympic play Embakasi Girls while St Martins face Pangani. Dagoretti Mixed take on Kariobangi North as Kenya High do duty against Mwangaza. The winners of the quarters will meet in the semis scheduled forSaturday as school search for ticket to the nationals to be held in Eldoret.
In boys’ football national champions, Upper Hill are seeking a ticket to the nationals for a chance to defend the title they snatched from footballing powerhouse St Antony Kitale last year in Nyeri in post-match penalties after a 1-1 draw.
The term two games are also featuring netball, cross country, heptathlon, decathlon, volleyball and racquet games.