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It took coach Victor Walgwe a year to transform a squad that was content with participating in the Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) games, Dagoretti School rugby, to champions and the tactician says that qualifying for the national games is just the beginning.
Dagoretti beat East Africa defending champions in rugby Sevens Muhuri Muchiri 17-0 to lift their maiden Nairobi region title and book one of the two spots to the national games slated for July 31 to August 4 in Eldoret.
“We do not have time to celebrate, we have work to do since we will be learning a new at the nationals.
All the teams there are experienced and to beat them we need to work on our defence and attack with our opponents in mind.
The game plan at the nationals will be different from the regionals,” said Walgwe.
Walgwe, who moved to Dagoretti last year from Upper Hill, says that he worked on the team’s basics and self belief to earn the regional title, but admitted that it will take more work to curve a name for themselves in the national stage.
Dagoretti also won the boys under 19 football title dethroning national champions Upper Hill. The latter’s junior side however retained the under 16 title after beating Dagoretti 3-1 in post match penalties.
In girls’ football Olympic Mixed defended both titles against Buru Buru and Dagoretti Mixed respectively, the junior side getting a chance to defend their national title they won in Mombasa last year.
Meanwhile, Nyanza Region Secondary School Sports Association (NRSSSA) Term Two Games witnessed fresh new era as new champions emerged in the three-day eventful championship that came to close over the weekend at Cardinal Otunga High School in Kisii County with only two defending champions retaining their titles.
Mogonga PAG boys’ volleyball team from Kisii County proved that they have come of age as they, for the second time in a span of a week, beat national champions Sengera SDA (Kisii County) to emerge new Nyanza region champions.
Mogonga had beaten Sengera the previous week to lift the Kisii County title and to prove that win was not by fluke, overpowered Sengera, taking the first set 25-20, second set 25-22 and third set 25-15 for a 3-0 straight sets to win the region’s crown as well as book a ticket to nationals for the first time .
“It’s history making it to nationals for the first time. The principal Haron Onchonga has played a great role in supporting us to reach here. We’re not going to relax, we want to remain focused, live in the field and bury ourselves in intensive training because we want to win the nationals and go to East Africa,” excited Mogonga PAG volleyball boys team coach Jimmy Ogise told People Sports.
Things were no different in the girls category as psyched Nyakach Girls coached by Kenneth Owino clobbered outgoing champions Sega 3-1. Sega took the first set 25-23 before Nyakach regrouped to take the second, 25-19, third set 26-24 and fourth set 25-19 to emerge new Nyanza regional girls champions.