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St Antony, Wiyeta just one hurdle from retaining titles in Eldoret

Emmanuel Maeinde @baromeo

St Anthony’s Boys, Kitale and Wiyeta Girls have one hurdle to clear as they defend their soccer titles in both U19 and U16 at the finals of Rift Valley Region Secondary Schools Sports Association (RVSSSA) at Hill School, Eldoret.

Under 19 Boys St Anthony’s scored four goals while their U16 also side scored four goals as both Under 19 and U16 Wiyeta Girls’ registered 24 goals.

In the Saints derby, St Anthony from Trans Nzoia whitewashed their Elgeyo Marakwet St Francis, Kimuron in the U19 category to set for the final match against Chemase Boys from Nandi, who beat former national champions Laiser Hill by a solitary goal.

St Anthony’s Ian Simiyu, Titus Kapchanga, Elly Saenyi and Omar Somobwana were on target for the saints in a free scoring match.

Captain Ian Karani said that they have had a good run and they have nothing but to defend their title come Friday morning at the same venue.

“We expect a fierce battle ahead. We want to play better football and win again. Our target in East Africa championships,” said Karani.

Chemase tactician Griffins Situma was optimistic that they will not let the title flick out of their hands as it happened last year. 

“We lost last year but this time, we want to play a better football and ensure that we get to the national level.” Said Situma who praised goal scorer Mark Joki got for using very minimal chances to give them a win. Chemase and St Anthony’s in Pool D, played to a barren draw.

In girls U19, Wiyeta had a free ride, scoring freely against Plateau. The Trans Nzoia-based team beat their opponents un-replied six goals and booked a date against Itigo Girls from Nandi defeated Naskol Girls by a solitary goal. Jackline Ekitela scored the lone goal to send Itigo to the finals.

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