National School Games: Soccer, Handball, Rugby Updates
Kisumu Day Stunned
Sunday’s boys’ soccer final between Highway Secondary of Nairobi and Kisumu Day was the biggest upset of the ongoing School Games in Nakuru.
Highway Secondary overcame Kisumu Day 4-2 on penalties to advance.
Humphrey Arako and Veron Okeyo scored one goal apiece, resulting in a 1-1 tie.
They will meet Ebwali in the final, in a rematch of their group-stage encounter, which Highway lost.
In the girls’ division, Wiyeta defeated Itigo of Rift Valley 6-0 to go to the final, where they will meet Dagoretti Mixed, who defeated Mwira by a single goal in the other semifinal.
Hospital Hill secured the final position in boys’ handball by defeating Manyatta boys 25-16; they will now face Kimito, who defeated Kimilili 27-25.
In the counterpart girls’ game, five-time winners Friend School Kamusinga will face first-timers St. Joseph, after defeating Kakrao and Simisi by 20-16 and 36-15, respectively.
Laiser Hill Stunned
Following a 57-55 loss to Dagoretti High School, Laiser Hill’s basketball monopoly was broken.
Dr. Aggrey, a nation’s debutante, who defeated Friends School Kamusinga 80-53, will face Dagoretti.
In the girls’ game, defending champions Kaya Tiwi trounced newcomers Ototo 64-49 and will compete for the championship against Nairobi’s Olympic, who are in the final for the first time after beating Tigoi girls 50-48.
After defeating Nyakongo 3-0, the volleyball superpower Kwathanze moved one step closer to reclaiming their crown. They will face Kesogon, who overcame a set deficit to defeat Mwitoti 3-1.
In the boys’ division, Cheptil High defeated Ruthimitu in straight sets and will face Namwela in the championship match tomorrow.
The finalists have booked their trip to Arusha for the East African Games next week.
Minnows Koyonzo Lift Rugby Sevens
In Nakuru, the lesser-known Koyonzo Boys from Kakamega County concluded their fairytale run at the current School Games by defeating regional rivals Butula 33-0 to win the rugby sevens championship.
Branton Mulefu has had a phenomenal season and was again at his very best, leading his team to their first-ever national championship triumph.
Despite their inexperience, Koyonzo’s coach Oscar Okaron attributed their victory to their excellent preparation and confidence.
Okaron stated, “This is the nicest feeling I’ve ever heard, and today is the day God has chosen for us to rule not only in Kenya, but all of East Africa as well.”
Last week, Butula also lost in the Western regional finals by a score of 26-5. Both continue to Arusha for the East African Games.
In the newly introduced 33 basketball final, Stafford School prevailed against Timbila fr Coast by a score of 16-14, while Buruburu Girls defeated Makongani by a score of 12-8.