• “I expect the girls to play better in the upcoming games. Our target is to play at the national championships,” said the soft-spoken Nyakinda.
• In netball, Kisii County's Keberesi defeated Rirumi 21-12 while former champions Obambo succumbed to 41-04 loss against Kobala.
Debutants Ototo upset defending champions Bar-Chando Girls 68-28 in the opening game of the Nyanza Secondary School Term Two games at Asumbi Teachers Training College on Thursday.
Ototo, coached by Clement Nyakinda, started the game on a high note, winning the first quarter 28-8 and took the second 23-6. After the first half, Ototo coach introduced fringe players, who won the third quarter 11-5 and lost 9-6 in the last.
Nyakinda sounded a warning to his rivals after the comprehensive win. “I expect the girls to play better in the upcoming games. Our target is to play at the national championships,” said the soft-spoken Nyakinda.
His Bar-Chando counterpart Nelson Oyoo said: “We arrived just before the game. We didn’t even have time to warm up. I hope the girls will dust themselves up and win the remaining games.”
In another match, St Angela’s Sengera Girls thrashed Nyamira’s Ekenyoro 56-15 in a Gusii region derby.
In the boy’s category, defending champions Agoro Sare were in a class of their own, thrashing debutants Ekenyoro from Nyamira 128-37 in a one-sided match.
Girl’s football defending champions Nyakach Girls struggled to beat former champions Jera 1-0. Velma Awuor scored the all-important goal. Coach Cripine Odundo was, however, confident that his girls will rediscover their scoring form.
“We must score more goals. I’m not happy with the way we played today but I hope they will improve,” said Odundo.
In the second match, Kobala defeated debutants Kerongorori 2-0 after goals from Yvonne Ochieng and Rehema Mweri.
Kobala coach Benerd Akeyo said: “The level of the game has improved since all the teams are strong now. The girls are determined to reclaim their title.”
In hockey, Nyamira Girls, coached by Eliakim Obondo, walloped debutants Amaiko 11-0. Lavender Winde struck five times with Lorine Adhiambo scoring a hattrick. Vivian Onunga scored twice as Sophie Awino netted once.
Obondo said: “I hope the tempo will not go down. We have already set standards and raised the bar. Nyamira Girls is the team to beat. If Sinyolo blinks, we shall beat them too.”
In netball, Kisii County's Keberesi defeated Rirumi 21-12 while former champions Obambo succumbed to 41-04 loss against Kobala.
Meanwhile, the rugby Sevens programme will kick off on Friday with champions Agoro Sare opening their title defence against St Joseph’s Rapogi while former champions St Mary’s Yala will lock horns with St Paul’s Gekano.
Former champions Maseno School will face Rapogi as Nduru Boys plays Gekano. In other fixtures, Agoro Sare entertain Maseno School and Nduru Boys face St Mary’s Yala.
St Paul’s Gekano High School will tackle Gesabakwa in a Gusii region derby with Kanga facing Kisumu Day while Agoro Sare will battle it out with Gekano as Barding take on Kanga.
In the girl’s category, St Paul’s Agenga will lock horns with Nyakach Girls as Gekomoni and Kobala face off. St Paul’s Agenga have a date with Jera.