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Ebwali, Wiyeta bag soccer titles as Term 2 games conclude in Nakuru

Teams now eye titles at the East Africa games in Arusha, Tanzania from Thursday

In Summary

•Ebwali, coached by Francis Muhambe, edged Nairobi’s Highway 1-0 in a tough final played at Nakuru High School on Monday.

•Wiyeta claimed their 10th title after a hard fought 4-1 post match penalties win over Dagoretti Mixed. The teams played to a barren draw after extra time.

Highway’s Teddy Dan (R) battles with Ebwari's Edwin Onyango during the final soccer match in Nakuru High grounds yesterday.
Highway’s Teddy Dan (R) battles with Ebwari's Edwin Onyango during the final soccer match in Nakuru High grounds yesterday.
Image: SAMUEL SIMITI

Ebwali Secondary School are the new Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) boys’ football champion.

Ebwali, coached by Francis Muhambe, edged Nairobi’s Highway 1-0 in a tough final played at Nakuru High School on Monday.

Tom Osekio scored the all-important goal barely five minutes into the match following a free kick. 

“Finals are always closely contested affair. I’m happy we won our first title and our focus now turns on the East Africa title,” said Muhambe.  

In the girls' category, Wiyeta claimed their 10th title after a hard-fought 4-1 post-match penalties win over Dagoretti Mixed. The teams played to a barren draw after extra time.

In the dramatic penalty shootout, Doreen Aujat, Shalyne Opisa, Lavenda Waswa and Praxides Shivikhwa scored for Wiyeta while Dagoretti’s lone spot-kick was scored by Fasila Odhiambo.

 Wiyeta coach Edgar Manyara admitted: “It was a tough match. Our opponents came to defend but we managed to beat them on penalties.” He said they will target a sixth title when they go to Arusha for the regional competition.

Cheptil’s Maiyo David goes up to strike against NamweLa High School's representative yesterday.
Cheptil’s Maiyo David goes up to strike against NamweLa High School's representative yesterday.
Image: SAMUEL SIMITI

Kwanthanze retained the girls’ volleyball title after a hard-fought 3-1 (20-25, 25-17, 25-13, 25-19) win over Kesogon from Rift Valley region.

Cheptil beat Western region’s Namwela 3-2 (23-25, 23-25, 25-16,25-21,15-10) to claim the boys’ volleyball title.

Dr. Aggrey Academy and Kaya Tiwi from Coast clinched the boys’ and girls’ basketball titles. Dr. Aggrey beat Dagoretti 70-64 in an epic final to lift the title on their debut at the nationals while Kaya Tiwi beat Olympic 60-54.

St. Anthony's Kitale retained the boys’ hockey title after a narrow 1-0 win over Friends School, Kamusinga. Fred Ouma scored the lone goal.

St Mary’s Tachasis claimed the girls' hockey title after a 5-4 post-match penalties win over Trans Nzoia Mixed. Caroline Chepkoskei was named the competition’s Most Valuable Player.

Kobala from Nyanza clinched the netball title. The Nyanza champions beat Bumala from the Western region 48-35 to win their title. Kobala’s inspirational captain Doreen Akinyi scored a game-high of 35 points.

“I’m proud of the girls because we have won this tournament unbeaten. We were the better team because we trained and played with experienced premier league teams before.”

Hospital Hill defeated Kamito 30-20 to win the boys’ handball title while Moi, Kamusinga beat St Joseph’s Kitale 17-11 to win the girls' crown.

Kimilili Boys beat Nyanza’s Manyatta 25-19 to finish third while Kakrao claimed the bronze in the girls' category after a 33-18 win over Simisi.

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