•Among the favorite teams to lift the crown in men’s football include Ruiru FC, AmazuluFC, Furaha FC, Zebras FC, Blue Panthers, Chamama and Dreams FC.
•In the volleyball category, Simotwet , Jagoror , Jobless and Hardboys will be aiming to bag the trophy while Siwot Queens , Kabianga Tea and Chelaibei will be spiking for top price in the women category .
Over 42 football and volleyball teams are set to battle for top honors in the Kiptoyot Komas Kasit (KKK) finals set for Kiprugut Chumo Stadium, Kericho County on December 3.
New champions will be crowned after last year's finalists Lion FC from Soin Sigowet and Laibon FC from Ainabmoi sub-county were eliminated in the knockout stages.
Patron and founder, Kericho Senator, Aaron Cheruiyot said the large number of women participating is a testament of the tremendous growth.
“This is a major departure from the previous three editions where women played a cameo role as curtain raisers. We have discovered huge talents and special gifts in the pool of young women capable of representing the country in top international events,”said Cheruiyot.
Despite the heavy downpour in the region, fans and players showcased mental strength and competitive edge to stage a thrilling encounter.
“The players have demonstrated the love of the game by showcasing magnificent skills despite the foul weather. It is a real delight to see fans throng the stadia to cheer them on,” said Cheruiyot.
In line with the theme of exhorting youth to keep off illicit alcohol, drugs and substance abuse, clinics were held to provide an escape from harmful substances.
“Our young people are vulnerable from pressures emanating from every quarter that threatens their future. A good pastime should be devised to ensure their God given talents are harnessed and directed at profitable ventures,” Cheruiyot said.
Among the favourite teams to lift the crown in men’s football include Ruiru, Amazulu, Furaha, Zebras, Blue Panthers, Chamama, and Dreams.
In the volleyball category, Simotwet, Jagoror, Jobless, and Hardboys will be aiming to bag the trophy while Siwot Queens, Kabianga Tea, and Chelaibei will be spiking for top price in the women's category.
So far 15-year-old Ian Chirchir Koech turning out for Telanet FC from Kapsoit Ward is the top scorer with nine goals.
Volleyball which attracted 127 teams for both men and women has proved to be a major hit.
“Volleyball is such a popular sport here in both learning institutions and villages. We thought it imperative to give players and fans an opportunity to showcase their talents with the hope that the scouts on the ground from elite teams sponsored will sign them,'' he concluded.