3-day Taita Taveta secondary school games kicked off today

A 3-day Taita Taveta secondary school term one games commenced smoothly today morning at Voi Boys High School, bringing together schools from all the four sub-counties of Mwatate, Wundanyi, Taveta and Voi.

This is part of the build up to the national competitions under the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA).

The 3-day showpiece being held in various venues, including Voi Boys and Mwambiti Secondary schools, comprise of handball, basketball, hockey, rugby, cross-country and athletics.

Dr Aggrey, the national secondary schools basketball champions, is one of the notable teams amongst others participating in the tourney.

Teams brace for the competitions as they kicked off today.

 

Preliminary matches are expected to continue tomorrow, with playoffs and finals being staged on Saturday, according to Taita Taveta KSSSA Secretary Lennox Mzae.

He said winners in the finals will proceed to the regionals then the nationals, expected to take place later during the year.

Mzae said the biggest challenge they were currently facing is funding, given that some schools were not able to facilitate their students to participate.

He asked the government to streamline funding to enable many schools participate and nurture upcoming talents.

“The major challenge we are facing now is finance. Parents are unable to pay for sports fees due to economic hardships. We urge the government to fast-track funding to enable many schools facilitate their students to participate,” he said.

On-your-marks! Athletics set the ball rolling for the Taita Taveta term one games.

He noted that the country depends on schools to get teams that could represent it in different sporting activities, hence the need to give the competitions priority.

According to him, the county had two teams that participated in the East Africa competitions, Timbila and Dr Aggrey, which he anticipates to perform well again this year.

Shedrack Mutungi, the CECM for sports in the county, noted that the county is keen on nurturing talents through various sporting activities.

He stated that the county leadership has geared up efforts to unite teachers and the sports associations to ensure that talents are identified and nurtured to benefit the students in future.

“As the country eyes the World Schools Cross Country some time to come, as a county, we will work together with teachers to ensure we get the best players in different sports that will represent the county,” said Mutungi.

He noted that the county is committed to supporting sports associations in the region by providing the officials with sport uniforms, as well as capacity building for teacher-coaches.

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By Michael Oduor

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