The new schools national sports national champions from Kakamega County have expressed confidence that they would claim top honours when they represent the country in the East African competitions in Rwanda.
Celebrations and prayers were conducted at Butere Girls High School this morning after the institution emerged as the new national girls soccer champions on Saturday, upon defeating the former champs Wiyeta 1-0.
The same excitement and partying was at Shanderema Secondary after the institution claimed third place upon thrashing Agoro Sare 5-1.
St. Antony Kitale are back as the new boys’ soccer national champions after they overpowered Dagoretti in the finals held at Bukhungu Stadium on Saturday. The trio will represent the county in the regionals.
“We are excited that we have gone this far for the first time in our sports history which has accorded us an opportunity to be one of our country’s representatives in the East African competitions,” Shanderema Coach Kevin Asuba said.
Asuba said Shanderema aka Eagles would have gone all the way to claim the national title save for fatigue.
“We are now preparing for the East African Regionals and my charges have assured me that they will make us proud. They are aware that such an opportunity is not easy to come by,” he added.
The nationals hosted by Kakamega County from Tuesday, August 8 to Saturday, have attracted praise from the government and other stakeholders.
“I am happy with the decorum and professionalism within which the nationals were held. We did not witness any case of misconduct. This is commendable,” said Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba.
His Education counterpart Ezekiel Machogu, who was also at Bukhungu Stadium for the finals, echoed the sentiments saying he had confidence in the country’s representatives in the East African showpiece.
And leaders from Kakamega led by Governor Fernandes Barasa also commended the participants and area residents due to their peaceful and hospitable nature.
“The nationals have been of great economic benefits to our County and I thank the organizers for choosing Kakamega as hosts,” he added.
Kenya will be represented by three teams in each of the sports disciplines at the East African competitions.
By Denis Lumiti
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