'Hills' battle favors Laiser in Machakos

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jul 12, 2021
  • Laiser Hill Academy who are known for their prowess in rugby and basketball are flexing their muscles in soccer. They beat Upper Hill in the Metropolitan games in Machakos. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Laiser Hill won the battle of the hills by beating favorites Upper Hill to be crowned the Airtel Rising Stars Metropolitan secondary schools boys’ football champions at the Machakos Boys on Saturday.

The win was the first major football title for the Kajiado County School that is commonly known for basketball and rugby. Laiser Hill carried the day to book a place in next month’s national games when they beat their arch rivals 5-4 on penalties after the two sides were all square 3-3 at regulation time.

Goal keeper Samuel Wanjema was the day’s hero. He saved Upper Hill’s fifth penalty taken by Kennedy Odhiambo’s. Kennedy Owino took Upper Hill’s goalkeeper the wrong way to slot in the winning goal and earn Laiser Hill their first regional victory.

Laiser Hill captain Flavos Chamlas was all praise for his side for the victory attributing it to team work and dedication. “It has been a tough one year for us. Since missing out last year, we went on the drawing board and gave ourselves targets. One of our target was to advance into the final. And now that we have won it, we are happy and wish to thank all those concerned for good work,” he said.

Chamlas said the match was difficult but what helped them was the fighting spirit in his players. “The players were strong. That is what made all the difference. Had we lacked that self-strength I doubt if we would be celebrating,” Chamlas added.

Came from two goals down

Upper Hill came from two goals down to take the match to the penalty shoot out. Laiser Hill took the lead in the ninth minute through Owino’s who headed in a cross to beat Upper Hill’s goal keeper.

The Nairobi representatives made it 1-1 after 20 minutes through Douglas Nyabuto’s long range. Chamlas put Laiser Hill back in the lead two minutes to half time. They extended the lead to 3-1 in the 65th minute through Kennedy Mwangi.

Ovella Ochieng and Brian Omondi leveled the scores with two goals in seven minutes. Laiser Hill will be joined by Olympic girls’ side who beat Kikima 6-0. Corazon Aquino was the heroine for the defending regional champions with three goals. Tracy Atieno Elizabeth Wambui and Agnes Moraa scored one goal apiece.

Olympic had booked a place in the final after avenging their last year’s loss to Matuu Memorial with a 2-0 victory in the semifinal.

In volleyball, Hospital Hill and Kwanthanze Girls retained their titles with easy win over their opponents. Kwathanze beat Nairobi representatives Soweto 3-0 win (25-14, 25-14,25-12) while Hospital Hill had to fight hard before edging out stubborn Utithi Boys 3-2(25-16,25-14,19-25,22-25,15-11).