Kakamega Face Misikhu In Western Football Finals

Jul 20, 2021

Kakamega High School will play Misikhu Friends in Saturday's Western Region Airtel Rising Stars boys' football final.

The 10-time national champions, Green Commandos, relied on Michael Gavogi's brace in both halves as they defeated Mautuma 3-0.

Their opponents, Misikhu defeated Mumias Muslim Secondary 2-1 in the other semifinal. Cheered on by a partisan crowd, the 10-time national champions qualified for the final without losing a match.

Gifted with a blistering speed and an eye for open space, Gavongi netted the first goal three minutes before half time and the second five minutes after resumption.

Four minutes later, Jacob Onyango put the match beyond Mautuma as he completed a solo effort with a thunderous strike. “We are almost where we want to see ourselves.

We said that we are not going to underrate anyone. We only focus on one match a time,” Kakamega’s coach, Hezbon Nyabinge, said.

In the girl’s category, Archbishop Njenga Girls, the East Africa champions defeated Sulumeti Secondary 3-0 in the first semifinal.

They will play newcomers Ibinzo Secondary, who shocked Butere Girls 3-1 in post-match penalties after a barren draw in normal time. Lugulu will face Malava in the girls’ volleyball final. Malava defeated Busiada 3-0 (25-11, 25-9, 25-7), while Lugulu beat Koibei 3-0 (25-8, 25-16, 25-12).

In the Eastern Region finals at Kitui School, the games were momentarily stopped after referees downed their tools over unpaid dues.

The last group matches in both boys and girls football as well as volleyball and racquet games were scheduled to get underway at 8am, but the officials couldn’t bulge, demanding for their pay.

According to one of the football officials, who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal from his superiors, they were yet to be paid their balance of Sh8, 000 for the five-day championship.

“This is very unfair us to be treated like this. We are yet to be paid our allowances, yet there is money budgeted for that,” said the referee.

“All we are demanding for is our right.” Of the six counties Makueni and Meru Counties were most affected.

But after a five-hour standoff, the preliminary matches were on, where Kathungi Boys concluded their group matches by silencing Marsabit boys with 2-0 drubbing.

The goals were scored by Ibrahim Mohammed in the first half and Kevin Theuri from a spot kick after Issac Mabreb fouled Nick Otieno in the box.

Kevin Thairu, a form one lad who has scored two hat tricks in five matches, is arguably one of the best strikers in the tournament. The youngster, who relies on his left foot to destroy his opponents, has scored nine goals.

“The main focus is not only to represent our region at the nationals, but also to lift the national title,” Kithuku Malombe, said the team’s head coach who is also the school’s principal. In the Eastern Regional girls’ volleyball category, champions Kwanthanze had an easy task against Isiolo Girls in the final pool ‘B’ match.

They won 3-0 (25-11, 25-5 and 25-0). Both sides played for only two sets, after Isiolo decided they had had enough at the hands of their more fluid opponents. To them, the third set wasn’t as important. The experience they got in the 17 minutes was just enough.

“That experience is enough for us. We will use that two set experience to build our next year team,” said Markab Gadale, a form four student at Isiolo Girls.

Showing some blisters on her both hands, Markeb added: “I thought it was supposed to be a volleyball game. I have never played such a volleyball game before. We, however, earned lessons which we will use in future.”

The two sets were decided in record time, with the second taking under seven minutes. While Isiolo were lamenting over the loss, Kwanthanze’s head coach, Jastine Kigwari was a happy man after his second string side did just as he had requested.

Yvone Kiitha form two student at the school from Machakos County, was the main reason why Isiolo Girls refused to continue with the play as she was releasing heavy spikes, prompting the girls led by their coach Adan Ibrahim to walk out of the game.

The semis will be held on Saturday from 8am, with the finals set for 11 am.


 Isaac Mutua

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