Lenana Lose Inspirational Winger to Tough NSSSA Rules

Jun 30, 2021
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The Nairobi Secondary Schools Sports Association has issued a directive that only students aged below 19 years will be eligible to compete in their organized competitions.

That's the directive from the Nairobi Secondary Schools Sports Association, a sub-committee of the association in charge of secondary schools sporting activities.

Lenana will be the first to feel the pinch from the new rule after their inspirational winger Andrew Baraza was barred from the return leg semi-final against Mang’u next week. Baraza is six months over the limit.

The Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association Nairobi branch sub-committee in charge of rugby has already put this directive into action, as it's being enforced in the on going Prescott Cup.

Gregory Sang, the NSSSA secretary allayed fears that this was a ploy to deny students a chance to play rugby.He explained the decision was taken and will be enforced for safety purposes.

Said Sang: "It's basically an effort to ensure that only students of the same age bracket competitively compete in one arena"

He further added there will be a more level playing field with the new directive and that there will be an opportunity to develop the skills of players within the same age bracket. This is not a new directive as Sang acknowledged.

"The directive had always been there but has lacked implementation. It will now be followed to the latter with student documentation being key in order to have good control."

For quite sometime now, schools rugby has grappled with the problem of bringing uniformity especially with different education systems.

The St Mary's coach says, "Nowadays with the Free Education Program we have very few students in that category.

Many students go to school at the right age. But on such a circumstance it will be up to schools to help the students by partnering with clubs for early enrollment purposes."

Meanwhile the return leg of the Prescott Cup semifinals pitting Mang'u against Lenana scheduled for today, Saturday at Mang'u has been postponed.

The match will be played on Tuesday as Lenana are still on midterm. Mang'u opened a seven point lead going in Tuesday's game, by beating Lenana 13-6 during the first leg.

The team which is coached by Bosco Muamba will have the home ground advantage. Eugene Nzioka who kicked over eight points against Lenana in the first leg could be again instrumental.

Lenana’s Mean Maroon will be without inspirational winger Andrew Baraza. The winger who also plays at fly half and fullback. He is six months older according to the new rule which is being enforced by NSSSA.

The Willis Ojal led side, will rely on in form fullback Anthony Oketch who slotted in two penalty kicks during the first leg.

Meanwhile the Damu Pevu semi final between Laiser Hill Academy and Muhuri Muchiri will go be played on Monday after the teams returned from mid term holiday.

 

 

Louis Kisia

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