Soweto face a daunting task in Kisumu

By ronnie evans
Aug 02, 2016
  • Ketrais Wafula of Soweto Academy serves during the Metropolitan games were they ousted Kwanthanze. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Soweto Academy’s volleyball team popularly known as Mighty Minnows are keen to replicate its giant killing form when they make their maiden appearance at the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association Term 2B games in Kisumu.

Mighty Minnows qualified for the national games after a historic 3-2 comeback win over former national champions Kwanthanze High School in the Metropolitan Region games.

Theirs was a case of executing sweet revenge after falling short on two previous attempts. The Soweto team has been on a rebuilding mission since 2014 when it became a force in volleyball.

Its strength revolves around teamwork, discipline and faith instilled upon by coach and Principal Johnstone Makabwa. He had earlier teased that their aim was always to try find a way weak spot in their rivals because his team constantly fell at the hands of the irrevocable barrier (Kwanthanze).

Two years later, the team is now in the competition with some of the elite schools in the sport with physically imposing players but that will not deter their focus and mentality according to the coach.

“We (Soweto) have come here like every other team with the goal of winning the title. We are unfazed by the experienced teams around. The girls have prepared well for the competition and it is only a matter of implementing what we have set during training.” Makabwa told Sports News Arena from Kisumu.

The team has now shaken off the jubilation of qualifying and is aware of the daunting task ahead. They are pooled in Group B alongside defending champions AIC Kisorai (Nzoia), St. John’s Kaloleni and a select team from the Northern Region.

In the other pool, Lugulu Girls, with 22 national titles under their belt, will headline the group that also features Gankanga Secondary School (Highlands), Tetu (Aberdares), St. Annes Sega (Lake Region).