East Africa secondary School soccer champions Wiyeta girls and St. Anthony Boys Kitale were crowned the champions of under 19 soccer in the concluded Rift Valley Region Secondary School Sports Association (RVSSSA) that ended today at Hill School, Eldoret.
As Trans Nzoia schools were champions in all soccer titles, it was a Nandi county affair as Cheptil and Kipkenyeloi were the champions in volleyball boys and girls played at the same venue.
Unmatched Wiyeta girls who lost only one match against neghbours Naskol secondary school from West Pokot in pool A, worked all their way to defend the title to represent the region at the national competition.
The reigning champions, who beat Ibinzo in national finals, ousted Itigo girls 2-0 to book for a national slot.
Thunderbolt shot from Diana Musilivu from outside the box gave the lead to the champions in the opening half. The 21st minute shot destabilized Itigo into the break. But the hard header from the corner shot, Jackiline Barasa’s header sealed the victory for the Wiyeta on the 63rd minute.
Captain Rhoda Wanyama said their focus is not at the national but regional championships.
“Our target is not national title but the East Africa games in Rwanda. Our aim is to defend the east Africa title not national because we know we are able,” said Wanyama.
In boys U19, Rama Salim scored the only goal to secure a national title again. The 10th minute goal assured the St. Anthony retains the title in a repeat final of last year in Baringo.
Champions captain Silas Ogana said they will not be doing anything apart from winning both national and regional titles.
“Region championships are difficult since we compete against 13 other counties and going for the nationals, we want nothing apart from the win,” said Ogana.
St. Anthony’s Kitale and Wiyeta girls won the soccer under 16 titles to book for national championships to be staged at Hill school.
The Trans Nzoia based schools shone over their oppornents to book for national finals. In boys category, St. Anthony defended their U16 title as well as Wiyeta girls in girls’ show.
Issa Rashid netted the only goal for the Saints in extra time play following a barren draw in normal time.
The 8th minute goal in the opening half of the extra time secured the match needed win with Rashid receiving a long pass from Daniel Odhiambo to oust Brother Bosang.
But in girls, it was a do or die between perennial rivals and neighbours Wiyeta against Tartar. Coming from Trans Nzoia, Wiyeta won against Tartar from West Pokot 4-3 through penalty shootouts.
The two teams played to a one all draw in both normal and extra time. Wiyeta’s Sarah Nanjala opened the score with six minutes into the match but the win lasted for 19 minutes before Stacy wairimu levelled the score on 25th minute.
National volleyball champions Cheptil girls defended their title and will get another opportunity to defend their title.
The Nandi based school worked extra hard to win against Trans Nzoia’s Kesogon in a thrilling four setter final.
Kesogon won the first set 25-21 but with local fans cheering on Cheptil, the multiple champions won the second, third and fourth sets in 25-22,25-21 and 25-21 to give both fans and school the much needed win in a final that lasted for two hours.
In boy’s category, Kipkenyeloi won in three straight sets of 25-18, 25-19 and 25-22. The volleyball titles were all won by Nandi teams.
Girls: Wiyeta 2-0 Itigo
Boys: St. Anthony 1-0 Chemase
Girls: Wiyeta 1-1 Tartar (Wiyeta wins 4-3 in penalties)
Boys: St. Anthony1-0 Bosang.
Girls: Cheptil 3-1 Kesogon (25-21, 25-22, 25-21, 25-21)
Boys: Kapkenyeloi 3-0 Tuiyo (25-18, 25-19, 25-22).