Kwale, Nangili on maiden win, Malava, Kwanthanze retain titles

Kwale and Moi Girls Nangili won their maiden Kenya Secondary schools sports Association (KSSSA) that came to a close today at Hill school, Eldoret.

But the script was the same as giants Malava, Kwantanze and Kakamega boys won volleyball and soccer under 19 title.


It was a sweet revenge for Coast based Kwale who lost Arch Bishop Njenga 3-1 in pool A match but won 4-1 to be crowned under 19 girls’ soccer champions while Nangili, making their maiden appearance at the national championships, surprisingly beat 2016 champions Wiyeta girls 2-0 to lift the under 16 title.

Saumu Baya netted a brace for Kwale before Lucy Kwekwe adding the third for Kwale but Anna Arusi pulled one back for 3-1 lead for Kwale in the first half but Elizabeth Katungwa put the result beyond doubt with a 58th minute strike.

Kwale had beaten Kobala 3-2 in the semis as Archbishop Njenga saw off Nginda Girls 2-0 in the other last four encounter while defending champions Wiyeta fell at the preliminary stage.

Henry Atola headed in the winner as Kakamega high school won the 13th title in the under 19 title, restoring their feet against newcomers Olbolsat.

Atola scored the lone goal saw Green Commandos win a record 13th title and their first since their triumph in 2014 at the Bukhungu Stadium.

Kakamega were the better side, creating a host of chances which were however brilliantly kept out by Olbolsat keeper Victor Mwangi.

Kakamega won a corner and skipper Boniface Ooko delivered a sweetly taken in swinger which Atola headed past Mwangi to send Kakamega fans into frenzy.

Noel Oruko and Felistas Atieno scored a goal apiece for debutants Nangili to win the U16 title after shocking 2016 winners Wiyteta Girls 2-0 in the final. Goals from Now Oruko and Felistas Atieno saw the newcomers upset the form book.

And it was the same script in volleyball boys and girls. Kwanthanze and Malava retained girls and boys volleyball boys categories respexrively.

Kwanthanze saw off Soweto Academy in straight sets of 25-20, 25-20, 25-20 in the final clash. It is the regional champions’ fourth national title. Cheptil secured third spot after defeating Bishop Sulumeti.

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