Daniel Wamalwa, the St. Anthony Boys high school goalkeeper was the hero of the day when his team won a friendly match against Cambridge Universal College (CUSCO) in a friendly match played on Tuesday evening at the Eldoret Showground.
Wamalwa saved a penalty as his team beat CUSCO fc that plays at the FKF Regional league with St. Anthony prepares for the Rift Valley Secondary schools Sports Association (RVSSSA) set for next week at Baringo Boys in Baringo County.
Elly Saenyi scored the first goal in the 50th minute to give Daniel Oronje lead side the lead before substitute Woodvine Okoth adding the second with his left foot shot hit the post and rolled into the net, leaving substuted goalkeeper Issa Emuria guessing.
CUSCO’s Michael Kiarie had the first shot on target that was saved by Wamalwa before captain Titus Kapchanga had his shot saved by Yusuf Ismail in the 20th minute.
CUSCO pressed on to get an early goal but their efforts were thwarfted by Wamalwa as Jorum Paul shot hit the crossbar. But Kitale’s Daniel Musamali recovered on time but his shot went wide.
Saenyi was on target as Ismail saved his shot for a barren draw in the first half.
It was a fast game in the first five minutes but Farouk Otieno and Kiarie shots were well saved by Wamalwa.
Kapchanga failed to score on a one on one with Emuria in the 48th minute but Saenyi capilized on the CUSCO’s defence mess up to slot in the first goal in the 50th minute.
But CUSCO were awarded the penalty in the 60th minute with Christopher Raila fouling Jeng Kech Awan but substitute Robert Muneira failed to level through the penalty when steady Wamalwa saved the shot.
In the 80th minute Okoth sealed the victory for a 2-0 win for the visitors who are camping in Eldoret ahead of the regional championships.
Head coach Oronje said they played a good side with great players as part of their preparations for the games.
He said all goals came in the second half after learning their game plan.
“CUSCO had a goof midfield in the first half and we changed the tactic in the second half we started using flanks and stretched them that is how we beat them,” said Oronje.
Last, Kitale finished third at the national games in Eldoret after beating Dagoreti 3-0 in the play-offs as they work their way to win their title again. They lost at the semifinals to Olbolsat 2-0.
He said there will be challenges at the regions because they lead pool B with Chemase Boys, the school they have played at the finals for two years consecutively at the finals.
“The region is also big and you can’t tell other teams preparedness. There is Laiser Hills and we are ready for any team,” added Oronje.
The same sediments were echoed by captain Kapchanga.
“This year we are promising our fans that we will do well. We want to win at the regional’s then fight at the nationals and carry the title that is why we are playing many friendly matches. This year’s team is good and many preparations will give us great results,” said Kapchanga who also captained the school last year.