Kenyatta University (KU) and Strathmore University defended their football and volleyball men’s title respectively in the concluded Kenya University Sports Association (KUSA) national play offs at University of Eldoret (UoE) ground on Sunday evening.
KU defended their football title after humiliating Egerton University 4-0 in a final football match played at UoE ground that was a replica of last year’s final with KU still winning the title for the second year running.
Steve Okiro opened the score for the champions on the 9th minute through a perfect header from a corner kick delivered by Oscar Masiga.
The goal was a motivator for KU who controlled the game, playing in the half of their opponents.
Egerton’s move to the quarter of their opponents but they were caught on counter attack as Masiga’s shot was in the box was deflected to Egerton’s defender and rolled into the net for the second goal in the 20th minute.
The champions continued with his perfect strikes when his long shot from the centre caught Egerton’s keeper Samuel Onyango on the 29th minute for a 3-0 lead into the break.
On return KU decided to enjoy and display their talent by holding the ball in their half but on Hesbon Chana was fouled outside 18-yard box and he stepped to take the free-kick. His shot hit defenders walls, then hit the left side post and rolled into the net for a 4-0 lead until the last whistle.
Joram Adika`s scored a solitary goal for KU in the semi final match against Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST) to book a place for final while Egerton was beat Technical University of Kenya 2-0.
Selphine Muyonga scored a brace to help her Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) team to lift women’s football title played at Moi University, School of Law, Annex ground.
Muyonga broke the deadlock on the 21st minute for a 1-0 against KU as they went into break with a goal higher. She added the second goal on the 54th minute to seal the win for western based university.
The champions qualified to play into the finals after they were given a walker-over after UoE failed the turn up for the semi final play but KU qualified into the final play after beating Meru University 2-1.
Pauline Atieno scored a brace to help her team to play in the final match. She opened the score in 3rd minute adding her second on 22nd minute. But Lilian Njeri scored a consolation on 40th minute of the last half.
Strathmore University defended their volleyball men’s title in a dramatic and adrenalin filled final against Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT) in a thrilling five-setter match.
Strathmore easily won the first 25-13 before winning the second in 25-18. But JKUAT came down from 5-0 to win the third set easily in 25-12 and the 4th set was a win-win formula as they scored alternatively but luck befell JKUAT 27-25.
The deciding factor in the 5th set was easily won by Strathmore 15-8.
Strathmore beat multi Media university 3-0 (25-20, 25-23 and 25-18) while JKUAT won by the similar margin against MMUST in 25-21, 25-19 and 25-22 in semi final meetings.
Former champions St. Pauls University (SPU) won the women’s title after beating KU in a four-setter-thriller. The first set was a hard nut to crack for both teams as SPU won with 27-25 and the second with 25-18 but KU snatched the third and determining set for SPU. SPU re-energized to lift the 4th set in 27-17.
KU beat MMUST 3-1 (26-24, 25-17, 9-25, 25-15) as SPU easily went through after beating Maseno University three straight sets in 25-11, 25-11 and 25-12 in semi final matches.
Strathmore won the handball men’s tile 18-15 against Mount Kenya University (MKU). The winners won in semi final against MMUST 30-20 before MKU beating University of Nairobi 22-14.
In women’s handball category, MKU easily beat KU 22-13 in a one-sided match to lift the title. MKU went to the final after a walk-over against JOOUST as KU won against Moi University main Campus.