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Football defending champions Kericho and Nandi Counties lost their titles in boys’ and girls’ respectively to new comers in the concluded Mau Region, Kenya primary schools sports Association ball Games at Hill school, Eldoret.

The Saturday football finals was met with new champions as defending champions faced an uphill task and rejuvenated sides that proved to be the new force to reckon with in the primary schools ball games.

A solitary goal from Kevin Kurui was enough to help his Baringo County win the first title since the county system came into force.

Kurui’s goal helped Baringo who managed a slim victory against defending champions Kericho County in boys’ football final match on the last day of a three day ball games extravaganza.

The 28th minute goal was the game changer during the all-balanced match. Kurui received a cross from striker James Egis, who had missed a penalty but capitalized on the rebound by Kericho goalkeeper Brian Koros to return the ball into play.

Nickson Rono had handled the ball in the danger zone and Egis stepped forward to convert the penalty but Koros was swift enough to punch the ball on his right hand side as Egis followed up and his cross was well converted by Kurui.

Egis this time was not lucky to convert a penalty as he did during the semifinal match against Narok on Friday evening at the same venue, which was the only goal that sent them to the final play.

Defending champions had edged out Nakuru 2-1 in another controversial semifinal at Wareng through Justice Kigen and Hassan Sang while Rashid Adan scored the lone goal for Nakuru.

Uasin Gishu won the girls football title after beating defending champions Nandi County.

Prudence Jepleting scored a brace to help her team beat the champions in both halves.

Jepleting scored her goal at 20th minute into the match following a counter attack when they had conceded a corner. She was on the score sheet again with five minutes into the second half for a 2-0 against their neighbours Nandi but with two minutes to the final whistle, Josephine Jepchumba score a consolation goal for a 2-1 win.

The new champions beat Kericho County in a semi final match while Nandi won against Baringo.

It was a Nandi and Uasin Gishu County affair in volleyball finals where the former won all titles with later played second fiddle.

Nandi boys beat hosts Uasin Gishu in a thrilling five setter final match at Hill school. Hosts won the first set 25-21 before Nandi winning the second 25-18, uasin Gishu taking the third in 25-15 and Nandi winning the fourth with the similar margin.

The determining set was a pull and push as Nandi won in 15-11.

In girls, Nandi beat Uasin again in thre straight sets of 25-25-15, 27—17 and 25-5 in a reducing formula.

Nakuru beat Uasin Gishi 13-11 in girls’ handball before Nandi winning against Uasin Gishu 19-17 aftre extra time. They had tied 15-15 in normal time.

Narok beat Nandi 22-17 in netball girls Nandi lost 17-22 to Nandi in boys’ category.

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