By Our Reporter
Same winning script will be read this year when Eldoret Polytechnic takes to the field to defending their football title they have won for seven consecutive year in the Kenya Technical Institutions Sports Association (KETISA) ball games that kick off this Saturday at Kitale National Polytechnic ground in Trans Nzoia County.
Eldoret Polytechnic has won the football tiles under tactician Odindo Agwero was hopeful to lift the trophy for the third time running after they took home the 2014 trophy for life after winning it four times consecutively.
And the same script will be repeated when they take on the pitch on Saturday against their perennial rivals national Youth Service, Engineering Institute (NYS-EI). The two are in Pool A alongside National Youth Service, Institute of Business Studies (NYS-IBS), Kenya Institute of Surveying and Mapping (KISM) and National Industrial Training Institute (NITA-Nairobi).
The Rift Valley based polytechnic will begin title defence against NYS-IBS on the opening day before facing KISM and Nita with top two teams qualifying for semifinals.
The evergreen Eldoret Polytechnic head coach Odindo said this time the competition will be tight since all teams have.
“We are going for nothing else apart from our title. It does not belong to anyone apart from us. We have been winning this trophy for the past seven years consecutively and this time winning is our name,” said Odindo in Eldoret.
Pool B has 2014 first runner up Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC), Kenya Forest College (KFC), East Africa School of Aviation (EASA), NITA-Athi River and Institute of Energy Studies (IES) as last year’s runner up Kisumu Polytechnic is in pool C together with Kenya Water Institute (KEWI), Railway Training Institute (RTI), Kenya Institute of Highway Building Technical (KIHBT) and Kenya Technical Teachers College (KTTC).
NITA, Nairobi, which won volleyball titles for both men and women, will begin their title defence in style.
Men’s side, which is in pool A will start against KIHBT before facing NYS IBS, KFC and NITA-Athi River sides while their women counterparts are also in pool A that will start their title defence against Eldoret Polytechnic, NITA-Athi River, KISM and IES.
Volleyball men’s Pool B has Eldoret, Kisumu polytechnic, RTI and IES while pool C consists of KIMC, NYS-EI, KTTC, KEWI and EASA. Women side, pool B has NYS-EI, RTI, NYS-IBS, KEWI and KIMC while pool C consists of Kisumu Polytechnic, KTTC, KFC, KIHBT and EASA.
Kisumu Polytechnic will be defending basketball title in pool A alongside Kisumu Polytechnic, IES, NYS-EI, NITA-Athi River and KIMC. Last runner up Eldoret polytechnic is in pool B with RTI, KTTC, EASA and KFC and in pool C there is Nita-Nairobi, KIHBT, Kewi, NYS-IBS and KISM.
Women’s basketball defending champions KTTC is in pool A and will face off with Kisumu Polytechnic, NYS-IBS, KIHBT and NITA-Athi River. Pool B consists of last year finalists Eldoret Polytechnic, NYS-EI, RTI, KEWI and EASA.
Netball defending champions Eldoret polytechnic will face NITA-Athi River, KIHBT and KIMC.
Ketisa Secretary General Patrick Ngana said that this year’s games will be more competitive compared to last year’s based on last year’s results.
“As experienced in the last competitions in all the games were very competitive and I have visited all the Nairobi based teams and that I can confirm their teams’ preparations were very good and expect many upsets,” said Ngana adding that the Chairperson Joyce Nyanjom will attend as he appealed to well-wishers to come forward and sponsor the games in support of abundant talent that is in youths in colleges.