East Africa School Games: Kakamega, Upper Hill, St. Anthony to defend Kenyan soccer title

There will be a new football boys champion in this year’s Federation of East Africa Secondary Schools Sports Association (FEASSSA) set to kick off this Saturday in Gulu, Uganda.

New champions will come in handy courtesy of Barding Boys high school from Kenya that failed to make it to the national in the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) held late July.

Barding was the second school from Kenya to win the regional title after beating St. Mary’s Kitende from Uganda by a solitary goal at Kipchoge Keino stadium in Eldoret last year and St. Anthony Boys, Kitale that won in 2002 but the title has been dominated by Ugandan side-Kitende.

The 2002 champions St. Athony returns to the games after finishing second in KSSSA accompanied by national champions Upper Hill and Kakamega.

The three schools therefore have their work cut out as they bid to win on ‘enemy’ territory. St Anthony’s Boys Kitale have been pooled with St Mary’s Kitende of Uganda in Pool B. Other teams in the pool include Bentiu Boys from South Sudan and Burundi’s Roi de Gitega.

Upper Hill are in Pool A and a face a tough task against regulars Kibuli S.S and St Joseph’s Layibi from Uganda, Tanzania’s Alliance as well as College Karambi from Rwanda.

Upper Hill last featured at the games in 2013 in Lira, Uganda and will also be looking for a maiden crown.

Kenya’s third team Kakamega High School headline Pool C alongside Uganda’s Jinja S.S and Nakaseke International as well as Tanzania’s Alliance Rock.

The star-studded Green Commandos will be hoping to put the disappointment of failing to clinch the national title behind them and lift the regional showpiece.

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