East Africa School Games: Debutants Menengai, Chavakali, Muhuri Muchichi to defend rugby7s title

Debutants at this year’s federation of East Africa Secondary School Sports Association (FEASSSA) in Gulu Uganda will have to prove their worthy in the games that kick off this Saturday.

Three schools-Chavakali from Western, Muhuri Muchiri and Menengai Mixed from Rift Valley have been tasked to win the rugby 7s title that was last year won by Kenyan side St. Peter’s Mumias in the tournament held in Eldoret.

Western side Mumias failed to proceed from the regional games to the national, hence missing an opportunity to win a slot in the regional showpiece. The champions won against Ugandan Kololo 21-14 to lift the title.

As Mumias misses out, the three schools will be taking on the five countries to deliver the title and they will come up against four sides from Uganda and one from Rwanda.

Tanzania, South Sudan and Burundi do not have teams for the discipline which is in its third year now.

Rugby sevens was introduced to the regional games in 2015 in Huye, Rwanda with homeside Ste Familie beating Kenya’s Kangaru School to lift the inaugural title.

Menengai, who beat Chavakali 7-5 during the national games held in June in Mombasa, will be eyeing a historic double, a feat that has never been done before.

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