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Koyonzo, Namwela, Butere and Shanderema win Western school games titles

National champions’ Koyonzo High school, Namwela retained their Western Secondary Schools Sports Association rugby 7s and volleyball boys titles in Kakamega County on Saturday.

It was another victory for Butere girls and Shanderemma who won the soccer girls and boys played at the Bukhungu stadium.

At Bull Ring, the home of Western Bulls RFC, Koyonzo defeated Vihiga Friends to retain their rugby 7s title ahead of the national championships that will be staged at the same venue next month.

The Elvis Okwemba coached side won 17-07 points for the title in a tense final when the champions conceded a third try in the four day championships.

Kevin Maiche bagged a brace with a touchdown from Jackson Sketa.

Maiche failed to convert his try to give the champions a 5-0 lead before Roy Maruti converted Wilson Tonya try to hand Vihiga 5-7 lead into the water break.

On resumption it was all about Koyonzo who took charge, destroying Vihiga’s defence when Sketa touched down for the second try with Erick Simiyu converting for 12-07 and Maiche went past the white wash for his brace as Simiyu failed to add the extras for the final 17-07 victory.

Okwemba said that the win was good for the team that wants to take over 7s across the country and East Africa.

“Our aim is to defend the national title and especially that we shall be hosting, it will be an advantage for us,” said Okwemba.

His counterpart Abdallah Abubakar said his target was to reach nationals.

“We have achieved our target and what remains is planning on how to shine,” said Abubakar.

In Boys volleyball, champions Namwela retained their title after trolling multiple national champions Malava Boys in a four-setter encounter in 25-19, 20 -25, 25-18 and 25-23.

At Bukhungu stadium, Judith Okumu scored a solitary goal to win the title against Madila girls.

The 10th minute extra penalty goal earned Kakamega side 1-0 against Vihiga side.

Okumu converted from the spot when a Madila defender handled the ball in the box for a penalty.

The game had ended in a barren draw in normal time before the extra 30 minutes.

The first half of the extra time ended in a draw before the penalty shot to deny penalty shootouts

In boys soccer, Shanderema set up a sweet revenge against Musingu boys in an all Kakamega county final played at Bukhungu stadium 3-0.

Simon Masinza opened the scoring in the third minute when a confusion in the defence exposed goalkeeper Arnold Shivachi to score in an empty net.

Five minutes into break, Shaban Mark doubled the score for the champions for a 2-0 lead into half time.

On resumption, Musingu pressed their opponents keeping custodian Michael Kwenan busy but the counter attack bore fruits when Dismas Barasa scored the third goal in the 64th minute to seal the victory.

This was a sweet revenge after Musingu defeated Shanderema at the county championship two weeks ago at the Kakamega School.

Shanderema will fly the Western Region’s flag at national championships at the same venue

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