Newly crowned Rift valley Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Champions PASC Langa head coach Fredrick Owino has set his focus to win the title after edging out defending champions Laiser Hill during the finals played over the weekend at the Nakuru Showground.
Coming from Uasin Gishu, Langa won the boys title with Wiyeta from Trans Nzoia clinching the girls’ crown.
Owino, who also serves as the head coach for Mwiruti secondary school said that since they were playing at the regionals since 2017 after losing to Nakuru Allstar in the semi-finals, he had to prepare his team very well for the title chase.
“We have embarked on our vigorous training as we know the task ahead to the national finals won’t be easy. Our aim is to win the national title,” said Owino.
The Eldoret based team with majority of players coming from Langas, Owino says that the young men who mostly enjoy playing football are very determined, disciplined and resilient hence not losing any match in their journey to stardom.
“The county competition was very tough, mostly finals against Eldoret city where we came from 1-0 to win 2-1. In the just concluded rift region, Ndura, which we faced in the semifinal was a very tough team but our resilience made a comeback from 2-0 down to level 2-2 and won 6-5 in spot kicks. Our final against Laiser hill too was great but not as Ndura from Trans Nzoia. It was a good game, we got more scoring opportunities but converted 2,” said Owino.
He said the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) should consider setting up a centre of excellence like the one at St. Anthony’s Kitale.
“As we prepare for nationals I want to urge FKF management led by President Nick Mwendwa and CEO Barry Otieno to set up an excellence centre at Mwiruti secondary because majority of these players come from the school to nurture talents,” said Owino.
PASC Langa clinched the victory by defeating the defending regional champions, Laiser Hill Academy from Kajiado County 2-1 in a final after beating Laiser Hill Mwenge FC 4-1 in the semifinal. The champions scored first through Samson Maina in the 58th minute before Benson Otieno doubled the score in the 67th minute while Joseph Oduor scored a consolation for Laiser Hill in the 89th minute.
In the girls’ finals, Wiyeta Girls clinched defeated Trinity Mission Girls from Nakuru County by a solitary goal from Margy Melitus in the 69th minute to successfully defend their second consecutive regional title.
Wiyeta from Trans Nzoia edged out Ol Melil FC from Narok County 2-0 in the semifinals while Trinity beat Nandi County’s Itigo Girls 2-1 respectively in the semi-finals.
They join Ebwali FC and Brenda Girls from Western and Obunga FC and Plateau Queens, also known as Nyakach Girls, who have already qualified for the next year’s national finals.