16 July 2012

Kenya: Gekomoni Shines

A 10-man Gekomoni narrowly defeated Kisumu Day 2-1 to retain the Lake region secondary school's boys' football title at Homa Bay High School. Gekomoni, also the reigning national secondary schools champions, took the lead in the 16th minute through David Aura's superb free kick. Victor Ali equalised for Kisumu Day four minutes later with a diving header. However, Peter Owuor restored Gekomoni's lead in the 53rd minute when he curled a free kick into the net leaving Kisumu Day goalkeeper stranded.

During the match watched by a capacity crowd, Gekomoni's Walter Nyakundi was given his marching orders in the 75th minute for a second bookable offence after kicking the ball when referee Hassan Omondi had already blown the whistle. Gekomoni coach Mong'are Okoyo was upbeat, saying that they are determined to retain the national title whatever the circumstances. "The provincial event is always the most competitive. But now that we are through to nationals, we want to retain our title and the elusive East Africa title," said Okoyo, who is also the principal of the school. He added: "We lost two key players to injuries in the quarter-finals but I hope they will be fit in time for nationals."

In the third place play off, Lambwe Boys beat Gianchere Friends 2-1. Cornel Omondi and Ouko Kennedy scored for Lambwe while Gianchere's consolation was scored by Paul Mose. In girls football, Kobala Girls came from two goals down to beat defending champions Jera 4-2 on post match penalties. Kayundi Jentris and Edson Alucenti gave Jera the lead before Felisters Kadari scored a brace for Kobala.

Kobala's second choice goal keeper Lilian Atieno saved to penalties to give her team their maiden provincial title. In the third and fourth place play off, Lydia Mogere and Purity Onduko scored a goal each as Gekomoni beat Naikuru 2-0. In volleyball, Pe-Hill secondary beat Kisumu Day 3-0 (25-10, 28-30, 25-20, 25-19) to retain the boys' title while Othoro Mixed beat Moi Uloma with same margin 3-0 (25-6, 25-17, 25-14) to also retain the girls' volleyball title. Winners will represent the province in the national championships to be held from August 4 to 11 at Shimo La Tewa and Shanzu TTC.

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