20 July 2012

Kenya: Champions Fall

WESTERN Province reigning football champion, Mumias Muslim Boys suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat at the hands of Kolanya High from Busia in their opening match of Western province Airtel sponsored Term Two B ball games. Muslim were complacent ahead the match with claims that they were already looking beyond the provincial show.

Kolanya, who have been out of action since 2006 when they were eliminated at the preliminary stage of the provincial finals, surprised the national runners-up, with their short passes game and it did not take long before launching their campaign to the nationals. Barely eight minutes into the match, Benjamin Emmu put Kolanya on course with a hard-left foot shot from 25-metres point, with the Muslim goalkeeper Stephen Odhiambo well beaten. Muslims, who were very uncoordinated were even lucky to end the first half without conceding another as Kolanya dominated the proceeding.

On resumption, Kolanya picked up on a high note and pinned the opponents in their own half. Muslims then curved in to pressure after their captain skipper Ali Minadi handled in the box, gifting their opponents a penalty. Kolanya's Emong'or Juvenelus made no mistake as he converted it 14 minutes into the half. Efforts by Muslim striking force of Bakar Okutoyi, Adam Nyongesa and Ibrahim Wanga to counter were curtailed and frustrated by the Kolanya defence. In the process of their attack, the provincial champions opened up at the back and Adam Shakhan took advantage to net the third goal, just before the whistle.

In another match, hosts Kakamega High School also known as Green Commandos beat Chavakali Boys 2-0 in the second match of the day. Michael Gavoji and Jacob Midege scored Kakamega's winning goals in the 10th and 56th minutes respectively. Green Commandos team coach Brenden Mwinemo said the match was an indicator of the team's focus to go all the way to the East and Central African finals next month. Kakamega last won the national title in 2008.

Airtel's Western regional branch manager Antony Opiyo said the company had fully sponsored the event and urged participants to exhibit impressive talents that will see them get sponsorship to Manchester United Academy. In Rift Valley, defending boys football champions St. Anthony of Trans Nzoia started their title defence on a positive note beating Narok's Enoosaen 2-0 in their opening Pool 'A' match at Chewoyet High in Kapenguria. Enoosaen have no history in football conceded that they lost due to inexperience.

In another Pool 'A' encounter, Uasin Gishu County champions Umoja reigned 3-1 over Nowatorong from Narok while Kiptimtim (Kericho) overwhelmed Bomet's Kamungei 5-1. Kiprop Dominic scored twice for his side while Erastus Siele, Nicholas Kipkurui and Bernard Kiprop scored a goal each for Kiptimtim. Evans pulled one back for Kamungei. In the girls' category, Uasin Gishu's Ngeria narrowly edged out their neighbours Kaptagat of Elgeyo Marakwet 2-1 in Pool 'C' match with Itigo (Nandi) thrashing Laikipia's Igwamiti 2-0 in another Pool 'C' match.

In boys volleyball, Kapenguria beat Kaptebee from Nandi 3-1 in pool C while Ziwani of Laikipia defeated St. Kevin's of Turkana 3-0. Weaverbird of Trans Nzoia piped Moi AIC from Samburu 3-0 sets in pool 'A match while St. Cecilia of West Pokot walked over Emuruadikirr (Narok) with a similar margin in the girls' category.

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