1 September 2012

East Africa: Kenya Schools Bag Hockey Titles and Reach Volleyball Final

Kenyan schools dominated the hockey programme, winning both the girls and boys titles in the East Africa Secondary Schools Games which end today here in Bujumbura, Burundi. Defending champions Kerugoya sealed the title crushing St. Mary's Namagunga 11- 0 in their last match in the event played on a round-robin format. The victory saw the Central Province based team wrap up the title with 10 points.

St. Anthony won the title with a game in hand after beating fellow Kenyans Lenana 1-0 in a closely contested match. The feat saw them gather 12 points and were scheduled to play tail-enders St. Mary's Kisubi from Uganda in a formality match last evening. Kamusinga were placed second with 10 points after beating City High 3-0. However, they were lucky to escape with the silver as they tied on points and goal difference with Kololo.

In a rugby, Kakamega High School and Hana from Uganda booked a date in the final today after eliminating Maseno 20-3. In basketball, Shimba Hills beat St. Mary's Kitende 79-37 to reach the final. Shimba face Burundi's Lycee S.O.S, who eliminated St. Joseph's Kabgayi 79-39 in their semi. Three Kenyan teams booked a place in the volleyball finals (girls and boys) Malava Girls will fight it out with Cheptil in an all-Kenyan final.

Malava brushed aside Rwanda's Apace 3-0 (25-20, 25-15 and 25-16) but Cheptil were made to toil before escaping scoring a close 3-2 (25-19, 18-25, 14-25, 27-25, 15-7) win over Rwandese side Indangaburenzi. The other Kenyan team in the final are Cheptil boys who beat Lycee de Nyanza of Rwanda 3-0 ( 25-17, 25-21, 25-14). In girls' football, Tartar lost a penalty shootout 5-3 to Uganda's Kawempe Muslims after a 2-2 draw in regulation time.

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