The Star (Nairobi)

2 January 2013

Kenya: Makutano Lift Volleyball Title As Kalamba Festival Ends

Makutano beat Kiliani 3-1 sets (34-36, 25-16, 25-23, 25-22) to lift senior men's trophy during the volleyball final in the Kalamba Sports festival in Makueni County over the weekend. Makutana beat Kwamutavi 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-16) while Kiliani defeated Nzukini 3-2 (25-22, 19-25, 19-25, 25-18, 15-9) in semi-finals to reach the final.

In junior category, Kwamutavi beat Kawala in straight sets of 25-21, 25-22, 25-11 to emerge victorious. In football, Ngukuni beat Kwakalui 2-0 in a tense final encounter to lift the trophy before a capacity crowd. An eighth minute goal by Daniel Mutinda and an own goal by Kwakalui defender in the 81st minute handed Ngukuni the senior men's title.

Kalamba claimed bronze following convincing 6-1 victory over Mountain in play-off encounter. In juniors final, Ngukuni outclassed Isambani 5-0 in the final to be declared winners.

Prisons team manager David Kilundo sponsored the event. He said lack of training facilities was the main reason hindering the growth of sports in the region.

He said the motto of Kalamba Youth Sports Festivals was: Aspire to inspire before you expire. "Kalamba region is bestowed with abundant talent and with proper facilities, we can produce some of the best sports men and women in the country," he said.

Prisons women's volleyball team coach David Lung'aho who also graced the ceremony said he was willing to work with schools in the region to introduce players to volleyball at early age. Kilundo said there are plans to expand the number of disciplines on the festivals' program next year. "We're looking at the possibilities of including athletics and traditional sports like tug-of-war in our events for 2013," he told an enthusiastic crowd during presentation ceremony.

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