NATIONAL volleyball girls champions Kwanthanze from Metrolitan region are targeting Lugulu in their quest to win their first regional trophy since their maiden participation last year in Bujumbura, Burundi.
The team captain Faith Kimongo said they will rely on four players who turn up for the national junior team- Anne Lowem, Yvonne Katha, Beldine Akinyi and Teresa Ewet- to nullify Lugulu dreams of recapturing the trophy they won last in 2009.
"Our 3-2 victory against Lugulu in the finals of the national finals in Embu was no fluke. We now want to beat them 3-0 should we meet in the semifinals or finals," Kimongo said at the Malaba border yesterday en route to Lira, Uganda. Kwathanze finished seventh in last year's edition of the event in Burundi. In the national front they took seventh position in 2010 when they made their debut. They were fourth in 2011 and third last year.
Hospital Hill Assistant captain Isaiah Koech said they have burning desire to win the East African title in their second attempt. "We were in Burundi last year where we finished fifth. Koech said they had quality team including Kevin Koech, Wesley Kirwa and Philip Too to provide the arsenal capable of upsetiing the formbook in Uganda.
Meanwhile Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association founder member, Eliud Wesonga was the star attraction when Kenyan teams to the East Africa Secondary School Games in Lira Uganda starting tomorrow made a stop over at the Malaba border. Wesonga recalled September 18, 1966 when they founded KSSSA at Kabete KIA where they organised a special friendly match against Kenya Amateur Athletics Association (now Athletics Kenya) led by Robert Ouko, Mike Boit and Philip Ndoo and which they won.
"The trio put their names on the global map two years later when they took the Munich Olympics by storm winning the gold medal in the relays," recalls Wesonga. Wesonga said KSSSA started with football with other disciplines following years later. John Velzian became the first chairman in the elections held at Royal Technical College (now Nairobi University).
The Federation of East Africa Secondary School Sports Association was formally launched in 1996 with Wesonga becoming the first President until 2004 when Ugand Justus Mugisha took over todate.