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Top Schools missing as the stage is set for Term 2 KSSSA Games

By Reuben Olita, Busia
Top schools will be missing as the stage is set for Term 2 Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSA) Games scheduled for Kakamega from July 17th 2023.
Notable absentee is Kakamega’s Green Commandos which is on record  as having won the National Secondary Schools title a record 14 times since the inception of the games in 1971, the last being in 2018  in Eldoret.
Green Commandos failed to defend their national title in 2019 when Musingu eliminated them at the sub county level. It was another bitter pill to swallow in 2022 when they lost to outgoing defending champions Mwitoti in the county finals, which they were pre-tournament favourites.
Head coach Hesbon Nyabinge had planned for revenge, having missed the finals twice despite having a team with vast experience and depth needed. They were also hoping to take take advantage of their partisan fans to return to the national level.
Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba posing for a photo with KSSA officials – Photo/Reuben Olita/County Splash
Kakamega has dominated the national scene unabated but only missed to win the Federation of East Africa Secondary Schools Sports Association Games. Only teoKenyan  schools have won the regional title that has been dominated by Uganda schools since its inception. They are St Anthony, which clinched the title in 2002, and Barding in 2016.
Reigning national champions and 2019 fourth finishers, Ebwali from Lwanda Sub County, Vihiga County will also be watching the regional games from the periphery after failing to make it past the county level. They finished third on their debut in 2019 before being crowned national champions in their second attempt in 2022.
Regular campaigners and former regional champions St Peter’s Mumias are other absentee at the regional games after falling at the county level that was won by Musingu, which beat Shanderema 1-0 in the grueling final.
Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba pose for a photo with players of John Osogo football team
Musingu are back with a bang, thanks to their headcoach Brendan Mwinamo, who decamped from Kakamega High School to Musingu. The move has cost Kakamega a place at the regional games. He helped Kakamega win me three titles at  the national level.
Mwinamo began to lay the foundation to build a football powerhouse and reclaim the Scorpions’ lost glory. Musingu High Chief Principal Benard Lukuya  deserves praise  for investing heavily in sports, which is now yielding fruits.
Shanderema, which took runners-up position, will feature at the games.
The rugby 7s will see county  champions Koyonzo, runners-up St Peter’s Mumias, Kakamega High, and Mukumu Boys carry the county’s  flag at the games. Western region has dominated rugby at the national level with prospects of a podium finish for any team that will win at regional games.
Former national and East African champions Malava Boys will be hoping to win the regional title to qualify for nationals to challenge heavyweights like Cheptil from Rift Valley. They will represent Kakamega County alongside Mwitoti.
Mwitoti will also parade the volleyball ladies  team that emerged winners with Butere Girls as runners-up.
As if that is not enough, Mwitoti won the netball title to make them the school with the  highest representation at the regional games. To also  represent Kakamega County will be Ihonje, which took second position.
Archbishop Njenga from Chekalini will be hoping to win the regional title to return to the national level and reclaim their lost glory. The school has won the national soccer ladies crown twice in 2007 and 2011, finishing second  in 2006, 2015, and 2018. Wiyeta has emerged dominant, winning the title title six times, the last being in 2022.
However, Archbishop Njenga will have to be wary of Butere Girls, which they beat in the finals to take the county crown. While Archbishop Njenga last won the National title in 2011, Butere won their maiden national title in 2014 to confirm that they are on a revenge mission to deny the Chekalini side a slot at the  nationals.
Busia County
Surprise team John Osogo High from Budalang’i will carry Busia County flag at regional games. They achieved the feat after beating Madende from Nambale Sub County 1-0 in the finals at Nambale Boys on Saturday that was graced by Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba.
The emergence of John Osogo and Madende saw former heavyweight reeling. The likes of Kolanya Boys, St Paul’s Amukura High School, Butula, Nambale Boys, Bujumba were relegated to the periphery with some of these schools falling out at Zonal level.
In the ladies category  St. Joseph’s Chakol retained the title they won last year after beating  Katakwa 4-0 with al Naome Akuleut scoring two goals  in the 48th and 55th minutes respectively while  zmagdalene Kaurechi, and Rabecca Odunga accounting for a goal each in the 62nd and  78th minutes respectively.
Chakol is returning to the region, hoping to register at least a victory. Last year,  they were beaten 3-0 by Mwira in the opening match. They were beaten 1-0 by Mbakalo and 3-2 by Mudavadi to finish in seventh position. Busibwabo, which failed to qualify for the county games, finished  8th with no win to their credit.
In the boys  category Sigalame, were  crowned champions after beating Butula Boys in straight sets. The two teams represented the county in last year’s regional games with Butula emerging third overall and Sigalame taking fifth position.
In volley girls Bumala AC emerged champions after beating St Peter’s Busibi 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-19) in the final.  Busibi is returning the region where they finished fourth overall. Musokoto failed to make a return after being eliminated at sub county level.
Regional netball defending champions  Bumala AC, retained the title after  beatingb St Joseph’s Chakol 79-10 in the final. They are returning to the region, hoping to successfully retain the title  they achieved after beating Bukokholo from Bungoma County 52-36 in the final.
In Rugby 7s, Kolanya Boys emerged champions after beating St Mary’s Mundika 21-0 in the final. Kolanya had beaten Nambale Boys 14-0 in the semi-finals with Mundika beating Butula Boys 14-5 in the other semis. Butula beat Nambale 5-0 in playoff encounter for third and fourth positions.
 Kolanya Boys, Mundika , Butula, and  Nambale  both qualify for regional games in that order. Other disciplines will send two teams each.
Vihiga County
Vihiga boys are the Vihiga County champions with Ibubi winning in the ladies category. Mudavadi are the netball champions. Vihiga are the boys’ soccer champions with Mudavadi clinching the ladies crown.
Vihiga boys were crowned volleyball champions. They are in Pool A that includes Butula from Busia, Malava from Kakamega, and Teremi from Bungoma County. Pool B includes Sigalame from Busia County, Malava from Kakamega, Teremi from Bungoma, and Vihiga from Vihiga County.
 Mudavadi girls from Vihiga County are winners of volleyball ladies.They are in pool B that includes Busibi from Busia County, Lugulu from Bungoma County and Butere Kakamega County. Pool A includes Bumala AC from Busia County, St E. Miruri from Bungoma, Mwitoti from Kakamega county and Chacakali from Vihiga County.
Rugby Sevens Championship
Kimobo emerged new champions after beating.Bungoma High in the final. Champions
 emerged  2nd Runners up a
and Friends School Kamusinga FS Kamusinga 3rd Runners up.


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