Football trophy will be heading to the west in a ‘neighbours’ final play at this year’s term 2A Rift Valley Secondary Schools Sports Association as Trans Nzoia County face off with West Pokot County in both soccer girls and boys final matches.
National champions soccer under-16 champions St. Anthony of Kitale and Wiyeta girls will represent Trans Nzoia while Ortum boys and Tartar girls will be representing West Pokot county.
The unbeaten St. Anthony’s will play against Ortum boys in final match while Wiyeta face with with Tartar girls in girls final.
St. Anthony’s won against Brother Beusang from Kajiado County through a lone goal netted by Ely Saenyi to seal the victory for Trans Nzoia based team.
It will be a battle of wits as St. Anthony meets Ortum who will be playing its maiden final match at the games. Ortum shone against Moi Sirgoi from Nandi 6-0 in another semi final match.
“So far we have had no injuries and the boys are in good shape for the finals. They have really done a good job because making through preliminaries to the finals was not a walk in the park,” Mayoyo said, the head coach Peter Mayoyo of St. Anthony.
He said they are focused on defending their national title but they will have to assert their authority at the regional games.
“We have to be very tactical in our finals and the boys are aware. We have discussed it and they are focusing on a win,” added Mayoyo.
Wiyeta was too smart for St. Andrews Carabete 4-1 in the semifinal to advance to book for a final ticket against former national champions Tartar from west Pokot County.
A goal each from Laventine Lihema, Rodha Wanyama, Centrix Shikanga and Monica Etot were enough to send Trans Nzoia champions to the final match while Joan Audi netted a consolation for Carabete.
Tartar and Wiyeta will be seeking national ticket. The West Pokot based Tartar narrowly beat hosts Ngeria girls to qualify for final match in five thrilling scores.
The final score stood at 3-2 in favour of Tartar through the penalty shootouts after a one all draw in the regulation time.
Former national handball girls champions St. Francis Cheptarit from Nandi regained their former glory after booking a date in the finals with Kirandich.
They beat Graceland 29-15 while Kirandich saw off Nasokol 20-17 in their respective semi-finals matches while Sinyereri and Saniak will meet in the boys’ handball finals.