By Sammy Lutta
Kamusinga has eliminated reigning East and Central Africa hockey champions to be crowned the inaugural Term 2A Nzoia region hockey champion at St. Anthony Kitale. Kamusinga goal keeper Isaac Oketch comfortably handled a Joab Malanda’s penalty to seal the national slot with a 4-3 victory over the host. This is after both side managed a 1-1 draw during the normal time of play.
Both teams met during last year’s national finals and St. Anthony Kitale overpowered Kamusinga to be crowned the national champions. A composed Kamusinga side was first to score 15 minutes after the break through Robert Masibo before Hosea Nabutola equalized for the hosts a minute later.
The equalizer sent fans to the pitch in celebrations interrupting the match for few minutes as referees consulted with Kamusinga’s supporters on the act.
In the opening Pool A preliminary match Kamusinga beat the host 3-1. To prove their exceptional performance, Kamusinga thrashed St. Joseph’s Kitale 7-0 in the first semis as St. Anthony humiliated Amukura School from Busia by the same margin in the other semis.
Jimmy Kulubi was picked as the most promising hockey player.
Girl’s hockey was a Misikhu and St. Brigids Kiminini affair where the later won 2-0 through classic scores from Linda Achieng and Mary Namoya.
Misikhu principal said they have focused for East and Central title and hopes to become national champions.
“The win has inspired my girls and we have hopes of clinching the national trophy.” She said during a post match interview.
In handball, St. Lukes Kimilili will represent the region after hitting St. Anthony Kitale 39-21. Kamusinga Girls were crowned girls’ queens when they edged out Misikhu 21-7 at finals played at Manor House Academy Kitale.
In Rugby sevens played at St. Josephs Kitale, national defending champions Kakamega Boys takes their superiority to national finals after defeating St. Peters Mumias 20-8. At play offs, Kakamega terrorized Vihiga Boys 47-0. St. Peters walloped Bungoma 05-0.