SOYA school shortlist released
SOYA school shortlist released
Panelists have shortlisted teams that will contest for top honors in schools category during this year’s SOYA ceremony that will be held at Moi International Sports Center on December 10, 2013.
Teams featuring on the girls’ team list are Moi Girls Kamusinga handball team, Kwanthanze volleyball team, Shimba Hills’ basketball team, Sinyolo hockey girls’ team, Tartar and Olympic football girls’ teams.
In boys’ category, Upper Hill basketball team would fight for top honors with Kakamega (rugby), Friends School Kamusinga (hockey boys), Upper Hill (football boys) and Kathungi (football boys).
Moi Girls were outstanding in the 2013 season winning both National and East African Secondary School Championships. Kamusinga’s victory at East African level was significant as this was the first time in seven years for a team from outside Uganda to lift handball girls’ trophy.
Kwanthanze withered strong opposition to achieve historic double during the season 2013. The team from Machakos County beat 21-time champions Lugulu high in crucial national final to bag their first national title, just two years after joining the competition. They beat Rwanda’s Indangaburezi in final to ensure Kenya retains the volleyball trophy at East African Games in Uganda.
Tartar team is an enterprising outside from Pokot County. The team finished runners-up at Nationals and upped their game to win East African Secondary School Games in Lira, Uganda.
Shimba Hills basketball girls’ team exhibited great form winning both Nationals and East African trophy. The team that is talent center of excellence for Coast region claimed the national title and put the icing on cake by lifting East African Games trophy in Uganda.
Olympic team finally won the nationals after four years of failed attempts. The team would them finish in bronze position at East African Games in Lira and added another feather to their cap by claiming reputable silver in Airtel Rising Stars African Secondary School Championships in Nigeria.
Sinyolo team of Kisumu County retained national title for second year running and dethroned Kerugoya at East African Secondary School Games in Lira, Uganda.
Upper Hill is one of the teams that would vie for top honors in boys’ category. The school was one of the most outstanding institutions during the just concluded season. Upper Hill football boys’ team emerged national champions and finished fourth overall in East African Games in Lira. Their basketball team clinched both National and East African Games.
Friends School Kamusinga recorded a double winning both Nationals and East African Games after sitting on the periphery for two straight years.
Kakamega is no doubt a rugby giant in East African region. The school that is a talent center for football and rugby dominated the sport in just concluded season winning both 15s trophy at national and East African Games. The school is also sevens rugby kings.
Hospital Hill team did for Nairobi County what other teams had failed for close to two decades when they lifted the national trophy. A third place finish at East African Games proved the pedigree of the team as a formidable side in high school games.
Malava team stunned volleyball family when they claimed East African overall trophy in Lira, Uganda. The achievement came two weeks after the team had finished runners-up behind Hospital Hill at Nationals.
Kathungi arrived on the national stage with a thud after they claimed silver in football boys. But they were not lucky in East African Games as they finished outside medal brackets. But their performance back home was fantastic.