Nzoia retains overall MILO trophy in primary school ball games

Nzoia retains overall MILO trophy in primary school ball games

Coast Region has won the 2016 title in boys’ soccer in the just concluded MILO national finals of the Kenya primary school ball games and gymnastic.

The Coast boys won the game by 7 goals to 6 in post-match penalties to snatch the title. Coast’s first goal was of Mau’s own goal that was scored by the defender Kiprono Ronald before they added another at the 29th minute through James Elgis -who also emerged the top scorer in boys’ soccer.

16 years old Hassan Mohammed from Mwaligulu Primary School who also plays for Morocco FC in Shanzu netted Coast Region’s first goal in the 29th Minute while his team Ismael Mohammed added another in the 52nd minute. Coast continued to score all their five penalties to break the tie after stoppage time. Mau Region, whose tension was heightened by thousands of football fans who turned up in their support, lost their first penalty taken by Masinde Antony.

Lake Region clinched the girls’ soccer title after beating Nzoia Region by a solitary goal to nil in an enthralling Mashemeji derby before a packed field at Hill School. Mercy Akoth of Awasi Primary netted the lone goal at the 13th minute to record the 5th goal for the Lakeside team.

Host Mau Region retained both boys’ and girls’ volleyball titles after putting a spirited fight in the finals. Mau beat Highlands by 3 sets to nil (26, 24; 25, 13; 25, 23) in boys’ volleyball.

Loyce Wangne, the captain of the Mau girls volleyball team led her team to clinching the third consecutive title when they beat Nzoia by three sets to nil (25, 18; 25, 21; 25, 13) in the girls’ finals.

Overall, Nzoia Region retained the overall MILO trophy in the 34th edition of the national finals of the Kenya Primary School Ball Games and Gymnastics held this week in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County.

Nzoia, which was represented by teams selected from primary schools across Western Kenya, recorded an impressive performance in the entire tournament where they bagged both Gymnastics and Netball titles for boys and girls.

In Netball, Nzoia beat Lake Region by 12 to 11 to reclaim the boys’ Netball title which they last won in 2013.  Nzoia also humbled a packed field of Lake Region supporters to beat them 17 to 14 in girls’ Netball.

Emakima and Bugengi Primary Schools from Nzoia beat the 2015 defending champions from Highland Region scoring 87 and 88 marks out of the possible hundred in girls and boys gymnastics respectively.

However, Nzoia failed to defend their 2015 title in boys’ soccer after losing by 2 goals to nil to Coast Region in the semi-finals and subsequently losing to Metropolitan Region by two goals to one in the playoffs.

Coast Region won the girls Hand Ball title, for the first in time in six years, after beating defending champions Nzoia by 15 to 12 in a highly contested match.

Host Mau Region kept home the boys’ Handball title after beating Metropolitan 18 to 16 to reclaim the title they last won in 2013.

Mau beat Lake Region 26 goals to 16 to emerge position three in Handball girls while Lake Region retained position three in handball boys’ after edging out Nzoia by 22 to 19 in the playoffs.

Mau Region also beat Coast 17 to 4 and thrashed Highland 27 to 11 to take position three in both girls and boys Netball.

As a result, host Mau Region emerged position two in the tournament followed by Lake Region, Coast, Metropolitan, Highland, Aberdare and Nothern Region respectively.  

Over 1200 pupils from across the country participated in the 2016 national finals which were again sponsored by Nestlé Kenya through its MILO brand to a tune of Sh5million for the 8th consecutive year.

The national finals are a representation of the top schools from the regions across Kenya previously known as provinces. Nairobi is participating as the Metropolitan region, Nyanza as Lake region, Rift Valley as Nakuru region, Coast as Mombasa region, Central as Aberdare region, Western as Nzoia region, North Eastern as Garissa region and the old Eastern Province as Northern region.

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