Race for ARS national finals hits fever pitch

Race for ARS national finals hits fever pitch

Race for ARS national finals hits fever pitch

The race for tickets to the Airtel Rising Stars Secondary Schools Term 2B games national finals begins in earnest on Thursday with eight regions out to determine their representatives over the next three days. We will get to know the Nzoia, Coast, Metropolitan, Aberdare, Lake, Highlands, Mau and Northern region representatives by close of business on Saturday.

Expect the action in the Nzoia Region to be intense as reigning boys national champions Kakamega High School (Kakamega), former national and East African champions St. Anthony’s Kitale (Trans-Nzoia) and Kapenguria (West Pokot) battle for the region’s sole slot alongside Nambale Boys (Busia),Lodwar (Turkana),Friends School Misikhu (Bungoma), Vihiga High School (Vihiga) and Mundika (Busia County).   It should be equally intense in the girls’ competition as Kakamega’s Ibinzo who vanquished outgoing national champions Butere Girls’ duel for the ticket with West Pokot’s Tartar, Wiyeta (Trans-Nzoia), St. Kevins (Turkana), Chebukaka (Bungoma), Bishop Sulumeti and Kingandole (Busia). The action will take place at St. Mathias Boys in Busia.

Metropolitan region sees ARS Brand Ambassador and Gor Mahia forward Michael Olunga’s alma mater Upper Hill embark on the bid to the return to the national finals and reclaim the top honors.  Former girls’ champions Olympic have similar intentions on their mind when they head out for the championships that will be played at the Machakos Boys High School.

The Lake region is another one to be closely monitored when the action gets underway at Kiandege Secondary School in Nyamira. Former boys’ national champions Gekomoni from Kisii County headline a list of teams that includes Luora, Magadi, Kisumu Day, Barding, Nyandema and Sungututa while the girls’ category sees Gekomoni, Jera, and Nyakach among the top contenders for the regions solitary ticket to Machakos.

Coast region teams will converge on the Voi Secondary School where former champions Tononoka from Mombasa County and Kwale’s Waa Secondary School are undoubtedly top contenders for the boys’ ticket to the Machakos finals while St. John’s Kaloleni, losing finalists at last year’s girls national finals have to deal with the attentions of Kwale Girls from Kwale County. 

The other four regions, namely Highlands, Aberdares, Northern and Mau will also stage their finals and it will be interesting to see how the final outcomes are upon completion of the qualifiers. 

 

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