National champs Upper Hill, Olympic win opening matches

National champs Upper Hill, Olympic win opening matches

National champs Upper Hill, Olympic win opening matches

The 2014 Airtel Rising Stars Regional Finals kicked off on a cracking pace across the country with favourite teams winning respective first round matches.


In the Metropolitan region, National football champions- Upper Hill (boys) and Olympic (girls) won their opening pool matches played in Loitoktok. Upper Hill of Nairobi County outclassed Makindu of Makueni 4-0 in a Pool “B” match, at Kimana primary.  Upper Hill stormed into the lead when Hemed Said scored from close range in the 21st minute of the match. Ovella Ochieng brought the scores to 2-0 in the 32 minute. Wilson Njuguna put his name on the scorers chart when he connected home a clinical pass from Ovella for the Nairobi team to take 3-0 advantage. Ovella was on target again when he completed a dazzling move that initiated by Njuguga.


Upper Hill coach Gilbert Walusimbi was full of praise for his boys for winning the crucial match.

“The victory is very important because it has given us a strong foundation to launch our title defense and march all the way to the Nationals,” he said.


It was a good beginning for teams from Nairobi as Jamhuri overwhelmed Kiatineni of Makueni 6-1 with the winners’ goals coming from Stephen Kimari (2), Michael Otieno, Rodgers Oyuya and Enock Momanyi contributed one goal apiece.


In the girls’ category, Olympic who are also National champions beat Olooseos 3-0 in a Pool “B” match played at Kimana High. Sharon Adhiambo scored twice in the opening 25 minutes while Amina Fondo was on target in the second half.


In the Nzoia region favourite teams lived up to the billing after they won respective matches as the Airtel Rising Stars Nzoia region games started at Kakamega High. East African champions Tartar won their first match following a 4-0 drubbing of Kingadole of Busia in an entertaining girls match. Prolific striker Nancy Rotich and Miriam Chelegat scored a brace each to give the West Pokot team the encouraging victory. In other matches, former National champions Wiyeta beat Chebukaka 2-0, Butere outclassed Moi Girls 3-1 while Bishop Njenga hit Lodwar 8-0 in girls first round matches.


In the boys’ category, hosts Kakamega squeezed a narrow 1-0 victory against former National champions St Anthony’s.


The winners of the regional events will qualify for the Airtel Rising Stars Secondary schools Term 2B national championships to be played at Kakamega High in August.

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