Stage set for school games

Stage set for school games

Stage set for school games

The eagerly awaited  Rising Stars secondary schools Term 2B national finals get underway at Kakamega High School tomorrow with 16 teams chasing the two coveted tickets to represent Kenya at the African Championships which will be staged in Gabon later this month. Further, finalists in both boys and girls categories will earn the right to play in the East African Games that are slated for Dar es Salaam.

Hosts Kakamega High, better known as Green Commandos, start off as favourites after all the big names were locked out of the national finals at the regional stage.  After failing to make it to the nationals last year, The Green Commandos take on surprise package Brother Beusang of Metropolitan in a match that promises to be explosive. Kakamega need to win the match to start of strongly in their quest for an unprecedented 11th title. Beusang are making a debut in the Championships after they recorded a shocking 2-0 victory over last year’s champions Upper Hill.  Last year’s runners up Kathungi will be seeking to go one better when they take on newcomers Chemase of Nakuru region in the other Pool A fixture. 

Former power house Kisumu Boys start off as favourites  in Pool B which featuring all newcomers. But they should be warned not to underrate Green Palm of Mombasa who are expected to provide stiff opposition. Passenga from Aberdares and Wabera of Garissa will be lying in the wings fancying an upset.

In the girls category, the highlight of the preliminaries will be the Pool A match pitying former Champions Tartar against Matuu of Metropolitan. Tartar will be returning on a mission to reclaim the national title which they lost last year. Ntunene and Kapcherop complete the lineup for the group. Pool B seems evenly poised but pundits will be placing their money on home side Butere Girls and Lake Region’s Gekomoni to book tickets to the semifinal. Green Palm and Passenga may well prove to be the teams to watch. 

During the finals, Football Kenya Federation Technical Director Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee will lead a panel of four coaches, Anthony “Ofaque” Okumu, Fred Serenge and Kakamega Homeboyz tactician Hezron Nyabinge to pick a select under-17 team.  Besides selecting boys’ and girls’ national teams, the panel will also pick outstanding players who will attend the Airtel Africa coaching clinics.

The Rising Stars is an Africa-wide program that provides a platform for upcoming soccer talent under the age of seventeen to showcase their skills to leading scouts, coaches and have an opportunity to further their football skills.  In Kenya, the initiative targets boys and girls in secondary schools across the country in partnership with the Kenya secondary Schools Sports Association.

DRAWS AND FIXTURES

FOOTBALL GIRLS

POOL ‘A’

1.   Tartar (Nzoia)

2.   Kapcherop (Nakuru)

3.   Ntunene (Northern)

4.   Matuu (Metropolitan)

POOL ‘B’

1.   Butere (Nzoia 2)

2.   Green Palm (Mombasa)

3.   Gekomoni (Lake)

4.   Passenga (Aberdare)

FOOTBALL BOYS

POOL ‘A’

1.   Chemase (Nakuru)

2.   Kakamega (Nzoia)

3.   Kathungi (Northern)

4.   Brother Beusang (Metropolitan)

POOL ‘B’

1.   Green Palm (Mombasa)

2.   Wabera (Garissa)

3.   Kisumu Day (Lake)

4.   Passenga (Aberdare)

FORMAT OF PLAY

Day one: 1 v 3, 2 v 4

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