FEASSA: Bukembe hold champions St.Mary’s Kitende
Friend’s School Bukembe Secondary School rallied from a goal down to hold 11-time East Africa Secondary School Games champions, St. Mary’s Kitende to a 1-1 draw in their Pool C clash played at Hill School Grounds, Eldoret on Monday evening.
Kitende took the lead through Pius Wangi who turned in Frank Tumesigwe’s corner kick with a powerful header in the 50th minute when he out-jumped Bukembe’s defenders for the opener.
Substitute Patrick Otieno came off the bench to pull his side level in the 78th, earning his team a crucial point in a match the Ugandans lost several clear cut chances.
Bukembe’s custodian, Jeremiah Mesuswa, was worth the man-of-the-match award after stopping Kitende’s strikers from scoring when they got through on goal on a number of occasions.
Steven Namwanda tested him with only 60 seconds on the clock with an audacious curling effort from outside the box before Frank Tumwesige hit the side netting two minutes later with only the keeper to beat.
Bukembe’s center forward Victor Omondi then saw his free-kick fly inches off-target with Kitende’s goalkeeper Derrick Ochan beaten at the quarter hour mark.
Steven Namuwanda beat an offside trap with an intelligent run in the 19th minute but could not get his shot go past Mesuswa, before his teammate Fred Atuhwera’s goal was ruled out a minute later after the ball went out of play before his finish.
The best chance of the first half fell to Bukembe but Benjamin Masai failed to capitalise on poor marking for fire over when he should have done better.
The second half was as lively as the first, with Kitende raiding the opposition right from the whistle.
Their efforts were soon rewarded as Tumesigwe broke the deadlock five minutes later. The goal spurred the Edward Golola led side into pressing higher forcing Bukembe to retreat further into their own half.
Home fans were however, brought to their feet when Otieno notched the equaliser, turning the tide on its head as the Ugandans dropped deep with Bukembe sensing a winner.
The match finished in a stalemate despite a late flurry of activity.
Passenga sunk national champions Laiser Hill 1-0 in an all-Kenyan affair while Barding stopped Hanika TSS of Rwanda 2-0 in earlier fixtures.
In the girls’ category, Nyakach Girls edged Ugandan titleholders, Kawempe Muslim 2-1 in a match played at Eldoret Sports Club as Nginda lost 1-0 to Burundi’s ETG Nyakibiga. Uganda’s Mukono prevailed over Obambo with a solitary goal.
Lycee de Kigali of Rwanda beat Kenya’s Buru Buru 59-44 in girls’ basketball while Burundi’s ETG Nyakabiga humbled Alliance 88-28.
In rugby 15s boy’s category, Bungoma High lost 9-21 to Kakamega High in another of the day’s all-Kenyan affair.
Action enters day four on Tuesday with track and field athletes starting on Thursday at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium.
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