FEASSSA Championship opening fixtures postponed


Passenga High School Avire John (left ) tries to go past Greenpalms Academy Mohamed Said in ...
This file photo shows Passenga High School Avire John (left ) trying to dribble past Greenpalms Academy Mohammed Said during the Airtel Rising Stars in Kisumu, 2016. Photo/Courtesy.

The 15th edition of the East Africa Secondary School Sports games started on a low note on its opening day, with only seven of the over 30 scheduled matches played with the rest being postponed.

According to Federation of East Africa Secondary Schools Sports Association (FEASSSA) Secretary General, David Ngugi, the abrupt change of program was caused by late arrivals by some schools with the official opening ceremony set to be led by Deputy President William Ruto now rescheduled to Sunday, 28.

“Schools from Burundi are arriving as late as today in the afternoon. We could not have started the preliminaries without them. Furthermore, we thought it wise to play the preliminaries after the official opening ceremony,” Ngugi told Citizen Digital.

The eagerly awaited clash between High School football champions Laiser Hill of Nairobi and Aberdare Region’s Passenga High was among the matches postponed, even though both teams had showed up, conducting light training drills in the morning.

Passenga Boys’ skipper James Kinyanjui expressed his disappointment in the sudden change in program, saying it had disrupted their mental preparedness.

“We were psyched up for the match and in our minds we knew it was set for today. At first we were told we could play at 11:00AM after the official 9:00AM passed with no official in the field. Of course we will adjust but this is not what we expected.”

RESCHEDULED FIXTURES (Football)

Monday

Barding (Kenya) VS Hanika TSS (Rwanda)

Passenga (Kenya) VS Laiser Hill (Kenya)

Masaka (Uganda) VS Alliance (Tanzania)

St. Basile (Burundi) VS College Gisenyi (Rwanda)

Bukembe (Kenya) VS St. Mary’s Kitende (Uganda).

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