Kwanthanze out to shine again despite SOYA miss

Kwathanze Girs after winning the 2017 Eastern Region Volleyball trophy. Photo/ Stanley Mativo.
Kwathanze Girs after winning the 2017 Eastern Region Volleyball trophy. Photo/ Stanley Mativo.

Federation of East Africa Secondary Schools Championship (FEASSA) volleyball champions Kwanthanze Girls head coach Justin Kigwari says they have no regrets after losing out to Wiyeta Girls on the Best Girls School category at the SOYA Awards held on Wednesday night.

Kigwari, who led Kwanthanze to the FEASSA title last year, paid tribute to Wiyeta who were voted top at the annual black-tie gala held at the KICC in Nairobi.

Wiyeta were crowned FEASSA champions and rose to deny Kwanthanze a second SOYA nod in four years and Kigwari admitted his side lost fairly.

“I’m comfortable with the runners-up award for my team and am grateful to Wiyeta because also they had a very good year winning the regional title for the first time,” he told Citizen Digital.

Muhuri Muchiri Secondary School took home the corresponding boys’ title after starring in the regional rugby sevens with their school coach Kikechi Kombo completing the double by clinching the School Coach of the Year award.

Kigwari added they are not resting on their laurels and have started scouting for Form One talent as they seek to build yet another all-conquering team after losing five of his top guns that completed their secondary studies.

The team renowned for producing top players will be without the team setter Sharon Jepchumba who took home the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in last year’s national and East Africa games, Jane Mumbua, Monicah Kimwele, Winnie Odhiambo and Lorraine Chebet.

The institution based in Machakos County has won the FEASSA titles three times; in 2013, 2014 and 2017. In each of those years they had also won the national title.

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