Large crowds force action to be moved to Kisumu Stadium

Barding’s Otunga Lameck (left) challenges for the ball with Bukembe’s Brian Wanyama in ...
Barding’s Otunga Lameck (left) challenges for the ball with Bukembe’s Brian Wanyama in their Airtel Rising Stars opening clash won by the former 2-0 in Kisumu. PHOTO/Courtesy

Large crowds that turned up for the opening day of the Airtel Rising Stars 2016 Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association Term Two B Games have forced organisers to move all football games to the Moi Kisumu Moi Stadium to manage the supporters.

It was a testament of the popularity of the secondary schools event that is identified as the best talent-spotting for future stars that designated venues of Kisumu Boys and Kisumu Girls schools were scrapped due to safety concerns.

The event enters day two on Wednesday with teams out to fight for survival or seal their passage to the knock out stages across various disciplines.

After succumbing to a 2-0 defeat to Lake Region’s Barding High, Nzoia champions Bukembe Boys will seek redemption when they lock horns with Highland’s Kathungi Boys who stunned Cheptenye of Mau with the same goal margin.

Barding will be looking to seal a semi final berth when they play Cheptenye, the same with Metropolitan’s Laiser Hill who face Northern’s Saburlei. The last boys match will pit Passenga and Coast Region’s Green Palms.

In the Girls category, Nginda will be looking for a second win on the bounce when they face Kirigara while Nyakatch, who humbled the Highland region titleholders 4-0, play Metropolitan’s Olympic.

St. John’s Kaloleni with in form Harambee Starlets forward, Mwanahalima Adam will seek a semi final berth against Itigo. The last pairing of the day will see Sindo take on Wiyeta.

“Women football has been taken seriously in Kenya. Looking at their Premier League and the national team, there is future for talented ladies therefore we are looking at a possibility of providing for those big clubs in future.

“However they are still in school and have to concentrate on what matters most for now, academics. My team is composed of form one and two students apart from two players, and their potential is evident,” Nyakach coach Wycliffe Juma who teaches Mathematics and Physics said after they trounced Kirigara.

Mathare United Under-20 coach William Muluya is among those on a scouting mission at the competition.

“There is rich talent here, I have seen good players but for now I can’t reveal anything,” Muluya who is also the Team Manager for the senior side remarked.

In volleyball, Kanyuambora who sunk Waa High will continue their campaign to shine on their debut against Tetu, Sengera play Waa, Malava versus Cheptil while Hospital Hill will conclude the boys programme for Wedsnsday.

The girls teams facing off in volleyball are Sega versus Gankanga, Lugulu and Tetu, Kosirai against Soweto and St. John’s with Furaha.

The Raquet games that include Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis and Badminton continue at Kisumu Day and Lions High School.

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