Barding book Passenga date in clash of titans

Barding High School Keagen Ndemi (with the ball) in action in their final pool clash ...
Barding High School Keagen Ndemi (with the ball) in action in their final pool clash at the Airtel Rising Stars final against Kathungi High School in Kisumu. PHOTO/Courtesy

The stage is set for the football semi finals in the ongoing Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) Airtel Rising Stars national finals, after the last preliminary matches were played on Thursday afternoon in Kisumu.

Barding settled for a 2-2 draw with Kathungi to finish top of Group A with seven points, ahead of Bukembe who ran riot over winless Cheptenye 5-0 to finish one adrift and join them in the last-four.

Kathungi finished third on the log with four and joined the whipping boys on their journey back home.

In Group B, Laiser Hill of Metropolitan drew 1-1 with Passenga to top the pool with seven as the latter settled for second on five. Green Palms crashed out despite walloping Saburlei 8-2 in the other clash after finishing a point adrift of Passenga.

Like Cheptenye, Saburlei lost all matches soaking in 18 goals in the process.

Barding will play Passenga in the first semi while Laiser Hill take on Bukembe in the other on Friday.

At Kisumu Moi Stadium, Barding’s Teddy Sewe broke the deadlock in the 31st minute before Salim Hamad conceded an own goal three minutes later to double the lead.

David Musyoka and Shida Edward scored in the 36th and 55th to restore parity for the Highlands champions.

Across at the road at Kisumu Day Grounds, Bukembe’s Victor Omondi bagged four goals while Wycliffe Wanyonyi added another to humble Cheptenye in the lop-sided match.

Another one-sided drubbing was taking place at the Kisumu Boys Pitch A where Gideon Ruwa, Zuberi Kazungu and Ali Juma helped themselves to a brace apiece with Ali Washe and Shukran Mramba completing the rout for Green Palms over Saburlei.

Kennedy Mwangi scored for Passenga in their stalemate against Laiser Hill in the 28th before James Kinyanjui levelled four minutes later from the spot at Kisumu Boys Pitch B.

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