Daniel Likoko put up a man of the match performance to literally had Passenga a maiden Airtel Rising Stars boys national title as the side from the Aberdares region shocked pre-match favorites Laiser Hill 1-0 in an exciting final played at the Machakos School on Saturday 1 August 2015. John Avire’s sixth minute goal put Passenga ahead, scoring after beating his Laiser Hill markers in trade mark fashion before releasing a low, hard shot past Samuel Wanjema in the Laiser Hill goal.
Laiser Hill would respond with relentless attacks, dominating play in midfield and surging forward time and again. Chamla Flavious, Musa Masika and Kennedy Mwangi all had scoring chances but had to contend with an inspired Likoko in the Passenga goal who dealt with everything thrown his way. They were also twice denied by the woodwork.
The score would remain 1-0 at the interval and when the second half resumed, it was a script similar to the first half, Laiser Hill doing all the prodding, Passenga soaking up the pressure.
Indeed Passenga looked comfortable sitting back but remained dangerous on the counter attack. Avire came close to adding a second, his shot sailing just wide of the posts after 62 minutes.
Masika would release a fierce shot that was gathered by Likoko. Laiser would put the ball in the back of the net moments later but Sejero’s effort was ruled out for offside.
The final whistle would blow moments later, Passenga creating history as the first ever side from Aberdares to win the national title.
Third place for Kisumu Day
Kisumu Day ended their campaign in third place after defeating nippy Kathungi 5-4 on post match penalties after the teams tied 1-1 in regulaton and extra time.
Guyo Abdilahi put K.D ahead when he scored a penalty after 25 minutes and they would lead going into half time. Leja Rashid equalized for Kathungi seven minutes into the second half as the game’s paced increased, both sides looking to kill off the game. The scores would remain this way after 120 minutes of play.
Then came the post match penalties and Kathungi keeper Bonnie Kilonzi first saved a penalty before missing the crucial kick that saw Kisumu top this fixture.
K.D scored their penalties through Ezekiel Obat, Dennis Ochieng, David Omondi,Sulwe Silvester and Said Tsuma while Kathungi’s spot kicks were scored by Salim Hamisi, Shida Adam, Nassir Ali and Mwendwa Kelvin.
Wiyeta reclaim national title
Judith Musimbi’s goal from the penalty spot was enough to see Wiyeta reclaim the girls’ title as they beat Kobala 1-0 in the final.
Wiyeta threw everything at Kobala right from kickoff, Musimbi missing several gilt edged chances as the teams went into the break scoreless.Musimbi would eventually score from the spot after Leah Cherotich was fouled in the box as Wiyeta held out for their sixth national title.
Olympic Girls earlier defeated Nginda Girls 3-1 on post match penalties to claim third place. The two sides were tied 1-1 after regulation and extra time.
Malava still rule the roost
Malava Boys retained their boys volleyball crown after seeing off Hospital Hill 3-0. The defending champions won in sets of 25-19,27-25 and 25-18.
Speaking after the match, Head Coach Jackton Mwache attributed his side’s successful title defense to discipline and focus from his charges, saying,”We came here with one mission, to defend our title and ensured that we successfully complete that mission.”
With the East African School Games looming on the horizon, Mwache said,”We are going out there to reclaim the title that we lost last year. It will be a difficult assignment but we are up to the task.”
Cheptil finished third after beating Mivumoni 3-0.
Kosirai topple Kwathanze
A.I.C Kosirai topped a five set duel with outgoing champions Kwathanze to go home with the girls title.They won 3-2 (25-21,22-25,25-18,15-25,15-10).Lugulu beat Tetu 3-0 to finish third.
The winners and runners up in each category will represent Kenya at the East African School Games in Rwanda later this month.