Tuesday, July 24, 2018: The COPA Coca-Cola Under-16 tournament kicked off to a superb start at the Hill School ground in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County.
In the first match debutants St. Peter Boys, Mumias played against North Easterners Sanbuley High School. The boys from Mumias white washed Sanbuley High School 5-1 in the high scoring match.
“Being our debut match in the national finals, am delighted with the performance of the boys. Though the game was a bit scrappy in the beginning of the match, we managed to settle down and get a win”, said St. Peters Mumias Boys Coach Moses Kebengua.
Kevin Hagai from St. Peter’s was the first to score after connecting a sublime pass from Ben Stanley. Abubakar Muhamed equalized from the spot for the North Eastern side, Sabunley High School.
In the second half, Kevin Hagai got his brace in the 47th minute with Jamal Said and Ombagi James scoring each one goal to complete the routing of Sabunley Secondary School as the team from Western region registered its first win in the games.
The second match pitted Riyabu boys from Kisii against St. Cyprian from Eastern region. Evans Onsarigo scored within the first minute of the kick-off registering the fastest goal so far. Philip Orenje scored the second goal for Riyabu boys sealing a two nil win for the Nyanza region team.
The girls games had defending champions Olympic High School being thrashed 5 – 0 by Wiyeta High School with Jecinta Karemara grabbing a brace in the 9th and 37th minutes. She was emulated by her compatriot Juliet Anyango who scored in the 24th and 40th minute respectively. Nanjala Sarah completed the scoring rout in the 56th minute.
The second match had Sega Girls winning against Alliance Girls High School. Sharon Owino scored two goals in the 34th and 56th minute. Beatrice Odero scored her first goal of the tournament in the 67th minute.
The games are a culmination of the Under-16 boys and girls’ tournament with a total of 5,000 schools having registered and participated for a chance to be inaugurated as the national champions.
Since 2008, the tournament has had over ten thousand students participating in the tournament.
The tournament is under the Ministry of Education, in partnership between Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) and The Coca-Cola Company.
St. Peter Mumias 5 VS 1 Sabunley High School
Riyabu Boys High School 2 VS 0 St. Cyprian High
Olympic High School 0 VS 5 Wiyeta Girls High School
Sega Girls High School 3 VS 0 Alliance Girls High School