Eldoret, KENYA: 2015 defending champions in boys’ soccer, Nzoia Region cruised easily to the semi-finals after thrashing Nothern Region by 4 goals to 2.
In the ecstatic Pool A match that attracted hundreds of soccer fans, Nzoia beat the Nothern boys, who had taken five days to arrive in Eldoret, keeping high their hopes of retaining the title at Hill High School.
Ali Osman from Garissa Primary school opened the score sheet at the 12th minute of the match.
Nzoia equalized at the 27th minute when Nicholus Simuyu, a class eight student at Sengeteti Primary School, kicked an impressive header that left the goal keeper staring.
The Nothern boys’ team, which according to the officials was the strongest the region has ever produced, scored their second goal in the 48th minute from Nuru Mohammed of Wajir Primary who also plays for White Star Club based in Wajir County.
Nzoia Region’s team captain who also plays for Lamasia FC based in Kakuma Refugee camp, Ngeywo Godwin said his team was looking for nothing less than retaining the football boys’ title.
“We are a much stronger team than ever and so our hopes of retaining the title are much higher,” said Ngeywo who studies at Bukenoi Primary School.
Ngeywo scored another of his team’s goal at the 78th minute. Chemenya Joseph of Korioshondet Primary School and Mogosa Alliance of Lokitaung Primary scored the rest of the goals for Nzoia boys.
Nzoia will now meet Coast Region while Metropolitan will play Mau in another semi-final in boys’ football on Friday.
At the same, Nzoia Regions girls’ team beat Highland Region 3 goals to nil to keep hopes of retaining their title.
Nzoia Region’s favourite Jackline Barasa netted two consecutive goals at the 14th minute while Alusa Mildred scored the third to give Nzoia the win.
Nzoia will now meet their archrival Lake Region in the semi-finals to be played tomorrow at 9am at Hill School. Highland Region will play Coast Region in another football girls’ semi-final.
2014 defending champions of boys’ soccer, Lake Region were bundled out of the 2016 National Finals of the MILO Primary School Ball Games and Gymnastics after registering a dismal performance.
Lake Region were beaten 3 goals to one by Mau Region in their opening match yesterday and continued with the dismal show today when Coast Region beat them by 2 goals t nil in their second Pool B match.
However, Lake Region shined in girls’ soccer maintaining its dominance in the games that is has won in the last three years.
The girls from Lake Region beat Aberdare by 4 goals to nil and in another Pool B match knocked out Mau by 2 goals to 1.
Akoth Mercy scored two goals to complete the unbeaten run for the Lake Region when the beat Coast Region by 2 goals to 1 (one) on Thursday morning.Sidi Katheka scored Coast Region’s consolation goal in the match.
In boys’ Netball, defending champions Lake Region will meet Nzoia in the semi-finals while Mau will play Coast.