Tenwek High And Chebonei Girls Dominate Tenwek Zonal Games

The Tenwek zonal games witnessed a thrilling display of sportsmanship and talent as Tenwek Boys High School and Chebonei Girls High School emerged as the dominant forces in the secondary schools’ term two competitions held at Chepngaina Secondary School sports grounds.

Tenwek High Boys showcased their prowess by clinching titles in boys’ football, volleyball, and indoor games.

Their counterparts, Chebonei Girls, demonstrated equal determination, securing victories in girls’ soccer, volleyball, and netball.

In a nail-biting boys’ football final, Tenwek High faced off against a resilient Injerian Secondary School.

The match ended in a 1-1 draw during regular and extra time, necessitating a penalty shootout to determine the winner.

Tenwek triumphed 13-12 in the tense penalty showdown. Earlier in the semifinals, Tenwek had dominated Motigo Secondary School with a 7-0 victory, while Injerian overpowered Mugango Secondary School 3-0 to book their place in the final.

Chebonei Girls’ soccer team displayed excep
tional skill, defeating host Chepngaina 3-0 in the final.

Their path to victory included a hard-fought 2-1 win over Injerian in the semifinals, while Chepngaina advanced by beating Mugango 3-0.

In netball, Chebonei continued their impressive run with a commanding 41-3 victory over Injerian in the final. The semifinals saw Chebonei crush Motigo 37-0, and Injerian narrowly edge out Mugango 12-7.

The girls’ volleyball competition saw Chebonei overpower Mugango 3-0 in the final.

They had earlier defeated Injerian 3-0 in the semifinals, while Mugango had to battle hard to overcome Motigo 3-1.

On the boys’ side, Tenwek High exhibited their dominance by easily defeating Motigo 3-0 in the final, earning themselves a ticket to the Bomet Central Sub-County Championship slated for this weekend.

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Deputy Governor Laud Sports Initiative For Youth Empowerment

Kirinyaga County Deputy Governor David Githanda has emphasized the importance of the ongoing sports initiative aimed at engaging the county’s youth in awareness on various topics. The initiative, which commenced early this year, has seen robust participation from various teams and has been instrumental in fostering community spirit and youth development.

Githanda said the collaboration between the county assembly and the executive has seen the success of the initiative.

‘The Governor and MCAs from every ward worked together to encourage the youth, sports not only keep them away from negative influences like drugs but also provide a potential source of income,’ he said.

Speaking at Kamuiru Primary School during the football final sponsored by MCA representing youths in Kirinyaga County Assembly, the Deputy Governor reported that the program has successfully involved many participants and attracted fans, highlighting the community’s strong support for youth activities.

He used the platform to urge young ind
ividuals who have completed their schooling to consider enrolling in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions and polytechnics within the county. He emphasized that these educational pathways offer valuable skills and opportunities for future employment.

‘By engaging in sports and pursuing further education, our youth can avoid bad behavior and remain productive; the county government is committed to identifying and nurturing the talents of our young people.’

This initiative is part of the county government’s broader strategy to support youth development and community cohesion through sports and education.

Kirinyaga Sports director Emily Mureithi called for the county to train team managers to improve team performances. She said the assembly should work with executive to set aside resources for recruitment of trainers.

Bosco Gichangi, MCA representing youth, said the main objective is to bring youth together, to network, bond and share ideas that will help them in future.

The w
inners of the tournament were awarded jerseys, boots, socks and, cash prizes.

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Residents Urged To Support Village Cluster Program

Principal Secretary Cabinet Affairs Office Mr. Idris Dokota has urged residents of Tana River County to support the Village Cluster Program started by Tana River County Government.

Speaking today at Laza Leisure Hotel during the presentation of the Fourth Medium Term Plan 2023-2027, Mr. Dokota said, the program is meant to expand Hola Town and also assisting those people facing floods every rainy season in the County.

The PS said, the Medium Plan aims at growing and expanding the economy, thus the Village Cluster Program is among the projects in the Medium Term Plan, saying any program that brings development should be supported.

He also said, in the Medium Term Plan, Hola Air strip is set to be expanded into a position to accommodate big planes and not helicopters alone.

Speaking at the same function, Tana River Governor Dadho Godana supported the Fourth Medium Term Plan 2023-2027.

He said if the National government will support in the implementation of the Village Cluster Program then the cases of floo
ds victims in Tana River County will reduce.

Governor Godana said, the program aims at relocating all people in the flooded areas to high lands and building social amenities such as schools and health centres for them.

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Mombasa Stars Draw Against Kibera Black Stars

In their last National Super League (NSL) home match of the season, the Mombasa Stars drew 1-1 with the Kibera Black Stars at Serani Sports Ground on Saturday.

The home side, Mombasa Stars, opened the score in the first half with a penalty kick by Alfred Manigi.

However, the lead was short-lived as the Kibera Black Stars were also awarded a penalty, which was scored by Richard Bolo.

The referee’s decision to award the penalty sparked anger from the Mombasa Stars’ side, with Head Coach Mohammed Hussein ‘Madaga’ openly criticising the referee’s decision.

‘I expected a win for my team. The referee gave our opponents an undeserving penalty just to balance the game. It was a decision that cost us the three points we needed,’ said Coach Madaga after the match.

Kibera Black Stars’ coach, Edwin Lavatsa, expressed his frustration over missed opportunities by his players. Despite the equaliser, Lavatsa felt his team could have secured a victory through their performance.

‘We created several chances but failed to
convert them into goals. I feel like we lost two points today because we were not able to capitalise on our opportunities,’ Lavatsa said.

After the draw, Kibera Black Stars and Mombasa Stars are in the ninth and tenth positions, respectively.

Mombasa Stars now have three successive away games in the NSL league.

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Junior Starlets Gear Up For Crucial FIFA U17 World Cup Qualifier Against Burundi

Kenya’s national junior girls football team, Junior Starlets intensified their preparations on Monday at the Dandora Stadium ahead of the fourth and final round of the 2024 FIFA U17 World Cup two-legged qualifier against Burundi

They begin with the first leg in Ethiopia on Sunday, June 9, 2024, followed by the second leg at home on Sunday, June 16, 2024.

Junior Starlets midfielder Halima Imbachi expressed her excitement and determination as the team looks to make history.

‘The opportunity to qualify for the World Cup is immense for our careers,’ she said. ‘The scouting opportunities are immense, and it will be a game-changer for both my life and my family.’

Defender Lorine Ilavonga echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the significance of the upcoming matches. ‘This is a coveted chance, and I am not planning on wasting it,’ Ilavonga stated. ‘Representing the Kenyan flag means everything to us. The team is completely focused on this final match against Burundi; it’s all we talk about, and we are all aligned
on the focus of having a positive result.’

They are set to travel to Ethiopia on June 7, 2024, for the first leg of the qualifier on June 9, 2024 at the Abebe Bikila Stadium, and will return to Kenya on June 10, 2024, to continue their preparations for the second leg, scheduled for June 16, 2024.

After the two legs, the winner of the tie on aggregate will secure an automatic qualification to the 2024 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in October, to be held in the Dominican Republic.

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Reuben Njoroge To Represent Nyeri In South Africa’s Comrade Marathon

A 37-years-old marathoner representing Nyeri County is scheduled to jet out of the country this week on Thursday to Durban, South Africa for the ultra-marathon which will be held on Sunday June 9, this year.

Reuben Njoroge will travel to South Africa this week where he will participate in the comrade’s marathon scheduled from 6.30 am to 6.30 pm (S.A time).

The comrade’s marathon is an ultra-marathon of approximately 88 kilometres which is run annually in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. It is the world’s largest and oldest ultra-marathon race.

Njoroge was the winner of last year’s 4th edition of the mountain to mountain ultra-marathon which started at Mt Kenya – Naromoru gate to Aberdare Wandare gate covering 80 kilometres.

While receiving the Nyeri official flag from Nyeri deputy governor David Kinaniri on behalf of Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga, the marathoner at the same time thanked the Deputy Governor, Nyeri Governor, the Gender, Youth and
Sports CECM Esther Ndung’u, the County Government of Nyeri and other stakeholders for the sponsorship of the forthcoming marathon and promised to shine during the race and bring home medals.

The sponsor has paid the registration fee, air ticket, and full accommodation for the five days he will be in South Africa.

Speaking during the function Kinaniri wished the champion all the best and encouraged other young people to emulate Njoroge saying that every dream can come true and be a winner just like this of Njoroge.

He also encouraged the youth to shun drugs and engage in athletics to earn income and improve their health.

Having participated in the two oceans marathon held in Cape Town in South Africa in April, Njoroge is optimistic for a win this time since he is conversant with the weather and the area. During the race, he emerged as no. 34 out of over 3,000 participants.

‘This is a dream come true for me being one of the participants. I have trained well enough. I will perform well. I will do my best. I
won’t let down my sponsors.’ said Njoroge.

This comes as preparation for the 5th edition of the mountain to mountain ultra-marathon kicked off in Nyeri County. The 80km marathon from Mt Kenya- Naromoru gate to Aberdare Wandare gate seeks to raise awareness on the protection of water towers to mitigate climate change and promote regular exercise for good health and tourism in Nyeri County.

Chief Officer Joe Gethi department of gender, youth, sports and social Services, the Urban Swara running club led by the Chairman Anthony Kiai among others were also present during the presentation of the flag outside the Nyeri governor’s office.

Source: Kenya News Agency