26 schools nom­i­nated for Sa­fari­com Soya

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International - BY CON­SO­LATA MAKOKHA/

Sa­fari­com Sports Per­son­al­ity of the Year 2016 schools cat­e­gory nom­i­na­tions have been an­nounced.

A to­tal of 26 in­sti­tu­tions (boys and girls) have been nom­i­nated in pre­lim­i­nary round of the awards, which are also be­ing co-spon­sored by NSSF, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Au­thor­ity of Kenya, NHIF, Kenya Tourism Board, Kenya Pipe­line and Su­perS­port/ Mul­tiChoice Kenya. Per­for­mance and di­ver­sity were key fac­tors in se­lect­ing nom­i­nees in the schools cat­e­gory.

In the girls’ cat­e­gory, Both Siny­olo (hockey), AIC Kosirai (vol­ley­ball), Tigoi Girls (hockey) and debu­tants Nairobi’s Soweto Academy (vol­ley­ball) are among those nom­i­nated in the pre­lim­i­nary round. Oth­ers are Keru­goya (hockey, Kaya Tiwi (bas­ket­ball) Moi Girls Ka­musinga (hand­ball), St. John’s Kaloleni, Wiyeta (both foot­ball), Bu­ruburu (bas­ket­ball), Nyakach (foot­ball), Lugulu and Sega ( both vol­ley­ball).

Both Siny­olo hockey and AIC Kosirai vol­ley­ball had a suc­cess­ful year, bag­ging the na­tional and East Africa top gongs in their re­spec­tive dis­ci­plines. Siny­olo won both ti­tles un­beaten de­spite min­i­mal suc­cess in bas­ket­ball and vol­ley­ball. They also pro­duced Melda Awuor as the Most Valu­able Player, both at the na­tional and regional games. AIC Kosirai’s set­ter Nelly Jepchumba was also voted the MVP at the na­tion­als.

Tigoi (hockey) and debu­tants Nairobi’s Soweto Academy (vol­ley­ball) set­tled for sil­ver both at the na­tion­als and regional com­pe­ti­tions, only los­ing to the cham­pi­ons. Keru­goya won bronze medals at both the na­tion­als and East Africa games, and also had a dimmed pres­ence in vol­ley­ball and bas­ket­ball in Aber­dare re­gion.

Mak­ing their maiden ap­pear­ance at the schools’ ex­trav­a­ganza, Kaya Tiwi bas­ket­ball won the na­tional ti­tle un­beaten from the sub-county level, and went on to grab the East Africa tro­phy. The school’s net­ball team too won the na­tion­als, but crushed out in the group stages of the regional.

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Teresa Akal (R) of Kwan­thanze Sec­ondary School spikes against Lucy Sakong (L) and Edna Muombe of AIC Kosirai School dur­ing last year’s KSSSA Term 2B games vol­ley­ball fi­nals.

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