26 schools nominated for Safaricom Soya
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.
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.