Kenya stay on course in on­go­ing EALASCA games

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local - EAST AFRICA GAMES

BY MITCHELLE JO­BITA AND ANGWENYI GICHANA/ De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Rwanda started their men’s vol­ley­ball ti­tle de­fence on a wrong note, los­ing 3-1 against hosts Kenya as the East African Lo­cal Author­i­ties Sports Coun­cil As­so­ci­a­tion games got un­der­way in Kisumu yes­ter­day.

En­joy­ing mas­sive home sup­port, Kenya posted 25-19, 25-15, 19-25 and 25-23. In the women’s cat­e­gory, de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Rwanda thrashed Uganda in straight three sets of 3-0 (25-13, 25-11, 25-20). In bas­ket­ball, de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Rwanda over­came Kenya 90-60 in a match that was played at Jomo Keny­atta Sports grounds.

Rwanda’s Mukur­tung­w­era Ben­jamin im­pressed for his team, scor­ing 16 points while Kenya’s Richard Kalama man­aged 10 points. Kenya re­cov­ered from the loss to beat neigh­bours Uganda 73- 55 in a nail-bit­ing match, which was a must win for Kenya to re­vive their ti­tle hopes. Kenya lost the first quar­ter 19-25 but re­cov­ered in the sub­se­quent quar­ters win­ning 17-8, 14-14 and 29-9. Kenya’s Duncan Ojijo scored a game high of 20 points while Uganda’s Chuma Joseph scored 16 points.

In the women’s bas­ket­ball, Uganda team beat hosts Kenya by 51- 38. Kenya lost the first quar­ter 18-7 and sec­ond quar­ter 9-8. They drew 10-01 in the third quar­ter be­fore Uganda won the fourth quar­ter 14-13. Uganda’s Nakaz­ibwe Sylvia was the game’s top scorer with 20 points while Kenya’s Rose Maiyoo posted 12 points.

In net­ball, Uganda de­feated Kenya ‘A’ 43-34 in the open­ing match while Kenya ‘B’ re­stored the coun­try’s hope af­ter beat­ing Rwanda 39-31. Kisumu Gover­nor Jack Ranguma, Kampala mayor Erias Luk­wago and Rwanda’s high Com­mis­sioner to Kenya James Ki­monyo were the chief guests. Bu­rundi, Tan­za­nia and South Sudan failed to show up for the games. Last year, Rwanda hosted the games and won most ti­tles. The games con­clude on Fri­day.

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Rose­line Od­hi­ambo in train­ing at the Nyayo Sta­dium.

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