Kenya stay on course in ongoing EALASCA 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.
Roseline Odhiambo in training at the Nyayo Stadium.