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Kwanthanze eye crown as curtains fall on School Games

IN GULU, UGANDA
Former champions Kwanthanze Girls of Kenya battle St Aloy’s of Rwanda in the volleyball final on the last day of the Brookside East Africa Secondary School Games here in Gulu.

Kwanthanze, two-time winners of the crown, are back in the final after missing out on last year’s competition held in Eldoret.

They secured their place in the final after beat their counterparts Cheptil in straight sets in Friday’s semi-finals at St Joseph’s Layibi.

The Machakos County school won 25-9, 25-13 and 25-22 to reach their fourth final in five years. St Aloys also secured a straight sets win over counterparts and 2015 winners G.S. Indagaburezi in their last four clash.

Kwanthanze captain Gladys Ekaru has appealed for calm ahead of Saturday’s showdown with their Rwandese opponents.

“The disappointment of missing out on last year’s competition inspired us to work hard and get back to the top and we are now one win away from the crown,” Ekaru said.

“The Rwandese have a good fighting spirit and so it promises to be a close affair but we are hungry to win back our crown.”

In basketball, Kenya will not be represented in the both boys’ and girls’ finals. Girls’ champions Kaya Tiwi lost 54-35 to 2015 winners St Mary’s Kitende of Uganda in yesterday’s semi-finals. Kitende will now play compatriots Buddo Secondary School in the final.

Kaya Tiwi trailed 14-12 at the end of the first quarter and failed to overturn the deficit in the second quarter, as they were outscored 15-7 to trail 27-21 at halftime. Kitende led 12-4 and 15-13 in the third and fourth quarters.

KAMUSINGA EYE TITLE

In handball, girls’ defending champions Moi Girls Kamusinga beat national champions St Anne’s Sega 24-21 to secure a spot in Saturday’s final.

Kamusinga exacted revenge on Sega who dethroned them of the National title in June this year.

Kamusinga will lock horns with home girls Mbogo in the final. Kamusinga beat Mbogo in 2013 to win their maiden title.

Mbogo beat fellow Ugandans Kibuli 24-12 in the semi-finals.

The boys’ contest will see Kibuli tackle 2015 winners E.S Kigoma of Rwanda.

Wiyeta finished third in last year’s edition held in Eldoret.

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