IN GULU, UGANDA
Wiyeta Girls on Saturday secured the regional football title after a 3-1 final win over Uganda’s Kawempe Muslim on post-match penalties as the 16th edition of the Brookside East Africa Secondary School Games came to an end here in Gulu.
Wiyeta goalkeeper Diana Tembesi was her team’s star saving three Kawempe penalties to hand the Kenyans a fourth title and their first since 2008 in Kigali.
Last year, Wiyeta clinched bronze in Eldoret while in 2015 they lost out to Burundian side ECOTEC of Burundi in Huye, Rwanda.
It capped a good outing for Wiyeta who won the national title last month to complete the double.
The sides had settled for a 1-1 draw after normal and extra time with Wiyeta’s Genetrix Shikwanga’s 23rd minute opener cancelled out by Juliet Nalukenze in the 63rd minute.
Wiyeta coach Edgar Manyara described the win as fully deserved and praised his side’s resilience and attitude.
“I think it was a match that we should have won earlier due to the number of chances that we created in the first half. Nonetheless, it feels good to be champion after heartbreak in the last three years.” Manyara said.
“It is my first regional title with the side and I think it is a culmination of years of hardwork and we want this to be the first of many titles,” he added.
Wiyeta’s other triumphs were in 2005, 2006 and 2008. Tembesi saved spot-kicks from Yudaya Nakayenze, Grace Aluka and Stella Musibika with only Hasifa Nassuna managing to beat Tembesi from 12 metres out.
Wiyeta on the other hand scored trough Laventine Lihemo, Shikwanga and Sylvia Munyasia as Martha Amunyolete saw her spot kick saved by Kawempe keeper Juliet Adeko.
The result saw the partisan crowd at Peace Stadium hush in silence as the victorious Kenyan girls celebrated.
Wiyeta had beaten Alliance Girls of Tanzania 4-0 in the semi-final while Kawempe saw off compatriots Mukono High 6-5 on post-match penalties in the other semi.
Kawempe, buoyed by the huge crowd, started well making use off their fast wingers.
However, they were thwarted by the Wiyeta defence marshalled by Lihemo. It is the Kenyans who took the lead against the run of play. A Kawempe attack broke and Wiyeta quickly counterattacked with Shikwanga releasing fellow forward Monica Etot.
The Harambee Starlets striker beat two markers before firing a rasping shot that was saved by Adeko but Shikwanga reacted quickest to bury home the rebound. Wiyeta wasted chances to add to their tally with Etot and Shikwanga all guilty of glaring misses.
Kawempe made them rue the lost chances as they capitalised on a defensive mix up to claw themselves back into the match.
Kakamega finished third in the boys’ competition after 5-4 win against Uganda’s Nakaseke International on post-match penalties in their play-off match.
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