National school games girls football champions Wiyeta are aiming to go a step further as the East Africa Secondary Schools Games get underway this weekend in Gulu, Uganda.
The western-based outfit settled for third place in the last year event held in Eldoret and the team’s coach Edgar Manyara believes the current squad has what it takes to reclaim the trophy they last won in 2008.
“We have been blowing hot and cold in the previous events until in 2015 and 2016 when we bagged silver and bronze respectively. But if our performance in this year’s competition from the zonals to the nationals is anything to go by, then we are destined for better things,” said Manyara.
He added: “We are only two representatives from Kenya alongside Ibinzo girls and I know besides our international opponents, they (Ibinzo) will be out to turn tables on us should we have a chance to meet. This is after we won 3-1 against them in the final during the last month’s Airtel Rising Stars Secondary Schools Term 2B Games held in Nyeri. We have prepared well and we are ready for the event.”
Wiyeta boast of six players who were part of the national team that won 7-1 away to Botswana during the last month’s Fifa Under 20 World Cup preliminary round first leg.
The players include national school games Most Valuable Player Martha Amunyolete, who also scored a brace in the 7-1 thumping of hosts, Jentrix Shikangwa, Rachel Muema (strikers), goalkeeper Dinah Tembesi and defending duo of Maureen Khakasa and Leah Cherotich. Manyara observed that the six players bring on board the experience and exposure they picked at the international level.
“Their presence in the team is a big boost for us going into the games. These players brought something different and their teammates have learned a thing or two. We are glad that they were part of the national team outfit. We have been training with our male counterparts who have helped us seal all the loopholes and we are good to go,” said the coach. The team which is Busia departs for host nation today.