National boys’ volleyball champions Sengera SDA have been handed a tough draw for the Brookside East Africa Secondary School Games which start in Gulu, Uganda this weekend.
Sengera will feature in pool ‘A’ against Roi De Gitega from Burundi, St Joseph’s Kabgayi , Rusumo (Rwanda), Luyanzi College and B. S Kimanya from Uganda.
Pool ‘B’ has defending champions Malava, arch-rivals Cheptil, P.S Karubanda of Rwanda, Uganda’s Buremba College, Wangwa High and debutants Malakal Boys from South Sudan. Yesterday, Sengera assistant coach Mark Kaloo termed their pool as tricky. “I only know Rusumo and Luyanzi. Others are new teams and playing against new sides is not easy. However, we want to beat all of them and finish on top of the group,” said Kaloo. In the girls category, former regional champions and current Kenya champions Kwathanze were paired in Pool ‘A’ alongside St. Brigits and Kinawa Senior School (Uganda), Rumbek Girls (South Sudan) and last year’s fourth-placed G.S Indangaburezi of Rwanda. Last year’s runners up Soweto from Kenya are in Pool ‘B’ alongside rivals Cheptil, Namugongo, Trust High from Uganda and Rwanda’s St. Alloys.
Hockey boys and girls will be played on round robin basis. In the absence in regional champions Friends School Kamusinga, St Anthony, Upper Hill School and Kisumu Day will fly Kenya’s flag against Uganda’s quartet of Ntare School, St Charles Lwanga, Kasasa, Namilyango College and St. Mary’s Kisubi. In the girl’s category, Kenya’s champions St Cecilia, Misikhu, regional champions Sinyolo and St Joseph’s Kitale will face off with Uganda’s Kakungulu Mem, St. Mary’s Namagunga, Bweranyange Girls and Old Kampala.