IN GULU, UGANDA
Kenya’s Wiyeta Girls take on Uganda’s Kawempe Muslim in the football final on Saturday as this year’s edition of the Brookside East Africa Secondary School Games come to an end here in Gulu.
The national champions booked their slot in Saturday’s final with a convincing 4-0 win over Tanzania side Alliance Girls in their semi-final at Gulu High School.
Kawempe on the other hand needed post-match penalties to see-off compatriots Mukono High 6-5 after the sides drew 0-0 during normal time.
It was however heartbreak for Kakamega High School as they failed to reach the boys’ football final after losing 2-0 home boys Jinja Secondary School in their last four clash.
Jinja will play compatriots St Mary’s Kitende in the final after the latter beat Nakaseke International 4-3 on post-match penalties after a 1-1 draw in normal time.
Harambee Starlets forward Monica Etot continued with her fine scoring form, hitting a brace in the 22nd and 33rd minutes with Genetrix Shikwanga and Martha Amunyolete also getting their names on the score sheet as the Kenyan champions ran riot.
Wiyeta coach Edgar Manyara is hoping his side can complete the job as they look to win the title for a fifth time.
“We are one win away from winning the title and the team can be proud of their performance since we started the competition,” Manyara said.
“Our opponents are a tricky side and we have to execute our chances well and make sure we don’t get intimidated by the home supporters,” the tactician added. Wiyeta finished third in last year’s edition held in Eldoret.
In 2015, Wiyeta lost in the final to Burundi’s ECOTEC in Huye, Rwanda. They last captured the title in 2008 in Kigali. Kawemepe on the other hand are seeking their second title after their exploits in 2012 in Bujumbura.
New champions will be crowned after last year’s champions G.S. Remera from Rwanda failed to advance to the quarter-finals.
In the boys’ contest, Joel Madondo scored the opening goal for Jinja in the 27th minute before skipper Joram Kirya added the second in the 54th minute to compound the Green Commandoes to defeat.
The Kenyans were lethargic in attack as they struggled to find their way past a resolute Jinja defence. It was sweet revenge for Jinja who had lost 2-1 to Kakamega in their opening pool match.
Kakamega coach Brendan Mwinamo expressed his disappointment terming the result as a “bitter pill to swallow”.
They will face Nakaseke in the third-place playoff as Mukono take on Alliance Girls in the girls’ bronze match.
Kwanthanze captain Gladys Ekaru has appealed for calm ahead of Saturday’s showdown.