The draws for the East Africa Secondary School games set to kick off on Thursday in Arusha, Tanzania are out with national secondary school football champions Ebwali Secondary pooled in a tough group.
Ebwali will face off against defending champions St Mary's Kitende from Uganda, Budo Secondary School from Uganda, St Patricks from Tanzania and Katoro Secondary School also from Tanzania in Group B.
National runners-up Highway Secondary will headline Group A which also has Kibuli Secondary School and St Andrews Kaggwa all from Uganda, ES Gasiza from Rwanda and Kwira Coal mines Secondary School from Tanzania.
"It has been 40 years since we reached this level when we had the likes of Bramwell Mwololo. Despite coming second in Nakuru, our objective is to win and come home with at least a podium finish. We are going to Arusha for the kill," said Highway coach Nduati.
In girls' football, Kenyan champions Wiyeta girls will face off against Isevya Secondary from Tanzania, St Noah Girls and Amus College School all from Uganda in group A.
Runners-up Dagoretti mixed will on the other hand play Kawempe Muslim and Sacred heart Gulu all from Uganda in Group B alongside IP Mukaranger from Rwanda and Alliance Secondary School from Tanzania.
Defending East Africa hockey champions Kamusinga will renew their rivalry with national champions St Anthony's Boys Kitale in round robin alongside Mbarara, Ntare School and Kakungulu Memorial all from Uganda and Arusha Meru International School from Tanzania.
"We want to reclaim the title we lost to Kamusinga in 2019. Despite fatigue, we want to go with a winning mentality and focus towards winning again," said St Anthony's boys Kitale hockey coach Keegan.
East Africa Pools
Group A-Highway Secondary, Kibuli, St Andrews Kaggwa, ES Gasiza, Kwira Coal Mines
Group B-Ebwali, St Mary's Kitende, Budo, St Patricks, Katoro Secondary
Group A- Wiyeta Girls, Isevya Secondary, St Noah Girls, Amus College School
Group B- Dagoretti Mixed, Kawempe Muslim, Sacred Heart Gulu, IP Mukaranger, Alliance Secondary
Boys- Kamusinga, St Anthony's Boys Kitale Mbarara, Ntare School, Kakungulu Memorial, Arusha Meru International School
Girls- Namagunga, Taachasis, Transnzoia, Kakungulu
RUGBY 7s-Koyonzo, Butula boys, Hanna International, Ntare School, Elerai Secondary and Jinja Secondary
Group A-Dr Aggrey, Budo, Nsumba, St Patricks
Group B-Dagoretti, Juhudi, Lycee De Kigali,Bethel Covenant, St Cyprian Kyabakadde
Group A-Kaya Tiwi, Kibasila, Kitende, Budo
Group B-Olympic, St Noah Girls, Nabisunsa, Lycee De Kigali, Orkeeswa