Ribe Girls High School of Kilifi County are this year’s Coast Hockey Association inter-secondary schools champions. In the final match at Shanzu Teachers Training College, Ribe, who were making their debut to the festival, now in its third edition, defeated Braeburn Mombasa International School 2-0.
Ribe had upset former champions St John’s Kaloleni 1-0, while Braeburn defeated Matuga Girls High School 3-1 on post-match penalties after a barren draw after normal time.
The tournament attracted numerous schools among them; St. John’s, Matuga Girls, Kwale Girls, St. Charles Lwanga, Braeburn Mombasa International School, Ribe Girls, Shimo La Tewa and St George’s.
In the boys’ category, St Charles, Braeburn, St George’s and Shimo La Tewa competed for glory. St Charles beat Braeburn 6 – 0, while Shimo La Tewa defeated St George’s 3 – 0 on their way to the final.
In the final match, Shimo La Tewa won 4 – 3 in post-match penalties after both sides tied after normal time. Abigail Kioko of Kwale Girls and Joseph Ngari of St. George’s were awarded the most promising up-coming players, while Zubeda Ahmed of Matuga Girls (three goals) and Samuel Ngari (four goals) of St. Charles were the festival’s top scorers.
Association Chairman Oliver Mascarenhas thanked all the participating teams, sponsors and officials for their support in making the event a success.