Hockey: Kamusinga off to flying start at Lenana Open
By Oscar Pilipili
|Lenana’s Simon Mwenga (left) and Alliance’s Collins Cheruiyot.|
East African and national champions Friends School Kamusinga hockey boys’ team won their two opening matches in the Lenana Founders Day tournament.
Kamusinga beat Kabaa 4-0 in the first match and went ahead to dismiss Ngaru by the same margin in the preliminary round of the annual tournament.
Maseno recorded two draws in their opening matches after playing to a goalless draw against Moi Forces Academy and Mangu.
Mangu recovered to edge out Thika High 1-0 in their second match to bag three points.
Lenana’s team failed to shine at home after losing their opening matches.
Lenana “A” succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Masii, while their “B” team lost 1-0 against Ole Kejuado.
Kiambu bagged three valuable points following a narrow 1-0 win against Mukaa, while Alliance beat Njiiri 2-0 in other boys’ matches played on the opening day of the tournament.
In the girls’ category, St Brigits Kitale settled to a barren draw with Parklands Arya while Kabare edged out Mugoiri 1-0. Matuu Memorial talent academy found Bishop Gatimu Ngandu a hard nut to crack after they played to a barren draw in their match.
The match between St Ann’s and Precious Blood failed to produce goals and ended in a goalless draw.
The boys’ basketball was hotly contested with teams fighting for top honours.
Mukaa defeated Highway by half a basket following a 11-10 victory in one of the matches.
Masii dismissed Githumu 12-9, Lenana “A” beat Embu High 16-9 while Mangu overcame Maseno “B” 25-5 in other preliminary matches.
In the girls’ category, Precious Blood Riruta overcame Mary hill 8-4, Parklands Arya beat St Ann’s 24-8, Mt Kenya Academy achieved 14-13 victory against Bishop Gatimu Ngandu while Kabare defeated Mugoiri 13-6.
In the boys’ football, former national champions Kamukunji started their campaign on promising note after they beat Kiringari 2-1 in a preliminary match.
Starehe settled for 1-1, Highway beat Ushauri 1-0, Brother Beusang defeated Githumo 2-0, Premier Academy overwhelmed Mount Kenya 1-0 while Jamhuri breezed past Mutuini 2-0.
The tournament is part of events that mark the birth of Lenana School that was established in 1949.
The competition has attracted over 150 teams.
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