Schools: Kimilili handball team disqualified for fielding over-age boy

Kimilili hit hard over player’s age

Kakamega Green Commandos under 16 soccer team celebrate after winning the Western region title at Busia County Stadium on Saturday. Photo By Ignatius Odanga

Complainants Kolanya reach finals but tamed by Mukumu.

St Luke’s Kimilili Boys handball team was on Saturday disqualified from Western Region Term 2A games for allegedly fielding an over-age player.

The reigning East Africa champions were to face Mukumu Boys for the finals at Lwanya Girls Secondary School grounds in Busia County.

The complaint was raised by Kolanya Boys who initially had lost to Kimilili 25-20 in the semifinals. Confusion emerged after both Kolanya and Kimilili turned up for the final match against Mukumu.

After deliberations, organisers of the school games resolved to disqualify Kimilili. A furious Kimilili Games Master Peter Situma said they would move to court today to have the ruling overturned.

He insisted the boy Kolanya claimed was over age was not. “Kolanya failed to provide sufficient evidence to prove their claims. That is not sportsmanship,” said Situma.

Situma remained optimistic that justice would be served for his team and they would proceed for finals in Mombasa.

Kolanya’s coach Ezekiel Murumba said the boy at the centre of controversy was a former student at Kolanya and records indicated he was born in 1997 and not 1999 as Situma had claimed.

Mukumu beat Kolanya Boys 27-18 to lift the handball trophy. National champions Moi Girls Kamusinga retained the regional trophy after beating Mukumu 23-15.

Kakamega Green Commandos routed Bungoma champions Kamusinde 4-0 in under 16 football finals.

The four goals were scored in the second half by Pius Gradius and Collins Sienje and Evans Odhiambo who scored a brace.

Chebukaka from Bungoma were crowned champions in the girls’ category after beating Chelebi 2-0. The two goals were netted by Nancy Khamala.

In netball, Mukuyu from Lugari in Kakamega retained the title after beating former champions St Cecilia Misikhu from Bungoma 41-28 after leading 19-15 at half time.

Meanwhile Chavakali won the rugby sevens title on Friday after beating Bungoma 41-7. East Afirca champions St Peter’s were tossed out in the semifinals by Chavakali. Bungoma took both the boys and girls titles in athletics to emerge the overall champions.

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