East Africa Secondary School Games: Kakamega High School’s football team captain Onyango targets victory
It is every captain’s dream to lead his side to success at any competition. The joy of lifting the trophy remains riveted into the mind for many years.
And such thoughts race through the mind of Kakamega High School’s football team captain Chris Alpha Onyango as he prepares to the lead his side at the year’s Brookside East Africa Secondary School Games that gets underway in Musanze, Rwanda, today.
With Kakamega getting down into action tomorrow, Alpha is relishing the chance to lead his side to a maiden regional crown and become the school’s first captain to lift the trophy. Last month, he led his side to a record 13th national title after a last-gasp 1-0 win over newcomers Olbolsat Secondary School during the National Secondary School Term Two Games in Eldoret.
Boniface Ooko’s header settled the tight contest to give the Green Commandos their first title since 2014. And now the Form Three student, who also plays for Gor Mahia Youth, wants to lift the elusive regional title.
“We have been so unlucky not to get the national title but we finally managed it. The commitment of the players is amazing and with that attitude, we can win the East African title,” he said yesterday.
Together with Joshua Otieno, the duo will anchor the Kakamega midfield as they look to improve on last year’s bronze medal. Onyango believes a good start will lay the foundation for a good outing as they bid to become the third Kenyan side to wear the boys’ football crown.
“Our main challengers are expected from Ugandans and we have got to find a way of dealing with them so as to give ourselves a good chance of going all the way,” he added.
St Anthony’ Boys Kitale won the title during the inaugural edition of the regional games in 2002 and Kenya had to wait until 2016 in Eldoret to win the football again through Siaya County’s Barding’. Kakamega’s arch rivals are Uganda's 12-time champions St Mary’s Kitende.
Olbolsat, who are making their debut, will be in action. [Elizabeth Mburugu]
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