Nairobi Region champions to intensify title defence

By Elizabeth Mburugu: Thursday, March 14th 2019 at 07:39 GMT +3 | Basketball
Dagoretti’s Derrick Wandera (left) in action against Inol Akol of Laiser Hill Academy. [Courtesy]

Nairobi Region champions will today intensify their title defence as they seek to book tickets to next month’s Kenya Secondary Schools Secondary Sports Association national Term One games.

Buruburu Girls will be eying their fourth straight basketball regional title having dominated the games since 2016.

They take on Precious Blood Riruta in hunt for a place in tomorrow’s semi-finals at Nairobi School. Buruburu have had a good run winning all their group matches convincing fashion.

The former national winners will bank on the services of their superb trio of Chantal Kiyobe, Claris Osula and Maureen Nyanyanyi, who have been instrumental in their campaign this far.

Parklands Arya, who are seeking to reclaim the title they lost to Buruburu in 2016, will tackle Raila Educational Centre while St Hannah will play Pangani. State House Girls battle for a semis slot against Our Lady of Mercy Shauri Moyo.

Former national and East Africa champions Upper Hill take on Lenana in the quarter-finals of the boys’ contest.

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They will be looking to repossess the city title and book their return to the national having missed last year’s edition. However, they will face stiff competition from holders Dagoretti High who take on Starehe in another quarters clash.

Hosts Nairobi School entertain Sunshine whereas Langata play Highway in hunt for last four slots.

Dagoretti captain Churchill Odhiambo said they are determined to defend their title.

“We have been working very hard in preparation for this year’s games and I’m confident our efforts will come to fruition. It is very important for us to retain our title because we want to return to the national games and perform better than we did last year,” Odhiambo said.

Boys and girls hockey champions Upper Hill and Mt Larvena will also be seeking to defend their titles as they face off with Dagoretti High and State House respectively.

Former champions Moi Girls Nairobi and Lenana School will play Ngara and Dr Ribeiro Parklands in hunt for semis slots.

Homeboys Nairobi School will play Hospital Hill as Moi Forces Academy (MFA) clash with Hillcrest in the boys contest. Parklands Arya will meet Pangani while Starehe will be up against Hillcrest in the other girls’ quarter-final matches.

Former East Africa rugby 7s champions Muhuri Muchiri will be out to reclaim the regional title they lost to Dagoretti High last year.

However, they will face stiff competition from wounded Upper Hill who will be on a redemption mission having failed to retain their 15s title relinquishing both the national and East Africa crowns. Ofafa Jericho, Nairobi School, Lenana School and Highway will also be eying the 7s title.

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