East Africa Secondary Schools games: Highway pick crucial point as Kaya Tiwi win in basketball

Derrick Olinga (left) of Ebwali  battles for the ball with Robby Katana of  Highway in the boys football during the National Secondary school games at Nakuru High school on September 12,2022.[Kipsang Joseph,Standard]

Highway School came from a goal down to share the spoils with Tanzania’s Kiwira after a 1-1 draw at the ongoing East Africa secondary schools games at Sheikh Abeid Karume stadium in Arusha, Tanzania. 

Highway remain as the only hope for Kenya in boys football after Ebwali lost both their two matches they have played since the start of the games last Thursday. 

The Nairobi-based team take on Rwanda’s ES Gasiza today in their second match. 

In yesterday’s match, Raphael Lucas surged the Tanzanians ahead in the 34th minute for a 1-0 lead at half time. With 10 minutes to the final whistle, Charles Fiolo converted a penalty for the 1-1 draw. 

Meanwhile, after losing 52-39 to Buddo of Uganda in their opening match, Kenya’s Kaya Tiwi bounced back to winning ways to beat Tanzania’s Kibasila 77-43 in a girls basketball match. 

Captain Babra Diana of Kaya Tiwi was all over the pitch to torment the Tanzanians to ensure her team revived their hopes of making it to the knock-out stages. 

Another Kenyan girls team Olympic lost 71-34 to defending champions Noa girls from Uganda. Rwanda’s Lycee de Kigali overpowered Uganda’s Nabisunsa 66-55. 

In another girls basketball match, St Mary’s Kitende defeated Buddo 61-44 in an all Ugandan affair. 

In boys basketball, Kenya’s champions Dr Aggrey made a false start after they were beaten 73-64 by Buddo of Uganda. 

Kenya’s Dagoretti were beaten 64-42 by Lycee de Kigali of Rwanda while Bethel Covenant dismissed St Cyprian 84-64 in an all Ugandan affair. 

Meanwhile, Sheikh Abeid Karume stadium is expected to come alive today (Monday) when Kenya start her title defence in athletics. 

Kenya has been dominating athletics since the establishment of the games in 2002.

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