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Court stops Kakamega from games

SPORTS By Robert Amalemba | March 23rd 2016

A court ruled to stop Kakamega High School rugby team from participating in Nzoia Region games that were to begin yesterday.

St Peter’s Mumias filed its petition at Kakamega High Court through its Principal, Godfrey Owori.

He challenged eligibility of Kakamega’s rugby team, which is representing Kakamega County in the Term One regional games at Friend’s School Kamusinga.

On March 11, Kakamega defeated St Peters Mumias in the Kakamega County finals, a victory St Peter’s felt was unfair. They claimed Kakamega fielded one “outsider”, three over-age students and another unidentified player.

Scrutiny revealed details of the unidentified player belonged to a female student.

“A simple scrutiny of the team presented by Kakamega High School reveals anomalies, presenting a competitor Wiseman Angaya, who repeated Form Four. He was in the same class last year. The school also presented three overage players Amukoye Peter, Longo Joseph Odhiambo and Cedrick Eugene whose records of birth show they were born before 19/09/1996,” read the court papers.

This year, Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) barred students before 19th September 1996 from participating in any of its games.

Kakamega is accused of presenting Christopher Njoki on the players’ list, whereas KNEC details indicate the index number and the name, belong to Macharia Beatrice Njeri, a lady.

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Kakamega Judge Ruth Sitati granted orders to stop Kakamega rugby’s team from participating in the games until the appeal by St Peter’s is heard and determined.

Meanwhile, over 1,500 players and officials will converge at Nakuru High School today at the start of Mau Region Term One games, adds Ben Ahenda.

Narok High, who are national boys’ hockey champions are the championship’s favourites. They will be the team to beat as battle for tickets to the national games get underway.

Narok are in Pool A with St Patrick’s Iten (Elgeyo Marakwet), Kabianga (Kericho) and Laboret (Nandi). Pool B has Eldoret Township (Uasin Gishu), Kituro (Baringo), Bomet’s Kamunget Boys and Kirobon High from Nakuru.

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