NAIROBI, Kenya, July 5 – Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) secretary David Ngugi is delighted with the increased competition in school sports.Ngugi said on Wednesday that the schools’ minnows can now compete with more established schools in various sports, and indicator of how the annual games help nurture talent.
“Our games have changed. Its not like before when we had the same teams coming to the nationals and winning the cup year after year,” said Ngugi.
“What we’ve been trying to do is to establish a level playing ground for all the schools in this country so that each child can have a chance to prove their worth,” he added.
During the Nairobi School games, Langata High School upset favourites and defending champions Kamukunji to secure the provincial football title a fact which KSSA patron Enos Oyaya said was good about the games.
“This shows that the best schools do not necessarily have to win everything because the games will be boring,” said Oyaya.
Both were speaking when they received Sh5.5 million from Brookside Dairy who have already started offering Langata football clinics with Kenya Premier League (KPL) side Thika United.
“Brookside Dairy continues to have a very strong association with term two games where besides the sponsorship to the association, we also provide a soccer scholarship for the best five soccer players to undergo trials with Thika United FC and a chance to join the team should they impress,” said Brookside marketing manager Peter Wesonga.
Wesonga said that next year his company will undertake the refurbishment of sporting facilities.
“Sporting facilities in most secondary schools are in deplorable state and there is need for intervention. From next year we are going to upgrade sports facilities for football and other sports for the term two games,” he added.
Nest week’s nationals will be held at the Shimo la Tewa High School and Shanzu Teachers College in Malindi.
Participating schools will be competing for honours in volleyball, football, rugby and basketball.