NAIROBI, July 10- Mau Region’s Simotwo and Eburu are the first teams to book their places for the Airtel Rising Stars National finals set for July 27 to August 1 in Machakos.
The pair punched their tickets after lifting the boys’ and girls’ titles in that order during their regional finals held at Hill School, Eldoret on Friday.
At the same time, reigning national boys’ titleholders Kakamega High School are on course for a return to the finals after reaching the Nzoia Region semis at the St. Mathias School in Busia.
Simotwo edged out defending area champions Kakamega Boys 1-0 in a closely contested boys’ final while Eburu returned a similar result over Kapkures to claim the girls’ crown.
In Nzoia, the side famed as The Green Commandos carried on from the 1-0 win over Vihiga to first stop Kapenguria 5-0 and before beating Mundika 4-0 to top their pool and set up a semi final clash against Misikhu.
The second semifinal pits former East Africa and national champions St. Anthony’s Kitale against Mundika.
In the Coast Kwale and St. John’s will clash in girls’ final on Saturday after registering massive semi final victories.
Free scoring St. John’s tore Ribe Girls apart in an 11-0 mauling whilst Kwale drubbed Shimba 3-0 to set up the decider.
In Aberdare Passenga’s boys’ and girls’ sides remained on course for a return to the national finals after qualifying for Saturday’s semis at the close of group play on Friday.
Passenga will play Kagumo in the first last-four clash whilst Kimongori lock horns with Olbolosat in the other boys’ semi.
Their sisters are up against Gacharagua while Nginda play Aiyam in the second semi.