St Anthony, Butere crowned national football champions

St Anthony, Butere crowned national football champions

By Peter Ochieng

Rift Valley’s St Anthony Boys and Western’s Butere Girls are the 2023 Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) national football champions.

St Antony beat Nairobi’s Dagoretti High School 1-0 in the boys’ final at Bukhungu stadium, in Kakamega County on Saturday afternoon.

Aldrine Kibet scored both St Anthony’s goals in the first and second half respectively. It was a sweet revenge for St Anthony who lost 0-1 to Dagoretti in the group stage.

In the girl’s final held at the same stadium, Judith Okumu’s solitary goal in the first half was enough to seal a 1-0 win for Butere against Wiyeta.

Head coach Howard Shikanga was full of praise for his charges for their hard-fought victory.

“We are very happy to win this title. We fought for it and we deserve the victory. Our focus is now East Africa,” said Shikanga.

Madira edged out Dagoretti Mixed 1-0 to finish third in girls’ football, while Shanderema beat Agoro Sare 5-1 to finish third in boys’ football.

Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, Cabinet Secretary (CS) for sports Ababu Namwamba, his education counterpart Ezekiel Machogu, Kakamega governor Fernandes Barasa, Trans Nzoia counterpart George Natembeya and Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi were among leaders present.

St Anthony, Dagoretti, Butere and Wiyeta will carry Kenya’s football flag, during the East Africa games.

The 2023 edition of the Federation of East Africa Secondary Schools Sports Associations (FEASSSA) games will take place in Huye City, Rwanda, from 15th to 30th August, 2023.

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