KATHUNGI READY TO DEFEND TITLE as Highlands Region games start in Meru



#SPORTS: When this year’s Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) Airtel Rising Stars Highlands Region games start today at Meru School, all eyes will be on boys’ football champions, Kathungi High School of Kitui County.

Kathungi would not have asked for a better opponent than Marsabit Mixed School, whom they played (8/07/2015) this morning as they get their title defence on the move.

The regional giants are eying a return to the national games and to achieve that, they have to hold on to their regional title.

The 2013 national silver medalists will also be eying a return to the East Africa school games to be held in Rwanda next month. Kathungi’s head coach Ibrahim Naika is confident that his charges will retain the regional title and go all the way to book their ticket to Rwanda.

“I have a very strong squad compared to what I had last year. Injuries also contributed to our dismal performance, but I am confident, we will shine,” Naika said.

Kathungi will have captain Ibrahim Shambi and James Mutua, who was voted the most promising player at last year’s national games, to do duty.

Their dependable striker Hamis Salim ‘Neymar’ Mohammed will also add to Kathungi’s talent at the three-day games. Their campaign last year saw them lose to Kisumu Day in the semifinals and later fell to debutants Passenga 4-1 in third-place playoffs to finish fourth.

They are in pool B together with St Daniel’s of Taraka Nithi, Nyangwa of Embu, Kanyakine of Meru and Kirisia of Samburu Counties. Pool A has Tiitha of Meru, Kamiu of Embu, St Paul’s of Isiolo, Dakabaricha of Marsabit, Mutonguni of Kitui, Gatunga of Taraka Nithi and Samburu Mixed.

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