RWANDA-BOUND Kenyan contingent has vowed to reclaim the overall best nation’s title as they head to the 14th edition of the Brookside East Africa Secondary Schools Games in Huye, Rwanda.
Kenya has held the overall title since 2002 and only lost it last year to neighbours Uganda in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania. Led by Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association’s secretary general David Ngugi, Team Kenya registered their determination to recapture the top spot during the national flag hand-over ceremony in Nairobi yesterday.
“We lost the overall team title because we didn’t take the bronze medal games with seriousness. We are, however, determined to make amends and claim this year’s team title,” noted Ngugi. Principal secretary at the Ministry of Education, Belio Kipsang encouraged Team Kenya to represent the country with diligence and to maintain a high sense of discipline in Rwanda. He also cautioned coaches and teachers to restrain from any form of irregularities that will lead to the country or respective teams being punished or ruled out of the competition.
“We want you to come back home with all the titles so that we can receive you with pomp but as you strive to win, please do it fairly and morally. Do not use other means to win,” Kipsang when he flagged off Team Kenya at Jogoo House, Nairobi. Kenya will be represented by 626 students at the regional teenage sports carnival as they seek to dislodge Uganda from the summit of the six-nation tournament. Competing nations include South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Kenya and hosts Rwanda.
Sponsors, Brooksdie Dairy Limited have this year committed Sh30m for the games again. The dairy processor’s marketing manager Peter Wasonga reminded the students that top performers at the sports extravaganza’s basketball and hockey competitions will be awarded scholarships at Strathmore University.