Dagoretti High crowned COPA Coca-Cola Under-16 Nairobi champions
Dagoretti High School are the new COPA Coca-Cola Under-16 Nairobi regional champions after defeating Upper Hill High School in an intense match that took place at Lenana School in Nairobi.
Kubasu Abuyeka scored a stunning free kick in the 16th minute during the first half to seal the win for Dagorreti High school. The match had the two Nairobi rivals locking horns to determine the winner who will be representing the region in the Nationals Under-16 COPA Coca-Cola national’s championship in late July.
The first half was balanced, with both teams trying to outclass the other. In the second half, Upper Hill High School regrouped and pressed Dagoretti High School for an equalizer but to no avail.
“It was fairly a good game. We tried our best to retain the trophy but our opponents had luck on their side. Our three crucial players, Teddy Andrew, Salman Abdil Kadir, and Newton Ochieng were not feeling well and hence our team lacked the agility in midfield and attack. We look forward to the next years’ championship,” Gilbert Walusimbi, Upper Hill Coach.
In the ladies finals, Dagorretti Mixed secondary school thrashed Pangani Girls High School 5 -2 in a one sided match. Joy Kanja and Joan Odula each scored a brace with Mary Atieno completing the routing.
The goals ensured the ladies won convincingly to secure a place in the national’s finals for a chance to battle it out against other regional champions. The consolation goals from Pangani Girls High School were scored by Pascol Sayo and Loyse Mapenzi.
The games are a culmination of the Under-16 boys’ and girls’ Nairobi regional tournament with a total of 5,400 schools having registered and participated for a chance to be inaugurated as the national champions.
Since 2008, the tournament has had over ten thousand students participating in the tournament.
The tournament is under the Ministry of Education, in partnership between Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) and The Coca-Cola Company.
Dagoretti High School 1 VS 0 Upper Hill High School
Dagorretti Mixed Secondary School 5 VS 2 Pangani Girls Secondary School