Familiar foes Kwanthanze, Cheptil collide again
Stanley Mativo in Arusha, Tanzania
The regional volleyball titans Kwanthanze Girls and Cheptil will renew their epic rivalry in the final of the East African School Games after winning their respective semi-final matches on Thursday.
Kwanthanze are looking imperious as ever as they march towards a fifth East African title here in Arusha, Tanzania and Cheptil, whom they defeated in the Kenyan final, will hope they can finally pull off an upset.
Kwanthanze have shown no weaknesses in their campaign and effortless blew away their compatriots Soweto in straight sets (25-16, 27-25, 25-12) after Cheptil final had defeated the 2017 finalists St. Alloys from Uganda 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-10, 25-12).
Cheptil head coach Ann Birgen is beaming with confidence he will inflict revenge to Kwanthanze and clinch their maiden East Africa gong.
“We know their weakness and we will capitalize on it to clinch our first title because in the nationals it was just a hard luck. We defeated a strong team (St. Alloys) and this gives us good motivation ahead of the showdown,” she charged.
Her opposite number Justin Kigwari warned his opponents that nobody will stand on their way as they seek to defend their title.
“At this stage now it is almost difficult to wrestle the title from us and I tell our opponents they will not get any set against in the finals. We have since rectified our mistakes which almost cost us in the national finals,” he warned.
With the one-two positions automatically set to be occupied by Kenyans, Soweto on the other side will be eyeing to make it a clean sweep for Kenya when they meet St. Alloys from Rwanda in the third-place play-offs.
Meanwhile, five-time rugby 15s champions Kakamega inched closer to reclaiming their title after winning their penultimate match against Ntare of Uganda 60-0
Kakamega have 25 points leading in the round-robin tournament and they will clinch their sixth title on Friday if they win against Okeeswa of Tanzania.
The national champions could also be declared champions without playing if their closest challenger Dagoretti loses against Namilyango of Uganda.