Kakamega County volleyball ladies team lost their Kenya Intercounties Youth Sports Association (KYISA) games title defence to Uasin Gishu in a scintillating final match played at the Chuka University grounds Saturday morning.
The immediate former champions clinched the second and fourth sets (25-10, 25-19) while the winners snatched wins in the 1st, 3rd and 5th sets to be declared 2023 champions.
In the men’s final between Kakamega and Trans Nzoia, a match that lived to its billing with respect to excitement, Kakamega came so close to stopping Trans Nzoia from lifting the trophy for a second time in a row but a lapse in concentration in the dying minutes of the fourth set saw the winners successfully defend their title with a 25-20, 18-25, 23-25
Homabay defeated arch rivals Migori County 3-0 on post match penalties to lift the men football trophy while the ladies title went to Makueni County after a 5-0 drubbing of Siaya County. Makueni and Siaya Counties were crowned basketball champions in the male and female categories respectively.
While presiding over the closing ceremony at Kirubia Stadium, host Deputy Governor H.E Wilson Nyaga appreciated both the participating Counties and athletes for honouring the event and implored KYISA Secretariat to involve local sports federations in planning and execution of the event to ensure high standards are maintained.
Kakamega County CECM for Social Services, Sports, Youth, Gender and Culture Mr Mophat Mandela who represented the Governor H.E FCPA Fernandes Barasa; while speaking on behalf of the CECMs Caucus appreciated the leadership and the people of Tharaka Nithi County for the hospitality witnessed both at the preparatory and implementation stage of the tournament.
Mr Mandela said KYISA is a perfect platform for young people to show case their talents and catch the eye of national selectors from the various disciplines showcased and therefore called on KYISA Secretariat to adhere to the event’s rules and regulations to ensure quality standards are maintained in subsequent competitions. Through the Caucus, he revealed, they will push for tightening of any loose ends that may hamper proper coordination of the games.
Also present were Chief Officers Ms Vivien and Mr Joseph Abucheri as well as members of the KYISA Secretariat led by Secretary General Ambrose Kisoi.