Wiyeta Girls Set a Strong Start at East African School Games

The Wiyeta Girls’ football team has made a triumphant debut at the Federation of East Africa Secondary Schools Sports Association games with a decisive 2-0 victory over the host team APAER of Rwanda. This victory marks a promising beginning for the Kenyan team as they strive to secure the regional championship title.

In a tightly contested match, Wiyeta Girls demonstrated their prowess on the field by capitalizing on a penalty opportunity in the first half. Edna Wanda confidently converted the penalty, giving Wiyeta an early lead. The team’s momentum continued into the second half, with Wanda adding another goal to secure their victory.

Wiyeta Girls, representing Trans Nzoia county, have a storied history in the competition. They have clinched the regional championship title three times before, in 2005, 2006, and 2017. Eager to add another accolade to their collection, the team aims to match the success of their compatriots, Arch-Bishop Njenga, who hold four titles.

Reflecting on their performance, the Wiyeta Girls’ skipper, Elizabeth Ochoka, emphasized the intensity of the East African games and the determination required to secure the number one spot. In a post-match interview, Ochoka acknowledged the challenges of the competition while affirming the team’s commitment to their goal. She stated, “The match was tough. These East African games are not easy, and we need to work hard to be number one. We will work just as hard in our next match as we hope to build on today’s win.”

Last year, Wiyeta Girls faced a narrow defeat, falling 2-1 to Uganda’s St Noa Girls in the final held in Arusha, Tanzania. This setback only fueled their determination to perform at their best this year and secure the coveted championship title.

The competition features a diverse array of teams, with Wiyeta Girls placed in Pool ‘B.’ They share this pool with prominent teams such as Tanzanian champions Fountain Gate, Sacred Heart, and Amus College from Uganda. The reigning champions, St. Noa, find themselves in Pool ‘A’ alongside Madira Girls of Kenya, 2019 champions Kawempe Muslim from Uganda, Rwandese GS Gatizo, Kenyan champions Butere Girls, and Tanzania’s Ziba Secondary School.

Wiyeta Girls’ impressive victory has set the stage for a thrilling tournament, and as they navigate the challenges ahead, they remain determined to secure the regional championship that has eluded them since 2017. The team’s dedication and skill on the field are sure to captivate fans and keep their hopes high as they vie for the top honor in East African secondary school sports.


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