Kakamega High School are seeking to build up on their last two success stories in Machakos as they target their 14th title during the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports association term 2B Championships, starting on Tuesday.
Team manager Jairus Amayayamu said they have never lost a final during their two previous meetings in Machakos and this gives them a realistic psyche of winning back-to-back title this time round.
Green Commandos, as they are popularly known, won their eighth national title in 1990 when they beat hosts Masii in the final in Machakos and went on to capture the title in 2008 at the same venue after beating Waa in the final.
It was only in 1999 at the same venue when Kakamega not only failed to win the title but also never qualified for the final, paving way for Mombasa High who beat Kamukunji to the crown.
Just to demonstrate how serious they are to clinch their third title in Machakos, Kakamega were the first to arrive at the venue on Thursday in a bid to acclimatise ahead of the titanic battle.
Amayamu said they were forced to travel to Machakos early to avoid being caught up in US President Barack Obama’s tour of the country travel arrangements hence delay their preparations. Commandos are in Pool ‘A’ alongside last year’s finalists Kisumu Day, regular campaigners Kathungi from Northern region and North Eastern representatives.
Pool ‘B’ will feature Metropolitan champions, Laiser Hill, who will be chasing their first national title since inception in 1970.
Other teams in the pool are Coast region champions Waa, Simotwo from Mau and Passenga from Aberdares.
Amayamu said the ‘A’ system of education is favouring Laiser Hills but they will not be cowed in their bid to win back-to-back title.
“The cold weather in Machakos is another factor that made us report early and I am happy the players are already coping up with the situation,” he said.
Kakamega had their first training yesterday and Amayamu said they are devoid of any injuries. Kakamega’s final match of the Nzoia region championships in Busia against St Anthony aborted 18 minutes to the final whistle, owing to crowd trouble.
The jury ordered for a replay before they convened another meeting, awarding Kakamega the match. St Anthony have since appealed to the KSSSA but the outcome was due yesterday.
Meanwhile, Lake Region champions Kisumu Day have finalised preparations for games. Kisumu Day left Kisumu yesterday for Machakos.
Kisumu County Governor Jack Ranguma visited the school to wish the team good luck and donated Sh50,000 to them. Kisumu have won the national title 11 times. Coach Dan Otieno said his team is fully prepared for the event.