Defending champions Malava Boys volleyball team are ready to defend the title at the Airtel Rising Stars Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association Term 2B games slated for July 27 to August 2 in Machakos.
The Nzoia region volleyball ‘kings’ face tough challenge from Cheptil, Hospital Hill and Tetu at the nationals. Coach Amos Wamanga said they are determined and ready to retain the trophy but warned that they will have to work for it. “We have prepared well for these games and the boys are in good shape to defend the title. We have no injuries and sickness worries and we pray that no such incidents will arise during the championships,” noted Wamanga.
Malava are drawn alongside Tetu, Mivumoni and Ngungani in Pool ‘A’. Malava have never locked horns with Ngungani and Mivumoni but Wamanga is convinced they are not a big threat to his side. “Pool ‘A’ is relatively easy for us but Tetu is equally a tricky team but given our previous feat against them, we hope to prevail,” he registered.
In the last three years, Malava and Tetu have met once and the former have won 3-0 in the national championships. Last year, Tetu lost their Aberdare region title to Kiambu County’s Githiga Boys, thus missing out on the national bonanza.
Beyond the preliminaries, Wamanga dims Hospital Hill, the 2013 winners and Cheptil as the teams to watch. In their last two meetings, Malava and Nairobi’s Hospital Hill both have a win each. In 2013, Hospital Hill trounced Malava 3-2, while the defending champion defeated the Metropolitan representatives in straight sets last year in Kakamega, both occasions being semi-finals. Cheptil lost to Malava during the Kolanya Boys High School Open tourney in March and also lost during the KVF Amaco tournament in Eldoret.