St Anthony’s Boys Kitale have qualified for the semi-finals of the ongoing Nzoia Region Secondary School Games Term Two B games after stunning arch rivals and 11-time national champions Kakamega High 2-1 at Lodwar High School yesterday.
A brace from Paul Epem in either half was all the Saints needed to trounce their Kakamega-based nemesis in what was a sweet revenge after last year’s controversial loss in the finals in Busia County. Kakamega, famously known as the “Green Commandos”, were the first side to find the back of the net barely eight minutes from kick off in the Pool A encounter.
A resilient St Anthony’s side refused to be thrown into panic and kept on pressing with unrelenting attacks that bore fruit 20 later when Epem latched in the equaliser. St Anthony’s resumed the second interval with guns blazing with brilliant attacks and it didn’t last long before Epem returned with what turned out to be the winning goal in the 50th minute.
“We started as the weaker side going down in the early minutes. This would scuttle any team that has no character but we refused to be overshadowed by that and fought to the very end which eventually earned us the win,” said St Anthony’s coach Peter Mayoyo.
Kakamega and St Anthony’s share a long history in football in what was formerly known as Western Region with their latest battle ending up in the corridors of justice after a disputed regional final that was ruled in favour of the Green Commandos last year.
In girls football, national defending champions Wiyeta bagged maximum points after a slim 1-0 win against rivals Bishop Njenga as Sarsar Girls defeated Brenda Misikhu by a similar margin.