By Our Reporter
Kenya put up a gallant show to retain the overall team title at the
16th edition of the Brookside East Africa Secondary School Games that ended on Saturday in Gulu ,Uganda.
Kenya however tied on medal tallying with Uganda but emerged tops
owing to the more golds on display. Kenya pocketed 11 gold medals,
seven silver and 10 bronze despite losing some of the titles it had
won during last year’s edition when the championships were held in
Eldoret. Kenya ended with a final tally of 28 medals.
Kenya successfully defended rugby 7s won by debutants Muhuri Muchiri,rugby 15s bagged by Laiser Hill Academy, hockey girls title retained by Sinyolo, and hockey boys for debutants Kisumu Day.
Ugandan carried football boys, netball and basketball girls as Rwanda
got their consolation in basketball boys and volleyball boys. Kenya
also reigned supreme in swimming but came second behind Uganda in athletics
Since the inception of the games in 2002, Kenya has only lost the
team title once in 2014 to Uganda when the championship were held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Hosts Uganda fell to their traditional second position after bagging
nine gold medals, 12 silver and 7 bronze, as Rwanda came a distant
third in the ranking having collected 3 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze.
Burundi, South Sudan and Tanzania took fourth, fifth and sixth
Kenya however suffered a major setback after failing to defend the
boys’ volleyball, which was formerly held by Malava Boys, as Rwanda’s Rusumo emerged the new champions. boys’ football was for the 12th time won by Uganda’s St Mary’s Kitende after Kenya’s Barding relinquished it with Kenyan representatives failing to reach the final.
Star-studded Kakamega High School finished third to the disappointment of many fans. Girls’ basketball went to Uganda’s Buddo after 2017 champions Kaya Tiwi were eliminated in the semi-finals and scooped bronze.