The Kenya secondary school games secondary games returned after a two year hiatus occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic. The regional and national levels of the games attract much interest from sports stakeholders. To merit a place in nationals, schools would have to emerge winners in their respective sub county, counties and regions respectively. Excelling at the Nationals almost certainly opens doors to professional sports.
Most schools that do well are those that enroll talented students on full sports scholarships. Children from urban slums such as Cheza Community Based Organization's community of Mukuru Kayaba, are the biggest beneficiaries. Relieving slum parents who generally struggle with high costs of the secondary education system.
Unlike in the past, schools that do well in academics are now also inclined towards sports excellence. In this light, Cheza CBO builds networks with such schools, hunting for bright talented and disciplined players.
This year 13 boys and 2 girls students from within our fold are on scholarships spread over 8 partner schools.
Impressively, all earned spots in their respective school team rosters.
All of the Cheza family was rooting for them and keeping tabs on their school's progress. The schools report that our student athletes exemplify the culture of excellence we work to instill in them.
For Laiser Hill secondary 3 of our own, Laat, Michael and Ledama were instrumental in the school's progression to the Rift Valley Regions Final. Narrowly missing out on a National ticket.
Starring for Machakos boys were Wanjau, Kirimi, Chuny, Makwach, Glen Lee and Atem. The magnificent five put on the display of their lives in the regional to get school to the final. Like the first lot narrowly missed out on the nationals ticket.
Chuny's top performance has drawn the eyes of Europe based Kenyan scout Omar, who is interested in signing him up.
John Andere was the goal scorer for Mbooni High School as they reached the Nationals for the first time.
Brian Wandera's threat from set piece steered former football giants Kamkunji High School to the Nairobi regional semi finals; he was the main man scoring crucial free kicks in their respective matches. The school boasts of producing Kenya internationals as Patrick Oboya, Dennis Oliech, MacDonald Mariga and Victor Wanyama among many others.
Grace appearing for Mbithini Girls was part of a strong girls team that reached their regional final. Unfortunately the script would be repeated as the school also missed out narrowly on a national ticket.
Despite the disappointment the efforts were heartening. Another success story of our academic support program.