KENYA RUGBY LEAGUE

Kenya Rugby League National team claim bronze in MEA Championship after maiden win

Eliakim Kichoi in action for Kenya Rugby League National Team. Photo Courtesy/Hilaria Wuaku

Kenya Rugby League National team finished third in the Middle East African Rugby League after a 16-0 win over Cameroon in the bronze match played on Saturday.

It was Kenya’s first competition win, beating the Cameroonians in what was the first meeting between the nations, centre Lucky Byron scored two tries in the win.

Byron scored in the 17th and 79th minute while Philemon Olang and Joel Inzuga had a try each in the win. Conversion attempts by Shaban Ahmed were off the target.

In the final, Nigeria’s rugby league players helped celebrate the nation’s independence day by becoming the first side to retain the MEA Championship, defeating hosts Ghana 30-4 in the final, held at a rainy University of Ghana playing fields in Legon, Accra.

Led by young Betfred Super League players, St Helens’ half back Rio-Osayomwanbo Corkill and try scoring Hull KR back rower Daniel Okoro, the Nigerians were too strong in the first half, establishing a 22-0 lead at the break.

Nigeria posted six tries, the opener from former London and Castleford three-quarter Tuoyo Egodo, loose forward Michael Ayodeji adding two to three he posted in the semi final. Gabriel John, who was voted man of the tournament, landing three goals.

Squads

Cameroon:
Watio Franck, Embella Mouhamed, Emmanuel de Porta, Cyrille Kamole, Nguele Hermand, Patrick Nkouack, Nzokou Martial, Armel Damjda, Bekolo Elie, Khalil Njoya, Ndifor Paul, Carol Manga, Fabrice Joufang.

Kenya:Philemon Olang, Ramadhan Masete, Collins Ochieng, Lucky Byron, Joel Inzuga, Shabani Hamed, Victor Ochieng, Horus Alela, Denish Ndinya, Paul Seda, Tony Khadhambi, James Maranga, Eliakim Kichoi. Subs: Reymond Ekutu, Brian Mutua, Celestine Mboi, Wycliff Ratemo

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