Regional 15s review: Who has qualified for 2023 KSSSA 15s

St Patrick's Iten in a past action Photo Courtesy/Tabby Nashipae
St Patrick's Iten in a past action Photo Courtesy/Tabby Nashipae

After a three-year hiatus, the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) 15s matches are set to resume this year, with the competition taking place at Eldoret Hill School this April. \

In 2019, Kakamega School won their eighth title by beating Dagoretti 18-11 in Mombasa. However, Kakamega School will not be defending their title this year as they were eliminated at the regional level, finishing third in the group stage.

New KSSSA 15s representative for Western

Western Region will be represented by Butula High School, who won the regionals after Koyonzo was eliminated for fielding an ineligible player in the semifinals. Butula beat Vihiga 12-7 to win the ticket to represent Western.

Former National champions St. Peter Mumias and Musingu failed to advance beyond the county level, while 2016 National Champions Bungoma were knocked out in the Regional quarters.

Ofafa Nairobi Champs

In the Nairobi region, Ofafa Jericho emerged as champions, beating 2018 National 15s Champions Upper Hill 18-0 in the final.

Ofafa Jericho will be the new representative for Nairobi after the 2019 finalists Dagoretti were knocked out. Dagoretti settled for third place in the regionals after defeating Lenana 26-10 in the playoffs.

In the Eastern region, All Saints beat Miathene 47-0 to qualify for the Nationals, replacing Kangaru who represented the region in 2019 and finished third. This year Kangaru settled for the third spot after winning 7-0 over Kitonzo in the playoffs match.

Mang’u back/ Kisii eliminate Maseno

Two-time National Champions Mang’u beat Alliance 10-0 to qualify for the Nationals.They replace Alliance who managed a fourth place in the 2019 Nationals.

Nyanza region also has a new Champion, Kisii School beat 2019 champions Maseno 10-8 in a dramatic final to secure their spot.

St Patrick’s Iten emerged as champions in the Rift Valley region after beating St Anthony High School 10-8 in the final.

Kabianga High School, who represented the region in 2019, failed to advance beyond the group stage.

Only one man standings

Kwale will be the only team returning from the 2019 competition, after beating Kaya Tiwi 13-11 in the final played at Kwale High School on Saturday.

KSSSA 15s Qualified schools per region

Butula High – Western

Ofafa Jericho- Nairobi

All Saints – Eastern

Mang’u – Central

Kisii School- Nyanza

Sty Patrick’s Iten and St Antony -Rift Valley

Kwale – Coast

Bold denotes sides that were part of the 2019 competition

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