Malindi High are the new Prescott Coast region champions after defeating the reigning champions Gede high 19-3 in a match staged at Malindi High School on Saturday.
The championship was to feature five schools whereby they were to be played in a round-robin format. Gede, Malindi High,Waa Boys,Marafa and Garashi were the schools to compete.
Prescott Cup participants
However, Garashi and Waa boys didn’t turn up at the venue forcing Gede and Malindi to be awarded walkovers and automatically facing off in finals, a match that was to be a decider for the Coast region glory.
In a post-match interview with The Scrummage Africa,Gede High School Head Coach Collins Magomere rued inexperience as his charges failed to secure the national slot.
“We lost the match due to inexperience from my charges, we only fielded the younger boys as we are preparing them for the next year’s KSSSA games” he said.
On the other side, his Malindi high counterpart Macdonald Lumumba expressed satisfactory performance from his side citing commitment and hard work from the boys.
“The match was a tough one having to face one of the best teams in the region and defeating them is a no joke,” he offered.
Going to the nationals, Lumumba said he is expecting tough competition from teams from other regions and the team expects nothing but winning the tournament.
Focus now shifts to the Nyanza region championships which will be played this coming weekend in Kisumu.
The competitions are now in the semi-finals stage pitting defending champions Kisii School facing off Nyabondo High, the other semi will see St. Mary’s Yala taking on Homabay.
Kisii school head coach Lee Arsone is hopeful his side is prepared to retain the trophy, not ruling out tough competition.