KSSSA Nationals Preview – Girls Pool B

Coast Region will play host to this year’s Kenya Secondary Schools Nationals for term 1 games set to be played from Teusday, 9th April, 2019. With a couple of teams appearing for the first time in the championship, M-Pesa Foundation will make their debut in the boy’s category while Hillcrest make a return in the girl’s category after some years out.

In girls pool B, Western Region representatives Misikhu, Nairobi representatives Hillcrest, Central’s Kerugoya and Coast’s Bura will be battling for the title. This is considered one of the toughest pools as all these teams have a history behind national supremacy. Misikhu face perennial rivals Hilcrest whom they first met in 2003 semis at Lenana High Shool with Misikhu winning the match 4-1 through penalty strokes after a barren draw. In 2004 Misikhu again beat Hillcrest in the opening match 2-1 with the current coach Glennis Namasake as captain of Misikhu and Dorcilla Agunda as coach Hillcrest.

This time round, Misikhu will square it out with Hillcrest with both Namasake and Agunda as head tacticians with assistance from mature current hockey players in Kenya. It will be interesting when the two teams meet as top class hockey and fire works are expected in the championship and most especially in pool B

Kerugoya Girls and Bura are not push overs either. Kerugoya has consistently performed well. With old girls likeCaroline Guchu (Telkom), Rachel Wangui (USIU) and others always present to guide the girls, any opponent should be very careful with the moves they make. Bura on the other hand will be enjoying the so called Home advantage. With players from all these regions in Coast due to schooling and work, any opponent should be swift and not use the one stronghold section of the team as the Bura girls will use all the advantages to their favor ranging from weather to team gelling.

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