It was a mixed reaction in this year’s Lake Region Teacher training Colleges championships that ended yesterday at Kamagambo TTC that show various colleges grasp a title in their favor.
In volleyball, Asumbi team which is coached by Peter Ombaka had an easy walk to victory over their opponents with men beating Kenyenya 3-0 sets of 25-15, 25-17, and 25-13,
However it was not the case in the volleyball ladies when Kamagambo engrossed Asumbi 3-1 sets and booked their space in the national championships for the first time after four consecutive years where Asumbi has been enjoying.
Kamagambo won the first set 25-13, before Asumbi equalizing in the second set 25-21.
However the third and the fourth sets were tensed but Kamagambo TTC managed to win 25-17, 25-14.
In women soccer finals, the celebrant winners Asumbi edged out Kamagambo by thrashing them 1-0 in an entertaining final match which attracted thousands of spectators from the region to witness the queens who will represent the region in the nationals at Kericho TTC later this month.
Mercy Wayondi scored the important goal in the 80th minute of play.
Asumbi qualified for the finals after supplanting Nyachwa TTC 7-0 in the first semis before Kamagambo TTC beating St.Pauls Nyabururu TTC 2-0 in the second semis.
However it was all Asumbi affairs in the basketball finals for both men and ladies who will be representing the lake region in the National tourney as Asumbi brought into memory of 2014 fight between the two in the same tournament that saw Migori men advance to nationals.
This was the third time in a row now the defending champions, showed their elegance with retaliation to slot in 152 baskets against 39 before ladies edging out Kamagambo by 160 against 5 baskets.
In hockey men Asumbi won 1-0 against Kenyenya before again beating their arch rivals Migori to clinch the ladies title 2-0 in the finals.
In netball, Asumbi won the men trophy winning by 14-7 against Migori in an entertaining final that was full of tension among the players before Migori TTC ladies sending a gripping signal to other teams nationally by whipping Nyachwa 36-19.
In handball men finals Migori beat Asumbi 13-10 goals before Asumbi edging out St.Pauls Nyabururu 14-11 in the handball ladies finals.
In soccer men semi finals, Nyandiwa whipped Kamagambo 2-1 in the first Semis before Asumbi beating Migori 2-1 in the second semis.
However, the championships never ended without a crumb as controversy ruined the last day of the games when Nyandiwa TTC was disqualified after they were found guilty of fielding ineligible players in the men’s soccer finals.
The Homa bay-based TTC was to play Asumbi TTC in men’s soccer finals but they were found to have violated the rules of the game.
After the disqualification, the players camped at the centerfield with stones, threatening to beat up any players who would show up for any match but the security personel managed to quell the tension.
Asumbi TTC will now play the finals football men today as Nyandiwa have appealed to the move taken by the officials.
The secretary of the Lake Region ball games tournaments Mr.Lukas Okinda urged the parents to encourage their sons and daughters to participate in various co –curriculum activities saying that it will assist them in various capacities of their lives.
Okinda however added that the wins were just a rehearsal for the national championships which will take place in Kericho Teachers College next month saying that all the teams that participated in the games had good teams but those who won deserved the victories
“We are optimistic that the teams we have recruited for the national championships from the 12 teams that participated will represent us perfectly in the national tourney and that is why we always aspire for genuine players with proper discipline,” said Okinda.