The East African handball champions Moi Girls High School Kamusinga have began training in preparation for the inaugural World High School Games in Hong Kong, China.
The school that based in Kimilili constituency in Bungoma County defeated their Kirandich in the East African final in Tanzanian to win their fourth regional title.
The victory earned them revenge over their arch-rivals who had defeated them in the national finals as well as secured them a ticket to Hong Kong where they will battle other regional winners across the world for global honours.
Currently coached by Godfrey Simiyu, Moi Girls have won the East African championship four times and have eight national titles under their belt making them true regional titans of the sport.
Moi Girls principal Dr Josephine Wamalwa hailed their latest East African triumph as a huge statement in underlining their credentials as the school to beat. She attributed it to hard work, prayers and ‘total discipline’ from the players.
“The girls are training hard to get victory when they represent Africa in China. I’m confident we will retain the East African title next year as only three players are candidates while the rest are in form two, three and one.
“Through the support of the board we have been able to support the team by buying them uniforms equipment and taking them to various tournaments for exposure.
“Most of players come from very humble backgrounds and most of them can hardly afford to raise fees. However, through innovations and our ventures in agriculture we are able to support them.
“Every time we win the community here lead by area MP Didimus Barasa has been able to celebrate with us and be identified with us in the victory,’ Dr Wamalwa said.
She added that a big chunk of handball players who graduate from the school end up being enrolled with the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF).
The shoo team’s captain Darvin Kwanusia said that it was through hard work, discipline and support from school that they won
“We had lost at the national level but when we came back we embarked on a thorough training and we went and brought the trophy home.
“We are very humbled for the success and we have now embarked on a thorough training to represent Africa in china come next year and we are confident we will win,” she said.
She asked the minister of sports Amina Mohamed to help set up an academy of handball in Kimilili that will help nurture the many talents in the area.
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