Copa –Coca Cola African Cup of Nations Champions St.Antony is among the 12 schools that has made the cut in the Boys school team of the year category in the annual Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA).
The team represented Kenya in the inaugural Copa Coca Cola African Cup of Nations held in Nakuru County won the tournament on a dramatic penalty shootout against Nigeria after the sides settled for a barren draw.
The awards to be held on January 11 has been co-sponsored by Mombasa County, National Social Security Fund (NSSF), Communication Authority(CA), Kenya Pipeline, GOTv, LapFund, New KCC, Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Kenya Power, Sports Station and ProtelStudios.
The schools have been selected for their commendable performance in various disciplines during the Kenya Secondary School Games held in Term One and Term Two this year.
Others in the list Laiser Hill, Upper Hill, Kakamega School, Olbolsat, Sigalame , Malava, Kakenyeloi, St. Lukes’ Kimilili, Musingu, Kanyawanga andMenengai.
The 12 schools fielded various teams both at the national and at the East Africa level and aided Kenya in retaining the overall title at the regional competition.
Laiser Hill were crowned the basketball champions at the national Term One games held in Kangaru School, Embu, beating newbies Sigalame who went on to finish seventh at the regional games.
The school’s rugby sevens team reclaimed the title at the national games held at Eldoret’s Hill School before clinching the EA title in Rwanda.
On their part Upper Hill won their maiden titles at both the national and East Africa games in rugby 15’s. They beat Menengai in sudden death at the national competitions.
They also fielded a hockey side and football under-16 team at the national games.
Football powerhouse Kakamega won their 13th national title at the national level and went on to finish third in Rwanda while their rugby 15’s team picked bronze and silver at the two events respectively.
Kakamega beat Olbolsat at the football under-19 national finals, the latter making their debut at this stage and booking a ticket to the EA games in their first attempt.
Another newbie, Kapkenyeloi, make the cut having qualified for the national games for the first time and reached the finals where theylost to Malava in Volleyball. The latter picked Bronze at the EAcompetitions.
Meanwhile, Kimilili beat Kanyawanga in handball national finals to reclaim the title they had lost the previous year.
Their hopes for a double were however crushed as they finished fifth at the EA games.
Additionally, St Antony make the list as the national and EA hockey reigning champions. Musingu also made the list courtesy of their exploits in hockey.