Kisumu Ladies tug of war team showed their mettle by walloping their Nyeri counterparts 2-0 in a pulsating Kenya Inter-Counties Sports Association (KICOSCA) match played at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Sportsground in Kisumu.
Under the sweltering heat in the lakeside city, the Phoebe Ogada-captained side registered their first win in the tournament to train their sight on the coveted ladies trophy.
The hosts were buoyed by the enthusiastic local crowd who thronged the venue to cheer them on to the landmark victory.
The highly motivated Kisumu side flexed their muscles and strength to deny the determined Nyeri ladies the win.
“We are certain that we are going to win our subsequent matches and reclaim the ladies title which we won in 2017,” the optimistic Phoebe Ogada said.
Millicent Nyaoke, the team’s Technical Assistant attributed the win to rigorous training over the last two months expressing optimism that the team will push through to the finals.
In other exciting matches, Nakuru Men trounced Nairobi County 2-1 to show and express their intent on claiming the trophy in this 9th Edition of the KICOSCA games.
Nakuru Captain Augustine Morara said that their hard-fought win was due to team discipline and strict adherence to instructions.
The team, he added, was well prepared for the forthcoming ties expressing confidence of clinching the men’s trophy.
Richard Nganyi, the Nakuru County Coach for both Men and Women said the men’s team was determined to take home the trophy which they last won in 2002 under the old KIMSCA games.
“I have been dreaming positively during our training on how we can beat the Nairobi Team and I am glad that my team listened and followed instructions to give us the precious victory,’’ said Nganyi.
In other games in the same category, Meru thrashed Kisii 2-0, Laikipia silenced Narok 2-0, and neighbouring counties Kakamega and Uasin Gishu fought a hard duel resulting in 2-1 victory for Kakamega.
By Rolex Omondi