Famously nicknamed ‘The Saints’, Bungoma county champions Kibabii High school are well set to compete in the Western region Secondary schools football games which will be held in Bungoma High School as from Tuesday, 18th June to Friday,21st June. This is according to the team head coach, Mr.Ochoya Martin.
Speaking to the writer during an interview, Mr. Ochoya said he was pleased with the team’s preparations.
“I am working on their(players) psychology and physical fitness. This is the first time i am taking the school to this level(Regionals) and with immense support from the management,the boys have really done their best.”
The head also stated that the team is well prepared to face other schools, affirming that every team is a worthy competitor and they will not underrate anyone. “We have prepared them to tackle every team without fear,without pride and undermining their opponents because every team coming to the regionals qualified to be here.”
This is the first time in many years Kibabii High School has qualified for the regionals and they will be seeking to affirm their dominance in Western region with a slot at the nationals.
The head coach acknowledged the fact that stiff competition is expected from Kakamega county schools including St. Peter’s Mumias,but was not worried because they have faced them before. “With the Ousting of Kakamega High and Bukembe High,this year’s regional games is an open race and every team has an equal chance.We beat St.Peter’s last year at under 16 and if they have developed their talents genuinely, then we are on equal grounds or even a step ahead of them.”
Mr. Ochoya decried over the fact that many talents established at the school games have gone wasted because there is poor developments and lack of sponsorships.
“Agents usually look for players from successful teams and thus these little known schools don’t get a chance.I have always urged my players to work out their best so that if we win or lose,at least individually, a player can be scouted.”
“I would also like to reach out to sponsors,who should have a way of supporting this talents.For instance,if we could have a system where a school is gaining something from talents it has nurtured, i am sure they will be less cheating, less recycling of players and a higher turnover.” Said Mr. Ochoya.
The head coach exemplified and appreciated the gesture of former player and student Boniface Muchiri,who plays for Kenyan Premier League side Tusker Fc.He recently visited the school team and provided them with sporting kits.
The Saints are grouped in pool A alongside Bugina,Emanani and Bunyana Model.