Tommorow,Friday 21st June 2019 will witness a clash of two western giants as St.Mary’s Kibabii face St.Peter’s Mumias from Kakamega county at Sudi stadium in Nzoia, Bungoma.
The never ending theatrics of appeals in Secondary school ball games have already taken centre stage during the tournament, making one wonder who is going wrong between schools management and the governing body,the Kenya Sports Secondary Schools Sports Association(KSSSA).
KSSSA has put up stringent measures to curb cheating in the games and enhance fair play,yet the rules have only increased the rate of appeals during the games.
“I refer these cases to the mosaic law,when Jesus said that the more the rules,the higher chances you will break them.” Said Mr. Ochoya,head coach Kibabii High school while speaking to the writer.
Recently, the high court nullified the rule set by KSSSA concerning the age limit for students taking part in the games to be under 20 years of age.
This year’s western region final between Kibabii and St.Peter’s Mumias revives last year’s memories, when the same teams met in under 16 finals at the same stage.Kibabii won the match 1-0,but the result was later disputed after St.Peter’s launched an appeal terming an illegible player fielded by their opponents. The case was ruled at the Court and verdict given in favour of St.Peter’s Mumias.
Already in the ongoing competition, we have already witnessed appeals made by St.Peter’s Mumias against Ebwali and Maliki against St.Peter’s. By the time we are publishing this story,there is an ongoing appeal by St.Peter’s under 16 team against Koyonzo,who had won 1-0.
Many teams have decried favoritism of the verdicts for St.Peter’s Mumias,under the tutelage of renowned principal Mr.Cosmas Nabungolo,who has been termed a ‘master’ in appeal cases before the jury. Is St.Peter’s right or is the burden of proof tough for small schools?
Having dug deep into the matters in the ongoing competition, this site’s investigative desk can reliably confirm that the winner in tomorrow’s match will have to defend their validity before the court of law.
Both finalists have the ability to carry the burden of proof, but as we all know verdicts are not always for the innocent,they sometimes favour the smartest!