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Photo: Busia Ajua star Humphrey Magina in a tussle with opponent during the semis in Kisii on Friday.

Busia Ajua team settles for runners up trophy

Busia Scrabble top finishers Alphonce K’ Anjejo, Stephen Amwai and Eric Wamalwa in victory sign after winning KICOSCA title in Kisii.

Busia Ajua team settled from runners up position after falling to defending champions Nairobi 40-18 in the final match of the Kenya Inter-Counties Sports and Cultural Association (KICOSCA) games at Nyanchwa Teachers Training College today (Friday).

It was the first time ever for Busia to reach the final. They finished fourth in Machakos last year to confirm their ascendency in the game which Nairobi has dominated for long.

Coach-cum-player Stephen Buluma said they are happy with the second place finish, adding that they lost to a team that has shown consistency over the years.

‘’ We beat established teams like Uasin Gishu and Mombasa to qualify for the finals.  Our focus is now to tame Nairobi in next year’s KICOSCA games,’’ he said.

Team Captain   Dickson Ogutu urged the Department of sports to enlist the services of a coach for the  Ajua team, adding that the move will bolster the team’s performance in future games.

Busia Scrabble team achieved a rare feat on Tuesday when they emerged overall winners. Alphonce K’Anjejo took first position. Stephen Amwai was second with Eric Wamalwa taking fourth position. The trio are working at the Busia County and Referral Hospital.

The trio will join two others who took third and fifth positions for the East Africa Local Authorities Sports and Cultural (EALASCA) games in Rwanda later in the year.

Busia’s hopes for traditional dance podium finish failed to bear fruits after the team took 9th position in Own dance won by West Pokot and 11th in borrowed dance that was won by Nairobi.

Busia Scrabble and Ajua teams will be awarded trophies tomorrow at Gusii Stadium during the closing ceremony.

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