Busia County men’s soccer, volleyball and netball teams secured slots in the round of 16 of the Kenya Inter-Counties Sports and Cultural Association Games that entered Day two in Kisii today.
The men’s soccer team defied frustrations and biased officiating at Cardinal Otunga High School Mosocho grounds to qualify for the knock out phase of the games to be held tomorrow.
They played two matches consecutively compared to their opponents who had over 24-hour rest, but that did not deter them from booking a ticket for the round of 16.
Busia took on last year’s losing finalists Nairobi in the first match with history against them, having lost twice in their previous encounters, but they defied all odds to settle for a goalless draw.
Needing only a draw in their second match to qualify, Busia beat Laikipia 1-0 through Josiah Wanyama in second minute of the second half
Poor officiating by KPL referee turned Wanyama from a hero to villain as he was given a red card which was later rescinded by the official after it had emerged that the initial yellow card belonged to a Laikipia opponent bearing the same jersey number .
Busia women’s netball team qualified for the round of 16 after finishing second in their pool. They beat Vihiga 35-12 before losing to Mombasa 10-51.
The men’s volleyball team outclassed its opponents to also qualify for the knockout phase. They beat Vihiga 3-0 (25-18, 25-10, 25-13) and Machakos by the same margin of 25-18, 25-10, 25-15.
In the women’s category, Busia beat Muranga 3-0 before losing to Bungoma 3-1. They need to beat Vihiga tomorrow to qualify for the knockout phase.
Those who watched the matches included Busia County Executive Committee Members Okwara Ekirapa (Public Works), Dr. Moses Osia (Agriculture), John Mwami (Ag. Culture and Sports), Chief Officers Ruth Mukhongo (Agriculture), Richard Achiambo (Animal Resources), Lydia Wabwire (ECDE) and Daniel Mogoria (Vocational Training). Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi attended the opening ceremony on Monday.