The Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) has banned a number of schools from participating in this year’s Term Games.
Secretary General for KSSSA Mr. David Ngugi said the association banned schools which fielded ineligible players who were either non students or were beyond the 19 age limit allowed to take part in the championship.
He said unscrupulous schools and teachers fielded players in order to have an advantage over other schools, saying this was against the rules and regulations of the association.
He spoke this on the sidelines of Term Two Games for secondary school at Hill’s School in Eldoret on Tuesday.
The Regional Coordinator for Education (RCE) for Rift Valley Ms Mary Gaturu said the sports were aimed at developing talent among school going children, saying inclusion of non-students and ineligible players denied opportunity to bona fide students to develop their talents.
She said just as the Ministry was fighting cheating in examinations, it will fight cheating in sports,’ she said.
She said Kapenguria boys was knocked out for fielding ineligible players against the rules set out by KSSSA
The Regional Coordinator for Central Region, Mr. Stephen O. Barongo and his Nyanza Counterpart, Mr. Richard L. Chepkawai said they eliminated schools at County and Regional levels which had entered non students and ineligible players in their respective teams.
“We eliminate Tetu Boys from representing the region in Volleyball and replaced it with another school, which was runners up at regional level, only for the third school to complain that it had also fielded an ineligible player,” Mr. Barongo said.
Mr. Chepkawai said Nyanza region had ensured that a school which had violated the rules did not get a chance to get to national levels.
The 2018 Copa CocaCola Secondary school games has over 1,800 players and officials from eight regions participating.
In some of the events held, defending champions Olympic school lost 5-1 to Wiyeta from Western region in the girls under 16 soccer match while Sega Girls from Nyanza defeated Alliance Girls by three goals to nil in the other game.
In the boys category, St.Peters Mumias thrashed Sebunley 5-1 then Riyabu School from Nyanza beat St Cyprian by two goals to nil.
In the boys under 20, Kakamega High thrashed Kathungi four goals to one while St.Antony School trounced Ringa Boys 4-0.
Wiyeta humbled Matuu Girls by eight goals to nil. Kwale lost 2-0 to Arch Bishop School in the other match.
In Volleyball, Kapkonyeloi beat Shimoni by three straight sets while Langata defeated Furaha by the same margin.
The winner of the five day event will represent Kenya at the 2018 East Africa School games set to be held in Msanze Rwanda, next month