Kakamega High School Head Coach Amos Wamanga has lauded his charges for emerging top in a bruising final staged at St Peter Mumias on Saturday.
The Barbarians had to come from behind to beat fast-rising Koyonzo 6-3 in a closely contested final. Wycliffe Ayeicha’s penalty and Philip Okeyo’s drop kick were enough to help the side retain the County title.
Speaking after the final, the tactician expressed his delight on beating a tougher Koyonzo.
“I am happy that we won. It was a bruising final but the boys put it in all their best and we thank God because the opponents were up to the task but we able to do it,” Wamanga told Scrummage.
The coach admitted that Kakamega’s strength is in the longer version of the game. The coach is hoping to repeat last year’s success but he is first focused on the upcoming Western Region games set for Busia.
“The 7s aside did not make to this stage after losing at sub-county level so we focused on 15s. 15s is for Kakamega! In the 7s we have had issues but for 15s we have done well and we hope to make it to the East African games which will be here in Kakamega,” he added.
Commenting on Koyonzo’s rise in the county, Wamanga was quick to commend the sides display and he believes that their performance will better the standards of the game in the county. He concluded by stating that Koyonzo and other team’s improved performance means they will have to be well prepared.
“Koyonzo are coming up strongly, they have good structures and they play good rugby. They make the county better because you know you have a tougher opponent and you have to prepare well.”
Kakamega have met Koyonzo in four finals since 2019 and have won all.