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Oriwo tactician speaks on County success & COVID-19 pandemic interruptions


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Oriwo Boys High School were crowned Homabay County Champions last month and their Coach Fredrick Kelly Oyamo believes that their fine run in the Subcounty and County level was as a result of learning from their past mistakes.

The side has a chance to fight for a place in the National School games as they have already booked a ticket in the Nyanza Regional games which were been postponed indefinitely due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

“My boys came back stronger this season having learnt from last years mistakes,” Oyamo told the Scrummage.

Successful campaign

The side had a successful campaign which started off with a 47-0 win over Gendia boys at SubCounty level. At County level, they pipped Homabay 5-0 in the opener, while in the second game they beat Orero 38-0.

A 24-0 win over Orewo send them to finals and an 11-0 win over Agoro Sare saw them become Champions. Despite not conceding a try in their campaign, the Coach believes that the levels of the game in the region are improving and there is some level of unpredictability.

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“Homabay county is rapidly rising in this game, schools are really coming up talk of Wangapala, Obera, Homabay, Agoro, Gendia, Oriwo and Mbita these are all teams you can’t underrate, competition here is so tight and unpredicted,” he stated.

COVID-19 forced break

Oyamo who also turns out for Kisumu RFC admits that the COVID-19 break has an effect on the school teams. He feels his charges will be affected in terms of fitness levels as schools are closed and there is no training. He hopes that the spread will be contained soon.

“This break has affected all sectors due to the pandemic, the boys have been so psyched up for the game sadly the COVID 19 broke, they can’t train now and this will really interfere with our fitness level but we pray to God soon we get back to normalcy,” he concluded.

Oriwo made it to the semis in last year’s Nyanza region games.

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