Maseno High School for a long time has been a familiar name when discussing matters concerning school rugby especially in Nyanza, gracing the national school tournament at will.
Many surely thought the end of Maseno’s dominance in the region 15s games had come to an end after they failed to reach the nationals for last two consecutive years, sides like St. Mary’s Yala taking the mantle of representing the region at the nationals. For a rugby stronghouse that has produced greats in the kenyan rugby scene like Benjamin Ayimba, something had to be done to reclaim the lost glory.
Paul Nyamita the current coach hatched a plan that immediately saw Maseno make a comeback into this year’s tournament, and although they crashed out of the tournament in the group stages the coach is a pleased man whatsoever. Maseno started their title chase on a high winning against Kwale before their hopes were dashed with losses to Alliance and Dagoretti.
“The 20 boys took us back to KSSSA National Championship after missing out for two consecutive years. All those who participated where playing at the National level for the first time given that 13 of them were form 3s.”
For Nyamita, his inexperienced team which was participating for the first time at the national level stood no chance of winning the title as they lacked the much needed experience.
“The National championship has become very competitive so a team requires a number of experienced players to compete well which we didn’t have but our boys did well. Our main objective was to give our young team an opportunity to take us back to the nationals which we achieved. We shall pick it from there next year.”
With the competition done and dusted, Nyamita will be looking to start preparing early for next year’s championships and he is confident of even better tidings from his team. He also exuded confidence of his 7s team coming back stronger next year since they will have enough time to prepare. Playing both categories concurrently proved to be a tall order forcing the tactician to give his 15s side priority over the short version.
“We now have enough time to train both 15s and 7s for the 2020 championship, our 7s was eliminated at the Nyanza Region semi finals because we gave the 15s team all our time . Our 7s team is intact they way they were and we believe than next year they will compete well.”
“I wish the teams that are going to represent Kenya in The East Africa championship success and I believe they will defend all the trophies we won last year.”
The East african championships will be held in Tanzania come August this year.