Winning starts for St Mary’s -Kitende at CAF Schools Qualifiers

Winning starts for St Mary’s -Kitende at CAF Schools Qualifiers

By Emmanuel Sekago

St Mary’s -Kitende boys’ team eyes finals at CAF African Schools Football Championship CECAFA zonal qualifiers after registering two wins on the first day.

The tournament is taking place at the Kasarani annex stadium in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Ugandan champions were unmatched as they walloped Bandiri United School from Somalia 3-0 in their opening match.

Kitende player on the ball against Somalia player

During Second half, an own goal from Bandiri United School defender (Disan Mwebe’s) ensured the Wakiso based school starting on the right footing.

The team returned in the afternoon to edge a school from Burundi by 2-0 with goals from Simon Wanyama.
The results sent St Mary’s Kitende on top of the table with Tanzania school on six points with goals separating the two.

East African schools’ powerhouse St. Mary’s Secondary School-Kitende became its the first time to compete at zonal qualifiers of the CAF African Schools Championship and are more than serious in emulating Uganda’s Royal Giants High School, who are the competition’s boys defending champions after winning the title in Dar as salaam, Tanzania last year 2022.

Kawempe Muslim Seconadry school

In the girls’ category, Uganda’s representative Kawempe Muslim Secondary School drew 0-0 with Tanzania’s Alliance High School in their opening bout.

Both Uganda representatives St Marys Kitende and Kawempe Muslim return tomorrow with each playing two matches at Kasarani annex stadium and the wins of tomorrow will automatically garant them to finals.

St Marys Kitende will face off with Tanzania school at 10am then at Noon Kitende will be locking horns with host Kenya in boys category. Kawempe Muslim in the girls category at 9am will battle it out with Burundi and at 10am Kawempe will then face off with Rwanda.

The top two from each category will  play the finals  on Wednesday inside the Kasarani Annex stadium. The overall champions in the respective gender will receive $100,000 (shs. 370 billion), while the runners-up will take $75,000 and $50, 000. The winners will join seven others from around Africa at the 2023 CAF African Schools Football Championship. The tournament will be played in April.

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