Former National and East African volleyball champions Malava Boys and Cheptil will renew their rivalry when they converge at Malaba Township Primary School in Busia County on May 12-13 for the inaugural Hon. Florence Mutua Western Region volleyball tournament.
Kenya Volleyball Federation Upper Western vice chairman Mark James Okunyuk revealed on Sunday that over 30 teams have confirmed participation in the two-day event that will see the winners receive trophies and cash awards from Hon. Mutua who is the Busia Women representative.
Malava and Cheptil met in the semifinals of the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association Games in Nyeri last year which saw Malava win 3-0 before losing 3-1 to Sengera SDA from Nyanza in the finals.
Malava will also come face to face with Busia champions Butula Boys whom they narrowly beat in the finals of the Western region finals in Bungoma last year. Kenyan school giants will also have to contend with Nemo VC from Kampala which recently won the Chairman’s Cup in Bungoma to confirm their prowess in the game.
Uganda will also be represented by Printers and Buffaloes VCs. Other clubs expected include Bungoma and Busia County VCs, KAMACK and Mwari Heroes.Top Busia schools that will parade their teams include Sigalame, St Mathias, Sigalame, St Joseph’s Chakol, Aterait and Chamasiri. They will be joined by Ambira Boys, Mukumu, and Sang’alo Institute.
In the Girls’ category, former National champions Lugulu, Malava, Cheptil and AC Kosirai will also renew their rivalry ahead of Term 2B ball games in June. They will be joined by Weaverbirds and Kabuyefwe from Trans Nzoia, Busia champions Kolanya, Mukumu, Sang’alo Institute, Sega and KAMAC, among others.
Others schools from Busia expected include Kingandole, St Monica Chakol, St. Joseph’s Chakol, St Thomas, Kamuriai, Moding and Chamasiri.