Sports Update - October 14

By Shyat Lemoshira

The USIU-Africa Dolphins competed in the Nairobi County Aquatics Association tournament in Makini, Nairobi on Saturday, October 8. Nabil Shikely set a new record in 200m freestyle at 2:22 seconds from the previous 2:29 second, he won a gold medal for the 200m freestyle and 50m breaststroke. Denis Muthui won a silver medal placing him in second position for 100m butterfly. The USIU-Africa swimming team will be taking part in their next tournament in Mombasa slated for Saturday, October 15.

Elsewhere, the hockey teams took part in a tournament in Mombasa. Team Mashujaa, the men’s hockey team, played against MVITA in the first round and defeated them 1-0. They also drubbed Western Jaguars and Kenya Police 1-0 each but drew against Warthogs 0-0. They contested against Nairobi Sikh Union, who they lost to 0-2 in the penalties.

Team Spartans, the ladies’ hockey team, drew against the Titans and Wolverines 0-0 in each round. They went on to defeat the Mombasa Swans 2-0 in their third match. The team also played against Mombasa Squids and the game ended 0-0. The Spartans grabbed the win after beating them 1-0. The Spartans challenged the University of Nairobi in their final match, emerging as the winners of the Mombasa tournament with a 1-0 win against them.

The USIU-Africa Basketball ladies team triumphed over the Kiriri Women's University of Science and Technology (KWUST) with a win of 85-14 in their first KUSA match on Sunday, October 9 in Kenyatta University (KU). The USIU-Africa Flames amazingly maintained their blazing winning streak in the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Division One league after beating Scarlets 55-51.

The USIU-Africa men’s basketball team unfortunately had their first loss in the Kenya Basketball Federation Division One league after losing to Blazers 59-58 on Saturday, October 8 at the University of Nairobi. However, the USIU-Africa Tigers defeated Kenyatta University 45-33 on Sunday, October 9 in KU.

The USIU-Africa Tigers will be taking part in the 3X3 Kenya Sports University Association (KUSA) matches on Sunday, October 16, while the ladies team, the USIU-Africa Flames will be traveling to Nakuru to play against TH3 Swish on Saturday, October 15 at Moi High School.

The netball team, the USIU-Africa Hurricanes, faced off against Daystar University on Saturday, October 8 in KU, losing 54-22 to their opponents.

The soccer team, USIU-Africa Wolves played against Kenya College of Accountancy (KCA) on Saturday, October 8. Despite their strong show in the match, the soccer team lost 3-2 to their rivals. The ladies’ soccer team also lost 5-0 to KCA on the same day.

The newly formed men’s volleyball team played against the Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology on Saturday, October 8 against JKUAT, losing 3-0 in the end. The ladies’ volleyball team faced off against KWUST on the same day and venue and lost 0-3 in all the three rounds.

The chess, scrabble, tennis, karate and table tennis teams will have their first KUSA Games on Saturday, October 15 in KU while the taekwondo team will have their match on Sunday, October 16 in JKUAT. Shyat Lemoshira, the captain of the scrabble team, notes that this is an opportunity for the team to get more experience as it will be their second physical competition- set up. Melissa Wambugu, the tennis captain, stated that the team expects to play to the best of our abilities, aim to win and most importantly to have fun. As for the chess captain, Chitundu Limbikani, captain of the chess team, noted that the team is ready to display their prowess at the game.

The woodball team will be having their third round of matches on Saturday, October 15 in KU and Sunday, October 16 in JKUAT.

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