Sports Update - November 3

By Shyat Lemoshira and John Sande

The USIU-Africa Martials faced Strathmore Catullus on Saturday, October 29 at the Floodlit Tournament held at Impala Saracens. The team started on a high note, beating their opponents 19-6. The team will continue representing USIU-Africa in the Tournament, with matches slated for Saturday, November 5 and 12, 2022.

The ladies’ basketball team, the USIU-Africa Flames, continued their winning streak last weekend after triumphing over Mount Kenya University (MKU) in a Kenya University Sports Association (KUSA) match with a 72-28 win on Sunday, October 30 at the MKU basketball court. The Flames will travel to Butere for the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) division league 1 match this upcoming weekend.

Our men's basketball team, the Tigers were in Eldoret over the weekend for their Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Division I game. The match played on Saturday, October 29, at Uasin Gishu High School ended 46-47 in favor of their opponents, Shoot 4 Life.

The Tigers started off shakily trailing Shoot 4 Life 6-15 points at first quarter. Upon re-strategizing, the Tigers clawed their way up 22-19 points at the breather, and maintained territorial control of 37-34 points by end of the third quarter. In the final quarter, both teams showcased great sportsmanship and individual player skills with scores see-sawing between the two teams before settling at 46-47 in favour of Shoot 4 Life. The team will face off against Daystar on Saturday, November 5, 2022.

The hockey ladies’ team, the Spartans, had two matches this weekend. They played against JKUAT in a KUSA match on Saturday, October 29 at General Kago Primary, losing 0-1 to JKUAT. In addition, they lost 1-3 to the Lakers in the Kenya Hockey Union division league 1 match on Sunday, October 30.

The men’s team, Team Mashujaa, contested against Saint Paul’s University (SPU) on Saturday, October 29 in a KUSA match in General Kago Primary. They were victorious with a 3-1 win after scoring their goals in the last two quarters. Furthermore, there was an enticing clash between Team Mashujaa and Kenya Police in the Kenya Hockey Union division league 1 match on Sunday, October 30. If you have watched the England vs Colombia quarter final match in 2018 FIFA World Cup, you would have shared the same frustration as Sammy Karatia’s last minute equalizer was denied by the major referee. What an unfortunate outcome it was! The match ended 0-1 to Kenya Police.

The soccer men’s team, the Wolves, played against team Kenyatta University (KU) on Saturday, October 29 at MKU and lost 0-3 to their opponents. They will be playing against MPESA Academy on Sunday, November 6 at Thika High Chapel. The soccer ladies team were placed against SPU on Sunday, October 30 at MKU, where the team of 8 lost 2-0 against St. Paul’s University.

Kenyatta University (KU) hosted the Legends vs Next Gen friendly tournament on Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30, where seasoned veterans were going up against the new players. The USIU-Africa Tennis team was represented by Kahiro Muturi, Joylin Kombe, Ian Kimuli, Christine Gathoni, Melissa Wambugu (Team Captain) and Adrian Murage (Team Manager). The men bagged one singles match win and three doubles match wins getting to the semifinals, while the women bagged 6 singles wins and one doubles win. Overall Melissa was ranked first in the ladies’ category after winning all her matches making her team proud!

The USIU-Africa Hurricanes played against GRETSA university on Saturday, October 29 at Thika High Chapel and lost 9-21 to their opponents. The netball team will be playing against KU on Saturday, November 5.

The volleyball men faced KU, the league champions on Saturday, October 29 at Thika High Chapel. They lost all sets (0-3): 11-25, 8-15 and 14-25. They will be facing team MKU on Sunday, November 6 at Thika High Chapel.

The Kenya Woodball Federation (KWF) hosted another league round in MKU on Saturday, October 29. Lawrence Magak, Mark Gok, Stephen Woresha and Nicodemus Kilunda participated in the fairway singles. Lawrence Magak and Nicodemus Kilunda managed to reach the preliminaries while Mark Gok beat Peter Gathoni in the round of 16 before losing to Benjamin Mutati in the quarters.

Moreover, Gok partnered with Kilunda while Woresha was with Magak in the fairway doubles men but each team lost 3-0 to the KU teams. As a result, they were ranked last with 2 points in the fairway and had 1343 cumulative stroke points.

As for the fairway single ladies, Ritah Mbabazi, Wendy Wanda, Amanda Maviri, Joseline Masoy, Quinta Akoth and Drucilla Adah participated and all managed to reach into the preliminaries. Mbabazi was partnered with Adah while Wanda and Maviri were another team in the fairway double ladies. Just like the men, each team lost 3-0 to the KU teams. Henceforth, they were ranked third with 5 pts but had the least 903 cumulative stroke points.

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