Lake Olbolsat High School are a firm favorite for this year’s national football boys U19 gong, at least going by last year’s rankings when the ball games ended in Eldoret.
The Lakers, as the Central Region champions are fondly known, fell 1-0 in last year’s final to the Green Commandos of Kakamega High school but had recorded a string of impressive results en route the final, one of them- a 2-0 dispatch of favorite St Anthony’s Boys Kitale.
Coach Wanjohi Francis however, does not think the defending champions Commandos’ absence will affect much in this year’s national games that begin on Tuesday in Kisumu. Every one of the eight teams present will pose a threat, he says.
”I don’t think the champions missing out affects anything because every team that comes to the nationals is a strong team. So on our part, we also want to give our best. We are not underrating any team,” he tells Sokaas his team warms down at the Kisumu Boys High School on Monday.
Wanjohi’s charges are a huge portion of last year’s finalists and he thinks the team has improved a lot. As a principal of the school, the tactician tactfully recruited players from the lower classmen and basically has a team to last three more seasons playing together.
”We have improved a lot as a team. Last year we had a few deficiencies in the team but have worked on them. Most of our players from last year’s squad were in form one and form two so now they are in two and three and that means we bring a lot more maturity to this year’s nationals,” he continues.
Lake Olbolsat were only in their first-ever national ball games last year, but only after years of trying to dispatch former central giants Passenga High School. they had lost in eight consecutive finals.
”Last year was our first time, we had been losing to Passenga High School for eight years in the regional finals but last year we broke that jinx. This year though, we played a different opponent in the final,” he concludes.
The Central region champions have been pooled against North Eastern representatives whom they play in their first match, and then two more against St Anthony’s Kitale and Shimba Hills from Coast.
The matches kick-off tomorrow- Tuesday 30th at the Kisumu Boys High School.