Six-star Homa Bay in quarters
Homa Bay county football team bounced back to winning ways in the ongoing ninth edition of Kenya Inter-County Sports and Cultural Association (KICOSCA) which gathered pace in Kisumu town yesterday.
The lakeside team thrashed visiting Embu county 6-0 in a one-sided match played at the Jomo Kenyatta stadium to keep alive their hopes of progressing to the next level of the completion.
In their opening match played on Tuesday, Homa Bay lost 0-1 to West Pokot county.
In other matches played at the same venue, West Pokot overpowered Laikipia county 3-0 in another one-sided duel.
Embu was eliminated from the campaign after suffering another loss, this time going down 4-2 to Laikipia County.
Nakuru on the other hand laboured to beat a spirited Busia county team 2-1 in a closely fought match that threatened to go either way. Bungoma later shared spoils with Busia in a 1-1 draw
In pool D, Kajiado county humbled Murang’a 4-0 while Vihiga squeezed 1-0 from Murang’a as Kisii and Kajiado later settled for a 2-2 draw. The matches were played at the Kisumu National Polytechnic.
Robert Saningo scored a hat-trick for Kajiado county to seal their victory after Anthony Ntitika had put them ahead in the 25th minute. Sango’s goals came in the 76th, 85th and 87th minutes. From the group, Kajiado and Vihiga are through to the round of sixteen.
In women basketball, champions Nairobi county continued with their dominance in the contest, beating Kiambu county 45-06 in a one-sided duel.
Kisumu county also continued to stamp authority as host, humbling Embu county 56-09 as well as Uasin Gishu 25-04.
In another encounter, Embu regained their confidence by beating Kericho county 47-02 as Bungoma county overcame Vihiga 35-12.
In the men’s basketball competition, Vihiga county narrowly beat Turkana 33-30 in a tight mouth-watering match.
Kericho county also won by a small margin against Embu county 23-21.
In today’s fixtures, Nairobi will look to extend their tally when they take on Turkana as Vihiga plays against Kisii, Bungoma faces Turkana as Kiambu locks horns with Kisii.
Nairobi city has sailed through to the quarters and will square it with its neighbouring Kiambu county as Kisumu is scheduled to meet Uasin Gishu.
Vihiga will face Nakuru as Bungoma battle it out with Kericho.
Turkana county basketball team coach Jackson Nakusa says despite narrowly losing two matches, they are pleased with the spirited performance exhibited by the team.
Nakusa says his team did fairly well, attributing the good performance to proper preparations they had made for the contest.
“Being a new entrant in the Kicosca games. But we have also learnt the lessons that will help us improve next time,” he said.
Generally, Nakusa observed that this year’s Kicosca edition is well organised.
“We have noted the disciplines of the event are well planned despite the tight schedules in between the fixtures,” he added.
In the Tug of War ladies category, Kakamega saw off Kiambu 3-0 as Kisii beat Meru 3-0.
Uasin Gishu outshined Bungoma 3-0, Vihiga lost to Busia 0-3 before beating Nyeri 3-0.
Nakuru beat determined Narok 2-1 as West Pokot humbled Embu 3-0, Bungoma saw off Meru 3-0 and Nairobi completed beating Busia 2-1.
In the men’s side, Uasin Gishu beat Meru 3-0, Vihiga 3 Nyeri 0, Kiambu beat West Pokot 3-0, Kakamega 3 Embu 0, Kisumu 0 Busia 3, Kisumu reignited their perfect performance beating Nyeri 3-0, Kericho 0 Kakamega 3, Busia 3 Narok 0, Nairobi 2 Vihiga and Kiambu went down to Laikipia 3-0 as Kericho did to Kisii as 0-3.