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Wiyeta Girls High School players celebrate one of their 17 goals in the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Rift Valley Region semi-finals against Bomet Queens at the Kericho Green Stadium in March 7, 2020. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

KERICHO,
Kenya, Mar 7 – Eternal national secondary school games rivals Itigo and Wiyeta
Girls will renew their enmity at the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Rift Valley
Region girls’ final at the Kericho Green Stadium on Sunday after both sides effortlessly
glided past their semi opponents on Saturday.

While Itigo
beat Achievers Queens 6-0 in the first semi-final, six-time East Africa School
Games champions Wiyeta Girls were in destructive mood, thrashing Bomet Queens 17-0
in a one-sided second semi-final.

“We know
Itigo well having played with them severally in the school games. Last year we
played them in the regionals and we held them to a draw but in most of the
previous meetings we have always beaten them. We know we can do it but we have
to respect the opponents and prepare well for them,” Wiyeta head coach Edgar
Manyara told Capital Sport.

Itigo
started off the day’s action with Marion Wafula scoring four on her own in the
massive win with Claudia Kadenge adding the other two to hand them a
comfortable win.

Wiyeta Girls High School’s Dorine Aujat scores one of her five goals during the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Rift Valley Region semi-finals against Bomet Queens at the Kericho Green Stadium in March 7, 2020. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

In the second
semi, Wiyeta who are playing in the regional finals for the first time ever were
in no mood of laxity with Dorine Aujat and Shayline Opisa scoring five each, Musilivi
Diana scoring a hattrick while Harambee Starlets Under-20 star Jecinta Karemana
and Edina Wanda scored a brace each.

Within the
opening quarter of an hour, Bomet were down and out, collecting the ball thrice
from their net. Aujat broke the deadlock with a low finish in the ninth minute from
inside the box before adding a second four minutes later in similar fashion.

On the
quarter hour mark, Karemana scored the first of her three when she reacted
fastest to a spilled ball from keeper Farida Chepchumba.  The shot stopper was injured in the process
and despite braving the pain to go on, she had to be substituted in the 23rd
minute after conceding the fourth.

Karemana
broke through on goal from the left before toe poking the ball past the
advancing keeper.

Wiyeta Girls High School winger Jecinta Karemana makes a pass during the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Rift Valley Region semi-finals against Bomet Queens at the Kericho Green Stadium in March 7, 2020. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

Wiyeta
continued their dominance and they went 5-0 up three minutes to the break with
Opisa scoring with a thunderous left foot shot that rattled the underside of
the bar before dropping across the line.

Straight
from the restart, Wiyeta were on number six when Wanda ran into a long ball
after they won the ball before finishing low past the custodian.

Just a
minute into the second half, the multiple national school games champions were
on seventh heaven. Aujat scored her third of the afternoon with a shot from
range that somehow found its way below the keeper’s arms.

Six minutes
later, Wanda added another with a simple tap in before Aujat completed her hattrick.
Opisa scored the 10th in the 59th before Diana Musilivi added a
quick second in the 64th and 66th minutes.

Wiyeta Girls High School in action during the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Rift Valley Region semi-finals against Bomet Queens at the Kericho Green Stadium in March 7, 2020. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

They were
not done yet as Aijat added the 13th and Opisa scored three within
four minutes. Musivili completed the rout with a last minute goal.

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