Nzoia Region soccer boys Champions Friends School Bukembe left for Kisumu on Sunday for the Airtel Rising Star national finals after an appeal to lock them out of the games by St Anthony Kitale was dismissed.
The KSSSA Nzoia Region jury that met in Vihiga on Friday cleared Bukembe to feature in the national finals starting on Tuesday as they carry out investigations regarding St. Anthony claims.
Bukembe coach David Kalamu revealed on Sunday that St Anthony had claimed that they sneaked 13 players in the final match. “This is not true. We are not China where players resemble each other.”
St Anthony had also claimed that Bukembe fielded a player, Mathews Ojuruta, who is over aged.
Kalamu disclosed that they produced Ojuruta’s birth certificate to confirm that he was within the age bracket specified.
Kakamega High School had also appealed against St Anthony claiming that the team had fielded ineligible players during their preliminary round matches in Lodwar. The jury said they will investigate the allegations.
Butula High from Busia had appealed against National volleyball champions Malava Boys over claims they fielded a player who had falsified his age during their regional finals in Lodwar. The jury also cleared Malava as they continue with investigations.
Kakamega team manager Justus Amayamu said that he was happy with the Jury’s ruling saying it would have been unfair to lock out Bukembe from the nationals after winning on the pitch.
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Kalamu said they will start their campaign on Tuesday and that they are in the same pool with Barding from Nyanza, Cheptenya from South Rift and Kathungi.
“I know it is a tough group but we are raring to go. I am ready for the task on our way to clinching the national title,” he said.
Bukembe left minus three players who remained with their Club Nzoia FC against Kiambu in the Go TV Shield.
They will join the team today ahead of the games tomorrow.