Kwale Girls' soccer team coach, Mukasa Amboko, poses with his players. The girls have won this year's SOYA awards
Kwale Girls' soccer team coach, Mukasa Amboko, poses with his players. The girls have won this year's SOYA awards

Federation of East Africa Secondary Schools’ Sports Associations (FEASSSA) volleyball champions, Kwanthanze girls, have made it to the nine-team short list for this year’s Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA). The list features girls’ teams which recorded stellar performances during this year’s Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) and East Africa Schools’ championships. Also nominated is the KSSSA and FEASSSA Girls’ Soccer Champs, Kwale Girls. The list is dominated by schools which competed in the 2018 Term One national Games and proceeded to the East Africa Schools’ Games in Musanze, Rwanda.

Here is the full list of the 2018 SOYA Awards nominees-Girls’ School of the Year Category
  • Kwanthanze Secondary School

Kwanthanze Secondary School are the volleyball champions at both the national Games and the East African tournament. The school’s handball team also finished third at the nationals. At this year’s FEASSSA games, Kwanthanze girls successfully defended their volleyball trophy after outwitting 2015 winners, Rwanda’s G.S Indangaburezi, by 3 sets to 0.

  • Kwale Girls High School

Kwale Girls won their first national football title in their second appearance at the top level in the country and went on to make it a double by winning the East Africa trophy. In Rwanda this year, Kwale Girls Shocked last year’s (2017) runners up, Uganda’s Kawempe Muslim, 2-1 in a pulsating final to lift their maiden trophy.

Kwale Girls' soccer team coach, Mukasa Amboko, poses with his players. The girls have been nominated for this year's SOYA awards
Kwale Girls’ soccer team coach, Mukasa Amboko, poses with his players. The girls have been nominated for this year’s SOYA awards- Girls’ School of the Year Category
  • Kaya Tiwi Girls High School

Kaya Tiwi on their hand, won national titles in both basketball and netball, and grabbed the bronze medal in basketball at the East Africa Games. They also finished fifth in netball at the East Africa Games.

  • Trans- Nzoia Mixed secondary

To make the cut, Trans Nzoia Mixed reclaimed the national girl’s hockey title and went on to win the East Africa Games in Musanze, Rwanda.

  • St. Ann’s Sega Secondary School

St. Anne’s Sega Girls handball side finished second at the nationals and third in Rwanda, while their volleyball team reached the Nyanza Region’s finals stage where they lost to Nyakach Girls. The outfit from Siaya played second fiddle to Moi Girls Kamusinga who recaptured the national handball gong and settled for silver in Musanze, Rwanda.

  • Butere Girls 

In their maiden appearance at the national stage, Butere Girls made it to the basketball finals but settled for silver and placed seventh at the FEASSSA Games.

  • Tigoi Girls

Tigoi Girls grabbed double silver medals in hockey— finishing second behind Trans Nzoia Mixed—both at the national and East Africa stages. The school’s basketball team was finalist in the Western Region Games, where they lost to Butere Girls.

  • Soweto Girls

Kibra (Nairobi)-based volleyball side Soweto Academy positioned second at the nationals and fifth at the East Africa Games.

  • Moi Girls High School, Kamusinga

The Girls’ Hand ball power house finished second at this year’s FEASSSA games, losing to Kibuli SS by a solitary score.

The winners for this year’s SOYA awards will be announced in January, 2019, af Fort Jesus- Mombasa. The SOYA awards gala is sponsored by Telecommunications company, Safaricom.

In 2017, Wiyeta girls won the girls’ school team of the year award after lifting the 2017 KSSSA and FEASSSA soccer titles.

Full list Safaricom SOYA award winners for 2017
  • Sportswoman of the year – Hellen Obiri
  • Sportsman of the year – Conseslus Kipruto
  • Women’s Sports team of the year – Kenya Lionesses (rugby)
  • Men’s Sports team of the year – Kenya u19 Cricket Team
  • Sportswoman of the year with disability – Beryl Wamira (Deaflympics)
  • Sportsman of the year with disability – Samuel Muchai (Paralympics)
  • Coach of the year – Jimmy Kamande (Cricket U19)
  • Player of the year (Schools category) – Faith Nyaberi
  • School Team of the year (boys) – Muhiri Muchiri Secondary (rugby team)
  • School Team of the year (girls) – Wiyeta Girls (Football)
  • School Coach of the year – Kikechi Kombo (Muhuri Muchiri Secondary)
  • Sports Federation of the year – Athletics Kenya
  • Schools Most Outstanding player – Emmanuel Ndonga (swimming)
  • Most Promising Girl – Jackline Wambui (U18 800m World Champion)
  • Most Promising Boy – Aman Gandhi (Cricket U19)
  • 2017 SOYA Hall of Fame Winners – Stephen Muchoki (Boxing) & Allan Thigo (Gor Mahia)
  • Community Hero – Roselyne Kapondi (former Harambee Starlets goalkeeper)
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