By Obegi Malack
Introduction of Soccer Academy in Ongata Academy has seen the Ongata Senior School girls football team emerge champions in the just concluded secondary school games.
The girls who have been nurtured from primary school through the Soccer Academy beat Tembea Girls 2: 1 in finals, goals from Nicol Muyeso and Cindy Kiranta put the girls on top of the county for the first time.
The team will now represent Kajiado County in regionals. The tournaments will be held on from 2nd August to 4th August in Nakuru County. Neighboring school Laiser Hill who have been national champions before beat Olkejuado High School 4:0 and will also represent the county in regionals.
The girls soccer team coach Daniel Seka attributed the performance to hard work and discipline, the team hold training sessions five times a week, the girls are disciplined and the school management provided required support.
Seka who is an alumnus and a former captain of the school introduced girls soccer team in the institution in 2019 and has been nurturing them.
“We played our first game in 2019 and lost to Our Lady of Mercy six nil we didn’t lose hope we have been pushing,” he said. He added that they are ready to face other soccer teams in regionals.
Majority of the girls are from Ongata Soccer Academy the transition in same school from primary to Senior School contributed to the good performance.
Award winning coach Hamisi Mohamed aka Kaka from Oloolua Ward, introduced soccer academy in the school in the year 2019, this is after he received “Future Stars” coaching programme for two weeks in London.
He was selected competitively through public voting and trained with Arsenal’s Soccer School coaches in London.
Kaka is Kenya’s National Under 20 Football Team assistant coach and instructor KFF he now focusses in young talents development, he has been able to start a number of soccer academies in the country Ongata Soccer Academy being one of them.
He is a technical director in the institution, he oversees training of coaches, design sports curriculum and sometimes trains the soccer teams both boys and girls.
The institution is among few institutions that have invested in sports, they have facilities and recruited coaches and teachers are readily available to learn from the experts.
Seka benefited from the coach’s training this has boosted his skills in managing the team, Kaka identified the girls’ talents while in the soccer academy.
The academy has learners from preschool to class eight both boys and girls, they train on Wednesday and Friday. More than 400 learners from the school participate actively in the training with support of other coaches trained by Kaka.
The school principal Charles Oluoch said the girls have made the school proud and they are now harvesting fruits of investing in sports.
“We encourage parents to allow their children to take up sports it contributes to development of mental health, physical fitness of the body and identifies talents that need to be nurtured, sport is compulsory in our schools,” he said.
He said there is an opportunity in building skills and identifying talents when facilities are available, he commended the administration, the coach Kaka and Seka for services that are now bearing fruits.
Apart from soccer the school basketball girls team took third position, the school has also invested in rugby, basketball, volleyball, netball, swimming, skating, music among other sports.
Competency Based Curriculum demands learning institutions to invest in sports facilities since sports is a mandatory.