The prestigious elite school competition - Prescott Cup - is set for a grim ending due to the choice of dates to host the final of the 2018 edition.
Even worse, an un-played second semifinal between Upper Hill and Muhuri Muchiri on Thursday due to a confusion of the rights to host the game complicates the final even further.
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The Committee running the Homeboyz sponsored competition had initially planned to have the final on Saturday 7 July but later revised it by a week to Saturday 30 June - at the RFUEA grounds.
The bigger reason for the change was to provide the finalist with the perfect platform as the game will act as a curtain raiser to a Kenya versus Zimbabwe Africa Gold Cup cum 2019 World Cup qualifier.
Rift Valley Academy (RVA), the first school to book a place in that final after knocking out host Ofafa Jericho on Tuesday have not been comfortable with the date.
According to info shared to Raga House by the Prescott powerhouse back in the 80s and early 90s, the date does not align with their calendar. They intimate this position was shared with the committee in good time.
RVA, who last won Prescott Cup in 1994 after dispatching St. Mary's School, and finalists in 1995, 1998, 2008, 2013 and 2017, had requested the committee to have the final on Friday 29 June so as to allow their players jet out for holidays the day after.
"The Prescott Committee announced that if RVA happened to be in the final, then we would play it on Friday, June 29. Our school schedule is having a major conflict with June 30" said a source from the school
Notwithstanding, the committee stuck with Saturday date for the final as guided by various reasons one being a delay in schedule that led the final semi - that eventually aborted- be on Thursday.
While the Tuesday semifinalists RVA and Ofafa had completed their pool games and quarterfinal games quite a while back, postponements to preliminary games - especially in pool B led to delays in the other last eight games. The pool had RVA who completed their assignments early, Alliance, Mangu High, Lenana School and St. Mary’s.
Those delays - calculated or otherwise - seem to have paid put to RVA's advance planning of playing a Friday final.
A lengthy mid-term break to other partipating schools, that ended on Monday this week, did not help matters either as it delayed two quarterfinal games; Upper Hill vs Lenana School and one between Alliance and Muhuri Muchiri.
The first one set for Monday saw Lenana issue out a walkover while the second took place on Tuesday. Muhuri Muchiri won it 10-8 to book Upper Hill in the Thursday semifinal that fell a day after the initial deadline of Wednesday 27 June set by the committee.
The committee now has the ardous task of finding a suitable resolve of the matters at hand.
In the meantime there is one day to the final with one disgruntled school confirmed for it and a pending semi final.