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Upper Hill face RVA in repeat Prescott Cup final
By Patrick Korir | Fri 29 Jun, 2018 14:22

All uncertainties are now over clearing the way for a repeat Upper Hill versus Rift Valley academy (RVA) Prescott Cup final on Friday 29 June 2018 starting at 4.30pm at the St. Mary's School. 

Up until Thursday evening it was not clear who, other than RVA, will participate in the final earmarked to curtain raise a Kenya - Zimbabwe Africa Gold Cup game at the RFUEA grounds on Saturday 30 June starting 11am. 

Also read Prescott Cup final in limbo

Two issues complicated the Saturday final one being an un-played semifinal tie on the same Thursday between champions Upper Hill School and Muhuri Muchiri due to confusion on who was to host the game, and RVA's insistence on a Friday final as a Saturday did not align with their calendar. 

The committee running the Homeboyz sponsored competition has since made its ruling confirming the RVA - Upper Hill final for Friday in what will be a repeat of the 2017 final held at the same venue. Then, Upper Hill hit a tough RVA 17-0 to retain the title they first won in 2016. 

The champions come to the game having been awarded three straight walkovers for reasons beyond their call;  a fourth and final pool A game against Muhuri Muchiri - as well as the aborted semi against the same side on Thursday. In between they were awarded a quarterfinal game against a no show Lenana School

RVA, who last won Prescott Cup in 1994 after dispatching St. Mary's School, and finalists in 1995, 1998, 2008, 2013 and 2017, romped to their second straight final on Thursday after seeing off host Ofafa Jericho on Tuesday. They will be seeking the prestigious title that has evaded them for 24 years in what will be the last attempt by departing coach Nate Reincheld, a French teacher and Professional Growth Coordinator at the school. 

Prescott Cup Playoffs

On Saturday Ofafa Jericho and Muhuri Muchiri will lock horns at the Lenana School for the 2018 Prescott Bronze starting 1pm. 

While Muhuri Muchiri are at this stage for the first time ever, it is a second appearance for Ofafa Jericho who settled for fourth in their last attempt in 2013 during their first season at Prescott after going down 10-7 to Strathmore's Bandits

Mangu to defend Damu Changa title

Damu Changa champions Mangu High II will hope to retain their 2017 title on Saturday at the Lenana School when they face off with Alliance II in the final starting 11.30am. 

Mangu High II returned for a second straight final on Wednesday after seeing off Ofafa Jericho II 7-0 in the semis. That semi was a repeat of the 2017 final where Mangu II denied the back-to-back champions Ofafa II from making it three-in-a-row after coming from behind to win 7-3 at St. Mary's School. 

For a place in the Wednesday semi Ofafa gained from a walkover from Lenana II as Mangu II stopped Nairobi school II. To book a place in the final Alliance went past Strathmore II in the other semi final.

Patrick Korir
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