Calabar High School is still awaiting an explanation from the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) on the reasons for allowing Aryamana Rodgers of Uganda to represent Kingston College at the Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships set for March 28 to April 1 at the National Stadium.Representatives of the school handed over the Mortimer Geddes Trophy it won last year to ISSA’s competitions officer George Forbes at the association’s head office yesterday and repeated a call for a full explanation from the governing body of high-school sports.Rodgers, a Ugandan middle-distance runner, is regarded as one of the favourites for the boys’ Class Two 1500m and 800m events at Champs.Rodgers joined KC in October last year, missing ISSA’s registration deadline of September 30, 2016. ISSA has cleared him to compete, citing what is being described as “extenuating circumstances”.Calabar’s vice-principal, Calvin Rowe, who handed over the trophy, dismissed rumours that the earlier-than-usual handing over was a mark of protest.”We are not making a protest. We are returning the trophy. This is no protest; we saved ISSA the trip of coming to Calabar for the trophy,” Rowe said.After the trophy was handed over, Rowe read an official statement from the school on the matter.’ONGOING DISCOMFORT'”Following on our press release of March 14, 2017, in which we stated our intention to employ various modes of expression of our ongoing discomfort with the still unexplained ISSA decision to admit the ineligible Ugandan athlete (Rodgers), we are using this occasion, the public return of the trophy which we won at the 2016 Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, to make the following comments:”We call upon ISSA to pay us the courtesy of a response to, or at least an acknowledgement of, our letter requesting a copy of their written ruling or statement on the matter in question.”We again urge ISSA to reflect on the ways in which their decision may be interpreted as jeopardising the level playing field to which all participants in this championship are entitled, thereby calling into question the very integrity of the organisation of this proud showpiece of Jamaican junior athletics.”We believe that the issues of governance which have been highlighted as a result of the juxtaposition of this particular ISSA decision against former decisions to which we are privy, are serious issues which, if left unacknowledged and unaddressed, have implications for our participation in activities surrounding this year’s staging of the Boys and Girls’ Championships as well as other ISSA-organised competitions going forward.”As a consequence, we regret that Calabar High School will not be in attendance at the launch of the Boys and Girls Championships scheduled for later today,’ the statement concluded.
Having had matches over the weekend, both sides made changes to their starting teams.AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano handed a first team debut to June signing Lewis Wanami who started at right-back with Mike Kibwage rested.Victor Majid and Keziron Kizito paired up in midfield with both Whyvonne Isuza and skipper Duncan Otieno rested.Mathare started up Samwel Olwande who had been off for close to two months with injury and he took up Dennis Nzosi’s place while Tyson Otieno came in for Victor Ashinga and Elijah Mwanzia came in for Chris Ochieng.A flurry of missed chances characterized the opening half with both teams having decent scoring chances, but none could get the ball inside the net.In the second minute, Mathare defender Lennox Ogutu was forced to clear the ball off the line from a Vincent Oburu shot. Oburu had first tried to lob the ball over keeper Levis Opiyo with the ball blocked, but on the second bite of the cherry, his shot was cleared.Three minutes on the turn, Mathare had their first chance when Mwanzia sent Cliff Nyakeya through on goal and the former Gor Mahia youth star had the simplest of tasks of picking his spot, but AFC keeper Ian Otieno made a superb save.AFC Leopards defender Robinson Kamura tracks down Mathare United forward Elijah mwanzia during a Kenyan premier League clash at the Kasarani Stadium on September 27, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the 10th minute, Ingwe had another chance to break the deadlock but Opiyo pulled a superb save to deny Alex Kitenge. Kizito dispossessed David Owino on the right and cut back for Kitenge whose shot was brilliantly stopped.It was a seesaw affair between the two sides as both tried to keep possession. On the half hour mark, Opiyo once again came to Mathare’s rescue. Oburu sent Kitenge through on goal and Opiyo came out to block the effort, handling outside the box, earning himself a yellow card.From the resultant freekick, Samuel Ndung’u’s attempt kissed the top of the crossbar.Five minutes later Mathare had a great opportunity when John Mwangi won the ball on the left, cut back for Tyson Otieno whose shot from the edge of the box was punched away by Ian Otieno in the AFC goal.Salim Abdallah had a brilliant opportunity on point blank in the 37th minute when he raced on to a Robinson Kamura freekick, but his touch with no one marking him was wide.Brotherly love: AFC Leopards striker Vincent Oburu chases down his younger brother Mathare United’s Tyson Otieno during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kasarani Stadium on September 27, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMathare’s Otieno had a brilliant shot whizz inches wide four minutes to the break when he weaved past AFC Leopards defenders before unleashing a stinger from the edge of the box.-Second half-At the start of the second half, AFC boss Matano made two subs at a go withdrawing Kizito and Ndung’u for Whyvonne Isuza and Marcelus Ingotsi. Minutes later, Kitenge was also hauled off for Aziz Okaka.His opposite number Kimanzi responded with a like for like change as Chris Ochieng came on for Mwanzia.Ochieng had a great chance minutes after coming on when he picked the ball on the right but his ferocious low shot was saved by Ian Otieno’s feet. The rebound fell kindly on Tyson Otieno, but the midfielder could not direct the ball into the net.On the other end, AFC had two chances. First, Ingotsi volleyed the ball over after being beautifully teed up by Isuza while a minute later, Musa Mudde’s shot after being set up by Oburu went straight to the keeper’s hands.Mathare piled pressure in the final minutes of the game, but they couldn’t find the right formula to get the ball buried in the net.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards defender Lewis Wanami attempts to block a run from Mathare United forward John Mwangi during a Kenyan premier League clash at the Kasarani Stadium on September 27, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 27- Mathare United’s fight to avoid relegation suffered another setback on Wednesday evening when they played to a 0-0 draw with AFC Leopards at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.Both teams will however, have themselves to blame having lost open scoring opportunities in either half in a competitive tie.