After all the hype, it appears that a series of mental breakdowns caused Malindi High to Choke their way out of the National Championships. The team must have been the clear favourites to become champions after two relatively decisive victories over last year's champions and County rivals St Georges in the County Championships.
The team however performed miserably, losing all three of its round robin games against lesser competition.
The icing on the cake was that St George's won the competition. They were awarded a spot in the competition despite being taken out by Malindi on the basis that they were the defending champions. Good luck to them and Coach Ezra in the National tournament! The runner's up Shimba Hills will also be attending the nationals since the Nationals this year will be held at the coast, the home region apparently receives an extra spot in the tournament. Good luck to them as well and to coach Nils Achayo, who I understand switched from perennial favourites Shimo la Tewa to Shimba Hills because of discipline issues at the former.
Malindi High will now focus on the upcoming District 7s tournament. Surely mental preparation will be a large part of their training regimen.