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Mbugua leads county in GDC marathon

Published on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 12:22

Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua led senior county officials in participating in this year’s Menengai GDC half marathon, which took place on Saturday in Nakuru.

Mbugua took part in the governor’s race, a competition specifically for county officials and representatives from the corporate world.

The marathon that takes place every year was aimed at raising funds to be used in improving health services in hospitals within the county.

The marathon attracted participants from across the country and was also graced by officials from Athletics Kenya, led by chairman Isaiah Kiplagat.

Proceeds from the race are expected to be used in buying hospital equipment for selected health facilities in Nakuru County.

 The half marathon was sponsored by Menengai Oil company and the Geothermal Development Company.

The marathon included a 10-kilometre race, a 21-kilometre race and a family fun race.

The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Run for Health’.

Ulinzi plans to benefit from rivals’ errors

Published on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:48

Ulinzi Stars are hopeful of winning the Tusker Premier League if Gor Mahia and Sofapaka mess up in their remaining matches.

Speaking after their 2-0 win over Top Fry Allstars in the Sunday fixture at Afraha stadium, man of the match Evans Amwoka said Soldiers had what it takes to finish in top three position of  the premier league this season if the top teams on the table mess up in their last matches.

“We have a strong spirit in the team, especially after the recent successful trip to Zanzibar which has boosted the team's morale,” he said.

Amwoka was optimistic that with the current work rate within the team, they have the potential to do very well this season.

“We believe the title holders are yet to be unveiled and we are focused on fighting till the end,” he added.

Amwoka applauded the efforts of the Ulinzi Stars management and their loyal fans for the support they have accorded to the team and vowed to repay them by ending the season in a good position.

The Nakuru-based football team has 35 points with six matches to go till the end of the season.

AK boss calls for improvement of sports facilities

Published on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 10:30

Athletics Kenya (AK) president Isaiah Kiplagat has called on county governments to invest in improving sports facilities to nurture sporting talents among the youth.

Speaking at the Nakuru Sports Club when he graced the closing ceremony of the third edition of the Nakuru Menengai Geothermal half marathon, Kiplagat said it was imperative for the counties to come up with initiatives geared towards improving facilities to help talented youth.

Kiplagat, whose federation was recently questioned over misuse of millions of shillings, laid the burden on county governments.

“It is for the county governments to make their citizens busy. Federations have no money. We are just volunteers and we see what Mutua is doing in Machakos. Other need to borrow a leaf from them to make sports a success in the country,” said Kiplagat.

On Afraha stadium, Kiplagat said, as opposed to other high altitude training centres, Nakuru’s stadium plays a greater role in athletes’ lives who gauge their speed owing to its low altitude nature.

He called on Governor Kinuthia Mbugua to consider engaging corporates and other stakeholders in refurbishing sports facilities in the county.

Kiplagat added that sports is a vital tool in nurturing cohesion in the country and beyond. 

Ulinzi win bragging rights in Nakuru derby

Published on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 08:49

Ulinzi Stars won the bragging rights by beating neighbours Top Fry AllStars 2-0 in an entertaining Nakuru derby staged at Afraha stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Evans Amuoka and John Nairuka gave the Soldiers the two goals in the 18th and 51st minutes respectively.

While Amuoka utilised Top Fry defender Benard Odhiambo’s comic mistake at the back by lurching on Stephen Waruru’s pass, Nairuka drove a low range shot past Shaban Odhoji in AllStars goal while inside the box for the second goal.

Ulinzi would have made it 3-0 in the 70th minute but Kevin Amwayi’s free-kick was parried off by Odhoji.

The crucial victory helped the Soldiers rise to fifth spot on 35 points with a game at hand, against Tusker set for Thursday in Nakuru.

AllStars, who welcome AFC Leopards in early October, remain rooted at the bottom of the log on 16 points from 25 matches. 

The Nakuru-based side needs to win many of their remaining matches to stand of surviving in the league.

Mathare hold Thika 1-1 at home

Published on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 07:37

Thika United were held to a 1-1 draw at their own backyard – Thika Municipal stadium – by visiting Mathare United in a round of 25 Sunday Tusker Premier League match.

From a barren first-half, Mathare drew the first blood through youngster Robinson Kamura, who made it three goals in two matches by sailing home in the 73rd minute from a well taken free kick just outside the 18-yard box.

Five minutes later, Michael Olunga scored his eighth goal of the season and the equaliser for the home side. The former Tusker FC striker converted a Moses Odhiambo cross from a counter attack.

The match then became tougher as the teams searched for a winner but they had to contend with a point after the final whistle.

Thika are sixth on the 16-team table, a point shy off the Sunday opponents, who sit seventh with five matches to the end of the season.

Thika next host Bandari before visiting AFC Leopards with Ulinzi Stars, Tusker and Chemelil Sugar also on their cards.

Ulinzi may spite Top Fry in relegation do or die

Published on Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 15:45

The Nakuru derby pitting Ulinzi Stars and Top Fry All Stars will be on the lips of many in the town when week 25 of the 2014 Kenyan Premier League season winds up this Sunday.

Nakuru fans are expected to paint the town red as the two Nakuru based KPL clubs size each other up at Afraha Stadium.

Though, it is not expected to be as fiery and physical as the past derbies pitting Ulinzi and Red Berets, this is surely set to offer a great afternoon of entertaining football especially for Top Fry All-Stars who desperately need a win.

Top Fry on their part will throw everything they have to win the match, as they desperately need the win to set some hope of avoiding relegation that has refused to take off their neck since the season started.

Ulinzi on the other hand will not only need to secure three points in the search to win the KPL title but will also want to win for pride as the Nakuru giant club having won their first leg encounter by a solitary goal. The match was played at Afraha Stadium with All-Stars playing as the home team on May 11.

Heading to this match, Ulinzi will miss the services of their captain; Stephen Ocholla who is serving a match burn as they take on Top Fry AllStars on Sunday. Ocholla was marched off field for a second bookable offence, reason why he will not feature for Ulinzi.

Miracle needed by Nakuru All-stars to avoid relegation

Published on Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 13:00

The 1963 National League Champions now Nakuru All-Stars have their slimmer dreams of remaining in the Kenyan top league left to survival mathematical calculations.

The Nakuru side that are bottom with 16 points after 24 matches hope for a miracle to avoid relegation.

The team had hopes last weekend playing Chemelil at home expecting to register positive results that could see them six points adrift safe zone.

However, their poor game against Chemelil puts them at great risk of not featuring in 2015’s KPL season. The team is preparing to face Ulinzi stars in a Nakuru Derby, a match that All-Stars need nothing but a win to rekindle their little hopes.

Mathematically, Nakuru All-Stars need to win all the remaining matches and pray that City stars, KCB or Bandari stumble for them to survive. City are second bottom with 19 points from similar matches as Top Fry. KCB and Bandari follow suit in third and fourth bottom placed with 22 and 25 points respectively. Bandari though have played a match less.

Top fry meet Ulinzi this Sunday 21 September before welcoming KPL giants, AFC Leopards on October 4.

After the AFC match, the team will launch a tug of war between other relegation culprits fighting for the strongest to remain.

The relegation battle proper will start officially on October 17 when All-Stars will visit the port to play Bandari before making another visit to Western Stima.

In the last two matches at home against Nairobi City Stars and away to KCB will see the relegation battle heated-up strongly as all the three teams fight it out in their quest to survive.

Mathematical chances:

Should All-Stars win all the six remaining matches, it would shore up 18 points totalling 27 points, which are safe points for the Nakuru side to survive.

All draws, all losses or mixed results especially in their last two matches will leave All-Stars with nothing but a relegation.

KPL teams to miss core players this weekend

Published on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 16:15

KCB will miss the services of on-loan Tusker FC defenders Mark Odhiambo and Bethwel Warombo who are currently serving suspension of their fifth offence when they were playing Ulinzi stars.

The team is set to take on AFC Leopards tomorrow.

Mathare United's Daniel Mwaura will also miss out when his team battles it out with Thika United at Thika stadium after he was sent off for a second bookable offence. On the other hand, Thika will play Mathare United on Sunday and is set to play without their skipper Dennis Odhiambo after he was sent off when they were playing Muhoroni Youth last Saturday.

KRA's George Mwangi who currently holds five yellow cards will be ineligible as his team takes on Sony sugar today at Ruaraka stadium. SoNY sugar who currently eleventh in KPL's standings is battling it out for top eight.

Ulinzi Stars' Stephen Ocholla will not provide his services following a suspension to his team as they host Top Fry All Stars on Sunday. Bandari FC's Wilson Oburu was sent off in the match against SoNY Sugar last week hence will not feature in their match against Western Stima on Saturday. Stima will miss Hudson Muhako after picking his fifth booking in the game against AFC Leopards.

Eight matches are lined up for the weekend as KPL enters its twenty fifth week. 

County superbike championship kicks off tomorrow

Published on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 16:00

The weekend Kiambu County Superbike Championship will start tomorrow and end on Sunday.

The event will feature participants from Kiambu and Nairobi Counties. The Superbike Championship (SBC) is a race event designed for on-road sports motorcycles, better known as superbikes.

It is the first of its kind in Kenya.

Kiambu County Governor William Kabogo will also be participating in the event. 

“The route is already out. The superbikes will get on Thika highway, drive straight past Kasarani, Kenyatta University all the way to Clayworks and turn left onto the Eastern Bypass. They will then go through one roundabout, pass by Gateway Secondary School (on the right) and turn left onto Ruiru Kamiti Road/C63,” said Kabogo.

The governor added that the organisers have already announced to the local media the roads which will be closed so as to cater for the event.

“The main race day will be on Sunday September 21,” said Kabogo.

The race will start at 9am and entrance is Sh500 for a single ticket and Sh1,000 for VIP tickets.

Two KPL matches set for tomorrow

Published on Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 15:15

Two Kenya premier league teams are expected to battle it out in the end week encounter at Ruaraka Stadium tomorrow.

KRA currently holding the 6th position is set to meet SoNY Sugar in the match where both teams seek to improve their league standings.

With 24 matches already played KRA holds the sixthh position with 33 points and it is eying a victory over SoNY Sugar which is currently occupying the 11th position with 29 points from 23 matches.

The taxmen were thrashed 2-0 by Mathare United on Sunday as SoNY Sugar hopes to climb the ladder after a draw of 1-1 with Bandari on Sunday. The match will kick off at 2pm East African time.

Tusker FC on the other hand is eying victory over Nairobi City stars though they faltered over the weekend after drawing 1-1 with defending champions Gor mahia, a push that saw them come down to the 3rd position with 41 points.

Last Friday Nairobi City stars lost 0-1 to Sofapaka and are currently holding the 2nd last position with 19 points. The match will be played at City stadium and it will be the 24th match for tusker FC.

The match will kick off at 4.15pm East African time.

Ten-man Ulinzi hold Gor Mahia army

Published on Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 13:15

Ten man Ulinzi Stars held Gor Mahia to a goalless draw in a Wednesday league match staged at City Stadium in Nairobi.

Captain Stephen Ocholla earned his second yellow in the 69th minute for playing on after the referee had blown the whistle for an offside.

Ulinzi’s first clear sniff at a goal was in the 16th minute from a corner kick that Jerim Onyango did well to pick but Gor would have themselves to blame after failing to take the lead in the 35th minute.

Gor’s Timothy Otieno lurched on the ball and on a one-on-one situation could not beat James Saruni in the soldier’s goal, the latter coming out to block him for a fruitless corner before the half time break.

In the second half, substitute Patrick Oboya was another culprit of wasted chances as his non-teasing 59th minute shot from a delightful Gor build up from the midfield was parried off by Saruni.

The visitors were reduced to ten men in the 69th minute. Stephen Ocholla earned his second yellow in the match for playing on after centre referee Amos Ichingwa had blown the whistle for an offside.

Ulinzi took control of the game thereafter but failed to convert few of their corners awarded with Evans Amuoka getting the final spot-on chance of the match, a one-on-one against Jerim but Kevin Oluoch raced in to block his low range shot towards Gor Mahia goal as the referee called it a day.

Man of the match Hassan Mohammed was delighted with the draw.

“We are happy with the draw, we were down by one man but managed to hold on for an away point” he said after the match.

Ulinzi remain seventh on the 16 team log with 32 points after playing 23 matches. Up next on their schedule is a Nakuru derby pitting their neighbours Top Fry AllStars. Gor on their side leapfrog Sofapaka to top spot on 44 points.

Gor, Ulinzi mid-week match at a glance

Published on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 17:45

Gor Mahia and Ulinzi Stars battle it out tonight in a Kenya Premier League (KPL) mid-week encounter at the Nyayo National Stadium in what is viewed as a fascinating battle that has far reaching consequences to the league title campaigns.

Both teams’ heads to the match having played 22 games with Gor occupying position two with 43 points as Ulinzi occupy top 8 spot with 31 points.

Gor on their part will be going for nothing short of victory to maintain their winning form. Though, they faltered over the weekend after drawing 1-1 to Tusker Fc, results that saw they lose their position one to Sofapaka but on goal margin.

Gor will need to up their game. Against Tusker FC, they played below par with Gor fans and other stakeholders complaining of poor fielding and lack of fighting spirit.

Ulinzi Stars on the other hand will have nothing to lose but to play for pride as they are expected to the give the reigning champions a run for their money. Ulinzi lost 0-1 to KCB on Friday 12 September Nyayo National Stadium.

A win this evening for Gor Mahia will see the glamour club climb back to position one with 46 points just behind Sofapaka. While Ulinzi’s win will see them climb to fifth spot with 34 points just behind Thika United, KRA, and Mahare United. Basically, they will swap positions to claim fifth spot.

The match kicked off at 4pm East African time as both teams expected to make minor changes.

Ten-man Thika United humbled

Published on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 09:00

Thika United were humbled by a 0 – 1 loss from Muhoroni Youth in a Tusker Premier League (TPL) encounter played on Saturday at Muhoroni Stadium.

The hosts got the decisive goal in the 32nd minute through midfielder Mike Khaduli’s penalty after Thika’s Glay Dirkir handball in the box.

Ten-man Thika United however finished with ten men after captain Dennis Odhiambo was sent off in the 33rd minute for a second bookable offence.

The home team kicked off on a better foot winning an 8th minute corner kick that was put off by Thika’s Hamuza Muwonge.

Muhoroni were forced to an early substitution after Frankline Osama picked a muscle pull in the 13th minute with Ebrahim Ateng’ replacing him.

Thika’s first half clear chance was spotted in the 23rd minute. Moses Odhiambo found Bernard Meki with a cross but the former SoNy Sugar man’s attempt was thwarted by Allan Owiny in Muhoroni goal, Peter Okore coming to his rescue by clearing the danger.

The second half was punctuated with lots of missed chances from both teams but the hosts emerged winners to go eighth on the standings on 31 points as the John Kamau led side return to their base in Thika with their heads high as they are still in top five spot on 33 points.

Chemelil beat Top Fry at Afraha

Published on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 07:53

Visiting Chemelil Sugar saw off bottom-placed Top Fry AllStars by a solitary goal in a league match staged on Saturday at Afraha stadium in Nakuru.

Daniel Murage netted the all-important goal in the 14th minute, slotting home from a Gerson Likono corner.

AllStars were forced to deal with an impressive Likono, whose spot-on exchange with Meshack Karani in the 39th minute set up Hamis Mwinyi for a clear chance but Shaban Odhoji came out of his line to block him from seeing the target.

The hosts’ golden chance to pull level came in the 69th minute as John Ndirangu and Stanislaus Akiya combined well to play in substitute Teddy Siwa but the former failed to find the target.

Erastus Mwaniki was picked well by Bernard Odhiambo with a 79th minute free-kick but the AllStars forward was flagged for offside as time to grab an equaliser ran out for the Nakuru club.

The loss leaves Top Fry at the bottom of the 16-team log on 16 points with six matches to the end of the season. They next face Ulinzi Stars in a Nakuru derby before welcoming AFC Leopards.

Ulinzi marches past KCB

Published on Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 16:30

Visiting Ulinzi Stars were in a narrow 0 – 1 loss to KCB in the Friday September 11 Tusker Premier League clash at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.

Substitute John Macharia notched the priceless goal in the 63rd minute. The former Bandari FC player had been introduced for two minutes earlier for Benjamin Chaka.

The visitors would have fallen by a bigger margin but had James Saruni to thank for producing two clean saves against Raymond Murugi on a one against one situation in the second half.

Ulinzi Stars’ attempts at getting the equaliser were however thwarted by Zachary Onyango ionce again when Amwayi raced in well to beat Bethwell Warambo but his shot was well picked by the keeper on the second attempt.

The soldiers however stay in top eight spot on 31 points as the bankers move three points clear from the relegation zone after 24 matches.

The Robert Matano led side have two matches at hand with one being against Gor Mahia.

Key Stars players back after long injury

Published on Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 11:05

Nakuru AllStars have received a major boost after key player Kizito Sikhai and midfielder Maurice Odhiambo who have all been on a long term injury returned to training.

The two players who were both nursing knee injuries showed good signs of recovery during today's training session. Kizito's last match with Nakuru All Stars was in May when they met Muhoroni FC  and the game ended on a one goal draw.

“I feel good to be back. Three months is a very long time and I really miss my team. I expect to regain my fitness really quick and be more than ready for the challenge ahead of us,” said Kizito during today’s training.

Kizito told this writer that he was really working very hard to regain his position in the team.

“The first major step for me is winning back my position in my team. I really hope that I will be in a position to play during our next match,” said Kizito.

Nakuru All Stars will be facing Chemelil Sugar this Saturday at Afraha Stadium.

“We are really looking to gain the three points this coming weekend,” added Kizito.

Residents get a feel of 'Safari Rally' this weekend

Published on Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 07:30

A section of Kiambu residents on Friday turned out in large numbers to witness the Safari Rally vehicles which passed through Kirigiti within Kiambu sub-county.

The rally cars are in the course of the 62nd KCB Safari Rally tournament started Friday at the KICC grounds and is set to be climaxed on September 14 in Nanyuki.

James Kamau, a resident of Kirigiti said he got to witness what he only sees in the newspapers and on television.

“I have never seen a Safari Rally racing. I wish it was a weekend that our children could be home to also enjoy the same way I did,” Kamau said.

Area traffic commandant Gabriel Mulei has urged the residents to be vigilant when watching the rally cars since they are driven very fast and people may be hurt if they do not stay away from the roads.

“The Safari Rally is very captivating. Please watch the vehicles from a distance. We do not want to have any cases of residents losing their lives to this Safari Rally vehicles,” cautioned Mulei.

Kiambu County will have a watching site for the rally vehicles at Migaa which is just a short distance from Kirigiti town.

The residents have been advised to make use of the designated watching site since it has been termed as safe and will have a wide view of the racing cars.

Ulinzi vs KCB: what to expect this afternoon

Published on Friday, September 12, 2014 - 15:21

The Tusker Premier League resumed yesterday after a Fifa international break with various teams picking up from where they left at week 23.

Nakuru football fans are in for an interesting weekend as home team Ulinzi Stars faces KCB in the weekend’s first match on Friday at Nyayo National Stadium in.

Ulinzi Stars, who are four-time champions, will enter the match as wounded soldiers after their exit from GOtv Shield last week in the hands of Tusker FC.

When the two teams clashed in the first leg on May 3, Ulinzi beat KCB 2-1.

Ulinzi, who are 7th in the log with 31 points after 21 matches, would like to put pressure in the quest to win the 2014 TPL title. KCB, on the other hand, are going to be a hard nut to crack as the Bankers seek to avoid relegation. They now sit in the second last position with 19 points from 23 matches.

In the last three league encounters between the two teams, no side has won with more than a two-goal margin.

Ulinzi’s line-up has been boosted ahead of the match with the return of two of their dependable players – Boniface Onyango and Hassan Mohammed. They were stretched out in the GOtv duel last week that saw the soldiers lose to Tusker FC in post-match penalties.

The Bankers, on the other hand, will face the match without their reliable offensive midfielder Paul Kiongera who has secured a transfer to Simba FC of Tanzania.

County to sponsor youths for GDC marathon

Published on Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 09:53

The county government of Nakuru will sponsor 550 youths to take part in the annual Menengai Half Marathon race that enters its third edition this year.

Each ward is expected to provide 10 youths to take part in the race.

The marathon will be held on September 21 in Nakuru

Speaking on Tuesday when he announced the initiative, Governor Mbugua said that his government was committed in identifying and nurturing talents among youths in the county.

 “As the county government, we recognise that sports is an integral part of our social and economic development,” the Nakuru governor said.

“We want to ensure that our county is a premier location to host sporting events.”

The directorate of sports will work closely with ward representative in picking the 10 athletes who will be sponsored by the county government, which has donated Sh300,000 to be given out as prize money to winners.

The marathon, with the theme ‘Run for Health’, is expected to raise money to help in improving health facilities in the county.

Governor unveils annual Lake Nakuru rhino race

Published on Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 09:43

Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has unveiled this year’s “Cycling with the Rhino” race which will be held on September 27 at the Lake Nakuru national park

The cycling competition is held annually with the aim of raising funds for the rehabilitation of an electric fence around the Lake Nakuru national park.

During the unveiling, the governor urged the public to conserve the environment and wildlife for their own good.

“We should not just conserve the environment but let us do it for our own sake,” Mbugua said.

“As a government through the assembly, we are working on various bills which will help us conserve the environment around us,” said Mbugua.

He added that his government was at the forefront in conserving the environment and gave Sh500,000 from the county government of Nakuru towards the event.

Earlier, Lake Nakuru senior warden Dickson Ritan said the 42-kilometre race will be held inside the park starting at 8am and urged residents to register in big numbers to make the race interesting.

He said the theme of the competition will be to educate residents on the importance of protecting wildlife against poaching and other illegal activities in the park.

Ritan said illegal poaching has increased and there was a need to protect wildlife from the threat.

Thika Queens humiliate Rangers

Published on Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 08:48

Thika-based Rangers playing in the women nationwide league were surprised when second-placed Thika Queens punished them with a 5-0 defeat.

The friendly match was played at Rangers’ home ground at BAT Makongeni, Thika.

The Queens have recently become the side to fear most, having kept an unbeaten record since getting into the women’s premier league.

It was a terrific start as winger Monicah Kangai scored a hat-trick in the first half, before striker Bentah Achieng and captain Fauzia Omar scored each to complete the 5-0 humiliation.

The unconvincing Rangers seemed only managed two shots on target, which were effortlessly dealt with by goalkeeper Emmy Mukiri.

This comes after the FKF issued a short rest period waiting for the second round to be played in Nakuru County.

The Queens, having won against Kisumu Leeds earlier to rise to second place in the women premier league standings, have managed to keep themselves fit by playing the friendly just days before the league kick-off.

Queens head coach Richard Kanu said the fixture was to ensure the ladies are kept busy and to maintain match fitness so as to identify what needs improvement before they are back in the title contest.

Kanu insisted that his side is targeting Rangers players – defenders Veronicah Wambui, Mwende Muli and Aisha Juma, a right winger who has been shining in the nationwide league since the season commenced.

Rangers coach Dennis Mwangi insisted that he will not reject any bid by the Queens as they are building the ladies’ future too.

Date set for GDC marathon

Published on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 15:38

The third edition of the Geothermal Development Company (GDC) half marathon will take place on September 21 in Nakuru.

Nancy Juma, the event coordinator, says the marathon has attracted more than 3,500 athletes.

“The marathon, which has a total of Sh7 million prize, will start at the Rift Valley Sports Club," Ms Juma said.

"Apart from the 21-kilometre marathon, the event will also feature other races, like the 3.5 kilometre fun race, wheelchair race, 10km run and also the three kilometre junior race.” 

The winners of the 21km both women and men will walk away with Sh150,000. The prize money has been increased by Sh50,000 this year.

Last year's marathon winner, Winfred Kwamboka, is among the top runners who have so far confirmed participation. Caroline Kilel, who was recently crowned the Commonwealth women's marathon runners-up, is also expected to participate in this year's edition.

“The Menengai GDC Half Marathon has produced world class athletes who have gone ahead to conquer major races after participating in the event. Proceeds from the race will be used for water and community health projects,” she said.

Tusker eliminates Ulinzi from GOtv shield race

Published on Monday, September 8, 2014 - 07:59

Tusker FC eliminated hosts Ulinzi Stars from the 2014 GOtv shield challenge after winning 5-3 on post-match penalties in a match played at the Afraha Stadium on Sunday.

Ulinzi were on the brink of winning the game but the brewers’ Jesse Were made matters 1-1 at the 87th minute, which necessitated a penalty shootout.

The Soldiers drew first blood on the 12th minute through striker Stephen Waruru. They had kicked off their training session on Friday after retaining the East Africa Military Games trophy.

Tusker was at Ulinzi goal in the 62nd minute in which Ismail Dunga’s two headers zooming past the bar.

Tusker’s head coach brought in Robert Omunuk and Athman Buki in the 70th minute as well as Oyoo for Tololwa in the 81st minute, with his counterpart Robert Matano substituting Evans Amwoka and Rio for Mulinge Ndetto.

Six minutes of added times failed to produce a winner, leading to penalties.

Robert Matano said Ulinzi was a strong team, adding that although a defensive lapse was to blame for the equalizer, his players had a good match.

On other hand, Tusker’s coach Francis Kimanzi said, “I am happy for proceeding to the quarters. It was a tough match especially with us trailing the hosts almost to the 90th minute. We will now go back and intensify out training ahead of our next match with Gor Mahia.”

No alcohol during Thika 7s, police warn rugby fans

Published on Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 13:49

Thika sub-county police boss Shadrack Maithya has warned rugby fans planning to attend the Thika 7s tournament today at the Thika municipal stadium that no one will be allowed to take alcohol to the pitch.

The officer cited recent the Masaku 7s in Machakos where there were a lot of  immorality and drugs abuse and said that he will not tolerate that in Thika.

"I will not relent and se youths abuse drugs and misbehave in the tournament. My officers will be at the ground to deal with any culprit," Maithya said.

He was speaking in his office yesterday during a press briefing where he sent the warning saying that Thika residents are of good conduct and any visitor involving himself in the unlawful acts will face the law.

The event comes to Thika after being held in other towns, such as Meru and Nakuru.

Maithya said he will also be attending as part of showing his love for sports.

"I will not be left back despite my age. I will be there to watch and cheer as I love sports just like anyone else but remember I will also be at work to deal with lawbreakers," he said.

He insisted on the stadium roads to be closed to give room for thorough checkups.

Nyamweya lauds Ulinzi for retaining regional title

Published on Friday, September 5, 2014 - 15:48

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Sam Nyamweya has sent a congratulatory message to Kenya Defence Force’s (KDF) Ulinzi Stars after retaining the East Africa Military Games title.

In a press release, Nyamweya wished the soldiers a happy time as they prepare for another battle in the African Military games to be staged in Tunisia.

“I have noted with pride your teams’ sterling performance in the just-concluded regional military games held in Zanzibar where you emerged unbeaten,” the statement read in part.

“It is a proof that your team was well prepared for the assignment and the federation will offer the team all the necessary support as you prepare for the continental championships.

“We salute our gallant soldiers for this feat and wish them best of luck in their future endeavours.

Ulinzi, under the tutelage of Robert Matano, won three of four matches; a 1-0 win over Uganda’s Simba, 4-2 against Burundi, 3-1 over Rwanda and a one-all draw against Tanzania.

FKF women league in Naivasha this September

Published on Friday, September 5, 2014 - 13:56

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) women league heads to Naivasha’s Oserian stadium on the weekend of September 12 and 13 where 14 matches will be played.

Oserian Ladies FC, currently on top of the league with 25 points, and Thika Queens, second on the table with 23 points, are expected to offer the round four schedule the competitive edge as each try to end the first leg at the top.

Makolanders, Eldoret Falcons and Kakamega Muslims, the bottom teams, will be engaged in a fierce relegation battle.

The top scorers currently are Winfred Jacinta of Oserian with nine goals followed by Omar Fauzia of Thika Queens with seven goals. Akinyi Rebecca and Wafula Veronica of Thika Queens and Soccer Queens follow with six and five goals respectively.

Oserian Ladies have played nine matches and won eight so far, Thika Queens have won seven out of the nine matches played while Spedag Ladies have emerged victorious in five of the nine matches played.

Kakamega Muslims are at the bottom of the table having won none of the nine matches played.

Rugby players charged over damage at Nakuru nightclub

Published on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 16:01

Five rugby players who participated in the Prinsloo tournament were on Tuesday charged by a Nakuru court with destruction of property valued at Sh2.5 million.

Edwin Muhanda, Fabian Olando, Ominic Mwanga, Elly Mukaisi and Wyne Daudi appeared before principal magistrate James Mwaniki accused of committing the offence over the weekend.

The property, belonging to a local entertainment joint, Rafikis club at the Nakuru town centre, was allegedly destroyed during a scuffle.

Inspector Sirorei Rop told the court that the five, who are university students, destroyed the property belonging to the club, owned by Benard Njoroge. They also faced a separate charge of assaulting a reveller.

The court heard that the accused attacked one Alex Ondari after a disagreement over drinks in the club arose, thereby seriously wounding him.

The accused, who were represented by lawyer Benard Ngetich, denied the charges and were released on a Sh50,000 each with sureties of similar amounts.

The students also denied charges that on the same date they proceeded to cause disturbance to other revellers enjoying their drinks quietly in the club.

More than 20,000 rugby fans from across the coutry attended the weekend event at the Nakuru Athletics club.

Scores of fans who caused a massive traffic jam along the Oginga Odinga Road were rounded up and taken to the Central police station for allegedly being a nuisance to the public.

The case will be heard on October 21 this year.

Leaders urged to find land for Kikuyu stadium

Published on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 13:15

Leaders from kikuyu have been urged to hasten their plans to acquire land for use as the sub-county’s official stadium.

In a statement to the media Tuesday morning, Kikuyu youth officer Maureen Musyoki observed that the youth in the area need a stadium where they can develop their sporting talents for free without being bothered by anyone.

She urged the area leaders to make the matter a priority in order to make it happen.

“It is worrying that in the entire Kiambu County there is only one professional football team - Thika United - when Kikuyu area alone has enough talent to produce top players for the national team Harambee stars,” Musyoki said.

The officer also said that many county governments, including Kiambu, do not take sports seriously, leading to degradation of sports and poor national results.

“A few youth who have formed football teams are forced to plead with local schools to allow them to use their play grounds for training and even official matches. In most cases they are required to pay for the permission to use those fields,” she regretted.

Ms Musyoki intimated that sports can be a good source of income for the youth if taken seriously and professionally natured.

Her comments come just weeks after the area deputy county commissioner Elias Kithaura disclosed that Kikuyu was faced with a problem of land shortage needed for the construction of more offices. He, however, insisted that plans were in place to acquire land for the construction of a makeshift stadium where rallies and official functions would be held.

Thika Queens stroll past Kisumu Leeds

Published on Monday, September 1, 2014 - 11:23

Thika Queens shot to second position in the FKF Women Premier League table after they beat Kisumu Leeds United at the Thika Municipal Stadium on Saturday.

The Queens maintained their unbeaten run and now have 12 points from five games. They are below Oserian, who lead with 16 points.

The game played in the morning started with both sides showing their attacking prowess but it was all level until the 27th minute when Bentah Achieng directed a shot from her captain Fauzia Omar into the goal.

The Queens’ pressure in the remaining minutes of the match paid off after a Leeds defender handled the ball in the box a few seconds to halftime. Winger Rebbeca Akinyi hit home from the spot.

The second half saw the Queens, coached by Richard Kanu, see more of the ball as their ball possession stood at 75 percent.

Their opponents’ Swedish coach, Emmanuel Dominic, was dealt a blow at the 70th minute when the team’s captain Lindah Omollo was sent out by the referee.

This gave Kanu’s side an easier job and saw skipper Fauzia add a third goal in the 82nd minute.

The coach congratulated her players, saying they played well at home.

Ulinzi retains military title

Published on Monday, September 1, 2014 - 07:45

Kenyan representatives at the 2014 East Africa Military Games in Zanzibar, Kenya Defence Force (KDF), have retained their title which they won in last year’s competition held in Nairobi.

Ulinzi Stars, who are based in Nakuru's Afraha stadium, had their fate depending on results pitting Tanzania and Uganda, who shared spoils of a one-all draw to confirm retention of the trophy.

Tanzania needed a win of more than two goals to have a touch of the trophy but their hopes were dented with the draw in the tense match played on Friday in the island nation.

The Soldiers, who participate in Kenya’s elite football competition – the Tusker Premier League – will represent East Africa at the African Military games in Tunisia.

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