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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.

Prinsloo Safaricom Sevens kicks off with schools category

Published on Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 14:15

Comras RFC hammered Uhuru secondary school 25-0 in the absence of defending champions Kakamega high school as the 2014 Prinsloo Safaricom Sevens got underway in Nakuru.

Frank Mukua’s three tries as well as Peter Mawa and Daniel Okito’s one try each was enough to earn Comras victory.

Nyahururu academy suffered defeat in the hands of Nakuru Day secondary school when they were beaten 5-10, the winning side’s tries coming from Kelvin Gathu and Kennedy Kamau.

Langa Langa secondary thrashed Pioneer RFC 17-0 courtesy of three tries from Nixon Onyango, Eugene Nafula and Martin Chesire and additional two points from Chrispine Onyango’s conversion.

In other matches, Comras RFC beat Chimbalambala RFC 36-5, with Kings Academy losing 0-22 to Molo Academy. Skrum RFC saw off Nyahururu Academy 5-0, courtesy of Evans Odhiambo’s sole try.

In the girls’ category, Orbit Girls were beaten 0-5 by Nakuru RFC, with a match between Kings Academy and Nyahururu ending 0-10.

The Kakamega high school team is at the East Africa school games and will miss the action at the Nakuru Athletics Club in the schools’ category.

The main matches are underway.

No alcohol during Nakuru Sevens – police

Published on Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 08:41

Nakuru OCPD Bernard Kioko has said that police will not allow the sale of alcohol at the venue of the Prinsloo rugby sevens to be held in Nakuru over the weekend.

Speaking in his office when he met the organisers of the event on Friday, Kioko warned that those who will be found contravening the law will be dealt with.

“Alcohol will not be allowed inside or even around the pitch. We will not allow people to carry alcoholic contents in their cars or bags,” said the OCPD. 

Kioko said that his officers will be staged at the main entrance into the venue to inspect every car or individual entering the Nakuru Athletic club.

The organisers of the event promised that negative incidents which in the recent past have been associated with the event will not be reported this time round.

Kioko said that security will be beefed around the town to deal with any incidents of law breaking and urged those who will be attending the event to help the police in dealing with any instances of crime.

The Prinsloo Sevens, which is among the rugby circuits being sponsored by Tusker, will be held at the Nakuru Athlethic club from today.

At the same time, bar and hotel owners are expected to record a booming business over the weekend as two major huge events take place in Nakuru.

All set for Prinsloo Sevens in Nakuru

Published on Friday, August 29, 2014 - 09:08

This year’s Top Fry Prinsloo Sevens tournament will take place on Saturday and Sunday at the Nakuru Athletic Club.

The event will be the second leg of the Kenya Rugby Union national circuit.

It was named in honour of the late Pete Watter Prinsloo, a Nakuru-based rugby veteran of South African descent, who revamped rugby in the Rift Valley town in the 1980s

The tournament will feature Kenya Harlequins, Mwamba, Nakuru, KCB among other teams.

Organisers say the event, which has been sponsored by Top Fry and Safaricom, is going to be the biggest rugby tournament in the region.

According to Kevin Rodrigues, one of the organisers of the event, this year’s tournament will be the biggest so far.

“So far we have finished all the preparations and are just waiting for the day to come. All teams have confirmed participation and they have promised a very thrilling game. If you are a rugby fan, you cannot afford to miss this,” he said.

The entrance fee will be Sh300 worth of unscratched Safaricom airtime cards.

Plan to build athletics centre in Limuru

Published on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:15

A training centre for athletes will soon be set up in Limuru sub-county, area MP John Kiragu has said.

Kiragu told reporters on Tuesday that enough money has been set aside under the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to oversee the project.

“We have set aside enough money to construct a training centre for athletes in Limuru,” the lawmaker said.

“We have sought the indulgence of the county government to get land for the said project, which is expected to start soon.”

He added that they are working with Athletics Kenya and other stakeholders to ensure the project materialises.

The MP observed that the county has favourable climate for athletes training and that it will go a long way in developing talent. He noted that local and international athletes often conduct their training sessions in Limuru and adjacent environs.

Kiragu added that there is need for the county government to invest in sporting activities as a way of creating employment for the youths.

The legislator said that just like any other profession, the sports industry should be developed and taken seriously.

Friday is D-Day for Ulinzi Stars

Published on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:09

Kenya Defence Force’s Ulinzi Stars will know their fate of retaining the East Africa Military Games title on Friday.

This is after the match between Tanzania and Uganda.

The soldiers, who beat Rwanda 3-1 on Tuesday in Zanzibar, will have to wait for the outcome of the match which should end in a draw of any kind for the Kenyans to defend their title.

Tanzania has a goal difference of four, one shy of Kenya hence the result against Uganda’s Simba to determine the glory. Should Tanzania win with more than two goals then the gong will change hands.

Prior to the Rwanda game, Ulinzi drew 1-1 with Tanzania on Monday before Stephen Waruru, Kevin Amwayi and Boniface Onyango scored a goal each to hand the Robert Matano-led side a 3-1 victory against the Rwandese.

Rwanda, however, finished with ten men after Sugira Emmanuele was sent off for head butting Geoffrey Kokoyo in an off-the-ball incident.

The Nakuru-based side will still represent East Africa region in the Africa Military games in Tunisia.

Ulinzi pulls trigger in military games

Published on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 06:15

Kenya’s representatives in the ongoing military games in Zanzibar Ulinzi Stars have once again exhibited its might in the competition by beating their opponent 3-1.

The Nakuru-based club beat Rwanda on Tuesday to continue topping the standings in the competition.

Kevin Amwayi and Stephen Waruru scored in the first half before Boniface Onyango sealed the victory in the second half to make it 3-0. A consolation goal for the Rwandese side came in the last ten minutes of the game to leave the final score reading 3-1.

The Kenya Defence Forces, who are champions of this tournament, are on an impressive performance by so far winning three matches and drawing in one. The only draw was forced by their Tanzanian counterparts on Monday when they scored an equalizer in the dying seconds of extra time.

Ulinzi continues impressing in military games

Published on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 09:49

Kenya’s representatives at the ongoing East Africa Military Games and defending champions Ulinzi Stars continued with their winning run by beating Burundi 4–2 in a match played on Saturday at Amaan stadium in Zanzibar.

Stephen Waruru netted a brace as Kevin Amwayi and Brian Birgen scored one each to help the Soldiers record such a massive win on day two.

Burundi’s goals came from Francis Mustafa, who converted from the spot after Mohammed Hassan was judged to have brought down the striker. Hakizimana Issa too got on the score sheet, tapping in at the near post from a Daudi Ndayishimiye’s low cross as they went for halftime leading 2–1.

The Nakuru-based side were the better side on resumption, pressing on for the level through Waruru, who headed in Oliver Ruto’s cross. 

Waruru completed his brace in the final minutes. The Soldier latched on a Collins Ochieng pass at the edge of the box before tapping in past Burundi keeper to sum up a convincing performance.

Top Fry trio called to national team

Published on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 07:54

Top Fry AllStars’ three players have been called up to the national team Harambee Stars preparing to face Egypt in an international friendly on Saturday 30 August in Cairo.

The three are goalkeepers Shaban Odhoji, defender Bernard Odhiambo who will link up with his brother and Kenyan international David Calabar Owino in the camp and striker John Softie Ndirangu.

Odhoji has been an integral part for the team in the recent matches since joining the side in mid-season from Muhoroni Youth.

The three are set to join the other 25 players in camp under the new coach Bobby Williamson.

Goalkeepers: Wycliffe Kasaya (AFC Leopards), Jerim Onyango (Gor Mahia), Wilson Obungu (Bandari), Shaban Odoji (Top Fry AllStars)

Defenders: David Owino (Gor Mahia), Sammy Mejja (Thika United), Vincent Omumbo (Thika United), Aboud Omar (Tusker FC), Charles Odette (SoNy Sugar), Jackson Saleh (AFC Leopards), Bernard Odhiambo (Top Fry), Dennis Nga'nga (Tusker FC), Dennis Odhiambo (Thika United).

Midfielders: Duncan Kago (Sofapaka), Godfrey Kataka (KRA), Brian Osumba (Tusker FC), David King'atua (Thika United), Humphrey Mieno (AFC Leopards), Harrison Mwendwa (Mathare United), Clifton Miheso (Sofapaka), Anthony Akumu (Al Khartoum, Sudan)

Forwards: David Gateri (ASD Cape Town, South Africa), John Ndirangu (Top Fry), Jacob Keli (AFC Leopards), Jesse Were (Tusker FC), Timothy Otieno (Gor Mahia), Allan Wanga (El Merreikh), Gearson Likonoh (Chemelil Sugar)

Top Fry’s rare win ends Thika’s fine record

Published on Monday, August 25, 2014 - 16:15

Visiting Top Fry AllStars brought Thika United’s fine home record to a halt with a 1–0 victory in a dramatic Tusker Premier League match played on Sunday at the Thika municipal stadium.

Harambee Stars trainee John Ndirangu notched the decider goal in the 79th minute after a promising buildup from the midfield through Daniel Kamau and Erastus Mwaniki.

From the opening minutes, Thika launched various attacks through Moses Odhiambo and Bernard Meki but could not break the deadlock.

The Nakuru-based side was more offensive on resumption, leading to the solitary goal in the dying moments of the game.

Coach Peter Okidi was sent to the stands by centre referee Haji Adede for protesting over Mwaniki’s tackle that saw the player carried off the pitch for treatment.

Thika would have levelled to ensure their home record remains un-tampered with but Moses Odhiambo’s free kick from the right flank was punched out of danger by Shaban Odhoji in AllStars goal.

The win is the first for AllStars away while Ndirangu scored his fourth goal to become the club’s top scorer as they remained bottom on 16 points, two behind 15th placed KCB with seven matches to the end of the season.

The Kiambu County side, however, remain fifth with 33 points.

Kiambu youths urged to embrace sports

Published on Monday, August 25, 2014 - 08:03

A youth officer has urged young people from Kiambu to participate in sports to help in fighting indulgence in drugs.

Speaking from her divisional office, Nancy Gathigi explained that through participation in sports and games, the youth can keep off the drugs, thereby reducing the number of drug users in the county.

Gathigi said that her department offers free equipment needed for sports events. She added that majority of the youth are reluctant and that most of the time they blame her office for failing to offer sports equipment.

She noted that her department is fully equipped and urged the youth to utilise the tools and concentrate in keeping fit rather than using drugs and ending up in jail.

Gathigi further explained that the main focus of her department is to develop the culture of sports among the youths. She said that sports can help discover hidden talents in young people.

She urged the youth to shun drugs and taking part crimes, saying those who embrace sports will receive trophies and certificates of participation.

Ulinzi starts military games with win

Published on Monday, August 25, 2014 - 06:30

Kenya’s representatives in the East Africa Military Games Ulinzi Stars started the campaign to retain their title on a high by edging out Uganda’s Simba with a 1–0 win in a match played at the Amman stadium in Zanzibar on Thursday.

Right back Brian Birgen scored the all important goal after 52 minutes of the game from a Stephen Waruru pass.

The former Kenyan Premier League champions had a strong start and Birgen should have opened his account on the half hour mark after latching on to a loose ball poorly cleared by the Simba defence but his shot went wide.

The soldiers’ only concern of the afternoon after a fine start will be the injury to skipper Stephen Ocholla who had to be stretchered off with 20 minutes to go, with Job Muhati replacing him.

The Kenyans had a late scare as the Ugandans pressed but goalkeeper James Saruni produced good saves to ensure the lead is intact.

Children lobby group organises charity marathon

Published on Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 13:11

Nakuru Children’s Home Initiatives has partnered with Cherish Exchange Foundation to organise a marathon and a cycling event.

The event, dubbed ‘Cycle, Run and Build the Life of the Needy’, will attract various participants from different categories, and will be held on September 11 this year.

According to the event organisers, various groups such as the elite athletes, people aged 18 and above, ladies, schools, colleges and universities, and children’s homes will cover 10km.

Winners will be awarded with cash prizes. In the marathon category, winners will take home Sh30,000 in the elite category while persons aged 18 years and above will take home Sh20,000 each. Cyclists will pocket Sh30,000 for the elite while the Black Mamba category winner will pocket Sh25,000.

All participants in both categories in the top 10 will carry home various cash prizes.

Nairobi defends soccer title, claims more KICOSCA wins

Published on Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 10:38

Last year’s inaugural Kenya Inter Counties Sports Association (KICOSCA) games men soccer and overall games title holders proved hard to beat when they thrashed Kiambu 2-0 to lift this year’s second edition of KICOSCA soccer match staged at Afraha stadium, Nakuru.

Nairobi’s victory goals came through strikers Anyangu David, who netted in the 48th minute, with the match going on recess 1-0. Just 29 minutes after resuming second half, Wilfred Madara added the second goal in the 74th minute.

Hosts Nakuru were eliminated by visiting Machakos during the playoff which denied them a medal bracket slot.

In volleyball, Nairobi successfully defended the title when they saw off Uasin Gishu 3-0 (25-9, 25-11, 25-11). Nairobi had beaten Kiambu 3-0 (25-0, 25-4, 25-10) while Uasin Gishu beat Nyeri 3-1 in highly contested matches (25-17, 25-15, 23-25, 25-18) to get a ticket to the finals.

Kiambu lifted the men’s volleyball title after beating hosts Nakuru 3-1 (23-25, 25-16, 25-8 and 25-20). Kiambu found itself in the finals when it humiliated Nyeri 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-13) while Nakuru had beaten Nairobi 3-2(25-2, 25-14, 25-22, 22-25, 20-15 and 15-11) in the semi-finals.

Nyeri County became winner of squash ,followed by Nairobi with Nakuru coming third.

In netball, Kisumu beat Nairobi to lift the title, with the third place going to the Ministry of Devolution.

Nairobi lifted several titles including the badminton, basketball women, darts, draughts and Ajua trophies as Nakuru scooped the pool trophy.

The selected team will represent Kenya at the EALA games to be held in Kampala, Uganda beginning September 9 through October 5 this year.

KICOSCA: Uasin Gishu crowned basketball champions

Published on Friday, August 22, 2014 - 13:20

Uasin Gishu County has been crowned the basketball champions in the second edition of the Kenya Inter-Counties Sports and Cultural Association (KICOSCA) games.

This is after thrashing Kiambu County’s team 47-24 in a thrilling match played at Nakuru town’s Menengai high school. Uasin Gishu sailed to the final, after narrowly beating the stubborn Machakos 28-21.

Kiambu had disciplined Bungoma 18-14 to sail through. In the scintillating clash pitting Uasin Gishu and Kiambu, Anthony Chomba emerged top player after drilling 28 points as Simeon Karanja amassed 18 points for his Kiambu team to make it second runners-up.

Nairobi once again were crowned champions for the second year running after amassing six points in a round robin basis basketball match, as Kisumu came second with five points. Uasin Gishu was third with four as Bungoma followed with three points.

Defending football champions Nairobi City County proved a team to watch in this year’s KICOSCA games after shattering Machakos 3-0, goals brought by strikers William Oloo, Oliver Sambo and Ananoa Jacob in the match staged at Afraha stadium.

In men’s volleyball, host Nakuru humiliated visiting Nairobi be beating it 3-2 (25-14, 25-22, 25-20, 15-11) in a semi-final match. Nyeri suffered in the hands of Kiambu when they lost 0-3 (11-25, 18-25 and 13-25); with hosts Nakuru set to clash with Kiambu in the men’s volleyball final match.

In the ladies’ volleyball semi-final, Uasin Gishu defeated Nyeri 3-1(27-25, 25-15, 23-25, 25-18) with Kiambu not able to contain Nairobi, hence lost 0-3 (2-25, 4-25, and 10-25).

Ministry of Devolution team failed to sail through to the finals when it lost to Nairobi in netball 13-17. Kisumu thrashed Bungoma 68-23 to sail to the finals.

Date set for ‘Cycle with the rhino’ race

Published on Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 16:30

The 'Cycle with the Rhino' race will be held on September 27, Lake Nakuru senior warden Dickson Ritan has said.

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 therefore there was a need to protect the wild animals from the threat.

He said poaching has denied the country billions of shillings in revenue thereby slowing down economic growth. He said killing a single rhino will deny the country an estimated Sh10 billion shillings from tourism in a year.

He said Nakuru Park receives 250,000 visitors of which 150,000 are locals.

County to launch annual sports challenge

Published on Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 15:54

In a bid to enhance the sporting culture in Nakuru, the county government is planning to launch an annual county sports challenge.

County executive in charge of education, culture and sports Catherine Kitetu said that the aim of such an initiative is to encourage and nurture raw sporting talent among youths in the county.

“We want to find a way and platform through which we can identify and nurture young sporting talent in various fields,” said Kitetu.

Speaking in her office when she met officials of various sporting organisations from Nakuru County, the minister said that the sporting challenge will also help in curbing the drug abuse menace among the youth.

“The platform will also help us fight drug abuse and immorality among our youth because they will be kept busy,” she said.

Kitetu said that they will work with various sports bodies in the county when organising and planning the event.

She added that the sports challenges will involve schools, colleges and universities, churches, youth organisations community teams, women groups as well as special groups.

Nairobi teams shine as Kicosa games continue

Published on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 13:00

The Nairobi City County soccer team on Tuesday made clear its intention to retain the inter-county trophy when it thrashed the Kilifi County 7-1 in a scintillating match at Nakuru’s Afraha stadium.

The city team’s triumph was the hallmark of the second day of the Kenya Inter-Counties Sports and Cultural Association (Kicosca) games that will go on for this entire week.

In other soccer matches, Kiambu drew 1-1 with Kisumu and beat Machakos 1-0. Kisii humiliated Vihiga while hosts Nakuru registered their second win when they beat Kilifi 4-0.

In netball, Kisumu shattered Uasin-Gishu 55-10 whereas Machakos beat Kilifi 21-12.

Another match pitting Kisii against Bungoma ended 2-15 as Vihiga were humbled by Kiambu with a 76-1 score.

Visiting Nairobi, who were last year’s inaugural Kicosca games overall winners, registered another win in darts when they beat Kisii 5-0. Kilifi suffered in the hands of Kiambu 0-5 while Kericho thrashed Kisumu 5-0. A draft match between Kisumu and Kiambu ended 11-7.

In basketball, Nairobi won against Uasin-Gishu 39-18; Kisumu registered a 28-22 win against Bungoma while Uasin Gishu beat Bungoma 35-10.

Kicosca national organising secretary Ken Murimi praised the level of games’ organisation, saying most of the players have registered improvement as compared to last year.

“We are optimistic of getting better teams to represent Kenya in the September 29 to October 5 East African games in Uganda,” said Murimi.

Thika stun City Stars to rise to top five

Published on Monday, August 18, 2014 - 16:11

Kiambu County's only Tusker Premier League (TPL) side Thika United rose to the top five spot after cruising past Nairobi City Stars with a 3–2 win in a five-goal thriller league clash.

In the match played on Sunday at MISC Kasarani, ex-Gor Mahia midfielder Moses Odhiambo broke the deadlock at the 9th minute mark. Kenyan international defender Vincent Omumbo doubled the lead in the 20th minute before Bernard Meki added the third two minutes after the half hour mark.

The hosts reduced the deficit after the break through strikes from Ismail Kabugu and Justus Basweti in the 57th and 77th minutes respectively thanks to Thika’s concentration lapse.

Thika would have won by a bigger margin had they converted their countless chances created in the match through Jackson Macharia and Michael Olunga.

Speaking after the match, Thika United head coach John Kamau was delighted with the win and called on his players to always respect their opponents.

“I am happy with the win but I wish to call on my players to be respecting opponents,” the tactician said.

“We almost gave away our heavy lead in the final half as a result of underrating them.”

Thika, who meet Top Fry, Muhoroni Youth, Mathare United, Bandari and AFC Leopards in their upcoming five fixtures are fifth on the 16-team log with 33 points and seven behind leaders Tusker FC after 22 rounds of play.

Relegation-bound Stars fried

Published on Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 14:00

Visiting Sofapaka ensured they added to Top Fry AllStars' woes after a 1–0 win in the only Friday Tusker Premier League clash played at Afraha stadium.

Antony Ndolo notched the priceless goal with seven minutes to fulltime after heading past Shaban Odhoji in Top Fry goal a Shaffik Batambuze cross from the flank.

The hosts controlled the opening exchanges but failed to use their dominance to create goal-scoring opportunities. A good chance came on the Nakuru-based side’s way in the 37th minute but Tonny Nyangor failed to put Top Fry ahead before the break.

Both teams came from the interval more energised with Sofapaka pushing hard to score. It came to be in the 83rd minute when Antony Ndolo connected the Ugandan’s cross from inside the box.

Ndolo could have made it a brace after breaking the deadlock were it not for Odhoji's top drawer save in the dying minutes of the match. 

Top Fry's third loss in a span of nine days and the sixth at their backyard sinks them further at the bottom of the log with only 13 points garnered from 22 matches.

The Peter Okidi-led side face Thika United, Chemelil Sugar, Ulinzi Stars, AFC Leopards and Bandari in their upcoming fixtures.

Ulinzi back in title race after raiding KRA

Published on Friday, August 15, 2014 - 07:45

Ulinzi Stars are back in the title race after cruising past the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) FC 3–2 in a Wednesday Tusker Premier League match played at Nyayo stadium in Nairobi.

Ex-Nairobi City Stars midfielder and newly graduated Kenya Defence Force soldier Boniface Onyango came from the bench to notch the winner after Geoffrey Kokoyo had given Ulinzi the lead six minutes into play.

KRA then pulled back in the ninth minute courtesy of an Ivan Anguyo spot kick after Mohammed Hassan’s handball in the box.

The taxmen, who looked to have been lacking authority in the tie, took the lead four minutes later thanks to a Mohammed own goal while trying to clear Joseph Mulume’s cross as Stephen Waruru increased his goal tally to eight by turning home in the 22nd minute for the four goal-thriller first-half.

Both sides could not sail home after the break with KRA keeper George Opiyo keeping Ulinzi attacks in check for over 35 minutes.

Robert Matano effected a tactical change by withdrawing midfielder Eric Apul for Onyango in the 70th minute. The youngster fired in the third goal from a set piece with eight minutes remaining on the clock.

The Nakuru-based side rose to sixth spot with 31 points, just eight behind champions and leaders Gor Mahia with nine matches to complete the 2014 season.

County assembly allocates Sh28m for sports

Published on Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 12:15

Nakuru County youths will benefit from a Sh27.5 million fund meant to nurture their sporting talents.

Jane Ngugi, the chairperson of the county committee on children, culture and sports, said each of the 55 wards will receive Sh500,000 to organise sporting events.

“It is through these events that we will be able to identify youth talents and continue to build them further. We will also seek to establish centres where they can train,” she said.

The Gilgil MCA identified sports as a means where the youth can generate income, emphasising the need to provide them the platform to build their sporting talent.

She said the Nakuru County assembly is deliberating on establishing a youth and women fund that can be accessed to start businesses.

The fund, she said, will only benefit families with extreme poverty levels and those living with disabilities. Although, the county is endowed with numerous resources, rural poverty levels are still high at 45 percent. Many children lack access to quality education and adequate social needs.

The MCAs have also been pushing for the creation of village polytechnics to increase the youths’ access to vocational training.

Thika extends unbeaten home record despite draw

Published on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 15:09

Thika United registered seven points in three matches despite settling for a one-all draw with SoNy Sugar in a Tusker Premier League (TPL) match on Sunday at the Thika municipal stadium.

The hosts went ahead in the 24th minute through skipper Dennis Odhiambo after Charles Odette brought down Bernard Meki in the box before Sylvester Wanyama took advantage to equalise from the spot seven minutes before the break.

Thika United started with a clear intention of emerging winners and their efforts were seen when a brilliant Michael Olunga’s shot was saved by Indeche in the second minute before coming very close again in the 10th minute for what could have been a clean goal if he could have controlled  the ball inside the box.

SoNy were reduced to ten men after Victor Ademba was shown a direct red card in the three minutes of extra time.

This was the third match for the John Kamau-led side on their refurbished home ground after narrowly beating KRA 1–0 earlier on.

Thika, who thrashed Sofapaka 2–0 in the midweek game, are ranked sixth on the table with 30 points, just two shy off tenth placed SoNy with nine matches to the end of the season.

Top Fry fall deep in the red zone

Published on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 14:34

Nakuru-based Top Fry AllStars’ hopes of avoiding the Tusker Premier League (TPL) relegation axe were doomed after they fell 0–1 to Mathare United on Sunday at Afraha stadium.

Former Muhoroni Youth striker Tetieh Olesu scored the all-important goal a minute after the quarter hour mark, his first since joining the slum boys from the Awasi-based club.

AllStars nearly took the lead in the 3rd minute but Tony Nyangor’s header bounced off the crossbar before Robert Mboya picked the rebound from the line. Nyangor almost levelled in the 18th minute after Mathare had taken the lead two minutes earlier but his header from a John Ndirangu free kick hit the bar again.

Ndirangu tried his luck in the 29th minute from way out with a shot that went wide, and Michael Kamau's shot from inside the box also was off target after the player had received the ball off a headed flick by Erastus Mwaniki, ending the first half at  –0 in favour of Mathare.

The second half was an equal affair for both teams before AllStars threw all their men in front in the final minutes of the match. The efforts almost bore fruits as the team created good goal-scoring opportunities from a series of attacks.

First it was Ng'ang'a's blocked effort after the player had hit a shot off a volley, followed by Owino's headed effort that went wide after the player had connected to Sikhai's cross, and finally a 86th minute shot by Mwaniki that was also blocked.

The hosts could not pull back even with two minutes of added time to drop deep in the relegation zone with 13 points, two below second last placed KCB from 21 matches.

Establish modern athletics training camp, counties urged

Published on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 08:02

South Rift Athletics Kenya (AK) chairman John Wachira has called for the establishment of a state-of-the-art training camp within the region.

According to Wachira, the region, which comprises six counties – Laikipia, Nakuru, Baringo, Kericho, Narok and Bomet – has the potential to produce world class athletes, hence the need to come up with a training club that would be centralised in one of the counties.

“South Rift is proving to be a force to reckon with when it comes to the youth teams,” said Wachira.

“We have had many youths who have represented Kenya and brought medals over the years. I therefore urge the six counties to consider setting up a training camp to be used in training the youth.”

He raised concerns over the state of Nakuru’s Afraha stadium, saying it ought to have a tartan track as it hosts many sports, including athletics.

“Afraha has a good and standard track. Whenever we have an athletic event at the stadium, we witness a large number of athletes participate to gauge their speed due to its low altitude status. It therefore needs to have a tartan track,” said Wachira.

On the GDC Half Marathon, Wachira said AK was quick to include it among the races in its calendar due to its good organisational framework, as opposed to requirement that one has to hold a running event three times before being considered in the AK calendar.

Ruth Musembi, the GDC communication manager, said the third edition, scheduled for September 21 2014, would see funds raised used in improving the health sector.

Retired marathoner calls for sports courses

Published on Monday, August 11, 2014 - 08:17

Retired Kenyan marathoner Douglas Wakiihuri has advised the government to introduce sports management in the education curricula to help Kenyan athletes prepare for retirement.

Wakiihuri, an ambassador of the Nakuru’s Menengai Geothermal Half Marathon, registered his worries on the fate of Kenyan runners who engage in reckless alcoholism and extravagance, which at the end leaves them very poor.

Speaking at the launch of the third edition of the GDC Half Marathon held at a Nakuru hotel, Wakiihuri reiterated the importance of drawing up a training programme in education institutions, saying this will help athletes manage their lives during and after their running careers.

“We have witnessed many athletes who sprung up the ladder due to recklessness. They are now leading a poor life,” said Wakiihuri.

The retired athlete, who won Kenya a gold medal at the World Championships in Rome in 1987, said if athletes are trained on sports management, some of them who quit education due to success in running would be able to get employment as coaches and other sports job opportunities. 

All set for GDC Marathon in September, says official

Published on Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 17:15

The stakes have been upped for this year’s edition of the Annual Menengai Geothermal Half Marathon to be held on September 21 at the Rift Valley sports club in Nakuru.

Speaking at the launch, Geothermal Development Company (GDC) Central Rift manager Benjamin Kubo said the marathon’s objective is to raise funds to promote a healthy generation.

GDC has already given Bahati hospital an ambulance and has rehabilitated the St John hospital. Plans are also underway to rehabilitate Bahati hospital operation theatre and maternity ward.

Nakuru executive for sports and youth Prof Catherine Kitetu lauded GDC for maintaining the marathon event for three years consecutively.

“'All efforts will be made by the county government to ensure that the marathon becomes a success,” Kitetu added.

This year's marathon ambassador is veteran athlete Douglas Wakiihuri, who held the record for the Rome Olympics from 1987-2007.

The winner of this year’s GDC marathon edition will take home Sh150,000 higher from last year's since the prize money has been increased from the previous Sh1.2 million to Sh1.5 million.