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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.                                                                                                         

All set for inaugural Great EA Marathon in Naivasha

Published on Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 10:57

The inaugural Great East Africa Marathon, hosted by Candy n Candy Records, takes place today, August 9.

The event will be hosted at Hippo Camp in Naivasha town.

Participants from Addis Ababa, Bujumbura, Dar es Salaam, Kampala, Kigali, Nairobi, Juba and other major cities in East Africa have confirmed participation. The event, which is expected to attract a huge number of athletes, runners and walkers has, however ,been disowned by Athletics Kenya (AK), saying it is ‘political’.

A statement from Candy and Candy records read in part: “Our main mission is to create a united East African Community. A team that’s united against terror by creating awareness and community watch.”

Godfrey Juma, one of the organisers said the main race will include half marathon and a family race, which will be a five-kilometre race.

“We have got a huge number of registration. Eric Omondi has confirmed participation,” said Juma.

AK has distanced itself from the marathon.

The body’s South Rift Valley branch chairman John Wachira said, “Athletics Kenya is non-political and therefore has not granted permission for the competition,” said Wachira.

AK warned athletes and officials against taking part in unsanctioned races, threatening to discipline those who go against the directive.

Athletics Kenya distances itself from planned Naivasha marathon

Published on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 17:00

Athletics Kenya (AK) has distanced itself from a planned marathon race set for Naivasha next month.

The body’s South Rift Valley branch chairman, John Wachira, said AK have not sanctioned the Great East African Community Marathon Championships to be held on August 8, organised by Candy n Candy Records.

Wachira said that the aim of the Candy n Candy Records marathon was political as its mission was to create awareness in the region in the wake of the rising terrorism threat in the area.

“Athletics Kenya is non-political and therefore has not granted permission for the competition,” said Wachira.

The body warned athletes and officials against taking part in unsanctioned races, threatening to discipline those who go against the directive.

But in a quick rejoinder, the record label, through Winnie Oketch, justified the reason behind the marathon.

Oketch said: “The Great East Africa Community Marathon is a peace initiative for the people by the people and solely driven towards bringing peace within our communities. 

"Kenya is a beautiful country and we should all protect and guard our peace fearlessly. This being a community marathon the participants will be the ordinary mwananchi regardless of athletic prowess since the aim of the event is to bring the community together.”

 “Kenya is bigger than any individual. The event has many aspects some of which include a kids’ marathon which will see children of all ages taking part in their own marathon and other activities which will teach them unity and acceptance of each other despite their differences,” added Oketch.

She said the marathon and peace concert is an initiative that will build a stronger Kenya for years to come.

Siwa shines as Top Fry held

Published on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 08:19

Teddy Siwa’s 61st minute equaliser is all that Top Fry AllStars needed to avoid ruining their home record against Muhoroni Youth in a 1-1 draw at Afraha stadium in Nakuru on Sunday.

The hosts had been trailing for the first hour of the match before Siwa cancelled Enosh Ochieng’s 22nd minute header.

Going into the game, Top Fry had lost four out of ten matches played on home soil but found themselves licking their own wounds as Muhoroni sniffed at their goal willingly.

Goalkeeper Shaban Odhoji was forced into a fine save after just five minutes of kick off, coming after Eric Odhiambo’s attempt in the second minute.

In the 22nd minute, Ochieng’ headed home a Daniel Waweru free kick from 20 yards for the opener that they held on to the break.

The second half started with both teams playing consciously before Peter Okidi introduced Tony Nyangor for Sebastian Muchera in the 56th minute.

Nyangor played a crucial role in finding the leveler. The former Chemelil Sugar man allowed Siwa to latch on a Cersidy Lumumba cross from the flank before tapping in the equaliser that earned the Nakuru-based side a point.

Head coach Peter Okidi was a dejected man after the match: “We started badly and came back in the second half to push on for the equaliser but these are two dropped points. We need to go back to the drawing board if we want to save our situation in the league.

AllStars have managed to collect 13 points so far and sits second last on the table.

Wasteful Ulinzi held at Afraha

Published on Monday, July 28, 2014 - 12:00

Wasteful Ulinzi Stars were held to a 1–1 draw by visiting Nairobi City Stars in a Tusker Premier League encounter played on Saturday at Afraha stadium.

The visitors broke the dead lock in the 24th minute through Dennis Okoth before Stephen Waruru brought matters to parity in the 39th minute.

Ulinzi, who were superior in possession throughout the match, started offensively with John Nairuka’s first minute free kick being punched back into play by Fredrick Majani in City Stars goal.

Majani was back with another save in the 11th minute, over-stretching to keep out an Evans Amuoka low range shot for a fruitless corner.

City Stars took the lead in the 24th minute when Dennis Okoth connected home a Nelson Marasowe pass, emanating from a George Abege and Justus Basweti combination.

David Otieno denied Ulinzi an equaliser in the 37th minute when the former Gor Mahia defender cleared the ball off the line. They could, however, do little to deny the Soldiers their torrid equaliser two minutes later, thanks to Stephen Waruru goal.

Both teams did three changes in the second half but none could result to the winner as Kevin Oliech’s attempt was cleared off the line by Hassan Mohammed.

The teams had battled to a goalless draw in the first leg played in March.

With the result, Ulinzi remain seventh on 27 points as City Stars sit 14th with 18 points from 19 matches.

Thika taxes KRA at refurbished municipal stadium

Published on Monday, July 28, 2014 - 09:53

Thika United extended their winning streak on Sunday when they taxed Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) FC 1–0 in a Tusker Premier League match played at refurbished Thika municipal stadium.

The club had become pastoralists in the league for four months to allow renovation at the playground and the KRA game was their second of the season at home.

In the match, Michael Olunga continued with his onslaughts by netting the all-important goal that gifted the Thika-based side three points.

Olunga, who scored in midweek the winner against Western Stima, converted a Wycliffe Opondo pass in the 59th minute by looping Phillip Odhiambo in KRA post.

Both sides had not settled in the match within the first ten minutes. At the quarter hour mark, KRA had the first sniff at goal but Robert Binja’s header from a Rodgers Ochieng’ throw in went wide.

Olunga almost converted from close range but his shot was blocked by Odhiambo in KRA goal on a one against one situation four minutes before the break.

The second half saw Ken Kenyatta withdraw Kelal Ogal for Geoffrey Kataka in the 48th minute. Thika’s Joseph Kuria sent overboard his free kick from the 18-yard box three minutes later.

Thika, however, finished the match with ten men after Kuria was shown the matching orders for a second booking offence after bringing down Ezekiel Odera in the 69th minute.

It was a revenge mission for the Brookside boys who had received a 2-1 beating by KRA in the first leg in May 2014. They are eighth on the log with 26 points from 19 matches.

Thika shocks Western Stima

Published on Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:00

Kiambu's Thika United returned to their winning ways in the Tusker Premier League after edging past Western Stima 1-0 at Ruaraka grounds.

In a league match played on Wednesday, the John Kamau-led side had Michael Olunga to thank for scoring the lone goal in the 72nd minute that handed them three crucial points, ending their five-match winless streak.

Thika were offensive from the opening exchanges and almost found the target in the third minute but were denied by a vigilant Stima defence after Moses Odhiambo had floated the corner kick in the box.

Stima had their first chance at goal in the seventh minute when David Okello headed wide a Hudson Muhako corner. Then in the 31st minute, an impressing Moses Odhiambo could have slotted home but his shot from a Tony Kizito pass was blocked by a Stima defender.

Thika came close in the 41st minute but Michael Luvutsi's long range shot hit the woodwork to end what was a tactical first-half.

Nothing much changed in the second half, save for the 72nd minute strike from Olunga, who utilised an Odhiambo pass from Wycliffe Opondo cross to sail past Gabriel Andika in Stima goal.

The win saw Thika rise to position eight on the league standings with 23 points from 18 matches.

Soldiers march towards Gotv Shield

Published on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 07:55

Nakuru’s Ulinzi Stars are through to the GOtv Shield round of 16 stage after beating a hapless Mumbi Nationale 6–0 in the third round match played over the weekend at Ruaraka grounds.

Goalkeeper James Saruni, Evans Amwoka and Stephen Waruru scored a brace each as the Soldiers strode through in an easy fixture.

Waruru drew the first blood after just two minutes of kick off, sailing home a John Nairuka through pass as Kevin Amwayi’s shot at the quarter hour mark was parried off by Mumbi keeper Tom Kangeta.

A minute later, James Saruni netted his second goal of the season by converting from the spot that emanated from a handball inside the box.

A good combination from Nairuka and Waruru then saw Evans Amuoka open his account on the day for the third goal, the latter claiming his brace at the 36th minute as Waruru too completed his brace, making it 5–0 at the break.

With a minute to the end of the game, the second tier side's Nesta Ngaruiya handled the ball in the box to give Saruni another chance at extending the lead, and he did it well to record a brace in the match.

The Soldiers will now wait for their round of 16 opponent in a draw to be conducted later on.

Top Fry bow out of GOtv contest

Published on Monday, July 21, 2014 - 13:01

Top Fry AllStars bowed out of the GOtv Shield competition at the hands of little known Intercity FC after a 0–2 loss in the third round match staged over the weekend at Afraha stadium.

AllStars took control of the match from the opening minutes, enjoying a larger percentage of ball possession but Intercity denied them any chance at goal by defending well throughout.

The Nakuru-based side’s goalkeeper, Evans Omondi, almost got punished in the 9th minute, as he spilled the ball off a long cross into the box, but he was lucky as the ball just went out of play for a fruitless corner kick.

The hosts were punished in the 20th minute through Nathan Lutta, who fired a delightful strike at the back of the net for the opener.

AllStars’ Kennedy Owino came close to getting an equaliser in the 45th minute, when he rose completely unmarked to connect to Lawrence Juma's cross, but his effort went wide.

On resumption, Intercity, who takes part in the Nairobi Provincial League, continued from where they left in the first half, keeping vigilant at the back, and launching a counter-attack whenever space is created. The attack on the break resulted in the second goal in the 76th minute, through substitute Harry Liambo.

The Tusker Premier League side will now turn their focus on the top flight competition as they fight to evade relegation at the end of the season.