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Kenya premier league enters homestretch

The Tusker Premier League enters homestretch as Gor look set to defend their title. [Photos/ipadinsight.com]

Published on Monday, October 20, 2014 - 14:31

As the Kenya Premier League season draws to a close, the 27th week of the premier matches ended with a bizarre incident where Tusker Fc played with 12 players against 11 of Muhoroni Youth.

There were mixed reactions from both teams as a result of the incident, which saw Muhoroni players leave the pitch, forcing the referee to call off the match.

With both teams playing 26 matches so far, Tusker holds third position with 45 points, eleven points ahead of Muhoroni Youth, who sit in ninth position.

In other matches, Gor Mahia restored their four-point gap at the summit with 54 points after a 1-0 win against Mathare United, who are currently in position 11 with 33 points.

Gor, will next take on fellow title contenders Sofapaka, in a match seen as the title decider. The 2009 champions lie second on the log with 50 points having beaten KRA 3-2 on Thursday at Machakos Stadium.

Ulinzi Stars thrashed Western Stima at the Afraha Stadium on Saturday to hold on to fourth place, while AFC Leopards won 3-0 against Thika United to climb to position 8 with 35 points.

Having lost to AFC leopards, Thika United find themselves in position 6 with 37 points as Sony Sugar saw off Nairobi City Stars 2-0 on Sunday evening.

In another match of the weekend, Top Fry All stars drew 0-0 against Bandari at the Mombasa municipal stadium on Saturday, while KCB lost 2-1 to Chemelil Sugar in Sunday’s clash.

KCB are in position 14 with 24 points, while Top Fry All Stars wrap up the league in last position with 17 points.

All eyes are set on the 28th week, as the KPL enters its final stages, with the most awaited match pitting Gor Mahia versus Sofapaka on October 26.

Gor mahia set to keep Sserenkuma

Danny Sserenkuma celebrates with teammates in a past premier league match. The club wants to keep the Ugandan import amid claims he might be leaving for greener pastures. [Photo/futaa.com]

 

Published on Monday, October 20, 2014 - 13:11

Tusker Premier League defending champions Gor Mahia, are keen to keep their lethal striker Danny Sserunkuma at the club for longer.

Sserunkuma signed for K'ogalo in mid 2012 from Nairobi City Stars, and has become an integral part of the team, helping them lift the Premier League crown in 2013 after eighteen years’ wait.

According to the club Chief Executive Lordvick Omondi Aduda, talks are underway to keep the Ugandan import, who’s contract expires at the end of this season.

“We want to keep him for longer at the club, but we will not stand in his way if a good opportunity comes his way, we will agree with him and his agent,” said Aduda.

The player's agent Ken Joseph had earlier said that Sserunkuma would not renew his deal with the club as he is looking forward to playing in Europe.

Aduda further refuted claims that the player is on his way to Sudanese side Al Ahly Shend, confirming that they as a club, have not been approached by any team seeking Sserenkuma’s services.

“We do not stand on the way of a player who wants to move but we have contractual obligation with the player and is important that we settle this,” added Aduda.

Sserenkuma tops the scoring chats, having netted 14 times this season, and looks set to retain the Golden Boot he won last season, as well as help K’ogalo retain the Premiership crown.

Stephen Waruru stars in Ulinzi's win

Ulinzi stars players celebrate in a past premier league match. They thrashed Western Stima 3-0 on Saturday to hold on to 4th place as the league draws to a close. [Photo/mobifootball.com]

Published on Monday, October 20, 2014 - 09:53

Stephen Waruru netted a hat trick as Ulinzi Stars thrashed Western Stima at the Afraha Stadium, Saturday afternoon.

Stima started the game on a high, with Paul Odhiambo scoring in the 10th minute only to be ruled out for offside.

However, a quickly taken free kick by Kevin Amwayi after seventeen minutes found Waruru in the Stima box, heading into an empty net with Stima’s goalkeeper, Gabriel Andika out of position.

Waruru doubled the soldier’s lead on the 31st minute, burying the ball in the top left corner from a free kick after Kevin Amwayi was brought down at the edge of the area.

The 2010 champions dominated the match and outmaneuvered the visitors, with Waruru and Amwayi in particular troubling the Stima defence.

Waruru then completed his hat trick on the 83rd minute, beautifully connecting a pass from the right and burying the ball past a helpless Andika.

His treble puts him in contention for the Golden Boot, as he is three goals shy of league top scorer, Gor mahia’s Dan sserenkuma – who has netted 14.

The win sees Ulinzi seal their 4th position on the league table with 44 points, one behind Tusker who play Muhoroni Youth on Monday.

More foreign athletes to this year's Kisumu marathon

Athletes compete during last year’s Kisumu Marathon race. Plans are underway to have more foreign athletes in this year’s event scheduled for December 14. [Photos/kenyanewsdaily.com]
 

Published on Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 14:34

Organizers of the annual Safaricom Kisumu City marathon have invited athletes from seven countries to this year’s event, on December 14.

Speaking in Kisumu, Athletics Kenya Nyanza north Public Relations Officer Jared Gilo, said they have decided to invite more athletes from more countries to give the race international status.

“In the past we have had athletes from Uganda, Namibia, and Tanzania, we expect more foreign athletes from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda and Sudan as we seek to have this race get international marathon status,” said Gilo.

He further noted that the local organizing committee is seeking to make this event bigger than previous events.

“We have elaborate plans for this year’s event. We promise it’s going to be bigger and better than in past events,” added Gilo.

Kisumu County seems to be the sporting centre this season as Kisumu Rally continues in the county, in the ongoing KCB Safari Rally series.

 

Kisii County hosts first ever rugby 7s tournament

Homeboyz RFC players after a past win. The team is among those that are taking part in the Kisii contest. [Photo/ sporton.nation.co.ke]

Published on Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 16:05

All rugby fans are heading to Kisii County's Gusii stadium this weekend for what is expected to be an explosive, awakening and entertaining rugby sevens tournament  for the first time in the county.

The two-day event has started today, with both local and national rugby club teams taking part.

Speaking to our reporter while making final preparations for the tournament, Kisii Rugby Union vice chairman Geoffrey Nyantika expressed his joy to host the rugby 7s tournament.

“We are very humbled by this event. It is the first time we are hosting such a tournament in Kisii and we really appreciate that this is happening to us,” he said

“We have rugby fans in Kisii, very many of them and this chance is going to rekindle and remind them of the beautiful game they love most, the game of the strongest men doing their things live and direct in their fans’ eyes at the stadium,” he added.

The tournament is a replica of the likes of Masaku Sevens, and according to Nyantika, 12 teams have confirmed their readiness and will be battling out for trophies.

“We have 12 teams confirmed and other four that showed interest but not yet confirmed by now but we still hope they are going to confirm before the tournament kicks off.”

The teams that have confirmed have been placed in four pools of three teams in a pool.

Pool A has Homeboyz RFC, Kisumu and Masinde Muriro RFC while Pool B features KCB, Kisii RFC and Homa Bay RFC.

Pool C has ES Chuma, Kisii University RFC and Sigalagala RFC while pool D is made up of Kisii Select Team, Kakamega RFC and Kericho RFC.

Winners of the Tournament will be awarded trophies and cash money, with the winner bagging Kh300,000 and a trophy, 1st runners up team pocketing Sh200,000 and 2nd runners up taking home Sh100,000.

SportPesa team geared for 2014 Kisumu Rally

A previous rally event. SportPesa team is hoping for nothing less than the title in the Kisumu rally today. [Photo/ thedailymail.co.ke]

Published on Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 13:36

High adrenaline action through the cane-fields in Kisumu is expected today Saturday 18 October and the SportPesa rally team, Leonardo Varese and his navigator Kigondu Kariathi are rearing to go.

The duo, currently the country’s three time champion of the two wheel drive category of the KCB Safari Rally, has made it clear that it is aiming for nothing less than the title.

This rally counts for the seventh round of the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) and has a competitive mileage of 150km with a total of seven stages.

Three of the stages will be repeated and one extra stage that's being run as the first stage of the day. The shortest stage is 13kms and the longest is 29kms.

SportPesa rally team is more than prepared having done major repairs on the ex-David Horsey Toyota Corolla RSI to ensure spectators are treated to a hair thrilling experience.

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The SportPesa Rally team and staff  will be available for the flag off at the starting point.

Sofapaka fights to see off Ushuru

Sofapaka's players at a previous Match. Team survived narrowed after a last-minute goal from Ekhalian Ndolo that salvaged their three points in a match played at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Thursday. They won 3-2 and are now 50 points, a point behing Gor Mahia. [Photo/ Sofapaka FC]

Published on Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 12:49

Sofapaka’s three national team players brought the experience needed to dominate against Ushuru FC in a match played at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Thursday.

Danson Kago, Enock Agwanda and Anthony Ekhaliana Ndolo helped their team carry three crucial points in a tight match.

The visitors dominated the first exchanges of the match, controlling the game on various occasions with brilliant passes but Sofapaka were always alert to tame them.

Ushuru missed two goal-scoring opportunities in the first 10 minutes, after Carlson Mweresa shot wide from a corner kick with another chance from a foul again blown away by Geoffrey Kataka.

Sofapaka responded to the opponent’s threats by mounting more pressure on attack and their efforts eventually paid off through John ‘Leftie” Njoroge, who opened the scoring from an Enock Agwanda assist.

The home team was not yet done and immediately after second half resumption, they made their title race intention well known by intensive and dangerous attacks, winning them a corner in the initial seconds of second half.

Njoroge stood up this time to take the corner as Danson Kago positioned himself well in waiting. Kago’s lurch anticipation did not fail him but connected well to slot in the second goal for the ‘Batoto Ba Mungu.’

Sofapaka lost concentration for a moment and they were punished when Ushuru’s Mweresa pulled one back in the 51st minute.

Before the hour mark, Ushuru had their agenda drawn. Anguyo crossed a swinging ball that found well placed Roosevelt Blatty to make it 2-2 in the 59 minutes.

Sofapaka though were not yet written off as they grabbed a win in the dying seconds of the game through Ekhalian Ndolo’s shot to seal the victory for a never-say-die Sofapaka.

Sofapaka are now one point behind Gor Mahia who play their game on Sunday while rebranded Ushuru FC remain 11th, after going seven matches without a win.

Sofapaka meets Gor next for a match that may decide the league winner on October 26.

HiviSasa.com writer launches soccer tournament in Thika

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Kelvin Gikundi during the launch of a soccer tournament in Thika on Friday. He partnered with the county government to roll out the project. [Photo/ Kennedy Micheni]

Published on Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 10:05

A Thika-based HiviSasa.com contributor has launched a football tournament in the sub-county as a way of reducing idleness by the youths.

Kelvin Gikundi, 22, on Friday launched the contest at Thika BAT grounds in collaboration with the Hospital ward MCA and with the help of Kiambu County sports Cec Machel Waikenda.

Speaking during the launch, the freelance journalist said he has suffered in the past as a result of being idle, and that was the motivation behind the project to help other young people in the sub-county.

“I have spent most in the shades like other idle youths do and that has been an inspiration in coming up with a way to reduce idleness among the youths,” he said.

Gikundi, who was brought up in Meru, added that the Kiambu sports department was willing to support him when he expressed his wish to launch the tournament.

“Many thanks to the county government as the sports CeC was willing to support me when I spoke to him about my plans,” Gikundi said, adding: “Let’s utilise the government’s resources as they are meant for us.”

The area MCA, Mwangi Wamwangi, lauded the writer’s work, promising to offer support in empowering the local youth.

Meanwhile, the organising committee is set to oversee the kickoff of the first match, which will be played on Sunday.

MKU FC play Gatundu FC this weekend

The MKU FC will meet Gatundu FC this weekend. The team captain says they expect an impressive performance. [Photo/ ipadinsight.com]

Published on Friday, October 17, 2014 - 08:51

Mount Kenya University football team meets Gatundu FC this weekend at the MKU landless grounds.

Team captain John Macharia revealed that they are proud to be playing in the central provincial league which is one of their greatest treasures as a team.

“We are very pleased to at last be incorporated in the Central Province League. I am sure we will make a difference in the kind of game we showcase in the tournament. We wish to show Kiambu County that tertiary institutions can play and make a difference in terms of talents and also helping cub drug abuse amongst the youths,” Macharia said.

The students’ union president Marvin Karimi also appreciated the step towards a sporting institution that gives credit to all the talents in the university.

“We discussed this over the weekend with my cabinet and other representatives. We are also playing in the Kenya Universities Sports Association League,” Karimi said.

He promised their continued support for the sporting activities and will engage the school administration to support the sporting teams fully.

Ingwe striker baying for Thika blood

Ingwe striker Michael Khamati makes a signature run during a previous match. The striker who scored during his debut against Thika United last year is upbeat for the Friday match against the Thika side. [Photo: voiceofsport.net]

Published on Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 17:15

AFC Leopards will play host to Thika United in a KPL match on Friday in a clash striker Michael Khamati is looking forward to rumble against John Kamau’s side.

The Leopardst vs Thika United at city stadium is memorable for Khamati who made his Ingwe debut against the Thika based side last year.

“My first match in the Kenya Premier League and for AFC Leopard was against the ‘Milk Men’, coming in for Allan Wanga and I scored, we do it again this Friday,” assured the skipper.

However, Thika United boss John Kamau says the team is focused on a top three finish to the 2014 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season and they will stop at nothing until they claw down De Jong’s boys.

Thika returned to winning ways in the 3 – 1 victory over Bandari after a lull that had seen them lose to relegation threatened Top Fry AllStars as well as Muhoroni Youth before managing a 1 – 1 draw with Mathare United and Kamau says the win is a big boost to their season’s ambitions.

The ticketing information for the Friday clash has been released where Big Brother events and ticketing firm will be in charge of ticketing and have confirmed that the VIP ticket will be going at Sh 400 per ticket while the terraces ticket will be sold at Sh 200 per ticket.

The tickets will be sold at two points, the Kenya Cinema and City Stadium in Big Brother branded vans on the match day from 0900hours.

 

 

 

 

Thika humbles Talanta in friendly match

Thika United players after a past match. They are expected to play at the City Stadium tomorrow. (Photo/ thikaunitedfc.com)

Published on Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 15:27

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Thika United secured a 2-0 win over National Super League [NSL] FC Talanta, in a friendly match played at the Thika Municipal Stadium, Wednesday morning.

Thika netted their first goal in the 40th minute through a penalty converted by Allan Owiyo, after the goalkeeper brought down the striker in the area, giving the hosts the lead going into the halftime break.

Talanta returned stronger in the second half but could not break Thika’s rearguard that withstood their strikers and restricted them to outside the box.

Martin Lemayan should have netted an equalizer minutes after restart but the brilliant Thika custodian denied him.

Youngster Edward ‘Sergio’ Njung’e then netted the second in the 58th minute after a defensive mix-up, with the speedy player rushing through to beat the keeper at close range.

The match was meant to keep the teams in shape ahead of their respective KPL league matches over the weekend.

This comes just after the match between AFC Leopards against the ‘Milk men’ was moved to Friday, October 17.

The match had initially been scheduled for Wednesday October 29 at the Mumias Sports Complex but will now be staged at the Nairobi City Stadium.

Hockey Union lifts ban against Kisumu Simba

The Nairobi Simba team, seen here during a past match, had filed complains that the Kisumu-based team had fielded ineligible players. [Photo/ michezoafrica.com]

Published on Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 10:23

Kisumu Simba hockey team on Wednesday won their appeal against being denied a chance to play in the Kenya Hockey Union League, after the Nairobi Simba filed complains that the team had fielded ineligible players.

The complaints led to Kisumu Simba’s ban from the ongoing premier league, but in yesterday’s hearing, Kenya Hockey Union concluded that the team was not guilty of the offence.

Kisumu Simba head coach Cliff Okello told the media that although the team is yet to receive official communication from the union, the ruling was in their favor.

"We admitted that we allowed Kenneth Nyongesa to play in the tie against Mvita X1, unaware that he was not meant to play due to a number of accumulated cautions. We thank the union for lifting the ban and we hope that we are going to catch up with the other teams," said Okello.

Nairobi Simba team coach Kalpesh Solanki on the other hand was not happy with the KHU ruling.

"We are going to appeal on the KHU decision since we believe that there was a wrong done," said Kalpesh.

Sofapaka hope to keep title dream alive against KRA

Sofapaka at a previous match. They aree expected in Machakos this afternoon. [Photo/ mobifootball.com]

Published on Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 10:09

Kenya Premier League week 27 resumes today after an International FIFA break with two matches on the card.

At Machakos stadium, 2009 champions, Sofapaka welcomes Kenya Revenue Authority-KRA, knowing three points will keep their title dreams alive.

Sofapaka, who are second in the league four points adrift league leaders Gor Mahia, are expected to take the game to the taxmen in search of the all-important victory.

The ‘Batoto Ba Mungu’ are potential challengers for the league, and are well placed in contention for the 2014 KPL title, but have to dig deep to secure the win against a KRA side that has performed below par this second half of the season.

Sofapaka warmed for the match with a 2-0 win over Jericho Allstars at Eastleigh high school grounds on Monday.

On other hand, KRA are coming to this match disadvantaged after seven of their key players were ruled out due to injuries. Douglas Okumu, George Mwangi, Hassan Muhammad, Barack Odhiambo, George Opiyo, Robert Binja and Paul Njaaga will all miss the important clash.

Sofapaka will head into the match as clear favorites having won four and drawn one in their last five outings, against a KRA side that has lost five consecutive matches, and is a shadow of the team that had a good season in the league’s first leg, poking threats at the summit of the log.

KCB Safari Rally receives boost ahead of Kisumu event

A safari rally driver take part in a past competition. The KCB M-Benki Safari Rally starts at 7am this Saturday in Kisumu. [Photo/ kenyacarbazaar.com]

Published on Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 09:09

KCB M-Benki Safari Rally edition has received a boost of Sh5 million courtesy of iWayAfrica as it heads to Kisumu this weekend.

Speaking on Tuesday at a media briefing in Nairobi, iWayAfrica managing director Ken Munyi lauded the close relationship and working ties with KCB.

“I am pleased to announce that we have sponsored the 63rd Safari Rally series this year to that tune including communication services, reliable internet connectivity at all sites and internet connectivity for the Kenya Motor Sports Federation offices,” said Munyi.

IWayAfrica has been supporting the KCB Safari Rally since 2006 and this has resulted to greater improvement, notably the rise in the number of competitors in the series from 18 to the current 55 cars.

“This rally presents an excellent opportunity for the rally drivers to showcase their unique skills and fight for top honors as the series gets to the final stretch,” said Nkatha Mutungi, the KCB manager of communications sponsorships.

KCB M-Benki Kisumu Rally is slated for Saturday beginning 7am pitting veterans Baldev Chager, Carl Tundo and two new entrants from Uganda.

The event will see the drivers navigate through areas such as Songhor, Chemase, Chemelil, Miwani and Kobonyo, covering a total distance of 240 kilometres.

North Rift athletes want AK chairman to resign

Ak chair Isaiah Kiplagat. A section of athletes in the North Rift want him to step down. [Photo/ sabuniemmanuel.wordpress.com]

Published on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 16:55

Athletes from the North Rift have expressed their dissatisfaction with the leadership of Athletics Kenya (AK).

Speaking in Eldoret town on Tuesday, the athletes asked AK national chairman Isaiah Kiplagat to resign and allow more energetic and young people to take the leadership mantle of the federation. They said they have been experiencing many challenges due to poor leadership in the federation.

“There are quite a number of issues we really feel need to be addressed in Athletics Kenya. It seems the life of a runner has never improved with the current leadership,” said Joseph Korir, a budding athlete.

“The chairman of AK needs to resign immediately as young people can be able to lead themselves. We respect the old man and we are aware what he has done for this country but now it is his time to give a chance to other people to take AK to the next level,” Julius Kiplangat another athlete lamented.

The athletes added that they are not pleased by the way Kiplangat has been running the affairs of Athletics Kenya.

“The federation is on the verge of breaking up and rival federations have started to emerge and it is high time we had someone who can be able to unite all and prevent further disintegration of the federation,” added Kiplangat.

Sharp divisions especially in the north rift have of late faced AK with some officials even being charged in court over integrity issues.

Thika United’s on loan striker graduates

Kennedy ‘Agogo’ Otieno on loan this season at Sony Sugar graduates with a diploma in management. He has been studying for the past three years. [Photo/ Thika United]

Published on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 14:44

Kennedy ‘Agogo’ Otieno on loan this season at Sony Sugar, has made another land mark in his life adding an ice on his beloved game after graduating this time not in football field but on the line of academics.

Otieno who is a Thika United skillful striker graduated on Friday October 10th 2014 with a Diploma in Human Resource Management.

The player did not only know how to play beautiful angelic football but also passed very well in his Management course; he passed with a credit honours certificate.

‘Agogo’ was among other graduates who celebrated the fifth graduation ceremony held at Thika Technical Training Institute in Thika town.

The course took Kennedy three years of study at the Institute and speaking to the club’s official website after receiving his Certificate, the player thanked God and the entire Thika United Management team for their support.

He said, “It has been a long journey and I wish to thank my God and express my gratitude to Thika United management, Technical team and the entire club as a whole for the great assistance they accorded me during my course.”

Touching on the juggle between playing football and doing his studies at the same time, Otieno said it was never ease but hails Coach Kamau for his success.

“With the help and counsel of Coach John Kamau I have managed to both play football and study,” the robust striker said.

The player also said that the sky is not the limit for him as he intends to further his studies to even higher levels.

Rabuor primary pupils to train in Golf

Golf

A golf ball and a golf club demonstrating a stroke. Pupils of a remote school: Rabuor primary will be taught the 'rich man's' game courtesy of Western Kenya Golfers Association. [Photo: www.golf-farm.com]

Published on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 19:09

Several pupils of Rabuor Primary School in Kisumu will start training in Golf after the Western Kenya Golfers Association launched the initiative in the school last weekend.

Speaking at Rabuor Primary school during the launch of the initiative, Western Kenya Golf Chairman William Mc Tough said the new exercise targets the primary school pupils who will be expected to play the game in the future Olympic Games.

Mc Tough regretted that the public has been associating the game with the rich people but added that it is not true because it can actually be played by anyone.

He said renowned Golfer David will train the pupils at the Nyanza Golf Club, adding that they have so far donated golf kits to the school to facilitate the training.

The school’s Headteacher Charles Odida thanked the team for donating the Golf kits to the school and their offer to train the pupils on Golf.

Tour-de-Machakos takes place this weekend

Governor Alfred Mutua during the launch of the event at the Machakos Kenyatta Stadium. The race will take place this coming weekend. [Photo/ PMutuku/ Hivisasa.com]

Published on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 10:18

The Machakos county government will host the first edition of the Tour-de-Machakos cycling race this weekend.

More than 500 cyclists will converge in Machakos town for the competition which starts at the people's park on Saturday from 8.a.m.

Speaking during the launch, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua said the competition will be modelled like the famed Tour-de-France of Europe.

“For development sake, we have purposely included the Kithimani-Makutano road which was built in three months so that sceptics can come and see the condition of the 33 kilometre stretch," the governor said.

Renowned local cyclists David Kinja and the Safari Simba Team are among those expected to attend the race where the winner will walk away with Sh250,000.

Alex Kiguta, a top scout among the elite cyclists, will also be chasing for top honours in the two day event.

Besides the elite cyclists, there will also be a black mamba category for ordinary cyclists where the winner will take home Sh20, 000 and a black mamba bicycle.

Women will also have their category where the winner will get Sh20, 000 and a bike in the event that has been sponsored by the county government to boost tourism.

“It is also wise for Kenyans and foreigners to be aware that Machakos is a good destination where security is guaranteed,” CeC in charge of tourism, Faith Kithu, said during the launch.

The categories include the elite, Junior (under 19), Family fun, Veterans with above 40 years, Corporate, Media, Ladies and Black Mamba.

Thika duo for Harambee Stars defence against Morocco

Thika United's Skipper Dennis Odhiambo at City Stadium training ahead of their International Friendly match against Atlans Lions of Morocco. Odhiambo and Sammy 'Misse' Mejja are Thika United defensive players called up by Harambee Stars Head Coach Bobby Williamson. [Photo/Nation]

Published on Monday, October 13, 2014 - 13:53

Thika United FC defensive duo of Dennis Odhiambo and former Kakamega High School ace Sammy ‘Misse’ Meja are among the 18-man squad finalists that made the cut off to play against Morocco.

The duo who will play  in the international friendly match were among the initial provisional 31-man team who had been called into the national team Harambee stars camp to begin preparations ahead of their international friendly against Morocco scheduled for today in Raba.

Odhiambo is Thika United’s team’s captain and plies a defensive midfield role at the team and is very good at set pieces. The captain has scored eight league goals and is currently tying as top scorer with his team’s striker Micheal Olunga.

Mejja on the other side has been very instrumental in Thika’s defence and is among the team’s meanest defender when it comes to shielding the defence, the reason why his call up did not disappoint Harambee Stars head coach Bobby Williamson to include him is his final list to do the duty for the National team this Monday October 13.

The final 18-man team includes Goalkeepers Arnold Origi (Lillestrem/Norway) and Jerim Onyango (Gor Mahia).

While the defenders are Aboud Omar (Tusker) Edwin Wafula (AFC Leopards), David Owino (Gor Mahia), Charles Odette (Sony Sugar), Jackson Saleh (AFC Leopards) and Sammy Mejja (Thika United).

Midfield will be displayed by captain Victor Mugubi Wanyama (Southampton/England), Timona Wanyonyi (AFC Leopards), Danson Kago (Sofapaka), Humphrey Mieno (AFC Leopards), Osborne Monday (Tusker), Dennis Odhiambo (Thika United)  and Geoffrey Kataka (Kenya Revenue Authority),

And the goal hunters will be Enock Agwanda (Sofapaka), Noah Wafula (AFC Leopards) and Ayub Timbe (Genk/Belgium).

AFC Leopards-KU friendly aborts over 'unfriendly' ground

Ingwe fans

AFC Leopards fans celebrate a goal at a previous match. Coach De Jong called off the much awaited Friday friendly with Kenyatta University soccer team citing poor playing ground. [Photo: Mobifootball.com]

Published on Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 15:28

The much anticipated friendly match between AFC Leopards and Kenyatta University football team was cancelled afew  hours before the match kick off following concerns by Ingwe coach.

Ingwe were set to play the university side on Friday afternoon at the university grounds but the match was called off in the last moments due to what the Leopards’ coach, Pieter De Jong termed as ‘unplayable ground’.

Ingwe team arrived at university on time ready for the match but after the coach inspected the pitches, he said that the match wouldn’t be played for the playing surfaces of the four pitches in the university were not of the best quality.

The Dutch claimed the poor playing surface would expose his players to injuries and thus didn’t want to take a gamble.

Efforts by KU coach, Vince Ombiji to direct Leopards to another pitch proved futile as the Dutchman had already made his decision not to play.

The team warmed at the university grounds for about thirty minutes before boarding their bus and leaving the place leaving the expectant fans disappointed.

KU were to face Leopards who beat National Super League side, Talanta in a friendly match played on Thursday at the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani.

Kenyatta University head coach, Vince Ombiji was happy to face the premier league side and had expressed his hopes that the match would be beneficial to his young team.

Top Fry coach: We have done our best

Top Fry coach Peter Okidi says the team has done the best it could. He says that relegation of two teams is unavoidable. [Photo/ fulltime90.com]

Published on Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 09:00

With just four matches to play in the Kenya premier league Top Fry –Nakuru All Stars head coach Peter Okidi says that even if they will be relegated, the experience they have gained is what matters.

Speaking during a training session at the Afraha Stadium yesterday, Okidi said that playing in the premier league is no joke and that his team is even better compared to what they were before getting into the top league.

Okidi said that as a team they do not regret being relegated saying that not all teams can avoid relegation.

“We have sixteen teams in the league and two of them must be relegated. If it is your time to go, you cannot avoid it and Top Fry will not be the last or first team to be relegated,” said Okidi.

He said that relegation is not troubling his players and that they are prepared to play the last four matches with all their energy.

“We are going to play the remaining matches with all the energy we have and our opponents must watch out because things might change,” he said.

After playing twenty six matches, Top Fry which came into the top league this season has managed to win only three matches, seven draws and sixteen losses.

Okidi attributes the bad performance to lack of experience in the premier league by his players.

“Most of our players had never played before in the top league and may be was one cause of our troubles,” he opined.

Kahata training with super league side

Francis Kahata. He is now training with National Super League Zone A side, Talanta. [Photo/ voiceofsport.net]

Published on Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 07:15

Former Thika United midfielder and Kenya International player, Francis Kahata is training with National Super League Zone A side, Talanta.

Kahata has been without a club since parting ways with Albanian club, Tirana FC over unpaid dues in august and was unable to secure transfer to another club.

The skipper is now training with Talanta FC as he aims to maintain his fitness ahead of the January transfer window where he will be hoping to secure transfer to another club

Talanta head coach, Michael Nam confirmed the news saying he is happy to have the stylish midfielder in his side and observing that the young players in his side will benefit from training with the Chania High School alumnus.

“I am happy to have the player with me since he has a lot to offer to my young star players and I believe being around them will be a source of motivation” Nam said

Talanta is 3rd on National Super League Zone A table with 38 points and will be hoping to gain promotion to the Kenya Premier League next season. 

Kahata had earlier vowed not to play for another club other than Thika united in the Kenya primer league and is hoping to rejoin his original club by next season.

Thika United committed to producing the best – Coach

Thika United at a previous match. The coach has said the team is committed to producing the best. [Photo/ mobifootball.com]

Published on Friday, October 10, 2014 - 10:05

Thika United head coach John Kamau has revealed that the team is doing its best to give Kenyan football the best.

Speaking from Thika stadium, where the team trains, the coach said that the team’s dream is to triumph over the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and be ranked the best team countrywide.

The coach added that the team is not inferior without Francis Kahata who was late in signing with the team this season after completing his contract with an Oman club.

“I have noticed that we have some players with great capabilities. I am very proud of Kenga King’atua and I am sure he will make a difference in the Kenyan football,” Kamau said.

Kenga, who has played in the club for only two seasons now, has been showing to be very talented and has been loved by Thika United fans.

The team is back to training ahead of their next week’s match against AFC Leopards in Mumias.

Ulinzi capitalise on international break for friendly matches

Ulinzi Stars at a previous match. The team plays Nairobi City Stars at Hope Centre in Kawangware, Nairobi on Friday 10. [Photo/ mobifootball.com]

Published on Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 13:08

The Kenya Premier League (KPL) takes a break this weekend to honour FIFA International week with National teams playing friendly matches.

Kenya which is a member of FIFA has lined up to play against Morocco on Monday, October 13.

The break has affected KPL teams as local based players have been called up to play the friendly against Morocco.

Ulinzi Stars whom all its players are intact will not be resting and have planned to use the break to their advantage as they surge to win this year’s KPL title.

Coach Robert Matano had ligned two matches this week with one being played yesterday and the other one on Friday 10 to keep the team fit as the International matches taking center stage.

Matano has told the club’s official website that they need to keep the rhythm going and are not resting during this FIFA International Matches break but rather they will play two friendly matches, one with a National Supper League and the other with a KPL opponent.

“We need to keep the rhythm going and thus the need for these two friendly matches. We want to finish the season in a very good way,” Coach Robert Matano said.

He added, “None of our players will be involved with the national team which plays Morocco in Marrakech on Monday”.

Ulinzi are fourth with 41 points 10 behind league leaders and defending champions Gor Mahia. Both teams have lost only three matches and they are the only duos that have lost fewer matches this season so far, a reason why Ulinzi is not resting yet bearing in mind this good statistics leaning on their side.

Canoeing team to miss international competition for lacking funds

Mildred Nyambura, an athlete from the Kiambu canoeing team. The team may miss the championships  in Algeria due to lack of funds. [Photo/ KShanyulah]

Published on Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 09:19

The Kiambu County canoeing team may not travel to Algeria this October for the International African Championship due to lack of funds.

Club chairman Bashora Mohamed says that despite their exemplary performance in their previous competitions, where the team of nine rowers always emerged winners, the county government has not recognised them.

He told the press that the team has been sponsoring itself to championships but the promise by the county government to sponsor them has not yielded fruits.

Bashora added that they were forced to dig into their pockets in the previous competition which was held in Mombasa last month for the qualifier to Algeria.

“My team was forced to walk a 30 minutes distance to the venue in order to compete. Gladly, we managed position two overall after Kenya Navy. Despite the challenges, the athletes managed to scoop six medals; two gold, two silver and two bronze,” Bashora added.

Contacted for comment, the County Sports Director George Chege said that he was not in a position to comment about the funds.

He said that the team only requested for the county’s assistance in 2014 and no financial provision has been made for them. The county government, he said, may sponsor them in the next competitions.

The team needed Sh43,000 only for the three days they were to be in Mombasa.

Iten teenager wins Machakos Mulley’s Marathon

Justus Kangogo and Marion Limo emerged winners at the Machakos Mulley's half Marathon. Kangogo says he looks forward to winning the Maasai Mara race. [Photo/ safari254.com]

Published on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 17:02

A nineteen year-old athlete from Iten in Uasin Gishu County took the top position during the 4th edition of the Machakos Mulleys half Marathon.

Justus Kangogo made an easy transition from the track back to the roads, winning the race in 62 minutes.

The second position was taken by Hosea Mailel from the same county who recently came back from the 2012 International Marathon hosted in Germany.

Speaking to this writer, Mailel said he was not a marathon novice after managing to appear in the Kuming Marathon hosted in China in 2013.

“I also participated in the Baringo marathon held mid this year where I won and promised to do better come the Maasai Mara marathon,” he said.

In the women category, 24- year-old, Marion Limo emerged the winner in 73:25:18.

“I could have done better were it not for the drizzling of rain which made the road slippery,” she claimed.

Limo said she chose to participate in the marathon over the Eldoret marathon which was also hosted yesterday because she had already participated the Mulley’s marathon last year.

In the children category, Geoffrey Mutua took the top position closely followed by Ndinda from Yatta, Sub-county.

Mulley’s CEO, Kelvin Mulei said in this year’s Marathon, more than Sh600, 000 worth of cash prizes were won for the 21 and 10 km categories. The proceeds are aimed at sponsoring 10 orphans to complete their education after their parents succumbed to HIV.

National team Call up over-joys Ndolo

sofapaka, ekhaliana ndolo, bobby williams, harambee stars, enock agwanda

Sofapaka FC offensive midfielder Anthony Ekhaliana Ndolo is grateful to receive his first call to the National Soccer team. Coach Bobby Wiliamson has named a 31-man squad to prepare for an international friendly match against Morocco, in Rabat, Morocco, on Monday October 13. [Photo/ Futaa.com]

Published on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 15:17

Sofapaka FC offensive midfielder Anthony Ekhaliana Ndolo says he is grateful for receiving his first call to the national soccer team.

Ndolo, who plies his trade with Machakos based club, Sofapaka, said that his dream to play for the Harambee Stars has now become a reality, following coach Bobby Williamson’s call to do duty for the country.

“It is a dream come true, I am overjoyed, and this is a moment I have been longing for,” said Ekhaliana, after reporting to the team camp. “Playing for your country is always a proud moment for any player and am no different, I am grateful that head coach, Williamson, gave me the chance to play for my country and I will do it with pride”.

Ndolo, who has so far scored six goals for his club, is sofapaka’s dependable player. The offensive midfielder joined Sofapaka in January, after crossing the borders from Uganda, where he was playing for Ugandan Premier League giants Kampala City Council (KCC).

Ndolo’s Sofapaka teammate and the team’s top scorer Enock Agwanda, is another of Sofapaka's outstanding players who has been called up by coach Williamson.

The full squad includes goalkeepers Jerim Onyango, Wilson Obungu, Samuel Odhiambo, Arnold Origi, and Robert Mboya.

Defenders are Aboud Omar, David Owino, Dennis Odhiambo, Jackson Saleh, Edwin Wafula, Athman Buki, Charles Odette and Sammy Meja.

Midfield call ups are Osborne Monday, Victor Mugubi (captain) Humphrey Mieno, Anthony Ndolo, Danson Kago, Timothy Otieno and Anthony Ndungu.

Forward choices are Allan Wanga, Enock Agwanda, Ayub Timbe, Noah Wafula, Harrison Mwendwa, Victor Ndinya, Jesse Were, Geoffrey Kataka, Tim Wanyonyi, Clifford Alwanga and Nelson Simwa.

Thika United hoping to claw down Ingwe

Thika United players in a past match. The team looks to continue with their good run when they meet AFC Leopards at Mumias. [Photo/ michezoafrica.com]

Published on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 06:30

The Thika United team resumed training on Tuesday in preparation for the Kenya Premier League match against AFC Leopards in a fortnight that will be played in Mumias.

The team will be having an upper hand against Ingwe, who may be without five first team players in that fixture.  

Humphrey Mieno, Jackson Saleh, Edwin Wafula, Timonoah Wanyonyi and Noah Wafula of the host team have joined the Harambee Stars camp in preparation for an international friendly match against Morocco on Monday.

Fresh from thrashing Bandari over the weekend, Thika will be hoping to down AFC leopards, who beat Top Fry AllStars on Sunday.

Thika United head coach John Kamau is, however, not celebrating over the upper hand against Ingwe, insisting that his players will deliver and stick to the game plan as they did during the Bandari match over the weekend.

“My boys will give their best according to the game plan since AFC Leopards is a big team and gunning them on their own soil will be a task to reckon with,” Kamau said.

“However, am confident I will deliver and try to scoop the three points from the host team bearing in mind they have resumed training as well.”

Thika United beat Leopards 2-0 in the first leg at the Nyayo national stadium in a match that was marred by crowd trouble.

Top Fry give up survival hopes

 Top Fry AllStars assistant coach Nick Yakhama: Realistically speaking, we are a long way off, and even mathematically, the path to survival is difficult.” [Photo/ superfoota.co.ke]

Published on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 15:34

Top Fry AllStars have all but surrendered their Kenya Premier League (KPL) survival hopes after their 16th loss of the season following a crushing defeat from AFC Leopards on Sunday at Afraha stadium.

Speaking to the club’s official website, assistant coach Nick Yakhama admitted that the Nakuru-based side is likely to play in the lower division next season, because all that is now left is to honour the remaining KPL fixtures.

Realistically speaking, we are a long way off, and even mathematically, the path to survival is difficult,” Yakhama said.

“What remains for us now is to finish the fight, to be strong up to the end so that we don’t end up thinking that we didn’t do our best.”

Top Fry, the first club to win the KPL title in 1963, then called the National League, was making a comeback to the Kenyan top flight football after more than 61 years playing at lower levels.

The 0-2 defeat at the hands of AFC Leopards means that AllStars will now play in the National Supper League next season despite the remaining four matches to go.

The team, now at the bottom of the table with 16 points, has only won three matches so far, drawing seven and losing 16.

One of their remarkable win of the season they will boast of is the victory against reigning KPL Champions Gor Mahia on March 22 at Afraha stadium, where they put up a stunning performance to win 2-0.

The other two winning matches for Top Fry were against KRA at home and against Thika United away at Thika municipal stadium on August 24.

Leopards tear apart Nakuru Allstars dimming title hopes

Nakuru Topfry Allstars players at a previous match.The team was beaten 2-0 by AFC Leopards at The Afraha Stadium. (Photo/Fulltime90.com)

Published on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 10:12

AFC Leopards triumphed over hosts Nakuru Topfry Allstars in a match that was played at the Afraha Stadium on Sunday.

The match which kicked off at 2pm was a crucial opportunity for both teams to prove their worth in the top tier of Kenyan football and also keep off the possibility of relegation.

At the start of the game, Leopards were on a high notch after posing a threat from Situma's free kick which flew a few inches wide from the goal on the fifth minute. Leopards earned two consecutive corners in the twelfth and thirteenth minutes but Top fry's Shaban Odhoji cleared the ball away from the goal.

Leopard's goal was awarded by the referee through a penalty kick taken by Humphrey Mieno, a minute after the corner kick. Five minutes later, Tony Nyang'or was determined to equalise for the hosts, only for his low shot to be calmly handled by Leopard's keeper Matasi.

Allstars' defence strategies were outweighed by Leopard's fiery attacks when Jacob Keli threaded the ball into the net to seal a 2-0 victory at the second minute of injury time. The loss for the bottom placed Nakuru team in the league standings depict the slim chances the team possesses to remain in top flight.

After this match, which was pegged as a must-win for Nakuru Allstars to survive, Coach Nick Yakhama had this to say, "We have lost the match and it is yet another day for us. The survival is hard now but we will work hard in the remaining matches and give our best."

Currently, Gor Mahia are still the favourites for the title leading with 51 points, 35 points above Nakuru Allstars.

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