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Ulinzi captain happy with new role

Published on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 09:04

After guiding his team beat Tusker on Thursday, Ulinzi Stars captain Stephen Ocholla says he is delighted with his new role.

Ocholla, who contributed to the win by scoring a goal and providing an assist in the 2-1 win, hopes to improve following his new offensive role he has been accorded by the coach.

Speaking to the club’s website, the skipper noted that he is comfortable in his new responsibility as an offensive midfielder and that he does not regret playing out of position previously.

“As a player, whichever position the coach gives you, you need to put 100 percent; whether or not that is your natural position is no excuse for you to be lame,” he said.

“When the coach decides to play you somewhere, it is because he has seen potential of you giving your best there.”

He noted that in previous outings, he used to score one or two goals but given the new attacking role, he intends to score more goals.

The captain has so far found the back of the net thrice and is targeting to score six goals before the end of the season.

“In the previous seasons, I scored probably one or two goals because of my defensive responsibility but now I am aiming at making it six,” he said.

The skipper was also optimistic that his team can finish in the best first three positions but said it is the entire team’s wish that they win the league.

Kenya Riders team dominate 'Cycle with Rhino' event

Published on Monday, September 29, 2014 - 09:13

Iten-based Kenyan Riders dominated this year’s edition of Cycle with the Rhino in Nakuru by taking the top three slots.

This year was the 10th edition of the event whose proceeds will be used to fence Lake Nakuru National Park and also create awareness among the general public.

Paul Ariko, one of Kenya’s road race cyclists at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland cruised to victory clocking 3.55.21 in the newly introduced 140km course.

The former potato vendor was spotted by the Kenyan Riders club managed by Australian Simon Blake. He later signed a contract in 2009 which catapulted him to the elite riders’ league in the country.

“I started riding in 2004 before I was spotted in 2007 leading to my signing. I have represented Kenya in Commonwealth India, Tour of Egypt thrice, Tour of Rwanda five times, Tour of Eritrea three times and Tour of Gabon thrice,” said Ariko. He however did not finish the Glasgow Commonwealth road race owing to harsh weather, in a race which began with 153 riders but only 12 finished.

Ariko said the low altitude Nakuru provided an easy time for him since he has been training at the high altitude, Iten. He said it was good for him in preparation of the eight-day Tour of Rwanda slated for November this year.

Joseph Gichora (Kenyan Riders) came second, 40 microseconds behind Ariko as co-trainee Samuel Mwangi, winner of the seventh edition came in third in 3.56.15.

“The race course was long. We applied our tactics despite the hard course and that is what helped us emerge winners,” said Mwangi.

The team has some of its riders invited for a tour rider in Asia this year and Ariko says it will provide an opportunity for other riders in the team to try their ability.

KWS Director William Kiprono lauded the event, saying it is picking up in addition to raising new talents.

From 2-year injury recovery, Yator eyes track races

Published on Friday, September 26, 2014 - 17:15

Former 5,000M African champion Vincent Yator is eyeing a track comeback next year after having been edged out for close to two years.

Yator was away from the track for the period after picking an injury.

“I am happy to announce that I am now fully recovered and I will be back on track next year. I will be using the remaining local races before the year ends to seek speed endurance ahead of next year’s local competitions and commercial races,” said Yator.

The 25-year old 5,000M and 3,000M steeplechase specialist attempted a marathon debut in October 2013 posting a time of 2.13.04 in Amsterdam.

He says, “I have already gained speed, but what I am seeking now is speed endurance.”

The athlete co-trains with long distance runners like Eliud Kipchoge, Geoffrey Kamworor, Bernard Kipyego and Emmanuel Mutai at the Kaptagat.

Elsewhere, the Kenya captain to the 2011 World Cross Country Championships in Punta Umbria, Spain Mathew Kisorio says he will not be running major marathons but will concentrate on road and cross country races.

“I will be running the Standard Chartered in Kenya and half marathons abroad. I am not planning to run full marathons either this year or next year,” said Kisorio who sprang back to a winning streak after a two year ban.

Cross country runners Alice Aprot and Irene Chebet Cheptai are eyeing next year’s world cross championships. 

Ulinzi coach confident after Tusker win

Published on Friday, September 26, 2014 - 16:00

Ulinzi Stars head coach Robert Matano has exuded confidence in his team’s performance at the Kenya Premier League (KPL) having closed the gap and climbing the table standings.

The team is placed fifth after thrashing Tusker FC 2-1 in a Wednesday league match played at home ground, Afraha stadium. The former Tusker FC tactician told Hivisasa sports that he is not far away from the leading pack.

“We are going on having closed the gap. We are not far away from everybody in front of us,” he said.

With five matches remaining for the servicemen, Matano said Tusker having drawn four matches and lost one compounded to being on top of the league, his efforts would be spent on working on lack of concentration among his players.

In a recent knockout stage of the Gotv shield tournament staged at Nakuru pitting the servicemen and visiting Tusker FC, the Matano boys’ defence lapse cost them a blow when they were eliminated from the tournament. Matano says the team’s recovery from participating in the East Africa military games may have contributed to the loss.

In the high tempered game that saw a confrontation between the two sides’, eight yellow cards were issued, mostly to Ulinzi players.

“We will win matches. We do not think about opponents too much but how to work as a team,” said Matano.

Tusker’s tactician Francis Kimanzi who once was also Ulinzi Star’s coach regretted dropping two points that would have placed them second at league table standing. Placed third with an aggregate 42 points and with just six points between them and league leaders Gor Mahia, Matano said they will push on.

“We have dropped three points but it does not mean the league is over. We will fight and push harder until our last game,” he said.

Ulinzi is set to clash with Mathare United as Ulinzi travels to western in a match that will pit them with hosts Chemelil Sugar.

Ulinzi drowns Tusker at Afraha

Published on Friday, September 26, 2014 - 09:48

Ulinzi Stars sent visiting Tusker FC to a 2-1 hiding in a rescheduled league match staged at Afraha stadium on Thursday evening.

The soldiers pulled the trigger through Evans Amuoka at the half hour mark by converting a well-placed header before Tusker levelled a minute after the break, courtesy of Ismail Dunga’s strike.

Captain Stephen Ochollah, coming into the game after a one-match suspension, grabbed the winner at the 80th minute mark.

Ulinzi were, however, dealt with a blow after Kevin Amwayi was stretchered off with an injury in the 39th minute as Job Muhati replaced him.

The victory is sweet for head coach Robert Matano who was meeting his former employers and now sees his club go fifth on the 16 team table standings with 38 points, 10 behind leaders Gor Mahia while Tusker remain third on 42 after 25 rounds of play.

The Nakuru-based side could challenge for the title should they register impressive results in their remaining five matches; against Chemelil Sugar, Western Stima, Thika United, Bandari and SoNy Sugar in that order.

Bandari, Gor Mahia draw ups KPL stakes

Published on Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 14:30

Bandari FC held Gor Mahia to 0-0 draw at Nairobi City stadium after Bandari's strong defence gave its best in a match that had much expectations from both teams.

Godfrey Walusimbi thought he had scored in the 28th minute after picking Dan Sserunkuma's shot but his celebration was cut short by assistant referee Oliver Ouma’s raised flag for offside. Sserunkuma too had a chance to pull a score but he was held up by Bandari's defender Andrew Waiswa who took the stand and saved the situation.

Another attempt by Victor Majid on failed on 12th as well as Kepha Aswani's chance but he was flagged offside when he was just about to pull the trigger. Bandari FC had a fruitless chance through Masoud Juma on the 76th minute. He also missed another great chance on the second minute of an added time.

Bandari are currently position 13 with 27 points while Gor are still at the summit with 48 points in the league's standings. Gor Mahia will play Nairobi City Stars on Saturday 4th October as Bandari FC prepare to tackle Thika United on Sunday October 5.

Gor Mahia face Bandari in mid-week fixture

Published on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 15:00

The reigning Kenya Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia will face Bandari FC this afternoon in a match that will see them defend their first position by all means.

K’ogalo thrashed Chemelil Sugar 2 – 0 on Saturday 20 September and today, they look forward to defending their KPL title at Nairobi City Stadium.

Gor Mahia are currently in top position in the league, playing three games in seven days. Mathare drew 1-1 with Thika united on Sunday at Thika town. Mathare is currently holding the seventh position with 33 points as Gor mahia leads the table with 47 points.

Gor Mahia will be looking to open a four – point gap when they play host Bandari today even as the league enters into a crucial final stage.

The match will kick off at 4pm East African time. 

Photo of the Day: Nakuru's youngest MCA runs for health

Published on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 06:15

The youngest Nakuru ward representative, Samuel Kamau of Kiamaina ward, among the participants of weekend Geothermal Development Company half marathon.

More than 20 youths who participated in the event came from his ward.

Read more: Mbugua leads county in GDC marathon.

Mbugua leads county in GDC marathon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ulinzi plans to benefit from rivals’ errors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AK boss calls for improvement of sports facilities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ulinzi win bragging rights in Nakuru derby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mathare hold Thika 1-1 at home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ulinzi may spite Top Fry in relegation do or die

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miracle needed by Nakuru All-stars to avoid relegation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mathematical chances:

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

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

KPL teams to miss core players this weekend

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

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

The team is set to take on AFC Leopards tomorrow.

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

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

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

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

County superbike championship kicks off tomorrow

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

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

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

It is the first of its kind in Kenya.

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

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

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

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

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

Two KPL matches set for tomorrow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ten-man Ulinzi hold Gor Mahia army

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gor, Ulinzi mid-week match at a glance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ten-man Thika United humbled

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chemelil beat Top Fry at Afraha

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ulinzi marches past KCB

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Stars players back after long injury

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Residents get a feel of 'Safari Rally' this weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ulinzi vs KCB: what to expect this afternoon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

County to sponsor youths for GDC marathon

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

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

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

The marathon will be held on September 21 in Nakuru

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

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

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

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

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

Governor unveils annual Lake Nakuru rhino race

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thika Queens humiliate Rangers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Date set for GDC marathon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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