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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.

Sitting volleyball gym coming up at Afraha

Published on Monday, July 21, 2014 - 07:32

A mini-gymnasium for people living with physical disabilities is currently under construction at the Afraha stadium grounds in Nakuru town.

The gym will have training facilities, a changing room and a pitch for sitting volleyball – a game played by people with physical challenges.

The ground-breaking ceremony of the construction of the gymnasium was conducted last week by Nakuru County’s sports executive, Catherine Kitetu.

The construction has been sponsored by a group of European-based philanthropists, known as Projects Abroad, and will be completed in less than a month.

Over 20 of the philanthropists, from the UK, attended the ground-breaking event as were MCAs Emma Mbugua and Joshua Mureithi, who represent people living with disabilities.

The coach of the Nakuru Sports Youth Association, Dickson Gateri, expressed gratitude at the sponsorship on behalf of the county’s sitting volleyball team.

Ward representative Mbugua said the project would provide great relief to local youth, especially those with disabilities, by keeping them off drug abuse, alcoholism and HIV-Aids related consequences.

The team’s chairman, Nicholas Muchemi, and executive committee member Richard Tirop said he team was formed in June last year and the officials aim to make it attain international standards and compete in sitting volleyball events worldwide by tapping local talents.

MCA Mbugua said Sh25 million has been set aside for each ward’s development with Sh1 million being allocated to each ward in Nakuru County for people living with disabilities. She encouraged registered member-groups to go for the funds.

Mureithi also suggested that an inter-wards completion for people living with disabilities be started so as to tap latent talent in youth for sports and leadership abilities.

Governor Mbugua is new inter-counties sports boss

Published on Friday, July 18, 2014 - 16:55

Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua is the new patron of Kenya Inter-Counties Sports and Cultural Association (Kicosca). 

Kinuthia takes over from Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero who filled the position at inauguration in July last year.

Nakuru’s chairperson of sports and culture, Jane Wangui, who is also a representative of Gilgil ward, congratulated the governor, saying the assembly budgeted for sports in each ward for this financial year.

Kicosca national chairperson Fredrick Rimbere said the association takes a forum way of initiating interaction, developments of sports and unity. The regional games will be held in Kampala on August and Mbugua will accompany the team. 

Rimbere encouraged more teams to come and compete, emphasising that the residents will benefit from organisation.

County assembly deputy speaker John Macharia challenged those accusing MCAs for overspending to stop since the ward representatives have many services to deliver.

At the handover ceremony, Mbugua said people will benefit socially and economically. He encouraged stakeholders to deliver services well, saying Nakuru is the most secured county.

Kidero was represented by Christopher Khaemba, the executive in charge of the sports docket in Nairobi County.

Unlucky Top Fry fall to Gor

Published on Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 17:13

Top Fry AllStars fell 0–1 to Tusker Premier League defending champions Gor Mahia in a midweek encounter staged at City Stadium on Wednesday.

Former Karuturi Sports right back and Cameroon born Simon Pierre scored the solitary goal in the 8th minute after AllStars’ Kaplimba Kanamuli failed to clear a Kennedy Opiyo free kick.

The visitors did not give up from conceding the early goal and held their spirits high in search of the equalizer. In the 11th minute, Tony Nyangor thought he had struck home but saw his free kick well taken by Gor custodian Jerim Onyango.

Four minutes later, Musa Mohammed fouled Erastus Mwaniki with the resultant free kick going off the target.

Both sides displayed a counter attack football for the better part of the first half.

Despite bringing on all the substitutes’ in the second half, Peter Okidi’s charges could not restore parity, ending up losing all the points to remain 15th on the log with 12 points from 18 matches.

Resilient Sofapaka picks point at Ulinzi

Published on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 11:39

Ulinzi Stars were held to a 1–1 draw by visiting Sofapaka in a Tusker Premier League clash at Afraha stadium.

The Soldiers were the first to see the back of the net after Stephen Waruru converted John Nairuka’s free kick after just four minutes of kick-off.

Sofapaka found themselves struggling to keep possession in the opening minutes with their first sniff at goal coming in the 22nd minute through a corner kick, which was well dealt with by the Hassan Mohammed-led Ulinzi back line.

In the 34th minute, Kevin Amwayi’s clear-cut cross from the flank lacked a simple tap in by his teammates who were nowhere near the ball.

Sofapaka seemed to have been outplayed in the first half, forcing head coach Sam Timbe to effect changes in the second half that led to the last-minute equalizer through Burundian international Abdoul Fiston.

The point lifted Ulinzi to seventh spot with 23 points from 17 matches.

Top Fry record second league win

Published on Monday, July 14, 2014 - 08:16

Nakuru-based Top Fry AllStars recorded their second win of the season in the Tusker Premier League by beating Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) 1–0 at Afraha Stadium on Sunday.

Erastus Mwaniki notched the priceless goal in the 36th minute to give the team hope that they can avoid relegation. Mwaniki beat KRA’s Douglas Okumu before rounding goalkeeper Philemon Otieno to bury the ball in the net and ensure they break for halftime leading.

On resumption, new signing Tony Nyangor could have doubled the lead for the hosts in the 52nd minute but KRA defender Edwin Misiko blocked his attempted shot. A minute later, KRA’s Geoffrey Kataka came close in a bid to restore parity but his shot went wide.

The battle went on with KRA keen on marking an impressing Tony ‘Balotieno’ Nyangor for fear of his probing antics. In the 73rd minute, an encounter between Balotieno and Evans Kiwanuka left the striker in pain, leading to his substitution in the 80th minute to pave way for John Ndirangu.

The taxmen could do little to save their blushes as Top Fry bagged full points for the second time this season after doing the same against league champions Gor Mahia with a 2–0 victory in March.

The Peter Okidi-coached side are still ranked 15th with 12 points in the league table.

They welcome Muhoroni Youth in their next league match on Saturday 26 July.

Nakuru Top Fry share spoils with SoNy

Published on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 07:45

Nakuru Top Fry failed to beat off their relegation worries after being held to a barren draw by visiting SoNy Sugar at Afraha Stadium on Saturday.

It was the second draw in a row for the Nakuru side who held former champions Tusker to a 1-1 tie at the same venue on Wednesday.

The result means that Top Fry, who are second from the bottom of the league table, have now gone ten matches without a win. The last time a team went ten matches without a win and still survived relegation was in 2010 when City Stars achieved this feat.

However, on a positive note, Top Fry will be happy that they have now gone six matches un-beaten and for a team that was used to losing, it left coach Peter Okidi positive about their survival chances.

"Considering that we were at home, our target was to pick maximum points and begin our climb out of the bottom,” said the Top Fry coach.

“We are still grateful with that single point. It is better than nothing and we hope to build on it for better results in future,” he told Goal.com

Top Fry will blame themselves for not winning this one considering the number of chances which they created. Hardly two minutes into the match, Samuel Onyango headed wide from a free kick taken at the edge of the box by Arthur Weyula. In the fifth minute, John Ndirangu saw his attempt sail over the bar as the home side looked for the opener.

By the quarter hour mark Mohammed Haji had been denied. Haji created another scoring opportunity for the home side at the half hour mark, setting up Erastus Mwaniki who failed to tap home the effort. 

Top Fry AllStars spends Sh0.1m on new signings

Published on Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 11:22

Nakuru-based Top Fry AllStars splashed Sh125,000 in signing new players in the just concluded June transfer window.

The Tusker Premier League side parted with Sh50,000 to acquire the services of central defender Kanamuli Severin from second tier side Nzoia Sugar. It also gave a total Sh60,000 for striker Tony Nyangor and goalkeeper Shaban Odhoji from Chemelil Sugar and Muhoroni Youth respectively, each player costing Sh30,000.

The club also paid Nairobi-based Moya FC Sh15,000 to acquire the services of Cersidy Lumumba while Haji Ugando landed in on a loan deal from Tanzanian side Mbagala United.

The league debutants, through the Football Kenya Federation, has already received the international transfer certificate of the Tanzanian youngster.

The club, coached by Peter Okidi, yesterday shared spoils with Tusker FC after drawing 1-1 at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.

The new signings are expected to help the team fight avoid relegation.

Harambee Stars to face Lesotho in Nakuru in African Cup qualifier

Published on Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 13:23

The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations return match between Kenya and Lesotho on August 3 will be played at Nakuru's Afraha Stadium, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Sam Nyamweya said yesterday.

Speaking during the FKF Annual General Meeting at Kabarak Guest House in Nakuru County, Nyamweya said the move is geared towards taking football closer to people.

“The return match (Kenya vs Lesotho) is set for August 3 and will be held in Nakuru,” Nyamweya said.

“Kenyans living outside Nairobi tend to miss top-notch football action, especially matches involving the senior national team, Harambee Stars, because most of the matches are played in Nairobi,” he added.

The FKF president put the delegates through last year's activities, pointing out that during the period, Harambee Stars rose from position 138 to 108 in Fifa rankings, noting that it was the fastest progression by an African team in one year.

Harambee Stars players are currently watching the World Cup finals in Brazil, courtesy of President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta’s support. The president and his family made a personal donation of Sh10 million, while East African Breweries chipped in Sh3.5 million to facilitate the trip to South America.

The national team players, who were being rewarded for winning the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup tournament last year, watched Thursday’s Fifa World Cup first round match between Ghana and Portugal, in which the European team won 2-1.

Ulinzi Stars vs Ingwe match postponed

Published on Friday, June 27, 2014 - 07:47

The Tusker Premier League (TPL) second leg opener pitting hosts Ulinzi Stars and AFC Leopards has been postponed.

The fixture was set to be honoured this Saturday at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru but will now be played on the weekend of 5 and 6 July.

The move has been effected following the national team Harambee Stars Wednesday June 25 departure to watch the ongoing World Cup in Brazil.

“KPL have communicated to us that the game has been postponed and we will thus have no engagement this weekend,” team manager David Mwangi said.

The national team were sponsored by President Uhuru Kenyatta to watch the World Cup in South America after winning the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup. 

Nakuru's Josphine Kaime wins Pan African Life Cancer golf Challenge

Published on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 11:21

Playing handicap 10, Josphine Kaime amassed 40 staple-ford points to be crowned the overall winner of the third leg of the Pan African Life Cancer Challenge held at the 18-hole Nakuru Golf Club.

Kaime accumulated an average of 19 points on the first nine and 21 points on the second nine to beat a contingent of 116 golfers to win the golf challenge. 

“It was not easy, especially having to battle it out with my opponents. But all in all am proud of the win,” Kaime said after the match. 

In the weekend, second-placed Kysto Sisenda, playing handicap 14, managed to accumulate a total of 38 staple-ford points.

Michael Kandie, playing handicap 15, settled for the third slot having accumulated a total of 36 staple-ford points. 

Susan Gichuki scooped the lady winner trophy, having amassed a total of 36 staple-ford points, as Nancy Metto followed with 35 staple-ford points. 

Esther Karuga had 21 points to be crowned first nine winner with Steven Magunyu attaining 19 staple-ford points to become winner of the second nine.
 
The longest drive man title went to J. Chege as Josphine Kaime also scooped the longest drive lady category, with Ali Wazir winning the nearest to pin man category. 

Staff winner was Stephen Kamanda having collected a total of 29 staple-ford points when he accumulated 16 and 13 points in the first and second nine respectively. 

E. N Kimotho, playing handicap 14, scored 28 staple-ford points to win the guest category as Anoop Sahota playing handicap 26 scored 24 staple-ford points to be crowned the junior category winner. 

Anoop was closely followed by Dan Njenga, who amassed 18 staple-ford points.

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