A last minute goal by Leandra Smelda rallied South Africa to a 2-1 win over hosts Zimbabwe to be crowned this year's COSAFA Women's Cup winners on Sunday September 24 at the Bulawayo Stadium in Zimbabwe.

Thembi Kgatlana  has given South Africa in the 45th minute before lethal striker Rutendo Makore equalized for the hosts in the 73rd minute. Leandra Smeda then sent the South Africa's technical bench into jubilation with a goal in the 90th minute which all but sealed the title for Banyana Banyana.

South Africa have now won the tournament a record four times, having lifted it in 2002, 2006 and 2008. Losing finalists Zimbabwe are the only other team to have won the tournament having done that in 2011.

 

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Bandari FC's miseries continued on Sunday September 24 after losing 1-0 to Chemelil Sugar in a Round of 27 match played at the Mbaraki Sports Club.

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An 85th minute penalty converted by Alexis Kitenge was all AFC Leopards needed to get past a tough Vihiga United on Saturday September 24 at the Afraha Stadium and consequently book a date with Kariobangi Sharks in the finals of this year's Gotv Shield tournament.

In a match that Vihiga were the better side, Clyde Nevade had the first chance for thema in the 2nd minute just outside the box but his uncalculated shot went wide off target. Dennis Simiyu then saw his header saved by keeper Ian Otieno in the 17th minute after he had risen the highest to connect with Nevada's cross. 

The best chance for the National Super League leaders came in the 21st minute from a counter attack, Kevin Ichiami flinging a through ball to Rashid Kyambadde but once again Ian Otieno reacted the quickest to prevent his side from going down.

Vihiga keeper Barnabas Tiema then followed the footsteps of his equal opponent ten minutes with a brilliant save to deny Alexis Kitenge who had taken a shot at goal.

In the second half, Leopards coach Robert Matano decided to introduce Keziron Kizito and Marcelus Ingotsi for Vincent Oburu and Whyvonne Isuza respectively in a bid to spice up his attack.

Substitute Kizito almost made an impact in the 77th minute following Samuel Ndungús pass but saw his shot fail to find the target.

Just as the match seemed to be headed into post-match penalties, Leopards were awarded a penalty five minutes from time following defender Edwin Otieno's apparent hand ball inside the box. Burundian international Alexis Kitenge stepped up to take the resulting penalty, burying the ball to the far left corner to earn his team a hard fought 1-0 win over Vihiga.

Ingwe will now clash with fellow league competitors Kariobangi Sharks in the finals of the competition. Sharks eased past SoNy Sugar 2-0 in the first semifinal.

Leopards Starting XI: Ian Otieno,  Michael Kibwage, Dennis Shikhayi,  Abdallah Salim, Robinson Kamura, Samwel Ndungu,  Musa Mudde, Duncan  Otieno, Alexis Kitenge,  Whyvonne Isuza,  Vincent Oburu

Reserves: Mukolwe, Nyakha, Kizito, Majid, Wanami, Ingotsi, Yakubu

Vihiga Starting XI: 1.Tiema Barnabas (GK), 2. Edwin Mukoya , 3. Dennis Ombeva , 4. Liuva Mophat , 5. Ochieng Bernard , 6. Imbalabala Martin (C), 7. Christopher Masinza , 8. Kevin Muhanji , 9. Rashid Kyambade , 10. Clyde Senaji , 11.Dennis Wafula

Subs: Frank Mwenda (GK), David Kavaji , Soita Silicho , Okulo Patrick , Airo Godfrey , Dennis Lugalia, Gideon Abucheri

 

 

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Masoud Juma's goals in either half secured a place for Kariobangi Sharks in the finals of this year's Gotv Shield tournament after overcoming SoNy Sugar 2-0 on Sunday September 24 at the Afraha Stadium.

Sharks were more determined from the start and had a chance in the 4th minute when Michael Bodo initiated a counter attack, but SoNy Sugar defenders stood firm on ground to snatch the ball from Ellie Asieche.

The Nairobi based club was then dealt a blow in the 27th minute,  Pattillah Omoto being forced out of the game with an injury and was substituted by Christopher Kimathi. They however took the lead just three minutes through dangerman Masoud Juma who showed keeper Kevin Omondi what he is capable of doing with the ball. 

SoNy then sort a reply in the 33rd minute but Wycliffe Otieno was swift to clear the ball out of danger.

In the second half, the sugar millers came back stronger in search of an equalizer but Masoud Juma put the match beyond reach for them with his second goal in the 80th minute. 

The 2-0 victoryautomatically secures Sharks' a place in the finals of the competition, where they will face the winner between AFC Leopards and Vihiga United in the other semifinal.

Kariobangi Sharks Starting XI: Jeff Oyemba, Michael Bodo, Geoffrey Shiveka (c), Wycliffe Otieno, Paul Kamau, Sven Yidah, Patilla Omoto ( Christopher Kimathi), Elli Asieche, Duke Abuya ( Francis Manoah), Mathew Odongo, Masoud Juma

Subs: Malcolm Oigo, Pascal Ogweno, Ibrahim Kitawi, Cavin Odongo, Ebrimma Sanneh.

SoNy Sugar Starting Xi: Kevin Omondi. Bernard Omondi. Dennis Junior, Joseph Omweri, Alfred Onyango, Nick Akoko, Benjamin Mosha, Fredrick Onyango, Mwana Yema, Amos Asembeka, Justin Monda,

Subs: Tom Muthomi, Samuel Otieno, Justin Omari, Clement Owino, Tobias Otieno, David Simiyu, Laban Gambareko.

 

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Vihiga United head coach Edward Manoah has released hi starting lineup that will face AFC Leopards in the semifinals of the Gotv Shield tournament on Sunday September 24 at the Afraha Stadium.

The match kicks of at 14:30

Starting XI: 1.Tiema Barnabas (GK), 2. Edwin Mukoya , 3. Dennis Ombeva , 4. Liuva Mophat , 5. Ochieng Bernard , 6. Imbalabala Martin (C), 7. Christopher Masinza , 8. Kevin Muhanji , 9. Rashid Kyambade , 10. Clyde Senaji , 11.Dennis Wafula

Subs: Frank Mwenda (GK), David Kavaji , Soita Silicho , Okulo Patrick , Airo Godfrey , Dennis Lugalia, Gideon Abucheri

 

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Ian Otieno has been handed a starting berth in goal as AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano unleashed a strong starting lineup that will take on Vihiga United in the semifinals of the Gotv Shield tournament on Saturday September 24 at the Afraha Stadium from 14:30.

Otieno will be covered in defense by Michael Kibwage, Dennis Shikhayi,  Abdallah Salim and Robinson Kamura. Samuel Ndungu and Musa Mudde will pull strings in midfield while the attacking trio of Alexis Kitenge,  Whyvonne Isuza and Vincent Oburulead the team upfront in search of goals that would earn them a ticket in the finals of the competition.

Starting XI: Ian Otieno,  Michael Kibwage, Dennis Shikhayi,  Abdallah Salim, Robinson Kamura, Samwel Ndungu,  Musa Mudde, Duncan  Otieno, Alexis Kitenge,  Whyvonne Isuza,  Vincent Oburu

Reserves: Mukolwe, Nyakha, Kizito, Majid, Wanami, Ingotsi, Yakubu

 

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It wasn’t the race that anybody anticipated, but Eliud Kipchoge came away from the 2017 Berlin Marathon on Sunday with the win in 2:03:32 and some unanticipated late-race competition from a newcomer to the distance. 

Although the prerace hype focused on a battle between the “big three” of Kipchoge, Wilson Kipsang, and Kenenisa Bekele, by 30K the competition came down to just Kipchoge and Guye Adola, a 26-year-old Ethiopian running his first marathon. Bekele lost the lead pack just past the halfway point (he eventually dropped out) and Kipsang suddenly stopped at 30K without showing any signs of distress. 

Adola came with a personal best of 59:06 for the half marathon and now is the owner of the fastest marathon debut ever, finishing second in 2:03:46, besting Dennis Kimetto's 2:04:16 previous debut record he set in 2012.

Mosinet Geremew of Ethiopia was third in 2:06:09.

Although the goal was to beat Kimetto's world record time of 2:02:57, the leaders fell off that pace after 30K. They passed the halfway point in 1:01:29, putting them within reach, though it was not to be in the end. The weather conditions were not ideal and likely made such lofty objectives difficult, with rain, 97 percent humidity, and a starting temperature of 58 degrees.

Kipchoge, 32, is from Kenya and the 2016 Olympic marathon champion. He became a fan favorite following the Nike Breaking2 experiment, where he ran a 2:00:25 on a racetrack in Monza, Italy. Though it remains the fastest time ever for 26.2 miles, it didn’t count as an official record because of the tactics used, such as the team of rotating pacesetters who aided his attempt to break two hours.

With his race on Sunday, Kipchoge now owns three of the fastest marathons in history, not including his Breaking attempt.

In the women's race, Kenya's Gladys Cherono claimed the win in a time of 2:20:21. Ethiopia's Ruti Aga finished second in 2:20:41 with Kenya's Valary Ayabei claiming third in 2:20:53.

 

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On Saturday September 24, The CAF Executive Committee under the chairmanship of CAF President Ahmad held a special meeting in Accra, Ghana where they deliberated on several issues regarding African football.

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SoNy Sugar head coach Salim Babu has named his starting lineup that will fight it out with Kariobangi Sharks in the semifinals of the Gotv Shield tournament on Sunday September 24 at the Afraha Stadium.

The team's top scorer Amos Asembeka will lead SoNy upfron in search of goals alongside Justin Mutonda, with Alfred Onyango and Nick Akoko taked will manning the midfield area.

Starting XI: Kevin Omondi, Bernard Omondi, Dennis Junior, Joseph Omweri, Alfred Onyango, Nick Akoko, Benjamin Mosha, Fredrick Onyango, Mwana Yemi, Amos Asembeka, Justin Monda,

Subs: Tom Muthomi, Samuel Otieno, Justin Omari, Clement Owino, Tobias Otieno, David Simiyu, Laban Gambareko.

 

 

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Pascal Ogweno and Ebrimmah Sanneh will start from the bench as Kariobangi Sharks unleashed a relatively strong starting lineup that will take on SoNy Sugar in the semifinals of the Gotv Shield tournament on Sunday September 24 at the Afraha Stadium. 

Sharks, who will be looking to improve their third place finish last year, will depend on Harambee Stars international Masoud Juma for goals, with Mathew Odongo and Duke Abuya offering him assistance in attack. The midfield will be marshaled by the trio of Sven Yidah, Patilla Omot and Elli Asieche. The match kicks off at 12:00 noon.

Starting XI: Jeff Oyemba, Michael Bodo, Geoffrey Shiveka (c), Wycliffe Otieno, Paul Kamau, Sven Yidah, Patilla Omoto, Elli Asieche, Duke Abuya, Mathew Odongo, Masoud Juma

Subs: Malcolm Oigo, Pascal Ogweno, Christopher Kimathi, Ibrahim Kitawi, Cavin Odongo, Francis Manoa, Ebrimma Sanneh.

 

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Nondies reached the cup quarters at the expense of the Impala Saracens,top seeds heading into this tournament. The white shirts won this do or die clash 17-10,joining hosts Top Fry Nakuru in the business end of the tournament.

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Kakamega Homeboyz extended Sofapaka's winless run to three consecutive matches after overcoming them 2-1 in a match played on Saturday September 23 at the Mumias Sports Complex.

Sofapak were first to score in the 40th minute through lethal striker Umaru Kasumba who was left with a simple task of tapping in the ball which had been floated into the box by veteran Ezekiel Okare. Jeremiah Wanjala however leveled matters for the hosts just before the break from the penalty spot after defender Rodgers Aloro was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box.

Wycliffe Opondo then completed the comeback to seal a win for Homeboyz in the second half, displaying a brilliant solo run from their half to unleash a long range strike that went past keeper George Opiyo.

The loss complicates Sofapaka's quest of catching up with league leaders Gor Mahia who recorded a 2-0 victory over defending champions Tusker FC at the Kericho Green Stadium.

Homeboyz Starting XI: David Juma, Ambunya Eric, Collins Kisuya, George odiwor, Charles Momanyi, Moses Chikati, Moses Mudavadi, Eston Esiye ( David Okoth), Jeremiah Wanjala ( John Avire), Wycliffe Opondo, Ali Bai, ( Festo Omukoto)

Unused subs: McArthur Arakaza, Francis Nambute, Mauda Hedmond, Festo Omukoto, Victor Matete.

Sofapaka Starting XI: George Opiyo, Maurice Odipo, Wesley Onguso, Aloro Rodgers, Jonathan Mugabi, Mike Kilume, Mike Oduor, Hillary Echesa ( Morven Otinya), Umaru Kasumba, Ali Feni ( Bernard Mang'oli) , Ezekiel Okare

Unused subs: Reuben Juma, Okoti Humphrey, Mutira samwel, Kennedy Odiuor,  Brian Magonya,  Leroy Otieno.

 

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A goal each half by Meddie Kagere and George `Blackberry' Odhiambo gave league leaders Gor Mahia a 2-0 victory over defending champions Tusker FC on Saturday September 23 at the Kericho Green Stadium.

Allan Wanga will have himself to blame for not giving his team the lead early on in the match after directing his shot way over the bar following keeper Boniface Ouoch's poor pass .

Kagere on the other hand connected to George Odhiambo's pass in the 16th minute to slot the ball past keeper David Okello amid slight rainfalls. Paul Odhiambo sought a reply for the defending champions minutes later but saw his ferocious shot hit the post, much to the disappointment of Tusker's technical bench.

Twelve minutes after the restart, George Odhiambo turned from the provider to the goal scorer with a strike that lit up the Kericho Stadium despite contrasting weather conditions. The league leaders then firmly held onto the 2-0 lead till the final whistle.

The victory is a big plus to Gor Mahia especially after their closest rivals Sofapaka lost 2-1 to Kakamega Homeboyz. 

Gor Mahia Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch, Karim Nizigiyimana, Harun Shakava, Godfrey Walusimbi, Kenneth Muguna ( Philemon Otieno), Ernest Wendo, George Odhiambo ( Jean Mugiraneza), Francis Kahata, Meddie Kagere, Jacques Tuyisenge ( Timothy otieno),

Subs: 16. Shaban Odhoji, 4.Wellington Ochieng, , 7. Jean Baptiste, 28. Oliver Maloba, 21. John Ndirangu, 

Tusker Starting XI: David Okello, Collins Shivachi, James Situma, Lloyd Wahome, Eugene Asike, Hashim Sempala, Humphrey Mieno, Jackson Macharia, Danson Kago, Paul Odhiambo, Allan Wanga

Subs: David Ochieng, Martin Kiiza, Abdul Hassan, Stephen Owusu, Michael Khamati, Boniface Muchiri , Osumba Brian,

 

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Harambee Starlets' quest for a third place finish in the ongoing COSAFA Women's Cup was shattered by Zambia who edged them 4-2 on penalties to claim third place on Saturday September 23 at the Bulawaya Stadium in Zimbabwe.

Neddy Atieno had given Starlets the lead in the 21st minute with her eight goal of the season before Barbara Banda leveling matters for Zambia in the 71st minute. Following a 1-1 the 1-1 draw at the end of normal time, the two sides went into post-match penalties where Zambia won 4-2 after Lucy Mukhwana and Pauline Musungu missed their respective spot kicks. The man of the match award however went to Kenyan defender Dorcas Shikobe.

Starlets Starting XI: Pauline Atieno, Mwanahalima Adam, Juliet Auma, Cheris Avilia, Neddy Atieno, Caroline Anyango, Pauline Musungu, Dorcas Shikobe, Phoebe Owiti, Mercy Achieng, Dorris Anyango

Subs: Esther Nandika, Lilian Adera, Janet Bundi, Monicah Karambu, Florence Awino, Jenipher Adhiambo, Caroline Chepkoech, Wendy Achieng, Lucy Mukhwana

Zambia starting XI: 1.Catherine Musonda (GK) 2.Grace Zulu 3.Anita Mulenga  4.Grace Chanda  5.Misozi Zulu 6.Racheal Lungu 7.Rhoda Chileshe  8.Noria Sosala (C) 9.Barbra Banda  10.Esther Mukwasa  11.Lweendo Chisamu

 

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Two goals in two minutes rallied Posta Rangers and Thika United to a 1-1 draw in a match played on Saturday September 23 at the Ruaraka Stadium.

Jerry Santo's flick header had given Rangers the lead before scored from a corner just two minutes later to restore parity.

The match's opening minutes were pacy with both sides looking to stamp authority in Ruaraka with neat passes. Rangers then started getting the majority share of possession but Thika United defense stood firm to thwart any attacks.

The mailmen however got the lead in the 23rd minute through Jerry Santo who cleverly flicked Luke Ochieng's throw in past keeper Allan Owiny. Their lead was revoked just two minutes later with a goal from Eugene Mukangula who capitalized on a corner to smash home the ball past three baffled defenders.  Atudo almost gave Rangers the lead again towards halftime but his strike unfortunately went off target.

Immediately after the restart , Rangers coach decided to bring in the fresh pair of Jared Obwoge and Dennis Mukaisi Edwin Mwaura and Gerison Likono with an intention of strengthening the attack.

The substitutes though could not change the score line, the match ending in a 1-1 draw.

``We started the first half very badly but I am happy with the way the boys responded in the second half. It is not the best result but we are satisfied with the point and will build on that in our next match,'' said Thika United coach Nicholas Muyoti after the match.

On his part, Pamzo said, ``We have registered the draw because we did not use the chances that we got in the first half correctly. I can also say that the defense to day was not good because we were the better team in the first half but Thika came into the second half more organized.''

Posta Starting XI: Martin Musalia, Simon Mbugua, Titus Achesa, Jockins Atudo, Luke Ochieng, Santo Jerry, Joseph Mbugi, Edwin Mwaura(Jared Obwoge), Joseph Nyagah, Gerison Likono(Dennis Mukaisi), John Nairuka(Eric Kibiru),

Subs: Hashim Mukhwana, Rodgers Ochieng, Collins Omondi, Eric Kibiru, Jared Obwoge, Joseph Kuria, Mukaisi Dennis.

Thika United Starting XI: Allan Owiny, Anekeya Wilson, Zack Matasi, Ngotho Sulieman, Oruchum Christopher, Tsuma Said, Saad Musa, Iregi Benson, Shami Kibwana, Mukangula Eugene, Muturi Francis(Edmond Adem).

Subs: Elliud Emase, Stephen Oduor, Denis Lewa, Mutinda Michael, Mwanje Samuel, Edmond Adem, Peter Okoth.

 

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Head coach Francis Kimanzi has made two changes to his first eleven set to take on Ulinzi Stars in a Round 26 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) to be played at the Ruaraka Grounds on Saturday 23 September.

In the absence of the injured, Victor Ashinga returns to the first eleven where he will play at the middle of the park alongside Roy Okal. Chrispin Oduor will play ahead of the pair where he will be tasked with feeding a new look three prong attack.

Cliff Nyakeya replaces Ronald Reagan on the right side of the attacking triumvirate while John Mwangi maintains his place on the left. Chris Ochieng’ will continue as the lead striker.

Levis Opiyo starts in goal where he will be shielded by an unchanged back four that has David Owino on the left, Derrick Nzosi on the right while skipper George Owino and Lennox Ogutu form the central defence partnership.

Starting XI: 30. Levis Opiyo (GK) 16.David Owino 21. Derrick Nzosi 6. George Owino (C) 23. Lennox Ogutu 22. Roy Okal 24.Victor Ashinga 29. Chrispin Oduor 9. Chris Ochieng’ 13. John Mwangi 17.Cliff Nyakeya

Subs: 1. Mark Kioko (GK) 12. Andrew Juma 20.Martin Ongori 27.Tyson Otieno 15.Ronald Reagan 17. Elijah Mwanzia 14.Derrick Onyango

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Ulinzi Stars head coach Benjamin Nyangweso has named his starting lineup that will clash with Mathare United on Saturday September 23 at the Ruaraka Grounds.

Making their way back into the starting lineup is keeper Jacktone Odhiambo and midfielder Daniel Waweru. Tops scorer Stephen Waweru will however start from the bench in the match that kicks off at 16:15.

Starting XI:James Saruni, Brian Birgen, Oliver Rutto, Mohamed Hassan, Geofrey  Kokoyo, Boniface Onyango, Cliff Kasuti, John Kago, Daniel Waweru, Oscar Wamalwa, Samuel Onyango

Subs: Jacktone Odhiambo, Sande Benson, Justin Onwoga, Bernard Ongoma, Stephen Waruru, Cylus Shitote, Michael Otieno.

 

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Gor Mahia forward Francis Kahata has been handed a rare start as head coach Dylan Kerr named his starting lineup to take on defending champions Tusker FC on Saturday September 23 at the Kericho Green Stadium.

Kahata will play on the left flank while Meddie Kagere cover the right one to offer assistance to lone striker Jacques Tuyisenge. George `Black berry' Odhiambo moves back into midefield as a result and will partner with Kenneth Muguna and Ernest Wendo.

Starting XI: B Oluoch, G Walusimbi, M Mohammed, H Shakava, K Nizigiyimana, G Odhiambo, K Muguna, E Wendo, M Kagere, F Kahata, J Tuyisenge 

Subs: F Odhiambo, J Onyango, J Baptiste , O Maloba, A Mbugua, P Otieno, T Otieno

 

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Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa has made one change in the starting lineup that is set to face Kakamega Homeboyz n Saturday September 23 from 15:00.

Ezekiel Okare, who started from the bench in their last match against Kariobangi Sharks, replace Meshack Karani in the starting lineup and will cover the right flank with Michael Oduor taking the left one. Danger man Umaru Kasumba will continue leading the second placed side in attack with the help of Ali Feni who has been placed just behind him.

The two sides settled for a 0-0 draw in the first leg clash.

Starting XI: George Opiyo, Willis Ouma, Wesley Onguso, Aloro Rodgers, Jonathan Mugabi, Mike Kilume, Mike Oduor, Hillary Echesa, Umaru Kasumba, Ali Feni, Ezekiel Okare

Substitutes: Reuben Juma, Okoti Humphrey, Kwanya Edmond, Oduor Kennedy, Meshack Karani, Mang'oli Bernard, Brian Magonya

 

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Tusker FC head coach George Nsimbe has released an unchanged starting eleven side that will take on league leaders Gor Mahia on Saturday September 23 at the Kericho Green Stadium.

Allan Wanga starts in attack for the third consecutive match and will be assisted by Boniface Muchiri and Danson Kago from the flanks. Mieno and Jackson Macharia willl pull strings in midfield, with David Okello retaining his spot in goal.

The Brewers will be seeking to register a fourth victory on the trot which would momentarily slow down Gor Mahia's lead at the helm of the table. The two sides settled for a barren draw in the first leg encounter.

Starting XI: David Okello, Collins Shivachi, James Situma, Lloyd Wahome, Eugene Asike, Hashim Sempala, Humphrey Mieno, Jackson Macharia, Danson Kago, Paul Odhiambo, Allan Wanga

 Subs: David Ochieng, Martin Kiiza, Abdul Hassan, Stephen Owusu, Michael Khamati, Boniface Muchiri , Osumba Brian

 

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Thika United head coach Nicholas Muyoti has named his starting lineup that will clash with Posta Rangers on Saturday September 23 at the Ruaraka Grounds from 14:00.

The coach has made two changes from the side that lost 2-0 to AFC Leopards on Wednesday, incorporating Francis Muturi and Asaad Musa into the starting eleven in place of Samuel Mwanje and Michael Mutinda.

Thika United will be seeking their first win in first matches against a Posta Rangers side which has also been posting unwanted results, currently struggling with an eight-match winless streak.

Starting XI: Allan Owiny,Anekeya Wilson,Zak Matasi,Ngotho Sulieman,Oruchum Christopher,Tsuma Said,Saad Musa, Iregi Benson, Shami Kibwana,Mukangula Eugene and Muturi Francis.

Subs: Elliud Emase,Stephen Oduor,Denis Lewa,Mutinda Michael,Mwanje Samuel,Edmond Adem and Peter Okoth

 

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Harambee Starlets coach Richard Kanyi has named his starting lineup that will take on Zambia in a third-place playoff match of the ongoing COSAFA Women's Cup on Saturday September 23 from 14:00.

The coach has made three changes in the team that lost to hosts Zimbabwe in the semifinals , Cheris Avilia, Mercy Achieng, and Phoebe Owiti  being drafted into the first eleven in place of Wendy Achieng, Lucy Mukhwana and Caroline Chepkoech.

The tournament visitors will be looking to finish on a high with a victory against Zambia, who surrendered a 3-0 lead in the last fifteen minutes to South Africa to miss out on the finals.

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Pauline Atieno, Mwanahalima Adam, Juliet Auma, Cheris Avilia, Neddy Atieno, Caroline Anyango, Pauline Musungu, Dorcas Shikobe, Phoebe Owiti, Mercy Achieng, Dorris Anyango

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Esther Nandika, Lilian Adera, Janet Bundi, Monicah Karambu, Florence Awino, Jenipher Adhiambo, Caroline Chepkoech, Wendy Achieng, Lucy Mukhwana

 

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The German Bundesliga continues this weekend with nine matches on the cards from Friday September 22 to Sunday September 24.

Below are all weekend fixtures (All times are in EAT)

FRIDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER

Bayern Munich 21:30 VfL Wolfsburg

SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER

Mainz 05 16:30 Hertha BSC

RB Leipzig 16:30 Eintracht Frankfurt

Werder Bremen 16:30 SC Freiburg

1899 Hoffenheim 16:30 FC Schalke 04

VfB Stuttgart 16:30 FC Augsburg

Borussia Dortmund 19:30 Borussia Mönchengladbach

SUNDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER

Hannover 96 16:30 FC Köln

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 19:00 Hamburger SV

 

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Round six of the Spanish LaLiga takes place this weekend, with ten fixtures expected to be played between Saturday September 23 and Monday September 25.

Below are all weekend LaLiga fixtures (All times are in EAT)

 

SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER

Atlético Madrid 14:00 Sevilla

Alavés 17:15 Real Madrid

Malaga 19:30 Athletic Bilbao

Girona 21:45 Barcelona

SUNDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER

Espanyol 13:00 Deportivo La Coruña

Getafe 17:15 Villarreal

Eibar 19:30 Celta Vigo

Las Palmas 19:30 Leganés

Real Sociedad 21:45 Valencia

MONDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER

Real Betis 22:00 Levante

 

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The Barclays Premier League continues this weekend with a total of ten matches programmed to be played between Saturday September 23 and Monday September 25.

Below are all weekend matches (All times are in EAT)

SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER

         West Ham United 14:30 Tottenham Hotspur

                       Burnley 17:00 Huddersfield Town

                       Everton 17:00 AFC Bournemouth

           Manchester City 17:00 Crystal Palace

              Southampton 17:00 Manchester United

                   Stoke City 17:00 Chelsea

              Swansea City 17:00 Watford

              Leicester City 19:30 Liverpool

SUNDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER

Brighton & Hove Albion 18:00 Newcastle United

MONDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER

                      Arsenal 22:00 West Bromwich Albion

 

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Big Brother Events and Ticketing firm has released ticketing information for the Gotv Shield semifinal double header scheduled for Sunday September 24, 2017 at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.

VIP tickets will retail at Kshs. 300 while the terrace ones cost only Kshs. 100, with the tickets being available outside the stadium on matchday.

In the early kickoff, last year's second runners-up Kariobangi Sharks will take on SoNy Sugar from 12:00 before AFC Leopards get into the pitch to face Vihiga United.

 

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The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) governing council has formally released a statement confirming the suspension of Nakumatt FC and Zoo Kericho from top flight football with immediate effect.

The decision was reached upon following a KPL Governing Council meeting held on Friday September 22 after the High Court's ruling which ordered that the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) be composed of 16 teams, and Football Kenya Federation’s (FKF) promotion of four teams from the National Super League is null and void.

Nakumatt and Zoo Kericho now find themselves in uncertainty as they will not feature anymore in the top flight league which is only nine matches to the end. The two sides have performed fairly well so far, Nakumatt sitting 12th on the table standings with 31 points while Zoo are 14th with 29 points. 

It is also waited to be seen how the league council will handle the other teams given that Nzoia Sugar and Western Stima were scheduled to play against the two sides during the weekend.

In November last year, world’s football governing body FIFA upheld Football Kenya Federation’s idea of having 18 teams in KPL

KPL official statement

Following service of the High Court Ruling issued on Thursday, 21 September 2017 in the matter of, Petition No. 59 of 2017, Sports Tribunal between Sam Nyamweya (Petitioner) and Sports Dispute Tribunal (1st Respondent), Football Kenya Federation (2nd Respondent), and Kenyan Premier League (3rd Respondent), as well as the KPL Governing Council meeting held today, Friday, 22 September 2017, it is wished to be confirmed that in compliance to the court’s decision, Nakumatt Football Club and Zoo Football Club have been suspended from participating in the SportPesa Premier League.

Kenyan Premier League is committed to respecting the Rule of Law and the decision to suspend the two Clubs has been taken following review of article 28 (d) of the ruling received, which states, “A declaration be and is hereby issued that Kenyan Premier League shall have a maximum of 16 teams during the 2017 season, consisting of the fourteen (14) Kenyan Premier League teams which qualified for sporting merit on the field during the 2016 plus the two (2) highest ranked clubs at the end of the 2016 season in the Football Kenya Federation’s National Super League.

 

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Coach Stanley Okumbi has named Harambee Stars travelling party ahead of two FIFA International Friendly matches against Iraq and Thailand slated for October 5 and October 8, 2017, respectively

Notable omissions from the team are Captain Victor Wanyama, Ayub Timbe and Brian Mandela who are out injured, while Belgium based Johanna Omollo misses out due to club commitments. Defender David Ochieng will not make it in time for the trip due to issues with his travel documents

Due to the KPL fixture congestion, local-based players are set to report to camp on the evening of October 1, 2017, at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies before departure on October 2, 2017

“We have decided to name the final list without necessarily having to call players to camp due to the fixture congestion being experienced at the moment,” said Harambee Stars first coach Stanley Okumbi

“This, we believe, will not only allow clubs adequate time with the players but will also avert a crisis occasioned by the disruption of the league during this crucial period when most teams are battling to accrue crucial points vital in deciding where they sit at the end of the season,” added the coach

Foreign-based players will link up with the team in Iraq.

Travelling Party

Goalkeepers

Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers), Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia)

Defenders

Haron Shakava (Gor Mahia), Robinson Kamura (AFC Leopards), Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers), David Owino (Zesco FC), Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Dennis Sikhayi (AFC Leopards), Abud Omar (Slava Sofia), Erick Ouma (Kolkheti Poti)

Midfielders

Anthony Akumu (Zesco FC), Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Patilah Omoto (Kariobangi Sharks), Kenneth Muguna, (Gor Mahia), Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi FC), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Eric Johana Omondi (Vasalund’s FC), Boniface Muchiri (Tusker FC), Cliffton Miheso (Buildcon FC)

Strikers

John Mark Makwata (Buildcon FC), Masud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Jesse Jackson Were (Zesco FC), Michael Olunga (Girona FC)

Technical Bench

Stanley Okumbi (First Coach), Musa Otieno (Assistant Coach), Frank Ouna (Assistant Coach), Haggai Azende (GoalKeepers Coach),  Ismail Hussein (Team Manager), Mikael Igendia (Strength and Conditioning), Wycliff Omom (Team Doctor), Benson Kennedy Otieno (Kit Manager)

 

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Kenyan Premier League's official broadcasting partner Bamba Sports are set to beam live two matches that will be played at the Ruaraka Grounds on Saturday September 23, 2017.

The first match will be between Posta Rangers and Thika United which will kick off at 14:00. The match will then give way for another league encounter between Mathare United and Ulinzi Stars from 16:15.

Since its unveiling as the as the new broadcast partners for the Kenyan Premier League in June, Bamba Sports has been airing at least two matches every weekend.

Saturday live matches (All at the Ruaraka Grounds)

Posta Rangers 14:00 Thika United

Mathare United 16:15 Ulinzi Stars

 

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A provisional Simbas squad has embarked on training ahead of November’s Cup of Nations in Hong Kong.  The Simbas, who finished second overall in the 2017 Africa Gold Cup, will face hosts Hong Kong, Russia and Chile in the tournament which runs from 10th to 18th November.

Provisional Simbas training squad: Moses Amusala, Curtis Lilako, Peter Karia (KCB), Dennis Karani (Resolution Impala Saracens), Wilson Kopondo (SportPesa Quins),Simon Muniafu, Eric Kerre (Resolution Impala Saracens), Davis Chenge,Martin Owilah (KCB), Samson Onsomu ( Resolution Impala Saracens), Isaac Adimo, Dennis Muhanji, David Ambunya (SportPesa Quins), Darwin Mukidza (KCB), Levi Amunga (Blak Blad), Henry Ayah (Top Fry Nakuru), Oscar Simiyu (KCB), George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), Lyle Asiligwa (SportPesa Quins), Jacob ojee (KCB), Tony Onyango (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Leo Seje (Resolution Impala Saracens), Brad Owako (Mwamba), Biko Adema, Benjamin Marshall (Nondescripts), Frank Khalwale (SportPesa Quins), Alex Olaba, Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore Leos), James Kubasu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Stephen Otieno (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Peter Kilonzo (KCB), Philip Ikambili (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Michael Wanjala (KCB), Vincent Mose (Resolution Impala Saracens)

Meanwhile, a provisional 12 man Shujaa squad has also in been in non-residential training in Nairobi under Head Coach Innocent Simiyu ahead of the upcoming pre-season assignments in South Africa (Assupol Sevens) and Safari Sevens as well as a host international assignments which include the 2017/18 HSBC Sevens World Series,the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, USA and the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

The twelve players in training are Andrew Amonde (KCB), Oscar Ayodi (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Brian Tanga (Kabras Sugar), Frank Wanyama ( SportPesa Quins), Derrick Mayar, Sammy Oliech (Resolution Impala Saracens), Nelson Oyoo (Top Fry Nakuru), Billy Odhiambo (Mwamba), Dennis Ombachi (Nondescripts), Bush Mwale ( Menengai Cream Homeboyz) and Collins Injera ( Mwamba).

A full squad selection will be done at the close of the 2017 National Sevens Circuit.

 

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Chemelil Sugar will have to cope without Kennedy Odhiambo when they visit Bandari FC on Sunday September 24 at the Mbaraki Sports Club. This is after the defender received a one match suspension due to accumulation of five yellow cards.

 

The millers will be looking to build on their 2-0 win over Nakumatt a fortnight ago which saw them move out of the relegation zones. The team is currently 13th on the log with 31 points from 26 games.

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Chelsea are loaning Diego Costa to Atlético Madrid for the rest of the season and the Spanish club have committed to buy him for €65 million (£57.1m) at the end of that arrangement.

The deal for Costa to leave was finally struck after it was agreed that Chelsea would not subsidise his wages, even though he cannot play for Atlético until January because of their transfer ban, or pay him any loyalty bonus.

The terms of the agreement mean that Costa is no longer Chelsea’s concern and can now travel to Madrid to complete his medical and agree personal terms  – and is expected to be presented to the supporters before the home game against Sevilla on Saturday.

 After that, of course, Atlético face Chelsea at their new Wanda Metropolitano stadium in the Champions League and it will be fascinating to see whether Costa is in the stands for that eagerly-anticipated encounter.

Given Costa has gone AWOL for 11 weeks, spending the entire summer in Brazil, and has refused to return to Chelsea this season, then the notion of a loyalty payment would seem remarkable although contractually it related to a percentage of any transfer fee agreed being due to him under his contract.

Chelsea have repeatedly fined Costa during his absence, insisting that he is an employee in breach of contract. The Professional Footballers’ Association blocks players being fined more than two weeks' wages but that is only in the case of them making themselves available to play. Costa has not done that and given he earns £150,000-a-week then he may well be £1.5m out of pocket.

To do this Chelsea have adhered to a four-point plan – that Costa, despite his desire to go, needed to return to England, train, get fit and get himself in contention – despite, also, manager Antonio Conte having texted the 28-year-old to tell him he was not part of his plans.

Chelsea were always prepared to sell Costa but the message from owner Roman Abramovich was clear: he would not be allowed to force his way out on the cheap. It almost became a point of principle at the club. Atlético, whose coach Diego Simeone has driven the deal, had initially offered as little as £26m for Chelsea’s top-scorer last season in the belief that the Stamford Bridge hierarchy would simply want rid of him. There was a fear at Chelsea that Atlético may make a similarly low offer in January.

Costa is not allowed to play until then because of the transfer ban on Atlético which may, actually, have helped him to secure his move given the club were close to signing Alexandre Lacazette before he agreed a deal to join Arsenal. Costa has been determined to return to his former club, three years after left in July 2014 when his £32m release clause was triggered, since summer 2016. Indeed he told Conte on the preseason tour of the United States 14 months ago, soon after the Italian was appointed, that he wanted  to go back to Madrid. But, at that time, Atlético bought the French striker Kevin Gameiro instead.

Costa has always been a firm favourite of Simeone who wanted him back at the club and even demanded it as part of his recent contract negotiations. The Spanish international will be allowed to train with Atlético but he cannot be registered to play for them until the ban is lifted on January 1 2018

 

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Mathare United have been handed a major fitness boost by the return of two key players ahead of their match against Ulinzi Stars on Saturday September 23, 2017.

Daniel Mwaura has made a return to training together with Samuel Olwande, who picked up an injury in their 1-1 draw against Kakamega Homeboyz back in August. The two join the likes of Alphonce Ndonye, Ahmed Ahmad, Martin Ongori and Derrick Onyango who have recently made full recoveries. Custodian Wycliffe Kasaya and long term absentee Roy Syamba are the only players currently sidelined with injuries for the Slum Boys.

Mathare will be seeking to get back to winning ways after losing to successive games against Kariobangi Sharks and Tusker respectively. The Kimanzi coached side is currently 15th on the table standings and face Ulinzi Stars on Saturday September 23 at the Ruaraka Grounds from 16:15.

 

 

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Posta Rangers are set to miss first choice keeper Patrick Matasi in their next two matches. The keeper will be unavailable after accumulating five yellow cards and one red card.

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Harambee Starlets coach Richard Kanyi has revealed that his side could not sustain the pressure that was around them in their 4-0 loss to hosts Zimbabwe in the semifinals of the ongoing COSAFA Women's Cup.

The tournament visitors had gone into the semifinals with a 100% winning record but were shocked by Zimbabwe who left no space for them. In a day that Starlets were confident of a victory, Zimbabwe came into the match more organized and `man-marked' the lethal likes of Neddy Atieno and Mwanahalima Dogo throughout the match.

An early goal by top scorer Rutendo Makore initiated the thrashing before Barita Kabwe added a second one just before halftime to give Zimbabwe a 2-0 lead into the break. Marjory Nyaumwe and Privilege Mupeti then found the net in the second half to put the game beyond reach for Kenya.

Admitting to being mentally poor during the game, Kanyi acknowledged that the team had achieved their target of reaching the semifinals and stated that they will now start preparing for CECAFA tournament which is due in November.

``We lost this game because we were mentally poor. We could not sustain the pressure and we ended up making many mistakes. But I am happy with how we fared in the tournament because our target was to get to the semi-finals. We pick the lessons and begin preparations for CECAFA now,'' said Kanyi

Starlets will now battle it out with Zambia for third place on Saturday September 23 before the finals of the competition take place on Sunday September 24.

 

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Round 27 of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL ) 2017 season goes down this weekend, with seven fixtures scheduled to be played on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September in various stadiums acroos the country.

Saturday

Ruaraka Grounds will hosts two league matches which will both be aired live by Bamba Sports. The early kick off will see Posta Rangers, who were held to a 2-2 draw by Kariobangi Sharks on Wednesday lock horns with Thika United from 14:00. The match will then be followed by a clash between Mathare United and Ulinzi Stars from 16:15. 

At the Green Stadium, league leaders Gor Mahia will be gunning for their 16th win of the season when they face a recovering Tusker side from 15:00. Second placed Sofapaka will also be in action on Saturday against Kakamega Homeboyz who are closely trailing them on the table standings at third placee.

Sunday

On Sunday, Bandari FC invite Chemelil Sugar at the Mbaraki Stadium while Nakumatt FC take a trip to Kisumu for a date with Western Stima. Nzoia Sugar will meanwhilebe seeking an entry into the top five positions when they take on Zoo Kericho at the Kericho Green Stadium. All Sunday matches kick off at 15:00.

Saturday September 23

14:00- Posta Rangers vs Thika United (Ruaraka Grounds)

15:00- Kakamega Homeboyz vs Sofapaka (Mumias Sports Complex)

15:00- Tusker vs Gor Mahia (Kericho Green Stadium)

16:15- Mathare United vs Ulinzi Stars ( Ruaraka Grounds)

Sunday September 24

15:00- Bandari vs Chemelil Sugar (Mbaraki Sports Club)

15:00- Western Stima vs Nakumatt FC (Moi Stadium, Kisumu)

15:00- Nzoia Sugar vs Zoo Kericho (Kericho Green Stadium)

 

NOTE: Nakumatt FC and Zoo Kericho have been suspended from taking part in the Kenyan Premier League following the High Court ruling on Thursday September 21, 2017

 

 

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