AFC Leopards booked the last spot of the semifinals of the Gotv Shield after a 7-1 rout on National Super League side Wazito FC ON Sunday August 20 at the Nyayo Stadium.

Alexis Kitenge opened account for Ingwe eight minutes into the match from the penalty spot following a handball by Wazito defender. The Burundian did not take long to double his tally minutes later in the same fashion after another handball offence.

With Leopards having a two-goal advantage, Wazito attempted pressing them hard to their own half but they fell further behind in the 18th minute, this time Marcelus Ingotsi finding the back of the net with a header.

Leopards had a chance to add another goal towards the end of the first half but Duncan Otieno could not find the target despite a nice combination with Aziz Okaka.

In the second half, Matano decided to execute an early change, bringing in the fresh legs of Andrew Tololwa for Harun Nyakha in the 49th minute. Michael Kibwage then produced a stellar show shortly afterwards, the defender getting past two defenders to unleash a superb strike that not even custodian Steve Njuge could stop from going in.

Dennis Gicheru scored a consolation goal for Wazitop four minutes later from the spot after Dennis Sikhayi was adjudged to have brought down Mutamba in the box.

Ingotsi completed his brace in the 61st minute, directing home Samuel Ndung'u’s cross before the Ndung’u turned into the scorer six minutes from time to give Leopards a 6-1 lead.

Kitenge wrapped up things for Ingwe late on in the game, converting another penalty to complete a brace and give his side a comfortable 7-1 win.

Tusker vs Wazito FC

In an early kick off, National Super League (NSL) side Vihiga United shocked defending champions Tusker FC, emerging 2-0 winners to dash the Brewers’ hopes of retaining the title.

Charles Okwemba gave Vihiga the lead in the 24th minute from the spot following Marlon Tangauzi’s handball. Dennis Lugalia then slayed the game three minutes from the final whistle with a goal of his own to send Vihiga through to the semifinals of the competition courtesy of a 2-0 win. This is despite their coach Manoah being sent to the stands due to unending protests.

 

 

 

 

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A 3-1 win over Bandari on Saturday August 19 was enough to hand Sony Sugar a semifinal place in this year's Gotv Shield tournament.

Sony went ahead in the 14th minute through  Yemi Mwana who finished off a rebound by goalkeeper Wilson Obungu after the latter had failed to get a firm grip on Fredrick Onyango's shot.

Sony were 2-0 up in the 31st minute, Amos Asembeka converting from the penalty spot following Felly Mulumba foul on Yemi Mwana inside the box. Asembeka then completed his brace and Sony's third goal again from the spot in the 49th minute, Mulumba again committing the same mistake on Yemi Mwana.

Baron Oketch reduced the deficit for the Dockers with a goal in the 75th minute but his effort could not salvage anything for Bandari. The last six minutes were however intense especially after  Jessy Obora was shown a red card in the 84th minute of the game.

The match ended 3-1 in favour of SoNy Sugar and they will now face Kariobangi Sharks who were 5-0 winners over Eldoret Youth in an earlier match.

 

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Gor Mahia forward Timothy Otieno scored two goals to help his side to a 2-0 win over Muhoroni Youth on Saturday August 19 at the Moi Stadium.

His first goal came in the 22nd minute after linking to a cross that Tuyisenge had provided to put the ball past Gradus Ochieng. Six minutes later, Otieno was at it again, capitalizing on a one on one situation with Gradius to complete his brace and ensure a 2-0 win for Gor Mahia.

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Gor Mahia Starting XI: 1. Fredrick Odhiambo, 3. Karim Nizigiyimana, 18. Haroun Shakava, 5. Musa Mohamed, 4. Wellington Ochieng’, 7. Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza, 30. Philemon Otieno 17. Otieno Timothy, 8. Francis Kahata [20. Ernest Wendo] 11. Boniface Omondi [10. Kenneth Muguna], 9. Jacques Tuyisenge [22. Meddie Kagere].

Unused Subs: 29. Boniface Olouch, 14. Wafula Innocent, 25. George Odhiambo, 27. Anthony Mbugua

Muhoroni Youth Starting XI: 32. Ochieng Gradus, 24. Robert Mundenyu, 17. Jacob.Odhiambo, 3. Robert Indimuli, 26. Bliss Kityo [13. Daniel Otieno], 7. Yusuf Mohammed, 5. Faina Jacobs, 12. Paul Muchika, 19. Collins Agade, 14. Ambrose Ayoyi, 6. Fred Ochieng, 16. Maxwell Onyango 27. Hassan Kiyoyo [20. Venval Thomas], 11. Mudoola Faruk [28. Francis Oduor]

Unused Subs: 1. Salim Sowedi, 29. John Mark Ochieng', 8. Kennedy Rono, 25. Ogendo Jeconea, 15. Eric Baki

 

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Mathare United registered the biggest KPL win of this season after downing Zoo Kericho 6-0 on Saturday August 19th at the Ruaraka Grounds.

Mathare bossed the proceedings of the game from the first whistle and had a chance in the third minute when Chris Ochieng sent a header at goal after Roy Okal found him with a pin point cross from the left but his effort was too feeble to trouble the goalkeeper.

The Slum Boys however went ahead one minute later, Chrispin Oduor cleverly lobbing the ball over an oncoming Vincent Misikhu to make the score 1-0. Ochieng the found Ronald Reagan with a dipping cross in the 12th minute but the latter could not keep his effort down.

Sabiri Sindani had a chance to reduce the deficit for Zoo after connecting to Kingston's delivery from the right but his header is gathered comfortably by Opiyo, who was standing in for an injured Wycliffe Kasaya. Play was momentarily stopped in the 36th minute following  Andrew Juma's aerial collision with Kipkurui. With Juma unable to continue, Francis Kimanzi was forced to slot in David Owino at left back to replace him.

In the 45th minute, Oduor doubled his tally after capitalizing on a poor clearance from Zoo to fire a low shot past Misikhu. Mathare as a result went into the break leading 2-0.

Opiyo was forced to make a fingertip save three minutes after the restart, denying Kipyegon from a free kick on the left that was awarded after Ogutu had tripped Kipkurui on the right.Zoo then made their first substitution in the 53rd minute, Namasakha replacing Kipkoech as they sought to find a goal. Edwin Seda made it 3-0 four minutes later after showing fine composure to slot the ball home past Misikhu. Mathare then made a second substitution at the half hour mark replacing Reagan with Derrick Onyango.

Zoo thought that they had pulled one goal back in the 62nd minute after Johnstone Ligare had sneaked behind Mathare's defense to nod in Kipyegon's delivery but the goal was disallowed for offside.

The Slum Boys were 4-0 up in the 74th minute courtesy of substitute Derrick Onyango who made a telling contribution to the scoreline with a goal of his own.

Chrispin Oduor finally completed his hattrick in the 82nd minute before Derrick Onyango grabbing another goal late on to complete the 6-0 rout. 

 

 

 

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The truth is that with 10 minutes left on the clock, Swansea City were still in this game and then Jose Mourinho’s team went in for the kill in a way that Manchester United sides seemed to have forgotten how to do in the era that has followed Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

 

They ransacked the home team with three goals in the space of four minutes, three perfect raids, that were built from direct football or rapid turnovers of possession and which were led by the big figures in this team, Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba, who have five goals between them already this season. Two games in, two wins and United have scored eight without reply.

Pogba played on the edge for much of the game after a first-half booking, but as we have come to see with this player, he never hides from the action and eventually his reward came. Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s second assist of the afternoon opened the way for Pogba who, for all his rampaging, applied a delicate finish to beat Lukasz Fabianski for his second goal of the new season, United’s third, before substitute Anthony Martial added a fourth.

For Swansea, in their first game without Gylfi Sigurdsson, this was a chastening finale although there were times when it looked like they might have been able to put some pressure on United after Eric Bailly scored with a late first-half goal. 

The United defender had already put one clearance on the roof of the main stand before he was the one who reacted the quickest in the area when Fabianski made a fabulous save and Bailly stamped the ball over the line.

The home team had been warned, with more than one chance for United to turn their domination of possession into a goal. Phil Jones had headed against the bar from a corner and Marcus Rashford had torn through the Swansea defence, only to poke a lame shot straight at Fabianski. 

Just when it looked like Clement’s team would make it to half-time, the breakthrough arrived.

Pogba’s power and physique, not to mention an occasionally twinkling touch on the ball, allow him to get involved in just about everything in the middle of the pitch. Nevertheless, he did mistime a tackle on Tom Carroll in the first half and the booking was on everyone’s mind when he was late into a challenge on Martin Olsson. Jon Moss let that one slide and it was Pogba’s header that, saved by Fabianski, was put in by Bailly.

 

It had been his cross that won the original corner taken by Juan Mata, and it felt like the Frenchman was everywhere in this game. Even so, Carroll got on the ball when he could and there were a couple of moments for Swansea. Jordan Ayew got a ricochet off a Bailly clearance that set him free down the left channel where his imaginative shot with the outside of his right foot caught out David de Gea and grazed the bar.

Tammy Abraham was up against Bailly and Jones and that took some getting used to at first, but when his touch settled down the Chelsea striker, on loan at Swansea, had a couple of decent moments. He is four weeks older than Rashford whose career has progressed further and he demonstrated in the first half his slickness of touch. if not his finishing.

 

Rashford faded after the break and when Mourinho came to make his changes with 15 minutes to go, United had at times been on the back foot. Clement had earlier switched from a three-man defence to a 4-3-3 formation and tried to put some pressure on Daley Blind at left-back, United’s weakest link in the back four. Mourinho responded by bringing Marouane Fellani into the midfield at the expense of Mata and his team took their chances when they arrived; Lukaku, Pogba and then Martial turning a victory into a rout.

 

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Kariobangi Sharks became the first team to enter the semifinals of the Gotv Shield tournament after thrashing Division One side Eldoret Youth 5-0 on Saturday August 19th at the Nyayo Stadium.

Kevin Cheti has the first chance for Eldoret Youth in the 3rd minute but could only shoot wide even with only the keeper to beat. Kenyan international Masoud Juma showed him how it is done in the 15th minute, capitalizing on a rebound to send the ball past keeper Reagan Wanjala. Sharks would have further added their tally but Paul Kamau and Ebrimmah Saneh failed to find the target.

Duke Abuya cleverly beat the offside trap in the 57th minute to double his side's lead before Masoud Juma completed his brace three minutes later with a fine finish. As if not enough, Sven Yiddah added himself into the score sheet before Ebrimah Sanneh scoring a late goal to seal a 5-0 win for Sharks and a place in the semifinals of the Gotv Shield tournament.

Kariobangi Sharks Starting XI: Robert Mboya, Paul Kamau, Wycliffe Otieno, Geoffrey Shiveka (c), Michael Bodo, Sven Yidah, Patilla Omoto, Duke Abuya, Mathew Odongo, Ebrimma Sanneh, Masoud Juma

Subs:Jeff Oyemba, Hillary Omondi, Stephen Odhiambo, Christopher Kimathi, Erick Kipkurui, Francis Manoa, Rogers Omondi

Eldoret Youth Starting XI:Reagan Wanjala,Dennis Injendi, Brian Manaseh, Samuel Karonya, Philex Kwemoi, Jecton Siwa, Kevin Mwanzi, Rodgers Kimeli, Joseph Oyugi, Kevin Cheti, Abraham Koech

 

Subs Simon Wafula, Kevin Otieno, Robeert Omuhambe, Allan Kibet, Kelvin Wanyama, Hussein Abullahi, Okoth Phi

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Chemelil Sugar have released their starting lineup to face Posta Rangers on Saturday August 19 at the Chemelil Sports Complex. The two teams settled for a 1-1 draw in their first leg match.

Jarius Adira starts in goal with the defense being made up of Smith Ouko, Juma Yussuf, Omino James and Oketch Benjamin. Collins Neto and Faraj Odenyi will lead the attack.

Starting XI: Jarius Adira, Smith Ouko, Juma Yussuf, Omino James, Oketch Benjamin, Omondi Clifford, Arita Moses, Otieno Apollo, Muchuma Philip, Odenyi Faraj, Neto Collins.

Subs:  Aimo Richard, Odhiambo Kennedy, Wawu John, Siwa Saphan , Erastus Mwaniki, Adebayo Mustapha, Moses Osure

 

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Manchester United and Swansea have released their starting lineups for their clash on Saturday August 19th at the Liberty Stadium from 14:30.

United are seeking their second win in two games after recording a 4-0 victory over West Ham in their opening fixture. Swansea on their side are eyeing their first win after settling for a 0-0 draw with Southampton a fortnight ago.

Below are the full team lineups:

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Blind, Matic, Pogba, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lukaku.

Subs: Romero, Lindelof, Smalling, Fellaini, Herrera, Lingard, Martial.

Swansea XI: Fabianski; Naughton, Federico Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Fer, Bartley, Carroll, Mesa, Ayew, Abraham.

Subs: Nordfeldt, Rangel, van der Hoorn, Fulton, Narsingh, Routledge, McBurnie.

 

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Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa has organized his troops and is going for nothing short of victory. Sofapaka take on Nakumatt on Saturday August 19 at Narok municipal stadium in the return leg of the Kenyan top tier league.

The shoppers were 2-1 winners over Batoto Ba Mungu in the first leg however Ssimbwa believes it will not be same case this time round.

"We are heading into this game with our heads up for victory. Prior to all matches every coach always expects to win even if he is going to play Barcelona, however this time we have prepared adequetly and expect a win" Ssimbwa told sofapaka.co.ke

Both teams go into this match following victories in the previous round of matches after Nakumatt stunned Ulinzi stars 1-0 while Sofapaka beat Thika united 3-0.

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Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa has named youngster Hansel Ochieng in Sofapaka's starting eleven that is set to take on Nakumattn FC on Saturday August 19 at the Narok Stadium.

Ochieng, 22, will be making his first ever appearance for Sofapaka and also in the Kenyan top flight league since being signed from Jericho AllStars in the June transfer window.

Kigonya starts in goal and will be protected at the back by Willis Ouma,  Maurice Odipo,  Rodgers Aloro and  Jonathan Mugabi. The midfield will have Kennedy Odour, Ali Feni and captain Hillary Echesa while Umaru Kasumba operates as the sole striker. 

Hansel Ochienge and Morven Otinya will play from the flanks in the match that kicks off at 15:00.

Starting XI: 1. Mathias Kigonya (G), 2. Willis Ouma, 3. Maurice Odipo, 4. Rodgers Aloro, 5. Jonathan Mugabi, 6. Kennedy Odour, 7. Hansel Ochieng, 8. Ali Feni, 9. Umaru Kasumba, 10. Hillary Echesa (cpt), 11. Morven Otinya 

Subs: 1. Juma Reuben, 2. Humphrey Okoti, 3. Michael Odour, 4. Samuel Mutiria, 5. Francis Ochola, 6. Brian Dayo Magonya, 7. Mohammed Kilume

 

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Francis Muturi and Tsuma Said have been included in Thika United's starting lineup to face Nzoia Sugar on Saturday August 19 at the Thika Sub-County Stadium.

The two replace Shami Kibwana and Dennis Lewa who were present in the team's last outing against Sofapaka. 

Allan Owiny has maintained his place in front of goal while Meja, Christopher Oruchum, Suleiman Ngotho and  Wycliffe Anekeya pair up in defense. The striking role has been handed to Onwoudi Chibueze and will be assisted from the flanks by Eugene Mukangula and Francis Muturi.

The match will start at 15:00.

Starting XI: Allan Owiny, Sammy Meja, Christopher Oruchum, Suleiman Ngotho, Wycliffe Anekeya, Dennis Odhiambo (C),Tsuma Said, Michael Mutinda, Eugene Mukangula, Francis Muturi, , Onwoudi Chibueze

Reserves: Emase Eluid, Samuel Mwanje, Sosthenes Idah, Dennis Lewa, Edmond Adem, James Kinyanjui, Benson Iregi

 

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Kariobangi Sharks coach William Muluya has not hesitated parading his best squad for Saturday's Gotv Shield quarterfinal match against Division one side Eldoret Youth. The match will be played at the Nyayo Stadium from 13:00.

Included in the team is youngster Erick Kipkurui who was signed during the June transfer window and made his debut in the GOtv shield Tournament against  Kenpoly FC.

Robert Mboya has been handed a starting berth in between the sticks and will be covered in defense by Paul Kamau, Wycliffe Otieno, Geoffrey Shiveka and Michael Bodo. Sven Yidah and Patillah Omoto will pair up in midfield as usual while Ebrimma Sanneh and Masoud Juma lead the team in the hunt for goals.

Starting XI: Robert Mboya, Paul Kamau, Wycliffe Otieno, Geoffrey Shiveka (c), Michael Bodo, Sven Yidah, Patilla Omoto, Duke Abuya, Mathew Odongo, Ebrimma Sanneh, Masoud Juma

Reserves: Jeff Oyemba, Hillary Omondi, Stephen Odhiambo, Christopher Kimathi, Erick Kipkurui, Francis Manoa, Rogers Omondi.

 

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Nzoia United coach Bernard Mwalala has released a relatively strong squad that will take on Thika United on Saturday August 19 at the Thika Sub-County Stadium.

Brian Yakhama and Luke Namanda will continue partnering upfront while Masita Masuta plays just behind them. Victor Omondi has been brought on to replace the injured Elvis Rupia in midfield. The defense will be manned by Edwin Wafula, Hillary Wandera, Brian Otieno and Vincent Ngesa who is the captain.

Starting XI: 23.Mustapha Oduor ,14.Edwin Wafula, 16.Hillary Wandera, 28. Brian Otieno ,34. Vincent Ngesa (C), 02. Stephen Wakanya  ,24.Lawrence Juma. 32. Victor Omondi, 20.Masita Masuta 21.Brian Yakhama  12.Luke Namanda

 

Subs: 15. Humphrey Katasi, 26. Okiring Festus,  8. Edgar Nzano, 17. Jonathan Lokadet, 07.Collins Wakhungu  06.Benjamin Muchuma 18.Patrick Kwitonda.

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After watching their last match against Kariobangi Sharks from the bench, Zoo Kericho forward Ernest Kipkoech has been drafted back to the starting lineup that is set to face Mathare United. The match will be on Saturday August 19 at the Ruaraka Grounds from 15:00.

Vincent Misikhu starts in goal and will be covered by the defensive quartet of Johnstone Ligare, Sindani Sabiri, Ouma Dominic and Kipyegon Isaac. Bernard Odhiambo and Nicholas Kipkirui will lead the attack.

Starting XI: 9. Vincent Misikhu, 6.Johnstone Ligare, 13. Sindani Sabiri, 39. Ouma Dominic, 12. Kipyegon Isaac, 4. Leonard Mmata, 18. Geofrey Gichana, 5. Michael Madoya, 35. Ernest Kipkoech, 10. Bernard Odhiambo, 22. Nicholas Kipkirui.

Subs:1. Samwel Koko, 44. Kwizera Hamidu, 26. Ondati Kepha, 16. Namasaka Danson, 24. Kibet Gideon 17. Omondi Dennis, 15. Kelvin Oduor

 

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The Barclays Premier League enters its second week with nine matches set to be played between Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, the early kick off will see Manchester United face Swansea from 14:30. Manchester were 4-0 winners over West Ham in their opening fixture. Liverpool will be seeking their first win when they take on Crystal Palace at Anfield from 17:00. Stoke City will then host Arsenal in the last match for Saturday.

On Sunday, two matches will be played, with Huddersfield entertaining Newcastle while defending champions Chelsea clash with Tottenham. Chelsea lost their opening fixture to Burnley.

Saturday August 19th

14:30- Swansea vs Man Utd

17:00- AFC Bournemouth vs Watford

17:00- Burnley vs West Brom

17:00- Leicester vs Brighton

17:00- Liverpool vs Crystal  Palace

17:00- Southampton vs West Ham

19:30- Stoke City vs Arsenal

Sunday August 20th

15:30- Huddersfield vs Newcastle

18:00- Tottenham vs Chelsea

 

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Nzoia Sugar will be without five first team players when they take on struggling side Thika United in a Premier League match on Saturday August 19, 2017. The match will be staged at the Thika Sub-County Stadium from 15:00.

Dependable striker Elvis Rupia, defender Ronack Otieno and midfielder Peter Gin Juma will be out through injuries for the important match. Dennis Ongeri and Geoffrey Kariuki are also unavailable owing to personal matters.

The Mwalala-coached side will be seeking a win that might propel them to the top five positions in the Kenyan Premier League.

 

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Six AFC Leopards players have been ruled out of Sunday's Gotv Shield quarterfinal match against National Super League side Wazito FC. Leopards will be battling out for a semifinal spot with the NSL side at the Nyayo Stadium from 15:15.

Keziron Kizito has a fractured metatarsal while Marcus Abwao has an torn meniscus which requires surgery. Centre back Joshua Mawira has a knee injury he'll need an MRI scan as well as Abdallah Salim who's ankle is injured.

Alfred Wekesa is still out on rehabilitation after undergoing an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery last year. Vincent Oburu is also out on rehabilitation after a groin injury kept him out of Ingwe's last KPL match against Bandari FC.

Robinson Kamura has however fully recovered after missing the last three matches and will be available for selection. Also available is midfielder Allan Kateregga.

 

 

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Information on the ticketing details for Sofapaka's league match against Nakumatt FC on Saturday August 19th at the Narok Stadium has been released. The match will start at 15:00.

Tickets for the day will sell at Kshs. 200 as announced by ticketing firm Big Brother Events and will retail on Saturday outside the stadium.

Sofapaka are currently 4th on the league table with 31 points while Nakumatt are six points adrift of them at 10th. 

 

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Kenyan Premier League leaders Gor Mahia will be travelling to Kisumu to face bottom-placed Muhoroni Youth on Saturday August 19 at the Moi Stadium. The match is set to kick off at 15:00.

For those willing to go and watch the match, VIP tickets will be retailed at Kshs. 500 while those for the terraces go for Kshs. 300. Tickets will be on sale outside the Moi Stadium on Saturday from morning.

 

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The Kenya Rugby Union will conduct Match Official refresher courses during the National Sevens Series. KRU Training and Education Co-ordinator George Ndemi said, “The courses will target level 1 & 2 referees running games at every leg of the series on the eve of the series tournaments. We will then use the last of the series to assess and accredit them.”

“The key aim of these courses is to further impart knowledge and increase the pool of match officials, particularly with level 2 and 3 qualifications, “ he added.

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A core group of five referees have been selected for this season’s National Sevens Series.

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A 19-man squad made up of local players has been named by Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi ahead of a friendly match against Mozambique in Maputo on Friday September2, 2017.

The most notable returnee is Gor Mahia forward George 'Black Berry' Odhiambo who has been in fine form in recent times, netting two times in his last three appearances for Ko'galo. Other players making their way back into the team are Nakumatt striker Kepha Aswani and Ulinzi Stars defender Omar Mbongi. 

Gor have the highest number of players called into camp for the friendly, producing five players while Ulinzi come in second with four players. National Super League players Bernard Ochieng’ of Vihiga United and Wazito's Joe Waithera have also made the cut.

Full squad 

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

Defenders: Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers), Omar Mbongi (Ulinzi Stars), Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Harun Shakava (Gor Mahia), Bernard Ochieng’ (Vihiga United)

Midfielders: Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Victor Majid (AFC Leopards), Jackson Macharia (Tusker), Boniface Muchiri (Tusker), Daniel Waweru (Ulinzi Stars)

Forwards: Kepha Aswani (Nakumatt), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Masud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Joe Waithera (Wazito), Chris Ochieng’ (Mathare United),George Odhiambo (Gor Mahia), Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi Stars)

 

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After a stellar performance against Sony Sugar, Mathare United youngster John Mwangi is aiming for the best young player award once the season comes to a close.

Mwangi began from scratch, first making it into the 18-man squad before being given little playing time against Thika United, Kakamega Homeboyz, Sony Sugar and Chemelil Sugar.

When he was finally handed his first start of the season against SoNy Sugar, the 17-year old did not disappoint, creating constant danger to their wing backs Bernard Omondi and Samuel Olare and was unlucky not to get into the score sheet after coming close twice. 

“I am happy with the progress that I have made because I started by making it to the 18 man squad then being among the substitutes. I have enjoyed every moment and this has made it easier for me to settle in the team. I want to keep working hard and hopefully I will get more starts,” said Mwangi.

“The coach has shown faith in me and this has motivated me to give my best in every game that I have been fielded. I want to build on what I have achieved so far and start scoring goals. My target is to be awarded the best young player at the end of the season,” he added.

Despite this being his first season in the top tier, the academy graduate is not short of ambition. He has set his sights on bagging an award at the end of the season.

Mathare United's next assignment is against Zoo Kericho on Saturday August 19th at the Ruaraka Grounds.

 

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The match pitting league leaders Gor Mahia against Muhoroni Youth is among five Kenyan Premier League matches that are set to be played this weekend in different parts of the country. The fixtures were slotted to this weekend after being deferred due to political uncertainty that was facing the country after the General Elections.

Gor Mahia will be seeking to further tighten the grip at the summit of the league table when they face bottom-placed Muhoroni Youth on Saturday August 20 at the Moi Stadium from 15:00. 

Second-placed Posta Rangers will however be on Ko'galo's tails trying to pressure them when they visit Chemelil Sugar on the same day at the Chemelil Sports Complex. Football fans in Narok will have a wonderful afternoon with all eyes at the Narok Stadium when Sofapaka take on Nakumatt FC from 15:00.

Also in action on Saturday will be Mathare United against Zoo Kericho while a struggling Thika United side host Nzoia Sugar at the Thika Sub-County Stadium. Both matches kick off at 15:00.

 

Saturday August 19th

15:00- Muhoroni Youth vs Gor Mahia (Moi Stadium)

15:00- Chemelil Sugar vs Posta Rangers (Chemelil Sports Complex)

15:00- Sofapaka vs Nakumatt (Narok Stadium)

15:00- Mathare United vs Zoo Kericho (Ruaraka Grounds)

15:00- Thika United vs Nzoia Sugar (Thika Sub-County Stadium)

 

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Broadcasting firm Gotv will offer live coverage for the quarterfinals of the Gotv Shield tournament that are set to get underway this weekend. All the four matches will be staged at the Nyayo Stadium.

The first match to be televised live will be between last year's semifinalists Kariobangi Sharks and Division one side Eldoret Youth on Saturday August 19 from 13:00. The second match of the day will see SoNy Sugar lock horns with Bandari from 15:15 and the match will also be live.

On Sunday August 20th, defending Champions Tusker FC will face Nationals Super League leaders Vihiga United FC from 13:00 before AFC Leopards entertaining Wazito FC from 15:15. Both matches will also be live.

 

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 Floyd Mayweather is already known as the "Money" man in boxing.

His reputation will be further enhanced after his battle with UFC star Conor McGregor.

The American expects to bank $350 million (£272 million) for the fight on August 26, taking his career earnings past $1 billion (£777 million).

Mayweather, 40, has been involved in all of the top three biggest-selling pay-per-view fights of all time.

His record-smashing victory over Manny Pacquiao in 2015 was sold to 4.6 million households in the United States, yet Mayweather believes his fight with McGregor will be an even bigger success.

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The Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee has slapped Muhoroni Youth chairman Moses Adagala with a personal fine of KSh200,000 and banned him from attending any Kenyan Premier League matches for 60 days.

The disciplinary body has also fined Muhoroni Youth KSh400,000.

Adagala and Muhoroni supporters were found guilty of of invading the pitch as charged by the Kenyan Premier League during their match against Kakamega Homeboyz on 26th March. The invasion caused the match to be stopped and later abandoned contrary to Rules 3.3, 3.4(a) and 6.1 of the Rules of Kenya Football.

The abandoned match was awarded to Kakamega Homeboyz in an earlier case and the tribunal has upheld this award as proper and effective.

Said the IDCC ruling: “ The tribunal finds and holds as follows: The chairman of Muhoroni, Mr. Moses Adagala and the supporters of Muhoroni breached the rules of Kenyan Football. Rule 3.3 of the rules provides that ‘Members and spectators are only allowed to attend or participate in the matches on condition that they observe the rules. Anyone who violates the rules can be ordered to leave the venue of the match. If they refuse to leave they can be removed by force and will face additional penalties and sanctions'.

“Rule 3.4 (a) stipulates the responsibility of clubs for the conduct of their members and supporters. The facts relayed above and in the oral hearing, confirm that Mr. Moses Adagala and Muhoroni Youth Football Club are guilty of the charges laid against them.”

The Independent Disciplinary & Complaining Committee (IDCC) is the Tribunal for solving disputes in the game of football managed under the auspices of the Kenyan Premier League Limited.

 

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Zoo Kericho were handed a major boost in their maiden top flight race after The Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC) awarded the three points for their match against Tusker. 

The committee ruled that Tusker surrender their match against the Kericho-based side for fielding players without valid Football Kenya Federation cards.

The Brewers had been indicted before the IDCC for failing to produce valid FKF cards for 18 of their players on 10th May 2017 where they won the match 2-0 at the Kericho Green Stadium. Zoo Kericho have therefore been handed the match on a 2-0 basis.

“It is beyond conjecture that Tusker FC did not comply with the rules regarding presentation of valid FKF Cards,” IDCC said in its ruling.

The disciplinary body further stated: “Rule 3.5 (g) of the Rules of Kenyan Football provides inter alia that the referee and assistant referees must inspect and confirm that the players have valid FKF cards. Rule 3.5(h) states that ‘every player must present their FKF card to the referee before kick off of every match…..’. It goes further to prescribe that a player cannot be fielded without a valid card approved by the referee. It is thus clear that fielding of a player without a valid FKF card renders such player(s) ineligible players.”

The Independent Disciplinary & Complaining Committee (IDCC) is the Tribunal for solving disputes in the game of football managed under the auspices of the Kenyan Premier League Limited.

 

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On a dry and chilly morning I find myself at Camp Toyoyo deep inside Jericho Estate in Nairobi Eastlands area. Nowadays the area can be called near East, as Nairobi has expanded eastwards making Kayole and Njiru the Far East of Nairobi. KPL All Stars, a select side of KPL players preparing for a trip to Spain are playing a friendly match against KPL side Posta Rangers. I am here to meet Sammy “Pamzo” Omollo, the Rangers coach. To the rest of us he is Pamzo, but to those who know him well, he is “maviatu” which translates to shoes in relation to the hard tackling defender he was in his playing days. 

On 10th December 1994, Kenya Breweries FC now Tusker FC lost the final of African Cup Winners Cup 5-2 on aggregate to DRC then Zaire side Daring Club (DC)MotemaPembe in Kasarani. The Brewers had held the DRC side 2-2 away in Kinsasha. Everyone thought they would kill the match at home and follow in footsteps of GorMahia in 1987 and win the continental trophy but ended up losing 3-0 at home. Sammy Omollo was in that Brewers defense. The side had great names like Henry Motego, Patrick Nachok, Shem Nyaberi and Vincent Kwarula. 

Omollosigned for Kenya Breweries in 1990 but spent two seasons between 1992 and `1993 atGorMahia sandwiched between stints at Kenya Breweries. He later moved to Indian side East Bengal FC in 1996 for two seasons then moved to Mohun Bagan A.C. for three seasons.He featured in Asian Champions League and won trophies with the two sides. He was the best foreign player in Calcutta now Kolkota during his time in India. Beyond the tackles, Pamzo was a leader on and off the pitch. He later signed as Assistant Coach of East Bengal and won the league in 2015.

Here I was with a man I heard about on the radio while growing up. I am seated behind him on a seat between the benches of the sides playing. He is leaning on the shed about a metre to my left. He turns his head to look behind him. I suspect he wants to sit down so I offer my sit. He turns down my offer in a polite way that can disarm a ruffian. A gentle giant Sammy is, standing at about six feet four inches, his aggressive play on the field in his days is the opposite of who he is off the field. 

The match is on and Sammy shouts instructions to his charges. The boys are not giving the select side an easy time. We can here the rough swiping sound when players’ boots come into contact. Rangers score in the first half and the players go to rest.Rangers bring new players for the second half. After some time, Pamzo shifts from a four man defense to a three man defense and All Stars equalize the match ends in a draw. I spend some time chatting with All Stars Assistant Coach John Kamau then catch up with Pamzo and we walk to his car. 

We find a bunch of Zetech College players who waylay him at the parking. This is when I see another side of Pamzo. One player grabs his football boots to hold him hostage and a playful exchange ensues. In between a friendly match and possible trials for a few players is discussed. He is given his shoes back and we leave. He tells me how he loved his time as Zetech College coach. The boys seem to miss him too.

We talk as we drive in his car to Buruburu. “Rangers’ is focused on winning KPL this year. People say that we are a defensive side but we are simply a good side off the ball.”Pamzo says about critics to his 11 match unbeaten run that came to a stop on May 20th to Ulinzi FC.  “We create a lot of chances even when we win by a solitary goal; we just need to work on our finishing.” 

Pamzo is happy with his side that has a mixture of young and old players. JokinsAtudo, Dennis Mukhaisi, Moses Otieno, Jerry Santo, HashimMukhwana, Luke Ochieng’and Joseph Mbugi are some of the experienced players at Rangers. Surprisingly this lot was with Pamzo at Tusker in 2011 when he won KPL with the Ruaraka based brewers. “All we need to do is stop four clubs, Gor, Sofapaka, Ulinzi and Tusker and we have the title.” That is Pamzo’s summary of the sides that stand between them and the title. “This involves beating the four sides in the second leg then we collect as many points as we can from the other matches.”

Pamzo is not a fan of artificial turf but says we have to adapt and use them for lack of a better option.  “We grew up playing on grass pitches though the pitches we have now are bumpy and the artificial turf is level.” He is still worried about the ankle and knee injuries that come with playing on synthetic turf. 

On current players, Pamzo says you have to handle them with care. A coach must always come between players and their phones. His take is players should avoid negative news from social media and friends before matches. Another thing is a coach cannot give players a dress down- they will break and leave. “In our days we were tough, you break up with your girlfriend and you get onto the pitch and play like her departure was a blessing.”  That does not happen now, and many times he has to call a player a side and comfort him to get the best out of a player.

Playing semiprofessional football is very challenging. Our players have to go for training then leave to go for other jobs so as to earn a living. “Rangers as a club is fortunate as every player is an employee of Posta. When someone is not playing he reports to the office for other duties.” The technical bench members have contracts which bring stability. Former defender Pascal Ochieng’ has retired from playing and he is currently the team manager. 

According to Pamzo, the best league in Africa is South African Premier Soccer League, but the tough leagues are in Nigeria, Ghana and Egypt.  He would love to take Rangers to the continental next season after winning the regional CECAFA Kagame Cup.  “I played continental football in Africa and Asia and I would like my players to experience that too.”

“If I am not sweating over football, I spend my time in cricket.” That happens to be Omollo’s first love. He grew up in Pangani area where he played cricket in the neighborhood. Steve Tikolo and the Sujis are his childhood friends and once in a while he goes to cheer Nairobi provincial side Swamibapa. “I was a good bowler but I was good on the bat as well.” Sammy is definitely an intelligent man- for those who know.

That’s Sammy PamzoOmollo, married and a father of two. I have hanged out with his son Denzel who I learn is now 13 years old. The fruit may not fall far off from the tree. Time will tell. 

@stuttistician

 

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Kenyan schools that earned the privilege of representing the nation in this year's Brookside East Africa Secondary School Games departed on Thursday morning for Uganda.

The competition comprising of all East African nations is scheduled to take place from August 19th-August 27th in Gulu, Uganda.

Kenya will be taking part in variety of sports such as soccer, volleyball, basketball, hockey, swimming rugby, athletics and indoor games for both boys' and girls' categories with an aim of lifting the team title as they have done in nine of the last ten years.

The games will be staged in Kaunda Grounds Hall, St Joseph Layibi and Sacred Heart Girls School in Gulu with a total of 720 contestants from 53 different schools representing the nation.

 

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The second leg of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) Kenya 2018 qualifiers are scheduled to take place this weekend from Friday 18th-Sunday 20th August in different parts of the continent.

All countries in the six distinct zones will be in action, with some looking to consolidate their first leg wins while others seek to overturn the losses they suffered in the first round.

Some of the teams that will be in action include Uganda who will be travelling to Kigali to face Rwanda on Saturday 19th August after a comfortable 3-0 win at home. Libya, who were 2-1 winners over Algeria, will be in the hunt for another victory when they host the North African nation on Saturday August 19th while South Africa travel to Ndola to battle it out with Zambia also on Saturday following a disappointing 2-2 draw at home a fortnight ago. 

Below are the full fixtures of this weekend's CHAN 2018 qualifiers:

Fixtures

Central Zone

19.08.2017 Kinshasa   DR Congo vs Congo (0-0)

19.08.2017 Yaounde   Cameroon vs Sao Tome (2-0)

 

Central-East Zone

19.08.2017 Kigali Rwanda vs Uganda (0-3)

19.08.2017 El Obeid      Sudan vs Ethiopia (1-1)

 

North Zone

18.08.2017 Sfax Libya vs Algeria (2-1)

18.08.2017 Rabat Morocco vs Egypt (1-1)

 

South Zone

19.08.2017 Ndola  Zambia vs South Africa (2-2)

19.08.2017 Luanda   Angola vs Madagascar (0-0)

20.08.2017 Windhoek    Namibia vs Comoros (1-2)

 

West A Zone

19.08.2017 Bamako     Mali vs Mauritania (2-2)

22.08.2017 Conakry      Guinea vs Senegal (1-3)

 

West B Zone

20.08.2017 Kumasi   Ghana vs Burkina Faso (2-2)

19.08.2017 Kano    Nigeria vs Benin (0-1)

19.08.2017 Abidjan     Cote d’Ivoire vs Niger (1-2)

 

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The Gotv Shield Tournament resumes this weekend, with eight teams battling for  four spots in the semifinals of this year's tournament.

At stake is a place in the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup and a cash prize of Kshs 2 Million for the winners of the trophy while the runners-up will have earned themselves Kshs 1 Million. There is also a prize of  Kshs 750000 for the third best team.

This year's quarterfinals will be played at the Nyayo Stadium, with Saturday and Sunday accomodating two games each.

The first match on Saturday will see last year's second runners up Kariobangi Sharks take on Division one side Eldoret Youth from 13:00 before paving way for the match between Bandari  FC and SoNy Sugar which is expected to start at 15:15.

On Sunday, defending champions Tusker FC will be hoping to edge closer to defending the title when they face National Super League leaders Vihiga United FC from 13:00.

The last quarterfinal match will see AFC Leopards clash with another National Super League side Wazito FC from 15:15, with the winner securing a place in the semifinals.

 

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Sunday’s test between Kenya and Hong Kong has been brought forward from 4.00pm to 3.00pm. 

Meanwhile, advance tickets for this fixture are now on sale. Regular advance tickets cost Ksh 400, VIP advance tickets cost Ksh 1000 while it cost Ksh 500 at the gate on game day.

These tickets can be purchased via M-Pesa paybill 557163 account KEvHK

 

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The Champions League qualifying play-off matches continue on Wednesday August 16, with five matches expected to be played across Europe.

Some of the teams that will be in action include Celtic who host FC Astana while Napoli entertain Nice. Sevilla will be away to Istanbul Basaksehir as Olympiakos battle it out with HNK Rijeka. All matches kick off at 21:45 local time.

Wednesday August 16 Fixtures:

21:45- Celtic vs FC Astana

21:45- Hapoel Be'er Sheva vs NK Maribor

21:45- Istanbul Basaksehir vs Sevilla

21:45- Napoli vs Nice

21:45- Olympiakos vs HNK Rijeka

 

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The Football Kenya Federation has postponed National Super League, Division One League, Women Premier League and Women Division One League matches scheduled for this weekend due to the political situation in the country.

The decision was arrived at following a consultative meeting between the National Leagues and Competitions Committee and the Referees Appointment Committee.

“It’s unfortunate that the political situation as currently is has made it impossible for most clubs to train and/or for officials to travel,” said FKF CEO Robert Muthomi.

“In light of the aforementioned and as a precaution we have decided to postpone this weekend’s matches to a date that will be communicated in due course,” he added.

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AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca has joined LaLiga side Villarreal on a season-long loan deal. This is Bacca's second stint in Spain after two successful season with Sevilla before signing for Milan in 2015. 

The Colombian international has been touted as a replacement for Roberto Soldado, who joined Fenerbahce last week. The 30-year-old has scored 165 goals in 336 games in his career, with 13 in 39 coming for Milan last season.

"The deal includes an option to buy the player once the campaign is finished," Villarreal said in a statement.

 

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