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Kakamega Homeboyz chairman Cleophas Shimanyula has hailed his team for a spectacular display that saw them boot AFC Leopards 4-1. Kakamega Homeboyz upset the form book, sending four past a helpless Leopards, who scored a consolation through Malian Mousa Sissoko. “The result yesterday was testimony of who the superpower in Western football is. There is now a clear distinction between the team that pretends to be a super power, and one that is the super power,” asserted Shimanyula.
The ugly face of indiscipline has finally found home at the AFC Leopards den, at a time the club is struggling to find a proper footing. The 4-1 drowning last weekend in the hands of Kakamega Homeboyz has thrown the entire team into confusion. This comes just days after the team suffered a 4-0 loss to Simba SC in Tanzania.
The Kenyan Premier League has come up with official measures that will be adopted to deal with sports betting, doping and officiating within the league.
Kenyan sports betting platform SportPesa has signed a three-year deal to be the official betting partner of Premier League soccer club Southampton.
Muhoroni Youth head coach John Bobby Ogolla believes his side could have prevented the 2-1 loss they suffered to hosts Bandari in the KPL Round 19 match played at KPA Mbaraki on Sunday were it not for referee and ball boys’ fault.
The National Sevens Series kicks off on 6th/7th August with the first leg, the Prinsloo Sevens taking place at the Nakuru Athletic Club.
The Simbas reclaimed the Elgon Cup with a comprehensive 45-24 home win over Uganda’s Rugby Cranes, taking home the diadem on a 93-34 aggregate, having won the first leg in Kampala 48-10 in June.
Running in his marathon debut, Festus Talam produced a stunning 2:06:26 victory at the 33rd DLL Marathon Eindhoven on Sunday (9). The 21-year-old Kenyan, with 1:01:48 half marathon credentials this year, was enlisted as a pacemaker for the event in this city in the south of the Netherlands, assigned to bring the lead group through 35 kilometres on pace for a 2:06 finish. But once there and his duties done, he forged on impressively, mostly alone.
Kenya's Rodgers Kwemoi grabbed the first medal for the Kenyan contigent in Poland when he won the 10,000m race in fashion at the IAAF World Under 20 championships on Tuesday evening.
The two days Athletics Kenya Olympics trials culminated on Friday in Eldoret at the famous Kipchego Keino stadium and as was expected elite athlete booked their Brazil tickets for the Rio Olympic Games.
The IAAF Doping Review Board has today decided its first case of an athlete seeking exceptional eligibility to compete in International Competition as a neutral athlete under Competition Rule 22.1A.
Marathon world record holder Dennis Kimetto will be looking to resurrect his reputation at the Media Maratón de Bogota, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday 31 July.
Organisers of Monaco’s Herculis meeting have revealed four more world champions set to compete at the IAAF Diamond League meeting on 15 July.
Racing and fighting for space with vehicles and human traffic on the busy highways, his eyes focused on what many can’t see. Sweat draws maps all over his track suit and gently drips off his chin. The dust, mist and exhaust fumes don’t seem to deter him from his cause. Surprisingly to many, he is almost invisible.
For close to a quarter of a century, Kenyan sport content has been given a back seat by the various media houses in the country. This has given a great prominence to foreign content. The downfall of the Kenyan sporting industry can to a great extent be blamed for this. Many would argue that, the mismanagement by administrators over time is to blame wholly for this downfall. I disagree.
When colonialism ended in East Africa, Julius Nyerere, Jomo Kenyatta and Milton Obote came together to found the East African Community, the dream was to see Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania form a political federation. History records say that Julius Nyerere was ready to delay the independence of Tanganyika to coincide it with Kenya’s and make it easier for the two countries to merge. In that period, many corporations in the region were owned jointly. The railway services were done by East African Railways, school exams were under a common council, postal services and the aviation industries too were under common corporations. This made the phrase “East African” very profound among the citizens in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Coupled with Swahili as the national language in all the three countries, the level of East African nationalism was at a high as a result.
Why are some nations increasingly “buying” athletes to represent them in international competitions? This is a situation that has come to put many sports figures in crossroads situations. The word patriotism has become a subject of debate in many sports discussions due to this. What is patriotism? Over a long period of time, nations have taken international sporting competitions with a lot of seriousness. A number of times, this seriousness has led some of them to end up deploying what could be termed “unsportsmanlike” tactics to win medals and titles. In the just concluded Olympics, Kenyan born Ruth Jebet found herself in deep criticism after winning a gold medal for her adopted nation Bahrain at the expense of Kenya.
The father of Olympics, Pierre de Coubertin, once phrased sports as a combat he said, “The important thing in life is not victory but combat; it is not to have vanquished but to have fought well.” When the idea of hosting modern Olympics came to Baron Coubertin, he had only thought to host it in Paris in 1900 but delegates from 34 countries were so enthralled with the concept that they convinced him to move it to 1896 and host it in Athens. This was the birth of the modern Olympic movement and after African countries gained independence they joined the movement since they believed in the spirit of Olympics and most importantly to announce they had arrived at the international scene.
Burly GorMahia forward Enock Agwanda made the headlines this past weekend, with a massive throw in that helped GorMahia get past City Stars in closely contested encounter.