Kenya Police officially confirmed Technical University of Kenya (TUK) as the first relegated team this season following a 7-0 thrashing of the students in a Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier League match on Tuesday December 12, 2017 at the City Park Stadium.

The opening minutes of the match were a clear contrast of the score line as TUK started off as the better side, pinning the league leaders to their own half and their defenders clearing any ensuing Police attack.

A sixth minute strike  from Police skipper Oliver Echenje however proved to be the pivotal point of the match, with the goal seemingly affecting TUK players mentally which resulted to a drastic fall in share of possession.

The opening goal seemed to have opened the gates, Samuel Wokila doubling his side's lead in the 23rd minute before goals from Victor Wekesa and Calvin Kanu made it 4-0 just past the half hour mark. 

The match eventually turned into a rout, Vincent Odindo also getting his name into the score sheet as Wekesa and Kanu completed a brace each to seal the 7-0 victory.

The devastating loss sums up TUK's maiden top-flight season where they have just managed one win so far with only four games left. Sitting bottom of the table with only eight points, the students are already relegated meaning that they will be in National League next season.

Police meanwhile take their point tally to  67, 16 ahead for second placed Butali as then season fades fast. 

In other Premier League games on Tuesday, Parklands Sports Club ended their two match losing streak with a precious 2-0 over a struggling Chase Sailors side as Wazalendo thumped Sikh Union Nairobi 4-1. 

 

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Brendan Rodgers says Celtic will never match the spending of some teams in Europe, but insists an inability to spend "hundreds of millions of pounds" on players will not stop his side from embracing their Europa League campaign.

Unseeded Celtic take on Zenit St Petersburg in the round of 32 and will play the first leg of their tie at home before making a trip to Zenit Arena in Russia; one of the 2018 World Cup venues.

Their Champions League journey brought five defeats and one win in Group B, but a 1-0 loss to Anderlecht was enough to see the Scottish champions qualify for the Europa League, and the manager says his men are ready for the challenge.

"We're in the competition, so we're going to play against the likes of these teams and it's up to us to try and somehow find a way to bridge the gap," said Rodgers.

"Celtic will never be a club that's going to go out and spend hundreds of millions of pounds in getting in these, some of the world-class players.

"That's not where we're at.

"But we have got some very good players and we've got a great structure at the club that allows the club to be stable and financially sufficient and allows us to go on and achieve what we aim to achieve domestically, and of course to then go on and be able to qualify for European football.

"That will bring us, of course, in against some of the giants of the game.

"But we have to embrace that."

The Hoops have sat five points clear of at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a record unbeaten domestic run of 68 games.

They took the first step towards successive domestic trebles by retaining the Scottish League Cup with a 2-0 win over Motherwell last month.

Despite their domestic domination, Rodgers knows Zenit will prove a different kind of challenge on the bigger stage.

"It's a really exciting time at the club for me, in terms of being here and being the manager here, and everything that's going on," said Rodgers.

"We're into the Europa League now. We take on a team that's got some really good players and an excellent manager.

"It's an exciting draw. You look at some of the teams that you could play. There is never an easy game. Teams get through for a reason, so they're at that stage because they're a good side.

"There are some other clubs of course with a great history in the game. Zenit will be a tough game for us, but it's a game that we will look forward to when it comes around."

Rodgers recalled how he almost joined Zenit St Petersburg head coach Roberto Mancini as a first-team coach at Manchester City, before taking charge of Swansea in 2010.

"When I was rejected as a manager at Reading and was in between jobs, I didn't think I was going to get a manager's job," the former Liverpool boss said.

"I was in talks with Manchester City about maybe going back there as a first-team coach. I spoke to the club, all went well and I flew out to Milan to meet Roberto.

"We had a nice chat and it ended up that not long after that I got the job at Swansea as a manager. We have come across each other since. He is a good, nice guy."

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Harambee Stars became the final side to book a semifinal slot in the ongoing CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup following a narrow 1-0 in over Tanzania Mainland on Monday December 11, 2017 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

AFC Leopards young forward Vincent Oburu scored the only goal of the match in the 23rd minute with a close tap-in after connecting to Ovella Ochieng's cross from the right flank.

Dennis Sikhayi also had a chance for Stars in the first half but saw his long ranges strike go off target, with Himid Mao coming close for Kilimanjaro Stars on the other end.

The second half had numerous chances for both sides but none was able to find the back of the net hence the match ending 1-0 in favor of the hosts.

The victory took Kenya's point tally to eight to take them to the top of Group A and they will now face Burundi, who finished second in Group B in the semifinals.

Zanzibar, who finished second in Group A following a 1-0 loss to Libya earlier on will clash with Group B leaders Uganda.

More to follow...

Kenya Starting XI

Patrick Matasi (GK), Musa Mohammed (C), Jockins Atudo, Dennis Sikhayi, Wesley Onguso, Ernest Wendo, Patillah Omotto, Vincent Oburu, Chrispin Oduor, Ovella Ochieng, George Odhiambo

Substitutes

Gabriel Andika (GK), Boniface Oluoch (GK), Said Tsuma, Bernard Ochieng, Samuel Onyango, Masoud Juma, Wellington Ochieng, Charles Momanyi, Kefa Aswani, Issack Kipyegon, Duncan Otieno, Whyvonne Issuza

Tanzania Starting XI:

Peter Manyika Jr 24, Himid Mao Mkami 7, Gadiel Michael Mbaga 2, Kennedy Wilson Juma 6, Erasto Nyoni 4, Jonas Mkude 20, Abdul Hilal Hassan 13, Abdallah Hamisi Riziki 8, Daniel Lyanga 9, Ibrahim Ajib Migomba 10, Shizya Ramadhan Kichuya 16

Subs:

Ramadhan Kabwili 17, Boniface Maganga 3, Mohamed Hussein 14, Muzamiru Yassin 19, Yahya Zayd Omary 21, Yohana Mkomola 11, Aman Peter Kyata 23, Raphael Daudi Loth 15

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The Kenya Hockey Union Premier League continues on Tuesday December 12, 2017, with a total six fixtures lined up in both men's and women's leagues.

Men's

Four matches will be played in the Men's Premier League, with league leaders Kenya Police, who registered a 2-1 win over Greensharks on Sunday taking on bottom placed Technical University of Kenya at noon. The match will then be followed by the one pitting Parklands Sports Club against Chase Sailors before KCA University take on Strathmore University at 15:00.

Bring the curtains down on Tuesday will be a clash between Sikh Union and Wazalendo at 18:00, with all matches slated for City Park Stadium.

Ladies'

In the Ladies Premier League, bottom of the pack University of Nairobi will be eyeing their maiden win of the season when they take on Strathmore University, a side that is currently fourth on the log and have lost only once in their last twelve fixtures. 

At 10:30, a mouthwatering clash between Chase Amira and league leaders Telkom looms as both sides seek to disrupt each other's rhythm.

Fifteen games into their campaign, Telkom still remain unbeaten and have only conceded two goals so far compared to 93 that they have scored. Amira on their part were held to a 1-1 draw by Vikings on Sunday and will be looking to get back to winning ways and probably end their opponent's unbeaten run.

 

PREMIER LEAGUE MEN

Kenya Police 12:00 TUK    CITY PARK  

Parklands 13:30 Chase   CITY PARK  

KCAU 15:00 Strathmore      CITY PARK  

Sikh 17:00 Wazalendo     City Park

PREMIER LEAGUE WOMEN

UON 09:00 Strathmore CITY PARK

Amira 10:30 Telkom CITY PARK

 

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Arsenal will face Ostersund and their English manager Graham Potter in the last 32 of the Europa League. 

Monday’s draw paired Arsène Wenger’s men with the Swedish side, who former York defender Potter has taken from the fourth division to the top-ranked Allsvenskan in six years. 

The 42-year-old has earned comparisons with Roy Hodgson – who himself managed in Scandinavia in his formative years - and this will be his first clash against English opposition. 

The draw also saw Celtic come out against Zenit St Petersburg.

 

Full Europa League Round of 32 Draw:

Borussia Dortmund v Atalanta

Nice v Lokomotov Moscow

Copenhagen v Atlético Madrid

Spartak Moscow v Athletic Bilbao

AEK Athens v Dynamo Kyiv

Celtic v Zenit St Petersburg

Napoli v RB Leipzig

Red Star Belgrade v CSKA Moscow

Lyon v Villarreal

Real Sociedad v Salzburg

Partizan Belgrade v Viktoria Plzen

Steaua Bucharest v Lazio

Ludogorets v Milan

Astana v Sporting

Ostersunds v Arsenal

Marseille v Braga

 

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UEFA Champions League defending champions will face Paris St-Germain as the full Round of 16 draw was made on Monday December 11, 2017.

Chelsea on their part face a hard task after being drawn against Barcelona while Tottenham will face Italian champions Juventus.

Manchester United, who finished top in Group A, will take on Spanish side Sevilla as Liverpool lock horns with FC Basel.

The group winners will be away in the round of 16 first legs on 13/14 and 20/21 February, and at home in the return matches on 6/7 and 13/14 March.

 

FULL ROUND OF 16 FIXTURES

Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur

FC Basel vs Manchester City

FC Porto vs Liverpool FC

Sevilla vs Manchester United

Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain

FC Shakhtar Donetsk vs AS Roma

Chelsea vs FC Barcelona

FC Bayern Munchen vs Besiktas

 

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Tanzania Mainland have named their starting lineup that will take on hosts Harambee Stars in their final Group A match in the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup on Monday December 10, 2017 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

After soaking in a number of goals, Azam FC goalkeeper Aisha Manula has been relegated to the bench with his place taken by Peter Manyika Jr of Singida United.

Tanzania are already out of this year's competition having not won any match but will be eyeing an upset for hosts Kenya in a bid to bow out of the competition with them.

The match kicks off at 16:00.

 

Starting XI: Peter Manyika Jr 24, Himid Mao Mkami 7, Gadiel Michael Mbaga 2, Kennedy Wilson Juma 6, Erasto Nyoni 4, Jonas Mkude 20, Abdul Hilal Hassan 13, Abdallah Hamisi Riziki 8, Daniel Lyanga 9, Ibrahim Ajib Migomba 10, Shizya Ramadhan Kichuya 16

 

Subs: Ramadhan Kabwili 17, Boniface Maganga 3, Mohamed Hussein 14, Muzamiru Yassin 19, Yahya Zayd Omary 21, Yohana Mkomola 11, Aman Peter Kyata 23, Raphael Daudi Loth 15

 

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A complete list of all nominees that have been nominated in several categories of the 2017 Sport Journalists of Kenya Association (SJAK) Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Awards has been released.

The awarding event has been scheduled for Monday December 18, 2017 at the Jacaranda Hotel in Nairobi.

Goalkeepers

In the goalkeeping category, Posta Rangers shot stopper Patrick Matasi, who is currently on duty with Harambee Stars in the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, is in line to defend the award he won last year after being named among three others. He however faces stiff completion from Jeff Oyemba of Kariobangi Sharks who kept the most clean sheets in the 2017 league season. Others are Sofapaka keeper Mathias Kigonya, Kakamega Homeboyz’s David Juma and Gor Mahia’s Boniface Oluoch.

MVP

A tough duel is expected in the Most Valuable Player category which has eight strong nominees. An unsettled Kenneth Muguna of Gor Mahia will be hoping to retain the gong, but will have to beat four of his teammates namely  Meddie Kagere, Musa Mohamed, Jacques Tuyisenge   and George Odhiambo . 2017 league top scorer Masoud Juma of Kariobangi Sharks is also a favorite to lift the prestigious prize.

 Below are all nominees for the five categories.

 

GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR:  Patrick Matasi  (Posta Rangers), David Juma  (Kakamega Homeboyz),  Mathias Kigonya  (Sofapaka),  Jeff Oyemba  (Kariobangi Sharks), Boniface Oluoch  (Gor Mahia).

DEFENDER OF THE YEAR: Charles Momanyi  (Kakamega Homeboyz), Musa Mohamed  (Gor Mahia),  Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia),  Haron Shakava (Gor Mahia), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers),  Christopher Oruchum  (Thika United),  Pascal Ogweno  (Kariobangi Sharks),  Karim Nzigiyimana (Gor Mahia).

MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR: Sven Yida  (Kariobangi Sharks), Lawrence Juma  (Nzoia Sugar), Michael Madoya  (Zoo FC), Chrispinus Oduor (Mathare United), George Odhiambo  (Gor Mahia), Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Kenneth Muguna  (Gor Mahia), Humphrey Mieno (Tusker FC).

YOUNG/NEW PLAYER: Nicholas Kipkirui ( Zoo FC) , Faraj Ominde (Chemelil Sugar), Shafan Oyugi (Chemelil Sugar), Clinton Kisiavuki  (Nakumatt), Chris Ochieng  (Mathare United), Vincent Oburu  (AFC Leopards), Michael Kibwage  (AFC Leopards), Brian Otieno  (Nzoia Sugar).

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:  Meddie Kagere (Gor Mahia), Masoud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Musa Mohamed (Gor Mahia) Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia), Lawrence Juma  (Nzoia Sugar),   Patrick Matasi  (Posta Rangers), Jacques Tuyisenge  (Gor Mahia),  George Odhiambo  (Gor Mahia).

COACH OF THE YEAR: William Muluya  (Kariobangi Sharks), Mike Mururi (Kakamega Homeboyz), Sam Ssimbwa  (Sofapaka), Sammy Omolo  (Posta Rangers), Bernard Mwalala  (Nzoia Sugar).

 

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Having already qualified to the semifinals of the 2017 CEAFA Senior Challenge Cup, Zanzibar head coach Hemed Suleiman Morocco has rested eight key players for their final Group A match against Libya on Monday December 11, 2017 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Notably benched are wingers Mohamed Issa and Mudathir Yahya, who have played an integral part in Zanzibar impressive displays. Goalkeeper Mohamed Abraham has also been benched, with his place being taken by Ahmed Ali Salula while Young Africans' defensive midfielder  Abdalah Shaibu 'Ninja' gets his first CECEFA start.

Zanzibar currently top Group A with seven points, two ahead of hosts Kenya who play Tanzania later on in the day. 

The match kicks off at 14:00.

Starting XI:

Ahmed Ali (Salula) 1, Mohamed Othman Mmanga 6, Haji Mwinyi Ngwali 16, Abdullah Haji (Ninja) 5, Issa Haidar Dau (Mwalala) 8, Abdul azizi Makame (Abui) 21, Seif Rashid (Karihe) 12, Abdul swamad Kassim (Hasgut) 22, Khamis Mussa (Rais) 28, Amour Suleiman (Pwina) 14, Adeyum Saleh 20

Subs:

Mohamed Abrahman (Wawesha) 18, Nassor Mrisho Salum 30, Ibrahim Mohamed (Sangula) 15, Ibrahim Abdallah 2, Abdulla Salum Kheri (Sebo) 13, Mohamed Issa (Banka) 10, Mudathir Yahya 4, Ibrahim Hamad Hilika 17, Feisal Salum (Fei Toto) 3, Hamad Mshamata 9,

 

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Harambee Stars head coach Paul Put has made three changes to his starting lineup that will take on Tanzania Mainland in their last Group A match on Monday December 11, 2017 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Stars will be hunting for nothing short of a win to confirm their place at the semifinals of the competitions following two draws in their last two fixtures.

Among those handed a start is Gor Mahia midfielder Ernest Wendo, who replaces Duncan Otieno while Chrispin Oduor takes Whyvonne Issuza's place. AFC Leopards forward Vincent Oburu also gets a slot in the starting eleven in place of Kepha Aswani who fired blanks in Stars' barren draw against group leaders Zanzibar.

The match kicks off at 16:00.

Starting XI

Patrick Matasi (GK), Musa Mohammed (C), Jockins Atudo, Dennis Sikhayi, Wesley Onguso, Ernest Wendo, Patillah Omotto, Vincent Oburu, Chrispin Oduor, Ovella Ochieng, George Odhiambo

Substitutes

Gabriel Andika (GK), Boniface Oluoch (GK), Said Tsuma, Bernard Ochieng, Samuel Onyango, Masoud Juma, Wellington Ochieng, Charles Momanyi, Kefa Aswani, Issack Kipyegon, Duncan Otieno, Whyvonne Issuza

 

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Chase Amira's plans of consolidating the second spot in the Kenya Hockey Union women's Premier League table were momentarily stalled by Vikings, who held them to a 1-1 draw in a match played on Sunday December 10, 2017 at the City Park Stadium.

In what was a largely 50-50 affair, Sarah Bonareri continued with her impressive goal-scoring record by taking Vikings ahead in the 18th minute with a field goal.

Amira's leading scorer Pauline Naise then squandered a chance to pull her team level seven minutes later, with Vikings' keeper Winnie Kiprop doing well to save the Kenyan international's penalty flick.

Yvonne Madowo ultimately equalized for Amira following a short corner later on but the Chase Bank-sponsored side will have themselves to blame for not recording a win despite a handful of clear chances that went down the drain.

Amira still move to second in the league standings on 34 points, level with third-placed Strathmore who have played two games less and have an inferior goal difference.

In Mombasa, Mombasa Sports Club finally recorded their first win of the season after overcoming fellow strugglers Multimedia University 3-1 on Sunday. 

The hosts took the lead in the 14th minute through Esther Mwikali's converted  penalty flick before Shirlen Nabifwo evened the scores for MMU eight minutes later. Goals from Emma Uchi and Margaret Akinyi were however enough to secure a victory for MSC.

They had a day earlier been held to a barren draw by a visiting University of Nairobi side.

 

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Western Jaguars earned themselves a pole position to remain in top flight league following two crucial wins this weekend in the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) men’s Premier League.

On Saturday at the City Park Stadium, Jaguars kicked off their weekend with a 3-0 blanking of Sikh Union Nairobi. Goals from Adan Ayuku, Kevin Machindi and Brian Onditi gave the visitors the crucial win in the top-flight encounter.

They then came head-on with Strathmore University Gladiators at the same venue on Sunday, overcoming them 2-0 in an exciting clash.

Wayne Kipkorir opened account for Jaguars five minutes into the game after converting Willis Malesi's short corner to show result of the skillful runs and constant attacks that his side had been executing.

Strathmore then sought immediate response and an equalizer almost came  a minute later, but Jaguars’ shot stopper Gilbert Okanga did well to stop an effort from Festus Onyango.

In the 22nd minute,  Wayne Kipkorir once again showed his importance with his second goal of the day following nice exchange of passes with Mike Malungu. The Western-based side were able to hold on to their lead till the final whistle for a hard-fought victory.

The win takes Jaguars four places up the table standings to 9th with 27 points and are all but assured of a spot in next year's top flight hockey.

Police back to winning ways

League leaders Kenya Police recovered from their 1-0 defeat to Western Jaguars by seeing off Greensharks 2-1 at the City Park Stadium on Sunday December 10, 2017.

Greensharks drew first blood through the usual scorer Chris Wokila in the sixth minute, the Kenyan international finishing off a well-orchestrated move from their backline.

 Police however staged a perfect comeback to avoid a second successive defeat with goals from Amos Barkibir and Calvins Kanu handing them their 21st win of the season.

The victory takes their point tally to 64, 13 ahead of second placed Butali Sugar Warriors.

In other weekend matches, Nakuru condemned Parklands Sports Club to a 3-0 defeat on Saturday as Wazalendo Youth whitewashed bottom placed Karate Axiom 4-0 in a Pool B National Men's League match. 

 

 

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Vihiga County Governor H.E. Dr Wilber Ottichilo joined the growing list of people who have congratulated Vihiga Queens for bagging the 2017 Football Kenya Federation Women Premier League Champions (WPL) on Sunday December 10, 2017.

Vihiga proceeded to the playoffs after finishing top of Zone B, earning them a date with Zone A  winners Thika Queens. The day finally came and fifteen minutes into the match, Teresa Engesha sent camp Toyoyo Grounds buzzing with a strike that opened account. Wincate Kaari then brought the game back to level at the half hour mark with an equalizer for Thika Queens, but Engesha had the last laugh by scoring her second and the winning goal in the 32nd minute, a goal that dethroned Thika Queens of the title they won in 2016.

Following the league triumph, Vihiga Governor Ottichilo took to his official social media account to applaud the ladies for a job well done and promised to continue supporting them in their sporting duties.

``We are officially taking over the title HOME OF CHAMPIONS. Vihiga Queens Football CLUB have done it, Kenya Women's Premier League CHAMPIONS 2017. Vihiga County is blessed twice, double celebration, Christmas just came knocking. Congratulations ladies, the entire team management and the fans. We have talent, we excel in sports, we'll promote and support it to nurture sporting careers for our young men and women. CONGRATULATIONS VIHIGA QUEENS. #IssaCelebration #LandOfChampions,'' read his message.

Vihiga Queens becomes the second team in the county to have brought home a trophy in a span of one month, their brothers Vihiga United FC being the first ones with the National Super League (NSL) crown.

 

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he does not want to make an issue of the team's recent bad starts as it could affect the confidence of the players, and accused Southampton of time-wasting after the 1-1 draw at St Mary's on Sunday.

Arsenal repeated their poor start from last week against Manchester United as Per Mertesacker gave the ball away after just three minutes, setting up a quick attack for Southampton that was finished off by Charlie Austin.

The Gunners struggled to create chances for much of the game until substitute Olivier Giroud headed home an equaliser in the 88th minute, but his side still remain outside the Premier League's top four.

Arsenal conceded two similar goals in the first 11 minutes in the 3-1 loss to United last weekend, and Wenger admitted that may have had an effect on his players.

"I felt that we played with an excellent spirit," Wenger told BT Sport. "But in the last two weeks, unfortunately we dropped points in the last two games for bad starts -- we are caught straight away. And after, it's difficult.

"Of course you're concerned, but you don't want to make too big a problem of it because it takes belief and confidence away from the players. I think you could see today that last week had an influence on today's start of the game. The players wanted to start strong, and overall I believe it took us time to get into the game again."

Wenger singled out Southampton's time wasting in the second half as a problem, and said Premier League referees have to crack down harder on such efforts.

"I feel the wasting of time becomes a real problem in England, and the referees have not found the answer yet," Wenger said. "The answer is the authority of the referees. First of all, I think it's in the head of the players to respect the game, and to play. And secondly, the authority of the referees to act early in the game, because it becomes really a problem in the last two seasons."

Giroud's goal was his 17th as a substitute in the Premier League, tying the record held by former United forward Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Giroud has yet to start any league game this season, but Wenger paid tribute to the striker's ability to deliver off the bench when it matters.

"I think he has come back into a very good shape, he has shown that again today. He is mentally extremely strong as well," Wenger said. "It's a remarkable achievement what he has done again today."

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Uganda held Ethiopia to a 1-1 draw to consequently dump the latter out of the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in a match played on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.

Sani Abdela had given Ethiopia the lead in the first half from close range before Derrick Nsibambi levelled the scores with five minutes left on the clock, despite Uganda being a man down.

The draw was enough to guarantee Uganda a slot in the semifinals alongside Burundi, who are set to play South Sudan in the final Group B match on Monday, December 11, 2017, in Kakamega.

Uganda Starting XI

Ismail Watenga (GK), Benard Muwanga (C), Isaac Muleme, Timothy Awany, Joseph Nsubuga, Juma Ibrahim Sadam, Allan Kyambadde, Muzamir Mutyaba, Tadeo Lwanga, Hood Kaweesa, Derrick Nsibambi

Substitutes

Benjamin Ochan (GK), Tom Ikara, Daniel Opolot Isiagi, Shafiq Bakaki, Nicholas Wadada, Aggrey Madoi, Paul Mucureezi, Nelson Senkatuuka, Milton Kaliisa, Allan Kateregga

Ethiopia Starting XI

Timariam Balcha (GK), Bune Butako Abebaw (C), Feyissa Abebe, Tediros Bekele, Amaye Temesgen, Biruk Kelbore, Tsegaye Birhanu, Firew Selemon, Abubeker Sani, Dawa Hetessa, Abel Yalew

Substitutes

Bereket Amare Kidanu, Tariku Getinet, Henok Adugan, Girma Bekele, Amsalu Telahun, Adis Giday, Samson Tilahum, Gebre Albrachew, Kenean Meleko, Aregawi Amanuael, Kena Kebede, Sorure Abedrahman

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Olivier Giroud climbed off the bench to rescue a point for Arsenal in a 1-1 draw at Southampton.

The French frontman struck two minutes from the end as Saints just failed to hang on to Charlie Austin's early opener.

Austin had punished Arsenal for a calamitous beginning to the match with his fourth goal in his last three starts.

With just two minutes on the clock the striker collected a loose clearance from Per Mertesacker and fed Dusan Tadic.

Austin timed his run into the area perfectly, taking Tadic's return ball in his stride and lashing it past Petr Cech.

Things could have got worse moments later when Tadic sent Austin through again, with Arsenal's defence nowhere to be seen, but this time Cech blocked the striker's low drive.

And there was more panic in the Gunners ranks with just seven minutes gone as Austin got in behind again, crashing his shot against a post although he was flagged offside.

Arsenal eventually recovered from their woeful start, but they struggled to find a way through a dogged Saints defence until Giroud's late intervention.

Arsene Wenger had once again started with Jack Wilshere on the bench despite his sparkling Europa League display in midweek.

Granit Xhaka, the man keeping Wilshere out, set up a chance for Alexandre Lacazette, who turned in the area but fired sraight at Fraser Forster.

Lacazette was then denied by a timely challenge from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg after a lightning counter-attack before Forster held Aaron Ramsey's scuffed effort.

Forster has had his critics this season but the England World Cup hopeful made a fine save on the half-hour to tip a well-struck Ramsey drive around the post.

Southampton had another let-off before half-time when Maya Yoshida clattered Lacazette in the area after he had taken a shot but no penalty was given.

Their determination not to allow Arsenal back in was summed up when James Ward-Prowse and Jack Stephens double-teamed Sead Kolasinac, both sliding in to rob the winger in the penalty area.

Saints were inches from a second when Oriol Romeu took aim from 25 yards and crashed his shot against the crossbar.

Then Tadic fed Austin once again but the frontman's attempt to lift the ball over Cech drifted wide.

Arsenal pushed for an equaliser and Alexis Sanchez stood over a free kick 20 yards out only for Forster to punch his shot clear.

 

But with two minutes left Sanchez curled a cross into the area and Giroud rose above Virgil van Dijk to guide his header inside the far post.

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Resolution Insurance, on Friday December 8, 2017, renewed their title sponsorship with the Impala Saracens to a tune of Ksh. 15,000,000 at the Impala Grounds, Ngong road.

The sponsorship will see the team benefit from medical insurance, training and game allowances for players that make the match day squad, winning bonuses, pre/post training, game meals and direct payment of stipends to the team management. This will in turn be a huge relief to the club in terms of reducing major financial burdens h, hence enabling them drive all its energy to the game.

Joining Resolution on board are Maisha Water, a product of Ketepa Tea Packers Limited whose sponsorship deal is worth Ksh. 1,000,000 and they will be the official  water sponsor for Impala Rugby.

Speaking during the sponsorship renewal ceremony, Resolution Insurance Managing Director, Alice Mwai commended the boys for their stellar performance in the recent seasons, “We as Resolution Insurance are extremely proud of the strides that The Impala Rugby Club has made in the recent seasons. The team has shown its strength in the different tournaments held in the recent past such as Impala Floodlights, Kenya Cup, Kabeberi 7’s and the Erick Shirley Shield (ESS Tournament) amongst others. We have continued to make continuous improvements over the years. We will continue to support and enable the teams reach their ultimate success and remain at the top when it comes to matters rugby in Kenya”.

Mr. Albert M. Otochi, Ketepa Managing Director expressed his joy in partnering with Resolution to sponsor the team. “Rugby is indeed a very popular game that has put Kenya on the world map when it comes to matters sports. We are proud to come on board and be the official water sponsor for the club.” He said.

Impala Club chairman Mr. William Githinji applauded the team for their dedication and love for Rugby. “Rugby is an art nurtured by hard work and continuous dedication. Each and every player on the impala team has proven themselves through training hard, being a team player and putting their best into each and every game”.

Mr. Githinji further thanked Resolution Insurance for their faith and investment in the team and Kenyan rugby at large. “Rugby growth in Kenya will be delivered by committed players and engaged sponsors. I wish to thank Resolution Insurance for believing in impala and supporting the team through the continued sponsorship. I urge more corporates to take the initiative and support Kenyan ruby and positively build our youth and improve rugby in the country”.

 

 

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2017 CECAFA  Senior Challenge Cup hosts Kenya will now have to win their final group match against Tanzania to confirm a place in the semifinals after being held to a 0-0 draw by Zanzibar on Saturday December 9, 2017 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Harambee Stars who came into the match on the back of another barren draw against Libya, had a chance as early as the fourth minute, Wesley Onguso delivering a long throw-in that found Kepha Aswani only for the striker's close effort to be blocked out for a corner.

In the 13th minute, Onguso delivered another routine throw-in and after Zanzibar keeper Mohamed Abrahman purred it back into play, it fell into the path of Duncan Otieno but the AFC Leopards captain could not find the target.

Awani missed another chance ten minutes later, this time heading over the bar Ovellah Ochieng's corner before Atudo's close range header went wide three minutes later despite the keeper being well beaten.

Zanzibar's Issa Dau became the first player to get into the referee's book at the half hour mark following a reckless challenge on Kepha Aswani outside the edge of the box. The resultant free kick was tasked to Ovella Ochieng, who saw his shot punched back into play by the keeper.

An unmarked Whyvonne Issuza almost gave Kenya the lead in the 62nd minute after connecting to Onguso's throw-in but Zanzibar keeper Abrahaman managed to get a hand to the ferocious shot that had been unleashed from the penalty area.

Stars' first substitution saw George Blackberry Odhiambo withdrawn for Vincent Ouma in the 68th minute as head coach Paul Put sought to freshen up his frontline.

Four minutes later, Zanzibar almost got a breakthrough after left-back Haji Mwinyi floated in a goal-bounded cross that was purred over the bar by keeper Patrick Matasi, with the Posta Rangers shot stopper hurting himself in the process.

Ovellah Ochieng who had a good afternoon was then rested for Crispin Ochieng eight minutes from time but Zanzibar were able to hold onto the precious draw.

The draw consolidates Zanzibar's place at the top of Group A where they have so far amassed seven points and already booked a spot in the semifinals of the competition.

Kenya will meanwhile seek nothing short of a win in their final group match against Tanzania in order to proceed on.

 

 

 

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West Ham United gave David Moyes his first victory as manager with a magnificent defensive effort against Chelsea on Saturday.

Marko Arnautovic’s early goal was enough to see off the Premier League champions and end a two-month wait for victory in the Premier League.

The Hammers had to repel an enormous amount of Chelsea possession, but did a fine job of restricting their visitors largely to efforts from range.

After a testing period for the Hammers, it was just the tonic they needed following on from a similarly resolute performance at Manchester City last week, and sets them up for the busy festive period on a stronger footing.

Moyes had a big call to make in goal following Adrian’s fine performance at Manchester City last week and he opted to retain the No13 in his starting XI, alongside bringing Winston Reid, Mark Noble and Arnautovic back.

It was the latter who had an immediate impact, firing the hosts into the lead with just six minutes on the clock.

It was a lovely goal too, as the Austrian exchanged passes with Manuel Lanzini before dropping a shoulder to see off Cesar Azpilicueta and shoot into the corner.

The Hammers led at the league leaders a week ago and then held the advantage again here, giving them something to hold onto as Chelsea searched for a foothold in the contest.

They certainly gained it in terms of possession – going into the break with 66 per cent of the ball – but West Ham were doing a sturdy job of defending against it.

Chelsea’s threat was largely coming from shots from outside the box, and Adrian had to be alert to touch a N’Golo Kante curler around the pitch on 28 minutes.

The danger wasn’t over, and from the resulting corner Davide Zappacosta’s low drive needed another smart stop from the Hammers keeper.

West Ham’s problem in the opening 35 minutes was that they were not winning enough of the second balls in midfield, but they improved in that aspect in the closing stages of the opening period and began to pose questions again.

Arthur Masuaku looked to use his dribbling skills to good effect in attacking areas and he ghosted past his man before dragging a shot wide from outside the area.

West Ham had penalty shouts early in the second period when Arnautovic ran at Andreas Christiansen and the ball skipped up onto his arm, but referee Anthony Taylor waved play on.

The visitors wasted no time in using their attacking options, bringing all of Pedro, Willian and former Hammers loanee Victor Moses on inside the first 19 minutes of the second period, and the Hammers were being pushed deeper and deeper.

Like the first half, though, Chelsea were having difficulty in cutting through the Hammers though, with Zappacosta’s flashed shot across goal on 58 typical of their threat.

As the Hammers tired, the Blues’ sights of goal got slightly clearer, and Alvaro Morata cracked a shot just wide of the mark after Masuaku couldn’t get up in time and played the Spaniard onside.

It was a clear opportunity – the clearest the visitors had – but they didn’t take it as the Hammers held on for the points.

 

West Ham United: Adrian, Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble (c), Obiang, Arnautovic (Sakho 69), Lanzini, Masuaku, Antonio (Ayew 78)

Subs: Hart, Rice, Fernandes, Carroll, Chicharito

Goal: Arnautovic 6

Booked: Arnautovic, Adrian, Reid, Cresswell, Obiang, Masuaku

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christiansen, Cahill (c), Zappacosta (Willian 64), Kante, Bakayoko (Pedro 46), Alonso (Moses 55), Fabregas, Hazard, Morata

Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Ampadu, Batshuayi

Booked: Alonso

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Attendance: 56,953

 

 

 

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Kenya registered their first Group A win in the ongoing Cape Town Sevens, seeing off Russia 34-0 on Saturday December 9, 2017 at the Cape Town Stadium.

After being awarded a foul in the first minute of the game, Brian Tanga's quick thinking got him out-pacing two opponents two record a try but the resultant conversion failed to go in between the sticks.

The Kabras Sugar ace then picked out an unmarked Sammy Oliech in the fifth minute for Kenya's second try that was duly converted by the scorer.

Willy Ambaka then added himself into the score sheet in the seventh minute with a try on the far left side before notching a second one two minutes later. 

In the 11th minute, Substitute Oscar Ayodi scored Kenya's fifth try of the game before Samuel Ngethe registering his first in the World Rugby Sevens Series  to wrap up a 34-0 win for his side.

Up next for Kenya is a match against hosts South Africa at 20:56.

 

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Tanzania are technically out of this year's CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup following a 2-1 defeat to Rwanda in a Group A match on Saturday December 9, 2017 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Innocent Nshuti opened account for Amavubi nineteen minutes into the match, turning in an inviting cross from Fitina Omborenga past a helpless Aisha Manula.

Kilimanjaro Stars however leveled the scores six minutes later thanks to Daniel Lyanga's dominant header that had emanated from a cross from defender Abdul Hassan.

The match's winning goal for Rwanda came in the 66th minute through substitute Biramahire Abbedy in the 66th minute, a strike that shut all advancement hopes for Tanzania in the regional tourney.

Up next for Kilimanjaro Stars is a final group match against host Kenya.

 

Tanzania Starting XI: Aisha Manula (GK), Erasto Nyoni, Kennedy Juma, Jonas Mkude, Raphael Loth, Ibrahim Migomba, Himid Mao, Daniel Lyanga, Yahya Omary, Abdul Hassan, Mohamed Hassan 

Subs:Peter Manyika, Ramadhan Kambwili, Boniphace Maganga, Michael Kamagi, Hamisi Riziki, Amani Kyata, Yassin Said, Ramadhan Yahya, Oscar Mkomola

Rwanda Starting XI: Marcel Nzarora (GK), Manzi Thierry, Mbogo Ali, Kayumba Soter, Omborenga Fitina, Nshimiyamana Amran, Bizimana Djihad, Rutanga Eric, Hakizimana Muhadjiri, Mico Justin, Nshuti Innocent 

Subs: Ndayishimiye Eric, Kimenyi Yves, Usengimana Faustin, Rugwiro Herve, Niyonzima Ali, Niyonzima Olivier, Manishimwe Djabel, Iradukunda Eric, Biramahire Abeddy, Sekamana Maxime, Yanick Mukunzi

 

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Kenya squandered a 14-0 lead in their opening 2017 Cape town Sevens match to go down 21-14 to France on Saturday December 9, 2017 at the Cape Town Stadium.

After maintaining a majority share of possession in the opening minutes, Kenya registered their first try in the 5th minute through Samuel Oliech, who then proceeded to convert it for a 7-0 lead.

Brian Tanga then took Kenya 14-0 up just before the break after receiving a well-calculated pass from Willy Ambaka.

France would however come into the second half guns blazing, Jean Baptiste Mazoure touching down his side's first before Pascal Baraque followed it up with a try of his own just a minute later.

France then sealed off the vital win with a try from Stephen Parez, who intercepted Brian Tanga's pass in Kenya's half to race down the try line unchallenged.

Shujaa's next match will be against Russia at 16: 48 before winding up their Group A fixtures with a clash against hosts South Africa at 20:56.

 

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Kariobangi Sharks forward Ovella Ochieng has been handed his first start for Harambee Stars in this year's CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup as Paul Put named the starting lineup to face Zanzibar on Saturday December 9 at the Kenyatta Stadium.

Ovella displayed wonderful runs after coming on as a substitute in Stars' barren draw against Libya, a performance that has largely contributed to his selection today. His club teammate Masoud Juma will however start from the bench following a knock he picked up in that match, with Kepha Aswani taking his place in the starting eleven.

Kenya, who are second in Group A, will be seeking nothing short of a win so as to go top as they face the current leaders Zanzibar, who are yet to lose or draw a game.

The match kicks off at 16:00.

Kenya starting line-up: Patrick Matasi, Musa Mohammed, Jockins Atudo, Nicholas Sikhayi, Wesley Onguso, Duncan Otieno, Petilah Omoto, George ‘Blackbery’ Odhiambo,  Whyvonne Isuza, Kepha Aswani and Ovella Ochieng.

Reserves: Gabriel Andika, Boniface Oluoch, Said Tsuma, Bernard Ochieng, Samuel Onyango, Masoud Juma, Wellington Ochieng, Charles Momanyi, Vincent Oburu, Crispin Ouma, Kipyego Isaac and Ernest Wendo.

 

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Jesse Lingard says friendships will be put on hold when Manchester United host derby rivals Manchester City on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola's side travel to Old Trafford seeking to extend their eight-point lead at the top of the table, while United will look to breathe life into their own title challenge by handing City their first loss of the season.

Each squad features internationals from England, Spain, Belgium, France and Argentina but Lingard insists those relationships will mean little once the derby begins.

"You know quite a lot of them [City's Academy players] growing up, and through the England set-up as well," Lingard told United Review, Sunday's official match-day programme.

"I'm good friends with Raheem [Sterling] off the pitch. But when you're on the pitch, there are no friends and we're there to do a job and win the game."

With Jose Mourinho gradually losing patience with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata, Lingard appears certain to feature for United after igniting his season in recent weeks,

Lingard was given just his second Premier League start of the season against Watford and seized the opportunity with both hands, helping himself to a goal and an assist in a 4-2 United victory.

The 24-year-old followed that up with two goals in a 3-1 win at Arsenal and he goes into Sunday's game with plenty of optimism.

"I am confident," Lingard said. "It's two great teams going out there and you don't know what the game is going to be like.

"It might be a battle; it might not be pretty. But if we come out on top, it's always good for the city of Manchester. We need to make sure that Manchester is red at the end of the day. Like us, they have lots of big players.

"When [Kevin] De Bruyne's on the ball, he's always got that eye for a killer pass that can put a player one on one with the keeper, and Raheem Sterling's been popping up with the late goals.

"It's going to be full-on for 90-plus minutes. We need to be on point until that whistle goes, so everyone needs to stay highly-concentrated throughout.

"As long as we start the game well, like we did at Arsenal, I don't see any reason why we can't win."

 

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Antonio Conte believes it is harder for Chelsea to win the Premier League title because of the sheer number of derby games the Blues and, indeed, other London clubs have to play each season.

Champions Chelsea take on city rivals West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon, which will be the Blues' fourth Premier League London derby already this season.

Meanwhile, top-flight leaders Manchester City face a trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United on Sunday, which follows Liverpool's derby clash with Everton at Anfield.

And Conte believes that having to play eight derby Premier League games this season makes it more difficult for a team like Chelsea to win the league compared to clubs in many other major cities in Europe where, typically, they have only one big rival.

When asked for his thoughts on Chelsea's clash with West Ham, Conte told reporters at Cobham: "I think the derby is always a different type of game, it's always a special game. 

"If you are a team and you stay in London you must be prepared to play a lot of special games. For sure, it is different this type of game. 

"In Italy if you are in Turin there is only one derby, in Milan the same, in Rome [too]. In Manchester only one game. Here you must be ready to face many teams and I think also for our fans this is a special game."

When then questioned about whether playing so many derby games per season in London made it more harder to win the league, Conte replied: "I think in this league every game is very tough but to play during a season eight to ten derby is more difficult."

 

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Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum says the Merseyside derby remains one of the most important fixtures in the club's season despite Everton's struggles this season.

The Reds are unbeaten in nine matches since losing 4-1 to Tottenham in October and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping his side can continue their promising form when the Toffees visit Anfield on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League.

Everton have shown signs of improvement under new boss Sam Allardyce and Wijnaldum expects the visitors to raise their game for Derby Day.

"It is Everton's biggest game of the season," Wijnaldum told the Daily Mail. "It is one of our biggest games."

Liverpool head into the derby on the back of an impressive 7-0 win over Spartak Moscow in the Champions League.

Philippe Coutinho scored his first hat-trick for the club in the emphatic win at Anfield, while Sadio Mane (2), Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah also added to their personal tallies for the season.

Much of the build-up to the match has focused on the form of Liverpool's 'Fab Four' but Wijnaldum insists his team-mates must continue to perform if they are to be considered truly world class.

"They can be a high level but you can only really say it if they have done it for a long time, not only for a few games," he said.

"We have to see. Everyone knows they are wonderful and world-class, but we as a team have to help them show they are world-class players every game.

"The way it is now, they get all the credit and the glory from outside, but if you make a mistake at the back you get criticism. But where is the criticism when we don't score? Nowhere.

"So here we work together. We defend as a group and that starts up front. On Wednesday, OK they all scored, but the defence also did a good job. Nobody will say anything about that when it's good, only when it's bad. That's something I don't like in football."

 

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Zanzibar have named their starting lineup that will take on hosts Kenya in a Group A CECEAFA Senior Challenge Cup on Saturday December 9 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Getting  his way into the starting lineup is  Ibrahim Hamad who marveled after coming on as a substitute to score the winner in his side's 2-1 victory against Tanzania Mainland.

Zanzibar currently top Group A with six points following two straight wins, with Kenya coming in second with four points.

 

Starting XI:

 Mohamed Abrahman (Wawesha) 18,  Ibrahim Mohamed (Sangula) 15, Haji Mwinyi Ngwali 16, Abdulla Kheri (Sebo) 13, Issa Haidar Dau (Mwalala) 8, Abdul azizi Makame (Abui) 21, Mohamed Issa (Banka) 10, Mudathir Yahya 4, Ibrahim Hamad Hilika 17, Feisal Salum (Fei Toto) 3,  Suleiman Kassim “Seleembe” 7 (Captain).

Subs: 

Ahmed Ali (Salula) 1, Ibrahim Abdallah 2, Adeyum Saleh 20, Abdullah Haji (Ninja) 5, Seif Rashid (Karihe) 12, Kassim Suleiman 19, Khamis Mussa (Rais) 28, Amour Suleiman (Pwina) 14, Hamad Mshamata 10, Abdul swamad Kassim (Hasgut) 22

 

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Round 16 of the Barclays Premier League takes place this weekend, with a total of ten fixtures lined up for Saturday December 9 and Sunday December 10. 

Manchester derby

Manchester United and Man City face off in what could be a Premier League title-deciding derby on Sunday from 19:30 EAT.

Pep Guardiola's City lead city rivals United by eight points heading into the Old Trafford clash, with Jose Mourinho's Red Devils well off the pace despite sitting second in the table.

A win for City on United's turf would guarantee the League leaders an 11-point lead after just 16 games, but victory for Mourinho's men could blow the title race wide open heading into a busy festive fixture pile-up.

Bellow are all weekend's matches (All times are in EAT)

SATURDAY 9TH DECEMBER

West Ham United 15:30 Chelsea

Burnley 18:00 Watford

Crystal Palace 18:00 AFC Bournemouth

Huddersfield Town 18:00 Brighton & Hove Albion

Swansea City 18:00 West Bromwich Albion

Tottenham Hotspur 18:00 Stoke City

Newcastle United 20:30 Leicester City

SUNDAY 10TH DECEMBER

Southampton 15:00 Arsenal

Liverpool 17:15 Everton

Manchester United 19:30 Manchester City

 

 

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Everton manager Sam Allardyce has refused to rule out a January move for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Toffees have had a hard start to the 2017/18 campaign after selling Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, a spell that has seen them linked numerously to a January move for Borussia Dortmund forward Aubameyang. 

When asked whether Aubameyang would fit the bill as a replacement for Lukaku, Allardyce replied: "Possibly.

"It is the hardest thing to recruit today, a centre-forward who scores goals and is the right type of centre-forward who scores goals for you. That's the most expensive area on the pitch today.

"We've a number of players here who have reasonably good goalscoring records who haven't settled in - [Oumar] Niasse when he came from Russia, but has scored a few this year.

"And Sandro [Ramirez] who hasn't quite settled yet but scored lots of goals at Malaga last year.

"There are people who have scored goals here but if there's one out there that's ready and ready-made it would be 1) expensive and 2) you have to ask is it the right one?

"It's my opinion that my first signing has to be correct, has to be the right signing for Everton and for my future.

"Because if you make bad signings you get the sack. If you make good signings you become a better manager."

Everton visit rivals Liverpool on Sunday December 10 for their 16th game of the season.

 

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says his Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho are like twins such is their shared love of winning silverware.

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CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup defending champions Uganda shot to the summit of Group B thanks to a convincing 5-1 win over South Sudan on Friday December 8, 2017 at the Bukhungu Stadium.

South Sudan keeper Juma Jinaro will blame himself for not keeping out Milton Kalisa's close range effort in the sixth minute that resulted in Uganda's first goal. Four minutes later, Hood Kawesa connected to a well-cut cross from  Sadam Ibrahim to double his side's lead.

South Sudan then momentarily got back into the game by halving the deficit through Luak Atak but the two-goal cushion was restored for Uganda by Derrick Nsibambi only four minutes later.

Eleven minutes into the second half,  Nsibambe scored his second of the afternoon before an 85th minute strike by Nicholas Wadada sealed the 5-1 for the Cranes.

Uganda Starting XI: Ochan Benjamin (Gk), Muwanga Benard, Muleme Isaac, Awany Timothy, Wadada Nicholas, Saddam Ibrahim, Kyambadde Allan, Mutyaba Muzamir, Kalisa Milton, Kawese Hood, Nsibambi Derrick,

Subs: Ismail Watenga, Katerega Allan, Tom lkara, Isiagi Daniel, Shafiq Bakaki, Joseph Nsubuga, Aggrey Madoi, Paul Mucureezi, Tadeo Lwanga, Nelson Senkatuka.

S. Sudan Starting XI: Juma Jinaro, Mumin Wataryor, Khamis Celestino, Zachary Benasio, Awad Lemi, Wanu Jimmy, Domonic Abu, Peter Chol, Aluck Mabior, Atak Luak, Khamis Leon,

Subs: Daniel Dak, Atif Mustafa, Yasir Khamis,  Osama Kamal, Wani Jimmy, Aluck Aketch, Saalah Adam, Sebit Ajak

 

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The Kenya Hockey Union Women's Premier League continues this weekend where three matches have been scheduled between Saturday December 9 and Sunday December 10, 2017.

Twin matches for MSC

Mombasa Sports Club will be the busiest side this weekend with two matches against fellow strugglers lined up from them. Sitting second from bottom on the log with only four points, the team will be out for victories that can add on to their point tally.

On Saturday, they host bottom placed University of Nairobi at 15:00. Both sides are currently on a poor run, MSC having lost all of their last eight fixtures while UON remain winless in over fourteen games. The last meeting between these two teams back in May 2017 ended in a 1-1 draw.

MSC then returns to the same venue on Sunday where they have a date with Multimedia University, a side that is just above them on the league standings with seven points. MMU however head into the clash buoyed by a 1-0 victory over Vikings in their last league engagement. 

Amira eye second spot

In another match on Sunday, Chase Amira will be seeking to dethrone USIU-A off the second spot when they tackle Vikings at the City Park Stadium from 17:00. Amira, who are third with 33 points, have won all of their last four games and are unbeaten in their last seven. 

Vikings on the other hand have not recorded a win in their last four games, a result that has seen them drop to seventh place with 20 points from 17 matches. The most recent meeting between these two sides ended in a 2-0 win in favor of Chase Amira.

 

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday, December 9th

MSC 15:00 UON (Mombasa) 

Sunday, December 10th

MSC 09:00 MMU (Mombasa)

Amira 13:00 Vikings (City Park)

 

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The Kenya Hockey Union Men's Premier League continues this weekend, with five matches scheduled for Saturday December 9 and Sunday December 10 across two venues.

Jaguars

Western Jaguars, who cut short Kenya Police's 21-match unbeaten run last Saturday, have a very important weekend ahead of them as they have two games to play in the two days.

On Saturday, the visit Sikh Union at the City Stadium from 16:00 before facing Strathmore a day later at the same venue from 11:00. Currently threatened by relegation, the six points at stake will be crucial to them as they might leap up to ninth place on the table standings with two victories. The Western-based side is third from bottom with 21 points from 19 matches.

Police, Parklands seek reply

League leaders Kenya Police will be in action on Sunday at 17:00 against Greensharks, with the law enforces eyeing an immediate response to last weekend's result which saw them surrender their 21-match unbeaten streak with a 1-0 loss to Western Jaguars. They however still comfortably command the table standings with 61 points, twelve more than second placed Butali Warriors.

Other matches of the weekend will see bottom-rocked Technical University hunt for their second win this season when they host Strathmore at City Park on Saturday while Parklands take on Nakuru away from home.

Below are all men's weekend matches:

 

PREMIER LEAGUE MEN

Saturday, December 9th

TUK 14:00 Strathmore CITY PARK 

Sikh 16:00 Jaguars CITY PARK  

Sunday, December 10th

Nakuru 10:00 Parklands  NAKURU  

Strathmore 11:00 Jaguars CITY PARK  

Sharks 17:00 Kenya Police CITY PARK

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE MEN

Saturday, December 9th

Gorilla 12:00 Rovers CITY PARK  

Bay 15:00 Kimathi KISUMU  

Impala 18:00 Mvita CITY PARK  

Sunday, December 10th

Gorilla 09:00 Mvita CITY PARK  

Youngstars 09:00 Kimathi KISUMU  

Karate 15:00 Wazalendo Youth    CITY PARK

 

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The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has banned Peru captain Paolo Guerrero for a period of one year after the player tested positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine, a substance included in WADA’s 2017 Prohibited List under the class “S6. Stimulants”.

This follows a doping control test conducted after Peru's match of the preliminary competition of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia against Argentina in Buenos Aires on 5 October 2017. After analyzing all the specific circumstances of the case, the Disciplinary Committee agreed that By testing positive for a prohibited substance, the player has violated article 6 of the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations and, as such, contravened article 63 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code. 

The 33-year-old Flamengo forward, who played previously in Germany with Bayern Munich and Hamburg, had previously denied using any type of stimulant. 

He will consequently miss the 2018 World Cup where his country has been paired in Group C alongside France, Australia and Denmark.

The suspension period starts on 3 November 2017, the date on which the player was provisionally suspended by the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee. In line with article 29 of the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations, the suspension covers, inter alia, all types of matches, including domestic, international, friendly and official fixtures. The terms of the decision were duly notified on Thursday December 8, 2017.

 

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Uganda and South Sudan have each named their respective starting lineups that will clash in a Group B CECAFA Challenge Cup match on Friday December 8 at the Bukhungu Stadium.

For defending champions Uganda, Allan Kateregga has been dropped to the bench with KCCA teammate  Ibrahim Saddam Juma taking his place in the starting eleven.

The match kicks off at 15:00.

 

Uganda Starting XI

Benjamin Ochan (GK), Bernard Muwanga (C), Isaac Muleme, Timothy Awany, Nicholas Wadada, Juma Ibrahim Sadam, Allan Kyambadde, Muzamir Mutyaba, Milton Kalisa, Hood Kaweesa, Derrick Nsibambi

Substitutes

Ismail Watenga, Tom Ikara, Daniel Isiagi, Shafiq Bakaki, Joseph Nsubuga, Aggrey Madoi, Paul Mucureezi, Tadeo Lwanga, Nelson Senkatuuka, Tom Masiko, Allan Kateregga

South Sudan Starting XI

Juma Jinaro Awad (GK) (C), Mumin Wataryor, Yasir Khamis, Benasio Zacharia, Awad Lemi, Jimmy Arostu, Abu Prestino, Peter Chol Bentu, Aluck Akech Mabior, Atak Luak, Khamis Leon

Substitutes

Daniel Dak Khamis, Mustafa Aldim, Deng Magik, Kamal Seyid, Joseph Oyur, Rufino Uras, Tiem Koang  Thok, Abubakar Adam, Sbit Bol

 

 

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Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted that he might end his career with the Spanish giants. The 32 year-old said this after winning the 2017 Ballon d'Or on Thursday night, a feat which took him level with Lionel Messi's five.

"I'm happy at Real Madrid and I want to stay at the club and finish my career on it, if possible," said Ronaldo.

"I remain motivated every day. I hope to play at the highest level for a few more years and that the battle with Messi continues.

"He will continue to do the best he can for his team and we will see who is the best.

"This year I started the season well, I feel good and we will see what we won at the end of the year.

"Neymar is the third this year because he has a lot of talent and potential and I am sure that in the future he will have the opportunity to win this award. "

Cristiano scored 42 goals across all competitions during the 2016-17 season, leading Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League double.

 

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