Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya has unleashed a strong starting lineup that will take on AFC Leopards in the finals of the Gotv Shield tournament on Friday October 20 at the Moi Internationals Sports Centre,Kasarani.

In goal will be keeper Jeff Oyemba who will do with the defensive partnership of Kamau, Geoffrey Shiveka, Pascal Ongweno, and Michael Bodo. Patilah Omoto, Ellie Asieche and Sven Yidah will pair at the center, with Michael Odongo deployed just behind the attacking duo of Masoud Juma and Duke Abuya.

The match kicks off at 15:00.

Starting XI: Jeff Oyemba, Paul Kamau, Geofrey Shiveka, Pascal Ogweno, Michael Bodo,Patillah Omoto, Sven Yidah,Ellie Asieche Michael Odongo, Masoud Juma, Duke Abuya,

Subs: Robert Mboya, Francis Manoah, Christopher Kimathi, Ebrimma Sanneh, Calvin Odongo,Ovella Ochieng

 

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Unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has predicted that he will knock out his opponent Carlos Takam in their fight in 8 days from now on October 28 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

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The Everton fan who appeared to try and strike a Lyon player could land his club a Uefa sanction, while Ashley Williams may face punishment too following the ugly scenes in Thursday’s Europa League tie.

Williams instigated a fracas in front of the Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End midway through the second half at Goodison Park when he barged into Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.

A melee involving players from both sides ensued and moved to the advertising hoardings, where one Toffees fan, who was holding a child with one arm, pushed Lopes in the head before hitting out at him again.

While that was occurring, Williams seemed to raise his hand to Lucas Tousart’s face, yet the only initial outcome of the skirmish was a booking for Everton’s captain-for-the-night and Lyon’s match-winner Bertrand Traore.

Speaking after the Toffees’ 2-1 loss, Williams told BT Sport 2 of the scuffle: “It’s what happens, it’s football. It is what it is.

“It’s high emotions. We want to win the game, they want to win the game and stuff happens. That was just one of those times.”

Yet retrospective action could be forthcoming from Uefa, for both Williams and the club, a possibility ex-Premier League referee Graham Poll deems likely.

“Ashley Williams and Everton will surely face further sanction from Uefa once video evidence is studied,” he said in the Daily Mail.

“Williams totally lost the plot.

“There were numerous players from both teams involved in the melee behind the Lyon goal and even a fan from the Everton section at the Gwladys Street End became involved — first pushing then appearing to aim a punch at a Lyon player.

“The fact that a couple of Everton backroom staff had to enter the field to calm Williams down showed how out of control the captain was and, while their intervention helped, they should not enter the field of play.

“The Uefa delegate and referee’s observer will have met with the official after the game and discussed their findings before submitting individual reports. Unless the referee ill-advisedly says he saw everything, sanctions really must follow.”

It was the referee, Bas Nijhuis, who under-fire Toffees manager Ronald Koeman blamed for his players losing their cool during a defeat which leaves them facing Europa League elimination having taken just one point from three games.

“I think the irritation grows in the game for our players and in my opinion that was the problem by the referee,” Koeman argued.

“The referee was Dutch but he didn’t do anything against the theatre of some of the Lyon players. (Nabil) Fekir in the first half dived 10 times.

“I understand with my players, that comes out of frustration.”

It compounded another miserable night for Everton and Koeman, who is under mounting pressure with his team having won just two of their previous dozen fixtures.

“I think the performance was under the level in the first half — a lot of mistakes, a lot of doubts, players without any confidence,” he said.

 

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Amos Asembeka and Yema Mwana have been named among substitutes as SoNy Sugar released their lineup to take on Vihiga United in the Gotv Shield third place playoff match on Friday October 20 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Bernard Omondi, Joseph Omweri, Alfred Onyango and Justin Omari will make up the back four with keeper Kevin Otieno just behind them in goal. Running midfield duties will be Benjamin Mosha and Victor Ademba while the trio of eorge Abege, David Simiyu and Justin Monda lead the team upfront in search of goals

Starting XI:  Kevin Otieno, Bernard Omondi, Joseph Omweri, Alfred Onyango, Justin Omari, Kevin Oluoch, Benjamin Mosha, Victor Ademba, George Abege, David Simiyu, Justin Monda

Subs: Kevin Omondi, Dennis Junior, Fredrick Onyango, Amos Asembeka, Tobias Otieno, Marwa Chamberi, Yema mwana

 

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Match officials who will oversee the finals and the third-place playoff matches of the Gotv Shield tournament on Friday October 20 have been named.

The first match will be the third-place playoff where National Super League (NSL) side Vihiga United will lock horns with SoNy Sugar from 12:00. For this game, referee Andrew Juma will take charge with assistance from Jane Cherono and Oliver Odhiambo.

The match will then be followed by the much anticipated finals clash between AFC Leopards and Kariobangi Sharks which is set to kick off at 15:00. Overseeing this match will be Peter Waweru, with Gilbert Cheruiyot and Samwel Kuria filling in as the first and second assistant referees respectively.

Match officials 

SoNy Sugar vs Vihiga United

 Center referee -Andrew Juma

 1st Assistant Referee-Jane Cherono

2nd Assistant Referee-Oliver Cherono 

Reserve Referee-Samwel Mwaura 

Match commisioner-Damaris Kimani

AFC Leopards vs Kariobangi Sharks

Centre Referee-Peter Waweru 

1st Assistant referee-Gilbert Cheruiyot 

2nd Assistant Referee-Samwel Kuria

 Reserve Referee-Anthony Ogwayo 

Match Commissioner-Peter Kiereini

 

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Kenya men's hockey team captain Maxwell Fuchaka believes that AFC Leopards will overcome Kariobangi Sharks in a tightly contested match to lift the Gotv Shield tournament trophy on  Friday October 20.

 The match, scheduled to be played Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani from 15:00, will be third meeting between the two teams this season and Sharks hold the majority share with one win and a draw.

Fuchaka is himself an Ingwe diehard fan who also had interest in football and even sought to join the team by attending trials in 2010 at the Ikulu Grounds. 

``I'm a very big fan of AFC Leopards and I wish the m all the best. There was this time that I even went for their trials so that shows you my passion for the club,'' he said.

``Sharks are a good side but lightning does not strike the tree twice (Laughs). So this time round, all that matters is the trophy and I think the boys come out on Friday with that clearly on their minds. It's a final so it will be a different ballgame altogether.''

``My prediction is that the match will be very tough but Ingwe will surely win this,'' stated Fuchaka.

National duties

On Friday, Fuchaka will be leading the men's national hockey team to Egypt where they are set to participate in this year's Hockey African Cup for Nations. The tournament is scheduled to take place from 22nd to 29th October 2017, with winners of each event (men and women) qualifying for the 2018 Hockey World Cup.

 

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Muhoroni Youth have made known their matchday squad that will come up against Zoo Kericho in a league catch up match on Thursday October 19 at the Muhoroni Stadium.

The side, who are bottom of the table with 24 points, will be gunning for atleast a win that would take them to within one point of 17th placed Western Stima who are joint on points with Thika United at 28.

Gradus Ochieng starts as the goalkeeper and will do with the defensive quartet of Ogada, Jeconia Ogendo, Faina Jacobs and Robert Indimuli. Manning the midfield will be Collins Agade and Kennedy Rono while Bliss Kityo and Hassan Kiyoyo operate on either flanks. 

The first leg match between these two teams  ended in a 1-1 draw.

Starting XI: Gradus Ochieng, James Ogada, Jeconia Ogendo, Faina Jacobs, Robert Indimuli, Collins Agade, Kennedy Rono, Maxwell Onyango, Hassan Kiyoyo, Bliss Kityo, Ambrose Ayoyi.  

Subs: Said Juma, Jacob Ombija, Farouk Mudoola, Anthony Otuoma, Venval Thomas, John Mark ochieng.

 

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Zoo Kericho head coach Sammy Okoth has made one change in starting lineup that will take on Muhoroni Youth on Thursday October 19 at the  Muhoroni Stadium from 15:00.

After serving a one match suspension, Isaac Kipyegon makes a return into the starting eleven and replaces Stanlaus Akiya. Meanwhile Vincent Miskhu remains in goal with the quartet of Dominic Ouma, Isaac Kipyegon,  Gilbet Kibet and Johnstone Ligare pairing up in defense.

Bernard Odhiambo, Michael Madoya and Nicholas Kipkirui will lead the team upfront in the hunt of goals while Dennis Kawanga, Geoffrey Gichana and Danson Namasaka pulll strings in midfield.

The first leg clash between the two team ended in a 1-1 draw.

Starting XI: 9. Vincent Misikhu, 39.Dominic Ouma, 12. Isaac Kipyegon, 27. Gilbet Kibet, 6.Johnstone Ligare,28. Dennis Kawanga, 5. Michael Madoya, 18.Geoffrey Gichana, 22. Nicholas Kipkirui, 16. Danson Chetambe, 10. Bernard Odhiambo

Substitutes: 1. Richard, Omboko, 31. Stanlaus Akiya, 13. Sabiri Sindani, 15. Kevin Oduor, 26. Kepha Ondati, 20. Dumonde Selenga, 35. Ernest Kipkoech

 

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The UEFA Champions League continues on Wednesday October 18 with a total of eight matches from four groups set to be played in venues across Europe.

Below is a list of all fixtures (All times are in EAT)

GROUP A

Benfica 21:45 Manchester United

CSKA Moscow 21:45 FC Basel

GROUP B

Bayern Munich 21:45 Celtic

RSC Anderlecht 21:45 Paris Saint Germain

GROUP C

FK Qarabag 21:00 Atlético Madrid

Chelsea 21:45 Roma

GROUP D

Barcelona 21:45 Olympiakos

Juventus 21:45 Sporting Lisbon

 

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The men's national volleyball team technical bench on Wednesday October 18 announced a 12-member squad that will represent Kenya in this year's African Cup of Nations, which will double up as the World Cup qualifiers.

The tournament is set to take place from October 22 to October 29, 2017 in Cairo, Egypt where the top three teams will qualify to represent Africa in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship.

Kenya qualified in Zone 5alongside Rwanda. The Moses Epoloto led side will be hoping to better their performance in the 2015 edition which saw them finish a distant eighth .

Players

1. Michael Chemos 

2. Bonfenty Wekesa

3. Brian Melly 

4. Rodgers Kipkirui 

5. Simon Kipkorir 

6. Abiud Chirchir

7. Kelvin Maiyo 

8. Jairus Kipkosgei 

9. Cornelius Kirwa 

10. Sam Juma 

11. Hudson Chesoli

12. Nicholas Matui

Coaches

Moses Epoloto 

Paul Muthinja (Assistant)

 

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Tusker FC completed a double over Nakumatt FC thanks to substitute Boniface Muchiri's second half strike in a match played on Wednesday October 18 at the Ruaraka Grounds.

The defending champions started the match with much intent but were forced to slow down their tempo in the 14th minute after Jackson Macharia went down with an injury. After a brief first aid by the medical team , the midfielder was not able to continue and was subsequently replaced by Cercidy Okeyo.

Unconverted chances by Humphrey Mieno and Allan Wanga are what followed shortly thereafter to force a barren draw into halftime.

On resumption, Nakumatt's defense came more composed and did well to cut out advances mostly from Mieno and Wanga who tried combining well in search of an opener.

Tusker deputy coach John Baraza then opted to freshen his attack in the 67th minute by introducing Boniface Muchiri for Brian Osumba. Their second substitution saw Stephen Owusu replace John Kago seven minutes later. 

In the 75th minute, Mieno was unable to find the back of the net despite having only keeper Owade after he had been fed through by James Situma.

Muchiri however secured the lead for the Brewers one minute later with a sublime half-volley that really mixed up Owade, with the match ending with the 1-0 score line.

The victory moves Tusker three places up from sixth to third where they now have 46 points. Nakumatt meanwhile remain 12th on the log with 35 points from 29 matches.

Tusker Starting XI: Duncan Ochieng, Martin Kizza, James Situma, Eugene Asike,Lloyd Wahome, Humphrey  Mieno, Brian Osumba, Noah Wafula, Jackson Macharia, Danson Kago, Allan Wanga

 

Subs: David Okello, Marlon Tangauzi, Boniface Muchiri, Cercidy Okeyo , Sydney Ochieng, Stephen Owusu, Abdalla Hassan.

 

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Tusker FC deputy coach John Baraza has released his starting lineup that will take on Nakumatt FC in a catch up league match on Wednesday October 18 at the Ruaraka Grounds from 15:00.

In the absence of top scorer Michael Khamati who sustained an injury during the team's 4-0 victory over Muhoroni Youth, Allan Wanga makes his way back into the starting eleven and will pair upfront with Noah Wafula and Danson Kago. Another player who is back into the team is Martin Kizza who swaps with Collins Shivachi.

The Brewers edged Nakumatt 2-1 in the first leg clash.

 Tusker Starting XI: Duncan Ochieng, Martin Kizza, James Situma, Eugene Asike,Lloyd Wahome, Humphrey  Mieno, Brian Osumba, Noah Wafula, Jackson Macharia, Danson Kago, Allan Wanga

Subs: David Okello, Marlon Tangauzi, Boniface Muchiri, Cercidy Okeyo , Sydney Ochieng, Stephen Owusu, Abdalla Hassan. 

 

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Hours after sacking manager Craig Shakespeare, Leicester City Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha has sought to clarify on their decision to do so.

Shakespeare's sacking comes just four months  into a three-year contract that he had been given after following a successful spell in caretaker charge.

 “ Craig has been a great servant to Leicester City – during his spells as an Assistant Manager and since taking over as Manager in challenging circumstances in February,'' Srivaddhanaprabha was quoted by the Mirror.

“However, our early promise under Craig’s management has not been consistently evident in the months since and the Board feels that, regrettably, a change is necessary to keep the Club moving forward – consistent with the long-term expectations of our supporters, Board and owners.

“Craig is and will remain a very popular, respected figure at Leicester City and will be welcome back at King Power Stadium in future, both professionally and as a friend of the Club.”

Leicester are third from bottom, with six points from eight games, and Michael Appleton, Shakespeare’s assistant, has been asked to take charge of the team for Saturday’s game at Swansea

 

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Manchester City attacker Kevin de Bruyne has come out to explain his argument on the pitch with teammate David Silva during their side's 2-1 win over Napoli.

As the two teams were heading towards the tunnel for the half-time break, De Bruyne attempted to speak with the fourth official before being pulled away by Fernandinho and Silva. The Belgium international then took it with Silva and was overheard angrily shouting ‘let me talk’ three times before he turned towards the tunnel in frustration.

 “We had a little discussion at the time, it happens,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong, after one minute then it’s over.

“I think at home I also get into some arguments with my wife, I think it’s normal.

“I think it’s necessary. But now everything is okay.

“It’s just what happens sometimes, you have a collision of words, there was nothing big about it.”

 

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The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has announced ticketing prices for the much anticipated Gotv Shield tournament finals that is set for Friday October 18, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Center (MISC), Kasarani.

The venue will first host a third-place playoff match between SoNy Sugar and National Super League (NSL) side Vihiga United which will commence at 12:00. The match will then be followed by the real clash between AFC Leopards and Kariobangi Sharks, a match expected to start at 15:00.

VIP tickets for the day will go for Kshs. 300 while terrace tickets cost Kshs. 200 and will be available outside the venue on matchday from as early as 9:00am.

Apart from the glory of being champions, Kshs. 3 Million and a chance to represent Kenya  in next year’s Caf Confederation Cup are also at stake on Friday.

 

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Tusker FC will be on the hunt for a second win on the trot when they face hosts Nakumatt FC on Wednesday October 18, 2017 at the Ruaraka Grounds from 15:00.

The Brewers will be for the consecutive time be under the stewardship of deputy coach Francis Baraza after head coach George Nsimbe was asked to step aside following alleged contradictory remarks he made on the club's players. 

Baraza was the instructor in the side's 4-0 victory against a struggling Muhoroni Youth side on Sunday October 15th.

Tusker

With this year's title seemingly headed to Gor Mahia's trophy cabinet, the Brewers will now be gunning for the highest possible finish which will be largely contributed to by Wednesday's match.

Tusker are currently 6th on the log with 43 points and a win might elevate them up to position three. The defending champions have so far recorded twelve wins, seven draws and nine losses; scoring 29 goals compared to the 26 that they have conceded.

Nakumatt

A 2-1 win over Kakamega Homeboyz over the weekend scrapped off a five-match winless run for Nakumatt and the result. 

The shoppers currently have 35 points after nine wins, eight draws and eleven losses which puts them in position 12. 

Tusker won the first leg encounter 2-1.

Match officials

Referee: Agnetta Itubo

Assistant Referee 1: Gilbert Cheruiyot

Assistant Referee 2: Michael Maru

Fourth Official: Anthony Ogwayo

Match Commissioner: Dominic Weda

 

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Wednesday October 18 will only witness one Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match being played after one of the two fixtures was pushed a day further to Thursday October 19.

The match pushed to Thursday is one pitting Muhoroni Youth against Zoo Kericho FC which will be staged at the Muhoroni Grounds from 15:00. This means that only the Nakumatt versus Tusker match will go on Wednesday, with the match scheduled to kick off at 15:00 at the Ruaraka Grounds.

Wednesday 18 October

Nakumatt v Tusker FC at Ruaraka Stadium (3pm EAT)

Thursday 19 October

Muhoroni Youth v Zoo FC at Muhoroni Stadium (3pm EAT)

 

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On-form Jacques Tuyisenge guided league leaders Gor Mahia to an impressive 3-1 victory over Kariobangi Sharks on Tuesday October 17 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

Gor, who had edged Sharks by the same margin in the first leg encounter eyed Sharks’ goal from the start and Meddie Kagere had himself to blame for squandering an early chance in the opening minutes.

Jacques Tuyisenge however opened account for the hosts, latching on to keeper Jeff Oyemba’s loose ball in the 14th minute and entombing it into the net.

Four minutes later, the Rwandan international was at it again, this time capitalizing on stubborn Kagere’s cross to slot home his second of the day.

Tuyisenge sealed his and his side’s third goal in the 36th minute with a split header which had been aimed to by Wellington Ochieng from the wing. 

Sharks coach William Muluya freshened up his attack five minutes after the restart by introducing Masoud Juma for Francis Manoah in search of comeback goals.

He then introduced Ovella Ochieng for Ebrima Sanneh and Elli Asieche for Paul Kamau in the 57th and 70rd minute respectively before Masoud pulled one back for the visitors in the 73rd minute. His goal came from the penalty spot flowing Walusimbi’s handball inside the box.

The match ended with a 3-1 result in favor of Gor which takes their point tally to 63, fifteen more than second placed Sofapaka.

Ulinzi Stars vs AFC Leopards

At the Afraha Stadium, AFC Leopards cut off Ulinzi Stars’ dominance over them with a slim 1-0 victory.

Stand-in captain Omar Mbong’i had the first opportunity of the match two minutes in but failed to set the right pace to Daniel Waweru’s corner which eventually motivated keeper Gabriel Andka to an easy catch.

A series of wasted chances followed thereafter with Issuza and Musa Mudde botching attacks for Ingwe while Mark Bikokwa and Churchill Mulomwa found themselves guilty of the same offense on the other end.

Leopards however got the much-anticipated opener in the 62nd minute, Whyonne Isuza heading home a cross from Victor Majid for his third league goal of the season.

The Matano led side was able to cling on to their slender lead till the last whistle to earn their first win over the Soldiers since 2013.

The victory comes at a period when Ingwe were struggling for a win and it will surely boost the team’s morale ahead of an important Gotv Shield tournament final match against Kariobangi Sharks, who were on the end of a 3-1 loss against Gor mahia. 

 

 

 

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AFC Leopards and Ulinzi Stars have made known their respective starting lineups that will face off in a league match on Tuesday October 17 at the Afraha Stadium.

For Leopards, Gabriel Andika, Marcellus Ingosti and Whyonne Isuza that make their way back into the starting eleven.

Keeper Timothy Odhiambo, Rodgers Omondi, Benson Sande and Bernard Ongoma meanwhile get starting nod for the Ulinzi side. The Sodliers have not lost in any of their last seven matches against Ingwe.

AFC Leopards starting XI: Gabriel Andika Lewis Wanami Dennis Sikayi Salim Abdalla Duncan Otieno (c) Victor Majid, Musa Mudde, Whyvonne Isuzza, Aziz Okaka, Vincent Oburu Marcellus Ingotsi 

Subs: Ian Otieno Micheal Kibwage Ramadhan Yakub Haroun Nyakha Samuel Ndung'u Alexis Kitenge Andrew Tololwa

Ulinzi Starting XI: Timothy Odhiambo, Brian Birgen, Rodgers Omondi, Benson Sande, Omar M’bongi, Bernard Ongoma, Cliff Kasuti, John Kago, Bernard Ongoma, Danie Waweru.

 

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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has been talking about Harry Kane at his press conference on Monday.

The England forward has been linked with a big-money to the reigning Champions League winners and asked whether we would  see Kane at Real Madrid, the Frenchman replied: “I do not know what will happen in the future.

“He is a key player for Tottenham He is very good at everything, the best thing is that he always has the goal in his head.”

Zidane was speaking before Tuesday’s Champions League clash between the clubs. Spurs travel to the Bernabeu on Tuesday night with Kane looking to add to the 10 goals in 11 games he has plundered already this season.

Tottenham have always maintained that Kane is not for sale at any price, but Dario Gol last week claimed Madrid were prepared to offer a deal with €200m with as many as three Real players involved.

Karim Benzema and former Spurs stars Gareth Bale and Luka Modric were the players named who may be offered in exchange for Kane, but for now the England man remains focused on Tottenham.

Kane has shown no desire to leave Tottenham, but given he is yet to taste trophy success with the club, and given he’s at the top of Tottenham’s wages payment ceiling at £100,000 a week, the player may well be tempted if Real showed their colours.

Discussing whether he would ever play abroad, Kane recently said: “I would never say no or yes. You’d not rule out anything.

“It’s not something I definitely want to do, but you never rule anything out.

 

“I’m very happy here (at Tottenham), but we’ll see what happens.”

Comment

Germany booked their place in the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 with a convincing 4-0 victory over Colombia in New Delhi on Monday. The win takes the European side into a last-eight match-up versus Brazil or Honduras in Kolkata on Sunday.

The Germans took the lead in fortuitous circumstances just seven minutes after the start. Colombia goalkeeper Kevin Mier was unable to collect a loose ball at the feet of Jann-Fiete Arp and the Germany captain took advantage by neatly finishing from a tight angle.

Though Colombia pressed forward, every German attack had more potency as the opening half wore on. John Yeboah had several chances to find the scoresheet, with his best opportunity cannoning off the crossbar on 34 minutes. The Europeans would not be denied, though, as Yann Bisseck rose to head home Sahverdi Cetin’s corner from the left to hand a two-goal lead to Germany at the break.

They then sealed their passage to the last eight with another two after the restart. Yeboah converted an Arp pass in the Colombia box on 49 minutes before the captain scored his second of the match to secure a four-goal victory. The only blemish was a yellow card to winger Dennis Jastrzembski that rules him out of Sunday’s quarter-final through suspension.

 

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It was a historic moment in Lagos on Sunday when CAF President Ahmad and some CAF Executive Committee members graced the Nigeria FA Cup final on Sunday (15 October 2017) that saw Akwa United beat Niger Tornadoes 3-2 on penalties at the Agege Stadium.                                          

 After a scoreless encounter in regulation time, the match was decided via penalties which saw both sides lost three out of the initial five penalty kicks; and Gabriel Okechukwu turned Akwa United’s hero by striking the winner.

 The feat by Akwa United was an encore for the club after a similar success in 2015 in the country’s oldest domestic competition which climaxed the 71st edition.

 Apart from the mouthwatering 25 Million Naira ($70,323)prize money  and the glittering trophy  as winners, Akwa United also earned the ticket to represent Nigeria in next year’s Total CAF Confederation Cup.  

 It was the 11th time the competition was decided via penalties after it began in 1945 as Governor’s Cup. It was later known at various times as Challenge Cup and Federation Cup.

 Meanwhile,  the entourage of CAF President  Ahmad at the Agege Stadium popularly known as ‘Soccer Temple’ include First Vice President Kwesi Nyantakyi, Second Vice President Constant Omari Selemani and CAF Emergency Committee member, Souleiman Waberi.

 

TROPHY WINNERS SINCE 1990

    1990:Stationery Stores   0-0(5-4pens) Enugu Rangers

    1991: El-Kanemi Warriors          3-2     Kano Pillars F.C.

    1992: El-Kanemi             1-0     Stationery Stores

    1993: BCC Lions             1-0     Plateau United

    1994: BCC Lions             1-0     Julius Berger FC

    1995: Shooting Stars                2-0     Katsina United

    1996: Julius Berger                   1-0     Katsina United

    1997: BCC Lions             1-0     Katsina United

    1998: Wikki Tourists                  0-0     Plateau United

    1999: Plateau United                 1-0     Iwuanyanwu

    2000: Tornadoes           1-0     Rangers

    2001: Dolphins FC                     2-0     El-Kanemi

    2002: Julius Berger                   3-0     Yobe Stars

    2003: Lobi Stars             2-0     Sharks FC

    2004: Dolphins FC                     1-0     Enugu Rangers

    2005: Enyimba               1-1(6-5pens) Lobi Stars

    2006: Dolphins FC                     2-2 (5-3pens)Bendel Insurance

    2007: Dolphins FC                     1-1 (3-2pens) Enugu Rangers

    2008: Ocean Boys                     2-2 (7-6pens)Gombe United

   2009: Enyimba                1-0  Sharks FC

  2010: Kaduna United                 3-3(3-2pens) Enyimba

   2011: Heartland              1-0     Enyimba

   2012: Heartland              2-1     Lobi Stars

  2013 Enyimba                             2-2 (5-4pens) Warri Wolves    

  2014: Enyimba                           2-1     Dolphins FC

  2015: Akwa United                      2-1     Lobi Stars

  2016: FC IfeanyiUbah                 0-0(5-4pens) Nassarawa  United

  2017: Akwa United                      0-0(3-2pens) Niger Tornadoes

Comment

Shujaa Head Coach Innocent Simiyu has revealed that they plan to use Ausopul 7s and Safland 7s as training for the upcoming Dubai Sevens which is due in December.

Speaking after the draw where Kenya was placed in Pool A alongside South Africa, Canada and Uganda, the coach said that he believes that they can top the Pool and mentioned that they will be using the two tournaments to prepare adequately.

``Our preparations are going on well and the boys are also playing in the local circuit, where we will be selecting the team for the year 2017-18. We are planning to use Ausopul 7s in South Africa and Safland 7s in Namibia as build ups to Dubai,” he said.

The Safland sevens takes place in Namibia on the weekend of 10th and 11th November 2017 in Swakopmund while the Ausopul sevens will be in South Africa.

 

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AFC Leopards will for the next four weeks have to adapt without defender Robinson Kamura , who is out nursing an injury.

This is a setback for Ingwe who have decisive matches coming up, including the finals of the Gotv Shield tournament against Kariobangi Sharks scheduled for Friday October 20th at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

The defender will also miss ties against Ulinzi Stars (Tuesday October 17), Muhoroni Youth (21 October), Chemelil Sugar (October 29) and Nzoia United (November 1).

Ingwe however welcome back Joshua Mawira who has been out with a lengthy layoff.

 

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Kenyan Premier League (KPL) official broadcasting partners Bamba Sports will air live on catch up match on Tuesday October 17.

The live match will be one pitting hosts Ulinzi Stars and AFC Leopards which will be staged at the Afraha Stadium from 15:00.

Sneak peak

After both going winless for four straight games, Ulinzi Stars and AFC Leopards clash at the Afraha Stadium with an eye for a win.

Leopards were downed 2-0 by Posta Rangers on Saturday while Ulinzi settled to  a barren draw with hosts Zoo Kericho on the same day.

Ingwe desperately need a victory from the game to keep their top ten finish dream active. A win would also enhance the team's morale as they prepare to tackle Kariobangi Sharks in the finals of the Gotv Shield on Friday October 20th.

Ingwe are currently 14th with 33 points from 29 games while Ulinzi sit fourth on the log with 43 points.

The first leg encounter ended in a barren draw. If Leopards beat the Soldiers, it will be the first time to do so in eight fixtures.

 

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Two Kenyan Premier League (KPL) catch up matches have been scheduled for Tuesday October 17, with the action being in the cities of Kisumu and Nakuru.

Gor Mahia vs Kariobangi Sharks (Moi Stadium, Kisumu-3pm)

Kariobangi Sharks will be hoping to rekindle their top five hopes when they visit league leaders Gor Mahia at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

Sharks are recently on a dry spell having not picked a win in six of their last league games. They however face a Gor Mahia side who are fresh from a 1-0 loss in the hands of Mathare United on Saturday at the Thika County Stadium.

A win for Sharks over the leaders will massively boost their confidence heading into the finals of the Gotv Shield tournament where they are set to face AFC Leopards on Friday October 20 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Gor won the first leg encounter 3-1.

Ulinzi Stars vs AFC Leopards (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru-3pm)

After both going winless for four straight games, Ulinzi Stars and AFC Leopards clash at the Afraha Stadium with an eye for a win.

Leopards were downed 2-0 by Posta Rangers on Saturday while Ulinzi settled to  a barren draw with hosts Zoo Kericho on the same day.

Ingwe desperately need a victory from the game to keep their top ten finish dream active. A win would also enhance the team's morale as they prepare to tackle Kariobangi Sharks in the finals of the Gotv Shield on Friday October 20th.

Ingwe are currently 14th with 33 points from 29 games while Ulinzi sit fourth on the log with 43 points.

The first leg encounter ended in a barren draw. If Leopards beat the Soldiers, it will be the first time to do so in eight fixtures.

 

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Kenya have once again experienced a drop in the FIFA World rankings, this time going down fourteen spots as per the latest grading announced on Tuesday October 16.

Kenya are now place in position 112 compared to last month's standings where they were 88. The fall is largely attributed to losses against Iraq and Thailand during the FIFA International break. Harambee Stars fell 2-1 to Iraq before surrendering to Thailand by a solitary goal.

Iraq have consequently moved eight spots up the ranks to 80th while Thailand drop just a spot behind to 138.

Africa

In Africa, Tunisia have leapfrogged Egypt to lead the continent and are 28th globally, with Egypt (30), Senegal (32),  Congo DR (35) and Nigeria (41) making up the top five in CAF region.

World

Germany meanwhile continues leading globally ahead of Brazil and Portugal who retain the second and third spot respectively. Argentina and Belgium complete the top five in that order.

Biggest gainers and losers

Central Asian country Turkmenistan are the biggest gainers, having moved up 22 places to position 114 while Latvia have ascended 19 places.

Ecuador and Lithuania on the other side are are biggest losers with 25 spots down to their rankings. Azerbaijan follows closely with 23 places down.

 

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After fine displays over the weekend which saw them retain the Christie Sevens crown, Kabras Sugar claimed the majority share as the team of the tournament was announced.

The Sugarmen asserted three out of the sevens available slots in the team of the tournament, with lock Dan Sikuta, Osino and Philip Wakorach make their way in.

Wakorach was also named as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player while KCB youngster Mike Kimwele walked away with the most promising Player accolade. Dennis Ombachi was the tournament's top scorer.

Christie Sevens team of the tournament

Sikuta (Kabras)

Sidindi (Impala)

Owila (KCB)

Osino (Kabras)

Kwenoi (Impala))

Wakorach (Kabras)

Ombachi (Nondies)

 

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After retaining the Christies Sevens title on Sunday October 15 at the RFUEA Grounds, Kabras Sugar have opened a five point gap at the top of the National sevens series table standings.

The Sugarmen overcame Resolution Impala Saracens 19-7 in the finals of the Christies to bag their second straight title following victory at the Sepetuka Sevens, against the same opponents.

Kabras now have 85 points, five more than Impala who are second with 80 points. Defending champions Menengai Cream Homeboyz slipped to third with 78 points after falling at the cup quarterfinal stage at the Christies.

The grand finale of the National Sevens Circuit is The Dala Sevens which will take place in Kisumu City on 21st and 22nd of October 2017.

Standings after Round 5

Kabras 88

Impala 80

Homeboyz 78

Nakuru 73

Oilers 68

KCB 67

Quins 57

Strathmore 50

Mwamba 43

Nondies 32

Machine 31

Bulls 27

Blad 26

MKU Thika 9

Kisii 9

Catholic 9

Daystar 4

Makueni 3

Mombasa 2

KCA 1

 

 

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Sugar successfully retained the Christie Sevens with a 19-7 win over Resolution Impala Saracens. Leo Seje’s converted try put Impala 7-0 up but Philip Wokorach stepped his way to the tryline, Tanga missing the conversion with Impala leading 7-5 at the break.

Kabras came into the second half guns blazing, Dan Sikuta going over after sustained pressure with Wokorach converting for a 12-7 score before Malik Habil reacted quickest to the loose ball, touching down with Wokorach converting for the result, their second successive cup win on the National Sevens Circuit.

Nakuru beat Quins to finish third

12-5 win over Quins saw Nakuru finish third. Nelson Oyoo’s converted try was the difference between the two sides at the interval.Joseph Aredo responded with a try that saw Quins trail by two points before Don Aluoch won it for Nakuru

Mwamba finish fifth

Mwamba finished fifth with a 21-10 win over KCB.After a tentative start, it was KCB who went ahead through Essau Otieno’s try but Mwamba went ahead through Ronnie Omondi’s converted try.

Humphrey Kayange’s converted effort under the posts saw Mwamba 14-5 up before Shaban Ahmed scored against his former club to make it 14-10 before Ronnie Omondi landed a converted try to secure the result.

Nondies beat Western Bulls 36-14 to lift the Challenge Trophy while MKU Thika won the 13th place playoff after beating Resolution Kisii 21-12.

 

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Tusker FC got back to winning ways on Sunday October 14 following a 4-0 victory over lowly Muhoroni Youth in a match played at the Ruaraka Grounds.

The defending champions took the  lead barely five minutes into the match courtesy of Mike Khamati's shot that disturbed keeper Salim Sowed. Muhoroni's mistake would then cost them another goal shortly before the interval, Faina Jacobs handling the ball for a penalty which Humphrey Mieno sent to the net with Sowedi down on the opposite direction.

Khamati then netted his second which took Tusker's lead to three in the 49th minute, connecting to Mieno's free kick to cleverly head the ball into the net. His ambitions of completing a hattrick were however derailed two minutes later following an injury he sustained that forced him off the field of play. His place was consequently taken by Allan Wanga.

The substitute capped off the convincing win for the visitors with a goal of his own in the 70th minute for a 4-0 score line. 

The victory takes Tusker to 6th place on the log with 42 points whilst adding more misery to the relegation threatened Muhoroni who sit at the bottom with only 24 points.

Tusker Starting XI: Duncan Ochieng, Collins Shivachi, James Situma, Eugene Asike,Lloyd Wahome, Humphey  Mieno, Brian Osumba, Noah Wafula, Jackson Macharia, Danson Kago, Michael  Khamati ,

Subs: David Okello, Martin Kizza, Boniface Muchiri, Allan Wanga, Sydney Ochieng, Stephen Owusu, Abdalla Hassan

Muhoroni Starting XI: Salim Sowedi, Ogada, Indimuli,  Ogendo, Jacob Faina, Bliss Kityo, Collins Agade, Kennedy Rono, Onyango Maxwel, Ambrose Ayoyi, Kiyoyo Hassan Subs: Said, Thomas Venval, Otuoma,  Mudoola Farouk, Jeconia Oyoo, Ochieng Gradus(GK)

 

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Kepha Aswani's brace in the second half rallied Nakumatt FC to a 2-1 win over Kakamega Homeboyz on Sunday October 15 at the Mumias Sports Complex.

Wycliffe Opondo beat keeper Ezekiel Owade in a one on one situation in the 40th minute to take Homeboyz into the break leading.

Kepha Aswain then cancelled the hosts' lead ten minutes after the restart following a poor clearance by Homeboyz defender. The former AFC Leopards talisman then completed the interesting  comeback for the visitors in the additional minutes, tapping in from close range to secure all three points for the shoppers.

The victory comes as a relief for Anthony Mwangi's men who had endured for five straight matches without a win. It is also the second successive loss for the Homeboyz side who were initially on a ten-match winless streak.

Western Stima vs Thika United

At the Moi Stadium in Kisumu, Western Stima and Thika United stuck to first leg's result after playing o to a 1-1 draw.

 Eugene Mukangula bolted to Shami Kibwana's cross to fire past keeper Otieno Stephen in the 40th minute to take the visitors 1-0 up. Their lead was however cancelled in the second half by Robert Achema, who successfully converted a penalty after he was fouled inside the box.

The draw takes the two teams' points to 28, but Thika sit just above Western Stima as a result of superior goal difference.

 

 

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Two Malkia Stars players have been honored with individual awards for their exemplary displays in the just concluded women's Volleyball Africa Nations Championships that were held in  Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Kenya finished second in the tournament after losing to hosts Cameroon in the finals in a five-set game. Despite relinquishing their crown, Malkia Stars qualified for the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship that will be held in September next year in Japan.

Awards

In the indidual awards, Kenya received two, same as winners Cameroon while Egypt and Senegal had one each. Mercy Moim was given the best server's award while Edith Wisa Mukuvulani earned herself the best blocker's gong.

 

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

BEST SETTER

7- Cameroon

Koulla Nadge

BEST SERVER

1- Egypt

Aya Elshamy

BEST RECIEVER

11- Senegal

Fatou Diouck

BEST SPIKER

14- Kenya

Mercy Moim

BEST BLOCKER

19 -Kenya

Edith Wisa Mukuvulani

BEST LIBERO

4 Cameroon

Raissa Nasser

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

6 Cameroon

Moma Bassoko

 

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and his Watford counterpart Marco Silva have differed on the decision to award Watford a penalty in Saturday's match which the hosts won 2-1.

Arsenal were leading through Per Mertesacker's first-half goal and had chances to make the Premier League game safe.

Richarlison however went down in the penalty area under a challenge from Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin, with referee Neil Swarbrick pointing to the spot.

Captain Troy Deeney stepped up to convert the resulting spot-kick to bring the home team level, before Tom Cleverley's stoppage-time strike handed Watford all three points.

Speaking after the match, Wenger termed the penalty decision as `scandalous'.

"The decision on the penalty is a bit ridiculous and then we panicked a bit for their second goal and in the end we stand with a defeat,'' said Wenger.

He added, "It is a scandalous decision, but what can we do about it? Nothing. We can talk and talk and talk. At the end of the day they scored.''

On his part, Silvarefuted claims that Richarlison dived, saying that the player has suffered fmost from fouls. 

"I have seen the penalty now and I respect the decision of the referee," said Silva after the game. "It's important, I didn't see a dive or a simulation, said Silva

"Richarlison has suffered the most fouls in the Premier League this season, and people are starting to say he dives.

"He is not. He is fair, He wins fouls like the best players in the world win fouls."

 

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Tusker FC and Muhoroni Youth have each named their starting lineups to face off on Sunday October 15 at the Ruaraka Grounds.

For Tusker, two changes have been made to the team with Boniface Muchiri and Abdul Hassan being introduced in place of Cercidy Okeyo and Moses Ndawula.

Below is how the teams will line up for today's match

Tusker Starting XI: Duncan Ochieng, Collins Shivachi, James Situma, Eugene Asike,Lloyd Wahome, Humphey  Mieno, Brian Osumba, Noah Wafula, Jackson Macharia, Danson Kago, Michael  Khamati

Subs: David Okello, Martin Kizza, Boniface Muchiri, Allan Wanga, Sydney Ochieng, Stephen Owusu, Abdalla Hassan.

Muhoroni Starting XI: Salim Sowedi, Ogada, Indimuli,  Ogendo, Jacob Faina, Bliss Kityo, Collins Agade, Kennedy Rono, Onyango Maxwel, Ambrose Ayoyi, Kiyoyo Hassan

Subs: Said, Thomas Venval, Otuoma,  Mudoola Farouk, Jeconia Oyoo, Ochieng Gradus(GK)

 

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Nzoia United and SoNy Sugar have announced their respective starting lineups that will face of in a Round of 29 match on Saturday October 14 at the Awendo Green Stadium.

For Nzoia, Edwin Wafula and Elvis Rupia make their way back into the starting eleven, replacing the suspended Brian Otieno and Brian Yakhama. For SoNy's part, Kevin Otieno replaces the injured Kevin Omondi in goal for the match that kicks off at 15:00.

After registering draws in two of their last fixtures, both teams head into the match eager for a win. The two sides sttled to a 1-1 draw in the first leg encounter.

Nzoia United Starting XI: 23.Mustapha Oduor 26.Festus Okiring 16.Hillary Wandera 14.Edwin Wafula 34. Vincent Ngesa (C) 02. Stephen Wakanya 12.Luke Namanda 24.Lawrence Juma 32.Victor Omondi 08.Edger Nzano 33.Elvis Rupia 

 Subs: 15.Humphrey Katasi 25.Geoffrey Kariuki 22.Elvis Ronack 03.Collins Odawa 13.Dennis Ongeri 21.Brian Yakhama 18.Patrick Kwitonda

SoNy Sugar Starting XI: Kevin Otieno,. Bernard Omondi, Justine Omari, Joseph Omweri, Alfred Onyango,  Kevin Oluoch, Benjamin Mosha, Fredrick Onyango,  Justine Monda, David Simiyu, George Abege

Subs:  Tom Muthomi, Tobias Otieno, Akoko Nicholas, Yema Mwana,  Marwa Chamberi , Laban Gambareko, Dennis Oduor

 

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