Harambee Stars 1993-2003

Harambee Stars would redeem their image in 1993 when they didn’t lose a single match both in the AFCON qualifiers and friendly matches. Even though Dr Congo qualified for AFCON tourney, it was their superior goal difference that secured their fate. Infact Stars had beaten them In Kinshasa. According to the FIFA rankings the team was placed in the 72nd position. The current 117th position is indeed a far cry as to where we were 20 years ago. A perfect shot that was to celebrate the country’s 30th anniversary. Gor would win the league title, and Breweries the Moi Golden Cup. Mike Okoth would become the first Kenyan player to ply his trade with European league in the Belgian jupiter league.

After failing to qualify for the 1994 AFCON finals that were staged in Tunisia, Stars and the KFF fell into further trouble when they pulled out from hosting the 1996 event. As a punishment Kenya teams wouldn’t participate in any CAF events in 1995. Gor Mahia would be eliminated by Zamalek in the second round of the CAF champions league while leopards were eliminated via the away goal rule by Angola’s Premerio Di’ Maio in the quarter final stage. However leopards complained bitterly to CAF concerning the maltreatment meted to them when they arrived in Angola. Here are some of the allegations.

The late coach Reuben Malola claimed leopards was denied at least three clear penalties after Premiero players handled the ball in the box but the ref waved play on. The match started on a pacy note and leopards should have gone ahead in the 3rd minute but a premiero defender handled the ball in the penalty and the ref ignored. Technicaly the match it was a good game and leopards frustrated the hosts pinning them in to their own half most of the time. 

Premiero finally breached leopards defence in the 35th minute and scored a seemingly offside goal. Five minutes after the goal leopards in bid to equalize, another of premiero defender handled the ball but surprisingly the ref waved play on. Keeper Joe Mwangale had an outstanding game for leopards and kept the team in the game. Upon arrival, they were made to stay in the airport for a good four hours before they were transported to their hotel at about 10:00pm Kenyan time. 

To the team’s dismay they were made to sleep in a dormitory-looking like hostel which had no proper sanitation and unfit food. The following day the team took a plane to Luanda to Benguela. However they were detained in the plane for two hours before they took and arrived in Benguela the match venue at 11:45 AM. The match kicked off at 3 PM. With this ordeals, leopards although they gave a good account of themselves and once more endured the wrath of the referee, finaly were robbed what seemed to be their pathway towards clinching the CAF Cup. 

Kenya Breweries who had terrific run in the Mandela Cup, would painfully let go of the trophy at home when needing a 0-0 or a 1-1 draw would be enough to see them clinch the title following their 2-2 draw in Kinshasa against Motema Pembe.Instead the team collapsed and were beaten 3-0 before the unbelieving 30,000fans who had thronged the Nyayo stadium to witness the second time a Kenyan team would win a continental title it wasn’t to be. 

Probably complacency and a feeling that the trophy was already secured did much to damage Breweries hopes of winning the trophy. Did they have a proper game plan against their opponents who on that fateful day had everything going for them? Their league winning feat after sixteen years was a minor consolation. 

Focusing their energy in the 1995 CECAFA Club cup, Breweries were eventually eliminated in the semi-final stage by Uganda’s Express red eagles.Harambee Stars would also be tossed out in the semi stage by yet the Ugandans the Kobs. Gor would win the league title and Rivatex the Moi Golden Cup a similar scenario as it was five years back.  

Earning a reprieve by CAF, Stars were allowed to feature in the AFCON and world cup qualifiers. Faced with the dreaded Algerians, Stars would upset the North Africans. The flippant attitude by Coach Ali Fergani who had captained his side during the 1982 event, certainly spurred the stars when he remarked their was no soccer in East Africa but only track and field events. 

When he failed to lead the desert warriors past stars he was duly sacked and banned from coaching any team for a period of three years. This famous win enabled stars to qualify for World Cup qualifiers proper and was also invited to participate in the Simba four nation’s tourney in South Africa. However the team performed dismally since they lost all their three matches to hosts South Africa, Ghana and Australia. A lose to Namibia during the AFCON qualifiers in Windhoek, meant Vojo Gardesavic who was a hero some months back was relieved his duties. 

The late Reinhardt Fabisch would assume the reigns for the second time. H e was the man who had led the stars in their 1988 AFCON qualifiers and also secured a silver medal for stars in 1987 4th all African games. When stars lost to Guinea in their first world cup qualifier, he wasn’t impressed and secretly he was planning to eliminate almost the entire team.

After featuring for the CECAFA Cup, Fabisch was so much impressed with the Sudan B side that featured the under18, 21 and 23 side. He set about to overhaul the stars and replaced them with the youth team.Musa Otieno and Francis Onyiso were spared the axe .Later Vincent Kwarula and Mike Okoth were recalled. Breweries would be the first team to win the inaugural Kenya premier league and also supplemented that win by reaching the semi-final stage of the CAF Cup. 

Reasserting it’s dominance in the CECAFA Club cup,AFC Leopards the best-assembled squad in the 1997 season won the tourney for the fifth season by beating Kenya Breweries in an-all Kenyan final. Albeit the bright start, with the team harboring ambitions of clinching CAF Cup. League title and the Moi Golden Cup. However the KCC from both Uganda and Kenya ensured the leopards dream would quickly turn into a nightmare. 

Fist it was Uganda’s KCC that eliminated leopards in the CAF Cup quarter final match and broke their unbeaten home run in the continental matches. Eldoret Kcc would pour more misery to them when they outclassed the leopards beating them 4-1 in the Moi Golden cup final then went on to deny them the league title after both teams settled for a 2-2 draw when a win would saw leopards clinch the league title. Utalli who had survived relegation by a whisker the previous year clinched the league title. I t was the first time in many years that unfenced team would replace the big two in the continental events. Indeed Eld KCC and Utalli triumph served as an inspiration to other teams. 

Kenya Breweries and Mumias Sugar fell flat in their continental duties. The national team which was involved in the AFCON Qualifiers and the France 98 World cup qualifiers. They had a dream start in both events. They drew with Nigeria the then Olympic champions beat Burkina Fasso and Guinea drew with Cameroon beat Gabon and everything seems to be going well. 

In their bid to make they debut in the World cup and as well as qualifying for the AFCON after a five year absence,Fabisch took the initiative to take stars to camp in Germany on a one month tour. He had pulled the same move in 1987 and the results witnessed stars qualifying for AFCON and securing the 4th All- African games silver medal. 

Pointing out ills bedeviling the African soccer, Fabisch expressed that most federations are unable to make long term plans while at the same time the administrators are using the game a s a stepping stone in their pursuit for political ambitions. For the good of the game, he believed that administrators should realize that football is more than playing but it’s a profession. He did had his share of criticism; Many accused him of his tough manner of selecting players he dismissed such a notion claiming that he was only driven by players performance. Indeed players should be selected on merit and not by favors. 

No sooner had the team returned from Germany, than rot set in. First Nigeria would outplay and whitewash stars to clinch the World Cup ticket. Two weeks later, Namibia would upset them at home in the AFCON qualifier. Gabon would finally ensure their dream of participation in the 1998 AFCON was all but evaporated. The draw in Yaoundé against Cameroon was a mere consolation as well as the world cup qualifier against Burkinabe’s. Of course Fabisch was shown the door. 

Gloom continued early in 1998 when leopards the CECAFA Club champions were bundled out of the tourney in the group stages in humiliating manner. Stars didn’t fair better either as they had unconvincing star in the AFCON qualifiers proper drawing against Madagascar at home and losing to Dr Congo. Gor Mahia and Eldoret Kcc were also put to sword with regards to the continental assignments. Only Utalii fc Saved Kenyan football face by being eliminated in the second round of the CAF champions league on penalty shootout by Tunisia’s Etoile du’ Sahel. Leopards would win the league and Mathare United won the Moi Golden cup. 

It seemed bad luck was following leopards since they were again bundled out of both the CECAFA club cup and CAF champion’s league by Rwandese sides Kiyovu Sport and Rayon. Mumias Sugar experienced the same feat only novices Mathare utd made it to the second round. In the CECAFA under 20 the national team secured the trophy and the senior team earned a runner up spot. Tusker would win the league title in dramatic circumstance. 

 While Mumias required to beat KSM All stars by seven clear goals to beat Tusker to the title on goal difference, they went on to thrash All stars 10-0. This score line seemed controversial. A commission of inquiry was formed to investigate the matter and Mumias were found guilty of match fixing and as a repercussion were dropped to the lower tiers. The Moi Golden cup they had also won was handed to Coast Stars. 

The new millennium commenced with disappointment still. Tusker would be eliminated in the CAF champions league in the first round as well as Shabana and Coast Stars. H.Stars despite posting impressive results in their friendly matches against Burundi and Burkina Fasso couldn’t replicate it in the World Cup and AFCON Qualifiers. Malawi bundled them out of the World Cup qualifier in the preliminary stage and had unimpressive start in the AFCON qualifiers drawing with Tunisia and losing away to Morocco. In the inaugural Castle larger cup, they lost to Uganda cranes in the final. While Uganda hosted the CECAFA Cup stars registered one of the most disappointing results. Tusker would however win the CECAFA Club cup. 

Clinching the league for the second successive season, Tusker opened the year 2001 by triumphantly defending the CECAFA Club cup. Their impressive shows continued and were it not for the last minute goal by Esperance, Tusker would have become the first team in the country to earn a slot in the CAF champions’ league group stage. Oserian also had a good account in the CAF Cup where they were also eliminated in the second round by Etoile du Sahel on away goals rule. 

For the third time Reinhardt Fabisch was contacted to coach the national team. Aiming to qualify for AFCON Mali 2002, the team build up matches were encouraging since they defeated Zambia, Uganda and drew with Egypt. The streak continued in the AFCON qualifiers where they beat Gabon and drew them in Libreville then drew with Morocco in Nairobi. Needing to secure a draw in Tunis, Stars collapsed and got thrashed 4-1 hence being eliminated. Creditably they finished in the runners up position to Tanzania in the Castle cup as well as CECAFA Cup to Ethiopia. Oserian won the league title while leopards clinched the Moi Golden Cup. 

2002 was a great year for Kenyan soccer. In contrast Oserian, leopards and Mathare united would be eliminated in the first round of the continental event earlier in the year. But that would be eclipsed quickly by the tremendous performance of the national team. Despite the fact that Fabisch resigned, he had left behind a solid team and an assistant coach who could succeed in various tourney. 

True to the sence of the word, Jacob’’ Ghost ‘’ Mulee the current technical director ensured stars had a perfect start in the AFCON qualifiers. The team easily dispatched Togo, Cape Verde Island and Mauritania. In their build up matches, they beat Tanzania and Burkinabes then drew with Rwanda and Kuwait. Finally the team won Castle cup and the CECAFA Cup for the first time since 1983. On the local front, Nzoia would clinch the league title while Kenya pipeline won the last edition of the Moi Golden Cup.  

Nzoia would be eliminated in the first round of the CAF champion’s league while Kenya pipeline had their efforts thwarted in the second round.Ulinzi would clinch the league while Chemilil claimed the transparency cup which replaced the Moi Golden Cup. It was the second season that witnessed the big three struggling to represent the country in the continental events.Inspite losing to Togo who had naturalized five Brazilians stars went on to qualify for the AFCON 04 after beating Mauritania and Cape Verde. In the build up towards the qualifiers they defeated Ghana, Rwanda and Tanzania. With it a glorious way to celebrate the nations’ 40th anniversary.

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

 

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)

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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

 

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.”

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.”

 

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.”

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.

 

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

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."

 

Admitting that "we didn't get the job done," Bruce Arena on Friday resigned from his position as United States manager following the team's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

The U.S. finished fifth in CONCACAF's Hexagonal table after losing 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago on the region's final matchday as both Honduras and Panama moved ahead of the Americans in the standings and left the team out of the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

"It is the greatest privilege for any coach to manage their country's National Team, and as I leave that role today I am honored and grateful to have had that opportunity twice in my career," Arena, 66, said in a statement.

"When I took the job last November, I knew there was a great challenge ahead, probably more than most people could appreciate. Everyone involved in the program gave everything they had for the last 11 months, and in the end we came up short.

"No excuses. We didn't get the job done, and I accept responsibility. This certainly is a major setback for the senior Men's National Team program, and questions rightly should be asked about how we can improve. No doubt this process already has started and will continue so that U.S. Soccer can progress"Having said that, it also is important to recognize the tremendous growth and accomplishments we have achieved over the past two decades in all areas, including player development, coaching education and a stable domestic professional league. That work is ongoing, and despite the result in Trinidad the sport is on the right path. By working together, I am confident soccer in this country will continue to grow in the years and decades ahead. Obviously the biggest disappointment is for our fans.

"As a person involved in the sport for more than 40 years, to see how the level of support for soccer in the United States has grown is incredibly gratifying. I believe I speak for everyone involved in the game in thanking all of you for your passion and commitment, and I hope you maintain your steadfast support of U.S. Soccer.

"While this is a difficult moment, I maintain a fierce belief that we are heading in the right direction. I believe in the American player and the American coach, and with our combined efforts the future remains bright."I don't know what the future holds for me, but I can say this from the bottom of my heart: from the high of reaching the Quarterfinal of the 2002 World Cup to the low of a few days ago, I have appreciated every minute of being a part of this program.

Arena took over the reins of the national team for the second time in his career on Nov. 22, 2016, after U.S. Soccer parted ways with his predecessor Jurgen Klinsmann.

The U.S. had lost its first two Hex qualifiers to start the campaign under Klinsmann -- at home to Mexico and away to Costa Rica -- before Arena was brought in to right the ship and ensure qualification for Russia 2018.

Needing just a single point to qualify on Tuesday, the U.S. was beaten in Trinidad -- while Honduras beat Mexico and Panama scored a last-gasp winner against Costa Rica -- and Arena accepted responsibility for the loss after the match, while saying that he and the team had failed.

The former LA Galaxy manager oversaw the team at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, leading the U.S. to its best-ever finish at the former before losing to Germany in the quarterfinals.

Arena departs with an all-time record of 81-32-35. After picking up the reins following the first two losses in the final round of qualifying, he collected a 10-2-6 record in 2017.

The National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee remains the winningest coach in U.S. Soccer history.

With the victory in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Arena is the only head coach to claim the Gold Cup title on three occasions, previously guiding the USA to crowns in 2002 and 2005.

 

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Besides the magic on the pitch, critics have continually accused him of laziness and being a party animal. Is he? Kenyanstar sat with John ‘Softie’ Ndirangu and here is his story.

Kenyanstar: Thank you for your time. Tell us about your football journey so far.

John Ndirangu: I started playing competitive football at Nakuru AllStars when I was in form 2, by then the club was in playing in Nationwide League. I was with them all along, even when they got promoted in 2014 to the Kenya Premier League.  As a footballer, I have faced both difficult and easy times.

KS: Where did this nickname Softie come from?

JN: I rarely talk too much, and people say my face is soft. So, Softie.

KS: Please tell us about your time at Nakuru AllStars.

JN: It was a bit hard for me since there were the demands on the pitch and at the same time I was schooling. I had to carefully plan my time. However, sometimes it was difficult for me because I had to leave school for training and when I got back to class I was so tired and couldn't focus fully.  

KS: You made a name for yourself  while you were at Allstars. Tell us about your time playing there and your relationship with the players, coach, management etc.

JN: First, I would like to thank Robert Muthomi. He took me as his son, he took care of me,he used to advise me and  managed me well. I also thank everyone who coached me. During my time there, I learnt something from all coaches and this made me grow to who I am today. My teammates were also supportive, as football is a team sport and you support each other. 

KS: You would later join Bandari. However, you never stayed there for long...

JN: I would not wish to discuss about my time at Bandari. It was very difficult for me.

KS: What exactly affected you?

JN: Lack of play time.

KS: Well, you at one point joined Kariobangi Sharks. What necessitated the move?  

JN: After Bandari I went back to Nakuru Allstars to get my form back. However, at the end of the season the team got relegated and so we agreed with Robert Muthomi, the CEO,  that since I had already made my name and was still young, it wasn't proper to play in the lower tier. Therefore I joined Kariobangi Sharks. We agreed with President Nick Mwendwa that if the team won't get promoted to the top league he releases me and that's what happened when I joined AFC Leopards.

KS: Leopards - You joined the club, lots of expectations, but left. Kindly tell us about your time at Leopards.

JN: I enjoyed my time at Leopards and would like to thank the management and coaches. They believed in me and I wish them all the the best. In December, I was asked by Leopards to look for a suitable club where I would go on loan and I felt it was not good for me. Therefore I  asked them to just release me instead. As a team last season we were unlucky not to do well and meet the expectations but I personally think that I played my part and was very surprised when they suggested a loan move for me in the transfer window. 

KS: You have some serious football skills. Very good running, very good dribbles. What's the tactical secret for you?

JN: Apart from talent in me I do watch skillful players like Neymar, Ronaldinho and Cristiano and try apply what I see on the pitch. Besides, I also work very hard.  

KS: Harambee Stars: You have grown from U-23 to the senior team. Tell us about your time and experience so far at Stars

JN: Each and every coach has his style of coaching and the kind of players he wants. I think during Bob Williamson's time I was called several times to the national team. He liked my dribbling skills and speed and he would tell me to just do that in the pitch, since that is what made him like me and give me a call up.  

KS: We haven't seen you at the national team in recent days. Why?

JN: As I have said each and every coach has his style of coaching and kind of players he wants. However, while at AFC Leopards I earned a call up.  

KS: You made what many call a 'daring move' by switching from Leopards to Gor. Do you feel it was a daring move or just any other normal transfer?

JN: I believe if you have talent and you work hard everything is possible. Talent can never be hidden. Kama unajua unajua. For me I see it as a normal move. My time will come and I'll shine.

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JN: I am enjoying life at Gor. They do things professionally and think that's what differentiates Gor with other clubs. My target is to play as many games and help the team lift the title and in future I go to Europe. 

KS: You have been accused of the following: Missing training at times intentionally, partying a little too much and alcoholism. Your response?

JN: In life you must have friends and enemies and for you to make in life you must have enemies. All these stories came up when I was at Leopards. When Ivan Minnaert left a Luhya coach took over and he only wanted Luhya players. Therefore, Ian otieno and  I decided to stay at home because no matter how hard we worked in training, we weren't being considered.  On the issue of alcohol, I even cannot tell how it tastes. Yes, I used to go to clubs and watch football while drinking Delmonte juice.  

KS: Any closing words? 

JN: I just want to thank God for the gift of life and talent. I also want to tell my fans that they should  not lose hope in me. I know they believe in me and I won't fail them. 

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Rayon Sports Club have confirmed that former Sofapaka and Amavubi goalkeeper Evariste Mutuyimana is no more. Unconfirmed reports claim that a heart attack on Tuesday September 12 at his home was the cause of his death.

Mutuyimana started professional football with Rwandese side Kiyovu Sport before joining Police Kibungo in 2011.The 26-year old then moved to Kenyan side Sofapaka in June 2014 where he played for three seasons. He later moved to Rayon SC, where he was the reserve goalkeeper until his demise.

Mutuyimana has also featured for the Rwanda national team, his most notable appearance being in a 5-1 loss to Tunisia in an International Friendly back in May 2012.

“As Rayon Sports officials, we want convey our message of condolences to all the club fans and family following the death of goalkeeper Evariste Mutuyimana this Tuesday morning.” his club posted on social media.

 

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“She was playing doubles in a singles tournament!” Nile screamed at the ‘Day of the Unborn Child’ protest.

“I believe that ‘life at conception’ should be the law, and that clearly means two people won the Grand Slam,” said Nile, who is both an avid fan of professional tennis and aggressively campaigning to legislate how people use their uterus.

“That’s clearly against the rules!”

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Director of Sports Development in the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports Yusuph Singo confirmed that they have asked the betting firm to organize a friendly match between Everton and one of Tanzania's bigwigs.

``We have asked them (SportPesa) to organse a special friendly match between Yanga and Simba later this month,'' said Singo.

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“He (Wanyama) said Pochettino is the coach who has made him. He’s the one who, when Victor came to Southampton, he taught him what to do and how to play, all the things. He’s the one who taught him everything and made even more qualities for Victor. He gave him exposure and confidence. If you don’t have confidence from the coach, you cannot perform well. He’s helped him a lot,” Mariga told ESPN.

Pochettino’s favorite 3-4-2-1 formation has suited Wanyama perfectly as he provides cover to the wing backs when they move forward to attack, something that has put Wanyama in favor with both the manager and the Spurs supporters.

The midfielder will be expected to take his spot back in the starting XI for the FA Cup semi-final meeting with Chelsea at Wembley this Saturday evening after a minor injury.

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Former Arsenal and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has described joining Crystal Palace as the “worst decision” of his career.

The 33-year-old Togolese striker is currently playing for Turkish side ?stanbul Ba?ak?ehir after being released by the Eagles in the summer of 2016.

Adebayor signed a six-month deal with Palace at the beginning of 2016 – a decision he says he would reverse if given the opportunity.

“I had some great experiences in England in clubs who are among the best in the country,” he told L’Équipe, as reported by the Daily Mirror.

“I was happy there, my family too. The only error that I made was to sign for Crystal Palace in January 2016.

“I did it just to please my entourage, who were saying to me: ‘Manu, you have to start playing again!’ It was the worst decision of my career.”

He would played 15 senior matches for Palace under then boss Alan Pardew scoring once in a losing effort to Watford.

It turned out to be his worst return for a single club since turning professional nearly 20 years ago with hometown side AC Merlan Lome.

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Work has been completed on the first proposed venue for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar - the Khalifa International Stadium. More than five years before the tournament kicks off, Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has confirmed extensive renovations on the 40,000-seater venue are now finished.

The renovations include the installation of revolutionary cooling technology promised during Qatar's successful bid, which will keep the pitch at an optimum 26 degrees and the stands somewhere between 24 and 28 degrees.

SC secretary general H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi said: "The completion of our first stadium more than five years before the Qatar World Cup begins is an important milestone that reflects our determination to deliver a tournament the entire Arab world is proud to be a part of.

"As we promised in our bid, our innovative stadiums offer an unrivalled experience to fans and players alike. I'm proud we can show these off to the world and welcome fans with the hospitality this World Cup will be remembered for."

The stadium, originally constructed in 1976, will first host the 2017 Emir Cup final on Friday and will also be the venue for the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

Qatar Football Association (QFA) president Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani added: "Khalifa International Stadium is close to Qatari hearts and has seen some of Qatar's biggest sporting occasions over the years since it was first launched in 1976.

"It is therefore a fitting venue for the biggest match of Qatar's football calendar, the 2017 Emir Cup final between Al Rayyan and Al Sadd, and we look forward to welcoming fans into the magnificent remodelled stadium on Friday evening."

Drogba had been without a club since leaving MLS outfit Montreal Impact in November, after rejecting a move to Brazilian giants Corinthians in February.

However, the 39-year-old Ivorian striker has finally found a home in Phoenix, where he will also be part of their "MLS expansion franchise ownership group."

Phoenix are in their fourth season in the USL, 12th in the Western Conference with one win after three games.

"I have taken my time in deciding what I wanted to do next and am really excited about the opportunity at Phoenix Rising FC," said Drogba.

"After seeing firsthand the potential for expansion of the sport in North America and getting to know the ownership group in Phoenix, I am convinced that I can help them develop their organization on and off the pitch.

"I look forward to their continued success in the USL, and no city is better positioned than Phoenix for expansion into the MLS."

Drogba - a two-time African Footballer of the Year – scored 23 goals in 41 competitive appearances for the Impact, having won four Premier League titles and the Champions League among other trophies with Chelsea.

"We want our club and our city to be synonymous with international excellence, and Didier Drogba is a testament to Phoenix Rising FC's commitment to that mission,” said Phoenix Rising club governor Berke Bakay.

"Soccer is an international language understood by sports fans all over the world, and we want to help inspire fluency among new fans everywhere we play throughout North America."

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