An underwhelming second half summarized KPL AllStars’ huge 4-0 loss to LaLiga 123 side Cordoba CF on Wednesday July 19, 2017 at the El Mauli Stadium in Spain.

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Kenyans will now have the ease of watching the KPL Allstars match from the comfort of their homes after team sponsors SportPesa confirmed that the match will be aired live on Bamba Sports. KBC, K24 and SuperSport will also be airing the match live.

The KPL AllStar select team is set to take on  Spanish side Cordoba CF who play in the second division LaLiga 123 on Wednseday July 19, 2017. The match will be played at 10:00pm Kenyan time at the Estadio El Mauli in Antequera City, Spain.

The Kenyan team will be seeking good results that will motivate them in preparing for their second match which will be against Sevilla Atletico on Saturday July 22.

 

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Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi who also doubles up as the KPL AllStars coach has named the starting lineup that will face Cordoba CF on Wednesday July 19, 2017. The match is a friendly and is set to kick off at 22:00 Kenyan time.

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Haambee Starlets head coach Anne Aluoch has named the final squad of 20 players that will depart for Botswana for the 2018 FIFA U20 Women's World Cup qualifier. Starlets will play Botswana on Friday 21 July at the Lobatse Sports Complex, Botswana and the teams jets out of the country on Wednesday July 19.

Of the 20 players selected, 15 players are from high schools and participated in the recently concluded National Secondary School Ball Games that were held in Nyeri. In the tournament, Wiyeta Girls'  were crowned champions and have been recognized handsomely with seven of their players in the travelling contingent to Botswana.

Corazone Aquino who plies her trade with Soccer Queens has been tasked with captaining the team as they seek a slot in the 2018 FIFA U20 Women's World Cup which will take place in France.  

Travelling Squad

Goalkeepers: Lilian Awuor, Judith Osimbo (both Nyakach Girls), Dinah Tembesi (Wiyeta Girls)

Defenders: Lucy Akoth (St Paul’s Abwao), Wincate Kaari (Thika Queens), Vivian Nasaka (Ibinzo Girls), Maureen Khakasa (Wiyeta Girls), Robai Khamusa, Leah Cherotich (Wiyeta Girls),

Midfielders: Lilian Mmboga, Corazone Aquino (Soccer Queens), Sheril Angachi (Olympic High School), Cynthia Shilwatso (Ibinzo Girls), Marjolen Nekesa, Cynthia Atieno.

Strikers: Martha Amunyolete (Wiyeta Girls), Mercy Akinyi (Nyakach Girls), Rachel Muema, Jentrix Shikangwa (Wiyeta Girls), Diana Wacera (Mathare United)

 

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National Super League side Wazito FC proved as heavy as Gor Mahia by holding them to a barren draw in a friendly on Wednesday July 19, 2017 at the Camp Toyoyo Grounds.

Gor Mahia under coach Dylan Kerr opted to use young players in the friendly, starting the likes of Oliver Maloba and John Ndirangu. The back three was covered by Joash Onyango Joachim Oluoch and Mike Simiyu.

Wazito

Wazito had probably the most and best chances in the game but could not get a goal even with the likes of Bob Mugalia and John Mabia in attack. Mugalia was teed up by Mabia early in the first half but wasted the chance from a goal-clear position.

The woodwork prevented Dennis Gicheru from taking the NSL side ahead in the second half after his spinning header hit the bar and went out of play. Joachim Oluoch then almost scored in his own net  after deflecting a Marilu Ihaji free kick but seems luck was on his side. Wazito went on to summarize their wasteful trend in the match with a squandered chance from substitute Peter Karuri's attack late in the match.

Gor Mahia

With pace on the flanks through Maloba and Ndirangu, Gor Mahia sought to break on counter attacks but were unfruitful in their quest. Softie's first effort on goal was deflected for a corner, with Jeconia being denied a goal by Zachary Onyango after some exchange of passes with Maloba.

Zachary Onyango would then go on to stop John Ndirangu and Innocent Wafula's long range efforts to preserve the draw for Wazito.

 Gor, who will not be involved in this weekend's matches used the match to keep themselves fit for their next league assignment which is against Muhoroni Youth. Wazito on the other hand were using the friendly to prepare for their weekend GoTV Shield encounter with GFE 105 at the Kipchoge Stadium on Sunday 23.

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National Super League side Wazito FC will on Wednesday July 19, 2017 play against Gor Mahia in a friendly match. The match will be staged at the Camp Toyoyo Grounds from 09:00.

This weekend will see a bunch of GoTV Shield Cup fixtures played, meaning that Gor Mahia will be out of action after they were bundled out of the tournament by Bandari FC.

 

Wazito on the other hand will use the friendly to prepare for their weekend GoTV Shield encounter with GFE 105 at the Kipchoge Stadium on Sunday 23.

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Kariobangi Sharks coach William Muluya said that during Saturday's match against Kariobangi Sharks, their opponents' plan was to defend and they executed it very well.

The two teams rallied to a barren draw although Sharks had better chances which they failed to utilize and notch a win. Homeboyz on the other hand were comfortable in their own half as they looked satisfied with a point from the encounter.

 “Homeboyz’ plan was to defend and they did a very good job at that. Our best chances came in the opening moments of the game but we didn’t take advantage of those chances so we have to contend with the single point,” said Muluya.

Following the draw, Sharks did not bag all three points but managed to maintain their eleven-match unbeaten run which is one of the highest of any Kenyan Premier League team this season.

 

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The GoTV Shield Cup match between AFC Leopards and Bidco FC had been pushed to Wednesday 26th July 2017. The match was scheduled to be played on Sunday July 23 but in a statement on their website, Leopards notified fans of the developments. The venue of the match will now be at the Thika Municipal Stadium from 15:00.

The clash is among the eight fixtures to be played in Round of 16 of the competition which was won by Tusker FC last year. Ingwe booked a date with the former Matano club courtesy of a 2-0 win over Nairobi Stima while Bidco were winners against Rainforest FC.

``Kindly note that the GoTV Shield round of 16 match between Bidco FC vs AFC Leopards that was scheduled for Sunday 23rd July 2017 has been postponed to Wednesday 26th July 2017,'' read the statement.

 

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Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi has urged his troops to be more aggressive in their next fixtures if they are to post better results. The former Harambee Stars coach made the comments following their last match where they settled for a barren draw with Sony Sugar on Saturday July 15, 2017.

The coach noted some positives from the draw but urged his players to be more clinical infront of goal so that they can get back to winning ways.

“It was a tough game (against Sony Sugar). We showed some very positive intentions and controlled the game very well which is also very important. We just need to work on the composure in front of the goal and being more quick and aggressive. If we perfect that in the next few fixtures then we can turn the tables,'' said Kimanzi.

“Every team wants to be in a place where you enjoy. When you are at the bottom you have psychological and mental fear. You tend to overdo things just to turn the results but when you get positive results everything settles down and mentally you become better,'' he added.

Mathare United lay bottom of the Kenyan Premier League table with only 12 points after sixteen matches. The Slum Boys have not tasted a win in their last eight matches, having lost five and drawn three times. 

Their 1-0 win over Gor Mahia at the end of April this year was their last victory and prior to that, they had only won one other match which was their opening fixture of the season against fellow strugglers Thika United. 

Mathare's next league fixture will be against Kakamega Homeboyz on Saturday July 29, 2017.

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Zoo Kericho bagged three vital points at home after seeing off Chemelil Sugar 2-0 at the Kericho Green Stadium on Sunday July 16, 2017.

Kipkirui Goal

Nicholas Kipkirui who had been tasked with leading the Zoo attack in search of goals took his team ahead in the 14th minute after directing a Bernard Odhiambo cross bullet header into the net.

Chemelil keeper Jairus Adira prevented his team from falling further behind, saving Michael Madoya’s penalty in the 17th minute after Omino had committed foul inside the box.

Adira’s Dismissal

One minute to the break, Chemelil keeper Adira came out of his line to rob the ball from Odhiambo and after a reckless tackle on the Zoo man, he was given marching orders leaving Chemelil with ten men on the pitch. Moses Marita had to be sacrificed for substitute keeper Richard Aimos.

Kipkoech Goal

With Chemelil one goal and one man down, Zoo striker Ernest Kipkoech buried them with a goal in the 70th minute to all but seal victory for the home team. The result takes Zoo’s point tally to eighteen, catapulting them to the 13th position of the league table.

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Nicholas Kipkirui and Ernest Kipkoech will lead Zoo Kericho’s attack when the team tackles Chemelil Sugar on Sunday July 16, 2017 at the Kericho Green Stadium fro 15:00.

Both teams head into the match in search of a win following winless tries in their last two matches, with Chemelil losing all nine points in their last three matches. Zoo Kericho will also be seeking to flip their bad run at home where they have only manage one win out of eight matches that they have played at home. They currently sit 14th on the table standings while Chemelil are 10th with twenty one points.

Squad

Vincent Misikhu retains his place in between the sticks while Johnstone Ligare, Simon Sabiri, Dominic Ouma and Isaac Kipyegon cover him in defense. Geoffrey Gichana and Bernard Odhiambo will search for team chances from the flanks with Mmata Leonard and Michael Madoya man the midfield.

Starting XI: 19. Vincent Misikhu, 9. Johnstone Ligare, 39.Simon Sabiri  Dominic Ouma, 12. Isaac Kipyegon, 4. Mmata Leonard 18:Geofrey Gichana, 5. Michael Madoya, 10. Bernard Odhiambo, 22. Nicholas Kipkirui, 35. Ernest Kipkoech.

Subs: 1. Koko Samuel, Andrew Ongwae, 16 Danson Namasakha, 31.Akiya Stanlaus, Dennis Otieno, Kepha Ondati, 20. Mangili Selenga.

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Sofapaka and Thika United had to settle for a 0-0 draw in Round 16 of the Kenyan Premier League on Saturday July 15th at the Thika Sub County Stadium.

Sofapaka, who lost their last match to Nakumatt, desperately needed a win to console themselves while Thika United were also in search of a win to propel them out of the relegation zone. However, none of the teams was able to find the back of the net and each had to contend with one point.

The result leaves Sofapaka 6th in the table standings with twenty four points while Thika are 17th with eleven points.

At the Machakos Stadium, Kariobangi Sharks and Kakamega Homeboyz also rallied to a barren draw despite numerous scoring chances.The draw leaves Sharks placed 5th on the league table with twenty sixpoints while Homeboyz are 7th with twenty three points.

Sofapaka Starting XI: Mathias Kigonya(G)2. Willis Ouma3. Abdulatif Achicobe Omar 4. Rodgers Modest Aloro 5. Jonathan Mugabi6. Mohammed Kilume7. Hillary Echesa (Cpt)8.Bernard Mang'oli9. Umaru Kasumba10. Ali Feni11. Timothy Luda

Subs: 12. Edmond Kwanya 13. Brian Dayo Magonya14. Maurice Odipo15. Kennedy Odour16. Micheal Odour17. Ezekiel Okare18. George Opiyo.

Thika United Starting XI: Allan owini Anekaya Wilson Mieja Sammy Christopher oruchum Ongotho Suleiman Tsuma Said Lewa Denis Shami Kibwana Mukangula Eugene Iregi Benson Chibuze Longinus.

Subs: Emase Eliud Edmond Adem Mwanje Samuel Mutinda micheal Odhiambo Stephen Asad Abudalla Idah Sosthens

 

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AFC Leopards registered a hard fought and much needed 1-0 win over Bandari FC on Saturday July 15, 2017 at the Mbaraki Stadium.

The match was momentarily stopped in the opening minutes of the game after Joshua Mawira and Victor Majid got injured in separate incidents but were able to come back into the field after treatment. Mawira’s delay with the ball in the 30th minute after a volleyed pass from Kamura denied him a chance to score and take his team ahead. With the two teams locked, neither side was able to compile passes that would break down the opponent’s defense and they went into the break with the scores at 0-0.

The second half started with Vincent Oburu failing to utilize a rare chance to put the ball past keeper Oburu in a one on one situation in the 49th minute. Leopards however did not lose momentum, with Isuzza and Kitenge combining very well four minutes later but the latter saw his effort go wide. Ingwe then decided to bring in Marcellus Ingotsi for Aziz Okaka  in the 54th minute and it is the substitute whoo made all the difference in the game, scoring a beautiful goal in additional time to earn his team all three points.

The win was Leopards’ first in ten league matches and takes them to 11th on the log with nineteen points from 16 matches.

AFC Leopards Starting XI: Gabriel Andika Dennis Shikayi  Joshua Mawira Robinson Kamura Musa Mudde Aziz Okaka ( Marcellus Ingotsi) Whyvonne Isuzza Victor Majid ( Duncan Otieno)  Keziron Kizito Vincent Oburu Alexis Kitenge.

Unused Subs: Edwin Mukolwe, Haroun Nyakha Raymond Omondi

Bandari starting XI: 1. Wilson Oburu  2. Dan Otewa  3. Mohammed Siraj 4. Felly Mulumba  5. Noah Abich  6. Andrew Waiswa  7. Abdalla Hassan  8. Anthony Wambani  9. Kevin Omondi  10. Mwinyi Hassan  11. Baron Oketch ( Darius Msagha).

Unused Subs:  1. Joseph Okoth (Gk) 2. Shaban Kenga  3. Fred Nkata  4. Sunday Apudo 5. Ivan Kiweewa 7. Bernard Otieno

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Ulinzi Stars’ 2-1 win over Nakumatt FC on Saturday July 15, 2017 was enough to move them to the top of the Premier League table.

With a fair share of possession, Nakumatt looked the stronger team in the first ten minutes before Ulinzi started getting slowly into the match. Waruru tried his luck with two chances with one from a header but could not trouble the goalkeeper.

Daniel Waweru almost took the Soldiers ahead in the 31st minute after beating keeper Sammy Okinda but his effort was cleared at the goal line by Eugene Ambulwa. Ulinzi however broke the deadlock two minutes into the second half, Samuel Onyango having an easy time to put the ball into the net following Ambulwa’s blunder in defense.

Nakumatt however leveled matters through substitute Joshua Oyoo in the 59th minute to take the game rolling once again. It is the Soldiers who had the last laugh, Omar Mbongi’s thunderous header in the 87th minute sealing the win for Nyangweso’s charges to go top of the league table.

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Kariobangi Sharks have named the starting eleven that will clash with Kakamega Homeboyz in Round 16 of the Kenyan Premier League on Saturday July 15, 2017.

Taya Odongo and Sanneh Ebrinah start in striking with Michael Bodo, Sven Yidah, Patilla Omoto, Elli Asieche and Duke Abuya manning the midfield. Sharks captain Geoffrey Shiveka will partner in defense with Jeff Oyemba, Paul Kamau and Pascal Ogweno.

Starting XI: Jeff Oyemba, Paul Kamau, Geoffrey Shiveka (c), Pascal Ogweno, Michael Bodo, Sven Yidah, Patilla Omoto, Elli Asieche, Duke Abuya, Mathew Tayo Odongo, Ebrimma Sanneh

Subs: Robert Mboya, Wycliffe Otieno, Christopher Kimathi, Ibrahim Kitawi, Ovella Ochieng, Cavin Odongo, Masoud Juma

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Ulinzi Stars have made several changes in their squad that is facing  Nakumatt FC on Saturday July 15, 2017 in Ruaraka. Jactone Odhiambo, Omar Mbongi and John Kago have all been handed starting berths in Saturday’s fixture.

Starting XI: Odhiambo Jactone, Brian Birgen, Mohammed Hassan, Geofrey Kokoyo, Omar Mbongi  John Kago Boniface  Onyango, Churchil Muloma, Samwel  Onyango, Daniel Waweru, Stephen Waruru.

Subs: James Saruni, Oliver Rutto Cyrus Shitote, Sande Ben, Moses Otieno, Ochieng Enosh, cliff Kasuti,

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AFC Leopards have released their starting lineup to face Bandari FC on Saturday July 15, 2017 at the Mbaraki Stadium fro 15:00.

Duncan Otieno will start from the bench as Gabriel Andika has been given a starting berth in goal. Azizi Okaka, who scored in his first match for AFC Leopards will partner in midfield with Victor Majid, Whyvonne Issuza and Keziron Kizito while Vincent Oburu and Aleis Kitenge lead them team upfront in search of goals.

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Gabriel Andika,  Dennis Shikayi , Joshua Mawira, Robinson Kamura, Musa Mudde, Aziz Okaka, Whyvonne Isuzza, Victor Majid , Keziron Kizito,  Vincent Oburu,  Alexis Kitenge

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Edwin Mukolwe, Duncan Otieno, Haroun Nyakha, Raymond Omondi, Marcellus Ingotsi

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Posta Rangers coach Sammy `Pamzo' Omollo has expressed his relief in his side's 2-1 win over Nzoia United despite finishing the match with only nine men on the pitch. Dennis Mukaisi's strike and Joseph Mbugi's penalty sealed the win for Rangers, with Patrick Kwitonda netting the only goal for Nzoia. 

Rangers were reduced to ten men in the 28th minute after Luke Ochieng was sent off for punching Vincent Ngesa. They were further lessened in the 90th minute after keeper Patrick Matasi being shown a second yellow card for time wasting.

All Was Fair

Pamzo is however not disagreeing on the two red cards they received, saying that duo's sending off was deserved due to committing unacceptable offenses in football. `` All I can say about the red cards is that they were fair. If you look at Luke Ochieng's red, he was given because of punching an opponent which is totally unacceptable in football. Matasi was also show the first yellow card for time wasting in the first half but continued with the same habit in the second half when we were well on top. So the referee's decisions are final and I don't dispute them,'' said Pamzo.

Happy For The Win

The coach then revealed his happiness in the win and the three points. `` All in all, I am happy because we came out with a win and three very important points. Given that Luke was shown a red card very early in the match, not many teams can manage to be with only nine players and still win. So I congratulate my players for the job well done.''

The 2-1 win over Nzoia propelled Posta Rangers to the summit of the league table with 29 points, one above Gor Mahia and Tusker FC.

 

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Tusker FC assistant coach Francis Baraza has admitted that Friday's 1-0 loss to Western Stima was painful but insists that they must recover quickly and prepare for their next match which is against Posta Rangers.

 Debutant Godfrey Villa Oromochan's goal in the 28th minute proved to be the sole difference between the two teams, denying Tusker a chance to go top of the table. The goal also lifted Western Stima from bottom place to 16th on the log with fourteen points.

Speaking to KS, Baraza gave credit to their opponents for the good game they displayed and also defended his side saying that they did all they could.

``First of all I have to give credit to Western Stima because they played good football today. They utilized the little chances they got but we did not do the same and that was the difference in the match. But our players also played well and we have to encourage them to do better in the next match.''

However much the loss hurt, Baraza also urged his players to accept it and prepare well for theirn next match against Posta Rangers. ``It's true that the loss hurts but we have to accept it and move on. We have a very crucial match next which is against Posta Rangers so we have to prepare well,'' he said.

The loss leaves Tusker 3rd on the log with 28 points, one point behind leaders and their next opponents Posta Rangers.

 

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Posta Rangers managed a 2-1 win over Nzoia Sugar despite finishing the match with nine men on the pitch on Friday July 14, 2017 at the Ruaraka Stadium. The win pivoted them from 4th place to the summit of the table with twenty nine points.

Rangers started the match as the stronger side and their efforts were rewarded in the 23rd minute by a 20-yard screamer from Dennis Mukaisi to make the scores 1-0. They were however reduced to ten men five minutes later, with the referee showing a yellow card to Luke Ochieng for a punch on Vincent Ngesa only to revise his decision and give the Rangers man a red card.

Pamzo then had to make a tactical change and rest Likono for Austin Ochieng. Shortly after, Nzoia's Victor Omondi missed a glorious chance to pull his team level in the 40th minute after his effort hit the woodwork from less than a yard from goal.

Second Half

Two minutes into the second half, Patrick Matasi was shown a yellow card for time wasting. Luke Namanda and Brian Yakhama were then introduced by Mwalala to cancel out Rangers' lead. The mailmen however double their lead from the spot in the 74th minute, Joseph Mbugi converting the spot kick after Edwin Wafula had brought down Titus Achesa.

Matasi Red Card

Patrick Kwitonda latched to a pass pulled one back for Nzoia in the 87th minute and Rangers received a further scare three minutes later when keeper Patrick Matasi was shown a second yellow card for time wasting, reducing them to nine men on the pitch. Jerry Santo had to stand in goal for Rangers but they were lucky to maintain the lead and bag three vital points.

Nzoia Starting XI: 23.Mustapha Oduor 14.Edwin Wafula 26. Festus Okiring, 28. Brian Otieno, 34. Vincent Ngesa (C), 04.Peter Gin 02. Stephen Wakanya 24.Lawrence Juma 20.Masita Masuta 08.Edger Nzano 32.Victor Omondi 

Subs: 15.Humphrey Katasi ,16.Hillary Wandera ,22.Elvis Ronack, 12.Luke Namanda, 07.Collins Wakhungu, 18. Patrick Kwitonda, 21.Brian Yakhama

 

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Kenyan Premier League leaders Tusker FC were on Friday July 14th handed a frustrating 1-0 defeat by bottom-placed Western Stima to miss a glorious chance of reclaiming the top spot of the table. Stima had gone into the match having won only one match in their last thirteen while Tusker had won three games in a row.

Winning Goal

28 minutes into his debut, Ugandan international Godfrey Villa Oromochan managed to break the Tusker defense and score to take Western Stima 1-0 up. Tusker then started frantically searching for an equalizer, with David Mwangi and Khamati's headers going way off the mark to take the two teams into half time with Stima leading.

Second Half

In the second half, George Nsimbe decided to ring an early change in the attack by bringing in Clifford Alwanga for Jackson Macharia in the 49th minute. Duncan Ochieng spared Tusker more blushes in the 53rd minute by producing a superb save to deny the home team a second goal that would have been very disastrous to the Brewers. 

John Oruko replaced Ezekiel Otuoma in Stima's first substitution of the game as Henry Omino sought to freshen up the attack and seal the victory with another goal. Tusker also threw in Allan Wanga and Abdul Hassan for Khamati and Mwangi late on in a frenzied effort to salvage even a point from Kisumu. Dunco was the man again to their rescue in the 84th minute with another beautiful save to deny Stima another goal. The Brewers camped in the opponent's box in the additional minutes but were unable to find the back of the net, bowing out in a frustrating 1-0defeat.

Tusker Starting XI: Duncan Ochieng,Collins Shivachi,David Mwangi, Marlon Tangauzi, James Situma, Hashim Sempala, Humphrey Mieno, Jackson Macharia, Boniface Muchiri, Paul Odhiambo, Michael Khamati,

Subs: David Okello, Eugine Asike, Martin Kizza, Abdul Hassan,Brian Osumba, Clifford Alwanga, Allan Wanga

Western Stima Starting XI: Stephen Odhiambo, Geoffrey Ochieng, Mukisa Junior, Evans Kiwanuka, Maurice Ojwang', Bernard Ondiek, Brian Marita, Okoth Kevin, Ezekiel Otuoma, Fredrick Shimonyo, Godfrey Villa Oromochan

Subs: Gad Mathews, Fredrick Nyarombo, Oruko John, Oduor Kevin, Bagala Sula

 

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Nzoia United have released the squad that will clash with Posta Rangers on Friday July 14, 2017 at the Ruaraka Grounds. The match which kicks off at 15:00 is the 16th game of the for the two sides.

On goal for Nzoia will be Mustapha Oduor who will be provided cover by Edwin Wafula,  Festus Okiring, Brian Otieno and Vincent Ngesa in defense. Vicor Omondi starts as the sole striker in Friday's match.

Starting XI: 23.Mustapha Oduor 14.Edwin Wafula 26. Festus Okiring, 28. Brian Otieno, 34. Vincent Ngesa (C), 04.Peter Gin 02. Stephen Wakanya 24.Lawrence Juma 20.Masita Masuta 08.Edger Nzano 32.Victor Omondi 

Subs: 15.Humphrey Katasi ,16.Hillary Wandera ,22.Elvis Ronack, 12.Luke Namanda, 07.Collins Wakhungu, 18. Patrick Kwitonda, 21.Brian Yakhama

 

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Tusker FC striker Allan Wanga will start from the bench in his team's Friday match against Western Stima at the Moi Stadium. Boniface Muchiri has however been handed a starting place, his first league start since signing for the defending champions.

Duncan Ochiend starts in goal while Collins Shivachi,David Mwangi, Marlon Tangauzi and James Situma cover him in defense. Hashim Sempala and Humphrey Mieno will man the midfield as Boniface Muchiri and Paul Odhiambo attack from the flanks. Michael Khamati has been tasked with leading the team in search of goals upfront.

Starting XI: Duncan Ochieng,Collins Shivachi,David Mwangi, Marlon Tangauzi, James Situma, Hashim Sempala, Humphrey Mieno, Jackson Macharia, Boniface Muchiri, Paul Odhiambo, Michael Khamati,

Subs: David Okello, Eugine Asike, Martin Kizza, Abdul Hassan,Brian Osumba, Clifford Alwanga, Allan Wanga

 

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Posta Rangers coach Sammy `Pamzo' Omollo is confident that his side will triumph over Nzoia United in their match on Friday July, 2017. The two teams are set to face off in Ruaraka from 15:00 in Round 16 of the Kenyan Premier League.

A win for Rangers who are 4th on the log will see them go top of the table if Tusker  FC lose in their match against Western Stima. Pamzo is positive that they can win and go to the top, admitting however that Nzoia are not an easy team to beat.

Out for a win

``Nzoia are not an easy side to beat as you have seen from their performance this season because they are playing very well and have good players. I am however confident that we can win the match as we have done enough preparation and the players are eager to play today (Friday),'' said Pamzo.

``If we win today, we will go straight to the top of the table. I am not considering Tusker's result because I only want good results on our side,'' he added.

Could be avoided

The vastly experienced coach also lamented on the unavailability of defender Simon Mbugua, insisting that his injury would have been avoided if Stanley Okumbi and his assistants would have followed the agreement they had with him. Mbugua picked up a knock on Tuesday in KPL AllStars' friendly against Rangers where he was playing  for the KPL select side.

Pamzo revealed to KS that they had an agreement in which Simon Mbugua was to play for only 45 minutes, but the national team coaches ended up playing him in the whole match.

``Mbugua's injury could have been avoided because we had agreed that he plays for only 45 minutes. He however ended up being played for the whole game which is not good as he is expected to travel to Spain. National team coaches should learn to liaise with the club coaches so as to avoid incidents like this in the future.''

 

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Tusker FC will be seeking to reclaim the top spot of the Kenyan Premier League when the visit Western Stima on Friday July 14, 2017 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

Tusker

Tusker, who are level on points with leaders Gor Mahia are sure that a victory of any kind will propel them to the summit of the league and will be using Stima's unwanted performances as a motivation in Friday's match.

The Nsimbe-led charges have won three league matches on the trot and another victory will double their confidence in the pursuit of title defense. In fifteen matches, they have recorded eight wins, four draws and three losses to earn them twenty eight points.

Tusker's biggest win this season was a 2-0 trouncing of Mathare United, with their biggest defeat being a 5-2 humiliation in the hands of Nzoia United. The team has managed to score a total 17 goals and has conceded 13.

Western Stima

Lying bottom of the league table, Western Stima will be hoping for good results in Friday's match against Tusker lest they continue falling further into the relegation hole. 

Stima have only managed one win in their last 13 matches which is the worst run for any team in the KPL this season. In fifteen matches, they have managed two wins, five draws and eight losses with their biggest win being a 3-2 win over fellow strugglers Mathare United back in May.

 

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Posta Rangers defender Simon Mbugua will miss his team's match against Nzoia United on Friday July 14, 2017 at the Ruaraka Sports Complex.

Mbugua, who was involved in KPL AllStar's friendly against his team picked up a knock during the game and Rangers coach Sammy `Pamzo' Omollo has said that he will not risk involving the player on Friday.

The match which is expected to kick off at 15:00 will feature two teams which are desperate to come out of their recent slump in form.

Posta Rangers

At the start of the season, Posta Rangers were termed as serious title contenders after going nine matches without a loss. Recent results have however made them among the forgotten in the race for the Kenyan Premier League title.

With six consecutive matches without a win, the mailmen have dropped to 4th in the table standings having picked up only five points out of a possible eighteen. Posta Rangers have also found goals hard to come by, with their biggest victory being a 1-0 win. They have managed to score a total of 13 goals and have conceded 8 in the process. They have however recorded an impressive 8 clean sheets in the 15 matches they have played and will be hoping to add Friday's match in that tally.

A win for Posta Rangers will take them to the top of the Kenyan Premier League table, hoping that Tusker FC lose in their match against Western Stima.

Nzoia United

Nzoia have also been struggling with form of late, having only won one of their last eight matches and a win against Posta Rangers will come as a huge relief to them. 

They have recorded four wins, six draws and five losses in the 15 matches that they have played and currently sit 11th on the log with eighteen points.

Their biggest win was a 5-2 demolition of defending champions Tusker and have managed four clean sheets.

 

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The Kenyan Premier League resumes this weekend, with Posta Rangers playing Nzoia Sugar in Ruaraka on Friday July 14, 2017. The match against the two teams will start at 15:00

Posta Rangers will be looking to rediscover their form which has eluded them since being displaced off the top spot in the table standings. The mailmen remain winless in their last six league matches, having drawn five and lost one. Having not been involved in last weekend's GoTV fixtures, they arranged for a friendly against the Spain-bound KPL AllStar team on Tuesday at the Camp Toyoyo where they drew 1-1. The result will motivate them to perform better when they face Nzoia United.

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Everton FC overcame Gor Mahia 2-1 in a friendly match played on Thursday July 13, 2017 at the Tanzania Stadium. The match was the highlight of the SportPesa Super Cup played in Tanzania in which Gor Mahia emerged as champions amid eight teams from Kenya and Tanzania. It was also to celebrate Everton’s record partnership with betting firm SportPesa.

Gor Mahia started the match as the stronger team, connecting a string of passes as they sought to open up the Everton defense. In the 8th minute, Muguna chose to try his luck with an ambitious shot from the left flank but it was nowhere near the post. Everton then started getting into the match, with Rooney seen in action for the first time in the 12th minute when he stepped up to take a free kick outside the box but the ball went straight into Oluoch’s hands.

Ernest Wendo’s involvement in the rare match ended earlier than expected after he suffered a thigh injury in the 18th minute and was forced to come off. Following Wendo’s injury, Gor Mahia had to play with ten men on the pitch until he was replaced by Philemon Otieno in the 23rd minute. Meddie Kagere’s pacy skills created a chance out of nothing for Ko’galo in the 28th minute, with the Rwandan striker navigating his way past several Everton midfielders to set up Nizigiyimana with a skillful pass but the latter’s effort was cut away for a corner.

Kagere almost took Gor ahead in the 33rd minute after a loose ball fell on his feet only for his strike to be blocked by Callum Colney. In his first match for Everton since his return, Wayne Rooney made the stadium burst into celebrations in the 35th minute after his 25-yard strike went flying to the top-left corner past Boniface Oluoch to take the Toffees 1-0 up. The fans had however not fully settled down when Gor leveled the scores two minutes later courtesy of Jacques Tuyisenge’s bullet header from a Kenneth Muguna cross. The first half ended with the scores tied at 1-1.

Second Half

The second half started with a different Everton side and several new Gor Mahia players including Francis Kahata. Gor made further substitutions ten minutes into the second half with Fredrick Odhiambo and Timothy Otieno coming in for Boniface Oluoch and Meddie Kagere. The new set of Everton players seemed to have more confidence, dictating the play while trying to catch Gor Mahia on the counter attack through Kevin Mirallas.

Harun Shakava produced a superb goal line clearance in the 63rd minute to deny Idiss Gueye a goal after the rebound had found the Everton man. Quick attacks in Gor Mahia goal followed thereafter but their defense were up to task to clear any danger. The Green Army continued with substitutions, John Ndirangu and Wellington Ochieng replacing Jacques Tuyisenge and Musa mohammed respectively.

Winning Goal

Kieran Dowle was unfortunate not to get into the score sheet in the 80th minute, his strike hitting the woodwork after being fed by Mirallas. He however redeemed himself two minutes later, directing the ball into the net after a pass from Tom Davies to take Everton 2-1 up.

The last substitution for Gor Mahia saw Oliver Maloba come in for Philemon Otieno. Everton managed to maintain the lead and emerged winners of the much awaited match.
 

 

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Wayne Rooney will be in the starting lineup for Everton’s clash against Gor Mahia on Thursday July 13, 2017 from 17:00.

Rooney will lead the team upfront, with Davy Klassen just behind him. Aaron Lennon and Ademola Lookman will be on the flanks while Morgan Schneiderlin and James McCarthy man the midfield. Maarten Stekelenburg start in between the sticks with Ashley Williams, Phil Jagielka, Callum Conolly and Jonoe Kenny provide cover in defense.

Starting XI: Maarten Stekelenburg, Ashley Williams, Phil Jagielka, Callum Conolly, Jonoe Kenny,  while Morgan Schneiderlin, James McCarthy, Aaron Lennon, Ademola Lookman, Davy Klassen, Wayne Rooney.

Subs: Mateusz Hewelt, Leighton Baines, Michael Keane, Tom Davis, Kevin Mirallas, Mathew Pennington, Calvert-Lewin, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Gareth Barry, Muhamed Besic, Kieran Dowell

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Kenyan Premier League leaders Gor Mahia have released the squad that will face Everton on Thursday July 13, 2017 at the Tanzania National Stadium. The match which is set to kick off at 17:00 will be broadcasted live on SS3, SS10 and ktn.
While Gor Mahia coach is intending to field all players in that match, the substitutions will be greatly dependent on the first half results. Boniface Oluoch starts in goal while Godfrey Walusimbi, Musa Mohammed, Haron Shakava and Karim Niziyimana will pair up in defense.
Ernest Wendo and Kenneth Muguna will hold up the midfield, with Ernest Wendo and Boniface Omondi assisting them from the flanks. Meddie Kagere and  Jacques Tuyisenge will lead the team upfront in search of goals.
Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch, Godfrey Walusimbi, Musa Mohammed, Haron Shakava, Karim Niziyimana, Ernest Wendo, Kenneth Muguna, George Odhiambo, Meddie Kagere, Jacques Tuyisenge, Boniface Omondi
Second Half squad: Peter Odhiambo, Innocent Wafula, Mike Simiyu, Wellington Ochieng, Joachim Oluoch, Philemon Otieno, Francis Kahata, Jean Baptiste, Oliver Maloba, Jeconia Uyoga, Timothy Otieno

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Gor Mahia and Everton coaches have both stated that they will field all their players in the match that is slated for Thursday July 13, 2017.

Thursday’s clash against Everton will be Dylan Kerr’s first in charge of Gor Mahia since joining the club and he has categorically stated that he will field all 26 players so that he can analyze each one of them.

“We are taking 26 players and I will use all of them because it’s a friendly. It will give me time to see their characters, personalities, fitness levels, individual identity and whether they can play as a team in a different style,” said Kerr.

He is also hopeful of beating Koeman’s Everton given his knowledge of English football. ``With my knowledge of English and African football, hopefully I can get one up against their coach Ronald Koeman. I don’t know how far they are in their pre-season and I urge Gor Mahia fans to get behind the team.’’

Out for a win

On his part, Everton coach Ronald Koeman revealed that all of his players will get atleast 45 minutes on the pitch, also stressing that they will be heading into Thursday’s match in search of a win.

``The most important thing is how we start our pre-season. It is about what we need to do to get to our best at our football and physical levels. This is our first friendly and everybody will be involved for 45 minutes in the game. You play football to win and we will do that in Tanzania,’’ said the former Southampton manager.

Everton Squad:  Maarten Stekelenburg, Mateusz Hewelt, Chris Renshaw, Tom Davies, Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams, Callum Connolly, Jonjoe Kenny, Michael Keane, Muhamed Besic, Leighton Baines, Morgan Schneiderlin, James McCarthy, Davy Klaassen, Gareth Barry, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Joe Williams, Kieran Dowell, Kevin Mirallas, Wayne Rooney, Aaron Lennon, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ademola Lookman, Matthew Pennington, Yannick Bolasie.

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Everton FC left-back Leighton Baines was left reeling from the warm welcome that they were accorded when they touched down in Tanzania. Everton are set to face Kenyan Premier League leaders Gor Mahia on Thursday in their first pre-season match.

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On Saturday July 15, 2017, the Ruaraka Stadium will host two Kenyan Premier League matches, with both being aired live by Bamba Sports.

Nakumatt FC host Ulinzi Stars at 14:00, paving way for the clash between Mathare United and Sony Sugar from 16:15 at the same venue. Timam Events & Ticketing Limited Company who are in charge of ticketing have announced a flat rate of Ksh.200 for the two matches. The tickets will be sold outside the stadium from as early as 9:00.

 

 

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Harambee Stars coach Stanley Okumbi who is in charge of the select KPL side that is set to visit Spain for friendlies has named the final squad that will make the trip.

Among those dropped are  Posta Rangers goalkeeper Farouk Shikhalo and Kariobangi Sharks defender Bolton Omwenga. Gor Mahia duo of Boniface Oluoch and Musa Mohammed who are currently in Tanzania with the club ahead of their match with Everton will be joining the KPL select team later.

Robinson Kamura of AFC Leopards and Sofapaka's Wesley Onguso are the only players who have been retained from the team that played with Hull City earlier this year, with Simon Mbugua and Maurice Ojwang joining them in the defensive fold. Leopards youngster Vincent Oburu will lead the striking role assisted by Ulinzi's Samuel Onyango and Nzoia's Victor Omondi.

The team is scheduled to leave the country on Sunday July 16, 2017 and will play two friendlies on July 19 and July 22nd. The team will then jet back on Tuesday July 25.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Mathias Kigonya (Sofapaka), Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia)

Defenders: Robinson Kamura (AFC Leopards), Musa Mohamed (Gor Mahia), Wesley Onguso (Sofapaka), Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers), Maurice Ojwang (Western Stima).

Midfielders: Benson Iregi (Thika United), Clinton Kisiavuki (Nakumatt FC), Jackson Macharia (Tusker), Victor Majid (AFC Leopards), Boniface Muchiri (Tusker), Ovella Ochieng (Kariobangi Sharks), Omotto Patillah (Kariobangi Sharks), Wendo Ernest (Gor Mahia).

Strikers: Vincent Oburu (AFC Leopards), Victor Omondi (Nzoia Sugar), Onyango Samuel (Ulinzi Stars).

 

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Hours after departing from Nairobi on Tuesday morning,Kenyan Premier League leaders Gor Mahia have arrived in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania safely.

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New Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr has revealed that he was inspired to take up the job by former Gor Mahia and Harambee Stars coach Bobby Williamson. Kerr, who played under Williamson while at Kilmarnock FC signed a two-year renewable deal with the Kenyan Premier League leaders.

Speaking to KS during the unveiling ceremony, the 50-year old coach said that he was persuaded to work for Gor Mahia by Williamson and goalkeeping coach Iddi Salim who he worked with while in Tanzania.

``As soon I was asked through former coach Iddi (Salim) whom I think you all know, I said to him I'd swim to Kenya to coach this fantastic club. It's not only because of the reputation of this club but what my former manager who I used to play for (Bobby Williamson) speaks very highly of the national team and Gor Mahia because he coached here a while back. Before I came, I messaged Bobby and he said take the job. As simple as that,'' said Kerr.

``But in my heart, I already knew from working with coach Iddi and from speaking with CEO Aduda that it was the right decision so I'm very happy to be here,'' he added.

Kerr will be in charge of the team for the first time on Thursday July 13, 2017 when Gor Mahia face English side Everton FC in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

 

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The KPL AllStar team was on Tuesday held to a 1-1 draw by Kenyan Premier League side Posta Rangers in a friendly match played at the Camp Toyoyo on Tuesday June 11, 2017.

The friendly match served as preparation for the KPL select side who are set to depart for Spain on Monday, July 17, 2017. In Spain, the team will play two matches against Cordoba CF and  Sevilla Atletico on July 19th and 22nd respectively. Both teams ply their trade in the  LaLiga 123 which is the second division in Spanish football.

After a goalless first half, Edwin Mwaura took Posta Rangers ahead in the 65th minute with his strike. Ovella Ochieng however leveled the scores for the KPL Allstar team to ensure a 1-1 score line at the end of the match.

The friendly was also a boost for Posta Rangers, who have not been in action for more than a week as they were not involved in the weekend's GoTV matches. The Pamzo led side started the season emphatically but have not won any of their last six matches, registering five draws and one loss to sit 4th on the table with 26 points.

 

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Kenya will be represented by the selected KPL AllStar team in the upcoming  2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN). This is according to Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa.

CHAN is a football tournament held after every two years and is played between the best national teams of Africa, exclusively featuring players who are active in the national championships and qualified to play in the ongoing season. The 2018 edition will be hosted by Kenya or the first time since its inception.

Speaking during the unveiling of the KPL AllStar team that is set to travel to Spain for friendlies, Nick Mwendwa said that they are nurturing the selected players for the 2018 CHAN and the future Harambee Stars squad. Most of the selected squad is made up of young players aged under 23.

``Let me tell you today that these players you see here are the ones that will represent us at the CHAN next year.  A few may be reduced and others might be added but a majority of these players are the ones who will take part in that competition.''

``They are young players, they have the desire to develop into better players and they also have the passion of representing our country. So we will nurture them so that they can represent us in the future,'' added Mwendwa.

 

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The Kenyan sporting industry got a reprieve on Monday after SportPesa CEO Capt. Ronald Karauri sought to allay fears that the betting firm was on the verge of closing its business in the country.

Of late, there have been many talks of SportPesa shifting base to Tanzania or the United Kingdom (UK) in a move that could lead to loss of hundreds of jobs. This is due to the law prescribing a 35 per cent turnover tax for the industry.

Until mid-June, lotteries were taxed at 5%, betting firms at 7.5%, casino gambling at 12% and competitions like raffles at 15%. In the 2017/2018 budget, Treasury cabinet secretary Henry Rotich had proposed a 50% tax, reasoning that the rapid growth in gambling activities have negatively affected the youth in the country. The 50% was then revised by Parliament to 35%, which is still not survivable according the SportPesa boss.

According to the Business Daily, Karauri had earlier in the week stated that were it not for the presence of the firm in Tanzania and the UK, they would have shut down the business. SportsPesa Global chief executive officer (CEO) Gerasim Nikolov had also said that the ultimate effect of them shifting operations from here will be wide, considering the various business that depend on this industry.

Be calm

Karauri  on Monday however quelled those fears, insisting that SportPesa is in the country to stay and that they will not be closing business soon. ``I have been misquoted in very many forums and I would like to explain myself as soon as possible. We have not said that we will close business in Kenya. Our statements were to protest the new tax that has been imposed on the industry.''

``It's not only us but no business can survive the 35% taxation. Our cost of doing business will be greatly affected and we have to consider the impact on operating besides partnerships. We however will not be closing any shops anytime soon unless the whole industry collapses before us. So there should be no worries of SportPesa moving to another country because we are in Kenya to stay,'' he added.

SportPesa is sponsoring various sports organizations in Kenya such as  AFC Leopards, Gor Mahia, Nakuru AllStars,the Kenya Boxing League, rugby teams, Women Premier League and the Kenyan Premier League.

 

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The Football Kenya Federation and FIFA have come together in a partnership that will see the two sports bodies deliver sports equipment to schools across the country.

Speaking during the unveiling of the KPL Allstar team that is set to visit Spain for friendlies, Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa revealed that the program will start in October this year. ``We have agreed to a partnership with FIFA that will see us distribute sports equipment to over 23,000 schools across the country. These will include balls, beeps, kits and sports shoes among other things.''

``I understand that LaLiga, who are our most recent partners also want to joint this initiative and I would like to tell them that they are very welcomed. Schools will start getting these equipment from October this year and we are targeting schools from all over the country,'' he added.

Clear The Air

The FKF boss also sought to quash recent talk that the organization has of late been sluggish on its job, insisting that they are doing everything to see football in Kenya prosper.

``Recently, we have seen and read all kinds of stories that the organization is not doing its job and that I am at loggerheads with some sports leaders. I would however like to say that everyone is free to say what they want but as FKF, we are doing everything in our power to see that football succeeds in this country. Look at all the recent partnerships we have accrued, we have managed to bring back Safaricom with Chapa Dimba, matches are also coming back on tv from this weekend and now the initiative to supply schools with sports equipment. I was in Nyeri for the school games and I saw very much talent and we want to nurture those talents.''

``I would like to say that wherever you see football in this country, just know that FKF is there and so those rumours that you are hearing about are false,'' he added.

 

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Gor Mahia’s new head coach Dylan Kerr was finally unveiled by the club on Monday July 10, 2017. Dylan, who arrived in the country early Sunday morning will coach the team for the first time on Thursday when they face English side Everton FC in Tanzania.

Speaking during the unveiling ceremony, Kerr said that he was persuaded to take up the job by former Gor Mahia goalkeeping coach Iddi Salim who he worked with while in Tanzania. He was encouraged by former Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson. ``Bobby told me how great this team is and how passionate both the players and fans are in winning titles and I decided to the challenge.’’

``I want to thank the club management for believing in me and supporting me and assure them that I will do everything to see the team succeed,’’ he added.

On his part, Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier said that the team will support Kerr in any way to ensure the team’s success. ``We want to assure the new coach that he has our full support and we are hoping that we will be with him for a long time. As you know, Gor Mahia does not fire coaches. All coaches leave at their own will and we cannot deny any of them their request if the wish to leave. The last coach we fired was Anaba Awono and his technical bench where we did a massive clear-out.’’

``So we want to keep Kerr for the first two years as per the contract and then we can extend it to many more,’’ added Rachier.

Gor Mahia leave the country on Monday for Tanzania where they are scheduled to play Everton FC on Thursday 13th July at the national stadium. Gor Mahia got the rare chance after emerging winners of the inaugural SportPesa Super Cup.

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National team Harambee Stars Head Coach Stanley Okumbi who is in charge of the selected KPL AllStar team has said that the final squad that will go to Spain will be announced on Wednesday July 12th. The team will consist of 18 players and a couple of officials including outgoing KPL Chairman Ambrose Rachier.

Before leaving the country, the KPL AllStar team will hold training in Camp Toyoyo on Monday afternoon before playing a friendly against Posta Rangers on Tuesday at the same venue.

On Wednesday July 19, 2017 at 10pm local time, the team is scheduled to play Spanish side Cordoba CF who now ply their trade in the second division LaLiga 123. They will then play their second match against Sevilla B team Sevilla Atletico on Saturday July 22, 2017 at 10pm local time. Both matches will be staged in Andalucia. K24 and Bamba Sports are some of the channels that will air the matches live.

Speaking at a conference on Monday, coach Stanley Okumbi said that he had difficulties in team selection mostly due to lack of documentations and passports for some players. ``I had a very difficult time choosing 20 players from about 400 players who are very talented and up to the task. There are however some players who are very good but do not have the necessary documents to travel so next time I would urge the organization to sort out the documentation process early enough.’’

La Liga Delegate for Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda Oliver Dodd said that apart from the matches, the travelling players will also attend seminars on football matters. “Other than the friendly matches, the other members of the delegation will attend seminars on youth academies, stadia safety and security and club licensing among other topics relating to modern day football management.”

On his part, outgoing KPL chairman Ambrose Rachier thanked the sponsors for making this project a reality and urged the players to make full use of the opportunity. ``We are here exactly two months marshaling the partnership and this is just the first milestone. Dan and myself will be among the delegation so the players should know that we are not going there for tourism but to play.’’

`` For players, it’s an opportunity to showcase themselves. You never know, next year you might be playing against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. I thank our sponsors SportPesa and LaLiga for this very invaluable partnership,’’ added Rachier.

 

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