Airtel Signs New 10 Billion Sponsorship Deal With Uganda Cranes

Telecommunication giants Airtel Uganda have renewed their sponsorship deal as the main sponsors of Uganda Cranes.

This comes shortly after the expiration of the initial pact that had been signed on October 23rd, 2013 to last for four years. The new four year, Ugshs 10 Billion deal is an improvement of the previous one which totaled  Uganda shillings 4 billion, of which 3.8 billion was channeled to the Uganda Cranes and the other 400 million for two domestic competitions; the Uganda Cup and the FUFA Big league.

In an unveiling ceremony held on Monday morning at the Kampala Serena hotel, new Airtel Uganda Managing Director VG Somasekhar stated that the company is committed to continue supporting  the development of Ugandan football right from the grassroots community level.

Other projects being sponsored by the telecommunication firm in the country include the famous Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) programme, Buganda Masaza cup, Kabaka birthday run and a couple of other sports.

 

 

 

Sliders tactician Felix Okoth has lamented on his side's number of wasted chances, stating that that is the sole reason why they were forced to a 2-2 draw by Vikings on Sunday November 19 at the City Park Stadium.

Charity Miller had taken Sliders ahead in the 12th minute but her goal was cancelled out by Grace Onimbo's strike fourteen minutes. Aurelia then took Vikings up for the first time in the match in 42nd minute and just as the game seemed to be going to their direction, Slider's substitute Christine Mmbone stroke late on to rescue atleast a point for her team. 

The match was however largely dominated by Sliders, who unfortunately failed to convert most of the chances they got even from close range.

``This match has been different from the last one because our energy at some point went low despite having lots of chances to convert and get a win. So I personally believe that we have room for improvement and we will definitely have a different approach to the next matches,'' said Okoth.

Up next for Sliders, who are currently sixth on the log with 21 points, is a match against Chase Amira on Sunday December 3, 2017 at the City Park Stadium.

 

 

FIFA has dished out life bans to the former presidents of the Guam, Nicaraguan and Venezuelan football associations for corruption, its ethics committee has announced.

An investigation into ex-Guam FA boss Richard Lai, a former Asian Football Confederation (AFC) official and FIFA committee member, was opened this April when he pleaded guilty to fraud in the United States.

Lai's case is significant for two reasons: one, it represents the first time the US-led investigation into football-related corruption has extended beyond the Americas; and two, because it implicates one of the most powerful men in sports politics, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.

Sheikh Ahmad was not explicitly named in the Department of Justice case against Lai but the court papers clearly referred to him as the source of bribes paid to the Guam FA boss in return for support in AFC and FIFA elections. Sheikh Ahmad denies any wrongdoing.

The Kuwaiti resigned from his football positions - including a seat on the FIFA Council - a few days after Lai's plea but he is still a major player in Olympic circles and was instrumental in getting Thomas Bach and Gianni Infantino elected as presidents of the International Olympic Committee and FIFA respectively.

As well as the ban for Lai, former Venezuelan FA chief Rafael Esquivel and ex-Nicaraguan FA president Julio Rocha have also been banned from all football-related activities for life.

The ethics committee investigations into Esquivel and Rocha started in May 2015 when they pleaded guilty to fraud charges in the US, related to the awarding of broadcasting and marketing contracts.

These latest sanctions from FIFA come while three more ex-South American football bosses - Peru's Manuel Burga, Brazilian Jose Maria Marin and Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay - are on trial in New York having pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud, money-laundering and racketeering.

Now in its second week, their trial has already generated some remarkable headlines - including an alleged assassination of a businessman in Mexico and the suicide of an Argentinian official implicated in court - as well as shedding more light on how TV contracts and even World Cups have been awarded in recent years.

Ahead of their UEFA Champions league match against Liverpool, Sevilla have received a major setback, with dependable defender being ruled out of the tie even as they welcomed two others from injury.

Zambia national U20 head coach has revealed a 24-man provisional squad that will start training in readiness for the 2017 COSAFA Under-20 Championships that will take place in Kitwe, Zambia  from December 6-16.

The youngest player in the team is midfielder John Mulalangabo, who is just past his 14th birthday. Zambia will be seeking to reclaim the regional title which they won in 2016 after downing South Africa 2-1. They are also the most successful team in the tourney, having lifted the trophy ten times ahead of Zimbabwe who are second with six titles.

Zambia provisional squad

Goalkeepers: Prince Bwalya, Bradley Mweene, Benson Mwale

Defenders: Andrew Phiri, Victor Kasokola, Justine Mwanza, Kingsley Hakwiya, Jonathan Kapelembe, Hillary Mwiinga

Midfielders: Clinton Lubula, Prince Mumba, Muma Mumba, Niza Simutenda, Chanda Mukuka, John Mulalangabo, Ngosa Sunzu, Benson Kolala, Harry Milanzi

Forwards: Gamphani Jones Lungu, Godfrey Chanda, Paul Mwachisemu, Lameck Banda, Francesco Mwepu, Christopher Phiri

 

Total Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2019

Following a bidding process, the firm Roland Berger was selected to lead the audit of infrastructure and organization to host this competition. The firm has also been entrusted with the task of conducting an audit of the CAF Centres of Excellence in Cameroon, Senegal and Ethiopia.

An Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) held a meeting on Thursday November 16, 2017 to deliberate on certain issues concerning African football, among them involvement in the 2018 World Cup and  Ordinary General Assembly 2018.

Below are some of the matters that the committee agreed on:

Total Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2019

 

Following a bidding process, the firm Roland Berger was selected to lead the audit of infrastructure and organization to host this competition. The firm has also been entrusted with the task of conducting an audit of the CAF Centres of Excellence in Cameroon, Senegal and Ethiopia.

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

The Executive Committee set up a committee to map out a kind of support that CAF can provide to African representatives at the competition. The committee, expected to hold its first meeting on the sidelines of the draw for the FIFA World Cup next month, is composed as follows:

President: Kwesi Nyantakyi, CAF 1st Vice President 

Members: Kalusha Bwalya, CAF Executive Committee member

                 Presidents of Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia FA’s

At the request of the qualified teams, the Executive Committee approved the postponement of the second day matches of the Total AFCON 2019 qualifiers scheduled for March 2018, to allow the African representatives for Russia to take advantage of this FIFA period to prepare for the World Cup.

The CAF Secretariat will be responsible for proposing an amended schedule accordingly subject to the approval of the Executive Committee.

CAF Women’s Football Symposium 

It will take place in Marrakech, Morocco from 1-3 March 2018. The CAF President will oversee the organizing committee of this historic event.

Ordinary General Assembly 2018

Due to the urgency in the implementation of certain CAF bodies in compliance with the statutes adopted last July in Rabat, Morocco, it was decided to seek the approval of the Member Associations for the holding in exceptional conditions an Ordinary General Assembly on 2 February 2018 in Morocco. This General Assembly will among other things include the election of four additional members of the CAF Executive Committee in order to put an end to the plurality of mandates. The members of the judicial bodies will also be elected.

Aiteo CAF Awards 2017

The Executive Committee validated the voting procedures and confirmed the decision of the Emergency Committee in Lagos, designating Nigerian company, Aiteo, as title sponsor of the next CAF Awards. The Awards Gala will be held on 4 January 2018 in Accra, Ghana.

Meanwhile, the CAF Executive Committee decided to abolish the position of CAF Education Officers, which had been created within each Member Association; notably, on the grounds that the conditions that justified their creation is now non-existent.

 

After three weeks of inactivity in the UEFA Champions League, action resumes on Tuesday night, with eight matches from four groups scheduled to be played in different stadia across Europe.

Defending champions Real Madrid, who are second in Group H behind Tottenham Hotspur, will be seeking to catch up with the latter when they visit Apoel Nicosia while Tottenham lock horns with Borussia Dortmund.

In Group E, Liverpool's unbeaten run will be tested by Sevilla, who are second on the log just a point behind their opponents. The other match in the group will see Spartak Moscow clash with NK Maribor in a game expected to kick off at 20:00 EAT.

Below are all Tuesday's Champions League fixtures (all times are in EAT)

TUESDAY 21ST NOVEMBER

GROUP E

Spartak Moscow 20:00 NK Maribor

Sevilla 22:45 Liverpool

GROUP F

Manchester City 22:45 Feyenoord

Napoli 22:45 Shakhtar Donetsk

GROUP G

Besiktas 20:00 FC Porto

Monaco 22:45 RB Leipzig

GROUP H

Apoel Nicosia 22:45 Real Madrid

Borussia Dortmund 22:45 Tottenham Hotspur

 

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the world body governing football, is expected to send a delegation to Afghanistan for assessing the game’s situation, officials said Saturday.

A meeting attended by heads of football federations from 22 provinces was told that the FIFA delegation would visit Afghanistan at their request to investigate problems in Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF).

Amanullah Faizi, head of football federation for northwestern Jawzjan province, said they had sent letters to FIFA about problems in AFF.

“After repeated emails of complaints to FIFA, the organization finally responded on July 4 and pledged to investigate problems in AFF and find a solution,” he said.

Faizi said the current AFF head whose working term had completed about a year ago should pave the ground for transparent election of his successor.

He accused the football federation of highhandedness and said the body head had arbitrary removed and replaced federation heads in some provinces.

Hayatullah Logarwal, head of Kabul football federation, said they had also shared their problems with the government and other relevant organs, but to no avail.

“No one listened to our problems, so we complained to FIFA, fortunately our problems were heard by the organization that promised to send a delegation and find a solution,” he said.

Provincial football federation officials shared a copy of the email they received from FIFA with the media, in which FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura said they had received letters about problems in AFF.

She said they discussed the problem in a meeting on July 4 and decided to send a delegation to Kabul soon to help resolve the problems in AFF.

AFF spokesman Sayed Ali Kazimi rejected allegations against the federation and said the body was ready for transparent and impartial election. He said the election was delayed due to interferences form parliament members.

About removal and replacement of provincial AFF heads, he said, “Provincial football federation heads are removed or replaced by provincial football clubs.”

Kazimi welcomed the FIFA delegation’s visit to Afghanistan for resolving problems in AFF.

In about one year one from now, works of face-lifting the City Park Hockey Stadium will take place to replace the worn out turf, with popular company Greenfields likely to oversee the long awaited job.

FIFA has dished out life bans to the former presidents of the Guam, Nicaraguan and Venezuelan football associations for corruption, its ethics committee has announced.

An investigation into ex-Guam FA boss Richard Lai, a former Asian Football Confederation (AFC) official and FIFA committee member, was opened this April when he pleaded guilty to fraud in the United States.

Lai's case is significant for two reasons: one, it represents the first time the US-led investigation into football-related corruption has extended beyond the Americas; and two, because it implicates one of the most powerful men in sports politics, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.

Sheikh Ahmad was not explicitly named in the Department of Justice case against Lai but the court papers clearly referred to him as the source of bribes paid to the Guam FA boss in return for support in AFC and FIFA elections. Sheikh Ahmad denies any wrongdoing.

The Kuwaiti resigned from his football positions - including a seat on the FIFA Council - a few days after Lai's plea but he is still a major player in Olympic circles and was instrumental in getting Thomas Bach and Gianni Infantino elected as presidents of the International Olympic Committee and FIFA respectively.

As well as the ban for Lai, former Venezuelan FA chief Rafael Esquivel and ex-Nicaraguan FA president Julio Rocha have also been banned from all football-related activities for life.

The ethics committee investigations into Esquivel and Rocha started in May 2015 when they pleaded guilty to fraud charges in the US, related to the awarding of broadcasting and marketing contracts.

These latest sanctions from FIFA come while three more ex-South American football bosses - Peru's Manuel Burga, Brazilian Jose Maria Marin and Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay - are on trial in New York having pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud, money-laundering and racketeering.

Now in its second week, their trial has already generated some remarkable headlines - including an alleged assassination of a businessman in Mexico and the suicide of an Argentinian official implicated in court - as well as shedding more light on how TV contracts and even World Cups have been awarded in recent years.

Ahead of their UEFA Champions league match against Liverpool, Sevilla have received a major setback, with dependable defender being ruled out of the tie even as they welcomed two others from injury.

Zambia national U20 head coach has revealed a 24-man provisional squad that will start training in readiness for the 2017 COSAFA Under-20 Championships that will take place in Kitwe, Zambia  from December 6-16.

The youngest player in the team is midfielder John Mulalangabo, who is just past his 14th birthday. Zambia will be seeking to reclaim the regional title which they won in 2016 after downing South Africa 2-1. They are also the most successful team in the tourney, having lifted the trophy ten times ahead of Zimbabwe who are second with six titles.

Zambia provisional squad

Goalkeepers: Prince Bwalya, Bradley Mweene, Benson Mwale

Defenders: Andrew Phiri, Victor Kasokola, Justine Mwanza, Kingsley Hakwiya, Jonathan Kapelembe, Hillary Mwiinga

Midfielders: Clinton Lubula, Prince Mumba, Muma Mumba, Niza Simutenda, Chanda Mukuka, John Mulalangabo, Ngosa Sunzu, Benson Kolala, Harry Milanzi

Forwards: Gamphani Jones Lungu, Godfrey Chanda, Paul Mwachisemu, Lameck Banda, Francesco Mwepu, Christopher Phiri

 

Total Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2019

Following a bidding process, the firm Roland Berger was selected to lead the audit of infrastructure and organization to host this competition. The firm has also been entrusted with the task of conducting an audit of the CAF Centres of Excellence in Cameroon, Senegal and Ethiopia.

An Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) held a meeting on Thursday November 16, 2017 to deliberate on certain issues concerning African football, among them involvement in the 2018 World Cup and  Ordinary General Assembly 2018.

Below are some of the matters that the committee agreed on:

Total Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2019

 

Following a bidding process, the firm Roland Berger was selected to lead the audit of infrastructure and organization to host this competition. The firm has also been entrusted with the task of conducting an audit of the CAF Centres of Excellence in Cameroon, Senegal and Ethiopia.

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

The Executive Committee set up a committee to map out a kind of support that CAF can provide to African representatives at the competition. The committee, expected to hold its first meeting on the sidelines of the draw for the FIFA World Cup next month, is composed as follows:

President: Kwesi Nyantakyi, CAF 1st Vice President 

Members: Kalusha Bwalya, CAF Executive Committee member

                 Presidents of Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia FA’s

At the request of the qualified teams, the Executive Committee approved the postponement of the second day matches of the Total AFCON 2019 qualifiers scheduled for March 2018, to allow the African representatives for Russia to take advantage of this FIFA period to prepare for the World Cup.

The CAF Secretariat will be responsible for proposing an amended schedule accordingly subject to the approval of the Executive Committee.

CAF Women’s Football Symposium 

It will take place in Marrakech, Morocco from 1-3 March 2018. The CAF President will oversee the organizing committee of this historic event.

Ordinary General Assembly 2018

Due to the urgency in the implementation of certain CAF bodies in compliance with the statutes adopted last July in Rabat, Morocco, it was decided to seek the approval of the Member Associations for the holding in exceptional conditions an Ordinary General Assembly on 2 February 2018 in Morocco. This General Assembly will among other things include the election of four additional members of the CAF Executive Committee in order to put an end to the plurality of mandates. The members of the judicial bodies will also be elected.

Aiteo CAF Awards 2017

The Executive Committee validated the voting procedures and confirmed the decision of the Emergency Committee in Lagos, designating Nigerian company, Aiteo, as title sponsor of the next CAF Awards. The Awards Gala will be held on 4 January 2018 in Accra, Ghana.

Meanwhile, the CAF Executive Committee decided to abolish the position of CAF Education Officers, which had been created within each Member Association; notably, on the grounds that the conditions that justified their creation is now non-existent.

 

After three weeks of inactivity in the UEFA Champions League, action resumes on Tuesday night, with eight matches from four groups scheduled to be played in different stadia across Europe.

Defending champions Real Madrid, who are second in Group H behind Tottenham Hotspur, will be seeking to catch up with the latter when they visit Apoel Nicosia while Tottenham lock horns with Borussia Dortmund.

In Group E, Liverpool's unbeaten run will be tested by Sevilla, who are second on the log just a point behind their opponents. The other match in the group will see Spartak Moscow clash with NK Maribor in a game expected to kick off at 20:00 EAT.

Below are all Tuesday's Champions League fixtures (all times are in EAT)

TUESDAY 21ST NOVEMBER

GROUP E

Spartak Moscow 20:00 NK Maribor

Sevilla 22:45 Liverpool

GROUP F

Manchester City 22:45 Feyenoord

Napoli 22:45 Shakhtar Donetsk

GROUP G

Besiktas 20:00 FC Porto

Monaco 22:45 RB Leipzig

GROUP H

Apoel Nicosia 22:45 Real Madrid

Borussia Dortmund 22:45 Tottenham Hotspur

 

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the world body governing football, is expected to send a delegation to Afghanistan for assessing the game’s situation, officials said Saturday.

A meeting attended by heads of football federations from 22 provinces was told that the FIFA delegation would visit Afghanistan at their request to investigate problems in Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF).

Amanullah Faizi, head of football federation for northwestern Jawzjan province, said they had sent letters to FIFA about problems in AFF.

“After repeated emails of complaints to FIFA, the organization finally responded on July 4 and pledged to investigate problems in AFF and find a solution,” he said.

Faizi said the current AFF head whose working term had completed about a year ago should pave the ground for transparent election of his successor.

He accused the football federation of highhandedness and said the body head had arbitrary removed and replaced federation heads in some provinces.

Hayatullah Logarwal, head of Kabul football federation, said they had also shared their problems with the government and other relevant organs, but to no avail.

“No one listened to our problems, so we complained to FIFA, fortunately our problems were heard by the organization that promised to send a delegation and find a solution,” he said.

Provincial football federation officials shared a copy of the email they received from FIFA with the media, in which FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura said they had received letters about problems in AFF.

She said they discussed the problem in a meeting on July 4 and decided to send a delegation to Kabul soon to help resolve the problems in AFF.

AFF spokesman Sayed Ali Kazimi rejected allegations against the federation and said the body was ready for transparent and impartial election. He said the election was delayed due to interferences form parliament members.

About removal and replacement of provincial AFF heads, he said, “Provincial football federation heads are removed or replaced by provincial football clubs.”

Kazimi welcomed the FIFA delegation’s visit to Afghanistan for resolving problems in AFF.

Athletics South Africa (ASA) has released a 38-member national Preparation Squad that will hit training in readiness for the upcoming  2018 IAAF World U-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.

Gold medallists Tshenolo Lemao (100m), Retshidisitswe Mlenga (200m), Sokwakhana Zazini (400m Hurdles), Breyton Poole (High Jump) and Zeney van der Walt (400m Hurdles), who earned medals at the IAAF World U-18 Championships in Nairobi feature in the squad.

2018 IAAF World U-20 Championships will take place from  10 July  to 15 July 2018.

SQUAD

100 m Men - Monareng Mthembu (AGN), Tsebo Matsoso (AFS), Dlodlo Thando (CGA), Mhlenga Retsiditswe (AGN), Tshenolo Lemao (AGN)

200 m Men - Monareng Mthembu (AGN), Tsebo Matsoso (AFS), Dlodlo Thando (CGA), Mhlenga Retsiditswe (AGN), Tshenolo Lemao (AGN)

400 m Men - Zazini Sokwakhana (AGN)

1500 m Men - Dais Malebane (AGN)

400 m Hurdles Men (91cm) - Maree Linford (BOLA), Steenkamp Lourens (LIMA), Zazini Sokwakhana (AGN)

3000 m Steeple Chase Men - De Villiers Robbert (ACNW)

High jump Men - Breyton Poole (WPA)

Pole vault Men - Van der Watt Ekhardt (BOLA), Van Wyk Valco (BOLA)

Shot put Men (6 kg) - Blignaut Kayle (CGA), De Lacey Jonathan (CGA)

Javelin throw Men (800 g) - Dames Werner (ANWN), Skinner Brendan (AGN), Schlebusch Johannes (AFS)

400 m Women - Vercuiel Juli (WPA), Viljoen Marlie (AGN), Van Der Walt Zeney (AGN)

800 m Women - Weitz Simonay (CGA), Muller Niene (AGN)

1500 m Women - Weitz Simonay (CGA), Belling Taylor (AFS)

100 Hurdles Women (84 cm) - Hendricks Welmien (CGA), Erhke Tanya (CGA)

400 Metres Hurdles Women - Vercuiel Juli (WPA), Van Der Walt Zeney (AGN), Joseph Rogail (BOLA)

Shot put Women (4 kg) - Strydom Mieke (SWD)

Discus throw Women (1 kg) - Van der Walt Tharina (AFS)

 

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hans hinted that Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz could feature in Tuesday's Champions League game against Feyenoord.

Stockport-born Foden, 17, won the Golden Ball for being the tournament's top goalscorer as England won the Under-17 World Cup in October, while Diaz, 18, has already broken through to Spain's Under-21 squad.

"They are two young players training this season. What I saw in the pre-season, the training, the World Cup, they are ready. Here in the high level we try and help the young players," Guardiola said ahead of Tuesday's Champions League Group E game against Feyenoord at the Etihad Stadium."They've shown me the same we saw when they played in the second and third team. The skills and quality are there. 

"We can help them with speed because the lack of time is higher so Phil has to fight duels against Kevin De Bruyne, against Fernandinho, against David Silva. Every day is a step to improve.

"Years ago, people had more time to think. Now it is reduced. Everything is quicker. The players are faster in all senses, physically and mentally. 

"I said in pre-season, those guys will train with us all season. They have to be ready. Sometimes the manager makes a surprise."

 

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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.

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JN: Lack of play time.

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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.

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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. 

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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.  

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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.  

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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: 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.  

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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. 

KS: Thanks for your time Softie!

 

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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.

 

Following the news that Serena Williams was two months pregnant when she won the Grand Slam, Rev. Fred Nile MP, has called for the world champion to be stripped of the title, claiming “foetal personhood” means she was unfairly advantaged.

“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!”

However, feminists argue Nile’s view that pregnancy is a sporting advantage shows ignorance to the realities facing those who are pregnant.

“Serena Williams was in control of her own body during the Grand Slam tournament, and as such has the right to her title, and the right, always, to bodily autonomy”, said Immy Grantson, an outspoken activist campaigning for progress on women’s issues.

“Williams, like all people, has the right to choose what she does with her body: whether that be powerful backhands, and/or be pregnant”, said Grantson.

This comes at a crucial time in New South Wales legislation. Greens MP Mehreen Faruqi’s End12 Campaign hopes to make it legal for world class athletes to choose whether or not they are pregnant.

When asked for comment by The Garter Press, Venus Williams, who lost to Serena Williams under the now contentious circumstances, said she was “excited to be an aunt”.

Tanzanian government have informed SportPesa Limited that they also want to see a Tanzanian team play against Everton on July 12 at the National Stadium. Gor Mahia are the ones with the opportunity after winning the SportPesa Super Cup finals.

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.

``If all goes well, the winner of the match will confront Everton at the National Stadium. I am sure many local soccer fans would like to see the English Premier League team face one of the top teams in the country,'' he added.

 

Everton are considering a pre-season friendly in Tanzania as part of their expected new sponsorship deal with SportPesa.

Former Inter Milan midfielder McDonald Mariga has come out to praise the Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino for the key role he has paid in developing the career of his brother Victor Wanyama.  

The Kenyan International skipper has been a vital part of the Spurs midfield, prove of just how much Pochettino trusts Wanyama. Big Vic first played under the Argentine gaffer at Southampton and were later reunited at Tottenham last summer.

“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.

As the title race stiffens and Spurs still on track for the cup glory, Wanyama may just be the rock Tottenham needs to win the first trophy in over years.

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."

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.

Prior to relocating to Selhurst Park, the enigmatic centre-forward had already plied his trade with three different English clubs, most notably Arsenal from whom he joined Manchester City before returning to North London with Tottenham Hotspur.

In his first season with Ba?ak?ehir, the former Monaco man, has managed to register six goals across 11 league appearances including a hat-trick against Galatasaray.

 

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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