Driftwood Sevens: Homeboyz, Quins Through To Quarters

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Defending circuit champions Homeboyz led the big guns in reaching the cup quarters, posting a 36-7 win over Western Bulls in their second Pool A encounter. The results was good enough to see them accumulate 8 points and a guarantee of a top two position with a game to spare.

Joining the deejays in the quarters were SportPesa Quins who were effective in the 17-0 win over Resolution Kisii while KCB were scrappy, hanging on for the 7-5 win against a difficult to tear down Mean Machine.

Day One Results

Menengai Cream Homeboyz 27 Blak Blad 5

Top Fry Nakuru 12 Western Bulls 0

SportPesa Quins 17 Menengai Oilers 7

Mwamba 17 Resolution Kisii 17

Resolution Impala 5 Mean Machine 7

KCB 25 Mombasa 7

Strathmore 12 Nondies 17

Kabras 17 KCA 0

Menengai Cream Homeboyz 36 Western Bulls 7

Top Fry Nakuru 10 Blak Blad 10

SportPesa Quins 17 Resolution Kisii 0

Mwamba 0 Menengai Oilers 14

Resolution Impala Saracens 25 Mombasa 0

KCB 7 Mean Machine 5

Strathmore 29 KCA 0

Kabras 17 Nondies 0

Blak Blad 17 Western Bulls 0

Menengai Oilers 17 Resolution Kisii 0

 

A goal each half by Meddie Kagere and George `Blackberry' Odhiambo gave league leaders Gor Mahia a 2-0 victory over defending champions Tusker FC on Saturday September 23 at the Kericho Green Stadium.

Allan Wanga will have himself to blame for not giving his team the lead early on in the match after directing his shot way over the bar following keeper Boniface Ouoch's poor pass .

Kagere on the other hand connected to George Odhiambo's pass in the 16th minute to slot the ball past keeper David Okello amid slight rainfalls. Paul Odhiambo sought a reply for the defending champions minutes later but saw his ferocious shot hit the post, much to the disappointment of Tusker's technical bench.

Twelve minutes after the restart, George Odhiambo turned from the provider to the goal scorer with a strike that lit up the Kericho Stadium despite contrasting weather conditions. The league leaders then firmly held onto the 2-0 lead till the final whistle.

The victory is a big plus to Gor Mahia especially after their closest rivals Sofapaka lost 2-1 to Kakamega Homeboyz. 

Gor Mahia Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch, Karim Nizigiyimana, Harun Shakava, Godfrey Walusimbi, Kenneth Muguna ( Philemon Otieno), Ernest Wendo, George Odhiambo ( Jean Mugiraneza), Francis Kahata, Meddie Kagere, Jacques Tuyisenge ( Timothy otieno),

Subs: 16. Shaban Odhoji, 4.Wellington Ochieng, , 7. Jean Baptiste, 28. Oliver Maloba, 21. John Ndirangu, 

Tusker Starting XI: David Okello, Collins Shivachi, James Situma, Lloyd Wahome, Eugene Asike, Hashim Sempala, Humphrey Mieno, Jackson Macharia, Danson Kago, Paul Odhiambo, Allan Wanga

Subs: David Ochieng, Martin Kiiza, Abdul Hassan, Stephen Owusu, Michael Khamati, Boniface Muchiri , Osumba Brian,

 

Harambee Starlets' quest for a third place finish in the ongoing COSAFA Women's Cup was shattered by Zambia who edged them 4-2 on penalties to claim third place on Saturday September 23 at the Bulawaya Stadium in Zimbabwe.

Neddy Atieno had given Starlets the lead in the 21st minute with her eight goal of the season before Barbara Banda leveling matters for Zambia in the 71st minute. Following a 1-1 the 1-1 draw at the end of normal time, the two sides went into post-match penalties where Zambia won 4-2 after Lucy Mukhwana and Pauline Musungu missed their respective spot kicks. The man of the match award however went to Kenyan defender Dorcas Shikobe.

Starlets Starting XI: Pauline Atieno, Mwanahalima Adam, Juliet Auma, Cheris Avilia, Neddy Atieno, Caroline Anyango, Pauline Musungu, Dorcas Shikobe, Phoebe Owiti, Mercy Achieng, Dorris Anyango

Subs: Esther Nandika, Lilian Adera, Janet Bundi, Monicah Karambu, Florence Awino, Jenipher Adhiambo, Caroline Chepkoech, Wendy Achieng, Lucy Mukhwana

Zambia starting XI: 1.Catherine Musonda (GK) 2.Grace Zulu 3.Anita Mulenga  4.Grace Chanda  5.Misozi Zulu 6.Racheal Lungu 7.Rhoda Chileshe  8.Noria Sosala (C) 9.Barbra Banda  10.Esther Mukwasa  11.Lweendo Chisamu

 

Two goals in two minutes rallied Posta Rangers and Thika United to a 1-1 draw in a match played on Saturday September 23 at the Ruaraka Stadium.

Jerry Santo's flick header had given Rangers the lead before scored from a corner just two minutes later to restore parity.

The match's opening minutes were pacy with both sides looking to stamp authority in Ruaraka with neat passes. Rangers then started getting the majority share of possession but Thika United defense stood firm to thwart any attacks.

The mailmen however got the lead in the 23rd minute through Jerry Santo who cleverly flicked Luke Ochieng's throw in past keeper Allan Owiny. Their lead was revoked just two minutes later with a goal from Eugene Mukangula who capitalized on a corner to smash home the ball past three baffled defenders.  Atudo almost gave Rangers the lead again towards halftime but his strike unfortunately went off target.

Immediately after the restart , Rangers coach decided to bring in the fresh pair of Jared Obwoge and Dennis Mukaisi Edwin Mwaura and Gerison Likono with an intention of strengthening the attack.

The substitutes though could not change the score line, the match ending in a 1-1 draw.

``We started the first half very badly but I am happy with the way the boys responded in the second half. It is not the best result but we are satisfied with the point and will build on that in our next match,'' said Thika United coach Nicholas Muyoti after the match.

On his part, Pamzo said, ``We have registered the draw because we did not use the chances that we got in the first half correctly. I can also say that the defense to day was not good because we were the better team in the first half but Thika came into the second half more organized.''

Posta Starting XI: Martin Musalia, Simon Mbugua, Titus Achesa, Jockins Atudo, Luke Ochieng, Santo Jerry, Joseph Mbugi, Edwin Mwaura(Jared Obwoge), Joseph Nyagah, Gerison Likono(Dennis Mukaisi), John Nairuka(Eric Kibiru),

Subs: Hashim Mukhwana, Rodgers Ochieng, Collins Omondi, Eric Kibiru, Jared Obwoge, Joseph Kuria, Mukaisi Dennis.

Thika United Starting XI: Allan Owiny, Anekeya Wilson, Zack Matasi, Ngotho Sulieman, Oruchum Christopher, Tsuma Said, Saad Musa, Iregi Benson, Shami Kibwana, Mukangula Eugene, Muturi Francis(Edmond Adem).

Subs: Elliud Emase, Stephen Oduor, Denis Lewa, Mutinda Michael, Mwanje Samuel, Edmond Adem, Peter Okoth.

 

Head coach Francis Kimanzi has made two changes to his first eleven set to take on Ulinzi Stars in a Round 26 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) to be played at the Ruaraka Grounds on Saturday 23 September.

In the absence of the injured, Victor Ashinga returns to the first eleven where he will play at the middle of the park alongside Roy Okal. Chrispin Oduor will play ahead of the pair where he will be tasked with feeding a new look three prong attack.

Cliff Nyakeya replaces Ronald Reagan on the right side of the attacking triumvirate while John Mwangi maintains his place on the left. Chris Ochieng’ will continue as the lead striker.

Levis Opiyo starts in goal where he will be shielded by an unchanged back four that has David Owino on the left, Derrick Nzosi on the right while skipper George Owino and Lennox Ogutu form the central defence partnership.

Starting XI: 30. Levis Opiyo (GK) 16.David Owino 21. Derrick Nzosi 6. George Owino (C) 23. Lennox Ogutu 22. Roy Okal 24.Victor Ashinga 29. Chrispin Oduor 9. Chris Ochieng’ 13. John Mwangi 17.Cliff Nyakeya

Subs: 1. Mark Kioko (GK) 12. Andrew Juma 20.Martin Ongori 27.Tyson Otieno 15.Ronald Reagan 17. Elijah Mwanzia 14.Derrick Onyango

Ulinzi Stars head coach Benjamin Nyangweso has named his starting lineup that will clash with Mathare United on Saturday September 23 at the Ruaraka Grounds.

Making their way back into the starting lineup is keeper Jacktone Odhiambo and midfielder Daniel Waweru. Tops scorer Stephen Waweru will however start from the bench in the match that kicks off at 16:15.

Starting XI:James Saruni, Brian Birgen, Oliver Rutto, Mohamed Hassan, Geofrey  Kokoyo, Boniface Onyango, Cliff Kasuti, John Kago, Daniel Waweru, Oscar Wamalwa, Samuel Onyango

Subs: Jacktone Odhiambo, Sande Benson, Justin Onwoga, Bernard Ongoma, Stephen Waruru, Cylus Shitote, Michael Otieno.

 

Gor Mahia forward Francis Kahata has been handed a rare start as head coach Dylan Kerr named his starting lineup to take on defending champions Tusker FC on Saturday September 23 at the Kericho Green Stadium.

Kahata will play on the left flank while Meddie Kagere cover the right one to offer assistance to lone striker Jacques Tuyisenge. George `Black berry' Odhiambo moves back into midefield as a result and will partner with Kenneth Muguna and Ernest Wendo.

Starting XI: B Oluoch, G Walusimbi, M Mohammed, H Shakava, K Nizigiyimana, G Odhiambo, K Muguna, E Wendo, M Kagere, F Kahata, J Tuyisenge 

Subs: F Odhiambo, J Onyango, J Baptiste , O Maloba, A Mbugua, P Otieno, T Otieno

 

Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa has made one change in the starting lineup that is set to face Kakamega Homeboyz n Saturday September 23 from 15:00.

Ezekiel Okare, who started from the bench in their last match against Kariobangi Sharks, replace Meshack Karani in the starting lineup and will cover the right flank with Michael Oduor taking the left one. Danger man Umaru Kasumba will continue leading the second placed side in attack with the help of Ali Feni who has been placed just behind him.

The two sides settled for a 0-0 draw in the first leg clash.

Starting XI: George Opiyo, Willis Ouma, Wesley Onguso, Aloro Rodgers, Jonathan Mugabi, Mike Kilume, Mike Oduor, Hillary Echesa, Umaru Kasumba, Ali Feni, Ezekiel Okare

Substitutes: Reuben Juma, Okoti Humphrey, Kwanya Edmond, Oduor Kennedy, Meshack Karani, Mang'oli Bernard, Brian Magonya

 

Tusker FC head coach George Nsimbe has released an unchanged starting eleven side that will take on league leaders Gor Mahia on Saturday September 23 at the Kericho Green Stadium.

Allan Wanga starts in attack for the third consecutive match and will be assisted by Boniface Muchiri and Danson Kago from the flanks. Mieno and Jackson Macharia willl pull strings in midfield, with David Okello retaining his spot in goal.

The Brewers will be seeking to register a fourth victory on the trot which would momentarily slow down Gor Mahia's lead at the helm of the table. The two sides settled for a barren draw in the first leg encounter.

Starting XI: David Okello, Collins Shivachi, James Situma, Lloyd Wahome, Eugene Asike, Hashim Sempala, Humphrey Mieno, Jackson Macharia, Danson Kago, Paul Odhiambo, Allan Wanga

 Subs: David Ochieng, Martin Kiiza, Abdul Hassan, Stephen Owusu, Michael Khamati, Boniface Muchiri , Osumba Brian

 

The German Bundesliga continues this weekend with nine matches on the cards from Friday September 22 to Sunday September 24.

Below are all weekend fixtures (All times are in EAT)

FRIDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER

Bayern Munich 21:30 VfL Wolfsburg

SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER

Mainz 05 16:30 Hertha BSC

RB Leipzig 16:30 Eintracht Frankfurt

Werder Bremen 16:30 SC Freiburg

1899 Hoffenheim 16:30 FC Schalke 04

VfB Stuttgart 16:30 FC Augsburg

Borussia Dortmund 19:30 Borussia Mönchengladbach

SUNDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER

Hannover 96 16:30 FC Köln

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 19:00 Hamburger SV

 

Round six of the Spanish LaLiga takes place this weekend, with ten fixtures expected to be played between Saturday September 23 and Monday September 25.

Below are all weekend LaLiga fixtures (All times are in EAT)

 

SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER

Atlético Madrid 14:00 Sevilla

Alavés 17:15 Real Madrid

Malaga 19:30 Athletic Bilbao

Girona 21:45 Barcelona

SUNDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER

Espanyol 13:00 Deportivo La Coruña

Getafe 17:15 Villarreal

Eibar 19:30 Celta Vigo

Las Palmas 19:30 Leganés

Real Sociedad 21:45 Valencia

MONDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER

Real Betis 22:00 Levante

 

The Barclays Premier League continues this weekend with a total of ten matches programmed to be played between Saturday September 23 and Monday September 25.

Below are all weekend matches (All times are in EAT)

SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER

         West Ham United 14:30 Tottenham Hotspur

                       Burnley 17:00 Huddersfield Town

                       Everton 17:00 AFC Bournemouth

           Manchester City 17:00 Crystal Palace

              Southampton 17:00 Manchester United

                   Stoke City 17:00 Chelsea

              Swansea City 17:00 Watford

              Leicester City 19:30 Liverpool

SUNDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER

Brighton & Hove Albion 18:00 Newcastle United

MONDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER

                      Arsenal 22:00 West Bromwich Albion

 

Chelsea are loaning Diego Costa to Atlético Madrid for the rest of the season and the Spanish club have committed to buy him for €65 million (£57.1m) at the end of that arrangement.

The deal for Costa to leave was finally struck after it was agreed that Chelsea would not subsidise his wages, even though he cannot play for Atlético until January because of their transfer ban, or pay him any loyalty bonus.

The terms of the agreement mean that Costa is no longer Chelsea’s concern and can now travel to Madrid to complete his medical and agree personal terms  – and is expected to be presented to the supporters before the home game against Sevilla on Saturday.

 After that, of course, Atlético face Chelsea at their new Wanda Metropolitano stadium in the Champions League and it will be fascinating to see whether Costa is in the stands for that eagerly-anticipated encounter.

Given Costa has gone AWOL for 11 weeks, spending the entire summer in Brazil, and has refused to return to Chelsea this season, then the notion of a loyalty payment would seem remarkable although contractually it related to a percentage of any transfer fee agreed being due to him under his contract.

Chelsea have repeatedly fined Costa during his absence, insisting that he is an employee in breach of contract. The Professional Footballers’ Association blocks players being fined more than two weeks' wages but that is only in the case of them making themselves available to play. Costa has not done that and given he earns £150,000-a-week then he may well be £1.5m out of pocket.

To do this Chelsea have adhered to a four-point plan – that Costa, despite his desire to go, needed to return to England, train, get fit and get himself in contention – despite, also, manager Antonio Conte having texted the 28-year-old to tell him he was not part of his plans.

Chelsea were always prepared to sell Costa but the message from owner Roman Abramovich was clear: he would not be allowed to force his way out on the cheap. It almost became a point of principle at the club. Atlético, whose coach Diego Simeone has driven the deal, had initially offered as little as £26m for Chelsea’s top-scorer last season in the belief that the Stamford Bridge hierarchy would simply want rid of him. There was a fear at Chelsea that Atlético may make a similarly low offer in January.

Costa is not allowed to play until then because of the transfer ban on Atlético which may, actually, have helped him to secure his move given the club were close to signing Alexandre Lacazette before he agreed a deal to join Arsenal. Costa has been determined to return to his former club, three years after left in July 2014 when his £32m release clause was triggered, since summer 2016. Indeed he told Conte on the preseason tour of the United States 14 months ago, soon after the Italian was appointed, that he wanted  to go back to Madrid. But, at that time, Atlético bought the French striker Kevin Gameiro instead.

Costa has always been a firm favourite of Simeone who wanted him back at the club and even demanded it as part of his recent contract negotiations. The Spanish international will be allowed to train with Atlético but he cannot be registered to play for them until the ban is lifted on January 1 2018

 

Trailing 3-0in the 70th minute, South Africa offered perfect response to Zambia by equalizing and overcoming them on post-match penalties to reach the finals of the continuing COSAFA Women's Cup.

Barbara Banda had given Zambia the lead in the 21st minute before Chanda's 45th minute goal doubled their lead heading into halftime. Chileshe had the chance to make it 3-0 six minutes after the restart from the spot but saw her effort go wide off target. Zulu however made it three for Zambia in the 75th minute to double their hopes of storming into the finals.

The turn over started two minutes later when Leandra Smelda scored two quick goals, one from the penalty spot before Rafiloe Jane's 84th minute strike restored parity for Banyana Banyana.

With the scores tied at 3-3 after the final whistle, the two teams went into a penalty shootout where South Africa won 5-3 to book their spot into the finals of the competition.

They will now face the winner of the second semifinal clash between Kenya and hosts Zimbabwe.

 

East African guest nation Kenya proved the big winners on the day as they thumped Mauritius 11-0 in their Group B clash at the 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship at the Luveve Stadium in Bulawayo on Saturday.

The result leaves Kenya top of the pool on goal-difference from Swaziland, who were held to a 2-2 draw by Mozambique, with those two sides to meet in their final match on Monday

Neddy Okoth was the hero again for the guests as she netted four goals to go with her hat-trick in Kenya’s 5-2 opener against Mozambique on Thursday, and now leads the scoring charts in the tournament with seven goals. Lucy Mukhwana and Jereko Adam were also on the scoresheet for the Kenyans as they grabbed a brace each.

Mozambique battled back for a point as Betinha struck late in their 2-2 draw with Swaziland, who had led twice via Celiwe Nkambule and Nqobile Dlamini. Lucia had also earlier netted for Mozambique, who have kept their hopes alive of finishing as one of the best placed runners-up.

Botswana also kept themselves in contention for a semifinal spot with a 3-0 victory over Lesotho.

All of their goals came in the opening 26 minutes through Boitumelo Gammu and Bonang Otlhagile (two) as the Lady Zebras picked up a first ever victory in the COSAFA Women’s Championship.

Sunday will see the conclusion of two pools as hosts Zimbabwe look to secure top spot in Group A when they take on Malawi (14h00 local; 12h00 GMT), who have been Jekyll and Hyde in this tournament both winning and losing by 6-3 scorelines in their last two games.

Malawi have it all to play for as a win could take them top of the pool if Zambia don’t win their final match against Madagascar at the same time. Zimbabwe and Zambia both have four points, while Malawi have three and the Malagasy zero.

In Group C, South Africa will hope to seal top spot when they take on Botswana at the Luveve Stadium (16h30 local; 14h30 GMT), but will also be wary of their opponents.   Namibia will be waiting for any slip-ups as they take on Lesotho at the same time, who are now out of contention for a place in the semifinals.

South Africa have a full haul of six points from their two games, while Namibia and Botswana have three and Lesotho none.

Only the top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinals, along with the best-placed runner-up.

 

 SATURDAY’S RESULTS

All at Luveve Stadium

Kenya 11 (Adam 9’, 85’, Okoth 25?, 32?, 45?, 51’, Mukhwana 34?, 49’, Salano 54’, Nixon 79’, Rassoie 90og) Mauritius 0

Lesotho 0 Botswana 3 (Gammu 3’, Otlhagile 22?, 26’)

Mozambique 2 (Lucia 74’, Betinha 90’) Swaziland 2 (Nkambule 49’, Nq. Dlamini 75’)

SUNDAY’S FIXTURES

All at Barbourfields Stadium

Zambia vs Madagascar (14h00 local; 12h00 GMT) – Barbourfields Stadium

Zimbabwe vs Malawi (14h00 local; 12h00 GMT) – Luveve Stadium

Namibia vs Lesotho (16h30 local; 14h30 GMT) – Barbourfields Stadium

South Africa vs Botswana (16h30 local; 14h30 GMT) – Luveve Stadium

 

 GROUP A                    P          W        D         L          GF       GA       GD       PTS

Zimbabwe                 2          1          1          0          5          1          +4        4

Zambia                      2          1          1          0          7          4          +3        4

Malawi                      2          1          0          1          9          9          0          3

Madagascar              2          0          0          2          3          10        -7         0

GROUP B                    P          W        D         L          GF       GA       GD       PTS

Kenya                        2          2          0          0          16        2          +14      6

Swaziland                   2          1          1          0          5          2          +3        4

Mozambique               2          0          1          1          4          7          -3         1

Mauritius                    2          0          0          2          0          14        -14       0

GROUP C                    P          W        D         L          GF       GA       GD       PTS

South Africa                2          2          0          0          6          1          +5        6

Namibia                      2          1          0          1          5          3          +2        3

Botswana                    2          1          0          1          3          4          -1         3

Lesotho                       2          0          0          2          0          6          -6         0

 

 TOURNAMENT STATS

Matches Played: 12

Goals scored: 63

Biggest victory: Kenya 11 Mauritius 0 (Group B, September 16)

Most goals in a game: 11 – Kenya 11 Mauritius 0 (Group B, September 16)

The Spanish LaLiga continues this weekend, with a total of ten fixtures scheduled to be played between Friday September 15 and Monday September 18.

Below is a full list of fixtures (All times are local)

FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER

Eibar 22:00 Leganés

SATURDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER

Levante 14:00 Valencia

Getafe 75:15 Barcelona

Real Betis 19:30 Deportivo La Coruña

Atlético Madrid 21:45 Malaga

SUNDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER

Alavés 13:00 Villarreal

Girona 17:15 Sevilla

Las Palmas 19:30 Athletic Bilbao

Real Sociedad 21:45 Real Madrid

MONDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER

Espanyol 22:00 Celta Vigo

 

The Barclays Premier League continues this weekend with a total of ten fixtures line up from Friday September 15 to Sunday September 17.

On Friday, AFC Bournemouth will hunt for their first points this season when they host Brighton & Hove Albion from 22:00.

On Saturday, second placed Manchester City take a trip to Watford while Liverpool who lost 5-0 to City invite Burnley to Anfield.

Chelsea will seek revenge of Community Shield's defeat against Arsenal when the two sides clash at the Stamford Bridge from 15:00. Manchester United's unbeaten run will then be tested by a visiting Everton side at 17:00. 

Below is a full list of this weeken'd fixtures:

FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 

AFC Bournemouth 22:00 Brighton & Hove Albion

SATURDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER

Crystal Palace 14:30 Southampton

Huddersfield Town 17:00 Leicester City

Liverpool 17:00 Burnley

Newcastle United 17:00 Stoke City

Watford 17:00 Manchester City

West Bromwich Albion 17:00 West Ham United

Tottenham Hotspur 19:30 Swansea City

SUNDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER

Chelsea 15:30 Arsenal

Manchester United 17:00 Everton

 

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

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

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

KS: What exactly affected you?

JN: Lack of play time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KS: Gor Mahia - How is life there. What are your targets/goals?

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

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

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

KS: Any closing words? 

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

KS: Thanks for your time Softie!

 

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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.

 

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.

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

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.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Africa champions Cameroon were thumped 4-0 in Tuesday's international friendly against Colombia only five days before their Confederations Cup opener.

The Indomitable Lions beat Egypt to win the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon earlier this year, but despite downing Morocco at the weekend, they were thoroughly outclassed by Jose Pekerman's side at Getafe's Coliseum Alfonso Perez Stadium

James Rodriguez opened the scoring with a fine effort from a narrow angle after 16 minutes when he beat Andre Onana with a thunderous effort, before Yerry Mina doubled the South Americans' lead 15 minutes later with a header. Mina added a second in the 52nd minute when he converted a fine delivery from Giovanni Moreno, but not before Spartak Trnava's Ndip Tambe had been sent off after tangling with Wilmar Barrios.

Substitute Jose Izquierdo completed the rout five minutes before time when he broke his international duck with a powerful strike.

The result adds to a troubled Confederations Cup build-up for Cameroon, who have lost first-choice left-back Ambroise Oyongo ahead of the tournament after he ruptured his patellar tendon against Morocco.

Similarly, FIFA has acknowledged the internal problems within the country's football administration, with some within the nation convinced that Tombi A Roko Sidiki's current regime has no authority to run the football federation.

Cameroon are competing in their first Confederations Cup since 2003, and have been drawn alongside Germany, Chile and Australia.

 

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