Mike Boit: The most educated Olympic medalist in the world

Michael Kipsubut Boit, known popularly as Mike Boit is known in Kenyan circles as an exemplary athlete whose stellar running career lasted well over 10 years. Aside from a lengthy running career, Boit showed proficiency in both the 800m and the 1500m, that kind of versatility is difficult to find nowadays.  He is also a noted sports administrator as well as an accomplished University Professor. But even more impressive are his academic credentials

International Athletics accomplishments.

  • Commonwealth Games gold medalist 1978 (1500m)
  • African Championships gold medalist 1979 (1500m)
  • Commonwealth Games silver medalist 1974 (800m)
  • IAAF world cup silver medalist 1977 (800m)
  • Commonwealth Games bronze medalist 1982 (1500m)
  • Olympic Bronze medalist 1972 (800m)

His list of accomplishments would have been greater had Kenya not boycotted the 1976 and 1980 Olympic games.


What is most impressive about Boit is his academic achievements.

  • Diploma from Kenyatta University – 1972
  • Bachelors degree from the University of New Mexico – 1976
  • Masters Degree from Stanford University – 1977
  • Masters degree from Stanford University – 1978
  • PhD in Education University of Oregon – 1986
  • Honorary PhD University of Glasgow – 2014

He earned two Masters degrees from academic giant Stanford and he earned the first one only a year after finishing his Bachelors degree then received the second one only a year later. Also impressive is that he pursued his academic credentials while training and competing at the highest levels.

Work Experience

Boit became an instructor at Kenyatta University in 1987. In 1990 he was appointed the Chairman of the Kenya National Sports Council (KNSC). The KNSC at the time was the body that oversaw the work of all sports federations and association in Kenya. He is remembered from bringing much needed reforms to sports in Kenya. Prior to 1990, before any Kenyan athlete could compete overseas they were required to seek permission from the national athletics body which at the time was the KAAA. As a result the KAAA would demand a hefty cut of any winnings that the athletes would win overseas. Boit removed all those restrictions. He remained KNSC chairman until 1997 upon which he returned to his teaching position at Kenyatta University.

At KU, his research focused on the physiology, genetics, nutrition and training of runners. He often collaborated with colleagues at the University of Glasgow. His research supported the development of sport and education in Kenya

He was a member of the IAAF Athletes Commission from 1989 to 1999 and the Special Olympics from 1992–1995. In 2004, along with his friend John Manners, he established the Kenya National Scholar Athlete Project (KENSAP). The purpose was to provide academic opportunities for Kenyan athletes who are academically gifted to pursue higher education. More than 100 students have benefited from this program with the larger majority going to top schools like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown and Cornell.

International Running Career

Boit first announced himself to the world when he won the national secondary schools championships 800m in 1969. He did this while attending St Patricks Iten. He was thus one of the pioneers in what would become a strong tradition in a school that has produced by far the highest number of world class runners in the world.

He announced himself to the world at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, West Germany. He was virtually unknown and surprised everyone when he took a bronze medal in the 800m. It was an epic photo-finish between the three top athletes.

Two years later he won a silver medal at the 1974 Commonwealth games, finishing behind compatriot John Kipkurgat who set a new games record in the process. His first ever gold medal in an international event came in 1978 when he won the gold medal in the 800m at the Commonwealth games, finishing well ahead of the field.

Boit winning the 1978 Commonwealth games

Boit was part of the great generation of athletes who were unlucky to miss both the 1976 and 1980 Olympics due to boycotts. He was in his prime during this period and consistently among the top runners in both the 800m and the 1500m. He certainly would have won medals at both games.

During this period he established a strong rivalry with Cuban legend Alberto Juantorena. At the 1977 IAAF world cup, he went neck and neck with Juantorena and ended up taking silver in the 800m.

In 1979 he won the 1500m at the first ever Africa athletics championships that were held in Senegal. And again he finished well ahead of the field.

Having missed two successive Olympics, Boit returned to international competition at the 1982 Olympics. By this time Boit who was 33 years old, had been active on the international scene for over a decade. He still ended with a bronze medal finishing behind British legend Steve Cram and New Zealand legend John Walker. It was an excellent performance considering that Cram’s stellar record which includes winning the world championships once and the European championships three times. John Walker for his part had been Olympic champion at this event in 1976. In 1983, Boit participated in the Queen street golden mile in Auckland New Zealand. There he clocked an amazing time of 3:28.36 which is to this day still the fastest mile ever recorded. However it is not considered an official record since the course has a downhill gradient.

College Career summary

Boit running in the USA in 1973

Boit was recruited by coach Bill Silverberg  to run at the University of Eastern New Mexico along with Other Kenyans.

  • NAIA records in the 800m and 1500m
  • 12 outdoor track, indoor track and cross country national titles
  • Voted to the University of Eastern New Mexico hall of fame in 1984

Boit’s personal Bests

Boit’s Longevity

Boit remained at the top of his game for over a decade. Indeed he was still an Olympic medal contender well into his mid 30s. In 1990 he set a master’s record. His lengevity is likely because his training regimen did not involve long runs. He once explained this in an interview

Question: Do you do long runs in your own training?

Boit: No, I don’t do anything longer than 4-5 miles, but I do everything at a good pace. I think it is not right to do training that another runner does, because there are too many differences in individuals.

Also he never ran on the day before a day. He focused on resting and racing during the busy European circuit.

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Kenya Rugby gallery (Photos) for 2017 and 2018

Jeffery Otieno was one of the few bright spots in the 2018 Dubai sevens where Kenya lost all their group matches


Oscar Ouma in action against Fiji. Kenya shocked Fiji thanks to a try from Amonde after the hooter.


Dan Sikuta congratulates Oscar Ouma after he scored the winning try in the semis against the USA to reach the 2018 Canada sevens finals


Collins Injera, now at scrum-half was inspirational as he led by example with clever incisive moves. He still has not lost his ability to exploit gaps


Oliech in action against Samoa with Wanyama and Tanga at the 2017 Cape Town sevens


Dennis Ombachi in action against Argentina at the 2017 Paris sevens


Speedster Nelson Oyoo escaping the clutches of England’s Dan Norton. Kenya lost by one point in the cup quarter-final


Kenya en-route to beating France 29-12 at the 2017 Hong Kong sevens


Oliech and Amonde in action against Russia whom Kenya beat at the 2017 Wellington sevens


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2019 Dusit Complex Attack

On January 15 2019, 5 terrorists linked to Al Shabaab, stormed the Dusit Complex that is located in the Riverside section of Nairobi. They then went on a terror spree that included use of greenades, a suicide bomber and shooting of innocent civilians.

The explosions

The terrorists detonated a bomb in the parking lot that set several cars on fire.

A member of the bomb squad was called upon to safely detonate the terrorists car which was laden with explosives


General Service Unit arriving at the scene

Acts of heroism: Evacuations by the GSU

The General Service Unit (GSU) were called upon to help evacuate civilians while fending off the terrorists.

Acts of heroism by private citizens

This lady volunteered to serve breakfast to all the first responders on day 2

British SAS Commando

A British SAS commando who happened to be in Kenya at the time, also swung into action


Recce Squad

The Recce Squad were called upon to engage the five terrorists in combat and ultimately vanquished them

Kenyans pull together and remain unbowed

Taking a safe spot behind a car as the gunshots ring


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Kenya football review for 2018

Paul Put Resigns

In February of 2018, Paul Put resigned from his position as national team coach, citing the federation’s failure to heed his request for additional staff as well as the withdrawal of sponsors Sportpesa who had withdrawn their sponsorship from several national teams due to the governments decision to hike their taxes on betting companies.

“I leave Kenya with a broken heart. I resigned to put pressure on the federation so as to respond to my requests but instead, they reacted in a different way and went to the press announcing my resignation before even responding to my letter which, to be honest, was confidential that I expected they will come back for discussions,” Put said.

“This is the first time in my coaching career I am resigning after only three months and I did this painfully. I was motivated to come and help develop Kenyan football. We reached an agreement on how I was going to work and I used Cecafa to observe my technical bench and thereafter made proposals on improvements,” he added.

“I requested for five more people to work with like I have been doing in other countries because we needed a more professional approach… because if you want to qualify for Afcon you need be realistic in your job.”

“I think it wasn’t the right time for Kenya to hire a professional coach because the federation seems to be struggling a lot and I say this in a positive way. They have a young president, very ambitious and a hard worker but things are not going his way. SportPesa withdrew meaning it was going to be difficult financially but this is where government steps in.”

“I want to apologize to the Kenyan public that I was looking forward to work with. Unfortunately, its football and life has to move on,” added Put, who led Burkina Faso to the Cup of Nations final in 2013.

Sebastian Migne Appointed

With Paul Put having abruptly resigned, FKF set about finding a replacement coach. In came Sebastian Migne on April of 2018. The Frenchman had previously been head coach of the Congo-Brazzaville national team.

2018 Intercontinental Cup

Kenya was invited to play in the 2018 Intercontinental cup that was held in india. The tournament also featured the national teams of India, Chinese Taipei and New Zealand. All the matches were played at the 60,000 seat Mumbai football arena.

Kenya opened their cup campaign with a surprise 2-1 win over New Zealand. The monsoon conditions with heavy rain affected the play of both teams. The All whites had taken a 42nd minute lead via Sarpeet Singh. Kenya replied via a well taken free-kick by Clifton Miheso. The winner came via Ovella Ochieng.

Ovella Ochieng scored with a brilliant free-kick

The second match was also played under heavy rains occassioned by the monsoon season. India showed why they are ranked 15 places above Kenya, by winning 3-0. Sunnil Chetry scored twice.

Kenya needed to win their last preliminary match convincingly in order to qualify for the final. That they did beating Chinese Taipei 4-0. The scorers were Jockins Atudo (2), Timothy Otieno and Dennis Odhiambo.

In the final, Kenya played India again. And once again the stadium was filled to capacity as various Indian celebrities chipped in to buy tickets for fans. Kenya once again had no answer for Sunil Chetry who scored another brace to give India a 2-0 win. Kenya finished as runners up.

2019 Africa Nations cup qualifiers.

Sebastian Migne’s first real test came when Kenya played Ghana at Kasarani in a 2019 CAN qualfier. Kenya acquitted themselves well and won 1-0 thanks to an own goal. Kenya then forced a scoreless draw away to Ethiopia. A week later they beat Kenya 3-0 at a Kasarani stadium that was filled to capacity due to free entry. The goals came from Eric Johana , Michael Olunga and a Victor Wanyama penalty.

With Sierra Leone having been disqualified due to government interference, Kenya sealed their place in the 2019 Africa Nations cup. It marked the first time in 15 years that Harambee stars had qualified for Africa’s premier event.

The Club Scene

AFC Leopards played in the CAF confederations cup. In the opening round, they played against Fosa Juniors of Madagascar. After settling for a 1-1 draw in Nairobi, they played to a scoreless draw in Madagascar and were thus eliminated in the first round. Yusuf Mainge had scored Ingwe’s goal in the first leg.

AFC taking on Fosa Juniors at Bukhungu

Gor Mahia played in the Champions League. In the opening round, they eliminated Leones Vegeterianos of Equatorial Guinea, winning 2-0 in Machakos and drawing 1-1 away. The first leg was played in Machakos since no stadium was available in Nairobi. Kevin Omondi scored the first goal and Ephrem Guikan scored with what was his first touch upon coming on as a substitute.

In the next round, Gor Mahia played Esperance. They drew 0-0 in the opening round and narrowly lost 0-1 in Tunis. It was a much better performance than Gor Mahia had put up in 2014 when they lost 8-2 on aggregate to Esperance.

George Odhiambo Blackberry in action against Esperance at Machakos

Gor Mahia were thus relegated to the CAF Confederations cup playoffs. They played Supersport United of South Africa. They won the first leg 1-0 thanks to a penalty by Jacques Tuyisenge. The second leg ended 2-1 in favour of Supersport. Francis Kahata scored the all important away goal that propelled Gor Mahia to the group stage.

In the group stage, Gor Mahia started brilliantly. But the loss of players like Meddie Kagere and Godfrey Walusimbi as well as a marathon schedule during the month of August that saw Gor Mahia play 10 matches in 29 days, put paid to Gor Mahia’s campaign. They finished third in the group with 8 points.

On the local scene, Gor Mahia won the league, finishing 13 points ahead of second placed Bandari FC. Meanwhile Kariobangi Sharks won the FKF cup.


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Kenya Rugby Review for 2018

Kenya finish second in Africa cup

The 2018 Africa gold cup doubled up as the qualifier for the 2019 rugby world cup. A new coach (Ian Snook) from New Zealand, was appointed as head coach.  For the second season in a row, Kenya finished second to Namibia who qualified for the world cup automatically. Kenya went to the repechage.

Kenya opened their campaign against Morocco in Casablanca. It was a Moroccan side comprised entirely of second and third generation Frenchmen of Moroccan descent. Their tight five was much heavier that their Kenyan counterparts and dominated the close contact situations. Kenya on the other hand put their speed advantage to use, running  and spreading the ball wide at every opportunity. They also applied a number of intricate backline moves that resulted in tries by former sevens star Biko Adema who was slotted at full back, as well as another well worked try by winger Leo Seje. Kenya won 28-24. They had to survive a late onslaught by the Moroccans. Kenya were leading 28-17. Then the Moroccans scored to bring the score to 28-24. The Moroccans continued to push hard and even scored another try. Unfortunately for them, the try was disallowed and Kenya hang on to the lead.

Sevens star Willy Ambaka played in the 2018 Africa Gold cup

In the second match against Zimbabwe, Kenya were at one point leading 33-12. They then collapsed and Zimbabwe staged an incredible comeback to take the lead at 36-33. Kenya then woke up and scored two tries to save themselves from embarrassment. They won 45-36 much to the relief of the crowd at RFUEA grounds.

Uganda had no answer for Kenya in 2018

The 2018 edition of the Elgon cup provided the greatest satisfaction for Kenya fans as Kenya won both legs comfortably, beating Uganda 24-16 and Kampala and winning 38-22 in Nairobi. Kenya would then beat Tunisia 67-0. The Tunisian side fielded mostly local players as they cannot afford to fly all their France based players for every game.

That win set up a decisive final against Namibia. It was a final featuring the two unbeaten sides. The winner would earn a slot at the 2019 rugby world cup. Namibia proved once again that they are a class above Kenya, winning 53-28 in Windhoek.

Kenya finish 8th in 2017-2018 IRB sevens series

Head coach Ian Simiyu was now in his second season at helm, having taken over from Benjamin Ayimba in mid 2016. It was a much improved performance by Simiyu. Kenya improved from 12th position the previous year to finish in 8th position. Nevertheless Kenya was plagued by inconsistency. They were eliminated from contention at the group stage at three legs(Cape Town, London and Paris). But they also reached the cup final twice (Vancouver and Hong Kong). Off the field problems were the culprit. At one point in Paris, Kenya covered their sponsorship logos to protest the fact that the sponsors(Brand Kenya)  had not released funds resulting in a delay in payment of salaries. A livid cabinet secretary for tourism Najib Balala revoked the sponsorship as a result.

Coach Simiyu took responsibility for the Paris Sponsorship debacle.

“We called for a meeting with the team after the tournament in Paris to have them individually state their actions but instead, the coach took responsibility,” KRFU chairman Omwela recalled.

2019 rugby world cup repechage

Having finished second in the 2018 Africa rugby gold cup, Kenya earned to second chance to qualify for the rugby  world cup. They played in the Repechage tournament in France.

As a build up, they played against Romania A. They lost 36-5 and fans begun to understand how far behind Kenya rugby was. The gap was vastly exposed when they lost badly in all their Repechange matches.

A number of 7s players were drafted into the team like Injera, Ambaka, Amonde and Oliech. To no avail


Canada 65 – Kenya 19
Hong Kong 42 – Kenya 17
Germany 43 – Kenya 6

The results against Germany and Hong Kong were especially illuminating. Kenya had drawn 19-19 with Hong Kong previously and had lost to Germany narrowly (29-30) when they played in 2017. It goes to show that friendly matches are not an accurate reflection of a team’s strength. A common thread for all of Kenya’s matches was that Kenya would play well in the first half and run out of steam in the second half. Against Canada for example, Kenya was trailing 27-12 at halftime, before conceding 38 points and scoring only 7 in the second half.

2018 Rugby sevens world cup

Injera and team-mates could not stop Scotland

Kenya had qualified automatically for the 2018 rugby sevens world cup after reaching the semis in 2013. They had also reached the semis in 2009. However 2018 was a disaster for Kenya. They won their first match against Tonga 19-7. They then went on to lose the next four matches to Scotland, Ireland, Samoa and Japan.

Coach Ian Simiyu cited poor preparations as the reason for the sub par performance. KRFU Chairman Omwela cited indiscipline. Omwela complained that senior players had too much influence and that some of the players trained at their own convenience and their schedules were not coordinated by the Union.

KCB Retain Kenya Cup

KCB RFC once again proved to be the best club side locally. The squad coached by Curtis Olago was vastly experienced with numerous current and former national team players like Brian Nyikuli, Darwin Mukidza. Curtis Lilako, Davis Chenge, Jacob Ojee, Martin Owila, Moses Amusala, Oliver Mangeni, Peter Karia, Andrew Amonde and Vincent Onyala.

Kenya women win Africa sevens tournament

Kenya players celebrate winning the tournament

The 2018 Africa womens sevens tournament was held in Botswana. South Africa skipped the tournament in order to focus on the upcoming women’s sevens world cup . The Kenya women’s sevens team was a class above all the other teams. They won the tournament in commanding fashion, scoring 181 points and conceding only 12 points.

Kenya’s Results

Group Stage

Kenya 41 – Senegal 0
Kenya 42 – Madagascar 0

Cup Quarter-Finals: Kenya 42 – Zambia 5
Cup Semi-Finals: Kenya 27 – Madagascar 0
Cup Final: Kenya 29 – Uganda 7

Women’s sevens world cup qualifiers

At the Hong Kong Sevens which was a qualifier for the World Sevens Series Core status, the Kevin Wambua coached side reached the Cup semis after losing 12-7 to South Africa in sudden death, an improvement from last year where they reached the quarters.

They had topped Pool X with victories over Papua New Guinea, South Africa and Mexico, and went on to beat Argentina in the quarters before losing to South Africa in the semis.

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Julius Korir: Kenya’s sole gold medalist at the 1984 Olympics

Korir ran a blistering last 200m to leave the others gasping for breath

The period between 1981 and 1986 was a dry spell for Kenyan athletics. During this period Kenyan athletes did not win any gold medals at global events such as the Olympics, the world athletics championships, the Commonwealth games or the world cross country championships.

The only global champion during this period was Julius Korir who won gold medals at the 1982 Commonwealth games and then shocked the world by winning the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics.

His running career begun to take shape when he joined the Kenya army in 1979. In those days, the army was the vehicle by which many of Kenya’s top running talents sharpened their running skills.

At the 1982 African athletics championships, he took the silver medal in the steeplechase behind Ethiopian Eshetu Tura. Compatriot Joshua Kipkemboi took bronze.

He continued to work hard and raise his game. n September of 1982, he went to the 1982 Commonwealth games. At this time, Kenya athletics was in a downward spiral. Having boycotted the 1976 and 1980 Olympics, Kenyan athletics had lost its edge. Kenya’s performance was below par. The bright spot was Korir who won Kenya’s sole gold medal, winning the 3000m steeplechase.

He won by beating the heavily favoured Graeme Fell of England in the final.

Race Video

Julius Korir in the NCAA

Korir would then leave the country to pursue a running scholarship at Washington State University in 1982. It was a college that was notable for recruiting top tier Kenyans, most notably Henry Rono who became a legend there in the late 1970s.

His college running career was stellar. He won the 5000m at the 1984 NCAA championships. He would then win the 3000m steeplechase at the 1986 NCAA championships. Prior to that, he had finished second twice in the NCAA 3000m steeplechase. In 1983, as a freshman, he finished second behind Brian Diemer and in 1984 he was second to Farley Gerber.

Julius Korir at the 1984 Olympics

Not much was expected from the Kenyan contingent to the 1984 Olympics. Not even from Korir. he had finished 7th at the 1983 world athletics championships. The 3000m steeplechase was going to be tough. He was far from the favourite. The athlete who was getting most of the publicity was Henry Marsh, who was favoured. He was a vastly experienced and supremely tactical runner. Also in the race was another American Brian Diemer who had beaten Korir at the 1983 NCAA championships. Then there was the Frenchman Joseph Mahmoud who had finished fourth at the 1983 world athletics championships. he ran the fastest time of 1984, clocking 8:07.62 in Brussels.

In a highly tactical race, the lead changed hands multiple times until the last lap when Korir went to the front, closely followed by Marsh who looked poised to make his move. Korir held on until 200m were left. At this time he suddenly accelerated leaving the rest of the field in his wake. No one had answer for Korir’s sudden kick. Mahmoud tried to give chase but he did not have enough left in the tank. Marsh staggered at the end and was passed by Diemer who pipped him to take bronze. Korir won in a commanding fashion, finishing at least ten metres ahead of the rest of the field. He clocked 8:11.80 which remained his personal best

Prior to the games, yours truly remembers commentators on TV and radio going on endlessly about Henry Marsh. The chatter was even higher in the USA where Korir was still pursuing his college running career. Korir later said that the constant mention of Marsh that motivated hm to work hard at preparing for the games.

Race Video

Julius Korir Video Profile

Julius Korir Later Years (road career)

His career petered out after he won the 1986 NCAA championships. This was due to knee injuries mostly accumulated while running in the NCAA. The NCAA circuit is very demanding and exceptional runners like Korir are often called upon to run in multiple races because this helps their school accumulate points. The net result of all this over-racing is stress related injuries. Many of the Kenyans who ran in the NCAA especially in the 1980s had very short careers.

Later on he embarked on a road racing career. He recorded impressive times including a 27:51 for the 10K and 60 minutes for the half marathon.

Julius Korir Personal Bests

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Kenya Football Gallery for 2018

2019 AFCON Qualifiers

Paul Put his position as Harambee stars coach quit after only 3 months on the job


French coach Sebastian Migne was appointed Harambee Stars coach in May to replace Belgian Paul Put


Spain based Ismail Gonzalez was solid in defensive midfield as Kenya beat Ghana 1-0 to record their first win of the 2019 ACN qualifiers.


Against Ghana, Olunga was a livewire. His pressure resulted in Ghanaian defender Opoku scoring an own goal.


Michael Olunga scored the 1st goal as Kenya beat Ethiopia 3-0 in the 2019 ACN qualifier.


Dennis Odhiambo, Eric Johana and Abud Omar celebrate after Johana scored the second goal against Ethiopia


Skipper Wanyama is congratulated after he scored the 3rd goal against Ethiopia from the spot


Entry was free in the Kenya Ethiopia match.


2018 AWCON Qualifiers

Kenya’s Mwanahalima Adam tussles with a Ugandan defender in the opening round of the 2018 Africa Nations cup. Kenya beat Uganda 1-0 on aggregate.


Tereza Engesha celebrates after scoring against Equatorial Guinea in the second round of the 2018 AWCON qualifiers. Kenya won 2-1 in Machakos but were beaten 2-0 in the return leg


2018 InterContinental Cup

Kenya lost to India 3-0 in the opening match of the 2018 Intercontinental cup. They met India in the final again, losing 2-0


Kenya beat Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) 4-0 in the second match


Clifford Miheso scored the first goal from a free-kick as Kenya shocked New Zealand 2-1 to book a place in the final


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Kenya at the 2018 South Africa sevens

It was new coach Paul Murunga’s second outing. Kenya was still without veterans like Collins Injera, Willy Ambaka, Oscar Ouma and Bill Odhiambo who were not available for various reasons. In a further setback, Jeff Oluoch who had been the leading scorer a weak earlier in Dubai, suddenly left the camp. No explanation was offered



Cyprian Kuto in action against England

Group Stage

England 29 Kenya 12 (HT 12 – 7)

C Kuto 4′,
L Mugaisi 8′
T Mitchell 2′ & 14′
E Agero 4′

Fiji 38 Kenya 7 (HT 24 – 0)

V Onyala 12′

E Agero 12′

France 19 – Kenya 12 (HT 12 – 5)

AO Otieno 2′


Challenge Trophy Quarter Finals

Argentina 34 Kenya 31 (HT 24 – 5)

L Mugaisi 9′
AO Otieno 11′
V Onyala 12′
J Olindi 14′
S Motari 16′

D Taabu 11′ & 13′ & 14′

13th Place Semi Final

Zimbabwe 19 – Kenya 31

J Olindi 2′
D Taabu 5′
D Ombachi 7′
V Onyala 9′ & 11′


D Taabu 3′ & 6′
J Olindi 9′

13th Place Playoff

Wales 26 – Kenya 33 (HT 19 – 12)

J Olindi 1′ & 9′ & 11′
C Kuto 8′
L Mugaisi 13′


D Taabu 1′ & 9′ & 11′ & 13′


Leonard Mugaisi racing away from Dan Norton of England

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Kenya at the 2018 Dubai Sevens

At the end of the 2017-2018 season, KRFU saw it fit to terminate the services of coach Ian Simiyu who had done well during the season. They replaced him with former national team player Paul Murunga who had no previous experience. The team to Dubai was also missing several key players who had featured for the national XV team thus making them unavailable. The net result was a poor performance at the 2018 Dubai sevens where Kenya lost every game.

Jeffery Otieno was one of the few bright spots

Group Stage

Kenya 7s 14 – 35 Scotland 7s
Tries:J Olindi 10′, D Ombachi 16′
Conversions:  J Olindi 10′, B Wahinya 16′

Kenya 7s 17 – 21 France 7s
Tries: D Ombachi 8′ & 13′ , J Olindi 14′
Conversions: J Olindi 8′

Fiji 7s 43 – 12 Kenya 7s
Tries:  S Motari 8′,  JO Otieno 16′
Conversions: E Agero 9′

Challenge Trophy Quarter Finals

Spain 7s 26 – 19 Kenya 7s
Tries: JO Otieno 2′ & 11′, L Mugasi 6′
Conv: J Olindi 2′, E Agero 6′

13th Place Semi Final, Match 33

Japan 7s 26 – 19 Kenya 7s
Tries: L Mugasi 2′ & 15′, D Ombachi 11′


Erick Ogweno
Eden Agero
Cyprian Kuto
Dennis Onkeo Ombachi
Samuel Motari
Alvin Otieno
Herman Francis Humwa
Erick Ombasa
Charles Omondi
Jeffrey Okwacha Otieno
Brian Wahinya
Johnstone Olindi
Leonard Mugasi
Daniel Taabu

Kenya were left mostly chasing shadows

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La vie des hommes by Franco (Lyrics and Translation)


This song was released in 1986 as part of an album celebrating the 30th anniversary of the formation of TPOK Jazz. The album was labeled 30 Ans du success and had two other songs: Ida and Celio. Franco is the lead singer / narrator while the backup vocals are provided by Madilu System.

In past years, Franco was known for composing songs that were largely critical of women. In the mid 1980s however he changed tact and sung songs from the perspective of women. La Vie des Hommes was one the second major composition of this genre.


La vie des hommes (The lives of men: Luambo-Makiadi) is a song in which Franco describes the life of a woman whose husband completely neglects his first wife and children to benefit a second wife. He refuses to eat food prepared by the first wife for fear of being poisoned. He deserts his home and no longer gives the household money to the first wife. Throughout the song, the first wife, known as Marie Louise, laments and asks God why such a fate has befallen her.

Song video

Lyrics and Translation

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