Kenya Boxing Results at the 1992 Olympics

The 1992 Olympics were held in Barcelona Spain. Kenya had performed very well in the previous Olympics. However, in the intervening four years, the world of amateaur boxing had changed dramatically. A new computerized scoring system was introduced and Kenyan boxers had not adapted to it. In fact some would say that even today, almost three decades later, Kenya is still behind.

It was a below par performance by Kenya. Unlike 1988 when Kenya sent a full team with 12 boxers, this time only 5 Kenyan boxers qualified.

Only Nicodemus “Computer” Odore won a match. It is worth noting that Nicodemus is a nephew of legendary Kenyan footballer from the 1970s, Samson Odore


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Kenya boxing results at the 1988 Olympics




Kenya’s performance at the 1988 Olympics is the best ever by an African nation. Robert Wangila became the first African ever to win an Olympic gold medal. This is a feat that has not been replicated by any other African since then. Light Middleweight Christopher Sande reached the semi-finals and earned a bronze medal. Three other Kenyans made it to the quarter-finals: Stephen Mwema, Joseph Akhasamba and Harold Obunga. Of note: Super-Heavyweight Chris Odera lost to future world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis who was then fighting for Canada.


Video of Robert Wangila in the gold medal match

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Kenya boxing results at the 1984 Olympics

At the 1984 Olympics that were held in Los Angeles, California USA, Kenya bagged one bronze medal via Ibrahim “Surf” Bilali. Two other Kenyans, John Wanjau and Sylanus Okelo reached the quarter-finals with the latter losing to the future world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.


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Kenya Boxing results at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Gicharu, Kenya's sole medalist

At the 2014 Commonwealth games boxing event, Kenya ended with one bronze medal which came courtesy of bantamweight Benson Gicharu Njagiru. As a result Kenya finished 14th overall and 5th in Africa.

All in all, Kenya had one semi-finalist and three quarter-finalists. A far cry from the glory days of the 1970s and 1980s when Kenya were the commonwealth Games champions.



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Kenyan boxing results at the 2015 All African games

Benson Gicharu and Rayton Okwiri.Image courtesy of AIBA

Kenya won only two medals at the 2015 All Africa games. Both were bronze medals won by Elly Ajowi (heavyweight)  and Nick Okoth Abaka (lightweight). As a result Kenya finished 12th overall in the boxing table, a far cry from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s when Kenya were Africa and Commonwealth games boxing champions.

Nick Okoth had defeated Ethiopia’s Biru Mefsin 3:0 in the opening round. In the next round he beat Mike Oliver Fokoua Tchuem of Cameroon 3:0 . In the quarter-finals he beat Ghobosheane Mohlerepe of Botswana 3:0.  In the semis he lost to Reda Benbaziz of Algeria, the eventual gold medal winner.

Elly Ajowi opened his campaign by beating Kevin Kilendo of Seychelles 3:0. He then beat Arnold Akani Phuzi of South Africa 2:1 to reach the semi-finals before losing to on a third round technical knock out to Nigeria’s Efe Tobor Apochi on a technical knock out.

Bantamweight Benson Gicharu Njagiru  from whom much was expected, reached the quarter-final with a unanimous points victory over Mombey Franck from Gabon in the opening round. In the quarter-finals he lost 3:0 to Khalil Litim of Algeria

Light Welterweight Victor Odhiambo lost in the opening round to Tsepo Lepogo of Lesotho via technical knockout as did Black Moses Mathenge who lost his opening bout to Getachew Akililu of Ethiopia 2:1

Light-Flyweight Peter Mungai received a bye to the second round where he beat Fazil Juma Kaggwa of Uganda 2:1.In the quarter-finals he lost to Matias Hamunyela of Namibia.

Flyweight Simon Mulinge also received a bye to the second round where he beat Prince Moukoyou Kimbouala of Congo 3:0. In the quarter-finals he lost to Mokhoto Moroke of Lesotho via technical knockout.

Welterwight Rayton Okwiri, a bronze medalist at the 2011 edition, opened his campaign with a 3: 0 win over Mohamed Hikal II of Egypt. In the quarter-finals, he lost to Oluwafemi Oyeleye of Nigeria, 2:1

Light-Heavyweight Tobias Okeyo lost his opening round 2:1 to Ekele Danuloko of Nigeria.

Heayweight Daniel Shisia, also a bronze medalist from the 2011 edition, lost his opening bout by technical knockout to Ajagba Efe of Nigeria.

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Epic try by Dennis Ombachi that sealed Kenya’s place in Rio

Kenya faced arch rivals Zimbabwe in the final match of the Africa round Olympics qualifiers in South Africa. Time expired with Zimbabwe leading 17-14. All the Zims needed to do was boot the ball into touch. However the kickoff was received by the Kenya winger. The ball eventually found its way into the hands of Dennis Ombachi who embarked on a scintillating run featuring power, speed and agility.

He brushed off two would be tacklers who proceeded to fall down as if they had fallen off a moving bus or matatu. He then picked up speed and as two Zimbabwe defenders closed in, Ombachi executed a sudden change of direction that left the Zim defenders sprawling, leaving Ombachi to score beneath the posts and seal Kenya’s ticket to Rio.

The 2016 Olympics will feature rugby sevens for the first time ever. However Kenya has its work cut out. It is a Kenya team that is a far cry from the 2013 team that reached the rugby world cup semis under Mike Friday.


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Tylor Ongwae’s professional career off to flying start


Kenya basketball ace Tylor Okari Ongwae became a professional in August of this year when he joined Swedish second tier side Solna Vikings. Ongwae, a product of Friends school Kamusinga, Ranger college in Shreveport and the University of Louisiana Monroe, is already having a sensational season. Through 7 games, he is averaging 18.1 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game. His side Solna Vikings are currently third in the standings as they aim to return to the top tier.

After the last match, in which Solna Vikingsbeat Norrort 89-55, coach Janne Koskimies sung Ongwae’s praises, “Tylor defended their big man Marcus Friman out of the game Norrort scored only 17 points before halftime.  I have to mention again Nick and Tylor and the balance they are bringing to our team”. said Koskimmies

Images courtesy of Ronn Makkonnen


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Harambee Stars can go places if supported

Michael Olunga celebrating with Jacob Keli and Anthony Akumu. Courtesy of the Daily Nation

Against all odds, Kenya’a Harambee Stars pulled off a shock 1-0 win over Cape Verde in the opening match of the 2018 World cup qualifiers. No one gave Kenya a chance given the shoddy preparations in which the players assembled only two days before the match and did not play any friendlies. Player morale was also down because not only are their allowances not being paid, but also overseas based players are being asked to foot their own travel expenses. And the Harambee Stars had dissapointed fans when they put on a listless display

Cape Verde for their part are a star studded side. All their players ply their trade in Europe. They have qualified for the last two Africa Nations cup and were ranked at number 32 in the FIFA rankings, a sharp contrast to Harambee stars who are ranked at number 125, a good 92 places below Cape Verde.

Despite all these odds and despite fans having given up on them, Harambee Stars did not just beat Cape Verde 1-0, but they dominated the game and would have won by a larger margin had they converted their chances. Cape Verde coach, Rui Aguas who was the top scorer in the European champions cup in 1988 admitted that Kenya were the better side.

“Kenya deserved the win,they played better than us and created more chances but I`m optimistic that we still have a chance”

Coach Bobby Williamson got his tactics right, deploying a 4-2-3-1 system with Finland based Clifton Miheso and Kevin Kimani operating on the flanks to take advantage of their speed. It was Miheso’s cross that was headed home by Michael Olunga. Debutant Mohamed Mbongi also acquited himself well as did grizzled veteran Anthony Akumu and the defensive pair of David Owino and Harun Shakava.

If Kenya can play this well against a quality side despite poor preparations then how well can they play with decent preparations.

What if the government organized training camps instead of sending them to Brazil on holiday?

What if the FKF organized quality friendly matches to allow the team to gel as players have been pleading for?

And what if the players were incentivized instead of making them pay for their own airline tickets?

And going a step further what if there were proper youth development structures in the country?

The highest FIFA ranking Kenya ever achieved was in 1998 at the height of Fabisch mania. Back then they achieved a FIFA ranking of 68. In 1983, Kenya achieved an ELO ranking of 60. This was after they won the CECAFA cup for the third time in a row.  The current team is quite capable of rising to the top 60 in the world if given proper support.


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Franco Luambo and Mobutu Sese Seko a strange relationship


Franco always had a political bent which he expressed in many of his songs. While still in his teens, he had been a trouble maker before Congo got independence from the Belgians. One of his earliest forays into politics came in 1957 when one of his songs was banned by the colonial authorities.

Soon after independence,Franco would sing a number of poitical songs, starting with the number “Ba Deputes botika Mbilinga, Mbilinga (Parliamenterians stop the confusion). He would follow this up with two more numbers: Docteur Moise Tshombe and Government ya Katanga Orientale.


Franco sings Liwa ya Lumumba (Liwa ya Emery)

Franco’s Au Commandement

Franco sings Luvumbu Ndoki after the Pentecost hangings


Mobutu changes the country’s name to Zaire and Introduces La Authenticite Franco sings “Oya”


MPR Propaganda Tours


Mobutu gives the Un-Deux-Trois Nightclub and MAZADIS to Franco


Helene and Jacky Land Franco in Prison


Kengo Wa Dondo was born Leon Lubiscz. He changed his name during La Authenticite

Lettre à Mr. Le Directeur Général

Franco’s Candidat na Biso Mobutu

Franco’s passing and funeral

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Fourth succesive New York Marathon title for Kenyans


Stanley Biwott won the 2015 New York marathon in impressive fashion, beating a strong field that included two time Boston marathon winner, Lelisa Desisa, former world record holder Wilson Kipsang and world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor.

Biwott won by leaving his surge to the very end. Desisa made his surge at the halfway mark.and whittled the leading pack to eight. Geoffrey Kamworor surged to the front at the 20 mile mark and clocking a 4:24 mile. The surge broke Kipsang and Desisa, leaving only Kamworor and Biwott. However Kamworor soon fell back after having expended his energy on the surge. Biwott ended up winning in 2:10.34.

Biwott becomes the fourth successive Kenyan winner after Geoffrey Mutai who won twice and Wilson Kipsang who won in 2014.

Mary Keitany defends her title

Mary Keitany’s win was impressive by the sheer distance by which she beat the field. She produced an incredible turn of speed over the last 5 miles to win in 2:24.25. She finished a good 1:07 minutes ahead of second placed Aselefech Mergia.

At the 20 mile mark, the leading pack had four runners: Priscah Jeptoo, the 2013 winner,  along with the Ethiopian duo of Tigist Tufa and Mergia,. That was when Keitany produced a burst of speed that broke the leading pack.

Keitany became the first woman to successfully defend her title at the New York City Marathon since Paula Radcliffe in 2008, and afterwards, the 33-year-old said much of her performance can be credited to previous race experience.

“I learned lessons here in 2011, so today I had to be patient and wait,” she said. “I was very confident coming here. At home my training was perfect and I was coming to defend my title. It helped that I understood the course, as the field was very tough.”


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