Kenya at the 2019 Women’s Afrobasket (Stats and Photos)


Backrow: Vilma Owino(14), Ann Rose Otieno(9), Mercy Wanyama (13), Silalei Shani Agalo (15), Belinda Okoth (12)
Front Row: Betty Kananu, Deborah Atieno Obunga, Georgia Otieno, Hilda Indasi, Samba Mjomba

The Kenya women’s basketball team qualified for the 2019 Afrobasket as a wild card team. This after they had finished as runners up in the Africa zone 5 qualifiers behind Egypt. The tourney was held in Dakar Senegal starting on 10 August 2019. Due to lack of government support, only 10 players traveled. Also Seline Okumu, Rose Ouma and Felmas Koranga who were part of the team that did duty for the country at the Zone Five qualifiers, had opted out of the team due to personal reasons.

Kenya was placed in group C with Mozambique and Cape Verde. The veteran Silalei Shani Agalo who had retired from international basketball in 2015 made a comeback. But the same issues that plagued the team previously came back to haunt the team. Among other things, the players were paid on a fraction of the daily allowances that they were initially promised. As a result morale was low in camp.

Match 1: Mozambique 55 Kenya 39

Players Min Pts FG 2Pts 3Pts FT REB AST TO STL BLK
 Deborah Atieno Obunga 16 0 0/3         0% 0/3        0% 0/0 0/0 0 0 5 0 0
Betty Samba Mjomba 20 4 2/7     28.6% 2/6   33.3% 0/1 0% 0/0 3 1 3 2 0
 Hilda Indasi 31 6 2/8      25% 2/7    28.6% 0/1 0% 2/2 100% 4 0 3 1 0
Ann Rose Atieno 20 2 1/9     11.1% 1/9   11.1% 0/0 0/0 4 0 1 0 0
Georgia Otieno 09 2 1/2      50% 1/1    100% 0/1 0% 0/0 1 1 0 0 0
 Betty Kananu 24 4 1/6   16.7% 1/3   33.3% 0/3 0% 2/2 100% 2 1 3 1 0
Belinda Okoth 13 2 0/3        0% 0/3        0% 0/0 2/4 50% 4 0 2 0 1
 Mercy Wanyama 29 9 4/14 28.6% 4/13 30.8% 0/1 0% 1/2 50% 12 0 2 1 0
 Vilma Owino 14 4 2/8    25% 2/8    25% 0/0 0/0 6 0 2 0 0
Silalei Agalo Shani 25 6 2/7 28.6% 2/7 28.6% 0/0 2/4 50% 10 1 2 1 0
Total 200 39 15/67 22.4% 15/60 25% 0/7 0%
9/14 64.3% 53 4 16 6 1

 

Match 2 Cape Verde 64 Kenya 57

 

Players Min Pts FG 2Pts 3Pts FT REB AST TO STL BLK
Deborah Atieno Obunga 15 0 0/3          0% 0/3       0% 0/0 0/0 2 0 4 0 0
 Betty Samba Mjomba 17 3 0/4          0% 0/3       0% 0/1      0% 3/4        75% 4 2 3 1 0
 Hilda Indasi 27 14 5/10       50% 3/7  42.9% 2/3 66.7% 2/2      100% 5 3 4 0 0
Ann Rose Atieno 19 6 3/6        50% 3/6     50% 0/0 0/0 4 2 3 1 0
Georgia Otieno 17 1 0/6          0% 0/4       0% 0/2     0% 1/2        50% 4 1 2 0 0
 Betty Kananu 26 6 2/9      22.2% 1/7   14.3% 1/2   50% 1/4        25% 1 1 2 1 0
Belinda Okoth 12 2 0/1          0% 0/1       0% 0/0 2/2      100% 3 0 0 0 0
 Mercy Wanyama 24 10 5/7     71.4% 5/7  71.4% 0/0 0/2          0% 7 0 1 0 1
Vilma Owino 25 15 7/14      50% 7/10   70% 0/40% 1/3     33.3% 11 1 2 1 1
 Silalei Agalo Shani 18 0 0/2          0% 0/2       0% 0/0 0/0 3 1 0 0 0
200 57 22/62 35.5% 19/50 38% 3/12 25% 10/19 52.6% 17 11 20 4 2

 

Match 3: Angola 64 Kenya 51

Players Min Pts FG 2Pts 3Pts FT REB AST TO STL BLK
 Deborah Atieno Obunga 35 7 3/10      30% 2/7 28.6% 1/3   33.3% 0/0 7 3 5 1 0
Betty Samba Mjomba 5 0 0/3          0% 0/1      0% 0/2        0% 0/0 0 0 1 0 0
 Hilda Indasi 37 11 4/11   36.4% 3/7 42.9% 1/4      25% 2/2     100% 3 3 3 1 0
Ann Rose Atieno 10 2 1/3     33.3% 1/3 33.3% 0/0 0/0 2 2 1 0 0
Georgia Otieno 3 2 1/2        50% 1/1  100% 0/1        0% 0/0 0 0 0 0 0
 Betty Kananu 30 5 2/11   18.2% 2/3 66.7% 0/8        0% 1/4       25% 2 2 3 1 0
Belinda Okoth 17 12 4/5        80% 4/4  100% 0/1        0% 4/4     100% 7 1 0 0 2
 Mercy Wanyama 22 6 2/9     22.2% 2/9 22.2% 0/0 2/4       50% 8 1 2 1 1
 Vilma Owino 23 4 1/1      100% 1/1  100% 0/0 2/4       50% 7 0 3 3 1
Silalei Agalo Shani 18 2 1/3     33.3% 1/3 33.3% 0/0 0/0 4 0 0 0 2
Totals 200 51 19/58 32.8% 17/39 43.6% 2/19 10.5% 11/18 61.1% 46 12 18 7 6

 

Kenya vs Mozambique Photos


Hilda Indasi Luvandwa


Vilma Owino posts up


Indasi on defence

 


Betty Kananu on defence

 


Deborah Atieno Obunga leading a fast break

Kenya vs Cape Verde Photos


Betty Kananu leading the fast break


Coach Owino giving instructions during a time-out


Silalei Shani on defence


Samba Mjomba driving


Indasi soars above the Cape Verde defence


Vilma Owino going for two

Kenya vs Angola Photos


Angola makes Mercy Wanyama work hard for two points


Anne Rose Otieno sets up the offence


Mjomba drives to the hoop


Silalei Shani defends the post

Indasi receives a pass


Indasi goes glass


Belinda Okoth and Silalei make a concerted effort to defend the paint


Deborah Obunga looking for space

General Photos


Kananu, Shani, Obunga, Mjomba


Anne Rose Atieno


Mercy Wanyama


Vilam Owino


Though happy in this pic, the team had to endure poor treatment

 


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Afrocan 2019: Tylor Okari Ongwae puts on a performance for the ages

The inaugural Afrocan was held in July 2019 in Bamako, Mali. The tournament features players who are based in domestic African leagues with each team allowed two foreign based players. Kenya’s foreign player quota was filled by forward Tylor Okari Ongwae and centre Tom Wamukota.

Ongwae played NCAA division one basketball at the University of Louisiana at Monroe whom he led in scoring, before proceeding to Europe where he has played for a number of teams in Sweden and Denmark.

At the 2019 Afrocan, Ongwae led Kenya to its best ever performance in a continental basketball tournament. He carried much of the scoring load, scoring a total of 130 points of the 470 points that Kenya scored (27%). With an average of 21.7 points per game, he was the leading scorer in the tournament. Most notable was his last second buzzer beat which gave Kenya a cliff-hanger 85-83 win over Cote’d Ivoire.


Ongwae made the all tournament first team

Ongwae was also key in generating offence for the rest of the team. He averaged 4.5 assists per game which was third best in the entire tournament. An excellent record for a forward.

He also made his presence felt on the defensive end, finishing with 2.5 steals per game which was sixth best in the entire tournament. He led the team in rebounding with 7.7 rebounds per game which was tenth best in  the tournament.

Efficiency is a is a composite basketball statistic that is derived from basic individual statistics: points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, turnovers and shot attempts. Ongwae was tops in this statistic with an efficiency rating of 127. The next best player was Maxi Munanga Shamba of Congo DR with 81. So clearly Ongwae was the best player in the tournament. However the MVP title is typically given to a player on the winning team so it went to Shamba.

 


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Kenya at the 2019 AFROCAN (Stats and Photos)

Match 1 Kenya 81 Nigeria 69

Players Min Pts FG 2Pts 3Pts FT REB AST TO STL BLK
Griffin Ligare 37 9 3/5 60% 2/3 66.7% 1/2 50% 2/2 100% 7 6 2 1 0
Erick Reuben Mutoro 30 12 5/13 38.5% 3/8 37.5% 2/5 40% 0/0 4 3 1 2 0
Tylor Ongwae 38 31 11/23 47.8% 4/7 57.1% 7/16 43.8% 2/2 100% 2 9 5 4 0
Fidel Okoth 03 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 1 0 0
Valentine Onyango Nyakinda 13 2 1/3 33.3% 1/2 50% 0/1 0% 0/0 3 1 0 1 0
Desmond Owili 14 8 4/7 57.1% 4/6 66.7% 0/1 0% 0/0 3 0 0 0 0
Ronald Gombe 14 0 0/1 0% 0/1 0% 0/0 0/0 2 2 1 0 1
Tom Wamukota 20 7 1/8 12.5% 1/7 14.3% 0/1 0% 5/6 83.3% 6 1 6 3 0
Okall Koranga 26 12 5/8 62.5% 5/8 62.5% 0/0 2/2 100% 10 1 3 0 0


 Ligare drives against the Naija defence


 Solid defence held Nigeria to 69 points


 Okari slices the Naija defence


 Opening up the Nigeria defence

Match 2: Kenya 65 vs DR Congo 82

Players Pts FG 2Pts 3Pts FT REB AST TO STL BLK
Griffin Ligare 11 4/11 36.4% 1/3 33.3% 3/8 37.5% 0/0 3 4 1 1 0
Erick Reuben Mutoro 8 3/9 33.3% 1/3 33.3% 2/6 33.3% 0/0 2 4 0 0 0
Faheem Juma 2 1/3 33.3% 1/2 50% 0/1 0% 0/0 2 1 0 1 0
Victor Odendo 0 0/1 0% 0/0 0/1 0% 0/0 4 1 1 0 0
Tylor Ongwae 20 8/18 44.4% 6/12 50% 2/6 33.3% 2/4 50% 9 3 3 5 0
Fidel Okoth 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0
Valentine Onyango Nyakinda 3 1/4 25% 1/3 33.3% 0/1 0% 1/2 50% 1 0 0 0 0
Desmond Owili 3 1/3 33.3% 0/2 0% 1/1 100% 0/0 1 0 0 0 0
Ronald Gombe 2 1/4 25% 1/4 25% 0/0 0/0 3 2 2 2 0
Tom Wamukota 12 6/17 35.3% 6/16 37.5% 0/1 0% 0/0 4 3 1 2 0
Okall Koranga 4 2/5 40% 2/5 40% 0/0 0/0 6 1 1 2 1

 


Wamukota searching for options against the DRC


Okari soars past the DRC defence

Round of 16: Kenya 85 vs Cote’d Ivoire 83


Okari escapes CIV defence for an open dunk


Eric Mutoro flies past  the CIV defence


Eric Mutoro takes on the CIV point guard

Round of 8: Kenya 82 vs Tunisia 76

Players Min Pts FG 2Pts 3Pts FT REB AST TO STL BLK
Griffin Ligare 39 22 8/18 44.4% 6/10 60% 2/8 25% 4/5 80% 5 1 3 2 0
Erick Reuben Mutoro 41 14 4/18 22.2% 2/8 25% 2/10 20% 4/6 66.7% 6 5 3 4 0
Faheem Juma 1 0 0/1 0% 0/1 0% 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0
Victor Odendo 23 4 1/2 50% 1/2 50% 0/0 2/3 66.7% 6 0 5 0 0
Tylor Ongwae 29 14 6/16 37.5% 5/12 41.7% 1/4 25% 1/1 100% 6 4 3 1 0
Valentine Onyango Nyakinda 02 1 0/2 0% 0/2 0% 0/0 1/2 50% 1 0 0 1 0
Desmond Owili 16 4 1/3 33.3% 1/3 33.3% 0/0 2/4 50% 2 2 1 2 0
Ronald Gombe 12 0 0/2 0% 0/2 0% 0/0 0/0 4 0 0 1 0
Tom Wamukota 37 21 8/12 66.7% 8/12 66.7% 0/0 5/11 45.5% 14 0 4 0 1
Okall Koranga 25 2 0/1 0% 0/1 0% 0/0 2/4 50% 10 1 0 0 1


 Wamukota sizes up the Tunisian defence


 Mutoro shakes and bakes against the Tunisian defence


 Wamukota sets a screen for Okari


 Okari ready to drive against the Tunisian defence


 Odendo initiates the offence against Tunisia


 Koranga in action against Tunisia


 Okari ready to drive against the Tunisian defence


 Tunisian player was inconsolable upon losing to Kenya

 

Semi-Final: Kenya 96 vs Morocco 66

Players Min Pts FG 2Pts 3Pts FT REB AST TO STL BLK
Situma Khaemba 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0
Griffin Ligare 32 8 3/9 33.3% 2/3 66.7% 1/6 16.7% 1/1 100% 6 6 2 0 0
Erick Reuben Mutoro 32 32 12/20 60% 4/7 57.1% 8/13 61.5% 0/1 0% 4 1 3 1 0
Faheem Juma 4 0 0/1 0% 0/0 0/1 0% 0/0 1 0 0 1 0
Victor Odendo 14 9 3/3 100% 0/0 3/3 100% 0/0 0 2 0 0 0
Tylor Ongwae 31 20 5/16 31.2% 3/11 27.3% 2/5 40% 8/9 88.9% 10 6 2 2 1
Fidel Okoth 10 3 1/2 50% 0/1 0% 1/1 100% 0/0 3 3 0 0 0
Valentine Onyango Nyakinda 3 0 0/1 0% 0/1 0% 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0 0
Desmond Owili 12 2 1/4 25% 1/2 50% 0/2 0% 0/0 2 3 0 0 1
Ronald Gombe 20 6 3/7 42.9% 3/7 42.9% 0/0 0/0 14 2 0 1 1
Tom Wamukota 17 8 4/6 66.7% 4/6 66.7% 0/0 0/0 2 1 0 1 0
Okall Koranga 21 8 3/6 50% 3/6 50% 0/0 2/2 100% 4 0 0 0 0


Ron Gombe and Wamukota during a timeout


Morocco players dejected at losing by 30 points


Morocco players left speechless


Wamukota celebrates after beating Morocco emphatically

 

Final Kenya 62 DR Congo 81

Players Min Pts FG 2Pts 3Pts FT REB AST TO STL BLK
Griffin Ligare 36 6 3/12 25% 3/8 37.5% 0/4 0% 0/0 5 1 7 6 0
Erick Reuben Mutoro 26 15 5/9 55.6% 2/4 50% 3/5 60% 2/4 50% 4 0 2 1 0
Victor Odendo 18 2 0/4 0% 0/0 0/4 0% 2/2 100% 2 0 1 0 0
Tylor Ongwae 38 21 7/20 35% 5/13 38.5% 2/7 28.6% 5/5 100% 9 0 2 1 0
Fidel Okoth 04 4 2/3 66.7% 2/2 100% 0/1 0% 0/0 0 0 0 0 0
Valentine Onyango Nyakinda 02 0 0/1 0% 0/1 0% 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0
Desmond Owili 06 0 0/5 0% 0/5 0% 0/0 0/0 4 0 0 0 1
Ronald Gombe 17 4 1/5 20% 1/5 20% 0/0 2/2 100% 6 1 3 0 0
Tom Wamukota 34 7 2/7 28.6% 1/6 16.7% 1/1 100% 2/4 50% 3 3 2 2 0
Okall Koranga 16 2 1/6 16.7% 1/6 16.7% 0/0 0/0 6 0 0 2 0

 


Ligare calling a play against the DRC


Desmond Owili drives to the basket against DRC


Medla ceremony for the runners up


Wamukota and Okari won inidividual awards. Okari led the entire tournament in scoring with 21.7 points per game

Individual Stats

Rank Name GP MPG PPG PTS FGM-FGA FG% 3PM-3PA 3P% FTM-FTA FT%
1. Tylor Ongwae 6 36.1 21.7 130 7.7-19.3 39.7 2.7-8.0 33.3 3.7-4.2 88.0
6. Erick Reuben Mutoro 6 29.6 15.8 95 5.7-14.0 40.5 3.2-8.2 38.8 1.3-2.5 53.3
28. Griffin Ligare 6 35.3 10.5 63 3.8-11.0 34.8 1.2-5.5 21.2 1.7-1.8 90.9
28. Tom Wamukota 6 29.5 10.5 63 3.7-9.5 38.6 0.2-0.7 25.0 3.0-4.8 62.1
76. Ronald Gombe 6 17.8 5.0 30 2.0-4.7 42.9 0.0-0.0 0.0 1.0-1.3 75.0
76. Okall Koranga 6 19.1 5.0 30 2.0-5.2 38.7 0.0-0.0 0.0 1.0-1.3 75.0
91. Desmond Owili 6 11.4 4.0 24 1.5-4.2 36.0 0.3-0.8 40.0 0.7-1.0 66.7
91. Victor Odendo 5 14.4 4.0 20 1.0-2.4 41.7 0.8-2.0 40.0 1.2-1.4 85.7
111. Fidel Okoth‎ 4 4.7 1.8 7 0.8-1.3 60.0 0.3-0.5 50.0 0.0-0.0 0.0
120. Valentine Onyango Nyakinda 6 7.0 1.0 6 0.3-2.2 15.4 0.0-0.3 0.0 0.3-0.7 50.0
123. Faheem Juma 3 5.3 0.7 2 0.3-1.7 20.0 0.0-0.7 0.0 0.0-0.0 0.0

 

Team Stats

# Team GP MPG PPG PTS FGM-FGA FG% 3PM-3PA 3P% FTM-FTA FT%
1. Angola 4 200.0 85.0 340 28.5-64.5 44.2 10.5-28.0 37.5 17.5-23.8 73.7
2. Egypt 3 208.3 82.3 247 28.0-68.3 41.0 7.0-28.7 24.4 19.3-29.3 65.9
3. Kenya 6 204.2 78.3 470 28.2-73.7 38.2 8.3-25.8 32.3 13.7-18.8 72.6
4. Dem.Rep. of Congo 4 200.0 78.0 312 30.0-62.3 48.2 8.0-27.3 29.4 10.0-17.0 58.8
5. Chad 6 204.2 76.7 460 26.8-70.8 37.9 8.0-27.2 29.4 15.0-24.2 62.1
6. Cote d’Ivoire 3 200.0 73.7 221 28.3-71.3 39.7 6.0-19.0 31.6 11.0-18.7 58.9
7. Algeria 6 200.0 73.2 439 25.3-61.7 41.1 4.0-17.5 22.9 18.5-26.3 70.3
8. Morocco 6 200.0 71.7 430 25.5-59.5 42.9 7.0-24.8 28.2 13.7-22.7 60.3
9. Mali 5 200.0 71.2 356 25.2-66.0 38.2 6.8-24.2 28.1 14.0-24.0 58.3
Tunisia 5 205.0 71.2 356 24.2-63.2 38.3 5.2-24.2 21.5 17.6-26.6 66.2
11. Nigeria 3 200.0 68.0 204 22.7-62.3 36.4 8.0-27.0 29.6 14.7-21.3 68.8
12. Guinea 3 200.0 55.7 167 18.7-61.0 30.6 3.7-21.0 17.5 14.7-23.0 63.8

 


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Kenya men’s basketball finally coming of age

The heroic performance by the Kenya men’s national basketball team aka the “Morans”, at the 2019 AFROCAN event, has created a lot of excitement in Kenya sports circles.

The AFROCAN is a new tournament played under the auspices of FIBA. It is intended for players based in each African country’s domestic league. Each country is allowed to deploy two non-local players. For Kenya this was Tyler Ongwae “Durango” and Tom “Bush” Wamukota, both of whom have experience playing NCAA division one basketball in the USA.

Kenya had qualified for the tournament after a solid performance in the qualifiers in which they beat traditional giants Egypt by a score of 97-79. That in itself was a massive achievement given that Egypt has in recent times, beaten Kenya by as many as 50 points.

The Kenya men’s basketball team had not qualified for a continental event since 1993 when they hosted the event and finished fourth. Indeed Kenya men’s basketball had been in the doldrums for nearly two decades while the women’s program was only slightly better.

So when Kenya qualified and was placed in a group with Nigeria and DR Congo, not much was expected from them. Nigeria and DR Congo after all are traditional continental giants. Kenya surprised everyone by hammering Nigeria 81-69.  That win was enough to earn them a place in the knockout rounds despite losing 82-65 to DR Congo.

In the knockout stage, Kenya scored a cliff-hanger 85-83 win over Ivory Coast. They then went on to record victories over other continental giants Tunisia and Morocco by scores of 82-76 and 96-66 respectively. In the final Kenya lost to bogey side DR Congo 81-62. Despite leading at halftime, Kenya seemed to have run out of steam in the second half.

The march to the final brought a level of excitement in Kenya basketball that has not been since in Kenya. The last time Kenya qualified for a continental event be it the African championships or the All Africa games was in 1989. Since then Kenya basketball fans have been subjected to mediocrity.

The high flying Tyler Ongwae led the entire tournament in scoring at 21.7 points per game. He and Tom Wamukota were voted among the 5 best players in the tournament.

 


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Yamba Ngai by Mbilia Bel (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction

The song Yamba Ngai was released in 1985. It was one among many songs composed by Tabu Ley and sung by Mbilia Bel.

Synopsis

A woman expresses her joy at getting married religiously. She discusses her emotions during the marital ceremony. She asks her partner to accept her faithfully in marriage. Having chosen her husband from among so many men, she promises her fidelity, dedication and obedience throughout their life together.

Song Video

Lyrics and Translation

 

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Ferguson Rotich with a commanding win in London

Ferguson Rotich was in sensational form on Saturday at the Mueller Anniversary games, a Diamond League meet. Rotich took command of the race in the final straight and unleashed his typical long striding finish that left the rest of the field unable to respond. Compatriot Wycliffe Kinyamal finished second, holding off Marcin Lewandoski of Poland.

Rotich now looks like Kenya’s best prospect for a medal in the 800m at the upcoming world championships. Emmanuel Korir, who dominated this event in 2018, finished a distant 8th and has lost form. Nijel Amos who last week ran the fastest 800m since 2012, fell down in the first lap.

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK POINTS
1 Ferguson Cheruiyot ROTICH KEN 1:43.14 8
2 Wyclife KINYAMAL KEN 1:43.48 7
3 Marcin LEWANDOWSKI POL 1:43.74 6
4 Cornelius TUWEI KEN 1:43.90 5
5 Wesley VÁZQUEZ PUR 1:44.42 4
6 Jamie WEBB GBR 1:44.52 3
7 Adam KSZCZOT POL 1:44.61 2
8 Emmanuel Kipkurui KORIR KEN 1:44.75 1
9 Kyle LANGFORD GBR 1:44.97
10 Elliot GILES GBR 1:45.03
11 Andreas KRAMER SWE 1:45.10
Harun ABDA USA DNF
Nijel AMOS BOT DNF

 

Other Results

In the men’s 5000m, Nicholas Kimeli finished third in 13:05.48 behind Hagos Gebrehiwet of Ethiopia and new sensation Jakob Ingebritsen of Norway. Rhonex Kipruto, a 10,000m specialist, finished sixth in this race.

Winny Chebet, who won the gold medal at the IAAF Intercontinental cup in 2018, finished second in the women’s 1500m, with a time of 3:59.93. The winner was home favourite Laura Muir.

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Kenya at the 2019 Africa Nations cup

Qualification

Kenya’s qualification campaign started on a sour note when they lost 2-1 to Sierra Leone in Freetown. Kenya were reduced to 10 men in the first half when Brian Mandela was sent off for a rash challenge. Sierra Leone had taken a 2-0 lead in part due to a controversial penalty before Michael Olunga reduced the deficit with a brilliant free-kick. Still Kenya fans were livid because they thought the loss was due to the inexperience of coach Stanley Okumbi. The perception that Okumbi was selected because at the time he also coached Kariobangi Sharks, the team owned by FKF Chairman Nick Mwendwa. Even the team sponsors Sportpesa chimed in suggesting that Mwendwa was too inexperienced.

Okumbi would later be replaced by Belgian coach Paul Put who quit after only a few months citing lack of adequate support from FKF and the government. He in turn was replaced by Frenchman Sebastian Migne. As luck would have it, Sierra Leone was disqualified giving Kenya a huge advantage over Ethiopia since the latter had actually beaten Ethiopia.

Kenya capitalized on this advantage forcing a scoreless draw away to Ethiopia before beating them 3-0 at Kasarani with goals from Olunga, Eric Johana and a Victor Wanyama penalty. Kenya would then score an upset 1-0 win over Ghana at Kasarani thanks to an own goal. By this time Kenya was certain of qualification. They lost their last match away to Ghana 1-0 due to a late goal.

With qualification in the bag, coach Migne named an interim squad of 28 that would attend training in France. Controversy surrounded the selection as fans wondered why Jesse Were and Anthony Akumu who were doing very well in the Zambian league were left out.


Kenya trained in France prior to the tournament

While in Europe, Kenya played a friendly against Madagascar whom they beat 1-0 and another against DR Congo which ended 1-1. After the training period in France, five players were dropped from that squad when the final team was named. Among those dropped was Brian Mandela who picked up an injury in France.

Final Squad

No. Pos. Player Caps Club
1 GK Farouk Shikalo 0  Bandari
2 DF Joseph Okumu 1  Real Monarchs
3 DF Aboud Omar 33  Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe
4 DF Joash Onyango 5  Gor Mahia
5 DF Musa Mohammed 35  Nkana
6 DF Bernard Ochieng 2  Vihiga United
7 MF Ayub Masika 16  Beijing Renhe
8 MF Johanna Omolo 21  Cercle Brugge
9 FW John Avire 0  Sofapaka
10 MF Eric Johanna 23  Brommapojkarna
11 MF Francis Kahata 32  Gor Mahia
12 MF Victor Wanyama (captain) 53  Tottenham Hotspur
13 DF Eric Ouma 18  Vasalund
14 FW Michael Olunga 31  Kashiwa Reysol
15 DF David Owino 52  ZESCO United
16 MF Paul Were 32   AFC Leopards
17 MF Ismael Athuman 9  Las Palmas Atlético
18 GK Patrick Matasi 19  Saint George
19 MF Ovella Ochieng 15  Vasalund
20 DF Philemon Otieno 6  Gor Mahia
21 MF Dennis Odhiambo 27  Sofapaka
22 FW Masoud Juma 6  Al-Nasr
23 GK John Oyemba 0  Kariobangi Sharks

 

Match 1: Algeria 2 – Kenya 0

First a penalty slotted home by Qatari league top scorer Baghdad Bounedjah in the 37th minute. Then Manchester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez scored from a cross in the 42nd minute. And it looked like Kenya was in trouble.

Kenya’s defence was at sixes and sevens in the first half. They had acute difficulty dealing with the long balls followed by diagonal runs that the Algerian side utilized. Often the diagonal ball left the attacker wide open with no defender in site, only for the Algerian attacker to miscue his first touch.

Kenya clearly suffered stage fright in the first half and if not for some timely tackles from the defence, matters would have been worse. They would have perhaps benefited from playing a team that has a similar style to Algeria and in front of a hostile crowd.

Francis Kahata had an off day. Whereas he is very good on the ball, his inability to shore up the defense left a huge gap on the left flank which Algeria exploited resulting in the penalty. To shore up the left flank, coach Sebastian Migne replaced Kahata with Eric Ouma Marcelo.

Algeria also applied the tactic of running at Kenyan defenders then tumbling at the slightest touch. Kenyans did not help themselves as they fell into this trap with a series of rash challenges. One such rash challenge resulted in a yellow card for Philemon Otieno. The second rash challenge from Dennis Odhiambo resulted in the penalty. Why Odhiambo would engage in a sliding tackle inside the box, knowing that the Algerians were falling at the slightest touch left many fans befuddled. Some wondered aloud why former Gor Mahia midfield ace Anthony Akumu was left out. Matters were not helped by the fact that Wanyama does not shore up the defensive midfield position as he once did.


Johana Omollo “Tosh” showed a lot of composure under pressure

Kenya’s performance in the second half was much better. Ouma not only solidified the left flank, he also made numerous forays upfront. The introduction of Johana Omollo created better coordination in midfield and Harambee stars were better able to keep the ball.

Still Michael Olunga never had a shot on goal. He was completely starved of the ball. Often Harambee stars tried to find him with a long ball. But he was often isolated with no team-mate in site to receive a head on pass.

Line-Up

Patrick Matasi, 20. Philemon Otieno, 3. Abud Omar, 2. Joseph Okumu, 5. Musa Mohamed, 21. Dennis Odhiambo, 12. Victor Wanyama, 11. Francis Kahata, 7. Ayub Timbe, 10. Eric Johanna, 14. Michael Olunga

Substitutes

Faruk Shikalo, 23. John Oyemba, 13. Eric Ouma, 15. David Owino, 6. Bernard Ochieng, 17. Ismael Gonzalez, 19. Ovella Ochieng, 8. Johanna Omollo, 16. Paul Were, 9. John Avire, 22. Masud Juma

Match 2: Kenya 3 Tanzania 2

Tanzania took the lead against the run of play. From a lightning quick counter attack, Mbwana Samatta found himself wide open on the left flank. Of all the players to leave wide open, this ought to have been the last one since he has an impressive goal-scoring record for TP Mazembe and now plays in the Belgian top tier. But Calabar was nowehere to be seen and neither was any other defender. Sammatta’s shot was parried by goalkeeper Matasi right into the path of Msuva who duly netted.


Olunga scored with a spectacular scissors kick

Kenya battled back gamely. The equalizer came via Michael Olunga who scored with a spectacular scissors kick from a goalmouth melee. Kenya had barely finished celebrating when Samatta found himself wide open again on the left flank. This time he made a clever run and latched onto a through pass, leaving Calabar in his wake. His first attempt was stopped. But he made good on his second attempt. Tanzania went into half time leading 2-1.

Kahata had a quiet game but he did not put a foot wrong and was precise with his passes. But he was replaced by John Avire before halftime as coach Migne who made a tactical change as he looked for urgency. To sharpen the attack, coach Migne also replaced Abud Omar. And John Avire of Sofapaka. impressed with his work rate.

Kenya once again battled back. From a set play, Belgium based Johana Omollo, a product of Ofafa Jericho high school, sneaked behind the Tanzania defence to head the ball home.

Kenya then appeared to take their foot off the accelerator. To add some urgency, coach Migne brought on Eric Omondi Johana. He did not have an impressive game. But his one moment of brilliance created the third goal. His mazy run down the right flank ended with a pass to Olunga who turned around and scored with a low drive past the outstretched Tanzania goalkeeper.

Joseph Okumu was once again Kenya’s most impressive defender. Omollo was solid and did not put a foot wrong. Wanyama was okay but had far too many errant passes. Often he tried to make decisive passes into the box when more patience was called for. He had a fine header saved by the goalkeeper in the second half.

Masika once again looked very lively on the flanks. However he wasted a lot of runs by giving the ball away. On the opposite flank, Ouma Santos impressed with his industry. He almost scored with a volley from close range in the 14th minute but was denied by the keeper.

Line-Ups

18. Patrick Matasi, 15. David Owino, 3. Abud Omar, 2. Joseph Okumu, 5. Musa Mohamed, 12. Victor Wanyama, 8. Johanna Omollo, 11. Francis Kahata 7. Ayub Timbe, 13. Eric Ouma, 14. Michael Olunga

Substitutes
1. Faruk Shikalo, 23. John Oyemba, 4. Joash Onyango, 20. Philemon Otieno, 6. Bernard Ochieng, 21. Dennis Odhiambo, 17. Ismael Gonzalez, 10. Eric Johanna, 19. Ovella Ochieng, 16. Paul Were, 9. John Avire, 22. Masud Juma

Match 3 Senegal 3 – Kenya 0


Abud Omar in action against Senegal

For a long period in the first half, it seemed Kenya was going to match Senegal as they strung together a series of passes, though they still did not manage a shot on goal in the first half. Johana Omollo in particular was useful when it came to connecting passing movements due to his ability to hold onto the ball under pressure.

Kenya defended stoutly in the first half. But they also have goalkeeper Matasi to thank. He made a number of daring saves including a penalty from Sadio Mane.

But Kenya soon ran out of steam. Started to give the ball away cheaply and unable to withstand the Senegal pressure, they started to boot the ball foreward to lone striker Olunga. This was futile because Olunga was always surrounded by two world class central defenders with no other attacker in sight.

Ayub Masika was to support Olunga. He tried to make incisive runs using his speed. Whereas he can outrun people in the Chinese league, he found the speedy Senegalese to be a different kettle of fish.

Wanyama was average. Dennis Odhiambo had Kenya’s first shot on goal in the 76th minute. when he latched onto a rebound. His goalbound shot was parried by the goalkeeper.

Senegal’s first goal came in the 63rd minute. From a left wing cross, Matasi misstimed his jump and missed the ball which sailed to an unmarked Ismaila Sarr. He made no mistake with a volley.

Sadio Mane would make up for his missed penalty by scoring in the 71st minute when he beat Musa Mohamed to a lose ball after Muhamed flailed on his attempted to clear the ball.

A rash challenge from Philemon Otieno gifted Senegal a penalty which Mande converted for the third goal

Line-Ups

Kenya: Patrick Matasi, Philemon Otieno, Abud Omar, Joseph Okumu, Musa Mohamed, Dennis Odhiambo, Victor Wanyama, Johanna Omollo, Ayub Timbe, Eric Ouma, Michael Olunga.

Senegal: Mendy, Ciss, Kalidou, Gassama, Gueye, Kouyate, Saivey, Ndiaye, Niang, Mane, Sarr.

 

Overall Player Ratings

 

Player Comments Ratings
Johana Omollo Stabilized the midfield as soon as he came on. Played a key role in keeping possession and connecting plays with his composure on the ball 7/10
Michael Olunga Made the most of the opportunities that came to him. Fought gamely despite being isolated for the 1st and 3rd games 7/10
Eric Ouma Solidified the left side defensively. Sent numerous useful crosses. Was quick off his mark to close down defenders. Had some wayward shots which should have been crosses 6/10
Joseph Okumu Showed a lot of composure despite his youth and inexperience. Made several timely tackles 6/10
Patrick Matasi Made several crucial saves including a penalty from Mane. Mistimed his attempts at gathering crosses 5/10
John Avire Was a tireless workhorse when given an opportunity and a useful partner for Olunga. 5/10
Eric Johana His brilliant run resulted in Olunga’s winning goal against Tanzania. Did not show much else besides that 5/10
Ayub Masika Worked tirelessly on either flank and often fell back to defend. But wasted a lot of runs by giving the ball away. 5/10
Bernard Ochieng Solidified the right flank defensively when he came on as a substitute 5/10
Victor Wanyama Battled for possession in midfield but gave the ball away too often via poor passes into the box when more patience was needed 4/10
Dennis Odhiambo Had a good attempt on goal against Senegal. Gave away a needless penalty against Algeria 4/10
Musa Mohamed There is no shame in being beaten by Mane. It was his only error of the tournament. But he did not do much else defensively 4/10
Francis Kahata Was composed and did not misplace any passes. But was unable to contend with the speed and intensity of this tournament 4/10
Philemon Otieno Was solid at times but was overwhelmed by the situation, resulting in two rash tackles that cost dearly 4/10
Abud Omar Was unable to stop the marauding wingers of Algeria and Senegal. Did not contribute offensively 3/10
David Owino Lost track of Mbwana Samatta, resulting in both Tanzania’s goals. This was not the Calabar who earned his nickname by bottling Victor Moses 3/10

 


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Now that Kenya is out, we must address our football problems


Olunga, Omollo, Masika, Abud and Ouma celebrate the second equalizer against Tanzania, Kenya’s only bright moment at AFCON 2019

For the umpteenth time Kenya has been ignominiously bundled out of the Africa cup of nations while offering very little resistance to Africa’s elite sides. Its a repeat of the same song that played when Kenya played at AFCON in 1988, 1992 and 2004. Each time Kenya failed, no action was taken to address our mediocrity thus guaranteeing a poor performance at the next tournament.

The only time Kenya gave a respectable performance was in 1972. That squad with players like Jonathan Niva, Allan Thigo, Peter Ouma “Pele”, Nicodemus Arudhi, Ouma “Chege” gave a good account of themselves, scoring in every game, forcing two draws and also losing narrowly to hosts Cameroon by a score of 2-1. They drew 1-1 with the Mali team that ended up reaching the tournament final and had the top-scorer of the tournament in Fantamady Keita.

The other appearances have been a litany of timid displays, defensive errors and poor tactical approach. In 2019 against Algeria in the opening game, Kenya did not manage a shot on goal. And though they improved in the second half, they still did not worry the Algerian goalkeeper. The same script played out against Senegal where Kenya had one good stretch of about 20 minutes in the first half. But still did not create any decent chances. In the end they managed one shot on goal.

Why are Kenya below par?

Lack of technique and ball control

Kenya players easily lose the ball under pressure. We have very few players capable of carrying the ball from deep in defence and finding an open player who can then maintain possession and move the ball forward with an accurate pass. The net result of this is that Kenya players will most often blast the ball forward when pressured thus giving the possession away. Algeria realized this flaw in Kenya’s armor and they pressured Kenya’s defenders every time Kenya had the ball. Against Senegal, Kenya had only 34% of possession compared to 66% for Senegal.

When a team lacks technically astute players, a coach is forced to adopt a defensive formation, thus limiting any possibility that the team will create scoring chances. This is exactly what happened as coach Migne opted to deploy only one striker with the midfielders playing very deep.

Poor Tactical approach

Starting in defence, Kenya conceded goals due to poor tactical approach. Against Algeria, the second goal happened because Riyadh Mahrez of all people was left wide open. Against Tanzania also, both goals happened when Mbwana Samatta was left wide open. Why is Kenya leaving the most dangerous player open? Kenya also conceded two needless penalties. Both were a result of careless sliding tackles in the penalty box.

There are numerous other reasons why Kenya failed but lets focus on what needs to be done.

Youth Development

The only way to address our issues with poor ball control and poor tactical approach is to start teaching these skills at a young age and reinforce them throughout a player’s teen years.

Centres of development must be established in several counties all over Kenya. The centres should be based in schools. Talented players should be sent to these schools on bursaries. Coaches who specialize in youth development should be deployed at these school. This means there must be coordination between the ministry of education and the ministry of sports.  Nairobi county should have at least 3 or 4 such centres of excellence.

The coaches who are responsible for developing the youth must be qualified for this task. This means regularly attending courses.

Michael Olunga is a product of the centre of excellence at Upper Hill school. We need more such centres so that we don’t have to depend on a single striker.

In fact youth development needs to start at a much younger age. FKF chairman Nick Mwendwa has established a national U15 team. But having only one youth team is insufficient. There should be U15 and U13 teams in counties all over Kenya. Indeed the ages between 6 and 10 are the most crucial in developing football skills. If proper skills are infused at that age, a player has a much higher chance of succeeding.

More football fields

Football fields in Kenya are dissappearing at an alarming rate. Many are being grabbed by greedy developers. Even schools are losing their fields to well connected people. If the youth don’t have open spaces to sharpen their skills, then Kenya as a football nation is doomed. This trend needs to be reversed.

As noted in a previous article, Kibera with a population of about 500,000, has only two full size football fields and neither one has even a blade of grass. It comes as no surprise therefore that Kibera produces every few footballers.


Players who learn how to play on such poor surfaces will inevitably have poor ball control

Many have harped on the governments election promise to build 5 world class stadia. But even more important is to build basic football fields in neighbourhoods and towns all over Kenya where the youth can hone their skills. If players learn how to play on bumpy fields with no grass, there is little chance that they will learn proper ball control techniques.

Support for football academies.

Football academies are a crucial element in tapping talents at the grassroots. But many are either folding or have become moribund. JMJ football academy which produced Wanyama, Ayub Timbe and Johana Omolo appears to have ceased operations.


Omollo “Tosh”, Masika and Wanyama were beneficiaries of JMJ football academy and went on to have great careers in Europe.

 

Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) which was for many years a source for discovering and developing talent appears on its last legs. FISA which produced players like Oboya, Kevin Omondi and Musa Mohamed also appears to be moribund.

Both FKF and the government should find ways to support these nascent football academies for example by providing equipment, providing training for coaches and perhaps even providing football fields for these academies.

Support for local clubs

Kenya’s top clubs have very poor facilities. Many train at secondary schools. Gor Mahia train at Camp Toyoyo. This is a stark contrast to top clubs which have training facilities that have numerous football fields. Both Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards were given land by the then president Daniel arap Moi. But the officials dilly dallied and the land was grabbed. This issue needs to be revisited by the present government.

Lets discuss Johana Omollo “Tosh”


A young Tosh after he first went to Belgium

One of the few bright spots for Kenya at AFCON 2019 was Johana Omollo “Tosh”. When he came on against Algeria, he immediately raised the levels of Kenya’s play. He is one of the few Kenya players who is capable of holding the ball under pressure, maintaining possesion and delivering accurate passes.

“Tosh” started out playing for  MYSA U14. He then joined Ofafa Jericho school which at the time was a football powerhouse. While at Ofafa Jericho, he also played for Dandora Youth in the 2008 Super 8 tournament. He played alongside Jerry Santos who was the captain and Innocent Mutiso.

While in form 3 as a 17 year old, he was given an opportunity to go play in Belgium. It was here that his football fortunes changed. His superb ball control, tactical awareness and field vision are a result of having played in Belgium since his teens.

If more Kenyan players were exposed to the kind of technical and tactical training that “Tosh” received, we would have far more technically and tactically astute players which would give a coach like Migne  more options

Summary

Everyone wants quick solutions. Some people reading this article will even point to Madagascar’s performance against Nigeria as evidence that we don’t need any long term solutions. But what they forget is that every team is capable of scoring a big upset every now and then. Kenya has also scored upset victories before. But we have never sustained such performances over the long term. For Kenya to become a consistent performer, the country needs to put in place structures that other countries have put in.


CS Amina Mohamed has been far more proactive than her predecessor. We hope she can push the reforms needed for Kenya to get out of mediocrity

Sports Cabinet secretary Amina Mohamed struck the right tone when she said that more infrastructure needs to be put in place and this is a long journey not a sprint. We can only hope that unlike 1988, 1992 and 2004, Kenya will learn from this and put in long term plans.

Funding

CS Amina Mohamed should put the national sports lottery to use in creating and sustaining youth development centres. Further to that, she should negotiate with sponsors like Sportpesa and Safaricom to provide financial support for these centres for example by paying youth coaches.

 


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Ida by Franco and TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction

The song “Ida” was the first song on Face B of the 30th anniversary album of TPOK Jazz. Released in 1986, the album was dubbled “30 ans du success”. The album featured three melancholic songs all discussing the difficulties of love and marriage from the perspectives of both men and women.

Franco does most of the dialogue. The backup vocals are provided by Malage de Lugendo who was knew to the band at the time. Empopo Loway is prominently featured on saxophone.

Synopsis

A man travels to Europe in order to sort out personal issues before he gets married. While in Europe he spends every penny he has sending his fiance gifts. But his fiance deserts him and marries someone else. He laments her ungratefulness as well as the broken promises.

Song Video

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Jeruto upsets Chepkoech, sets meet record

Norah Jeruto caused the biggest upset of the 2019 Oslo Bislett games, a Diamond League meet. She beat the erstwhile invincible Beatrice Chepkoech in a closely contested 3000m Steeplechase race. Chepkoech had gone a whole year without losing at this event and had been winning by convincing margins.

When Chepkoech took command 1300 metres into the race, it looked like she was once again going to run away with the race. But a determined Jeruto shadowed closely. She continued to follow Chepkech, finally making her move in the final straight. Chepkoech had no answer.

Hyvin Kiyeng rounded up the podium in 9:07.56. World champion Emma Coburn was fourth in 9:08.42. Celliphine Chespol, who was Chepkoech’s main challenger last season, and who has run sub 9:00, was 5th. Kenyans occupied 5 of the top 6 positions. The Kenyan men may be struggling in this event but the women are certainly dominant. European champion and 2015 wrld championships bronzde medalist, Gesa Felicitas Krause of Germany was 8th.

 

Race Results

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points
1 Norah Jeruto  KEN 9:03.71 8
2 Beatrice Chepkoech  KEN 9:04.30 7
3 Hyvin Kiyeng  KEN 9:07.56 6
4 Emma Coburn  USA 9:08.42 5
5 Daisy Jepkemei  KEN 9:10.54 4
6 Celliphine Chepteek Chespol  KEN 9:15.04 3
7 Peruth Chemutai  UGA 9:16.72 2
8 Gesa Felicitas Krause  GER 9:20.31 1
9 Maruša Mišmaš  SLO 9:20.97
10 Winfred Mutile Yavi  BRN 9:21.36
11 Anna Emilie Møller  DEN 9:24.21
12 Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal  NOR 9:28.99
13 Mel Lawrence USA 9:29.81
14 Rosie Clarke  GBR 9:31.68
15 Viktória Wagner-Gyürkés  HUN 9:34.56
Fancy Cherono  KEN DNF
Caroline Tuigong  KEN DNF
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