Plus Jamais by Koffi Olomide & Quartier Latin (Lyrics)

This song from Quartier Latin’s Droit De Veto album was composed by bassist Pati Kaja

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Retour Riva by Koffi & Quartier Latin (Lyrics)

This song from the Droit de Veto album was composed by drummer named “Champion Esthetique”

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JP Nyadaro settles in Canadian League

On August of 2014, John Paul Nyadaro was drafted by the Saint John Mill Rats of the National Basketball League of Canada. He was selected with the 5th pick of the second round and was the 13th overall pick. He had earlier been projected as a possible number one overall pick.

As of November 27 2014, he has played four matches with his new team. While still feeling his way through a new league and new system, he has been playing 11 minutes per game. he has taken 10 shots and scored on 6 for an impressive 60% field goal percentage.

Nyadaro is a 6’8″ power forward who is an excellent shot blocker. His ability to run the flow belies his size and is an aggressive finisher around the basket.

John Paul Nyadaro was born in Kisumu in June 1989. He played secondary school basketball for Maseno secondary school. Maseno has a tradition of producing top calibre players including the likes of Brian Oduor, Dennis Miruka, Oliver On’gara and Collins Onyando. At Maseno, Nyadaro apparently averaged 21 points and 17 rebounds per game.  Like the Maseno quartet before him, Nyadaro also proceeded to play college basketball for Trevecca Nazarene University.

Nyadaro also featured for the Kenya U18 team at the 2006 Africa U-18 basketball championships during which the poorly prepared Kenya team lost all their matches heavily to CIV, Nigeria, Guinea and Angola.

Career at Trevecca Nazarene

During his Junior season at Trevecca, Nyadaro played in 34 games, of which 22 were as a starter. That seasonhe averaged 9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, while shooting with 52% accuracy from the floor and 62%  from the free throw line He led the team with 40 blocks as well as 34 steals.

In his senior season, Nyadaro played in 28 games of which he started 27. He was named G-MAC all-conference second team and NCCAA Mid-East all-region honorable mention. He was  selected G-MAC Athlete of the Week (12/10).

He tied the school-record with seven blocks in a game (vs McKendree) became the 39th Trevecca player to surpass the 1000 career point mark His basketball career ended with a total of 1108 points (33rd) 9th overall in rebounding with 727 and 3rd overall in blocks with 124 His also ended his career second in the G-MAC conference in blocks and third in rebounding and field goal percentage

In his senior season he averaged 12.2 points and a team-high 7.1 rebounds per game while shooting 55% from the field and 69% from the foul line . He also had a team-high 38 blocks and added 38 assists and 21 steals.

JP Nyadaro’s highlights at Trevecca

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Ndolo is right: Fields are dissappearing at an alarming rate

When Sofapaka midfielder Anthony Ekaliani Ndolo was voted as the 2014 Kenya Premier League player of the year, he took the opportunity to sound alarm bells about the fact that football fields on which the youth play are rapidly disappearing. Some are being grabbed by well connected individuals. Once grabbed, the land is used to put up residential or commercial buildings.

Ndolo appealed to the government to build community fields

This trend is detrimental to the football fortunes of the country. The football stars of tomorrow develop their skills on these field. Football is a game where in order to be good, you have to constantly sharpen your skills from a young age. The best footballers are those who have been playing almost on a daily basis either in their neighbourhood or at school. It therefore goes without saying that without these fields, you simply will not have good players in the future.

Anyone who grew up in Nairobi during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s will tell you that there were football fields galore. In those days, whenever a new housing estate was built, it was mandatory to provide community playing fields. This was true even for middle class estates. This was a legacy of the British colonialists who recognized the importance of providing facilities to keep the youth busy in positive activities and away from crime. To this day, most of the playing grounds that are left in Nairobi are those that were created by the colonialists. This includes the famous camp Toyoyo grounds in Jericho that has groomed a significant number of past and present national team players.


The famous Jericho grounds have groomed dozens of past national team players

The trend is not limited to community fields. Many schools have seen their fields grabbed by well connected individuals.  Milimani primary school off Ngong road in Nairobi used to have enough land for several football fields. In 1992, a well connected individual at the City council hived off 70% of the land and sold it to developers. The school barely has enough space for one field now. The stolen land is now pccupied by the Watchtower Branch office

Slowly by slowly, these grounds have been grabbed. Every parcel of space that was once a community space has been fenced off and built up. This trend explains why Kenya produced far better players in the 1970s and 1980s.

The national team performed much better back then. Note that Kenya qualified for the Africa cup of nations 3 times in a row in 1988, 1990 and 1992. And to date, Kenya’s best performance at the AFCON was in 1972. Kenyan clubs did very well in continental tourneys. AFC Leopards, Tusker and Gor Mahia occasionally reached the semi-finals and finals of continental tourneys and Gor Mahia actually won in 1987. That same year Kenya put on its best ever performance in a continental event when they reached the final of the 4th All Africa games. At a regional level, Kenyan clubs thoroughly and utterly dominated the CECAFA cup. In the 14 years between 1976 and 1990, Kenyan clubs won 11 times out of 14. And this was a time when Zambian, Malawian and Zimbabwean teams were permanent members. Such was the dominance of Kenyan clubs that Gor Mahia and AFC met in the finals when the tournament was held in Malawi in 1980 and Sudan in 1985.

Kenya players were known throughout Africa. Nahashon Oluoch was named as one of the top 10 players in Africa in 1979 when he was still in secondary school. Livinngstone Madegwa achieved similar honours. In 1987, Ambrose Ayoyi and Peter Dawo were also named among the top 10 players in Africa.

The larger point here is that Kenya was producing players of a much higher calibre during this period. And a significant reason why is that during this period, youth growing up in Kenya always had open spaces on which to play and sharpen their skills. Today youth growing up have nowhere to play. If you happen to live in the slums of Kibera or Mathare you will find no space anywhere.

The trend is not limited to Nairobi. Even in smaller towns like Bungoma where Ndolo learned his trade, fields are dissapparing.

“I want to urge our county governments to ensure kids have a place to play. I grew up in Bungoma playing at the Quarters field and Namachanja stadium but all of them are no longer available to the public where kids can play and discover their talents. Bungoma for example does not have any community field as the Posta Grounds was fenced and the Muslim grounds have new residential houses now.” said Anthony Ndolo during the awards.

In Europe and North America, football fields are paid for and maintained by city and county councils. The top clubs are given plenty of land on which to build their training facilities for their various age group teams. It comes as no surprise therefore that Europe thoroughly dominates football.

The only high calibre attacker Kenya has produced in the last 10 years is Dennis Oliech. No other Kenyan attacker has succeeded in Europe. The only player who is succeeding in Europe now is Victor Wanyama and he isa defensive midfielder. You cannot build a team around one player who happens to be a defensive midfielder. It should come as no surprise either if Kenya continues to slide down the FIFA rankings and continues to fail to qualify for the Africa cup of nations.

The government should heed Ndolo’s warning and reverse the trend of grabbing of community fields and actually build new fields for the country’s growing population. Community fields can also serve the more important purpose of keeping youth busy and away from crime, drugs and terrorism.


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Now that Harambee stars are eliminated, they have friendlies

When Harambee stars were in the throes of trying to qualify for the 2015 Africa Nations cup the players pleaded for proper preparations. Senior players , most notably Victor Wanyama and Dennis Oliech pleaded for friendly matches. Some of the senior players even asked the president to rescind his decision to send national team players on holiday in Brazil and instead organize friendly matches.

Unfortunately Harambee stars scarcely played any friendlies with the exception of the match against Burundi. The result was that Stars struggled to beat Comoros in the preliminary round and were then eliminated by tiny Lesotho against whom Harambee did not score. Not only did they not score against Lesotho but they also played disjointed football.

Yet now that Harambee stars are out of contention for the 2015 Africa Nations, they have already played two high quality friendlies against the Egyptian and Moroccan national teams and the FKF is busy trying to organize friendlies against other sides including Iran. This is good but how come they never played any friendlies when they really needed them? Kenya was given a glorious opportunity to qualify for AFCON 2015. The likes of Lesotho, Gabon, Angola and Burkina Faso are all teams that Kenya could have beaten with proper preparations.

Friendly matches are critical for the preparation of any team. They build cohesion and enable players to gain an understanding with each other. This is especially true for national teams because national team players only come together to play every few months. This is unlike clubs that play and train together every day and can thus bond and build cohesion faster. One hopes that the FKF has learned its lesson but considering who is in charge of FKF, do not bet on it.

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Sens Inverse by Koffi Olomide & Quartier Latin

This is track number 9 from Koffi Olomide’s 1998 album, Droit de veto. The song was composed by Do Akongo Dikoel

Libala moko ézalaka té kitisa motema constant à moi eee
Eloko oyo kombo bolingo zala na patience bongo oliya mbuma
Mopepe ya mabé eleki e epikoli espoir na nga eee
Ba rendez-vous manqués

Lomata nakomi ko banga faute ya distance
Eko tinda nga na masengi nga faute ya distance

Constant lo mata

Vie d’amour na nga esuki epayi na yo yaka ko zua n’o nga
Yo oza mon excès qui ne nuit pas
Yo’tonda nga motema meke a eee eee
Love eza eloko ya sentiment

Kolinga te yayo ekoma synonyme y’a mort
Aiguille ya motema ekomi kozonga
Na sens inverse ah eh à deux mètres na nga cimetière

Lomata na komi ko banga
Na kufa bolengé liwa ah prématuré
Est-ce que na kozuaka mpe kimia ya seko
Na kufa na bomwana

Gindro ya do do

Vie d’amour na ngai esuki epayi na yo
Mama a lééé mama lé lé lé lé x2
Bolingo ezalaki ya propre
Rien n’est beau que le vrai

Kobondela moninga soki asiliki to se partageaki ba fautes
Ozalaki mwana malamu ooo
Constant kopesa nga mokongo te e
yamba nga à bras ouverts (maboko polele)

Na lingi yo na lingi yo na ko inga yo kaka
Rachelle Mateus Gindro ya Do Do tosalanaka mabe te eee
Ndako na biso, nid d’amour ekoma kotanga

Jour de mon anniversaire
Omema nzungu oyo maman abandaki
kotokisa ba biberons na yo ya bomuana

To tiya na se ya matanga to préserver eee amour nabiso
Yebo yebo Mbuta di Mbuta, Henri papa
Chair de ma chair na lela yo eh

Ata okoboya na ko linga yo kaka yo constant Lomata
Chair de ma chair na lova yo ye
Baloba, bafinga ,batonga pamba nga se na constant lomata
Chair de ma chair na lela yo eh

motolu bakunda na mayi ya océan eh

Lomata simba ngai na kokuya eh Elos Ekakia

Dede Mbiya le billionnaire, Odjona ya Nene, Lufira Annie Mbombe,

Didier Likoko, Eric Kande, Nzombo Faustino, Jean Lenga,

Elos Ekakia, Anto Kabemba, Ike Matembele,

souhait na bango taux ya bolingo ezala cent pour cent

Bijoux mboma, Elysée nbuma

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Likombe by Koffi Olomide (Lyrics)

This is track number 3 from Koffi Olomide’s 1998 album : Droit de Veto. A slow rumba with Koffi on lead vocals. The song was composed by Geco Bouro Mpela.

 La perle noire mwasi kitoko

Okende yo okendeke olalaka okozonga Felly
adresse otikelaki nga na komelaka yo
na komi na lembi na zui ata eyano te,
nzoka ozonga na Kini Felly mobando


Nzoka ozonga na Kini eee

kokende yo okendeke olokaka okozonga mobando

Adresse otikelaki nga na komelaka yo
na komi na lembi na zui ata eyano te
nzoka ozonga na Kini Felly

nzoka ozonga na Kini eee

na mosika ba moni yo na mista soit disant
nzoka okendeke promenade na ba nzela misusu
na sima awa naza nourri nakati ya ba espoir
motema mopeli moto Felly mobando

motema mopeli moto eeee

Na mosika ba moni yo epayi le grand mopao
nzoka okendeke promenade na ba nzela misusu
na sima awa na za nourri na kati ya ba espoir
motema mopeli moto Felly mobando

motema mopeli moto eee

Beta nga c’était ya ya yésu mais kasi mbangu
ya moninga ba sombelaka yango imbua te

Si je savais ça na lingaki te na linga na botama
sika vraiment na niokuama Felly mobando

Felly vraiment na niokuama boye te eee
bien aimé bien aimé bien aimé
atako baniokolaka moninga boye té
bien aimé na ko wa aaa aaa

A Felly Kentuami mobando

A Felly Kentu mi Felly

Soki ba bengi blaise bongania likombé gabi mokia ééé ééé
Oyo azali likombé mawa na yé
junior bokaééna gerard lifondia chantal ikué ekatchaka
Jolly Likanja, Elena Nguvulu, Carole Babia

Oyo azala likombé mawa na yé
non non non non non non non non
yeye yeye yeye Ohhh
Yeye yeye yeye Ohh

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Athletics Kenya has no choice but to take doping seriously

Rita Jeptoo’s positive doping result for EPO came as a shocker to most Kenyans. Prior to Jeptoo’s positive test, no prominent Kenyan athlete had ever been busted for doping. Whenever Athletics Kenya was criticized for their lack of testing protocols, they dismissed accusations of doping amongst Kenyan athletes as the work of a jealous minority. Even when steeplechase legend Moses Kiptanui raised the alarm two years ago, AK was still dismissive.

And rightfully so. Before Jeptoo, the only other prominent Kenyan athlete who had failed a doping test was Mathew Kisorio. But he can hardly be called significant. Jeptoo was significant because she had won the Chicago and Boston marathons twice in a row and had just won the 2014 world marathon series.

She is most likely guilty

Rita Jeptoo has protested her innocence and demanded a B sample test. She remains innocent up until her “B” samples are tested to either clear or prove the allegations. But as her agent Federico Rosa noted, the chances that the B sample will come back negative are almost zero. “I don’t remember there [ever] being a mistake, especially when they told me it was EPO” said Rosa.

Her former husband Noah Busienei who was once her coach, claims Jeptoo started doping in 2011 after being advised to do so by a foreign agent who promised to make her rich.

A look at Jeptoo’s yearly progression shows that her performances improved starting in 2011. She went from running marathons in the 2:27 range to running in 2:22 and finally 2:19.

Kenya’s reputation at stake

Jeptoo’s positive test has given ammunition to detractors who have always held that Kenya’s sudden dominance of the marathon is due to doping. Thanks to Jeptoo, fans will no longer look in awe at Kenyan runners. Its a shame because most of them are clean.

The sport popularity of athletics as a whole has plummeted over the past 20 years. Failing of drug tests by prominent athletes like Marion Jones especially did damage to the sport. Jeptoo’s positive test could also have a similar chilling effect.

Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany recently won the New York marathon but their wins were clouded in gloom and suspicion in some quarters. The most ardent Kenyan fans will refuse to face this reality. But it does not change the fact that Kenyan road racers will henceforth be viewed with suspicion. They may even find themselves being invited to fewer and fewer races.

It is instructive to note that Kenya’s erstwhile rivals Ethiopia have had scarcely any doping violations and certainly none of their prominent athletes have busted for doping.

AK must pull up their socks.

AK has failed to tame rogue agents. In fact they have done almost nothing. They should demand that Jeptoo give details of the agents who encouraged her to dope. Federico Rosa recently claimed he knows the agent responsible. He should be forced to identify the culprit or lose his lucrative license that enables him to make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from Kenyan athletes.

The government also ought to investigate the issue. If Jeptoo obtained EPO illegally then whomever sold it to her should be charged.

The anti-doping centre that was set up in Eldoret in May of 2013 should be put into work overtime. Kenya must show the world that they are now taking doping seriously.


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Mary Keitany outlasts Sumgong to win New York Marathon

Mary Keitany crosses the finish, just ahead of Sumgong

Much like the men’s race, the 2014 New York Marathon women’s race was an epic battle that went straight to the last few metres. In the end, Mary Keitany outkicked compatriot Jemima Sumgong to win in 2:25:07. Sumgong was only 3 seconds behind.

Keitany, 32 had never won the New York Marathon before. Her last major victory was at the 2012 London marathon.

World champion, Edna Kiplagat finished a disappointing 13th, perhaps unable to cope with the cold conditions (45 Fahrenheit, 7 Celsius).


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Wilson Kipsang outkicks Desisa to win New York Marathon

Kipsang and Desisa battle

Wilson Kipsang, who set the world marathon record in 2013 and beat a strong field to win the London marathon in 2014, won the 2014 New York marathon in an epic battle with Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia.

In the process, Kipsang won the world marathon series which comes with a prize of US $500,000 in addition to the $100,000 he earned for winning the New York marathon.

In cold conditions that were in the range of 45 fahrenheit (7 celsius), Kipsang and Desisa went neck and neck over the last mile.

Kipsang led coming back into the Central Park as they approached theas they neared central park, then Desisa fought back and took the lead. Kipsang then put in one final surge to win in 2:10:59.

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