Kenya boxing team results at the 2016 African championships

Rayton Okwiri, Africa champion 2016

The 2016 African boxing championships were held in Yaounde Cameroon in March of 2016. The     championships doubled up as the qualifiers for the 2016 Olympics with the top three finishers in each weight categories being granted a place at the Olympics.

Rayton Nduku Okwiri was the only Kenyan to earn a direct berth to the Olympics. In the process, he became the 2016 African champion. Kenya won a total of seven bouts.

 

 

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Kenya results at the 2016 Vancouver sevens


Dennis Ombachi and his team-mates bulldozed past Portugal. But it went downhill from there

Preliminary Round

Kenya 43 Portugal 5
Tries:Injera, Ayodi, Amonde, Ouma, Oliech Lugonzo, Adema
Conversions: Adema(3), Oliech

Kenya 19 Samoa 26
Tries: Odhiambo, Injera, Ouma
Conversions: Adema(2)

Kenya 19 Fiji 24
Tries: Oliech, Injera, Ouma
Conversions: Adema(2

Bowl Semi Finals

Kenya 21 France 24
Tries: Ambaka, Injera, Oliech
Conversions: Adema(3)

Shield Semi-Finals

Kenya 7 Russia 24
Tries: Ouma
Conversions: Adema

Squad

Leonard Mugaisi
Oscar Ouma
William Ambaka
Oscar Ayodi
Dennis Ombachi
Collins Injera
Andrew Amonde
Biko Adema
Humphrey Kayange
Samuel Oliech
Billy Odhiambo
Augustine Lugonzo

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Kenya results at the 2016 Las Vegas sevens


Kenya celebrate after beating New Zealand 22-0.
In this picture: Oscar Ouma, Andrew Amonde and Willy Ambaka

Preliminary Round

Kenya 24 Russia 21
Tries: Injera, Kayange, Bill Odhiambo(2)
Conversions: Biko Adema (2)

Kenya 38 Portugal 0
Tries: Kayange, Oscar Ouma, Injera(2), Adema, Mugaisi
Conversions: Adema(4)

Kenya 22 New Zealand 0
Ayodi Ouma, Ambaka
Penalty: Adema
Conversions: Adema (2)

Quarter-Final
Kenya 14 USA 26
Tries: Injera, Bill Odhiambo
Conversions: Adema (2)

Plate Semi-Final
Kenya 14 Japan 19
Tries: Ambaka, Kayange
Conversions: Adema (2)

 

Squad

Leonard Mugaisi
Oscar Ouma
William Ambaka
Oscar Ayodi
Dennis Ombachi
Collins Injera
Andrew Amonde
Biko Adema
Humphrey Kayange
Samuel Oliech
Billy Odhiambo
Augustine Lugonzo

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Kenya dominates Africa cross country Championships

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Kenya thoroughly and utterly dominated the 2016 African championships, leaving arch rivals Ethiopia, Uganda, Morocco and Eritrea biting the dust. Alice Aprot Nawowuna from Turkana county, continued her meteoric rise to the top when she won the women’s senior race finishing 52 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. James Rungaru needed a late burst to pass Uganda’s Philip Kipyeko in the last 50 metres.

Leading results

Senior men 10km
1 James Rungaru (KEN) 26:34
2 Phillip Kipyeko (UGA) 26:35
3 Charles Yosei (KEN) 26:46
4 Cleophas Ngetich (KEN) 26:52
5 Geoffrey Koech (KEN) 27:09
6 Getaneh Tamire (ETH) 27:13

Senior men team
1 Kenya
2 Uganda
3 Ethiopia

Senior women 8km
1 Alice Aprot (KEN) 29:52
2 Sheila Chepkirui (KEN) 30:44
3 Beatrice Mutai (KEN) 31:08
4 Dera Yami (ETH) 31:13
5 Daisy Chepkemei (KEN) 31:29
6 Nancy Nzisa (KEN) 31:30

Senior women team
1 Kenya
2 Ethiopia
3 South Africa

Junior men 8km
1 Isaac Kipsang (KEN) 21:33
2 Ronald Kiprotich (KEN) 21:44
3 Aron Kifle (ERI) 21:48
4 Anthony Kiptoo (KEN) 21:56
5 Andrew Lorot (KEN) 21:59
6 Nixon Kiplagat (KEN) 22:11

Junior men team
1 Kenya
2 Ethiopia
3 South Africa

Junior women 6km
1 Miriam Cherop (KEN) 18:31
2 Gloria Kite (KEN) 18:39
3 Winfredah Mbithe (KEN) 18:40
4 Lucy Cheruiyot (KEN) 18:42
5 Muliye Dekobo (ETH) 18:52
6 Tersit Desalgn (ETH) 19:02

Junior women team
1 Kenya
2 Ethiopia
3 Morocco

 


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Rudisha starts season with 1:44.78

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Each year David Rudisha starts his track season in Australia. 2016 was no different. Rudisha ran the IAAF challenge in Melbourne, Australia and won the 800m in 1:44.78. This isa good time considering it is only the beginning of the track season.

“Coming here I was hoping for something like 1:44, 1:45,” Rudisha said after the race. “So I was happy to start with that.” he said.

It is the fifth time Rudisha has run the Melbourne meet to start the season and he has never lost. His previous times were as follows:

2016: 1:44.78
2015: 1:45.01
2014: 1:44.87
2013: 1:43.87
2012: 1:44.33
2011: 1:43.88
2010: 1:43.15

His time from 2010 still stands as the meet record.
His 2016 time bodes well considering that it is his fastest start since 2013. He has been injury plagued since 2012.

Rudisha is aiming to retain the 800m gold medal he won at the 2012 Olympics in London. No runner has retained the 800m gold medal at successive Olympics since Peter Snell in 1964. Rudisha is already the greatest 800m runner ever. Another Olympic gold will cement his place as the greatest.

 


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Ndiku and Choge lead Kenya’s World Indoors team


Ndiku beat Lagat to win in 2015

The Kenya team for the 2016 world indoor championships has been named. Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku will be back to defend the title he won in 2015. Joining him in the 3000m will be resurgent veteran Augustin Choge who has been saddled by injuries in the past few years but appears to be rounding back to the form that saw him win the 2006 commonwealth games gold medal in the 5000m when aged only 19. Choge beat a strong field at the PSD Bank Indoor Meeting in Dusseldorf to win the men’s 3000m race in a world leading time of 7:39.23. In the process he beat current Commonwealth games champion Caleb Ndiku into second place. The win secured him a wildcard by topping the standings for that discipline in the IAAF World Indoor Tour. They will be joined by 2013 world 5000m bronze medallist Isiah Koech.

Betsy Saina, who recently clocked a world-leading time over 5000m, will contest the 3000m. World junior champion Margaret Wambui has been named in the 800m.

Timothy Kitum who looked like a promising runner when he won the bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics when aged only 18, will compete in the 800m. Margaret Wambui Nyairera a former junior world champion, represents Kenya’s hopes in the women’s 800.

Kenyan team for World Indoors

MEN
800m: Timothy Kitum*, Nicholas Kiplangat*
1500m: Vincent Kibet, Bethwell Birgen
3000m: Caleb Ndiku, Augustine Choge, Isiah Koech

WOMEN
800m: Margaret Wambui
1500m: Viola Lagat
3000m: Nancy Chepkwemoi, Betsy Saina

 


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Missile by Josky Kiambukuta (Lyrics and Translation)

The song Missile was released in 1983. It was recorded in Paris as part of the Choc Choc Choc sessions that featured musicians from both Afrisa and TPOK Jazz. Lyrically it is a classic Josky Kiambukuta song that laments the pain of love. Josky shows his full vocal range all the way from high notes to deep bass. Mavatiku Visi aka Michelino is on lead guitar.




 
 

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Bring back Sakata Ball

One of the first casualties of the Sam Nyamweya era was the immensely popular Sakata ball tournament that was sponsored by Safaricom. Nyamweya terminated the tournament because Safaricom refused to meet his demand that every football sponsor must deposit 15% of sponsorship with the federation. Naturally Safaricom refused to deposit money with a federation that does not account for any money.

The tournament featured grassroots teams from all 47 counties. Both girls and boys teams participated. It offered the youth opportunities to win prize money. For the 2011 edition, the prize money was Sh500,000 for boys and Sh250,000 for girls. Runners up will clinch Sh300,000 and Sh150,000 for boys and girls respectively.

Even for those who did not win prize money, such a well organized grassroots tournament is a good way of keeping the youth busy in positive and healthy activities and away from crime and drugs. A country with a crime rate as high as Kenya needs this.

The tournament was an excellent way of unearthing grassroots talent. At the end of the tournament, a team 22 boys will form the next group joining the National Talent Academy. Numerous Kenyan internationals have been unearthed at such grassroots tournaments including players like Johana Omollo and Jerry Santos. Sakata ball could play a significant role in unearthing Kenya’s next generation of star players.

Let FKF Cooperate with Safaricom

Rather than impose rules on Safaricom as Nyamweya attempted to do, the new FKF regime led by Nick Mwendwa should establish a working relationship with Safaricom. Mwendwa has announced that he wants to identify a group of under 13 players to enable Kenya to qualify for the Under 17 world cup in 2019. The Sakata ball tourney could be the key to identifying the right players by scouring all 47 Kenyan counties for talent.

Another arena for cooperation could be the construction of playing fields at the grassroots. There is currently an epidemic of land grabbing that has seen hundreds of football fields dissappear into the hands of political bigwigs, Safaricom can stem this tide by sponsoring and upgrading local playing fields in the same manner that Jericho sports ground aka Camp Toyoyo has been upgraded with CDF money.


The new look Jericho sports ground aka Camp Toyoyo

 


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Kiplimo Lagat wins Seville marathon in course record

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21 year old Cosman Kiplimo Lagat won the Zurich Maraton de Sevilla in a new course record of 2:08:14. In the process he regained the title he had won in 2014 in a then course record of 2:08:33.
The leading group covered the first 10 km in 29:57, paced by pacemakers including Thomas Ayeko of Uganda. At the 34km mark, Lagat made his move, shaking off Shedreck Kiptoo Kimaiyo and Geoffrey Koech. The duo could not keep up the pace. Kimaiyo ended up 11th while Koech dropped out.

“It’s my second win here, I’m delighted. I ran conservatively during the first half and decided to push the pace afterwards. The circuit is very flat and suitable to get fast times. In addition, the crowd supported me all the way. I hope to return next year to get a hat trick of victories,” said Kiplimo Lagat.

37 year old Spanish veteran Carles Castillejo finished second in 2:11:29
“Before competing today, my only doubt was whether Seville was going to be my last marathon ever or the penultimate one. Happily, I’ll be able to have a perfect farewell to my (international) athletics career by contesting my fourth Olympic Games next summer in Rio de Janeiro,” said Castillejo.

Morocco’s Spain-based veteran Hassane Ahouchar, 41, finished third in 2:11:39.

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Michael Olunga a good example for aspiring pros


Olunga scored against Steaua Bucharest who have won the Romanian league three times in a row

In January of 2016, Michael Olunga left Gor Mahia to attend trials with Swedish side IF Djugarden. It was bound to be a tall order for Olunga as most Kenyan attacking players who attend trials with top tier sides in Europe typically do not make it. And there were many naysayers. Some like Ulinzi coach Robert Matano declared that Sweden was not a good country. According to Matano, Olunga should have sought a more challenging league. As if such opportunities are easily available.

What attracted the Swedish to Olunga was his spectacular goalscoring record: Olunga scored an amazing 38 goals in 2015. But once he was in Sweden for trials, Olunga had to impress them enough to get a contract.

Saying the right things

Olunga was impressive in interviews, always saying exactly what his potential employers were interested in hearing. When asked about his strengths, he stated that he was good at scoring goals, shielding the ball, passing and holding off defenders.The Djugarden officials were impressed

“He made a fantastic impression as a person both on and off the pitch” said Bosse Anderson, an official at Djugarden

Olunga further went on to say that his goal was to eventually reach the English premier league and he was going to work hard to reach that goal. This is important for a club like Djugarden to hear because they can make a lot of money selling Olunga to a bigger club.

His development potential is huge so the peace and quiet of our Djurgården environment he can develop into a striker for the biggest leagues in Europe. It is the goal of Michael himself and he has the characteristics required for it.” continued Bosse Anderson

“We are very happy, he has impressed us, he has incredibly good characteristics,ts director.
He has an extreme ability to score, he will go a long way as a footballer, says Bosse Andersson.

Anderson is also impressed with Olunga’s personal motivation.

“He has huge potential, he has high standards for himself. It will be a pleasure to work with the engineer. We have had a good dialogue with his club (Liberty Academy ). This is a long-term solution, it is important that he gets to feel safe with us, says Bosse Andersson.

Technical Skills

Throughout his career, Olunga has not just relied on his raw talent. He is a thinking man on the field. He times his runs perfectly, being in the right place atthe right time. He has an uncanny ability to anticipate where the ball is going to be.

He is an accurate finisher and has poisein front of goal. Even more important is that he can finish with either foot. This is unlike many Kenyan strikers who can only shoot with one foot. Olunga is also an excellent passer with either foot. And his headings skills are well above average.

These are the kind of skills that a player must have in order to impress European talent scouts

 


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