Kenya should forget hosting events and focus on youth development

On Saturday September 24 2017, Kenya was stripped of the hosting rights for the 2018 CHAN tournament. Kenya had been awarded hosting rights in 2014. But progress in stadium construction was slow and it became painfully obvious to CAF that the stadia would not be ready for the event. The government did finally disburse Ksh 4.2 billion to be used in hosting the event. By then however CAF had lost patience. Two days later CAF finally announced that Kenya would n longer host the event.

After the announcement, FKF chair Nick Mwendwa consoled Kenyans by saying that CAF would back Kenya’s bid to host the FIFA U20 or U17 tournament.

But this must be a joke. If Kenya proved incapable and too disorganized to host a relatively low calibre tournament like CHAN then what makes anyone think FIFA would award Kenya any kind of hosting rights?

The fact of the matter is that the Kenya government has proven over and over that they will never take hosting a football tournament seriously. Yet government support is a pre-requisite in hosting FIFA and CAF tournaments. And even when Kenya is given hosting rights, the organization tends to be too shambolic. Think back to the 2013 CECAFA cup which Kenya hosted. Teams were locked in their hotel rooms for non-payment of dues. The organization was so poor that some teams such as Zanzibar vowed never to play a tournament in Kenya again.

Finances

But perhaps the biggest reason Kenya should stop bidding for hosting rights is the sheer cost. For CHAN for example, the government committed to spending Ksh 4.2 billion. This kind of money would be better spent solving more urgent problems: Kenya’s poor performance is football is due to lack of youth development the result of which is that Kenya players are of a low calibre. Our football teams are cursed with trying to win with players whose skills such as ball control, finishing, accurate passing etc are below par.

The Ksh 4.2 Billion that the government would have spent on hosting CHAN is better spent developing football at the grassroots. Train youth coaches and employ them to scout and develop young players at U13, U16 and U19 levels. There should be such programs in counties where football talent can be found in plenty.

Kenya’s golden age was not a fluke

The performance of the national team is directly dependent on how much is invested in youth development. As far back as 1981 (36 years ago), German coach Bernard Zgoll pointedly told Kenyan football authorities that there were no shortcuts to becoming a footballing power. It requires long term investment in youth development. Zgoll went ahead and established youth development centres all over the country out of his own initiative. But Kenyans were too impatient and wanted instant results. As a result KFF got rid of Zgoll and his youth development centres fell apart after they had produced such superb players like Wilberforce Mulamba, Ambrose ‘Golden Boy’ Ayoyi, Bobby Ogolla, Sammy Taabu, Hussein Kheri, Josephat Murila, Austin Oduor, Mahmoud Abbas and Sammy Owino ‘Kempes”

Zgoll when he returned to Kenya for a visit in 1990, seen with national team coach Mohamed Kheri and national team captain Austin Oduor

This golden generation of players were largely responsible for helping Kenya win the CECAFA cup three times in a row. And this was during a period when Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi were regular CECAFA members and sent their best players to the tournament. The generation also helped fuel superb performances by Kenyan clubs. Between 1976 and 1989, Kenyan clubs like Luo Union, AFC Leopards, Gor Mahia and Tusker won the CECAFA club cup 13 out of 15 times.

At continental level, Gor Mahia reached the Cup winners cup final in 1979, won it in 1987 while AFC Leopards reached the semi-finals in 1986. Meanwhile Harambee stars qualified for the Africa Nations cup three times in a row (1988, 1990 and 1992). Such continental dreams are only pipe dreams today.

Yet instead of investing in youth development, FKF leaders and government officials are focusing on the cheap thrill of hosting CHAN, a tournament whose prestige is certainly not worth the Ksh 4.2 billion and which will have no impact on the standards of football in the country.

 


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Tokabola Sentiment by Josky and TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction

Tokabola Sentiment translates to: Let’s share the feeling. Released in 1979, this is one of Josky Kiambukuta’s greatest hits. In Zaire (now Congo), it was popularly known as Lukusa Tanzi. While in East Africa especially Kenya, it was popularly known as Kizungu Zungu. It is one of the songs that made the period between the late 1970s and the early 1980s to be the golden era of Congolese music.

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It is a song who has been deserted by her husband. She describes how her life has becomes unbearable and pleads with her husband to come home even if he has been with other women. . Allusions made to Shaba province (now Katanga) and Europe where the husband’s other women presumably live.

Lyrics and Translation

 

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Mujinga by Franco & TPOK Jazz (Translation and Lyrics)

The song Mujinga, composed by Franco was released in 1981. It was part of the popular album labeled Le Quart De Siecle De Franco De Mi Amor (Quarter century of Franco). The album also featured classic hits Bina Na Ngai na respect by Dalienst and Mobali Malamu, also by Franco.

It is a song that features a discussion between two women. One of the women tells the other that her husband has been trying to woo her by complaining that his current wife does not cook well, does not clean the house and is generally not a good wife.

Franco provides lead vocals and also plays a blistering lead guitar in the sebene section of the song. The choral section prominently features Ntesa Dalienst.

 

Translation

<The song concludes with some brilliant guitar wizardry by Franco>

 

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Kenyans shine in Ivo Van Damne Diamond League

Kenyan athletes were in sensational form during the final Diamond league meet of the 2017 season, the Ivo Van Damne meet in Belgium. Faith Kipyegon, Hellen Obiri, Conseslus Kipruto and Elijah Manangoi, all won their respective races to end a 2017 season which has been excellent for all of them. In the end, Obiri, Kipruto and Kipyegon ended up as overall Diamond league winners in their respective events.

Kipyegon Battle Sifan Hassan

Of all these athletes, Faith Kipyegon is the one who faced the strongest challenge. The challenge came in the form of Sifan Hassan. The Dutch woman  has the fastest 1500m time of the 2017 season, while Kipyegon is the defending world and Olympic champion. It was bound to be a epic battl. Hassan and Kipyegon went neck and neck from the bell all the way until there were 30 metres left when Kipyegon found another gear which enabled her to edge past Hassan. Another Kenyan, Winny Chebet, who is normally an 800m specialist, finished third.

Race Results

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon  KEN 3:57.04
2 Sifan Hassan  NED 3:57.22
3 Winny Chebet  KEN 4:00.18
4 Gudaf Tsegay  ETH 4:00.36
5 Meraf Bahta  SWE 4:00.49
6 Jennifer Simpson  USA 4:00.70
7 Laura Weightman  GBR 4:00.71
8 Angelika Cichocka  POL 4:02.77
9 Besu Sado  ETH 4:03.83
10 Rababe Arafi  MAR 4:07.22
11 Malika Akkaoui  MAR 4:10.76

Race Video

Conseslus Kipruto in last gasp win

In the mens 3000m steeplechase, world champion Conseslus Kipruto left it until the last 10 metres to win the race. Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali led for most of the last lap. With 100 metres to go, the Moroccan had a significant lead and appeared on course to win. But Kipruto with a burst of energy after the final hurdle, passed El Bakkali, but with only a few metres left.

Race Video

Results

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 Conseslus Kipruto  KEN 8:04.73
2 Soufiane Elbakkali  MAR 8:04.83
3 Evan Jager  USA 8:11.71
4 Stanley Kipkoech Kebenei  USA 8:11.93
5 Nicholas Kiptonui Bett  KEN 8:12.20
6 Benjamin Kigen  KEN 8:13.06
7 Amos Kirui  KEN 8:18.32
8 Yemane Haileselassie  ERI 8:19.19
9 Jairus Kipchoge Birech  KEN 8:25.58
10 Andrew Bayer  USA 8:26.15
11 Abraham Kibiwott  KEN 8:33.76
12 Sebastián Martos  ESP 8:44.23

One issue for Kenyans in this event is the luck of depth. With the likes of Ezekiel Kemboi and Brimin Kipruto retiring, Kenya has only one medal contender: Kipruto. Yet this is an event where there were many years when Kenya had as many as 7 of the top 10 runners.

Obiri concludes a glorious season

The 2017 season has been by far the best season in Hellen Obiri’s career. Having switched from the 1500m to the 5000m Obiri thoroughly dominated the event in 2017, running the fastest time of the season, winning the world championships, and winning the Diamond league title.

Compatriot Caroline Kipkirui pushed Obiri until there was 200 metres left, upon which Obiri made her move Kipkirui could not respond.

Race Video

Race Results

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 Hellen Onsando Obiri  KEN 14:25.88
2 Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui  KEN 14:27.55
3 Senbere Teferi  ETH 14:32.03
4 Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi  KEN 14:32.82
5 Beatrice Chepkoech  KEN 14:39.33
6 Lilian Kasait Rengeruk  KEN 14:41.61
7 Letesenbet Gidey  ETH 14:42.74
8 Eilish McColgan  GBR 14:48.49
9 Susan Krumins  NED 14:51.25
10 Agnes Jebet Tirop  KEN 14:52.39
11 Etenesh Diro  ETH 15:07.69

 

Manangoi caps brilliant season

Elijah Manangoi fresh off winning the 1500m at the world athletics championships, won the men’s 1500m , easily fending off a challenge from Mahiedine Mekhissi of France

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 Elijah Motonei Manangoi  KEN 3:38.97
2 Mahiedine Mekhissi  FRA 3:39.42
3 Jordan Williamsz  AUS 3:40.03
4 Adel Mechaal  ESP 3:40.43
5 Jamal Hairane  QAT 3:40.58
6 Vincent Letting  KEN 3:41.15
7 Isaac Kipruto Kimeli  BEL 3:41.45
8 Adam Clarke  GBR 3:41.72
9 Ali Hamdi  BEL 3:41.88
10 Tarik Moukrime  BEL 3:44.11

 

Overall Diamond League winners 2017

Faith Kipyegon, Hellen Obiri and Conseslus Kipruto were among the overall winners.

 


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Kenya’s prospects at the 2017 World Athletics championships


Kenyan runners were dominant at the 2015 world championships

In the 2015 world athletics championships, Kenya were dominant and ended up at the top of standings for the first time ever with 7 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze. The 2017 edition will be held in London. What are Kenya’s prospects. Lets start with the middle distance events.

Men’s 800m

This is typically a strength for Kenya. David Rudisha is the defending champion but he has pulled out of the event citing an injury. The world leading time is held by US based Kenyan Emmanuel Korir at 1:43.10. He is a strong contender but will face an equally strong challenge from Nijel Amos who has been running very well this season with a couple of Diamond League wins to his credit. If it comes to a sprint between Korir and Amos, I would bet on Korir to win given his superior 400m speed. His personal best in the 400m is an impressive 44.53. And he holds the world indoor record in the 600m.

Prediction:
Gold: Korir
Silver: Amos
Bronze: Rudisha

Women’s 800m

Caster Semenya has been invincible since the CAS decision that allowed her to compete without hormone control therapy. She and Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi will certainly go 1-2. The only question is who will occupy the third position.
Kenya’s Margaret Nyairera is a contender for bronze, having finished third in Rio. But America’s Ajee Bishop recently clocked 1:55.61, a personal best and a time that is faster than anything Nyairera has run. Canada’s Melissa Bishop is another one who could challenge for a podium place

Prediction:
Gold: Semenya
Silver: Niyonsaba
Bronze: Wilson

Men’s 1500m

Asbel Kiprop is the defending champion. But he too has had a sub par season in 2017. And his last major outing (Rio 2017) was disastrous. Elijah Motonei Manangoi was the silver medalist in 2015. He looks like he is in superb form based on his performance at the Monaco Grand Prix on July 21. He and Timothy Cheruiyot showed the rest of the field a clean pair of heals in the last lap and in the final stright, Manangoi easily passed Cheruiyot to clock 3:28.50. And Manangoi would have run faster had he not eased up.

Prediction
Gold: Manangoi
Silver: Cheruiyot
Bronze: Aman Wote

Women’s 1500m

2015 was the year of Genzebe Dibaba 2016 was the year of Faith Kipyegon. It looks like 2017 is going to be the year of Sifan Hassan. She has run the three fastest times in the world in the 1500m including a season’s best of 3:56.14 that she ran at Hengelo in front of a partisan crowd.
Faith Kipyegon has run sparingly this season. Her season’s best is 3:57.51 that she ran in Paris while finishing second to Hassan. Genzebe Dibaba has not run much this season and it is not clear what form she is in.

Prediction
Gold: Hassan
Silver: Kipyegon
Bronze: Dibaba

Men’s 3000m Steeplechase

This is an event that Kenya has thoroughly dominated. A Kenyan has won every single event at the world championships since 1991 and every Olympic event since 1984. This includes Kenyans who were representing other nations.

Nevertheless 2017 represents the first time in a long time that Kenya is in danger of not winning this event. The challenge comes in the form of American Evan Jaeger who clocked the world leading time in Monaco at 8:01.29 , beating Jairus Birech by a good six seconds.

Kenya’s best hope should be Olympic gold medalist Conseslus Kipruto. He has nott run match this season. His season’s best time was in Rome on June 8 where he clocked 8:04.63. This is three seconds behind Jaeger’s time. Also Kipruto is battling an injury which he picked up during the Kenya trials. So his fitness is questionable.

Ezekiel Kemboi will be back having qualified automatically as defending champ. He has not run this season. But you can never rule out the wily old veteran. And he vowed to make amends of the Rio 2016 disaster where he was disqualified.

Another challenge comes in the form of Soufiane Elbakkali of Morocco who has the third fastest time of the season.

This may sound like blasphemy but given the injury to Kipruto and the unknown form of Kemboi and Brimin Kipruto, we could be looking at the first time that a Kenyan will not win this event since 1987. Still its difficult to bet against Kenya in this event so I will go with Kipruto

Prediction
Gold: Kipruto
Silver : Jaeger
Bronze: Elbakkali

Women’s 3000m Steeplechase

The women’s 3000m steeplechase has been extremely competitive in 2017. Superb times have been record by the major contenders including three Kenyans Hyvin Kiyeng who is the defending champion, Beatrice Chepkoech and outstanding newcomer Cellphine Chespol who has the season at 8:58.78. The primary challenger to the Kenyans is Kenyan turned Bahraini Ruth Jebet who holds the world record at 8:52.78 . Though Chespols seasons best is six seconds slower than Ruth Jebet’s world record, it is worth noting that Chespol soundly beat Jebet in Eugene even after having lost her shoe.

Prediction
Gold: Chespol
Silver : Jebet
Bronze: Kiyeng

Mens 5000m

This event has been dominated by Mo Farah for the past few years. Though the Somali born Briton has not run much this season, he is still a clear favourite. Kenya will be represented by the trio of Cyrus Ruto, Davis Kiplagat and veteran Kiprono Menjo. Going by current form, Kenya is unlikely to challenge Farah in this event. Ruto who won the trials is Kenya’s best bet for a podium finish. Menjo who is 37, is making a comeback to the Kenya team after a decade will be key in giving his youthful team-mates advice on how to prepare and race. Mukhtar Edris of Ethiopia will likely be Farah’s closest challenger. He has the best time of the season at 12:55.23. Kenyan turned American Paul Chelimo who thoroughly dominated the USA trials is another challenger for a podium finish.

Prediction:
Gold: Farah
Silver: Edris
Bronze: Ruto

Womens 5000m

Under normal circumstances, Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana would be the hot favourite. But she has not run in 2017. Instead it is Kenya’s Hellen Obiri who has been burning the tracks in what has become a career year for her. She has run the fastest times of the 2017 season in the women’s mile, 3000m and 5000m. In all three, she has set new Kenya records.

Aside from Almaza Ayana, the other strong challenge to Obiri will come from Ethiopia’s Senfere Teferi.

Prediction:
Gold: Obiri
Silver: Ayana
Bronze: Teferi

Men’s 10000m

This is another event in which Mo Farah has not lost a major race in years. And the fact that he clocked 27:12.09 in June of this year suggests that he will not be losing in London either. But he will face a stronger challenge in the 10K than the 5K.

Kenya will be represented by Geoffrey Kamworor, Bedan Karoki, Paul Tanui. Kamworor was in outstanding form earlier this year when he won the world cross country championships in Kampala. Tanui is the Olympic silver medalist from Rio 2016. Bedan Karoki has been in sensational form in road races of late. He recently set the fastest time of the year for 10K road racing with a time of 27:36.4 in winning the Beach to Beacon 10K.

Another strong challenge to Mo Farah will come from the Ethiopian duo of Abadi Hadis and Jemal Yimmer both of whom hold the fastest times of the season in the 10,0000m with times of 27:08.26 and 27:09.08 respectively.

Prediction:
Gold: Farah
Silver: Hadis
Bronze: Kamworor

Women’s 10,000m

If Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei was in this race, she would be a strong contender. She has run the fastest times in the 10km road race with a time of 30:04. That is significantly faster than anyone has run on the track this season. But she will not be there. Instead the most likely winner will be Almaz Ayana who won this race going away at Rio 2016. The legendary Tirunesh Dibaba will be in the race but she is unlikely to recreate her form from a years ago when she dominated this event. But her performance in the London marathon where she finished second, suggests that she still has a lot of petrol left in the tank. Kenya’s best hope lies with Alice Aprot who won the Kenya national championships.

Prediction:
Gold: Ayana
Silver: Aprot
Bronze: Dibaba

Men’s Marathon

Marathon’s are notoriously difficult to predict. Current form alone is never sufficient. Much depends on the terrain, weather, incline and other factors. Daniel Wanjiru clocked 2:05:48 to win the London Marathon. This is the third fastest time of the season behind Wilson Kipsang and Tamirat Tola.

Since Wanjiru knows the London course well and has won here, I would place my bet on him to emulate his namesake, the late Sammy Wanjiru. Legend Kenenisa Bekele, whom Wanjiru beat in London is another who will provide a strong challenge as he attempts to solidify his legacy as the greatest distance runner of all time.

Prediction:
Gold: Wanjiru
Silver: Bekele
Bronze: Tola

Women’s Marathon

Edna Kiplagat will be making a return to an event she won in grand style in 2007. In 2017, she clocked 2:21:52 to win the Boston Marathon. She will therefore be a strong contender.

Kenyan turned Bahraini Eunice Jepkirui who won the silver medal at Rio 2016, is one racer who saves her best for championship races and not in City marathons. She is likely to put on another super display just as she did in Rio.

And once again you can always count on the Ethiopians to provide strong challenge. They will be led by Mare Dibaba.

Prediction:
Gold: Jepkirui
Silver: Kiplagat
Bronze: Dibaba

Other events


Mark Otieno set a new Kenya record in the 100m

Kenya rarely enters runners in the 100m. This time however Kenya will be represented by the charismatic Mark Otieno who set a new Kenya record at 10.14. Otieno’s aim will be to lower the Kenya record again perhaps with a milestone time that will see him become the first Kenyan to dip under 10.10. A semi-final place for him will be a huge achievement. Otieno is also entered in the 200m where his personal best is 20.41

In the women’s 400m, Maximilla Imali will be looking to be the first Kenyan to excel in this event since Ruth Waithera reached the Olympic final in 1984. Imali broke Waithera’s 33 year old record by clocking 51.18 8 Feb 96 51.18.

The trio of Raymond Kibet, Collins Omae, Boniface Mweresa will represent Kenya in the 400m. Unfortunately, all Kenyan relay teams have been dropped from the competition.

Julius Yego, who won the silver medal at Rio 2016 and the gold at Beijing 2015, should never be counted out despite having had a below par season.

Full Team

Women’s 10,000: Agnes Tirop, Irene Cheptai, Alice Aprot

Men’s 10,000m: Geoffrey Kamworor, Bedan Karoki, Paul Tanui

Men’s 100m: Mark Otieno

Men’s 200m: Mark Otieno

Women’s 5000m: Hellen Obiri, Margaret Chelimo, Sheila Chepkirui

Men’s 5000m: Cyrus Ruto, Davis Kiplagat, Kiprono Menjo

Women’s 400m: Maximilla Imali

Men’s 400m: Raymond Kibet, Collins Omae, Boniface Mweresa

Men’s Javelin: Julius Yego

Men’s 1500m: Ronald Kwemoi, Timothy Cheruiyot, Elijah Manangoi, Asbel Kiprop

Women’s 1500m: Faith Chepn’getich, Winnie Chebet, Judy Kiyeng.

Women’s 3000m Steeplechase: Cellphine Chespol, Beatrice Chepkoech, Purity Kirui, Hyvin Kiyeng

Men’s 3,00m steeplechase: Conseslus Kipruto, Brimin Kipruto,

Jairus Birech, Ezekiel Kemboi

Women’s 800m: Margaret Nyairera, Eunice Sum, Emily Cherotich

Men’s 800m: Emmanuel Korir, Kipyegon Bett, Ferguson Rotich, David Rudisha

Men’s walk race: Samuel Gathimba, Simon Wachira

Women’s race walk: Grace Wanjiru

Men’s Marathon: Daniel Wanjiru, Geoffrey Kirui, Paul Lonyangata

Women’s marathon: Edna Kiplagat, Hela Kiprop, Flomena Cheyech.

 


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Tangawizi by Papa Noel & TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

This song was composed by guitar virtuoso Papa Noel Nedule. He is known as Papa Noel because he was born on December 25. The song was first released in 1982. The lead vocalist for this song is Ntesa Dalienst.
In the introduction, a man’s first wife decides that she cannot put up with sharing her husband with another woman. In the second section, the new woman brags about intoxicating her man with love and credits herself for causing the first wife to leave the marriage.

Video

Lyrics and Translation

 

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Against Zim Kenya show that they can win with power

Kenya’s comprehensive 41-22 win over Zimbabwe showed Kenya’s ability to switch tactics on demand. The Simba’s as Kenya’s national rugby team are now called, overpowered the Zimbabwe Sables at breakdowns yielding three tries.

Under coach Jerome Paarwater, the Kenya national rugby team’s system of play involves utilizing their speed to run at defenders, commit them and offload to supporting runners. Indeed the coach expected the two teams to matc each other in terms of speed.

“Our game is played on speed, Zimbabwe play on speed as well, Namibia is a little bit slower but not negative. Hopefully they will be good games,” said Paarwater

Against Zim, Kenya scored tries both via speed and via sheer power. They took advantage of Zimbabwe’s inability to defend rolling mauls which is impressive because this is an area where Zim typically dominates Kenya.

It is Kenya’s most impressive win over Zimbabwe. Last year Kenya trounced Zimbabwe 61-15. But at the time, Zimbabwe rugby was in turmoil. This time the Sables were ready for Kenya and were coming off an impressive performance where they almost beat Namibia in Windhoek

Indeed days before the match, the Zimbabwe captain Denford Mutamangira was confident and upbeat.

“This is one of the games that we have been looking forward to. We have so much plans for Bulawayo. The boys are excited and we have a point to prove. We want to play like it is our last game of the season. We are just excited and prepared for this game. We want to be able to dictate the game and show people that we are still good and we can play better rugby than Kenya and bring back the glory days to Hartsfield and to Zimbabwe rugby as well. The vibe has been good in camp. We have got a home advantage and we are the favourites regarding this fixture,” he said to Zimbabwe Tuesday.

Despite the level of preparedness of the Sables and despite the partisan crowd, Kenya Simbas went on to win comprehensively against a team that has proven a tough nut to crack for Kenya.

Match Report

It was Kenya who got on the scoresheet first via a Darwin Mukidza penalty. Zim replied when nippy scrum half Hilton Mudariki faked a pass and slipped through the open-side for a try.

Kenya scored their first try from a breakdown. Scrum Half Onsomu offloaded to hooker Peter Karia who made a brilliant run before offloading back to Onsomu who scored a converted try. The score was now 10-5. Winger Takudzwa Kumadiro scored a try for Zimbabwe taking advantage of an overlap.

Kenyas second try came via a 40 metre rolling maul. Davis Chenge with ball in hand, scored to Kenya a 17-12 lead at halftime. Soon after the second half begun, prop Moses Amusala powered past several Zim defenders to score a converted try and Kenya led 24-12.

A determined Zimbabwe took control of the match thereafter reducing the deficit after a penalty by Makwanya made in 24-15. Then and Connor Pritchard’s scored off a strong run from substitute Biselele Tshamala who is a Congolese migrant. The score was now 24-22 and the crowd came alive urging the Sables on.

But Kenya stayed composed. Another rolling maul ended with a Kenya try. This time it was substitute Martin Owila with ball in hand who scored. Kenya then put the issue beyond doubt. From a Zim Kickoff, Owila received the ball before offloading to skipper Wilson Kopondo who made a 50 metre run, shrugging off tackles and touching down near the posts.
Winger Mukidza would then seal the score for a 41-22 scoreline. Mukidza, who chipped in with 16 points from five conversions and two penalties was sure footed all day.

Highlights

 

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Manangoi, Korir, Obiri shine in Monaco

Kenyans were in their usual devastating form at the 2017 Herculis Diamond league meet that is held in Monaco every season. Hellen Obiri, Emmanuel Korir and Elijah Manangoi were the most oustanding Kenyan performers. Jairus Birech also gave a good account of himself.

Emmanuel Korir in excellent form

New sensation Emmanuel Korir, is quickly establishing himself as one of the favourites to win a gold medal at the 2017 world championships which will be held in London in August. The US based Korir clocked 1:43.18 to win the race easily. He took over the lead with 150m to go and let his great 400m speed take him home. Korir is also currently the fastest Kenyan in the 400m with a time of 44.67 recorded earlier this year.

Race Video

Results

1 Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir  KEN 1:43.10
2 Brandon McBride  CAN 1:44.41
3 Antoine Gakeme  BDI 1:44.54
4 Pierre-Ambroise Bosse  FRA 1:44.72
4 Drew Windle  USA 1:44.72
6 Amel Tuka  BIH 1:44.94
7 Erik Sowinski  USA 1:45.12
8 Samir Dahmani  FRA 1:45.72
9 Elliot Giles  GBR 1:46.10

 

Manangoi eases to victory

The men’s 1500m was reduced to a contest between two Kenyans: Elijah Manangoi and Timothy Cheruiyot. The duo left the rest of their field in their wake with 400m to go. Manangoi eased past Cheruiyot in the final 50 metres, and won in a world leading 3:28.80. He would have gone faster had he not eased.

Cheruiyot, who had led the world list with 3:30.77, was rewarded with a personal best of 3:29.10, with fellow Kenyan Ronald Kwemoi a relatively distant third in 3:32.34.

Asbel Kiprop faded to 11th place and does not appear to be a contender for the world championships.

Race Video

Results

1 Elijah Motonei Manangoi  KEN 3:28.80
2 Timothy Cheruiyot  KEN 3:29.10
3 Ronald Kwemoi  KEN 3:32.34
4 Filip Ingebrigtsen  NOR 3:32.48
5 Homiyu Tesfaye  GER 3:33.47
6 Charles Cheboi Simotwo  KEN 3:33.54
7 Chris O’Hare  GBR 3:33.61
8 Marcin Lewandowski  POL 3:34.04

Obiri in imperious form

Hellen Obiri, who is having the best season of her career, was in a class of her own in the women’s 3000m. She established a massive gap with three laps to go and maintained her lead. She would end up finishing 50 metres ahead of second placed Beatrice Chepkoech.

Race Video

Results

1 Hellen Onsando Obiri 8:23.14
2 Beatrice Chepkoech 8:28.66
3 Laura Muir 8:30.64
4 Eilish McColgan 8:31.39
5 Lilian Kasait Rengeruk 8:32.73
6 Shannon Rowbury 8:33.38
7 Agnes Jebet Tirop 8:35.37
8 Shelby Houlihan 8:37.40
9 Meraf Bahta 8:37.50
10 Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal 8:37.58
11 Dominique Scott 8:41.33
12 Gelete Burka 8:54.95

 


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Kenya results at the 2017 Africa boxing championships


The medalists were John Kyalo(grey hood), Shaffi Bakari (navy blue hood) and Nick Okoth (sky blue hood)
Also in the picture are Christine Ongare, John Kameta (president) and Elizabeth Akinyi

The 2017 Africa Boxing championships were held in Brazzaville Congo. Veteran Nick Okoth added to his medal collection by winning a gold medal to add to the gold he won at the same event in 2008 and the bronze he won at the 2015 All Africa games. Newcomers Shaffi Bakari and John Kyalo won bronze medals.

Cameroon topped the standings with three gold medals. Namibia were second with two gold medals. Algeria and Morocco tied for third place with one gold and three bronze. Kenya was in fifth place with one gold and two bronze medals.

Lightweight: Nick Okoth
Round 2: Beat Ntiku Mandula of Congo DR 5:0
Quarter-Final: Beat Emmanuel Ngoma of Zambia 5:0
Semi-Final: Beat Mohamed Hamout of Morocco by walkover
Final: Beat Reda Benbaziz of Algeria 3:2

Light Flyweight: Shaffi Bakari
Round 2: Beat Joshua Kizza of Uganda 5:0
Quarter-Final: Beat Francel Moussiesse of Congo 5:0
Semi-Final: Lost to Matias Hamunyela of Namibia 5:0

Middleweight: John Kyalo
Round 2: Beat Anouar Koukou of Sudan by RSC 2
Quarter-Final: Beat Glory L’Muala of Congo DR
Semi-Final: Lost to Hossam Bakr Abdin of Egypt by RSC round 2

Light Welterweight: Victor Odhiambo
Round 1: Beat Daouda Eloge Gbessi of Ivory Coast 5:0
Round 2: Beat Cedrick Mahatonga of Madagascar 5:0
Quarter-Final: Lost to Mbaya Mulumba of Congo DR by RSC 3

Welterweight: Black Moses Mathenge
Round 2: Beat Abdelkarim Bellassek of Morocco 4:1
Quarter-Final: Lost to Walid Sedik Mohamed of Egypt 5:0

Light Heavyweight: Elly Ajowi
Round 2: Beat Aboubacar Yoada of Morocco 5:0
Quarter-Final: Lost to Mbachi Kaonga of Zambia 3:1

Bantamweight: Martin Oduor
Round 2: Beat George Molwantwa of Botwana 5:0
Quarter-Final: Lost to Jordy Vadamootoo of Mauritius 5:0

SuperHeavyweight: Tobias Okeyo
Quarter-Final: Lost to Christian Ndzie Tsoye of Cameroon 5:0

Flyweight: Simon Mulinge
Round 2: Lost to Dalvin Loic Nguimbi of Congo 4:1

Heavyweight: Fred Ramogi
Round 2: Lost to Carlos Kabeya Kalonji of Congo DR 5:0

Women

51Kg Class: Christine Ongare
Semi-Final: Lost to Boualem Roumaissa of Algeria 5:0

75kg Class: Elizabeth Akinyi
Semi- Final: Lost to Clotilde Essiane of Cameroon 5:0

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Kenya names strong squad for world championships

Defending champions have named a strong squad for the 2017 World athletics championships. Plenty of new names intermixed with veterans. Since Kenya won seven gold medals last time, a number of athletes received an automatic slot in the championships without having to qualify. These include David Rudisha, Ezekiel Kemboi, Hyvin Kiyeng, Asbel Kiprop, Nicholas Bett and Julius Yego. Of these, Yego was the only one to participate in the trials.

Hellen Obiri who recently broke the Kenya 5000m record, is in the best form of her life and will challenge for gold in that event. She will have to contend with Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia who is going for revenge having been beaten by Kenyans at the 2016 Olympics.

Olympic gold medalist Faith Kipyegon is also in dominant form and will be competing with Genzebe Dibaba who is also looking for a measure of revenge.

In the women’s steeplechase, new sensation Cellphine Chespol, who broke the Kenya record despite losing her shoe in Eugene, starts in a strong position and will be competing with Kenyan defector Ruth Jebet.

A new cadre of newbies who have run sensational times will be depended on for medals including Ronald Kwemoi, Cyrus Rutto and Timothy Cheruiyot.

The steeplechase will be manned by vastly experienced runners. Besides Kemboi there us Brimin Kipruto who has represented Kenya for fourteen years plus Jairus Birech and Olympic gold medalist Conseslus Kipruto.

The women’s 10,000m will see another new find Agnes Tirop lead the charge, accompanied by world cross country champion Irene Cheptai and All Africa games champion Alice Aprot.

In the men’s 10,000m, world cross country champion Geoffrey Kamworor will be back with Bedan Kaloki as they try again to wrest the title from Mo Farah.

Kenya rarely sends sprinters to these games. It is refreshing to see Mark Otieno compete in the 200m. The effervescent Otieno recently broke the Kenya 100m record with a time of 10.14. .

Squad

Men’s 400m Hurdles: Haron Koech, Kiprono Kosgei, Nicholas Bett

Women’s 10,000m: Agnes Tirop, Irene Cheptai, Alice Aprot

Men’s 200m: Mark Otieno

Women’s 5000m: Hellen Obiri, Margaret Chelimo

Men’s 5000m: Cyrus Ruto, David Kiplagat

Women’s 400m: Maximilla Imali

Men’s 400m: Raymond Kibet, Alphas Kishioyan, Collins Omae

Men’s Javelin: Julius Yego

Men’s 1500m: Ronald Kwemoi, Timothy Cheruiyot, Elijah Manangoi, Asbel Kiprop

Women’s 1500m: Faith Chepn’getich, Winnie Chebet

Women’s 3000m steeplechase: Cellphine Chepsol, Beatrice Chepkoech, Purity Kirui, Hyvin Kiyeng

Men’s 3,00m steeplechase: Conseslus Kipruto, Birmin Kipruto, Jairus Birech, Ezekiel Kemboi

Women’s 800m: Margaret Nyairera, Eunice Sum, Emily Cherotich

Men’s 800m: Emmanuel Korir, Kipyegon Bett, Michael Saruni, Ferguson Rotich, David Rudisha

Triple jump: Elijah Kimitei

Men’s walk race: Samuel Gathimba, Simon Wachira

Women’s race walk: Grace Wanjiru

Men’s Marathon: Daniel Wanjiru, Geoffrey Kirui, Gideon Kipketer

Women’s marathon: Edna Kiplagat, Hela Kiprop, Flomena Cheyech

 


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