Zarika’s Mexican Opponent Speaks Ahead of Sept.8 Bout

The young, upcoming Mexican boxer Yamileth Mercado goes into the World Boxing Council (WBC) world super-bantamweight title bout against current champion Fatuma Zarika having lost only once during her stint as a professional boxer.

The 20-year old made her debut in professional boxing against compatriot Yoatzin Meraz on July 19, 2014, a memorable one indeed, as she trounced her opponent to be declared the winner via unanimous decision.

A sanguine Mercado resumed training after her first victory and five months later, she recorded yet another unanimous decision victory over another Mexican, Maria Susana Uribe Ramirez.

Her only loss in a professional boxing match came last year on March 3, when she went down to Jessice Arreguin Munoz in Chihuahua, Mexico.

The WBC world super-bantamweight bout against the prolific 34-year old Zarika will arguably be Mercado’s biggest fight of her embryonic boxing career, ensuring the stage is set for a gargantuan contest come September.

“Truth is we’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this for long so we are very excited, working very hard, here in Hermosillo, Sonora. I am experiencing a different climate, new changes, new types of training; I had never done a camp before. I hope to bring this belt to Mexico,” Mercado said.

Judging from their last fights, both boxers are set for the task having both recorded victories the last time they stepped into the ring.

Mercado’s last fight was on June 1 this year in Hermosillo, Mexico where she edged out her compatriot Beatriz Arangure on unanimous points in their super featherweight bout.

As for Zarika, she successfully defended her WBC super-bantamweight title against Zambia’s Catherine Phiri at the Carnivore Grounds in Nairobi last December.

Mercado will jet into the country on September 4, five days ahead of the most anticipated boxing match in recent Kenyan history at the Kenya International Convention Centre (KICC).

Gor Mahia To Make Maiden Trip To Liverpool

The highly anticipated Everton versus Gor Mahia match for the SportPesa Trophy will take place on either Tuesday November 6 or Wednesday November 7 with the exact date to be determined in due course, match organizer SportPesa has announced.

The friendly match slated for the UK, is part of SportPesa’s efforts to develop local football through leveraging on its international partnerships. It will be held at Everton’s home – Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool.

This will be Gor Mahia’s maiden trip to the UK and the first time for a Kenyan Club to play on English soil.
“This is an amazing opportunity for the players and Kenyan football because it is worth more than anybody could offer money for,” an elated Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr said.

“I am very excited. It is an opportunity for Gor Mahia to put Kenya on the global football map by playing one of the most established clubs in the UK,” added Kerr.
SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri said the tour will give Gor Mahia players a chance to play with the best and sample one of the oldest and best stadiums in the world – Goodison Park.

Gor earned a chance to play Everton after emerging the winner of the second edition of the SportPesa Super Cup held between June 3 and 10 in Nakuru, Kenya, featuring eight teams from East Africa.

This will be the second time that Gor Mahia face Everton, after meeting for the first time in Dar es Salaam on July 13, 2017 after winning the inaugural Super Cup Tournament. Gor also played English Championship side Hull City at a match held in Nairobi on May 13 this year.

The match was sold out, with the 60,000-seater capacity Moi International stadium, Kasarani filling to capacity for the first time in recent years.

 

Sportpesa, Everton Launch Third Season of Kits For Africa Project

Football fans across the UK are being encouraged to donate their old football kits to underprivileged grassroots teams across Africa as part of the ‘Kits For Africa’ campaign from SportPesa.

Fans of SportPesa’s club partners Everton, Southampton and Hull City, will join players and members of the public in donating their kits throughout the season in collections held at their respective grounds.

This season’s campaign kicks off at Goodison Park on August 18 as Everton take on Southampton in a 3pm BST kick-off during the second weekend of Premier League fixtures. Collection bins will be sign-posted around the stadium for fans’ kit donations. Fans can also donate their kit at the home of Everton during game against Huddersfield Town on September 1, West Ham United on September 16 and Fulham on September 29.

The campaign launched two years ago and has been a huge success with almost 30,000 kits collected last season alone and passed onto football-loving communities in Africa.

This season once all kits have been collected from the participating clubs, they will be given to grassroots teams across Africa.

SportPesa has a continued commitment to building and developing grassroots football in the countries where it operates and, since the company’s inception in 2014, it have quickly established itself as a community focused organisation. The Kits For Africa campaign is part of this pledge to transform lives in Africa.

Kenya Open Attains European Tour Status

The Kenya Open Golf Limited (KOGL) on Monday announced that the Kenya Open Golf Championship has attained a European Tour status and shall, starting next year, join the prestigious global golf series that features international greats such as Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed, Tommy Fleetwood among others.

The 2019 Kenya Open Golf Championship, which will be held at the Karen Country Club from the 14th to the 17th of March, is expected to draw the interest of top golf talent from across the globe and further boost the country’s sports tourism offering as a result.

While making the announcement, KOGL Chairman, Peter Kanyago, said that the attainment of the European Tour status grants the Kenya Open Golf Championship a larger profile which brings with it greater demands and rewards for all involved.

“Today, I am pleased to announce that the Kenya Open Golf Championship, having been ascertained to attain the requirements to join the European Tour, has officially received the European Tour status and will be part the worldwide golf circuit starting next year. We are delighted to have achieved this milestone as we believe it will propel the Kenya Open Golf Championship to the next level as we embark on this new phase of the tournament,” he said.

Following the milestone, the KOGL has announced a Euros 1.1 Million (Approximately KES 126 Million) prize kitty for the 2019 Kenya Open Golf Championship; double the total prize money from this year’s tournament which marked the championship’s 50th anniversary.

The prize kitty increase also follows the announcement by President Uhuru Kenyatta in March this year that the Government is increasing its commitment towards the tournament.

Remarking on the prize money, Mr. Kanyago said that the increase is as a result of the Government’s support towards next year’s tournament, adding that the move will enhance the profile of the tournament across the region.

“As result of the support by the Government, total prize kitty for the tournament will be doubled from 500,000 Euros to 1.1 Million Euros. As a consequence, we believe that the tournament will attract a higher caliber of top players from across the globe – further raising the profile of the event,” he said.

At the same time, Mr. Kanyago announced that the KOGL, in a bid to prepare local professionals for next year’s tournament, will be hosting a nationwide golf series that will also be used to enhance the growth and development of golf across the country.

“To prepare our local players to cope with the demands of the European Tour, and in line with our strategic objectives, I am delighted to announce that the Kenya Open Golf Limited is launching the Safari Tour – a national wide golf series featuring four-rounds of golf over a period of four days with a prize kitty of Ksh 1 million per event,” he said.

Each Safari Tour occasion will feature a PRO-AM event which will feature host club members, invited elite amateurs and elite juniors. The Tour will also include community outreach programs (including tree planting) and golf development engagements that include golf clinics for school children and juniors in the neighborhood and club members.

“We believe that this series will go a long way in preparing the local pros prepare for the 2019 Kenya Open and enhance their chances of winning the tournament.,” said Mr. Kanyago.

The first Safari Tour event takes place this weekend at the Nyali Golf and Country Club from the 18th to the 22nd of August featuring golf professionals, elite amateurs and elite juniors drawn from across the country.

The series will then move to Vet Lab Sports Club from the 1st to the 5th of September then to the Limuru Country Club from the 27th to the 31st of October.  Action will resume at the Thika Greens Golf Club from the 10th to the 14th of November. The series will then break for a month and before resuming at the Karen Country Club from the 15th to the 19th of December ahead of the Christmas break.  The series will resume from the 12th to the 16th of January at the Muthaiga Golf Club before a grand finale in February ahead of the Kenya Open in March.

Safari Tour Calendar 2018/19

Event 1 – Nyali Golf & CC – 18 – 22 August

Event 2 – Vet Lab SC – 1 – 5 Sept

Event 3 – Limuru Country Club – 27 – 31 October

Event 4 – Thika Greens- 10 – 14 November

Event 5 – Karen Country Club – 15 – 19 December

Event 6 – Muthaiga Golf Club – 12 – 16 Jan

Event 7 – SAFARI TOUR CLASSIC – FEBRUARY – Venue TBC.

Total Prize Money per event: KES 1 Million.

Dstv To Show Serie A; Europa League, FA Cup Out

DStv subscribers are in for a super treat as the new football season begins this August!

MultiChoice, through DStv, is set to deliver some of the most action-packed football leagues in the world beginning Friday, 10 August 2018, as the world of champions, SuperSport, brings all the live action in all its HD glory to DStv football fans!.

“Our key priority is to provide the highest quality viewing experiences for the biggest and best moments in sports for our customers. We shall continue to keep up with this promise as we once again deliver a memorable football experience this 2018/2019 season with unmatched football content that resonates with our customers including the following football titles; 

The Premier League (PL), The UEFA Champions League (UCL), La Liga, Serie A, Super Cup, Supertaça Europeia and Super Spanish Cup. As part of our football offering we now have the broadcast rights to the UEFA Nations League (UNL). This brings the number of games available for DStv subscriber to over 1,140 live matches on up to five football leagues throughout this football period,” said MultiChoice Kenya Managing Director, Eric Odipo.

However, DSTV will not air Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup. This is a blow to Chelsea and Arsenal fans whose team will competing in the Europa League and of-late have owned the FA Cup. 

The Premier League will kick-off on Friday, 10 August 2018 with Manchester United vs. Leicester City at 10 pm Kenya Time on SS3. 

The La Liga season will start on Saturday, 18 August 2018 followed by Serie A on Sunday, 19 August 2018. 

Throughout the season, SuperSport will show all 380 games of the Premier League matches, 380 games from La Liga and 380 matches of Serie A on DStv. DStv Premium and Compact Plus subscribers will get even more football action on SuperSport including UEFA Super Cup, and Spanish Super Cup. 

“This season will be one to remember for our subscribers across all our packages as we strive to offer more value for our customers. Subscribers on DStv Family will this season get over 450 games while Access customers will receive over 220. Both Family and Access customers can now enjoy the best of local and some international football matches which includes international friendlies plus a select Premier League games on SS7, SS8 & SS10,” added Odipo.

DStv will continue to open to its subscribers a variety of sports including Rugby, Cycling, Golf, Tennis, Athletics, Cricket, Motorsport and International Boxing.

Package Offerings:

  • Premier League:

The home of the Premier League on DStv will be SuperSport 3. Our DStv Compact customers and above will have access to the best matches of each round. Our GOtv Max and Plus, as well as DStv Access and Family customers, won’t miss out either, with access to twice the number of live Premier League matches as last season.

  • LaLiga

DStv subscribers from Family to Premium will have font row seats to all LaLiga games. This year, DStv Access viewers will be able to catch even more of LaLiga with a second game per week being added to the package. On GOtv, Max is the home of the Spanish league and all the best games will be available on the package, while Plus customers can tune in twice a week for selected matches.

  • UEFA:

The best matches from the league can be viewed live from DStv Compact Plus upwards, and all other packages will have access to selected games. From this season, GOtv Max viewers and DStv Family customers, can catch up to two UEFA Champions League games per week.

 Serie A:

DStv Family customers have a boosted offering of Serie A and will see all the matches, while Access customers will be able to catch two games a week.  GOtv Max can comfortably embrace the Italian league’s introduction to the platform as they can also view all the best matches. GOtv Plus customers can enjoy two games a week.

 

 

Join HBR Fantasy Premier League

2018/2019 English Premier League kicks off in the next few days which means you have a few days to make your Fantasy Premier League team.

Last season, Ugandan Ivan Kassanga won Ksh50,000 for finishing on top in the HBR Fantasy Premier League. This year, we are back and more exciting news will be coming your way very soon.

With all teams having strengthened their squad, probably you should sit down and come up with a really strong team before Man United hosts Leicester City on Friday August 10.

To join HBR Fantasy league, enter code 1948593-447071

Stan Chart Marathon Registration Opens

Registration for this year’s Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon opened on Tuesday as organizers target to attract 25,000 participants for the annual charity road race.

For the second time, the biggest road race in the region will be hosted at Railway Club on Sunday October 28th, 2018 as the traditional host venue, Nyayo Stadium is still undergoing renovations.

Following the launch, registration will go on till 30th September 2018. All registrations, individual and corporates, will be done online via www.sc.com/ke/Nairobimarathon at a fee of KES 2,000. Thereafter, participants will collect their running kits from 22nd October 2018 at the kit collection EXPO at KICC grounds.

“This year we are targeting to raise Kes 60 million. All the proceeds from registration will be channelled to the Seeing is Believing initiative, which focuses on addressing avoidable blindness among children below 15 years.  The Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon 2018 is special to the Bank since we are celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Seeing is Believing initiative,” said Mr. Lamin Manjang, CEO Standard Chartered Bank Kenya.

Since the launch of the Seeing is Believing initiative in 2003, the Bank has raised more than Kes 250 million. Among the programmes funded so far include screening of 6.2 million people, 170,000 surgical interventions, training of over 2000 health workers and upgrading of more than 10 health facilities around the country. 

Mr. Manjang disclosed that the Bank will invest close to Kes 100 million shillings in funding this year’s event. This includes more than Kes 8 million prize money that will be awarded to the various winners in the competitive races.

The Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon 2018 will feature six race categories; 42km male and female, 21km male and female, 10km male and female, 21km wheelchair male and female, 5km Family Fun Run race and the popular 3km CEO challenge.

The organizers have maintained last year’s route for the 2018 race. However, some minor changes will be made on the location of the race starting points at the Railway Club venue.

Sepetuka 7s: Quins, Nondies in Pool D

Menengai Cream Homeboyz are seeded first for the second round of the Stanbic Bank National Sevens Circuit, the Sepetuka Sevens taking place at the Eldoret Sports Club on 28th and 29th July.

The deejays are in Pool A with Menengai Oilers, Mean Machine and Masinde Muliro University. Stanbic Mwamba are in Pool B with Kabras Sugar, Strathmore and Kisumu while Pool C features Resolution Impala Saracens, Top Fry Nakuru, Catholic Monks and Blak Blad.

KCB are in Pool D with Kenya Harlequin, Nondescripts and Resolution Kisii.

Sepetuka 7s pooling
Pool A: Homeboyz, Menengai Oilers, Mean Machine, MMUST
Pool B: Stanbic Mwamba, Kabras Sugar, Strathmore Leos, Kisumu RFC
Pool D: Impala Saracens, Top Fry Nakuru, Catholic Monks, Blak Blad
Pool D: KCB, Kenya Harlequin, Nondies, Kisii RFC

City Schools Suffer COPA Coca-Cola U16 Defeats in Eldoret

City sides Olympic High School and Alliance Girls lose on day one.

The COPA Coca-Cola Under-16 tournament kicked off to a superb start at the Hill School ground in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County.

Alliance Girls lost 3-0 to Segeta Girls while Wiyeta Girls put 5 goals past Olympic High School who had no answer. 

In the first match debutants St. Peter Boys, Mumias played against North Easterners Sanbuley High School.  The boys from Mumias white washed Sanbuley High School 5-1 in the high scoring match.

“Being our debut match in the national finals, am delighted with the performance of the boys. Though the game was a bit scrappy in the beginning of the match, we managed to settle down and get a win”, said St. Peters Mumias Boys Coach Moses Kebengua.

Kevin Hagai from St. Peter’s was the first to score after connecting a sublime pass from Ben Stanley. Abubakar Muhamed equalized from the spot for the North Eastern side, Sabunley High School.

In the second half, Kevin Hagai got his brace in the 47th minute with Jamal Said and Ombagi James scoring each one goal to complete the routing of Sabunley Secondary School as the team from Western region registered its first win in the games.

The second match pitted Riyabu boys from Kisii against St. Cyprian from Eastern region. Evans Onsarigo scored within the first minute of the kick-off registering the fastest goal so far.  Philip Orenje scored the second goal for Riyabu boys sealing a two nil win for the Nyanza region team.

The girls games had defending champions Olympic High School being thrashed 5 – 0 by Wiyeta High School with Jecinta Karemara grabbing a brace in the 9th and 37th minutes. She was emulated by her compatriot Juliet Anyango who scored in the 24th and 40th minute respectively. Nanjala Sarah completed the scoring rout in the 56th minute.

The second match had Sega Girls winning against Alliance Girls High School. Sharon Owino scored two goals in the 34th and 56th minute. Beatrice Odero scored her first goal of the tournament in the 67thminute.

The games are a culmination of the Under-16 boys and girls’ tournament with a total of 5,000 schools having registered and participated for a chance to be inaugurated as the national champions.

Since 2008, the tournament has had over ten thousand students participating in the tournament. 

The tournament is under the Ministry of Education, in partnership between Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) and The Coca-Cola Company.

GAMES RESULTS

BOYS

St. Peter Mumias 5 VS 1 Sabunley High School

Riyabu Boys High School 2 VS 0 St. Cyprian High

GIRLS

Olympic High School 0 VS 5 Wiyeta Girls High School

Sega Girls High School 3 VS 0 Alliance Girls High School

 

New Champs In The Offing For COPA Coca-Cola Tourney

The COPA Coca-Cola Under-16 tournament, now in its 10th year of existence will have new champions in the boys’ category as last year’s champions, Kakamega High School, western region representatives will not be defending their title following their defeat at the county level.

In the girls’ category, Olympic High School, Nairobi region representatives will be seeking to retain the trophy they won during last year’s championship in Mombasa County. This years’ games will be hosted in Eldoret, in Uasin Gishu County at Hill School Secondary School from the 23rd July 2018 to 28th July 2018.

The games will have eight teams in each category, having been pooled into two groups, with two teams from each group progressing to the Semi-Final stage. In the boy’s category, Group A will have St. Peter’s Mumias High School (Western Region), St. Cyprian High School (Eastern Region), Riyabu Secondary School (Nyanza Region) and a representative from the North Eastern Region.

In Group B, St. Anthony High School (Rift Valley Region), Upper Hill High School (Nairobi Region), Olbolsat Secondary School (Central Region) and Kinondo Secondary School (Coast Region) will seek out a chance to top their group for a chance in the semi-final stage.

In the girl’s category, last years’ champions Olympic High School (Nairobi Region) have been pooled in Group A which also comprises of Wiyeta Secondary School (Rift Valley Region), Alliance Girls High School (Central Region) and Sega Girls High School (Nyanza Region) in the group of death.

In Group B, Tar Tar Girls High School (Rift Valley Region), Waa Girls Secondary School (Coast Region), Materdel High School (Eastern Region) and Moi Girls Nangili Secondary School (Western Region) will be out to prove doubters as they battle out to finish on top of other contenders.

The games will be a culmination of the Under-16 boys and girls’ tournament with a total of 5,000 schools having registered and participated for a chance to be inaugurated as the national champions.

Since 2008, the tournament has had over ten thousand students participating in the tournament. 

The tournament is under the Ministry of Education, in partnership between Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) and The Coca-Cola Company.