Kenya Readies For Ethiopia In AFCON Qualifier

A few African Countries have set themselves the objective of shining on the continental scene and qualifying for the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, due to be held in Cameroon.

That is easier said than done, however. And while, after two matchdays, Senegal and Tunisia sit in first place in their respective groups, several sections are currently topped by surprise packages not generally accustomed to success.

FIFA.com takes a look at these unexpected leaders ahead of the third and fourth round of fixtures, scheduled to take place between 10 and 16 October.

Ethiopia-Kenya: In a Group F that has seen all four teams win a match and lose one, Kenya are hopeful of giving themselves a decent chance of qualifying.

Their double-header against Ethiopia, crowned African champions in 1962 but in the doldrums for years, could enable the Harambee Stars to take a giant step towards booking a spot at the Cup of Nations for the first time since 2004.

However, Sebastien Migne’s men have not enjoyed the smoothest of preparations, with complications besetting their plans for a training camp in Nairobi and their journey to Bahir Dar in Ethiopia.

Nigeria-Libya: Few observers would have predicted that, ahead of their crucial October duels, Libya would be leading Group E and Nigeria would be sitting third. The Mediterranean Knights are coming off the back of a well-earned draw in South Africa, while the Super Eagles will be anxious to bounce back from a discouraging 2018 World Cup and a defeat at home by the Bafana Bafana in their opening qualifier for Cameroon 2019.

-FIFA News

Kenya’s Hamisi Wins Arsenal, WorldRemit “Future Stars” Programme

Arsenal FC and its official online money transfer partner, WorldRemit announced that Hamisi Mohamed from Nairobi has won the public vote determining the winner of their Future Stars programme.

Competing against five other youth football coaches from across Africa, Hamisi secured over 35% of the votes on https://FutureStars.WorldRemit.com to win the chance to train with coaches from Arsenal Soccer Schools.

Hamisi will now prepare to travel to London to attend a customized training programme to support him in building a legacy of positive social impact through football in Kenya.

Hamisi Mohamed, known locally as Coach Kaka, is one of the founders of Young Talents Soccer Academy, a mixed academy in Embul Bul, Ngong.

The academy aims to help children to succeed both on and off the pitch. “We use the power of football to address social issues, to teach them life skills. We want them to learn to respect themselves, to know the effects of drug abuse, the effects of violence and crime,” says Hamisi.

Reflecting the shared values of the two companies, the Future Stars programme was set up by WorldRemit together with Arsenal to acknowledge and reward the valuable contribution of youth coaches to their local communities. Through the programme, 25 shortlisted coaches have already been granted Arsenal replica shirts for their entire youth squad in recognition of their work.

Andrew Stewart, Managing Director Middle East & Africa at WorldRemit said:

“Our business is all about helping our customers’ financial support for their community to go further. The work of all the coaches in the Future Stars programme has reinforced our belief in the immense potential of sport to inspire positive change and encouraged us to explore further opportunities to support the communities we serve through sport. We hope that this programme will encourage others to follow their example and that this will be only the beginning of a much longer story.”

Back in 1985, in response to social unrest on London estates, Arsenal became one of the first clubs in the UK to set up a dedicated community team in 1985. The Young Talents academy emerged from similar origins: Hamisi founded the club over 10 years ago to bring young members of his community together following the post-election violence in Kenya.

As Arsenal’s community has grown, so has the impact of Arsenal in the Community’s work and the team now deliver sport, social and education programmes to over 5,000 individuals each week.

Simon McManus of Arsenal Soccer Schools said:

“Arsenal itself is an example of how the social impact of football can grow from a small local community to an international programme. It is inspiring to us to see how coaches across Africa are using the power of football to support and educate children at the grassroots level and I think there is a lot we can also learn from them.

“Both WorldRemit and Arsenal have grown from humble beginnings to become global businesses, credited with transforming our respective sectors. Now we hope that together we can help Hamisi to play a similarly transformational role in Kenya – perhaps even internationally.”

Rio Ferdinand Coming To Nairobi

United fans, Rio Ferdinand is coming to Kenya, soon.

On Wednesday, Guinness unveiled an exciting new partnership with former United defender Rio Ferdinand over the next 12 months to find and celebrate Kenyan football fans Made of More.

As part of the activities, the former Red Devil’s centre back will visit Kenya with Guinness later this year, where he will spend time meeting and interacting with football fans who have shown they go the extra mile when it comes to demonstrating their passion for the beautiful game.

The ‘Guinness Meet Rio Ferdinand’ national consumer promotion will offer lucky consumers a chance to interact with the legend during his visit.

Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) Marketing Manager – Guinness, Nduku Wamakau, said, “Guinness is a bold beer, for extraordinary people, so we are delighted to be working with Rio Ferdinand this year as he was a player who certainly demonstrated his creativity, imagination and confidence on the pitch.”

As part of the campaign, today, Guinness has launched a new consumer promotion, giving Guinness consumers the opportunity to win an extraordinary experience with Rio Ferdinand when he visits Kenya.  For a chance to win, look out for special promotional bottles of Guinness when you are out with friends and SMS the code under the crown to 22110.

HBR Set For Inter-Media Tournament

Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) will belatedly mark the World Sports Journalists Day on 13th October 2018 with an inter media tournament at Kasarani stadium. 
Homeboyz Radio(HBR) is among the teams that will compete and hope to take the overall trophy to Galana Plaza.
Leading financial institution KCB Bank and beverage manufacturers Coca Cola have boosted the tournament by injecting cash donations, the later offering Sh500,000 while the former giving Sh250,000.

Fourteen media houses will take part in the event with additional teams formed by sports bloggers and freelancers. The events to be contested in Kasarani will include football, tag of war, egg race, sack race and 4x100m relays.

Overall winners, likely to be HBR, stand to pocket Sh75,000 and trophies while runners up and second runners up are in line for Sh50,000 and Sh30,000 rewards respectively. It is the 4th time since 2014 that SJAK is marking the World Sports Journalists Day that is ordinarily celebrated globally on 2nd July.

“Constraints sometimes mean that we don not observe the important day with the rest of the world but when everything is set we mark it. This year has been hectic especially around the dates we ought to have marked it but I’m happy it is going down. Let us all unite and celebrate and network among ourselves.” SJAK president Chris Mbaisi said

Coca Cola are making their maiden support for the event while it is the 3rd season for KCB supporting SJAK in marking the day. Both sponsors will also field teams to compete with participating media houses.

Tournament rules as well as the draw for the highly anticipated event will take place next week. KCB Corporate Communication Manager Peter Mwaura lauded SJAK’s efforts in disseminating sports stories.

“The sports media plays a big role in highlighting achievements of our athletes locally and internationally. We are committed to supporting SJAK in that course and thank them for the good work they have always done.” Mwaura said

Participating media houses include: KBC, Standard Group, Nation Media Group, Royal Media, Radio Africa, Mediamax, Capital, Qwetu Radio, Ghetto Radio, HBR, Lolwe, Ebru TV, Kass, ATG, Bloggers, Freelancers, Coca Cola and KCB.

Star Studded Entry For Concours d’Elegance

The 2018 CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance has attracted a star studded entry including competitors from outside Kenya.

This year’s event is the 48th in the annual series organized by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club and will be held at the Nairobi Racecourse on Sunday (September 30th) from 9:00 a.m.


Spectators will be treated to a pageant of motoring history starting with the 1925 Triumph motorcycle entered and prepared by Dominque Antoine. This ancient bike will be judged in the class for motorcycles made in 1960, or earlier which includes Peter Giraudo with a 1959 BSA Shooting Star which will appear at the Racecourse for the first time.


The Rolls Royce limousines of Roger Tanner and Rajesh Lakhani and the 1968 Jaguar of Kevit Desai who is the Patron of the annual Concours d’Elegance, will compete in the class for cars over 3,000cc against the 1968 Buick Riviera of Paul Bukuru who is the first ever Concours entrant from Rwanda.

Sachit Shah will be tackling the classiest event in the motorsport calendar for the first time with his 1959 Mercedes Benz 300 D. Anwar Fatehdin is another newcomer who will be driving his 1930 Ford Model A along the judging line in front of the Nairobi Racecourse grand stands.

He is one of the eight participants in the class for “golden oldies.” The Ford Model A pick up of Joseph Kamau will be at the Concours for the first time and is the last car on the list to be judged by the officials.


The process of judging cars starts on the Total Excellium inspection ramp and continues along the judging line with assessments for the external finish, the interior and boot, external finish, the engine and a safety check.

Motorcycle fans will be flocking to the motorcycle judging ring to watch the two Galleria shopping mall sponsored competitors from the Vintage and Classic Motorcycle Club in South Africa. Vivian Matthew Kuiper will be visiting Kenya for the first time to ride his 1970 Honda in the parade ring.
Johannesburg based Martin Kaiser is contesting the Concours for the second time with his 1964 AJS Café Racer which is a strong contender in the competition motorcycle class.

His rivals for first place are Stephen Mukisa with his 2015 Yamaha and Peter Giraudo’s 1966 Triumph. This rare bike is an example of machines which were built for desert racing in America and has been painstakingly restored with the hope of a class win and a top 10 finish.

In addition to watching the judging of the vintage and classic cars and motorcycles spectators will be able to view a selection of new cars, SUVs and pick ups in Auto Expo which is the motor trade section located a short distance from the grandstands on the inside of the Racecourse. Several of the trade stands will be displaying motorcycles and the makes represented are TVS, KTM and Suzuki.


The Heritage Collection is located near the Auto Expo stands and the major attraction will be a working 1918 steam engine which has been entered by Roger Tanner who will have a busy day shuttling between his steam engine and his 1952 Rolls Royce.

Visitors will also see an ancient Mercedes truck, an old Ferguson tractor compared with the latest Massey Ferguson equivalent. Total Kenya will show an old dispensing pump together with the latest service station equivalent.

Following the sub theme of the old and the new in the Heritage Collection there will be an electric powered car which has been made by students of St. Andrew School and a motorcycle using solar generated electricity.

Throughout the day there will be fly pasts and in the afternoon there will be a spectacular free fall parachute before the prize giving ceremony. The completion of judging will be followed by a grand parade of all the Concours cars and motorcycles in front of the grandstand. The podium prize giving will be held shortly afterwards and Concours day will end with a grand finale.

 

Eight Homeboyz Rugby Players Receive Kenya 7s Call-Ups

The Kenya Rugby Union has released the 2018/2019 Provisional Shujaa squad.

Following the conclusion of the Stanbic Bank National Sevens, the selectors have shared a squad of 31 players based on their exemplary performance during the circuit.

 

Further to the 31, there are ten players from the 2017/2018 season who are up for a performance review as well as three players in the absentee selection list. The full squad comprises of 44 players.

The squad is set to have their trials and initial assessment tests this weekend after which the final squad will start their preparations for the Africa Cup Championship in Tunisia before embarking on the 2018/19 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in December.

The squad appears below:

Menengai Cream Homeboyz – Brian Wandera, Charles Omondi, Alvin Otieno, Michael Wanjala, Johnstone Olindi, Leonard Mugaisi, Mark Wandetto, Jeffrey Oluoch. 

Stanbic Mwamba -Eliakim Kichoi, Ronnie Omondi, Daniel Taabu, Matt Wanjia, Collins Injera, Billy Odhiambo.

Nondescripts -Benjamin Marshall, Oscar Dennis. 

Menengai Oilers – Harold Anduvate, Derrick Keyoga, Erick Ombasa. 

Top Fry Nakuru RFC – Philip Kwame, Monate Akuei, Geoffrey Ominde, Gramwel Bunyasi, Nelson Oyoo. 

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology – Timothy Mmasi. 

Resolution Impala Saracens – Paul Mutsami, Mark Kwemoi, Samuel Motari, Samuel Oliech. 

KCB RC – Andrew Amonde, Shaban Ahmed, Vincent Onyala, Arthur Owira. 

Kenya Harlequins – Frank Wanyama, Cyprian Kuto, William Ambaka, Eden Agero, Herman Humwa. 

BlakBad RC –  Brian Wahinya, Arcadius Khwesa. 

Strathmore Leos – Edmund Anya. 

Kabras Sugar RFC – Brian Tanga, Daniel Sikuta. 

South Africa – William Reeves

10pm Kick Off For Gor-Everton in Liverpool

English Premier League side Everton FC’s match versus Gor Mahia will be played at 10 pm Kenyan time on November 6.

Tickets for this highly anticipated fixture on Kenya’s football calendar go for £5 (Ksh650) for adults and £1(Ksh130) for those under 18 or over 65 years old.

All the proceeds from the friendly will be channeled to Everton in The Community, the charity arm of the top EPL club.

The exhibition match is the first time for a Kenyan club to play an EPL side on English soil.

Introducing HBR FiFA Tournament

Homeboyz Radio has announced the return of ‘HBR FiFA Challenge’ beginning Saturday September 1, 2018 at Galana Plaza in Kilimani, Nairobi.
Competitors will be selected during the HBR Fanzone every Saturday between 9.30am and 11 even though last season’s winner is set to open the 2018/19 season.


Prizes to HBR FiFA winners will be exclusive fanzone merchandise from Homeboyz Radio that will be presented to him/her immediately after a tournament.
In this weekly gaming experience, HBR will give it’s listeners a chance to take on their favorite celebrities and presenters on FIFA 19.

The tournament

Round 1 will see the listener take on G Money where he can select any team to take on G. If the listener wins, he keeps his 5 star team but if he loses to G, he has to select a team with 3.5 stars for the next round.

In round 2, The listener takes on Dj John where he selects a team based on how well he did in round 1. If the listener beats John he keeps his star rating but if he loses to John, he has to select a team with 2 stars.

The final will see the listener take on the NEW SIGNING. The listener selects a team with a star rating based on how well he did against Dj John and G Money. The new signing can select any star rating for their team.

If the listener beats the new signing he automatically wins the prizes.

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.