All The Deals From January Transfers

The January 2018 transfer window closed at 23:00 GMT on Wednesday night. All of the signings made during the month by the 2017/18 season’s 20 clubs are below courtesy of Premier League. 

Confirmed deals
Arsenal

In
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) Undisclosed Details
Konstantinos Mavropanos (PAS Giannina) Undisclosed Details
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Man Utd) Swap Details

Out
Jeff-Reine Adelaide (Angers) Loan Details
Chuba Akpom (Sint-Truidense) Loan Details
Krystian Bielik (Walsall) Loan Details
Francis Coquelin (Valencia) Undisclosed Details
Mathieu Debuchy (Saint-Etienne) Undisclosed Details
Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Stephy Mavididi (Charlton Athletic) Loan Details
Marcus McGuane (Barcelona) Undisclosed Details
Tafari Moore (Wycombe Wanderers) Loan Details
Julio Pleguezuelo (Gimnastic de Tarragona) Loan Details
Alexis Sanchez (Man Utd) Swap Details
Ben Sheaf (Stevenage) Loan Details
Theo Walcott (Everton) Undisclosed Details

AFC Bournemouth

In
Lewis Grabban (Sunderland) Loan return Details

Out

Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Loan Details
Ryan Allsop (Lincoln City) Loan Details
Baily Cargill (Partick Thistle) Loan Details
Mihai Dobre (Rochdale) Loan Details
Lewis Grabban (Aston Villa) Loan Details
Shaun Hobson (Chester) Loan Details
Connor Mahoney (Barnsley) Loan Details
Sam Matthews (Eastleigh) Loan extension Details
Ollie Harfield (Boreham Wood) Loan
Aaron Ramsdale (Chesterfield) Loan Details
Ben Whitfield (Port Vale) Loan extension Details

Brighton & Hove Albion

In
Warren O’Hora (Bohemians) Undisclosed Details
Jurgen Locadia (PSV Eindhoven) Undisclosed Details
Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester) Loan Details

Out
Soufyan Ahannach (Sparta Rotterdam) Loan Details
David Ajiboye (Millwall) Loan Details
Jonah Ayunga (Poole Town) Loan Details
Charlie Ferguson (East Grinstead Town) Loan Details
Ben Hall (Notts County) Loan Details
Kazenga LuaLua (Sunderland) Free Details
Stefan Ljubicic (Bognor Regis Town) Loan Details
Jordan Maguire-Drew (Coventry City) Loan Details
Reece Meekums (Worthing) Loan extension Details
Jamie Murphy (Rangers) Loan Details
Mathias Normann (Molde) Loan extension Details
Rian O’Sullivan (Carshalton Athletic) Loan Details
Bailey Vose (Welling United) Loan Details

Burnley

In
Aaron Lennon (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (Spurs) Loan Details

Out 
Dan Agyei (Blackpool) Loan Details
Tom Anderson (Doncaster Rovers) Loan Details
Jimmy Dunne (Accrington Stanley) Loan Details
Harry Flowers (Guiseley) Undisclosed Details
Josh Ginnelly (Tranmere Rovers) Loan Details
Luke Hendrie (Shrewsbury Town) Undisclosed Details
Alex Whitmore (Chesterfield) Undisclosed Details

Chelsea

In
Ross Barkley (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Undisclosed Details
Emerson Palmieri (Roma) Undisclosed Details

Out
Michy Batshuayi (Borussia Dortmund) Loan Details
Jake Clarke-Salter (Sunderland) Loan Details
Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers) Loan extension Details
Todd Kane (Oxford United) Loan Details
Kenedy (Newcastle) Loan Details
Charly Musonda Jr (Celtic) Loan Details
Baba Rahman (Schalke) Loan Details
Ike Ugbo (MK Dons) Loan Details

Crystal Palace

In
Jaroslaw Jach (Zaglebie Lubin) Undisclosed Details
Erdal Rakip (Benfica) Loan Details
Alexander Sorloth (FC Midtjylland) Undisclosed Details

Out
Keshi Anderson (Swindon Town) Undisclosed Details
Andre Coker (Maidstone United) Loan Details
Noor Husin (Notts County) Undisclosed Details
Sullay Kaikai (Charlton) Loan Details
Freddie Ladapo (Southend United) Undisclosed Details

Everton

In
Cenk Tosun (Besiktas) Undisclosed Details
Eliaquim Mangala (Man City) Loan Details
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Undisclosed Details

 

Out
Ross Barkley (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Mo Besic (Middlesbrough) Loan
Harry Charsley (Bolton Wanderers) Loan Details
Louis Gray (Carlisle United) Loan Details
Gethin Jones (Fleetwood Town) Undisclosed Details
Aaron Lennon (Burnley) Undisclosed Details
Ademola Lookman (RB Leipzig) Loan Details
Boris Mathis (Northampton Town) Loan
Kevin Mirallas (Olympiacos) Loan Details
Sandro Ramirez (Sevilla) Loan Details
Antonee Robinson (Bolton Wanderers) Loan extension Details
Liam Walsh (Bristol City) Undisclosed Details

Huddersfield Town

In
Terence Kongolo (Monaco) Loan Details
Jack Payne (Oxford Utd) Loan recall Details
Alex Pritchard (Norwich City) Undisclosed Details

Out
Jack Boyle (Clyde) Loan
Dylan Cogill (Clyde) Loan
Martin Cranie (Middlesbrough) Undisclosed Details
Fraser Horsfall (Kidderminster Harriers) Undisclosed Details
Danny Kane (Cork City) Undisclosed
Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) Undisclosed Details
Jack Payne (Blackburn Rovers) Loan Details
Ryan Schofield (AFC Telford) Loan Details
Tadhg Ryan (Released) Details
Cedwyn Scott (Dundee) Undisclosed 

Leicester City

In
Fousseni Diabate (Gazalec Ajaccio) Undisclosed Details
Callum Wright (Blackburn Rovers) Undisclosed Details

Out
Andy King (Swansea City) Loan Details
Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow) Loan Details
Islam Slimani (Newcastle United) Loan Details
Raul Uche (Real Betis) Loan Details
Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton) Loan Details

Liverpool

In
Tony Gallacher (Falkirk) Details
Ryan Kent (Freiburg) Loan return Details
Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) Undisclosed Details

Out
Cameron Brannagan (Oxford United) Undisclosed Details
Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) Undisclosed Details
Ovie Ejaria (Sunderland) Loan Details
Jon Flanagan (Bolton Wanderers) Loan Details
Marko Grujic (Cardiff City) Loan Details
Lloyd Jones (Luton Town) Undisclosed Details
Ryan Kent (Bristol City) Loan Details
Lazar Markovic (Anderlecht) Loan Details
Daniel Sturridge (West Brom) Loan Details
Matty Virtue (Notts County) Loan Details
Corey Whelan (Yeovil Town) Loan Details
Harry Wilson (Hull City) Loan Details

Manchester City

In
Jack Harrison (New York City) Undisclosed Details
Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao) Undisclosed Details

Out
Kean Bryan (Oldham Athletic) Loan
Isaac Buckley (Oxford United) Loan Details
Jacob Davenport (Burton Albion) Loan
Shay Facey (Northampton Town) Undisclosed 
Jack Harrison (Middlesbrough) Loan Details
Eliaquim Mangala (Man City) Loan Details
Marlos Moreno (Flamengo) Loan
Ashley Smith-Brown (Oxford United) Loan

Manchester United

In 
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Leeds) Loan recall Details
Matej Kovar (FC Slovacko) Undisclosed Details
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Swap Details
Matty Willock (Utrecht) Loan return Details

Out
James Wilson (Sheffield United) Loan Details
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal) Swap Details
Alex Tuanzebe (Aston Villa) Loan Details
Matty Willock (St Johnstone) Loan Details
Charlie Scott (Hamilton Academical) Loan Details
Demi Mitchell (Hearts) Loan Details

Newcastle United

In
Martin Dubravka (Sparta Prague) Loan Details
Kenedy (Chelsea) Loan Details
Islam Slimani (Leicester City) Loan Details

Out
Rolando Aarons (Hellas Verona) Loan Details
Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) Loan Details
Dan Barlaser (Crewe Alexandra) Loan Details
Kyle Cameron (Queen of the South) Loan Details
Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest) Loan Details
Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock) Loan extension Details
Lewis McNall (Gateshead) Loan Details
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) Loan Details
Henri Saivet (Sivasspor) Loan Details
Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United) Loan Details
Callum Williams (Gateshead) Loan Details
Freddie Woodman (Aberdeen) Loan Details

Southampton

In
Guido Carrillo (Monaco) Undisclosed Details

Out
Marcus Barnes (Yeovil Town) Loan Details
Ollie Cook (Barrow) Loan Details
Ryan Seager (Yeovil) Loan Details
Matt Targett (Fulham) Loan Details
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) Undisclosed Details

Stoke City

In 
Moritz Bauer (Rubin Kazan) Undisclosed Details
Moussa Niakate (Paris FC) Undisclosed Details
Badou Ndiaye (Galatasaray) EUR16million Details
Kostas Stafylidis (Augsburg) Loan Details

Out
Jake Dunwoody (Curzon Ashton) Loan Details
Julien Ngoy (Walsall) Loan Details
Harry Souttar (Ross County) Loan Details
Josh Tymon (MK Dons) Loan Details

Swansea City

In
Andre Ayew (West Ham) Undisclosed Details
Andy King (Leicester City) Loan Details 
Jack Withers (Boston United) Undisclosed Details

Out
Ryan Blair (Falkirk) Loan Details
Jay Fulton (Wigan) Loan Details
Adam King (Mansfield) Loan Details
Oliver McBurnie (Barnsley) Loan Details
Roque Mesa (Sevilla) Loan Details
Tyler Reid (Newport County) Loan Details
Joe Rodon (Cheltenham Town) Loan Details
Josh Sheehan (Newport County) Free Details
Jack Withers (Boston United) Loan Details

Tottenham Hotspur

In
Lucas Moura (Paris Saint-Germain) Undisclosed Details

Out
Luke Amos (Stevenage) Loan Details
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Ipswich Town) Loan Details
Marcus Edwards (Norwich City) Loan Details
Shayon Harrison (Southend United) Loan Details
Ryan Loft (Exeter City) Loan Details
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (Burnley) Loan Details
Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) Loan extension Details
Anton Walkes (Portsmouth) Loan Details

Watford

In
Pontus Dahlberg (IFK Gothenburg) Undisclosed Details
Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona) Loan Details
Dodi Lukebakio (Charleroi) Undisclosed Details
Didier Ndong (Sunderland) Loan Details

Out

Pontus Dahlberg (IFK Gothenburg) Loan Details
Brice Dja Djedje (RC Lens) Loan Details
Michael Folivi (Boreham Wood) Loan Details
Alex Jakubiak (Falkirk) Loan Details
Brandon Mason (Dundee United) Loan Details
Costel Pantilimon (Nottingham Forest) Loan Details
Charlie Rowan (Accrington Stanley) Loan Details
Isaac Success (Malaga) Loan Details
Ben Watson Released Details
Randell Williams (Wycombe Wanderers) Loan Details
Mauro Zarate (Velez Sarsfield) Loan Details

West Brom

In
Ali Gabr (Zamalek) Loan Details
Rekeem Harper (Blackburn) Loan return Details
Jonathan Leko (Bristol City) Loan return Details
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) Loan Details

Out 
Tahvon Campbell (Forest Green Rovers) Loan Details
Shaun Donnellan (Yeovil) Undisclosed Details
Kyle Edwards (Exeter City) Loan Details
Kyle Howkins (Port Vale) Loan Details
Jasko Keranovic (Kilmarnock) Loan Details
Max Melbourne (Ross County) Loan Details
Dara O’Shea (Hereford FC) Loan extension Details
Tyler Roberts (Leeds) Undisclosed Details
Kane Wilson (Exeter City) Loan extension Details

West Ham

In
Jordan Hugill (Preston) Undisclosed Details
Joao Mario (Inter Milan) Loan Details
Reece Oxford (Borussia Moenchengladbach) Loan return Details

Out
Andre Ayew (Swansea City) Undisclosed Details
Reece Burke (Bolton Wanderers) Loan Details
Moses Makasi (Plymouth Argyle) Loan Details
Reece Oxford (Borussia Moenchengladbach) Loan Details
Diafra Sakho (Rennes) Undisclosed Details
Martin Samuelsen (Burton Albion) Loan Details

FPL: Players To Sign; Why You Should Captain Salah or Aguero

The Premier League returns on Tuesday evening with three matches on the card as Liverpool head to Huddersfield and Arsenal play Swansea.

How’s your Fantasy Premier League (FPL) doing? A number of transfers have been made while the biggest of the week, Aubameyang to Arsenal, is close.

So who should you get this week and maybe for the next three weeks?

1.Alexis Sanchez
His performance for United in the win over Yeovil said it all, what to expect. He will definitely get life going at Old Trafford. With Morata not firing, consider him right now.

2.Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Talk of great talent, Mkhi is expected to get his Arsenal debut against Swansea on Tuesday. With Swansea beating Liverpool in their previous match, Arsene Wenger will be taking no chance and he’s going to field probably the strongest team. The race for top four just got tougher.

3.Nacho Monreal

He has been directly involved in five goals, scoring three and assisting two, more than in any of his past five campaigns.

The statistics show how Monreal has offered more in attacking areas.

He has had a shot every 130.7 minutes and created a chance every 154.4 minutes this season.

His points-per-million value of 18.0 is only bettered among defenders by the Chelsea pair of Marcos Alonso(£7.3m), with 18.8, and Cesar Azpilicueta (£7.0m), with 18.1. 

4.Gerard Deulofeu
Remember him at Everton almost a year ago? Deulofeu just signed for Watford on loan until the end of the season.

Watford is looking to cement their place in the Premier League and his addition from Barcelona is a clear statement of their intention.

You can get him on and maybe bench him for now because they play Man City next, but from next game week, expect more.

5.Daniel Sturridge
Studge has signed for West Brom until the end of the season. You know what a fit Sturridge can do. Here, he will be given game time, what he wants; definitely, this will result in goals. You can consider him too.

Who do you captain?

For once, Harry Kane (£13.0m) has to take a back seat in the race for the Fantasy Premier League captaincy.

Instead, Mohamed Salah (£10.3m) and Sergio Aguero (£11.8m) are the top two candidates for the Gameweek 25 armband.

The Liverpool midfielder scored 14 points in a 2-1 victory over Leicester City.

The Egyptian is capable of a repeat performance at Huddersfield Town as he looks to return to the consistent form that has delivered a goal or assist in 12 of his last 14 Gameweek appearances.

Aguero goes into a home fixture with West Brom as the most-bought player ahead of Tuesday’s 18:45 GMT deadline. 

Over 179,000 managers have signed him after a run of eight goals in seven appearances across all competitions in January.

Also at Man City, Raheem Sterling (£8.9m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£10.2m) boast strong home form, each producing double-digit points hauls on four occasions at the Etihad Stadium.

Avoid Kane?
With Manchester United the visitors to Wembley Stadium, owners of the Tottenham Hotspur striker should look for an alternative.

 

All Set For Barclays Kenya Open

The Barclays Kenya Open Golf has kicked off the tournament’s 50th anniversary celebrations with a ceremonial ‘tee off’ from the KICC building in Nairobi.

On its part, Barclays has committed a total of KES82 million this year, comprising Sh50 million for Barclays Kenya Open sponsorship and KES32 million that will go towards a six tournament series which will feature amateur players and junior golfers.

The Series, which was launched in Eldoret last year, will feature the Nairobi Open at the Karen Golf Club on February 2nd, followed by the Nakuru Open at the Nakuru Golf Club on Saturday, 10 February, then the Kisumu Golf Open at the Nyanza Golf Club on 24 February. These will be followed by the Pwani Open at the Nyali Golf Club on 3 March, and then the Mt. Kenya Open at the Thika Golf Club on 10th March.

“2018 marks the most memorable of milestones for the Barclays Kenya Open as it reaches its 50th Anniversary and in this most special of years, I know everybody involved in the organizing of this magnificent event is working towards making it the biggest and most memorable of the European Challenge Tour 2018 calendar,” said Barclays Bank of Kenya Managing Director Jeremy Awori.

Speaking at the event, Tourism Cabinet Secretary Hon. Najib Balala, reiterated the Government’s commitment to continue supporting the Kenya Open Golf Championship for the role it plays in enhancing tourism in the country. The event continues to put Kenya on the international map alongside other sporting events like Athletics and Rugby.

 “As the Ministry of Tourism, we are committed to consolidating the gains we’ve made over the years and making Kenya a must-see destination for the discerning international golfer. We commit to continue supporting sports events such as the Kenya Open Golf Championship that provide an international audience that can be used to market Kenya as a sports tourism destination,” he said.

The CS added that the Ministry of Tourism, through the Kenya Tourism Board, would soon be making public details of a sponsorship commitment to this year’s Kenya Open tournament.”

Kenya Open Golf Limited (KOGL) Chairman, Mr. Peter Kanyago, lauded Barclays Bank of Kenya for the continued support, adding that it is such partnerships that have continually enhanced the stature of the event into what it is today.

The main event of Kenya Open 2018 edition will kick off on 22nd March and run until 25th March 2018 at Muthaiga Golf Club. It will be preceded by the Kenya Open Golf Limited and Barclays Bank of Kenya Pro-Am events on the 20th and 21st of March 2018 respectively. This year, 156 golfers, including about 22 Kenyan professionals, six Kenyan amateurs and over 100 European Challenge Tour players, are expected at the Barclays Kenya Open Championship.

Kenya Unveils Players For ITTF Continental Cup

Sejal Thakkar and Byran Mutua will represent Kenya in this year’s edition of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) continental up-Africa that starts from March 1-3.

They are putting the final touches on their preparations, ready to go head to head with Africa’s most respected table tennis stars.

The local organizing committee headed by Joseph Okelo launched the tournament on Tuesday in Nairobi.

“The ITTF Africa Continental Cup us a special event in the hearts and minds of the continental table tennis community,” says LOC manager Joseph Okelo.

The 2018 edition includes the crème de la crème of Africa, who have encouraged many new regional competitors to show interest in the Nairobi edition. Cup holders Aruna Quadri of Nigeria and Meshref Dina of Egypt are the star attractions.

Mutua, a product of KTTA’s ‘Tucheze Tebo’ is one of the fastest rising Kenyan youngsters and a prodigy from the evergreen Mwala High school production line in the Eastern province.

Sejal will be playing her fourth Commonwealth games for Kenya this year after having the feel of the Top 16 championship in Nairobi.

Sami Kherouf of Algeria will represent the Northern region, Brian Chan Yook Fo of Mauritius and Egyptian duo of Assar Omar and Saleh Ahmed make the list that also include legendary Toriola Segun of Nigeria.

In the ladies category, 16-year-old Prathma Jalim of Mauritius and Saidani Safa of Tunisia will represent the Eastern and Northern regions respectively.

Nairobi, Get Ready For The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour

On Monday the global leg of the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola kicked off with an official launch ceremony in London, with former FIFA World Cup™ winners Sir Geoff Hurst of England and Andrea Pirlo of Italy on hand to celebrate and send the FIFA World Cup Original Trophy off on its worldwide journey.

Starting Monday, January 22, 2018, Coca-Cola is inviting fans around the world to get #ReadyFor the highly anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup™ by giving them the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close to the same Trophy that will be presented to the winning country of the tournament in July. The FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will visit 91 cities, across 51 countries and six continents, giving thousands of fans the chance to experience football’s most coveted prize.

The trophy lands in Nairobi on February 26th and 27th before moving to Maputo. Keep it here to know how you can get to view the trophy.

This is the fourth time in history that Coca-Cola and FIFA have come together to bring the Trophy Tour to the world. This year, the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour will touch down in a number of nations for the first time ever, including Iceland, Austria and Mongolia.

“As football fans around the world gear up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, we want to make sure they are ready for all of the emotions that this summer’s tournament will bring,” said Ricardo Fort, Vice President of Global Sports Partnerships, The Coca-Cola Company. “The Trophy Tour will give fans everywhere a taste of the excitement that’s to come, not to mention a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the Trophy for themselves.”

Before starting on its global tour, the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola travelled across Russia for three months, spanning more than 16,000 kilometers and visiting 16 cities, making it the longest host country tour in history.

FPL: Wildcard Available, How To Replace Coutinho

Going to game week 23 is probably the hardest stage of the Fantasy Premier League(FPL) this season. Liverpool have sold Phil Coutinho to Barcelona dealing FPL managers with a huge blow.

Before we speak about Coutinho and other signings, with the second FPL wildcard available(although I would propose you wait until the transfer window shuts), here are a few tips you can follow before making those transfers.

How is your goalkeeper doing? Are you one of those people who have a strong forward and weak backline? Well, you may consider keeper like Pope(£4.8m), Fabianski, Pickford, Ryan and Lossi all who are valued at £4.6m and have scored 84 points so far.

West Ham’s Adrian had a fantastic performance against Spurs and Moyes may give him a chance. Southampton’s Alex McCarthy is another option as we head to January-March period. In their next 10 matches, only Spurs and Liverpool we can say can worry you but other games will definitely bring points.

He’s valued at £4.4m. Good bargain I guess.

Everton have signed Cenk Tosun. You probably heard Dj John try to give details about this guy on Fanzone last Saturday. Tosun can deliver, Everton needs him. He’s worthy £7.5m in the FPL and scored 41 goals in 96 appearances for Beskitas.  

Now to the big issue, Philip Coutinho. Already a Barcelona player and you must transfer him out. He scored 103 points and cost managers £9.1m upon his transfer to Barcelona.

His exit will affect the performance of Mo Salah and Firmino who have been lighting up the FPL this season. Probably time you should stick only with Salah or Firmino but not both of them.

With Sanchez not sure whether he’s going to Man City, probably you would think to replace Coutinho with Hazard. Yes, Hazard. 

The Belgian can justify his tag as a Fantasy heavyweight over the second half of the season.

Hazard returned to the Chelsea attack in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal in Gameweek 22 and fired six shots inside the penalty area.

The recent return to action of Alvaro Morata (£10.5m) can help Hazard regain his FPL form. He will be expected to return from a calf injury to face Leicester City at Stamford Bridge in Gameweek 23.

The Foxes have managed a single clean sheet away from home all season.

Staying with Liverpool, is it about you considered their defence? Virgil Van Dijk is an option to sign. He is set to become a mainstay in Klopp’s back for the remainder of the season.

A goal threat at set-plays, as he showed in the FA Cup on Friday, Van Dijk is poised for a testing Premier League debut for Liverpool against Man City on 14 January in Gameweek 23.

Top performing players in the FPL include De Gea, Alonso-Azpilicueta-Otamendi, Salah-Sterlin-De Bruyne-Mahrez-Eriksen and Kane-Aguero.

How Hard is Fantasy Premier League ?

Probably you’ve seen something called Fantasy Premier League(FPL) on Twitter or Facebook. This thing is hard, according to tweets we see.

FPL is a game in which participants assemble an imaginary team of premier league footballers and score points based on those players’ actual statistical performance or their perceived contribution in the league.

There are roughly 4 million Fantasy Premier League players. It’s known that people gamble even when the odds are against them for “fun.” 

Being good at fantasy football just means that you are constantly digesting lots of information by reading news, rankings, analysis, opinions, and looking at data.

Despite it being challenging, FPL is fun to play. This where you know whether you are better than Wenger or you can play two number 10s on the wing and a wing at no 10 like Mourinho.

Just how is playing FPL feels like?
I spoke to a few football fans and FPL managers who have different views as the league enters second and the last phase of the new year.

Lavin Asego, a Kenyan based manager who is also an Arsenal fan and a Kenyan international rugby player, says since August, he has been moving up in the standings.

For Bree Mongina, also an Arsenal fan based in Nairobi, it’s a different case though “up on some leagues and stagnant on some. I’m in like 10 private leagues.”

Asego adds that FPL is very exciting and challenging and he likes the challenge of strategizing and decision making.

One of the challenges a number managers have complained of this season is late withdrawal due to injuries when the transfer has already closed.

Being in a situation where up to three players are injured but you can only transfer one out is a nightmare to many.  

“Well I would prefer more (transfers) but I think one is ok. It makes you really think before using the transfer,” says Asego.

Asking Bree whether she’s happy with one transfer she says: “NOOOOOOOOOO! Because if let’s say three of your best players on your team are out on injury that will give you fewer points.”

If you see your team is heading in the wrong direction and you would like to bring a whole new team, you can play a Wildcard. A wildcard allows you to make unlimited free transfers throughout a Gameweek.

 

You play a wildcard when you want to make multiple changes to your team, for example, Gameweeks when teams are playing more than once, or when your team is underperforming or has a lot of injuries.

You, however, have two wildcards the entire season and the first one can only be played between August and December 30.

Asego used his first wildcard just recently unlike me, the writer, who played his’ in September (my team was doing bad)

“I played mine just before Christmas,” said Asego. Bree hasn’t used hers which means that has gone to waste!

You only have 100m to assemble a team which means you can’t have those stars you are thinking about. If you have Firmino, Kane and Aguero you’ll definitely spend up to 30m on them meaning the rest of the team will consist of some non-regulars at Manchester United like Juan Mata.

Asego wishes he “had Kevin De Bruyne” as Bree wishes to have “Kane back. I sold him and also David Silva!”

As Bree says FPL is not complicated than the league itself, Asego agrees it is “coz you have to research about the players and also the restrictions of the FPL.”

None of the two is happy where they are in various leagues ahead of gameweek 23.
“I would like to be first in my own damn league. I am struggling,” said Asego. For Bree, “Nope hahaha the guys in the Whatsapp group (FLP) make fun of me a lot.”

Asked on what feature they would like to be added to the FPL in the coming season, Asego feels “you shouldn’t be “punished” for injuries coz you have no control of that….in case of an injury (especially long-term) you should be allowed a ka free hit”

Bree would like two transfers. “At least two transfers per game week and a bargain icon think they overcharge us and maybe the player himself is not that good, yes.”

At HBR, we have no jokes when it comes to FPL. Fanzone crew members Dj John, G Money and I are all FPL managers.

Last season’s HBR FPL winner took home Ksh50,000 and this season it looks tighter than the league(obviously Man City has no competition). To join the league, put code 1776647-425219.

For more on this and the Premier League, listen to HBR Fanzone every Saturday from 9 am.

This Is What Kenya Rugby Players Earn

 

Kenya 7s 
This is one of the highest paid national team not only in rugby but across a number of team sports in Kenya. The Kenya 7s players are paid by the number of caps/tournaments one has played. The more matches you’ve played the richer you get.

As of 2016/2017 HSBC World Sevens Series, those who have played 0-15 tournaments earned Ksh100,000 per month before 35% tax. These are first time players.

A tournament is one leg in the World Sevens series eg Dubai 7s or Las Vegas 7s. A full season has 10 tournaments.

15-29 caps get Ksh115,000 per month. These are players who have been there for close to two seasons and above.

30-44 caps take home Ksh140,000 per month before tax. These are players who have been on the team for a long time.

Group A features those who have played 45 tournaments and above in the World Sevens Series and above. These ones earn Ksh165,000.

Part-time players who are not on contract earn Ksh50,000 per month but drops to Ksh35,000 after tax.

Apart from the monthly salary, Kenya 7s players get Ksh8,000 as travel allowance in every outing.(Dubai and Cape Town 7s is an example of an outing).

For any cup win, like Singapore 7s, the Sevens players are assured of USD6,000(Ksh600,000), finishing second they get USD3,000(Ksh300,000), USD1500(KSh150,000) for a cup semis place finish and USD1000(Ksh100,000) for a fifth-place finish formerly known as Plate win.

In a good month, if Kenya finishes fifth in of the ten tournaments, a 15-cap player will take home Ksh266,000 after adding travelling allowance and monthly salary.

The Sevens players are only contracted between November 1 and May 30 when they are in season.

Kenya Simbas 
The national 15s team also known as #SimbaNiMoja is only in action during the June and November internationals. They are paid per training session and on matchdays. They are yet to receive Kenya Sevens-like contracts.

Each training session for Kenya Simbas is paid Ksh2,000 with a week likely to have up to six sessions which makes it Ksh12,000.

For any match played, the Simbas players earn Ksh10,000. Ksh10,000 will be added if they get a win. Captain of the days earns more than the players.

In 2017, Kenya Simbas played 12 matches. No player has featured in all the matches.

Going out on tour the players will be paid USD150(Ksh 15,000).

In 2017, they travelled to South Africa for a 10-day camp, went to Uganda for the Elgon Cup, visited Zimbabwe and Namibia for Africa Gold Cup and were in Hong Kong for the four nations.

Bonus from Sportpesa ranges from USD100 to USD1,000 depending on the opponent taken down, and magnitude of the win.

Kenya Lionesses
The national women’s sevens side is rarely in action as they only take part in Africa 7s, Dubai 7s and additional tournaments like Commonwealth games and invitational tournaments.

These girls earn Ksh1,000 per training session. There are up to three sessions per week. For every tournament they go like the just concluded Africa 7s in Tunisia, they earn Ksh15,000.

Kenya Under 20 
This is the junior team popularly known as Chipu. They only play three matches per year, the Africa Cup.

A match allowance in the Kenya Under 20 team is Ksh10,000 per tournament while a training session is Ksh500. Training sessions may be three per week.

Kenya Harlequins
Now sponsored by betting firm Sportpesa as well as other sponsors, Quins are said to be having the best training allowance scheme.

A reliable source told us that Quins players have a monthly retainer, match allowance, win allowance, allowance for a win with bonus while some players get an extra monthly allowance for special needs.

Quins also pay housing for those in need and education too and the entire technical bench is on a monthly stipend.

Impala Saracens
Impala are sponsored by Resolution Insurance and have a partnership with UK based Saracens Rugby Club. They are part of the global Saracens clubs.

All the players (senior squad, ESS and junior team) have a medical cover.

For every win at Impala Saracens, every player will earn Ksh3500. Training allowance per day is Ksh250 which amounts to Ksh1000 every week or the number of sessions one attends.

One of the club’s officials confirmed that the amount the players per month ranges between Khs16,000 and 20,000 per month.

KCB 
The Kenya Cup champions advocate for an average pay across all players as an official from the club told us. There is a training allowance for every session attended. KCB has four training sessions per week.

For a month, team one players get Ksh25,000 on average if when on national duty.

If they win a tournament or the league, they also get something. KCB CEO Joshua Oigara awarded them with Ksh5 million when they won the 2017 Kenya Cup.

Strathmore Leos 
This is a team from Strathmore University. They do not provide any allowance or payment but offer scholarships to students-players.

 “Being a University team we are an amateur side thus we do not offer financial rewards for players but we offer other benefits. A comprehensive medical cover is one of the benefits”, said Strathmore director of Sports Sylvia Kamau.

Kabras Sugar 
The 2016 Kenya Cup champions are one of the top-paying clubs in the Kenya Cup. They have invested heavily in the last four years bring players from Uganda and as far as Fiji.

Kabras Sugar, however, offers full-time jobs where players work in the Sugar company during the day and play in the evening.

They have no daily allowances since players are paid on monthly basis.

Menengai Cream Homeboyz
Homeboyz, sponsored by Menengai Cream, pays their players per match and training allowances. They are the fastest-growing club in Kenya and able to attract top quality players.

Homeboyz also offers jobs to qualified players as well as paying school fees to a number of players who are still in school.

Nondies 
The oldest club in Kenya, who were the first team in Kenya to have a physiotherapist, has training allowances paid to players after a month or any agreed plan between management and players.

Match allowance depends on the opponent they defeat and is paid in tiers. There are four tiers.

In tier one, if they beat a top side who reached Kenya Cup final)KCB and Kabras) they earn Ksh6,000.

Tier two includes defeating teams that reached Kenya Cup quarters(Homeboyz, Quins, Impala and Mwamba)where they take home Ksh4,000.

Tier three is for beating mid-table teams, those that finished seventh, eighth and ninth (Nakuru RFC and Strathmore). Beating these, the Nondies players get Ksh2000.

The last allowance tier (Ksh1000) features teams that finished between 10, 11 and 12th in the last Kenya Cup season. These teams include Blak Blad, Western Bulls and Mean Machine). With Bulls and Machine going to division II, Kisii RFC and Mombasa will take their slots. 

Nakuru RFC 
The former Kenya Cup champions are sponsored by Top Fry and recently acquired Mitch Ochola as their new head coach from Strathmore Leos.

A win at Nakuru RFC popularly known as Wanyore will earn you an allowance while a win without a bonus still has an allowance. Nakuru RFC also pays training allowances on daily basis.

We understand with the help of Menengai, Nakuru RFC will be offering scholarships from 2018.

Mean Machine
The University of Nairobi side recently got relegated from top-flight rugby but they are known for offering a bit better scheme of allowance.

Players are given Ksh4100 every outing they do outside Nairobi with matches around the City said to be bringing Ksh400.

This cash comes out before the students leave the school for matches.

Blak Blad 
Our research shows Blad, a team from Kenyatta University, is one of the lowest earning teams in the top flight rugby. 

Menengai Oilers
Formed in 2016, the Nakuru based side is probably one of the best paying teams in the Championship, second-tier league.

Oilers are backed by Menengai Refineries and pay Ksh1200 per week if you make the team. If you train but fail to make the matchday 23, you take home Ksh800 every week.

The minimum a player will get at Menengai Oilers per month is Ksh8800. 

Referees 
Rugby has three pillars; Playing, Coaching and officiating. Referees play a key role in any Union across the World. If one pillar falls, the other two won’t work.

The Kenya Rugby Referees under their society have a payment plan per match in the Kenya Cup and some of them get to officiate the Rugby Afrique matches and World Rugby competitions.

Most of Kenya Rugby referees have another job or doing something else.

Officiating a Kenya Cup match, a referee is paid Ksh1500 as well as the two assistant referees.

During the sevens circuit like Kabeberi 7s, the refs get Ksh4000 per weekend with extra facilitation fee as per the region one comes from. Those coming from Nairobi and its environs get an extra KSh1000 while those from Nakuru and other parts get an extra Ksh1700.

The Kenya Cup referees take charge of competitions like Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) Sevens and 15s. The national games run for around one week where the refs take home between Ksh28,000 and 30,000.

Officiating Prescott Cup, Damu Pevu and Damu Changa bring in Ksh1000 per match with the Union paying for facilitation fee.

During the Safari 7s, the refs are paid Ksh5000 per day which amounts to Ksh15,000 for the entire weekend with the assistants taking home Ksh3000 per day.

Continental duties, Africa 7s and Africa Gold Cup, are paid by the administrator, Rugby Afrique who pay 90 Euros (Ksh10, 000).

Looking at another Union, New Zealand has seven full-time referees, but with provincial match fees ranging from around KSh20, 000 for Heartland games through to KSH50, 000 for Mitre 10 Cup, everyone outside that elite bracket juggles another job.   

Super Rugby whistlers are full-time, receiving six-figure salaries and a car. With test match payments factored in pay packets can edge towards Ksh20, 600, 000 in some cases.

In conclusion, The Kenya Rugby Union defines a Contracted Player as one who receives material benefits in form of allowances, education fees, housing, monthly stipend etc. exceeding Ksh 3,750 per week or Ksh 15,000 per month.

Professional rugby players in England are among the highest compensated in the world. During the 2010 to 2011 season, the players in the Aviva Premiership — England’s top rugby league — earned an average of 85,000 pounds sterling — approximately $130,000.

The top professional rugby players in France receive the highest salaries in the world.  Dan Carter topped this list as the highest paid rugby player in the world with a salary of $1.84 million in 2011.

In general, rugby professional rugby players outside of the top-paying leagues like Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe earn much less. Professional rugby only exists in several dozen countries in the world and employment opportunities are limited.

Thierry Henry To Grace Guinness Soccer Camp

Guinness will be conducting a soccer camp with four community teams in Nairobi next month. 

As part of the camp, football legend and former Arsenal striker, Thierry Henry, will drop in and meet the teams during his visit to Kenya early next month.  Thierry Henry will be visiting Kenya on 15th-16th December as part of the Guinness Made of Black program.

The selected teams comprising upcoming players from different parts of the country who have shown they are Made of Black spirit on the pitch, will have the opportunity to demonstrate their bold play in front of Thierry Henry in a game officiated by Tabitha Njoroge, the Kenyan Premier League referee and the only female referee in the league.

The soccer camp is part of Guinness ongoing activities aimed at bringing football closer to the community countrywide. The football star will work with Guinness in Kenya and across Africa to shine a light on those who demonstrate they are Made of Black spirit.

“The session will be attended by Thierry as well as coaches from the selected teams, for the players – it’s about getting advice on how to progress in soccer as a profession. Kenya has so much bourgeoning soccer talent, however, many times players miss out on the guidance and career advice that will take them to the next level. We believe this camp will be an eye-opener for these players who want to grow to become professionals”, said Nduku Wamakau, Marketing Manager – Guinness, Kenya.

The statement comes two months after announcing a major partnership with the legendary footballer, Thierry Henry; an international football icon.  As part of the Guinness Made of Black programme, Guinness will be working with Henry to celebrate the unique passion of African fans and their Made of Black spirit and giving Kenyan football fans the chance to meet the former Arsenal Centre Forward when he visits Kenya.

Guinness will be giving football lovers a chance to meet Thierry Henry in the ultimate Fanzone experience during his visit in Kenya and stand a chance to win a share of KSH 50 million cash prizes in the exciting Guinness consumer promotion – Be a Front Row Fan. 

Kenya Tourism Awards Athletes With Trips To Diani, Maasai Mara,

 

 

The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has unveiled a programme to reward the achievements of Kenya’s marathon champions in a move aimed at recognising the contribution of Kenyan athletes in enhancing Kenya’s tourism positioning globally.

The initiative will see KTB award each marathon champion a fully-paid vacation to top tourist destinations in Kenya.

Speaking during a press conference to launch the initiative, KTB Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Betty Radier has said the programme is recognition of the important role Kenyan athletes play in selling Kenya abroad.

Dr. Radier said, “Kenyan marathon champions are undoubtedly our nation’s best ambassadors given that the races they participate in are held across Kenya’s key tourist source markets.Our champion athletes rub shoulders with ordinary citizens in the cities hosting the races as well as with professional athletes from other nations.”

“As the body mandated with the task of marketing Kenya’s tourism products, we recognize the huge profile that our athletic heroes occupy on the world stage. We believe that it is time to involve our athletes in making a pitch for the country as the Magical Kenya brand ambassadors,” the KTB CEO added.   

Wilson Kipsang and Sarah Chepchirchir are the first marathon champions to be awarded by the KTB under this programme; the athletes and their families will spend 2 days at the Maasai Mara National Reserve and another 2 days in Diani and the Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park.

In appreciation of KTB’s reward programme to marathoners, Wilson Kipsang said, “I’m privileged and honoured to be among the first marathoners to be rewarded by KTB. We thank KTB for recognizing that we are in a position to show the best of Kenya to the rest of the world.”

Sarah Chepchirchir also thanked KTB for appreciating the efforts of marathoners.                                           

Wilson Kipsang and Sarah Chepchirchir won and set course records at the 2017 Tokyo Marathon in February.Wilson set a record of 2 hours, 3 minutes and 58 seconds in the men’s category while Sarah set a record of 2 hours, 19 minutes and 47 seconds in the women’s category.

It’s worth noting that Kenya not only won both the men’s and women’s race but also swept the first three positions in the men’s race at the Tokyo Marathon.

2017 has been a stellar year for Kenya on the athletics front as Kenyans have topped the list of winners in virtually all world athletics events; with Kenyan long-distance runners sweeping 4 out of 5 World Marathon Majors Series so far, in both the men’s and women’s categories.