Chapa Dimba Star Signs For Vihiga United

Kenyan Premier League club Vihiga United FC has signed up Ben Robert Ogot, one of the gems from the first season of the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Tournament.

Ogot, commonly known as “Bensuda” signed a two year deal until 31st May 2020. The gifted striker was instrumental in assisting his team reach the Semi-finals during the National finals of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom tournament held in Bukhungu Stadium, Kakamega.

The player from Nyanza Regional Champions Ombek Red Devils won the prestigious Golden Boot Award (Top Scorer) after netting four goals during the national finals.

“My dream since I was young was to one day play for a club in the Kenya Premier League and I am excited that Chapa Dimba na Safaricom has presented this opportunity and made it come true. My ultimate goal is to play for the national team and in future play for a club in international leagues,” said Ogot.

His sentiments were also echoed by his club coach who gave him an opportunity to shine in the top flight competition.

“The Chapa Dimba tournament gave us an opportunity to scout for young talent. He is a prolific striker and an asset not just to the club, but also to the country. He has the capability to fill in the gap that prolific players like Oliech left,” said Vihiga United FC head coach Mike Mururi.

“Ogot’s future is promising. We hope he will adapt well in the team and assist us in winning crucial games in the top flight league in Kenya. Ultimately, we hope his talent will get him into the national team,” said Mururi.

So far, Ogot has played two matches with Vihiga United Club, one of them with Bandari FC in Mombasa last month. This past weekend Vihiga United beat Waito 1-0 in a Kenya Premier League match.

Kenya Golf Union Names Victoria Cup Team

The Kenya Golf Union (KGU) released the names of the national golf team that will take part in this year’s Victoria Cup.

KGU chairman Lucas Marang’a said that he has confidence in the team constituted to represent Kenya in the tournament.  

“We have some of the best players drawn from different clubs in the country. As a union, we are confident of retaining the Victoria Cup winners title for the 3rd time in a row.”

The 10-man team include John Karichu (Limuru Country Club), Mike Kisia (Vet lab) and Edwin Mudanyi (Vet Lab).

Others are Dennis Saikwa (Royal Nairobi), Isaac Makhoha, Daniel Nduva, Paul Muchangi and juniors Agil Is-Haq of Nyali Golf and Country Club Mombasa, Muthaiga’s Mutahi Kibugu, and Zubair Khan (Muthaiga).

The practice round starts on July 25, with the tournament officially teeing off on July 26 ending on July 28, 2018.

Kenya Rugby Team To Play Uganda At Quins

The Kenya Rugby Simbas have made four changes to the side that started last weekend’s 45-36 win over Zimbabwe at the RFUEA Ground as they brace for the Gold Cup’s  East African derby against Uganda at the same venue on Saturday 7 July 2018.

This fixture also doubles up as the Elgon Cup second leg,  Kenya Rugby Simbas holding a 34-16 lead from the first leg in Kampala on 26 May.

Jacob Ojee and Vincent Mose make their first starts of the campaign after missing the opening two rounds due to academic and work related commitments, Ojee slotting in on the left wing  with Mose starting at fullback.

Former Kenya Sevens international Felix Ayange is handed his first test cap, starting on the right wing. Oliver Mang’eni is reinstated to the starting line after coming off the bench last weekend, taking the place of Malcolm Onsando who is rested for this tie alongside Edmund Anya, Tony Onyango, Max Kang’eri and Curtis Lilako who came on as second half replacements last weekend. Biko Adema drops to the bench.

Hillary Mwanjilwa is also in line for a potential debut after being named on the bench alongside France based Simon Muniafu who could make his first appearance of the season.

The Kenya Rugby Simbas come into this match off the back of two wins, a 28-24 win away to Morocco on 23rd June and last weekend’s cliffhanger in Nairobi against Zimbabwe which ended in a 45-36 victory for the side coached by Ian Snook.

Simbas
15.Vincent Mose (Impala Saracens), 14. Felix Ayange (Kabras Sugar/debut), 13. Peter Kilonzo (KCB), 12. Darwin Mukidza (KCB/Vice Captain), 11. Jacob Ojee (KCB), 10. Isaac Adimo (Kenya Harlequin), 9. Samson Onsomu (Impala Saracens),

1. Patrick Ouko (Homeboyz), 2. Colman Were (Kabras Sugar), 3. Joseph Odero (Kabras Sugar), 4. Andrew Chogo (Kabras Sugar), 5. Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), 6. George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), 7. Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore Leos), 8. Davis Chenge (KCB/Captain) 

REPLACEMENTS 16. Peter Karia (KCB), 17. Moses Amusala (KCB), 18. Hillary Mwanjilwa (Kabras Sugar/potential debut), 19. Simon Muniafu (Decazeville, France), 20. Dalmus Chituyi (Homeboyz), 21. Martin Owilah (KCB), 22. Xavier Bett (Impala Saracens), 23. Biko Adema (Nondescripts)

Luxury Coach To Chauffeur Fans To Kabeberi 7s

Luxury coach company Modern Coast Coaches Limited is the official transport partner for the 2018 Kabeberi Sevens slated for August 17-19, 2018 at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.

Announcing the partnership, Modern Coast’s Communications Manager Jervis Sunday said that they are excited to continue their partnership with Mwamba Rugby Club and particularly the prestigious Kabeberi Sevens.

“This is our third year partnering with Mwamba Rugby Club and we’re excited to be part of this family. We are also excited to be part of this year’s Kabeberi Sevens. This year’s theme is Legends Unplugged and we’re legends of long distance transport in East Africa. It’s a perfect match,” he said.

As part of the deal, there will be a luxury coach chauffeuring fans from Nairobi to Machakos and back. “We shall have luxury shuttle to ferry Mwamba supporters and rugby fans in general to the event on Saturday and Sunday,” he announced.

The luxury shuttle will depart Nairobi CBD every two hours throughout the weekend and drop fans at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos. Fans will be able to buy a ticket that combines the discounted luxury bus ticket with the tournament gates. Details of this will be released as soon as ticketing information is finalised.

Nakumatt Coach Wins Monthly Award

Nakumatt FC tactician Anthony Mwangi is the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month for May.

With his fete Nakumatt became the 1st team to scoop both player and coach’s gong in a single month following Boniface Mukhekhe’s crowning last week.

The 33 year-old Mwangi was in charge of Nakumatt’s technical bench when they recorded three victories and a draw to claim the most number of league points in May.

10 points garnered in their best run of the season also lifted Nakumatt from relegation embers to mid table comfort. Sofapaka also recorded three victories and a draw but Batoto Ba Mungu tactician John Baraza lost out to Mwangi on superior goal count. 

In spite of the stellar performance in May, Mwangi has since been redeployed to the role of assistant coach with American Melis Medo taking over as the head coach.

Nakumatt launched their May campaign with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Zoo FC in Kericho followed by a two-all draw against AFC Leopards in Machakos. They then defeated Tusker FC 2-1 in Machakos before beating Posta Rangers 2-0 in the last match of the month at Camp Toyoyo Grounds. The good run saw them move from the foot of the Kenyan Premier League table to 12th position.

Mwangi, a former Liberty Academy, and Mathare Youth coach took home with Sh75000 courtesy of sponsors, Fidelity Insurance, and personalized trophy. He attributed the fine run on financial incentives brought in by new owners and paid tribute to Melis who had just joined the team in a consultancy capacity then.

“The injection of financial investment by new owners helped transform the team during that month but I must give credit to the players for rising to the occasion. We previously went into games without proper training but since finance was availed preparations were better.

The players did their part and I’m grateful it won me this award. I must also say the arrival of Melis gave us a renewed impetus and I’m thankful for him. I’m still young and will surely learn a lot from him.” The soft spoken Mwangi remarked

Machakos Town To Host Kabeberi 7s

The 30th edition of the George Mwangi Kabeberi Sevens will be held in Machakos with organisers promising a bigger and better tournament this year.

The tournament will take place on 17-19 August at the Kenyatta Stadium for Division I and Machakos Golf Club for Division II.

The tournament director Mr Anthony Karanja said that this year’s theme will be Legends Unplugged as they seek to celebrate various rugby legends that have played in this tournament. “We want to tell the story of the rugby player, to celebrate their journey and that way they will be able to inspire upcoming players,” he added.

Karanja also revealed that this year’s tournament will also include a golf tournament on Friday that will bring together golfing enthusiasts and pros. “Basically this will be the tee off before the kick off. We want golfers to tee off on Friday then later move to the stadium on Saturday and Sunday for rugby. We will bridge the gap between the two sports and create a fantastic product that we can use to bring in new fans into the game,” he said.

Kabeberi Sevens tournament will include club, ladies and a schools/age grade competition.
The George Mwangi Kabeberi Memorial Sevens, popularly known as the Kabeberi Sevens, was first played in 1986 to commemorate the passing away of the charismatic George Mwangi Kabeberi, one of the founding members of the Mwamba club.

Over the years, the significance of the tournament has been expanded to honour departed club members, including recently departed Leeroy Okara, Absalom “Bimbo” Mutere, Abedeen Shikoyi, and Jimmy Owino and lately Victor Wayodi among others. The 2018 Kabeberi 7s will be the third leg of the National Sevens Circuit

Kenya Simbas Name Squad To Play Zim For World Cup Qualifiers

The Kenya Simbas made three changes to the side that started last weekend’s 28-24 Gold Cup win away to Morocco, in the process handing Malcolm Onsando his full test debut. 

The 23 year old lock has made two previous appearances from the bench, featuring in the 34-16 win over Uganda in Kampala on 26 May and last weekend’s victory in Morocco. He will partner Andrew Chogo in the second row.

Openside flank Elkeans Musonye and regular flyhalf Isaac Adimo return to the starting lineup after missing out on last week’s sojourn to North Africa.

Musonye replaces  Philip Ikambili who suffered a concussion last weekend while Adimo comes into a rejigged backline that sees Darwin Mukidza who covered the flyhalf’s position in his absence moved to inside center in the absence of Leo Seje.

20 year Edmund Anya is handed his second start in a Simbas shirt in place of Jacob Ojee who is uninvolved for this fixture.

There are also changes on the bench,loose forward Martin Owilah and half back Xavier Bett take up the positions vacated by Erick Kerre and Mohammed Omollo. Homeboyz backrow Dalmus Chituyi is also in line for his test debut after being named as one of the match day replacements.

Zimbabwe arrived in Nairobi on Wednesday afternoon. Both teams, Kenya and Zimbabwe, will hold training sessions on Thursday that are closed to the media.   Their captain’s runs on Friday will take place at the RFUEA  Ground and are open to the media.

After the clash against Kenya, Zimbabwe will head to Tunis to take on hosts Tunisia who suffered a 118-0 defeat to Namibia last weekend. 

Namibia’s 100% start to the campaign(they beat Uganda 55-0), means they lead the 6-team log with 10 points as Kenya Simbas follow with five points. Zimbabwe and Morocco picked 2 points each from their 23-23 draw while Tunisia and Uganda remain with no points after their opening defeats. 

Winner of the 2018 Africa Gold Cup will qualify for Japan 2019 World Cup as Africa 1 to join New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and repechage winner in pool B.

Runners-up will head to a global round-robin repechage tournament to be held in Europe in November 2018.

Simbas
15.Biko Adema (Nondescripts), 14. Tony Onyango (Homeboyz), 13. Peter Kilonzo (KCB), 12. Darwin Mukidza (KCB,vice-captain), 11. Edmund Anya (Strathmore Leos), 10. Isaac Adimo (Kenya Harlequin), 9. Samson Onsomu( Impala Saracens),

1. Patrick Ouko (Homeboyz), 2. Colman Were (Kabras Sugar), 3. Joseph Oder (Kabras Sugar), 4. Andrew Chogo (Kabras Sugar), 5. Malcolm Onsando (Kenya Harlequin), 6. George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), 7. Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore Leos), 8. Davis Chenge (KCB,captain)

Replacements 16. Peter Karia (KCB), 17. Moses Amusala (KCB), 18. Curtis Lilako (KCB), 19. Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), 20. Dalmus Chituyi (Homeboyz), 21. Martin Owilah (KCB), 22. Xavier Bett (Impala Saracens), 23. Max Kang’eri (Homeboyz)

Obama To Open Basketball Court in Siaya

Basketball outreach program Giants of Africa (GOA) has partnered with the Sauti Kuu Foundation by establishing a court at the soon to be opened Sauti Kuu Sports, Resources and Education Centre in Alego, Siaya County. 

Toronto Raptors President and GOA founder Masai Ujiri said that the Alego facility scheduled to be opened on July 16th by former United States President Barack Obama is part of a series of basketball courts to be built across Africa in an effort to grow the next generation of African leaders.

“Over the past 15 years I have watched countless timid, hopeful kids transform into inspired, mission-driven leaders as a result of simply being exposed to more,” said Mr. Ujiri.

“As we work to create greater opportunity for young adults on the continent, expansion is our natural next step in delivering on our mission. Basketball opened so many doors and built me up on many levels, so I’m excited to pay that forward to the next generation of African giants,” he added.

Sauti Kuu which is run by Dr. Auma Obama is an organization focused on creating structures to help youth become mentally, socially and financially self-reliant. Ujiri plans to infuse local flavor into the design aesthetic of the basketball structures to feed into the vibrant youth culture of each African country.

Empowered by the impact the game has had on his own journey, Ujiri co-founded Giants of Africa with aspirations to leverage basketball as a vessel for young boys and girls to Dream Big, and visualize opportunities for their future in Africa and around the world.

Since its 2003 launch in Nigeria, the not-for-profit organization has expanded its footprint and programming across the continent and beyond the game. The organization has prioritized skills training and personal development from basketball, health and wellness, to leadership and social impact.

This partnership has been made possible through the relationship between Sauti Kuu and Gina Din Foundation. 

“Over the years my foundation the Gina Din Foundation has worked closely to use sports to impact communities. We are delighted with this announcement,” said foundation founder Ms. Gina Din-Kariuki.

“The mission of the Gina Din Foundation is to provide social impact on our youth, and over the years we have seen that sport is an excellent vehicle. With this court, I look forward to all the valuable life skills the local young girls and boys will gain through the medium of basketball,” she added.

We’ve #AnnouncedHBR Squad To Russia

Homeboyz Radio has announced it’s HBR Fanzone squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The Fanzone crew return on Saturday June 16 at 9am after a two-week break. The last time they were on air was the Champions League finald day, May 26.

G Money leads the squad and will be joined by Dj John. Eric Njiru and Zuhum Omar complete the squad for the month-long World Cup edition of HBR Fanzone.

The World Cup edition of Fanzone, hosted by the four top presenters, will cover what is happening in Russia from analysis, team news, results, upcoming fixtures and all stories going back to the previous editions of the World Cup.
Trust Dj John to have ‘Remember teh Time’ now specifically for the global showpiece.

That’s not all. We are introducing a new show dedicated for the World Cup. This will run on Sunday from 3 to 5pm. Keep it HBR to know who will be on the show and what’s in store.
In the meantime, watch this trailer to see #HBRAnnounced

HBR Ready For Inter-Media Football Tournament

 

 
Homeboyz Radio FC is set and ready to go ahead of Saturday’s StarTimes Inter-media tournament at Upper Hill School from 9am.
HBR FC is in pool B alongside Mombasa rd based Standard Group, MediaMax(located in CBD) and vernacular side Lolwe TV. 
 
Fifteen media teams and hosts StarTimes will duel for the ultimate glory and cash prizes on offer for top three finishers. 
The Galana Plaza based side has been readying for the tournament with the last training session set to take place at Arena One, Valley Arcade on Friday.
Led by Zuhum Omar of HBR Fanzone, the HBR FC boasts experienced players like Dj Andie, Max Radio, Dj Zaq, Ignition host Kerry Martin aka Ramsey, Jinx of Jump-off and Frank Theuri of JSHBR.
 
Ladies who made the team include Entertainment news editors Emily Oduor and Ngina K alongside head of creative Kadzo Mwangoma and Violetta Ngina.
 
HBR Fanzone host Eric Njiru will be the manager/player of the team. 
 
The likes of Dj Bash, Kriss Darling, Dj Burn and Neville of GMITM are ruled out due to personal engagements. News Anchor Dennis Toll is out due to the ongoing Ramadhan. 
 
Defending champions Radio Africa are set against losing finalists from two years ago Ghetto Radio in the group of death. They also play Capital FM and minnows ATG Radio.

Royal Media Services are top seeds in Group A and are joined by KBC, Ebru and hosts StarTimes.
 
Nation Media Group headline Group C followed by Kass Media and Qwetu Radio. A talented field of freelance journalists complete the group with high probability of qualifying.

Pools
Group A:Royal Media Services, KBC, EBRU, StarTimes
Group B: Standard Group, Mediamax, Homeboyz, Lolwe
Group C: Nation Media Group, Kass Media, Qwetu Radio, Freelancers
Group D: Capital Group, Radio Africa, Ghetto Radio, ATG