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

 

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  

Atletico Madrid To Play Nigeria

Spanish Top Flight LaLiga outfit Atletico Madrid will play a friendly match in southern Nigeria on May 22nd in the town of Uyo against the home based Nigerian Super Eagles.

The fixture was announced this morning in Lagos at a press conference involving the relevant parties: LaLiga delegate in Nigeria, Javier del Rio, Vice President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Mallam Shehu Dikko; President of Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick; General Manager Sales & Marketing Multichoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho; and General Manager Supersport Nigeria, Felix Awogu.

This landmark announcement signals the first time that a LaLiga team will travel to West Africa to play in a friendly match.

The historic contest will take place thanks to SuperSport, the LaLiga broadcaster in most African countries, while both LaLiga and the Nigerian Football Federation have been heavily involved in organising the event.

Prominent video entertainment company MultiChoice Nigeria, the provider of digital terrestrial television platform GOtv, is bringing leading Spanish outfit Atletico to Nigeria for a special visit and to play in the maiden edition of the GOtv MAX Cup.

The fixture, which will take place at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, will allow Nigerian fans to enjoy an array of some of the stars of the world’s best league up close, and watch one of its most iconic clubs, Atletico Madrid. Diego Simeone’s side have been one of the best-performing teams this season and sit in second place in the table.

Once again, LaLiga’s total commitment to fans around the world is evident.

LaLiga president Javier Tebas responded by saying, “This is a historic announcement and we’re very happy to share it with our Nigerian fans: Atletico, one of LaLiga’s most important clubs, will be in Nigeria and will give local fans the opportunity to enjoy the stars close up. Africa and Nigeria are very important to LaLiga and are also great fans of Spanish football, which we’re very proud of.”

General Manager of sales and marketing at MultiChoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho said: “We’re delighted to bring one of the three biggest clubs in LaLiga to Nigeria in what we believe will be an historic visit. As you all know, Atletico are one of the top clubs in LaLiga.

GOtv customers and football fans in Nigeria will have the rare opportunity to watch the stars play our Nigerian stars right here on Nigerian soil.

This match is being played under the umbrella of the LaLiga Foundation’s LaLiga World Challenge programme, through which friendlies are organised between LaLiga clubs and local teams all over the globe.

El Clasico, The LaLiga Fixture With An Unrivaled International Flavour

Just a glance at the countries from around the world to have been represented in the world’s biggest domestic club fixture show just how much of a global game El Clasico has become over the years.

There will be a big international flavour to May 6’s LaLiga Clasico, with players from 14 different countries set to feature in the likely Barcelona and Real Madrid squads for the game at the Camp Nou.

Stars from many of world football’s biggest and most successful countries will of course be present, including previous World Cup winning nations Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, France and Uruguay.

But players from other nations all over the world have also represented both Barcelona and Real Madrid throughout El Clasico’s long and storied history, among them these eight which demonstrate the true global reach of the biggest fixture in world football.
1. Cameroon – Samuel Eto’o [Barcelona 2004-09]
Former Real Madrid youth teamer Samuel Eto’o featured in eight LaLiga Clasicos after moving to Barcelona in 2004, scoring four goals and providing three assists against his old side. A three-time league title winner with Barça, the centre-forward also played for Real Mallorca and scored 162 goals during his time in LaLiga, making him Africa’s all-time top-scorer in the competition.

2. Mexico – Hugo Sanchez [Real Madrid 1985-1992]
Hugo Sanchez scored eight goals in 13 LaLiga Clasicos during his seven seasons at Real Madrid. To this day the Mexican international’s five converted penalties remain a record for the fixture. Recently he recalled how the adrenaline rush from scoring in El Clasico was so great that he would jump even higher than normal during his signature somersault celebrations!

3. Philippines – Paulino Alcantara [Barcelona 1912-27]
Paulino Alcantara is to date the only Asian-born player to play for Barcelona’s senior side and scored the team’s first ever hat-trick against Real Madrid during a 6-6 Copa del Rey draw in 1916. A second El Clasico hat-trick ranks among his 369 goals in 357 game for the Catalans. Alcantara, who was born in Manila, also scored a hat-trick for the Philippines national side against Japan in Tokyo in 1917.

4. New Caledonia – Christian Karembeu [Madrid 1997-2000]
The only Pacific Islander to play in El Clasico is New Caledonia-born Christian Karembeu, who featured three times for Real Madrid against Barça in the late 1990s. A 1998 World Cup winner with France and a two-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid, Karembeu is now a LaLiga Ambassador who has attended El Clasico events in South Africa and Vietnam in recent years.

5. Mali – Seydou Keita [Barcelona 2008-12]
Seydou Keita boasts an enviable record of five wins and one draw from his six LaLiga Clasicos as a Barcelona player. The Mali international is also the African to have played most times in the fixture across all competitions [nine]. A three-time LaLiga winner with Barça, he also represented Sevilla and Valencia during his long and successful career in Spanish football.

6. Chile – Ivan Zamorano [Real Madrid 1992-96]
Ex-Chile international Ivan Zamorano scored in five consecutive El Clasico matches in the 1990s, a record only broken by current Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo during the 2012/13 LaLiga season. ‘Bam Bam’ was fundamental as ‘Los Merengues’ won the 1994/95 LaLiga title, winning the top scorer award with 28 goals, including a hat-trick in a memorable 5-0 Clasico victory at the Santiago Bernabeu.

7. Ivory Coast – Yaya Toure [Barcelona 2007-10]
Yaya Toure won four of his six LaLiga Clasicos during his three seasons as a Barcelona player, including an unforgettable 6-2 victory at the Bernabeu in 2009. The Ivory Coast international and current Manchester City midfielder won back-to-back LaLiga titles with the Camp Nou side in 2008/09 and 2009/10.


8. Dominican Republic – Mariano Diaz [Real Madrid 2016-17]
Last season’s LaLiga Clasico at the Camp Nou was the first to feature a player from a Caribbean nation when Dominican Republic international Mariano Diaz came on as a substitute for Real Madrid.

LA CORUNA, SPAIN – APRIL 26: Mariano Diaz of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between RC Deportivo La Coruna and Real Madrid at Riazor Stadium on April 26, 2017 in La Coruna, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

He may have only been on the pitch for four minutes but it was enough for Sergio Ramos to equalise and gain a point which ultimately helped his side win the 2016/17 LaLiga title.

 

FIFA 18 To Get Free World Cup Mode

EA will be making 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia a free update to FIFA 18, it has announced.

As far as you have a copy of FIFA 18 on Xbox One, PS4, PC or Nintendo Switch you will have the download available on May 29.

The update adds an officially-licensed World Cup mode. So expect teams, stadiums and kits – alongside the official match ball and trophy.

Game modes included in the update are: FIFA World Cup Kick-Off; FIFA World Cup Tournament; and FIFA World Cup Ultimate Team.

Feel the excitement and drama of football’s greatest event with the authentic tournament experience through
official FIFA World Cup™ elements, featuring all 32 qualified national teams, match balls, stadiums, and the iconic trophy – rendered in the Frostbite™ game
engine for the first time.

All 12 official stadiums from Russia are included, featuring immersive atmospheres, national team banners, and high-resolution crowds.

Build your dream international squad with stars from all 32 qualified nations with dynamic player items related
to the real-world tournament, plus legendary FIFA World Cup™ ICONS.

DRAMATIC MOMENTS
Score incredible goals in FIFA 18 as new movement and finishing animations unlock more fluid striking and heading of the ball.
All-new crossing controls bring greater options to how you send it into the box.
Whipped to the spot, arching deliveries, and pinged crosses to the back-stick will shake up your attacks in the final third.

REAL PLAYER MOTION TECHNOLOGY
The biggest step in gameplay in franchise history, FIFA 18 introduces Real Player Motion Technology,
an all-new animation system that unlocks the next level of responsiveness and player personality.
Now Cristiano Ronaldo and other top players feel and move exactly like they do on the real pitch.

TEAM STYLES
From tiki-taka to high press, new Team Styles put the most recognised tactics of the world’s best clubs on the pitch in FIFA 18.
More time and space to read the play through New Player Positioning, while improved tactics give players greater options on
the ball as teammates exploit space and make new attacking runs.

IMMERSIVE ATMOSPHERES
Authentic sun positions, cinematic atmosphere grading, signature pitch-side fixtures, on-pitch debris, club and stadium specific banners,
adaptive commentary, and changes in pitch quality all come together to bring the most immersive football experiences to life in FIFA 18.
Hear authentic chants as you attack, feed off the energy of new, high-def dynamic crowds and interact with your fans while celebrating.

 

Which Stars Support Which Team In La Liga’s ‘Celebrity Clasico’?

The Barcelona and Real Madrid players taking part in May 6’s LaLiga Clasico at the Camp Nou are household names all over the world – and many of the potential audience of half a billion cheering on their team are global stars themselves.

There are lots of close ties between La Liga and the global world of entertainment, while top performers in many other sports are also keen followers of Spanish football.

Among Barcelona’s biggest backers is Colombian singer, songwriter, and dancer Shakira, who will of course be supporting her partner: the Blaugrana defender Gerard Pique.

Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos also has a famous other-half in Pilar Rubio, a well known Spanish TV presenter, model and actress.

Jennifer Lopez is a huge Madridista, and wore a Real jersey during a concert in the Spanish capital in 2012. Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin regularly tweets his excitement about big Los Blancos games.


Barca fan Justin Bieber got a backstage look at Lionel Messi and company training when performing in the city in 2016. Rapper Snoop Dogg has worn the Catalan side’s colours more than once onstage.

Many of Hollywood’s A-List celebrities are also close followers of Spanish football. Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts was starstruck herself on meeting Cristiano Ronaldo at April 2017’s ‘Clasico’ at the Bernabeu.

Roberts’ ‘Pretty Woman’ co-star Richard Gere even travelled with Zinedine Zidane’s team to their Champions League final victory against Atletico Madrid in Milan in 2016. Actors Viggo Mortensen and Russell Crowe are also confessed Madridistas.

Bollywood superstar Ranbir Kapoor is such a big Barca fan that the club made him an honorary member and official ambassador to India in 2011.

Former Terminator and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has also enjoyed a visit to the Camp Nou.
Within Spain’s own acting community, Madrid born Penelope Cruz grew up a Madrid supporter, but her husband Javier Bardem is a longtime Barca fan.

Past and present stars from other sports will also be tuning in on Sunday for sure. Five time NBA champion with the LA Lakers Kobe Bryant is a massive Barca booster; Oklahoma City Thunder star Carmelo Anthony has trained with Madrid.

New England Patriots two-time Superbowl winner Rob Gronkowski loves Ernesto Valverde’s men, while ex-Cincinatti Bengals wide-receiver Chad Ochocinco cheers on Zidane’s side.

Tennis star Rafael Nadal is a regular Bernabeu visitor and honourary Madrid club member, despite his uncle Miguel Angel Nadal winning five LaLiga titles playing for Barca in the 1990s.

Meanwhile double Wimbledon winner Andy Murray was often at the Camp Nou while training in the Catalan capital as a teenager.

Once the LaLiga Clasico kicks off on Sunday these stars will be like all other fans, glued to the action. Only when the final whistle is blown we will find out which celebrities are on the winning side.

A Look At LaLiga Stars’ Hobbies

LaLiga stars’ hobbies include video games, sports cars, golf, horse-racing, poker and surfing

When not training or playing games, LaLiga’s biggest names all have their own favourite ways to unwind and relax – whether at home, in the garden or on their travels.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi not only features in many football video games, he also regularly plays them himself. The eight-time LaLiga winner has told interviewers he likes to relax by gaming with friends, and has even gone online anonymously to challenge strangers over the internet.

Less competitively, the Argentine has also been seen playing a Barca v Real Madrid ‘Clasico’ against his five year old son Thiago, although we never learned who controlled which side.

Over at Real Madrid, galactico Cristiano Ronaldo is an avid collector of expensive sports cars, with the garage at his house outside the Spanish capital home to a Lamborghini Aventador, Rolls-Royce Ghost, McLaren MP4-12C Spider, Ferrari F12, and two Bugattis – a Chiron and Veyron.

Three-time LaLiga topscorer Ronaldo also likes to share his hobby with his family, having bought his mother a silver Porsche Boxster as a Christmas present a few years back.

Many footballers around the world enjoy a round of golf in their spare time, but few are into the sport quite as much as Ronaldo’s teammate Gareth Bale. Bale is an excellent player with a handicap of just six, and close friend of 2017 US Masters winner and lifelong Madrid fan Sergio Garcia.

The Wales international even recently hired a professional company to recreate three of the ball and stick game’s most famous holes – full size – in the back garden of his family home.

Across the ‘derbi’ divide, Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann is a keen horse-racing fan, and part-owner of a prize-winning thoroughbred. Griezmann inherited his passion for the ‘sport of kings’ from his father, and regularly updates his fans via social media of the progress of his stable.

Their three year old colt ‘Tornibush’ won its first race last November in France, with jockey Franck Blondel imitating the owner’s goal celebration as he dismounted afterwards.

Meanwhile, Messi’s teammate Gerard Pique likes to relax by playing cards during his free time, and the Catalan centre-back has compared the risks involved in high-stakes poker to the challenge of keeping out LaLiga’s top forwards on the pitch.

The Spain international is a serious player who has competed in professional tournaments, with a highest finish of fifth in a world championship event in the Catalan capital in August 2017.

More active is the past-time preferred by Athletic Bilbao centre-forward Aritz Aduriz, an all-rounder who in his youth excelled at other sports including cross-country skiing and snowboarding.


Surfing is now his second love [after] football of course], having learned to ride the waves as a teenager on Bilbao’s La Zurriola beach.
The veteran still visits renowned surfing spots along the Basque coast such as Zarautz and Biarritz, while he has also taken his board on holidays to Costa Rica and California.

 

Date Set For Watamu Triathlon 2018

The 8th edition of the Watamu triathlon will be held on from Saturday April 14, 2018 at Turtle Bay Beach resort in Watamu, Kilifi County. 

The event will not only see Athletes get down to Watamu but also local and international tourists.

Seven time Kenyan Trialthon champion, Swaleh Balala, is looking forward to compete at the main event which was, in 2017, used as a blue print for the selection of Triathletes for the Commonwealth games.

The competition involves; Olympics- 1.5 Km swim in the sea, 40km cycling and 10km run. Sprint- 750m swim in the sea, 20km cycling and 5km run.

Cash prizes will be confirmed in due course by triathlon director Dr.Myra Rajab Kahara.

Turtle Bay Beach Club continues to support the local community as it endeavors to create positive engagement and achieve economic advancement in the region. Through sports, Turtle Bay has provided opportunities to nurture local talent as well as promote domestic tourism.