Opera News Winners Receive Renault Kwid’s

Opera News, the most downloaded news app in Africa, is celebrating the end of a fantastic football World Cup 2018 by giving away two out of three brand new cars to its users in Kenya as part of the “Shake & Win” campaign.

The lucky winners, Kennedy Macharia, a twenty-two years old student, and Richard Kamau, a thirty-three year old designer and printer, were presented on Tuesday in Nairobi in a private event at the Renault car dealership in the Simba Corp Aspire Centre.

The news app launched a built in “Shake” feature at the beginning of the 2018 football World Cup to reward its users with gifts and prizes in an easy way. When users open Opera News and click on the dedicated World Cup channel, a shake command pops up on the screen, letting users know that they can shake their phones in hopes of winning an amazing prize.

“We are really excited to see happy winners everyday, and we enjoy celebrating this moment  with them,” said Jørgen Arnesen, Global Head of Marketing and Distribution at Opera. “We enjoy so much football at Opera and we wanted to communicate that passion to our users by rewarding them with amazing gifts in an easy way when using our app.”

Macharia and Kamau received the keys of their band new 2018 Renault Kwid’s and shared their excitement with their families and friends who came and pick up the cars with them.

Macharia, currently studying business management at Karen University, mentioned that this was a dream for him.

“I’m really happy and this is a dream come true,” said Macharia. “I saw a friend of mine using Opera News and shaking his phone, so I wanted to win as well. I used to shake and shake and shake every day.  I’m really enjoying the app. It’s fun, and it keeps me updated with everything that happens in Kenya.”

Kamau, who owns a printing business in Nairobi, mentioned that winning this car gives him a new opportunity to travel around the country with his family.

“I can’t explain the feeling,” said Kamau. “I’m so happy about being the winner of the car. This will be a family car. I have two kids who love the animals, so I’m planning to drive with them and go to Masai Mara on a safari and see the animals.”

Thousands of winners every day

Since the introduction of the Shake feature, Opera News has rewarded more than 100 thousand users in Kenya with amazing prizes.

“On average, more than 500 thousand people in the African continent have shaken their phones since the introduction of the feature,”said Arnesen. “This tells us how engaged people are with app and eager to participate to win the big prizes like the cars we are giving away today.”

Still more chances to win!

Due to the popularity of Shake, Opera News will extend the campaign and will continue giving away prizes to users in Kenya until the 31st of July, 2018.

Watching The World Cup Final With The Pretty Croatia President

The 2018 FIFA World Cup has finally ended but memories have not.
So many things happened over the last few weeks that will dominate our streets in the next few days. 
The pretty Croatia President.

What a way to support your team than Croatia president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović did to her team. She travelled to Russia to watch the side play and shed tears when they lost to France.

She was seen unhappy in the stands when France went 1-0 up. Her French counterpart was however celebrating but that was short-lived as he didn’t want her to leave early. 

Then Croatia scored. Wow!

However, France hit front again. 2-1. She went to hug and congratulate Macron for a good goal, a winner maybe?

France scored their third goal and Macron was having a good afternoon. In-front of Putin. They don’t know him.

Then France scored the final and fourth goal. There was no way Croatia were coming back to this. It was Allez Le Bleua. The Pretty Croatia President sat back. Waiting for the game to end and maybe after-party.

And yeah it ended 4-2 to France. It was time for the Pretty President to hug Macron one last time. Deep; to pass a final message. Then head down to the presentation stage. 

Then it started raining. 

You know you are in Russia when three presidents are being rained on but the hosts bring only one Umbrella for Putin. 

Anyway the two hugged an enjoyed each other so I guess Putin was asking them ‘who is laughing now?’ But finally someone told the Russians to sort our MVP.

Modric came for one last hug. He also likes it, maybe in Madrid they don’t get them like Lovren gets in Liverpool from Klopp. 

You enjoyed? We also did. Together as one!

Prinsloo 7s Kicks-off Countrywide Rugby Tour

The pools and match schedule for the opening round of the Stanbic Bank National Sevens Circuit in Nakuru have been released.

Circuit champions Kabras Sugar headline Pool A of the first round, the Top Fry Prinsloo Sevens taking place at the Nakuru Athletic Club on 21st and 22nd July. They joined by Strathmore Leos,Stanbic Mwamba and Mean Machine.

2016 circuit champions Menengai Cream Homeboyz are top seeds in Pool B which also features Kenya Harlequin, Blak Blad and Silverstone Kisumu while Pool C sees the Resolution Impala Saracens up against Nakuru based Menengai Oilers, Western Bulls and Regional Logistics Mombasa.

Defending Prinsloo champions KCB are in Pool D where they will mix it up with hosts Top Fry Nakuru,Nondescripts and Nzoia Sugar Webuye.

Stanbic Bank National Sevens Circuit Round 1
21/22 July
Division 1 Pools

Pool A: Kabras Sugar, Strathmore Leos, Stanbic Mwamba, Mean Machine
Pool B: Menengai Cream Homeboyz, Kenya Harlequin, Blak Blad, Silverstone Kisumu
Pool C: Resolution Impala Saracens, Menengai Oilers, Western Bulls, Regional Logistics Mombasa
Pool D: KCB, Top Fry Nakuru, Nondescripts, Nzoia Sugar Webuye

As has been the recent trend, the circuit once again features a second tier competition which also kicks off this weekend and will be played alongside the sidelines of the main event. The opening round in Nakuru will be a 24 team affair as teams seek to secure promotion to the top tier competition at the second round of the circuit in Eldoret on July 28.

Catholic Monks  are top seeds in the second tier category in Nakuru and headline Pool A where they are bunched with Northern Suburbs, CITAM Kisumu and newbies Bomet. Makueni are in Pool B with Embu, Nakuru KITI and another set of newbies in Administration Police while Pool C pits Daystar Falcoms against Egerton Wasps, TUK and Molo.

Kisii are in Pool D with Kiambu, KCAA Stormers and Bungoma as Mount Kenya University, MMUST, USIU and Mbale make up Pool E. KCA,Comras,Eldoret and Ngong round off Pool F.

Division 2 Pools
Pool A: Catholic Monks, Northern Suburbs, CITAM Kisumu, Bomet
Pool B: Makueni, Embu, Nakuru KITI, Administration Police
Pool C: Daystar Falcons, Egerton Wasps, TUK, Molo
Pool D: Kisii, Kiambu, KCAA Stormers, Bungoma
Pool E: Mount Kenya University, MMUST, USIU, Mbale
Pool F: KCA, Comras, Eldoret, Ngong


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.

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.

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)