Lessons Learnt as Gor Gets Spanked at Goodison!

By Lotan Salapei

KPL champions Gor Mahia fell to a 4-0 defeat in the hands of Everton in the much anticipated SportPesa cup final at the Goodison Park.
Despite the pre-match hype, Gor was outplayed, out-muscled, out classed further proving the massive gulf of class between the Premier League and the Kenyan Premier league.

After a nervy first 15 minutes, Gor found themselves on the back foot after Toffee forward Cenk Tosun cleverly beat the offside trap then teeing off in form Ademola Lookman for the first goal.

Youngster Kieran Dowell was on hand to double the hosts lead in the 23rd minute through as rasping shot which keeper Bonniface Oluoch, could not keep out despite getting a hand on it.

Gor manager Dylan Kerr introduced Humphrey Mieno after the break in an effort to salvage the result but the damage had already been done. A quick double by youngster Nathan Broadhead and danger man Oumar Niasse were enough to put the match to bed.

11 changes 
Despite making 11 changes from the team that beat Brighton and Hove Albion over the weekend, Toffee boss Marco Silva started a solid team giving much needed game time to Morgan Shneiderlin, Yerry Mina, Calvert-Lewin, skipper Phil Jagielka and veteran keeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

The visitors had to make changes to their line-up after marksman Jacques Tuyisenge couldn’t travel due to visa issues instead starting with Francis Mustafa, Francis Kahata and George Odhiambo Blackberry in attack. New boy Batambuzi got the nod in defense alongside Bonniface Oluoch who was a surprise start in goal.

Gor’s best chance came at the end of the first half after Francis Mustapha could not convert a George Odhiambo’s devilish cross after a spirited run.

Francis Mustapha missed another glorious chance to half Everton’s lead missing an empty goal from 18 yards out after the toffee substitute keeper, Virginia scuffed a clearance.

Despite Everton’s’ domineering display it was the green Army’s skipper Harun Shakava and George Odhiambo who caught the crowds’ eye with the latter making marauding runs that caught the Toffees defense of guard but the team was unable to convert the chances.

However, it is Gor’s inability to hold the ball under pressure that should be of concern. Their inexperience was often their undoing as Everton closed down on them quickly choking their options thus Gor struggled to impose their personality on the game.

Everton will be back in action on Sunday away to high-flying Chelsea at the Bridge while Gor’ will travel back to Kenya to prepare for the new KPL season that starts later on this year.

Gor Mahia On A Mission At Goodison

By Lotan Salapei
Marco Silva’s Everton will play host to a not so familiar foe on Tuesday evening 6th November at Goodison Park as they welcome Kenyan Side and SportPesa Premier League champions Gor Mahia FC.

Despite the match’s historic significance, Gor Mahia will be looking to not only be the first east African side to grace the Mersey side turf but also put up a good show.

Everton, who have had a mixed season are expected to use this match as an opportunity for Marco Silva to try new shapes and dimensions and also give valuable game time to some of his young legions.

Led by Brazilian front man Richarlison, The Toffees, have been spotty at best when attacking with the run of play, but their counter attack have bordered sheer masterclass at times.

The lack of intention and ball control that has been seen during the Toffees’ normal build up play vanishes during counter attacks and is instead replaced with inch-perfect passes and precise runs to goal with Richarlison, Theo Walcott and Gylfi as major beneficiaries.

No Pushovers 
Gor on the other had are no pushovers. Arguably the most successful club in East Africa, the Green army will look to capitalize on their team’s cohesion, pace and athleticism to ride any ‘Evertonian’ onslaught.

Speaking to HBR Fanzone, Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr exuded confidence terming this match as crest in the history of the 17 time league champions!

Gor will be hoping in-form front man Jaques Tuyisenge and ever dependable skipper and defender Harun Shakava can provide the much needed fire power and buoy the boys in green in the United Kingdom!

Did you know?
This will not be the first time Gor face Everton after the two teams faced off in 2017 in Dar es salaam in the Sportpesa championship where the 7 time English champions won that duel 2-1 courtesy of a Wayne Rooney thunderbolt!


Mabati Rolling Mills Awards ‘Eye in the Wild’ Winners

Winners of the annual ‘Eye in the Wild’ photography competition by Mabati Rolling Mills were on Monday feted with 47-year-old Salma Shah emerging the Overall Gold Winner for her piece that showed how a common papaya tree can influence environmental beauty and support wildlife.

Managing to beat 538 entries from established and amateur photographers to emerge the Gold Winner, Salma received Kshs. 350,000 as prize money.

Now in its second edition and themed ‘Stop the Chop’, the annual photography competition aims to create awareness on the dwindling forest cover in Kenya and the importance of conservation.

Salome Tarus who emerged the Silver Winner received Kshs 250,000 prize money while Abdulrahman Mutuma took the Bronze Award with a prize money of Kshs 150,000.

During the awards gala, guests and winners planted over 200 indigenous trees at the Karura Forest.

Speaking at the gala, Andrew John Heycott, Mabati Rolling Mills CEO said, “All the photos submitted captured the stark contrast of Kenya’s immense beauty and the devastating impact of climate change and deforestation. As we celebrate today’s winners, may this be a reminder of the work needed to restore and conserve Kenya’s forest cover”.

The judging process this year focused on four main criteria – expression of theme, creativity, composition and photographic quality – and was overseen by a panel of three judges with vast photographic knowledge.

Commenting on the judging process, Gurchorpran Roopra, wildlife photographer and judge said, “We were looking for photographers who best highlighted the beauty in nature and the impact of climate change and we are happy with the talent we saw from all entries”.

Richard Kariuki, an outdoor photographer, won The People’s Choice Award with his photo that depicted a new shoot growing over a felled tree garnering 3,820 unique votes from the public. James Wando also stood out and scooped the Best Under-18 Award. Both received a new Nikon D3500 camera.

“I am delighted to have emerged the Gold Winner in this year’s competition. My strategy was to showcase how we have a very beautiful country that we need to conserve for future generations,” said Salma, the Gold Winner.

The campaign supports sustainable solutions that contribute to forest conservation with a view to protect our natural environment. It focused on four elements – wildlife, water, community and lifestyle and provided a platform for photographers to highlight the beauty in Kenya’s landscape whilst celebrating the best talent.

The top 20 finalists will all attend a photography masterclass with a Nikon expert to learn more about nature photography.

All Set For Chapa Dimba na Safaricom

Football Federation of Kenya (FKF) announced that 1,600 teams have been listed to participate in the second season of Chapa Dimba na Safaricom tournament which will kick off this weekend with group matches in the Western Region.

80 matches will be played on Saturday and Sunday at different venues in Kakamega and Vihiga while Busia and Butere will host 29 games on the weekend of November 3rd and 4th. The competition then moves to Nyanza, Rift Valley, Eastern, Coast, Central, North Eastern and Nairobi regions.

“We are glad to note that more youth football teams have enlisted for this year’s tournament to make it 1,600 teams up from 1,520 teams that participated in the first edition. This is due to FKF’s great work of recruiting and using their grassroots network to full effect and also because of the great feedback received from the first season’s success”, said Charles Kare, Acting Director – Consumer Business, Safaricom.

“In this second season we will also hold empowerment sessions for players across the country in conjunction with the Safaricom’s youth network, BLAZE,” said Mr. Kare.

Each team will comprise of 15 players and 2 officials for the group stages. Just like in the first season, the tournament will target aspiring male and female youth aged between 16-20 years with an aim of developing grassroots football, scouting for talent and propelling gifted players to national glory.

The regional champions will then play in a national final in 2019 where the winning teams will walk away with KES 1Million shillings in prize money.

“This season, my team and I are excited by the fact that 32 of the tournament’s most gifted players will get a chance to play with the best youth sides in Spain due to the partnership with LaLiga. This, and KES 1 million cash prize for the tournament’s winning teams has seen interest and enrollment shoot up. I am looking forward to an even more exciting season,” said Nick Mwendwa, FKF President.

This year, the competition will run in collaboration with LaLiga and FKF. The partnership will see an all-star team selected to attend a training camp in Spain during which they will play against local youth sides.

In addition, FKF will scout and recruit gifted players into the national teams and other leagues in the country.

Over fifteen young players from the inaugural season have joined the Kenya Premier League and the National Super League

StanChart Marathon Receives 130m

The 16th edition of the Standard Chartered Nairobi International Marathon has received a boost with eight corporates pledging Kes 130 million worth of sponsorship.

This year the Bank has invested about KES 100 million towards sponsorship of the event. The partners and sponsors include Athletics Kenya, Nairobi County Government, IS Solutions, Alpine Coolers, AUA (CCTV), Subaru Kenya, Kenafric Diaries, and KICC.

Speaking during a free eye camp at Uhuru to mark World Sight Day, Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon Local Organising Committee Chairman, Peter Gitau announced that Bank had achieved its global target of raising USD 100 million towards Seeing is Believing, SiB.

“2018 marks the 15 anniversary of SiB and I am happy to announce that the Bank has reached the goal it set in 2011 to raise USD100 million, two years ahead of schedule, for the fight against avoidable blindness and visual impairment,” added Mr. Gitau.

All the funds raised through registration for the marathon are channelled towards the Seeing is Believing initiative.

“We have so far registered more than 10,000 participants. All participants, individual and corporates, can register through the official marathon websitewww.Nairobimarathon.com at a fee of KES 2,000 till 15th October 2018. The fee will increase to KES 2500 from 16th October 2018,” said Mr. Gitau.

At stake, will be Kshs 8 million prize money for the five race categories. The six race categories remain unchanged; 42km male and female, 21km male and female, 10km male and female, 21km wheelchair male and female, 5km Family Fun Run race and 3km CEO challenge. Kit collection will commence on 17th October at the KICC grounds until 27th October 2018.

The race will be held on 28th October 2018 at Railway Club.

Kenya 7s off to Tunisia

A 12-man Kenya 7s squad that will compete at Africa 7s held their final run in Nairobi on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s departure to Tunisia.

Head Coach Innocent Simiyu oversaw the run as he makes his final touches with the team as his contract will expire after Africa 7s to be replaced by Homeboyz head coach Paul Murunga.

In Tunisia, Kenya is set to play Morocco and Botswana in pool matches as they seek to win a cup they lastly won in 2016 when they beat Zimbabwe in South Africa.

“I know we technically or physically we may be a bit better than them but of course you have to give it to them they have prepared so we will leave no stones un-turned and give our best.”

“There is more pressure on Uganda as the defending champions. For us we are just happy to be there, we just want to express ourselves we have a lot of new blood coming in, we want to see how they will play how they will respond to that level and hopefully we can get the good result.”

Simiyu says Herman Humwa (Kenya Harlequin) and Michael Wanjala (Homeboyz) will captain Kenya in Tunisia.

“Training has been difficult, we had little time to prepare but the key thing is the boys are up to play physically so we are quite happy and we hope we will have a good outing.”

A number of those set to represent Kenya 7s in Tunisia were selected from the just concluded national sevens circuit with this set to be their first outing.

Training has been difficult, we had little time to prepare but the key thing is the boys are up to play physically so we are quite happy and we hope we will have a good outing

“They have a lot of excitement you have to understand, it’s their story, for most of them their journey has begun so it’s just doing small things well, going up there, express themselves and building up from there and hopefully get some good results for the team.”

“I think Africa 7s it’s quite good, we have more regional tournaments to help the game grow because for us as Kenya to remain in the top tier we need to be having some good formidable competitions back at home in the region, we are also happy to have this chance to expose our guys at that level.”

The 2017 Africa 7s cup was used as a route to the World Cup Sevens held in San Francisco, USA in July. Kenya gave it a wide berth having already qualified by virtue of making the semis back in 2013.

Kenya 7s squad to Africa 7s 2018 – Tunisia:

Eliakim Kichoi, Daniel Taabu,Charles Omondi, Leonard Mugaisi, Alvin Otieno, Michael Wanjala, Herman Humwa, Cyprian Kuto, Derrick Keyoga, Brian Wahinya, Benjamin Marshall,

Gramwel Bunyasi.

Management: Innocent Simiyu – Head coach, Will Webster – Assistant coach, Lamech Bogonko – Physio

Africa 7s 2018 pooling

Pool A: Kenya,Morocco, Botswana

Pool B: Uganda, Senegal, Ghana

Pool C: Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Mauritius

Pool D: Madagascar, Namibia, Zambia

Kenya Readies For Ethiopia In AFCON Qualifier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-FIFA News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Simon McManus of Arsenal Soccer Schools said:

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

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

Rio Ferdinand Coming To Nairobi

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

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

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

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

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

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

HBR Set For Inter-Media Tournament

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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