Turkana Hosts Youth Football Extravaganza

In a bid to foster unity, cohesion and develop grassroots youth talents, the County Government of Turkana with support from Almasi Beverages Company recently held a youth football tournament in Lodwar Town – the County headquarters.

The tournament brought together seven Sub-Counties of – Loima, Turkana Central, Turkana East, Turkana West, Turkana South, Turkana North and Kibish.

During the finals held at the Lodwar Prison ground, Loima out-lasted Turkana Central to lift the tournaments trophy and Shs. 90,000 in prize money through post-match penalties. The teams had earlier settled for a barren draw inside regulation time. The second and third placed teams took home Kshs60, 000 and Kshs30, 000 respectively.

“We have seen great talent on display today and we are happy Turkana youth have the talent to play in professional leagues,” said Phillip Gikunju Almasi General Manager.

Turkana Central were the first on the spot and Masuk made no mistake with a superb conversion. Loima’s skipper Emoni David also scored the first penalty for his side. Turkana Central scored its second and third spot kick as Loima faltered in its third.

It took the hands of Loima goalkeeper Leviticus Kuya who by the tip of his fingers saved the first penalty of the day to bring the scores to level point. Turkana Central lost its fourth and fifth shots. Loima went on to score the fourth and fifth goals through Johnstone Areki and Mohamud Yusuf for a 4-2 score line.

Despite the scorchy and dusty pitch the boys exemplified great talent.

In the third playoff played at Lodwar Primary School grounds North Turkana out classed South Turkana by 2 goals to nil. Edward Luchuchu and Gilbert Esikuku scored one a piece to see their team to third position of the inaugural youth tournament in Turkana County.

“We are glad to have the County Government of Turkana working to give the youth an opportunity to develop their skill in football as a company we reiterate our commitment to support the youth in Turks a County through sports,” said Phillip Gikunju Almasi General Manager.

Almasi promised to continue its partnership with the County Government of Turkana and support for youth through employment and sports sponsorship. The company pledge to sponsor the tournament again next year starting from the ward level up to the County finals.

SA, Botswana Join Kenya in Copa Coca-Cola AFCON Quarters

Kenya beat Botswana 3-0 in the COPA Coca-Cola Under-16 Africa Cup group ’A’ match at Nakuru High School, in Kenya on December 12th 2018.

Goals from Issa Rashid, Answar Shamuni and Isaiah Abwal ensured Kenya easily triumphed in this game, and also maintained their 100% record.

Kenya went ahead inside the first 30 seconds of the match through the outstanding Rashid’s goal of the tournament.

Jacob Onyango beat his marker on the right flank before crossing the ball into the area, Rashid controlled the ball before firing home via a low shot.

Kenya continued to dominate proceedings with Lucas Maina, Wisdom Nayah and Rashid running the show in midfield. Botswana’s rear guard led by Captain Sekwai Letlamoreng did well to deny Kenya on several occasions.

Letlamoreng had Botswana’s best chance with the scores still at 1-0. He rose highest to meet a free-kick but then failed to direct the header on target.

The second goal did finally come in the 28th minute when a defense splitting pass from Maina was met with an excellent finish from Answar Shamuni.

A rare chance for Botswana in the 49th minute saw Pintes Ricardo shoot wide from a prime position. But it was Kenya’s day, as substitute Isaiah Abwal then added a third in the 68th minute.

“Our strategy was a defensive one and to some extent I can say that it worked. Kenya is a very strong team, we watched them score eleven goals against Ethiopia and to lose 3-0 is not very bad,” said Botswana coach Godfrey Rantoka.

“I expect us to have tougher matches in the knockout stages so we didn’t use match energy today considering we had already qualified for the quarter-finals,” added Kenya coach Peter Mayoyo.

Meanwhile, a dominant Nigeria booked a COPA Coca-Cola African Cup quarter final spot following a 3-0 win over Zimbabwe in a group B match.

Goals from Prosper Chukwuemeka, Gift Williams and Omodara Olamilekan helped the West African team post a comfortable win in a match.

The victors dominated throughout, starting the match on a high and raiding the Southern Africans half in pursuit of an early goal.

The teams that have so far qualified for the quarter-final matches include Kenya, Uganda, Botswana and Mozambique.

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

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.”

10pm Kick Off For Gor-Everton in Liverpool

English Premier League side Everton FC’s match versus Gor Mahia will be played at 10 pm Kenyan time on November 6.

Tickets for this highly anticipated fixture on Kenya’s football calendar go for £5 (Ksh650) for adults and £1(Ksh130) for those under 18 or over 65 years old.

All the proceeds from the friendly will be channeled to Everton in The Community, the charity arm of the top EPL club.

The exhibition match is the first time for a Kenyan club to play an EPL side on English soil.

Introducing HBR FiFA Tournament

Homeboyz Radio has announced the return of ‘HBR FiFA Challenge’ beginning Saturday September 1, 2018 at Galana Plaza in Kilimani, Nairobi.
Competitors will be selected during the HBR Fanzone every Saturday between 9.30am and 11 even though last season’s winner is set to open the 2018/19 season.


Prizes to HBR FiFA winners will be exclusive fanzone merchandise from Homeboyz Radio that will be presented to him/her immediately after a tournament.
In this weekly gaming experience, HBR will give it’s listeners a chance to take on their favorite celebrities and presenters on FIFA 19.

The tournament

Round 1 will see the listener take on G Money where he can select any team to take on G. If the listener wins, he keeps his 5 star team but if he loses to G, he has to select a team with 3.5 stars for the next round.

In round 2, The listener takes on Dj John where he selects a team based on how well he did in round 1. If the listener beats John he keeps his star rating but if he loses to John, he has to select a team with 2 stars.

The final will see the listener take on the NEW SIGNING. The listener selects a team with a star rating based on how well he did against Dj John and G Money. The new signing can select any star rating for their team.

If the listener beats the new signing he automatically wins the prizes.

Sportpesa, Everton Launch Third Season of Kits For Africa Project

Football fans across the UK are being encouraged to donate their old football kits to underprivileged grassroots teams across Africa as part of the ‘Kits For Africa’ campaign from SportPesa.

Fans of SportPesa’s club partners Everton, Southampton and Hull City, will join players and members of the public in donating their kits throughout the season in collections held at their respective grounds.

This season’s campaign kicks off at Goodison Park on August 18 as Everton take on Southampton in a 3pm BST kick-off during the second weekend of Premier League fixtures. Collection bins will be sign-posted around the stadium for fans’ kit donations. Fans can also donate their kit at the home of Everton during game against Huddersfield Town on September 1, West Ham United on September 16 and Fulham on September 29.

The campaign launched two years ago and has been a huge success with almost 30,000 kits collected last season alone and passed onto football-loving communities in Africa.

This season once all kits have been collected from the participating clubs, they will be given to grassroots teams across Africa.

SportPesa has a continued commitment to building and developing grassroots football in the countries where it operates and, since the company’s inception in 2014, it have quickly established itself as a community focused organisation. The Kits For Africa campaign is part of this pledge to transform lives in Africa.

New Champs In The Offing For COPA Coca-Cola Tourney

The COPA Coca-Cola Under-16 tournament, now in its 10th year of existence will have new champions in the boys’ category as last year’s champions, Kakamega High School, western region representatives will not be defending their title following their defeat at the county level.

In the girls’ category, Olympic High School, Nairobi region representatives will be seeking to retain the trophy they won during last year’s championship in Mombasa County. This years’ games will be hosted in Eldoret, in Uasin Gishu County at Hill School Secondary School from the 23rd July 2018 to 28th July 2018.

The games will have eight teams in each category, having been pooled into two groups, with two teams from each group progressing to the Semi-Final stage. In the boy’s category, Group A will have St. Peter’s Mumias High School (Western Region), St. Cyprian High School (Eastern Region), Riyabu Secondary School (Nyanza Region) and a representative from the North Eastern Region.

In Group B, St. Anthony High School (Rift Valley Region), Upper Hill High School (Nairobi Region), Olbolsat Secondary School (Central Region) and Kinondo Secondary School (Coast Region) will seek out a chance to top their group for a chance in the semi-final stage.

In the girl’s category, last years’ champions Olympic High School (Nairobi Region) have been pooled in Group A which also comprises of Wiyeta Secondary School (Rift Valley Region), Alliance Girls High School (Central Region) and Sega Girls High School (Nyanza Region) in the group of death.

In Group B, Tar Tar Girls High School (Rift Valley Region), Waa Girls Secondary School (Coast Region), Materdel High School (Eastern Region) and Moi Girls Nangili Secondary School (Western Region) will be out to prove doubters as they battle out to finish on top of other contenders.

The games will be 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.

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.