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.

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

La Liga President To Visit Kenya

La Liga President Mr. Mr. Javier Tebas Medrano, will visit Kenya on 10-11 May 2017 following an invitation from KPL Chairman Ambrose Rachier.

The visit of Mr. Tebas to the Kenyan Premier League is in follow up to an invitation he extended in 2016 to a group of KPL Executives to visit LaLiga in October that year.

Mr. Tebas will be accompanied by Mr. Melcior Soler, who is the LaLiga Director of Audio Visual. Their visit to the Kenyan Premier League is consistent with the aims and objectives of the World Leagues Forum, of which KPL and LaLiga are members, whereby members of developing leagues grow through association and partnership with members of the World’s top leagues.

A press conference, which will also be attended by the Spanish Ambassador to Kenya Javier García de Viedma Bernaldo de Quirós, to announce full details of the partnership between KPL and LaLiga will be held on Thursday in Nairobi.

 

 

KPL Welcome ‘New Chairman’

Kenya Premier League has welcomed the resignation of Tusker FC chairman James Musyoki as the KPL chairman.
Musyoki stepped down on Wednesday amid the standoff between FKF and KPL and will be replaced by Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier. 

Rachier is seen by many within the football circles being against Nick Mwendwa’s administration at FKF. Mwendwa beat Rachier in the federation’s election in 2016 and a Rachier led KPL has 

“It therefore goes without saying that Mr. Musyoki leaves KPL and Tusker Football Club with his head held high and the Kenyan Premier League Ltd would like to take this opportunity to express its heartfelt and sincere gratitude to Mr. Musyoki for the verve, wisdom, integrity and dedicated leadership with which he executed his role as KPL Chairman, member of KPL Governing Council and member of the Joint Executive Committee,” read the KPL statement.

“As per KPL policy following the KPL Governing Council Resolution of 18 December 2013, Gor Mahia Football Club Chairman, Mr. Ambrose Rachier will take over as KPL Chairman for the next 6 months before relinquishing the position to the incoming Tusker Football Club Chairman. Kenyan Premier League Ltd wishes Mr. Musyoki all the best in his new endeavors.”

Rachier’s elevation comes weeks after he was summoned to appear before the FKF Disciplinary Committee for his involvement in the wrangles that have rocked Kenyan football since January 2017 where the KPL and FKF have posted differing stands towards the composition of the Kenyan Premier League.

The tussle between KPL and FKF came up after FKF relegated Muhoroni and Sofapaka after failing to comply with club licensing requirements with KPL going ahead to include them in the fixtures. 

In 2015, Rachier was on the FKF side that advocated for 18-team premier league leading to the formation of FKF Premier League during Sam Nyamweya’s reign while Rachier was on the KPL side that remained adamant on a 16-team league leading to court battles. 

New Date Set For FKF, KPL Meeting

A Joint Executive Committee meeting Kenya Premier League and Football Kenya Federation that was set for yesterday did not go happen and the two will now meet on Friday at NSSF buildings from 11am.

FKF had called the meeting after KPL released 2017 season fixtures but KPL chairman James Musyoki called in sick leading to KPL cancelling the meeting.

It all started from a letter signed by Ambrose Rachier as Vice chair of KPL, that ‘confirmed’ Muhoroni and Sofapaka were still part of the league contrary to FKF’s announcement that they had been relegated for failing to meet club licensing threshold even after a second time of asking. 

In releasing the fixtures, KPL only considered 16 teams excluding four teams – Zoo FC, Nakumatt FC, KCB and Vihiga United even after the four had been announced as part of the top league by FKF following the expansions of the top league to 18 teams 

FKF has however suspended the league till further notice till the outright dissension between the FKF and KPL are ironed out. 

LG Boosts KPL Player Of The Month Award

Sports Journalists Association of Kenya received a major boost after South Korean manufacturers LG Electronics announced an exciting boost to KPL Player of the Month Awards by increasing the size of television sets given to winners from 43 to 49 inches.

In addition to providing the bigger screens, the company will also dabble into quarterly Community Social Responsibility (CSR) activities in collaboration with recipients of the award to spread football’s love from the pitches right into communities.

The improvement takes effect in February when Kenya Premier league kicks off across the country and will run throughout the year.

This year will see recipients carry home 49 inch sets and pick a charity event within their localities to be supported by LGE and its local staff.

The fusion of charity into football brings to the fore humane values the game is intended to propagate. Moses Marji, LGE Marketing manager expressed his delight at helping spread the love of football off the pitch into communities through charities.

“We are keen on the CSR aspect as much as the awards because the community is very important.”

The awards are driven by Sports Journalists Association of Kenya whose president Chris Mbaisi lauded the passion and commitment shown by corporations like LGE in supporting sports in the country. “We have seen the excitement in our league grow with these monthly awards and it is due to generosity of supportive companies like LG

Western Stima’s Muguna named KPL player of the year

Western Stima midfielder Kenneth Muguna is the 2016 Kenyan Premier League Player of the Year.

Muguna beat a strong opposition to win the Most Valuable Player award in the Footballer of the Year awards held last night.

He was also named Midfielder of the Year and also the runner’s up in the Young Player of the Year category.

Posta Rangers stars Patrick Matasi and Joackins Atudo won the Golden Glove and Defender of the Year awards respectively.

Tusker’s Paul Nkata, who led the brewers to the league title and GOtv Shield this term, was named Coach of the Year as fair play team of the year award went to Kakamega Homeboyz.

See all the winners below:

Most Valuable Player
Kenneth Muguna

Team Manager of the Year

George Opondo (Tusker)

David Mwangi (Ulinzi Stars)

Pascal Ochieng (Posta Rangers)

Fairplay Team

Kakamega Homeboyz

Mathare United

Western Stima

Assistant Referee of the Year

Gilbert Cheruiyot

Stephen Oduor

Mary Ann Njoroge

Referee of the Year

Anthony Ogwayo

Davies Omweno

Badr Yassin

Golden Glove

Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers)

Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia)

David Okello (Tusker)

Defender of the Year

Joackins Atudo (Posta Rangers)

Musa Mohamed (Gor Mahia)

Noah Abich (Sofapaka)

Midfielder of the Year
Kenneth Muguna (Western Stima)

Whyvonne Isuza (Mathare United)

Humphrey Mieno (Tusker)

Fairplay Player of the Year
Ali Bai (Kakamega Homeboyz)

Jared Obwoge (Chemelil)
Amos Asembeka (Sony Sugar)

New Player of the Year

Eric Ouma (Gor Mahia)

Kenneth Muguna (Western Stima)

Cavin Odongo (Posta Rangers)

Coach of the Year
Paul Nkata (Tusker)

Marcelo Ferreira (Gor Mahia)

Francis Baraza (Chemelil Sugar)

Golden Boot
John Makwatta (Ulinzi Stars)

Kepha Aswani (AFC Leopards)

Wycliffe Ochomo (Muhoroni Youth)

 

Rachier re-elected Gor Mahia chairman

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier is re-elected for a forth time in a hotly contested club elections held at Kasarani on Sunday.

Rachier garnered 579 votes to beat his closest challengers Dan Oketch and Chris Omondi for the mandate to run the former Kenya Premier league.

In other positions Francis Wasuna was elected Senior Chairman unopposed while John Pesa and George Ongudi were elected first and second vice chairmen respectively.

Bernard Omondi is the new club Secretary General, Sally Bolo was elected club treasurer on her third attempt after garnering 370 votes while Judith ‘Artillery’ Anyango is the new club Organizing Secretary after winning with a landslide of 575 votes.

Chairman:

1) Ambrose Otieno Rachier – 547

2) Chrispine Omondi – 157 

3) Dan Oketch Ang’ila – 220 

Senior Vice Chairman:

1) Francis Wasuna – Unopposed

1st Vice Chairman: 

1) John Pesa – 451

2) Faiz Ochieng – 334

2nd Vice Chairman: 

1) George Oria Ongudi – 447

2) David Oduol Kilo – 332

Secretary General:

1) Kwenda Samuel Ochola – 282

2) Ben Omondi Odongo – 310

3) Joseph Ogidi Oyoo – 213

Deputy Secretary General:

1) Ngala Ronald Ng’onga – 402

2) Ruben William Ojijo – 360

 Assistant Deputy Secretary General: 

1) Kevin Odhiambo Mbuya – 500

2) John Ochieng Onyango – 203

Treasurer: 

1) Kennedy Ouma – 95

2) Sally Bolo – 370

3) Jared Odhiambo Omolo – 234

4) Chito Moses Njeria – 85

Assistant Treasurer: 

1) Gerphas Okuku Ogola – 292

2) Carilus Onyango – 105

3) Calvince Okeyo Bungu – 343  

Organizing Secretary:

1) David Ochieng Nyandega – 198

2) Judith Anyango – 575  

Assistant Organizing Secretary: 

1) Sammy Ochieng Ogola – 227  

2) Beryl Peres Anyango – 480  

Arsenal coaching trio in Nairobi for a week-long training

Arsenal trained-coaching staff are in the country from today to help polish talent identification skills among Kenyan coaches as the country eyes participation in the World Cup 2022 to be held in Qatar.

The three coaches, James Colinese, Jonny Georgiou and  Drew Tyler from the English Premier League side are in Kenya courtesy of leading sports betting company SportPesa who are the official African betting firm partner.2nd-arsenal-training-camp-58

The week-long training session to be attended by 50 coaches from local premier league teams will be held at Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Nairobi.

It’s the second coaching clinic and follows a similar event in May 2016 as part of SportPesa’s partnership with the EPL team. 

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The Arsenal coaching team will be joined on Thursday by club Legend ‘Lauren’ (Laurean Bisan Etamé-Mayer).

It will be the inaugural trip to Kenya for lead coach James Colinese and his colleague Jonny Georgiou, while it is the second time in the country for Drew Tyler who participated in the first training camp held in May.

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James Colinese, Arsenal’s lead coach for the week, said: “We are looking forward to the training camp and to be working closely with club partner SportPesa to develop football in Kenya.  It’s important to be working closely with the local premier league coaches and for us to gain further understanding of their current levels and individual outlooks on the game.

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Throughout the week, we will look to impart further insight and teach the key principles of ‘playing the Arsenal way’ which they can take back to their own teams.”

Aside from being trained on talent identification, the course, which comprises of both practical and theory lessons, will also focus on defensive play and conditioning. 

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For the first time, the training camp will also be attended by coaches from all the 16 teams in the local womens’ premier league.

 

KPL unveils Player of the year nominees

Kenya Premier League has released the 2016 KPL awards nominees ahead of the awards gala that will be held on Wednesday 14 December at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi.

The categories to be awarded are most valuable player, goalkeeper of the year, defender of the year, midfielder of the year, golden boot, new player of the year, coach of the year, fair play team of the year, team manager of the year, centre referee of the year and assistant referee of the year.

Full list of nominees

Most Valuable Player

Erick Ouma (Gor Mahia)

John Makwatta (Ulinzi Stars)

David Okello (Tusker FC)

Kenneth Muguna (Western Stima)

Humphrey Mieno (Tusker FC)

Goalkeeper of the Year

Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers)

Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia)

David Okello (Tusker FC)

James Saruni (Ulinzi Stars)

Michael Wanyika (Kakamega Homeboyz)

Defender of the Year

George Owino (Mathare United)

Noah Abich (Sofapaka)

Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia)

Joackins Atudo (Posta Rangers)

James Situma (Tusker FC)

Midfielder of the Year

Kenneth Muguna (Western Stima)

Wyvonne Isuza (Mathare United)

Humphrey Mieno (Tusker FC)

Francis Kahata (Gor Mahia)

Hillary Echesa (Chemelil Sugar)

Golden Boot

John Makwatta (Ulinzi Stars)

Wycliffe Ochomo (Muhoroni Youth)

Kepha Aswani (AFC Leopards)

New player of the Year

Erick Marcelo Ouma (Gor Mahia)

Kenneth Muguna (Western Stima)

Cavin Odongo (Posta Rangers)

Jacques Tuyisenge (Gor Mahia)

Oliver Maloba (City Stars)

Coach of the Year

Paul Nkata (Tusker FC)

Francis Baraza (Chemelil Sugar)

Henry Omino (Western Stima)

Jose Ferreira (Gor Mahia)

Zedekiah Otieno (Posta Rangers)

Fair Play Team of the Year

Sony Sugar

Mathare United

Gor Mahia

Kakamega Homeboyz

Western Stima

Fair Play Player of the Year

Jared Obwoge (Chemelil Sugar)

Francis Kahata (Gor Mahia)

Amos Asembeka (Sony Sugar)

Ali Bhai (Kakamega Homeboyz)

Team Manager of the Year

Moses Jobita (Western Stima)

George Opondo (Tusker FC)

Pascal Ochieng’ (Posta Rangers)

David Mwangi (Ulinzi Stars)

Hillary Ouma (Chemelil Sugar)

Centre referee of the Year

Anthony Ogwayo

Davies Omweno

David Mulongo

Andrew Juma

Badir Yassin

Assistant referee of the year

John Alando

Gilbert Cheruiyot

Steven Oduor

Peter Sabatia

Mary Njoroge