Former world cross country champion Agnes Tirop defended her World 10km Bangalore Road race held yesterday in India, failing to improve on her time she set last year. “My tactic was only to win, I wasn’t looking at the time,” said Tirop. “I came here to run a fast race, maybe even the record, but it didn’t happen. But I’m happy,” said the 20-year-old. “There were so many good runners and they will push so I had to run a fast race.
Heavy rains washed out the opening day of the T20 World Cup Africa final qualifier in Kampala, Uganda, without a ball being bowled. Saturday night’s torrential rains left the playing surface at Lugano and Kyambogo inundated by the time the matches were to start. The rain continued through the morning and into the early afternoon before the umpires were forced to call off the matches. The match will have a lot of memories for the Kenya who only last month saw the U19 side go down to Nigerian side in the U19 World Cup Qualifier in Namibia. With net run rate set to come into consideration in determining the two qualifiers to the final T20 World Cup Qualifier in UAE later in the year, Kenya will give the match the due respect it deserves and its unlikely coach Maurice Odumbe will not go with his strong side.
Kenya is set to host the next Water Electricity and Renewable Energy expo from October 24 to 26. The WEPEX expo is expected to open doors for the international sector players and facilitates engagements with the East African counterparts in signing of memorandum of understanding and MoUs and partnership deals in going green. The last WEPEX expo held in 2016 managed to see the signing of two MoUs in water filtration and solar energy. The expo will be focusing on the entire value chain of water, electricity, and renewable energy technologies. Major players in the sectors include East African Water Association (EAWA), Kenya Renewable Energy Association (KEREA) and Kenya Water for Health Organization (KWAHO) among others.
National Treasury disbursements of funds to the counties is lagging behind by Sh95.05 billion two months to the end of 2018/2019 financial year. According to the exchequer Kiambu, Nairobi City, Nakuru and Turkana received Sh8.70 billion, Sh10.74 billion, Sh7.85 billion and Sh7.42 billion respectively in exclusion of Appropriation in Aid during the period. The list of counties that received the lowest allocations in the 10 months include Lamu (Sh2.54 billion), Taita Taveta (Sh2.89 billion), Elgeyo Marakwet (Sh2.72 billion) and Kirinyaga County (Sh2.92 billion). The National Treasury may struggle to close the balance as the year ends considering that rtotal revenue collection is behind by almost Sh600 billion. The amount includes, total domestic tax collections, domestic borrowing, loans and international organizations grants.
The decision to omit Gor Mahia players with vast continental experience from the Chan squad has not augured well with the Green Army, club administration and football stakeholders. Skipper Haron Shakava and custodian Fredrick Odhiambo were the biggest casualties when coach Sebastian Migne named his 32-man provisional squad for the tournament which brings together players who ply their trades in local leagues. Mathare United’s centre half Andrew Juma also made it to the squad. Gor Mahia Chief Executive Officer Omondi Aduda said: “I don’t know what he (Migne) considered before picking his players but I think experience would have guided him. We have players who were left out yet they have done well at that level.”“We can’t just parade rookies who have impressed in few league matches in the Chan tournament at the expense of experienced players.
Gor Mahia winger Nicholas Kipkirui revealed that he was certain to score in his second Mashemeji Derby as Gor Mahia ran over AFC Leopards 3-1 yesterday at Moi Stadium Kasarani. Kipkirui who joined Gor from Zoo Kericho at the start of the season stole the show yesterday with a brace and assist to inspire the defending champions to their 28th derby win over their football arch rivals. Kipkirui who has been recalled to the national team for the forthcoming African Nations championship(CHAN) termed their performance as a motivation for the remaining matches and his individual brilliance as a confirmation that he did not impress Sebastien Migne by fluke. Meanwhile Gor coach Hassan Oktay slammed Leopards for failing to live to their expectations as he observed that the duel was one sided. Gor dominated the proceedings against Oktay's expectations of a tough game and ruled out approaching the remaining threw matches with lesser attention.
The truth is when Patilla Omotto is not playing, Kariobangi Sharks are like fish out of the water. Now back on the recovery trail, Omotto was thrilled to be called up to the preliminary Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) squad by Harambee Stars coach Sebastian Migne. It was a mark of faith from the Frenchman because prior to him naming the squad, Omotto had not been in competitive action for close to a month. “It’s always inspiring to be called up the national team and am happy and ready to repay the faith the coaches have shown in me once again,” said Omotto. Despite being a teetotaler, Omotto recently made some notable investment by opening up a pub in his native Kariobangi, called the Truth.
Kenya sold $2.1b of 'Kachumbari' Eurobonds last week. Its not clear where the naming impulse came from but for clarity's sake, kachumbari is a fresh tomato and onion salad dish that is popular in the cuisines of East Africa. The Swahili word kachumbari originated from the Indian word cachumber. The proceeds will be used to fund infrastructure projects, general budgetary spending and refinance part or all of a $750 million dollar bond that will mature on June 24, the ministry said. Bond holders the world over are known as ''vigilantes'' So what do they see?
KCB coach Curtis Olago has termed the 23-15 victory over Kabras the sweetest since being appointed coach. Kabras piled on the pressure depite seeing star midfielder Nick Barasaa getting concussed . On resumption the hosts came out firing on all cylinders and Kevin Keegan fed Johnstone Munga’u who surged on but was stopped before going over. Barry Robinson quick release from a ruck saw lock Charlton Mokua crush on the ball and dive over to send the showground to cheers. Wokorach quickly added the extras and Kabras were in the lead at 12-7 , Wokorach added apenalty to give the the Kabras an eight point lead at 15-7 .
Champions Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) need two more quality guards to mount a successful defence of their title, according to coach Sammy Kiki. “I lost many key players who played a major role in last year’s title winning team. Strathmore University Blades recovered from their sad loss to Umoja last week to cut World Hope 54-51 but it was not an easy fixture for them. We will be a lot sharper when the second leg starts.”Unbeaten Strathmore University Swords had 21 points from Clara Rotich as they ravaged Africa Nazarene University (ANU) 69-42. In the lower division, Little prince beat Mount Kenya University “THika” 54-40, Lions won 46-37 over Strathmore University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Jkuat) were crushed 56-30 by Strathmore University in the ladies tie.
Shabana coach Gilbert Selebwa has asked Kenyans to rally behind Harambee Stars coach Sebastian Migne. Selebwa defended the coach’s provincial squads which he named for the forthcoming African Cup of Nations in Egypt for the first time in 15 years and CHAN team that will play against Burundi in August. Selebwa welcomed the inclusion of Wazito duo Joe Waithira and Teddy Osok in the CHAN team. “This is a challenge to other players in the National Super League to work harder so that they can get call ups in future,” said Selebwa. “These are good players who have scored 19 goals and they deserved to be included in the CHAN team.
By AFPMore by this AuthorJOHANNESBURGLeading scorer Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba netted on 94 minutes to give Renaissance Berkane of Morocco a 1-0 first-leg victory over Zamalek of Egypt Sunday in the Caf Confederation Cup final. The first leg marked the debut of the video assistant referee (VAR) system in the Confederation Cup and the Zambian referee used it once, to dismiss a Berkane penalty claim. Zamalek started the final as slight favourites given they have contested 12 CAF finals, winning nine, while Berkane were appearing in a final for the first time. Zamalek temporarily shed a defensive stance to twice almost take the lead with Berkane goalkeeper Abdelali Mhamdi foiling Youssef Ibrahim, and Mahmoud Kahraba firing wide. Berkane responded to these scares with a series of attacks and Salah saved acrobatically two minutes from time to prevent Laba breaking the deadlock.
May 20, 2019 00:56 UTC
A senior official in the Ministry of Interior deposited an average of Sh1 million shillings daily in his bank accounts for seven months, EACC investigations have revealed. The average Sh1 million deposits were made between January 2017 and July of the same year as the country was heading into the hotly contested general elections. The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission says that between January 1, 2016, to July 31, 2017, the couple had received Sh115 million in their bank accounts. When EACC detectives stormed Gitau’s office at Harambee House in 2017, they recovered $3,500 and Sh6.9 million. At his residence in Marurui Estate, detectives recovered Sh1.2 million.
May 20, 2019 00:25 UTC
By DEJA VUMore by this AuthorWhen War of Will (WOW), (Tyler Gaffalione 7-1), flashed his boots beneath the Preakness Stakes finishing line at Pimlico, punters were ecstatic by the scintillating turn of events on a rather bizarre Triple Crown adventure. You will all recall how Maximum Security impeded Wow's prospects, in the Kentucky Derby, a fortnight ago. MADE AMENDSTyler, 24, carrying Gary Barber's silks, made amends to prove a point leveled against him by Gary West, owner of Maximum Security, in a time of 1:54:3/10 seconds. One day before the Preakness, Gary West challenged those four Kentucky Derby contenders who were involved in that notorious incident, to race against his colt again, offering $5 million to whoever can beat him. Included in this proposition, was the suggestion of a $5 million return from the owner of any of the quartet of horses who loses to Maximum Security.
May 19, 2019 21:33 UTC
To achieve Kenya’s food security agenda, the private sector must be encouraged and incentivised to innovate. The once-predictable seasons are changing and the future of food security in Kenya is bleak. Farmers are traditionally hugely underserved by most financial institutions, given the perceived risk associated with the business. To achieve Kenya’s food security agenda, the private sector must be encouraged and incentivised to innovate. Modern agricultural practices, backed by partnerships with financial institutions, are a prerequisite to changing the way farming is perceived.
May 19, 2019 21:07 UTC