Gor Mahia Labours to edge out Cameroon's New Stars de Doula at Kasarani Stadium, CAF Confederation Cup Playoffs

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Gor Mahia laboured to edge out New Stars de Douala 2-1 in CAF Confederation Cup playoffs round first leg match at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday.

K’Ogalo went ahead in the 41st minute through Lawrence Juma but Benjamin Bechem scored the equalizer for the visitors in the 72nd minute.

Rwandan striker Jacques Tuyisenge restored the lead with a powerful header from Ugandan defender Shafik Batambuze assist in the 87th minute.

The Kenyan champions head to Limbe, Cameroon for the return leg match next week and will need at least a draw to sail through to the group stage of the continental championship.

Veteran Striker dennis oliech Proves that Class is permanent after scoring his first goal for Gor against Posta Rengers

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Striker Dennis Oliech on Wednesday scored his first goal for Gor Mahia after his return to the SportPesa Kenya Premier League.

Oliech showed flashes of his brilliance when he found the back on the net in first-half stoppage time against Posta Rangers at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani.

Oliech was making his full debut for the 17-time league champions, having previously come in as a substitute.

In K'Ogalo's game against Mathare on Sunday last week, Oliech was brought in from the bench. Gor drew 1-1 with the slum boys.

On January 2, Gor Mahia signed the player who returned to domestic football 15 years since featuring for Mathare United as a teenager.

Oliech will earn Sh350,000 a month, with his signing fee reported to be worth more than Sh3 million, which will be paid in two instalments, according to his representatives.

The all-time Harambee Stars goal-scorer with 34 goals penned a two-year deal after holding talks with the club.

Oliech who had been out of active football for more than two years last featured for Dubai Cultural Sports Club in the Arabic League. The 33-year-old is also a former Auxere and Nantes striker in the French League 1.

Nicknamed Dennis the Menace, Oliech is expected to fill the boots of Rwandese striker Meddie Kagere who left Gor for Tanzanian giants Simba.

Dennis The Menace signs a two year contract with Gor Mahia, he describes the Mathare United match the hardest game in his life

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Having made his debut for Gor Mahia on Sunday evening in a 1-1 draw against Mathare United at the Kasarani Stadium, Harambee Stars legend Dennis Oliech has described it as the hardest game in his life, especially having stayed for close to two years without club football.

Oliech came in for Nicholas Kipkurui after 67 minutes and had some flushes of brilliance and should have twice had a goal on his debut, first as he dived in to a Boniface Omondi cross while in the second opportunity, a forest of Mathare defenders blocked his view as he went for a shot from close range.

“This was the most difficult match of my life. Not even the numerous Harambee Stars games,” Oliech told Capital Sport just after the game against Mathare.

He added; “This was my first match and the most important thing for me was the impact I was to make. People were expecting a lot and that made it more difficult. The competitive feeling is coming back slowly and I think I am building up nicely.”

“Coming off the bench, from experience is very tough. But, I expect to start on Wednesday against Posta Rangers.”

Oliech, still panting form the rigorous warm down he was put through as well as the other substitutes who played under half an hour said he was delighted to make his debut for Gor and furthermore mark a return to the Kenyan Premier League.

“It was nice. I remember when I was starting off as a 17-year old, I used to play 10, 15 minutes and I slowly built on that. It is the same now,” a delighted Oliech stated.

Coming on, Oliech caused some jitters to the Mathare United backline and coach Francis Kimanzi admitted as much, that he had to guide his young backline to contain the mental fist-fights that came with the striker’s entrance.

“It was a psychological thing which tried to disturb my boys but we had prepared well mentally for it, that we don’t care who plays but they play against Mathare United,” said the tactician.

With a target of scoring more than 20 goals, Oliech says his biggest ambition is to help Gor retain the KPL title and personally for him to win a title after a long time in his career.

“My focus now is on helping Gor Mahia win the league. Personally, I want to win a trophy because it has been so long since that happened. The last time I won a title was in 2010 when we won the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Mwanza with Harambee Stars. I want that feeling all over again,” he noted.

Commenting on whether or not he will be ready to step into the national team for an opportunity to play at the Cup of Nations, Oliech says that will only count as a bonus as it is not on his mind.

Oliech scored the all-important goal against Cape Verde that took Kenya to it’s last ever African Cup of Nations in 2004 and was also on the score sheet netting the second goal as Kenya beat Burkina Faso 3-0 for its only win in the tournament staged in Tunisia.

“For me, I am not thinking about that very much now. My focus is on Gor Mahia and helping the team do well in the league and continentally. That will come later,” he further stated.

History made as kenyans make a clean sweep in singapore Marathon, Kenyan men take the first 17 positions

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It was a clean sweep for the Kenyan athletes in both men and women categories at this years’ edition of Singapore Marathon with the men taking the first 17 positions.

Kaptagat-based Joshua Kipkorir won the race after running in 2 hours 12 minutes and 12 seconds ahead of his compatriot Felix Kirwa who crossed the line in 2:13:43 while Andrew Kimtai sealed the podium three in 2:14:30.

Cosmas Muteti (2:15:42), Felix Kiprotich (2:16:06), Gilbert Yegon (2:16:28) and Kibet Collins (2:16:38) came in fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh positions respectively.

In the women category, former 5,000m world bronze medallist Prisca Cherono won the race clocking 2:32:12 ahead of Stella Barsosio who stopped the watch at 2:33:23 while Jane Jelagat was third after running in 2:35:38.

According to Kipkorir, he really trained hard when he was shortlisted for the race and his big dream was to win the race which finally came true.

“I’m really happy to have won this race. I had trained hard and my big fear was the former Paris Marathon champion Paul Lonyangata who was also in the race but I was able to beat them,” he spoke to Nation Sport on phone from Singapore.

The athlete ran with the leading pack up to 11km when Felix Kiprotich closed the gap. After the 25km mark, Kipkorir decided to surge forward and there was no stopping him, racing all the way to the tape.

“It was very hot but that didn’t deter me to do well because I was determined to win the race. I surged forward after the 25km mark and there was no reaction from the athlete I was running with and I had to control my pace to the tape,” said Kipkorir a former Nairobi Standard Chartered Marathon champion.

Samuel Onyango, Jacques Tuyisenge inspires K’Ogalo to a 3-1 win over the Nigerian outfit, Lobi Stars

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A brace from Samuel Onyango and a strike from Jacques Tuyisenge inspired K’Ogalo to a 3-1 win over the Nigerian outfit in the first round on Sunday.

Taming West African strikers has not been an easy task, but the Gor Mahia captain,Harun Shakava led by example. He was there to make vital interceptions, win most 50/50 balls and ensured there was an organization at the back. But again he has to remain solid in the second leg.

After missing the two legs against Nyasa Big Bullets, the creative midfielder Francis Kahata made a return and had an immediate impact. Provided an assist for Jacques Tuyisenge to hit the back of the net, and went on to put an excellent display as the Kenyan champions registered a healthy scoreline.

Once again Tuyisenge rose for the occasion, hitting an early goal that helped the hosts cool their nerves. His work rate was also impressive and was very unfortunate not to hit a hat-trick. Gor Mahia will rely on him for a better 2018/19 season in all competitions.

Jamhuri Day Clebrations Presided by President Uhuru Kenyatta in the newly refurbished 30,000 Seater Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi

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The 55th Jamhuri Day celebrations was held at the newly refurbished 30,000 seater Nyayo Stadium, on the December 12th.The public holiday marked two events. It celebrated Kenya becoming a republic on December 12, 1964, and also marked Kenya's independence from the United Kingdom a year earlier on December 12, 1963.

The day was celebrated with many events such as feasts, political speeches and parades, all of which celebrated the country's cultural heritage.The the celebrations marked with special display from the 17 battalion which was be the highlight of the day.

This year’s Jamhuri Day was special as the 17 battalion, the Kenya Rifles, a unit in the Kenya Army was presented with regimental colour.

Kenya’s Marius Kipserem holds off Kiptum, clocks 2:04:04 at inaugural ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon,

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Kenya’s Marius Kipserem and Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh smashed their PBs to secure victories at the inaugural ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon on Friday (7).

In a close race, Kipserem won in 2:04:04 to take more than two minutes off the PB he set when winning the 2016 Rotterdam Marathon, moving him to 12th on the world all-time list.

During the week in which his recent world half marathon record was ratified, compatriot Abraham Kiptum finished second in 2:04:16 to also enter the top 20 on the world all-time list.

Yeshaneh, meanwhile, won the women’s race in 2:20:16 to finish comfortably ahead of Bahrain’s Eunice Chumba, who clocked 2:20:54. As was the case in the men’s race, the top two finishers set lifetime bests.
A sizeable lead pack formed early on as seven men passed through 10 kilometres in 29:31. Their pace was already well inside 2:05 schedule but it dropped slightly in the second quarter as the leaders, now down to six men, reached half way in 1:02:34.

By the 30-kilometre point, which was reached in 1:28:42, the lead pack had halved as Kipserem, Kiptum and Ethiopia’s Dejene Debela were the only men left in contention. Debela was unable to hold on for much longer, leaving the Kenyan duo to contest for the win.

It was only in the closing stages that Kipserem was finally able to open up a gap on Kiptum, pulling ahead to win by 12 seconds in 2:04:04.

In his first race since clocking a world half marathon record of 58:18, Kiptum’s 2:04:16 clocking took 70 seconds off the PB he set at last year’s Amsterdam Marathon.

Debela was a distant third in 2:07:06 but shaved four seconds off his lifetime best.

“I feel very good and happy because I set a personal best today,” said Kipserem. “The route was perfect and it was great weather.”

After sixteen years in the making, Iconic Eliud Kipchoge now confirmed as the best in the world, Male Athlete of the Year for 2018

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Eliud Kipchoge may have covered one of the sport’s most iconic distances faster than any other athlete in history, but the Kenyan marathon runner is in no hurry.

Just hours before being named the IAAF Male Athlete of the Year for 2018, Kipchoge explained how being patient is crucial for success at 26.2 miles.

“Patience is vital for any marathon runner to have in their day-to-day life,” he says. “Patience applies everywhere: in training, in racing, and even when you are relaxing.

“You have to be patient to train hard, in order to maintain your focus when you are running, and to maintain your thinking when you are outside training.”

For someone who back in 2003 seemed to emerge almost overnight to become one of the world’s elite, Kipchoge has shown over the past 16 years that he is in it for the long haul.

His world U20 cross-country title in 2003 was followed five months later by winning the senior world 5000m title in Paris, beating distance greats Kenenisa Bekele and Hicham El Guerrouj in an unforgettable race.
But despite the magnitude of that achievement, few would have predicted that Kipchoge would go on to achieve all that he has done.

His Olympic gold medal in 2016 and his recent world marathon record of 2:01:39 were simply the culmination of two long-term relationships he has maintained since his early days in the sport.

“I admired Patrick Sang’s coaching skills when I was young and I approached him,” he explains. “We have been together for 16 years. He’s more than a sports coach; he is a life coach. He’s all around such a great guy. I lack words to explain how important he is. He is one of the few people I know in this world who can make sport go to another level.

“Global Sports Management are the ones who exposed to me the rest of the world and who managed my career. I can say with the team of coach Sang and the team of Global Sports, they are the two most important things in my life.

“After Berlin (where he broke the world record), I went to Global HQ in the Netherlands and we celebrated in our own way, then I flew back to Kenya. Everyone has their own way of celebrating but ours was low key. I celebrated with my team-mates and my family.”

Athletics – and distance running in particular – is predominantly an individual sport, but with NN Running, a group set up by Global Sports, Kipchoge very much sees himself as being part of a team. He even feels there is potential for more team-based competitions within athletics.

“I like what NN Running are doing,” he says. “One day, maybe five or 10 years in the future, I’d like to see marathons become a team event with company rankings like in Formula 1. What is needed in the world is love and teamwork – they are putting love to athletes and their fans, and they’re the first team to do that.”
Speculation is already mounting for a potential rematch against multiple world and Olympic champion Mo Farah, who finished finished third behind Kipchoge at the London Marathon earlier this year. Having learned a lot from his first two marathons, Farah then went on to win in Chicago later in the year, breaking the European record with 2:05:11.

Kipchoge welcomes the rivalry – not just from Farah but from all of his opponents.

“Mo Farah is good; he can win everything,” he says. “When somebody is focused, they are focused. It’s more than just concentrating on sport.

“I cannot say I am unbeatable; everybody is ready to beat me. To enjoy the sport you need to accept the results. The moment he beats me, I will shake his hand and continue. That’s the only way to enjoy sport.”

A clash between the pair could happen either at a big city marathon or at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019. Kipchoge hasn't yet decided about the latter, but he is unfazed about competing at midnight and in potentially humid conditions.

"Personally I don’t complain," he says. "It’s a competition organised by IAAF, their decision is final, and the first one will be world champion – I won’t complain at all."

And although Kipchoge says he may not be unbeatable, in an event that can often be unpredictable, he has proven time and time again that he is the best marathon runner in the world.

Kenya's 2015 world 400m Hurdles champion Nicholas bett dies in a car accident.IAAF World Champion in Beijing,2015

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Kenya’s 2015 world 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett, 28, died in a car accident on Tuesday (7).

Bett produced one of the biggest surprises of the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 when he took the gold medal in the 400m hurdles, setting a Kenyan record of 47.79, the fastest time in the world that year.

Few had touted him as a medal prospect heading into those championships, but he had won the Kenyan Trials in a PB of 48.29 just a few weeks prior and, despite carrying a foot injury at the time, had earned bronze medals in the 400m hurdles and 4x400m at the African Championships in 2014.

During his youth, Bett had started out in volleyball before switching to athletics. He initially showed promise in the 110m hurdles but then gravitated towards the longer event and coached himself for a number of years, improving from a 53-second runner into a 49-second performer.

It was in 2014 when his potential caught the eye of coach Vincent Mumo. He introduced Bett to Jukka Harkonen, who became Bett’s agent and organised a link-up with South African coach Hennie Kotze.

Bett’s training stints in Finland and South Africa led to significant technical changes in the way he approached the event. Although he still lacked consistency, Bett showed in Beijing what he was capable of when he got it right.

Various challenges on and off the track prevented him from reproducing his best form in the years that followed. He hit a hurdle in his heat at the Olympic Games in Rio and was duly disqualified but ended his season on a high when winning at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris in 48.01.

Injury cut short his 2017 season, but he returned to form in 2018, recording a season’s best of 48.88 and reaching the 400m hurdles finals at both the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and the African Championships in Asaba.

Bett, whose twin brother Aron Koech is also an international 400m hurdler, was himself a father to two-year-old twins.

Kenya to bring home six more titles from Asaba on the final day of African Athletics championship 2018. Top with 11 Gold

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Kenya captured six more titles on Sunday (5) to claim bragging rights as the winningest squad in Africa as the 21st edition of the continent's championships concluded in Asaba, Nigeria.

Competing before another raucous near-capacity crowd at the Stephen Keshi Memorial Stadium, Kenya took home titles on the track and on the field on the final day of competition to up their gold medal haul to 11.

Many of those were delivered in most impressive fashion, beginning with the women’s steeplechase where freshly-minted world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech, clearly in the rarest of forms, led a medal sweep for the east African powerhouse. The 27-year-old dominated the race en route to an 8:59.88 run, near the top of the short list of fastest un-paced performances in history.

As the field, led by three Kenyans, approached the end of the opening lap, Chepkoech said she had to make a choice: to decide with medal was hers. As she broke away and turned the race into a solo exhibition, her decision became obvious.

"After the world record and now the African title, this will open many doors for me," she said. Behind the first door is a spot on Team Africa for next month's IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018.

Celliphine Chespol was a distant second nearly 10 seconds back, clocking 9:09.61, with Fancy Cherono taking bronze.

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