Kisumu City will stage semi-final match pitting Kenya's Harambee Stars vs Burundi and Uganda v Zanzibar

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Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos will host the final of 2017 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.
The regional body was yet to pick a venue for the final set for Sunday (December 17). FKF official Barry Otieno has confirmed to Goal that the organizers’ have settled for Machakos to host the final.
Kisumu City will stage semi-final matches pitting Kenya against Burundi and Uganda v Zanzibar on Thursday. Kenya made it to the last four with a 1-0 win over Tanzania on Monday to join, Zanzibar, Burundi and Uganda.
The tournament attracted nine countries. Rwanda, South Sudan, Libya, Ethiopia and Tanzania failed in the first hurdle.

Kenya Celebrates its 54th Jamuhuri Day celebration at Moi International Sports Center , National fete led by the President

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Kenya yesterday marked 54 years of self rule after gaining independence from Britain.

The national fete, led by President Uhuru Kenyatta, was held at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, in the capital Nairobi while regional celebrations was held in the other 46 county headquarters.

Kenyans started trickling in to Kasarani for celebrations on early Tuesday morning, with gates opening at 7am.
Security at the stadium was tight, with those getting in being frisked by security officers.

Vehicles getting into the venue were also searched.
According to Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe several dignitaries will attend the national fete in Nairobi.

The military parade and the ceremonial trooping of the colour be conducted by the Airforce Command from Moi Airbase in Eastleigh, Nairobi.

Fans show up in thousands at Bhukungu stadium, Kakamega as Harambe stars take on Rwanda Wasps

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Massoud penalty and Otieno’s screamer take the wind out of Amavubi sails as Tanzania and Libya draw in Machakos.

Paul Put made a winning start to his reign as Kenya’s football team coach with a 2-0 victory over ten-man Rwanda in yesterday’s opening Group A Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup match at a packed Bukhungu Stadium.

At Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos, Tanzania and Libya settled for a goalless draw in the second match of Group.

In Kakamega, Kenyan Premier League golden boot winner Masoud Juma put Harambee Stars ahead from the spot before AFC Leopards captain Duncan Otieno’s screamer gave Kenya a two-goal cushion.

A second-half downpour could not stop the hosts from giving their new coach Put a warm welcome.
“Despite the bad state of the pitch, I’m proud of my players for giving me that perfect gift. It was a difficult pitch for both teams to play on, but it was important to get a positive result in our first match of the tournament,” said a visibly excited Put.

“Our focus now shifts to another equally tough game against unpredictable Libya on Tuesday.”

Duncan Otieno was equally happy after scoring his first goal on his second national team appearance.

“I thank God for everything. Since we are at home, we must do everything to win the title,” said Otieno.

But it was not a happy reunion for former Kenya coach Antoine Hey, whose visiting Amavubi side finish ed the game a man less after Soter Kayumba was sent off in the 53rd minute after receiving a second yellow card for bad-mouthing the assistant referee. The German went on to snub the press after the clash.

President Kenyatta Sworn in for second Term in office at Moi International Sports Center,Kasarani

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President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn for his second and final five-year term on Tuesday to thunderous cheers from tens of thousands of supporters at Moi International Sports Center,Kasarani.

He pledged to "Do justice to all in accordance with this Constitution, as by law established, and the laws of Kenya, without fear, favour, affection or ill-will".
Duncan Okello, who was master of ceremonies, said the Bible used is the same one used by the first President, Jomo Kenyatta, at his own swearing-in at Independence.

The oaths were administered by Anne Amadi, the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary.

The oath of office is 77 words long and the oath of due execution of office is 79 words long.Regional leaders and foreign diplomats watched as the full to capacity stadium cheered and sang along to music.

Among the heads of state who attended the ceremony were Ethiopia's Hailemariam Desalegn, Rwanda's Paul Kagame, Somalia's Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, South Sudan's Salva Kiir, Botswana's Ian Khama and Uganda's Yoweri Museveni.

Joyciline Jepkosgei Breaks world record with a second off her previous best at the Valencia Trinidad Alfonso Half Marathon

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Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei kept her stellar 2017 momentum alive at the Valencia Trinidad Alfonso Half Marathon, taking one second off her own world record* to win the IAAF Gold Label road race in 1:04:51 on Sunday (22).

After Saturday’s technical meeting, it became clear that a serious attack on her current world record was on the cards. A cautious Jepkosgei had commented there that she had been training well since running a world 10km record of 29:43 in Prague and was confident of running fast.

Kenya’s Ezekiel Kemboi was enlisted to pace Jepkosgei at a steady 3:05 per kilometre pace but the early splits proved to be even quicker than scheduled as the opening five kilometres were covered in a frantic 14:52, a time fast enough to finish inside 1:03. The brisk rhythm continued as the 23-year-old was timed at 30:09 at 10 kilometres, still well ahead of her own world record pace.

However, that kind of pace seemed to be self-defeating for a while as Jepkosgei’s rhythm clearly slowed down in the third five-kilometre section. Always running at Kemboi’s shoulder, the multiple world record-holder reached 15 kilometres in 45:59 which put her target in serious jeopardy; when she set the previous world record of 1:04:52 in Prague, she had clocked 45:37 at 15 kilometres.

But, to the delight of the crowd, Jepkosgei dug deep in the closing stages and by the 20-kilometre checkpoint, reached in 1:01:30, she was only five seconds in arrears of her world record goal. With a thrilling run down the final straight, Jepkosgei beat the clock and reached the finish line in 1:04:51 to set her sixth world record this year.

Fancy Chemutai and Lucy Cheruiyot joined Jepkosgei on the podium to get a clean sweep of medals for Kenya. The former, still 3 years of age, ran a massive career best of 1:05:38 to improve over one minute her previous best of 1:06:58. As for Cheruiyot, she finished seven seconds outside her PB in 1:07:30.

Today’s performance was the third women’s world half marathon record set on Spanish soil in recent years after Florence’s Kiplagat previous records of 1:05:12 and 1:05:09 in Barcelona in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Rono successfully defends his Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon title with a Candian all-comers' record

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Philemon Rono successfully defended his Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon title on Sunday (22) while giving organisers of this IAAF Gold Label road race something they had coveted for the past three years: a Canadian all-comers’ record.

The diminutive Kenyan crossed the finish line in 2:06:52, a two-second improvement on the record set by Ethiopia’s Yemane Tsegay three years ago in Ottawa. In addition to the $25,000 first place prize money, Rono will return to his training base in Kaptagat with CDN$50,000 for the record.

With temperatures about 11C at the start and a slight breeze coming in off Lake Ontario, the pace was furious from the beginning – 29:29 at 10 kilometres and then 1:02:35 at the halfway point. Three assigned pacemakers were charged with the responsibility of delivering the favoured athletes to at least the course record (formerly held by Ethiopia’s Derissa Chimsa at 2:07:05), but after 25 kilometres the pacemakers were all gone. Shortly after this point, Dickson Chumba, the 2015 Chicago and 2014 Tokyo champion, went to the front with only Rono for company.

To many observers it looked as though Chumba was running according to form and his compatriot might be in trouble. But by 30 kilometres Rono surged and opened up a gap which grew to a winning margin of more than two minutes by the finish. Indeed, a visibly disappointed Chumba stopped the clock at 2:09:11. His mood was in stark contrast to that of the winner.

“The first thing I came here for was to defend,” a smiling Rono said afterwards. “I was expecting the time will come automatically. Today the time came because I was pushing with Chumba. When I went in front, I said, ‘I will not reduce the pace and let me maintain my constant pace’.

“When I passed the remaining metres, I could see I was running at 2:06 (pace) so I was very happy because I had run faster than my personal best and the course record. I was not worried (about Chumba) because when I started running hard I said there is no need to look back. Just focus and when you focus you know you what you will achieve at the end.

Chumba, who ran 2:06:25 in Tokyo earlier this year, complained of a tight hamstring.

Solomon Deksisa of Ethiopia finished third in 2:11:27.

If the men were ambitious in their early pace, the women’s race was insanely quick with Ethiopians Fatuma Sado, Sutume Asefa and Marta Megra Lema duelling with Kenya’s Angela Tanui in the early stages.

Asefa and Lema train together in Gemedu Dedefo’s group and chatted occasionally and shared a water bottle at one point. Hitting half way in 1:11:01 caused what one observer deemed ‘carnage’. One by one they dropped off the pace, leaving Lema alone at the front from 32 kilometres onwards.

Struggling less than the others, she maintained her form with the help of her pacemaker to win the race in 2:28:20, far off the personal best of 2:24:32 she set in Xiamen, China last year. Afterwards she said she had experienced stomach pains in the latter part of the race. Asefa finished in 2:29:26 to claim the second place prize money of CDN$15,000 with Ruth Jebet of Kenya moving through the field to take third in 2:30:02.

Kenya star displays fine form by scoring a hat trick in Vasalund IF's 6-2 win over IFK Lulea,Swedish Devision 1 league

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Eric Johanna scored a hat trick in Vasalund IF’s 6-2 win over IFK Lulea in the Swedish Division One League in a weekend that most Kenyans shined abroad.

The former Mathare United midfielder hit home his brace in a span of six minutes early in the first half when he tripled Vasalund IF’s lead in the third and ninth minutes before completing the job at the quarter hour mark.

Linus Malborg also hit a brace for Vasalund IF with the other goal coming from Kenny Parvey.
Back in Africa, Kenyan striker Jesse Were and John Mark Makwatta were both on target for their respective clubs in the Zambian Super League.

Were scored Zesco United’s opening goal in his side’s 3-0 win over Zanaco while Makwata’s lone goal helped Buildcon pick a point against Nakambala Leopards in the two side’s 1-1 draw.

In the American Major Soccer League (MSL), Harambee Stars defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng’ was also on target. Ochieng’ scored his maiden goal for New York Cosmos in a 4-4 draw with Jax Armanda.

K’Ogalo beat former champions Ulinzi Stars 1-0 at Kericho Green Stadium to clinch a record 16th title on Saturday

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Gor Mahia are the 2017 Kenyan Premier League champions with four matches to the end of the season.

A high flying K’Ogalo beat former champions Ulinzi Stars 1-0 at Kericho Green Stadium to clinch a record 16th title on Saturday. Rwandan international Medie Kagere gave the new champions the winning goal to hand Dylan Kerr his maiden KPL title in his first season.

Gor Mahia are now assured of representing Kenya in the lucrative Caf Champions League next year. Worryingly, however, Kenyan teams have fared rather dismally at the continental stage, with Sofapaka being the only side that have gone past the second round, in 2010 under coach Ezekiel Akwana.

Despite dominating the local scene, anytime a Kenyan champion steps up to the continental arena, results have always been disappointing, to say the least.

With this in mind, Gor Mahia management should begin to plan how to redeem the image of the only Kenyan team to have won a continental showpiece, when they lifted the African Cup Winners' Cup in 1987.

A Gentrix Shikangwa strike against Ethiopia earns kenya a spot in the next phase of the women Wolrd Cup Qualifiers.

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The Kenyan Queens came into the match knowing any win or draw not exceeding 1-1 was enough to send them to next phase of the World Cup qualifier after the two sides battled to a two all draw in the first leg played in Ethiopia.
A Gentrix Shikangwa strike was enough to bundle Ethiopia as Harambee Starlets emerged 2-1 (4-3 in aggregate) winners on Saturday.
It was nervous in the first few minutes, as both sides pushed for an opener and at the same time working hard to ensure it does not leak at the back. But it was the hosts who took the lead.
A fierce strike by Corazone Aquino in the 11th minute gave the hosts an opener; the defenders gave her time to control the ball and before they could shut her down, the ball was in the back of the net.
However, the visitors fought back and leveled matters in the 45th minute courtesy of Markat Feleke, who converted from the penalty spot. It was a goal that ensured the two teams go to the break on level terms but with Kenya holding a slight advantage of progression.
In the 51st minute, Gentrix Shikangwa put the hosts ahead after finishing a well worked move to ensure the Kenya side qualify to the second round of the qualifiers where they will play either Algeria or Ghana.
Kenya’s starting XI: Lillian Awuor, Foscah Nashivanda, Wincate Kaari, Lucy Akoth, Vivian Nasaka, Corazone Aquino, Sheryl Angachi, Maureen Khakasa, Martha Amunyolete, Cynthia Shilwatso and Gentrix Shikangwa.
Substitutes: Judith Osimbo, Veronica Awino, Leah Cherotich, Racheal Muema, Diana Wacera, Stella Anyango, Mercy Airo.
Ethiopia Starting XI: Tigest Abera, Banchayehu Tadese, Kidesi Zeleke, Betelem Kefyalewu, Emepet Adesu, Elemnesh Germew, Melat Demeke, Yemisrach Yakew, Timer Tenker, Aregash Germew, Markat Teleke.
Substitutes: Emiwedesh Virgashewa, Mihiret Melese, Iston Feyera, Zeymeba Sepo, Tenaye Womese, Jeneme Worku, Senaf Wakuma.

Kipchoge Keino Proves he still has good Marathon in his legs:Clash of the Marathon Greats,Berlin IAAF Gold Label

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It was a race that had been billed as the ultimate clash between three marathon greats, but only one of them made it to the finish line at the BMW Berlin Marathon on Sunday (24) as Eliud Kipchoge won the IAAF Gold Label road race in a world-leading 2:03:32.

Of the other pre-race favourites, defending champion Kenenisa Bekele had drifted off the pace shortly after the half-way mark before dropping out some 10 kilometres later, while former world record-holder Wilson Kipsang stopped suddenly at 30 kilometres.

Instead, marathon debutant Guye Adola somewhat surprisingly was Kipchoge’s only company for the final 12 kilometres of the race and they were locked in an intriguing duel right through to the closing stages. Kipchoge eventually won the battle of wills, but Adola was rewarded with the fastest marathon debut in history, finishing second in 2:03:46.
Led by a quartet of pacemakers, the three headline acts were joined by Adola and Kenya’s 2011 world silver medallist Vincent Kipruto for much of the first half of the men's race, passing five kilometres in 14:28 and 10 kilometres in 29:04.

A spell of heavy rain at about eight kilometres didn’t completely ruin the chances of a world record, but it certainly made their task more difficult. The rain soon abated, but the conditions remained damp and drizzly for much of the race.

Half way was reached in 1:01:29, exactly on schedule to break Dennis Kimetto’s world record of 2:02:57. Two pacemakers remained at the front of the pack with Kipchoge tucked close behind them in the middle of the pack. Bekele, however, was unable to stick with the pace for much longer and started to drift off the lead pack after 22 kilometres, losing about 10 seconds on the leaders in the space of one kilometre.

By 25 kilometres, reached in 1:12:50, Bekele was 21 seconds off the back of the lead pack. Kipruto was the next to struggle and fell behind as the leaders approached 30 kilometres.

But the biggest turning point came at 30 kilometres as Kipsang, and the final pacemaker, dropped out. The lead pack of four had suddenly been halved with Kipchoge and Adola the only two contenders left in the race.

From that point onwards, the pace gradually slipped further and further off the required schedule for a world record, but that soon became irrelevant. Suddenly, Kipchoge’s main aim was to simply defend his honour of being the world’s best marathon runner and ensuring he won the race. Adola, meanwhile, seemed intent on causing an upset.

The 26-year-old Ethiopian was running shoulder to shoulder – quite literally – with Kipchoge. At times, their close proximity clearly annoyed Kipchoge and on more than one occasion he had words with his opponent.

Adola, however, was working to his own race plan and went on to open up a gap of a few metres on Kipchoge at about the 37-kilometre point. His lead never extended beyond two or three seconds, though, and Kipchoge was able to reel him in as they approached 40 kilometres.

With the clock reading 1:57:08 at 40 kilometres, it was clear that today wouldn’t be a day for world records. Kipchoge, now back at the front, started to make his final move while Adola was showing his first real signs of fatigue.

Kipchoge passed through the Brandenburg Gate and crossed the finish line in 2:03:32, his eighth victory from the nine marathons he has contested to date (not including his unratifiable run at the experimental event in Monza). It was also his second victory in Berlin, following his win in 2015, and the second-fastest time of his career after his 2:03:05 clocking in London last year.

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