Gor Mahia beats Angola's Petro Athletico to reach CAF quarters for the first time

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Gor Mahia reached their first even quarter-finals of the Caf Confederation Cup after beating Petro Atletico from Angola 1-0 on Sunday.

The Kenyan champions went into the match lying at the bottom of Group D but knew a win will guarantee them a place in the last eight of the competition for the first time in the club’s history.

And despite playing two-men down after Ernest Wendo and Ugandan left back Shafik Batambuze were sent off, K’Ogalo did not disappoint as Rwandan striker Jacques Tuyisenge converted from the penalty spot for the vital win.

Despite playing at home, Gor Mahia did not enjoy the ball possession as they managed 43.4% compared to 56.6% from the away team. The Kenyan champions dominated the first half at 52.8% to Petro Atletico’s 47.2% while the away team took control of the second period with 69.0% compared to Gor Mahia’s 31.0%.

The change in possession for the second half could be attributed to the two red cards flashed out to two Gor Mahia players – Ernest Wendo and left back Shafik Batambuze - as the team resorted to defending the 1-0 lead.

Petro Atletico also enjoyed the better passing success at 77.8% while Gor Mahia managed 68.3%. However, Gor Mahia had the highest tackles in eleven while Petro Atletico managed ten, while the Angolan side dominated in the total passes for the day as they created 379 against 293 for the home team.

Both teams shared the territory advantage at 50%, while Gor Mahia shipped in two red cards and three yellow cards. Petro Atletico was cautioned three times.

K'Ogalo registered a total of 134 lost balls, Petro Atletico had 129, while the away team enjoyed superior percentage in attacks from the wide positions, 66%, against Gor Mahia’s 61%.

In the width of play, Petro Atletico managed 47.6m while Gor Mahia scored 45.4m.

Gor Mahia’s win ensured that they reached the last eight of the competition for the first time in the club's history and will now wait for the draw set for March 20 (Wednesday) to know the next opponent.

East & Central Africa's Premier Annual Golf Event , The Kenya Open Golf Championship

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Preparations for the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship are in top gear with final touches being put into place ahead of the tournament which tees-off on Thursday at the Karen Country Club.

Working teams were today putting up critical infrastructure, which includes, among others, seating bleachers, hospitality tents, tv towers and tv compound infrastructure. Teams are working round the clock to ensure all is in place ahead of the tournament this coming Thursday where expectations are high from all quarters.

 The Kenya Open Golf Championship is East and Central Africa’s premier annual golf event. First played in 1967 at the Muthaiga Golf Club, the tournament has transformed over time to attain a European Tour status having first attained a European Challenge Tour status in 1991.

Over the course of its existence, the Kenya Open Golf Championship has attracted some of the world’s top golfers; making it an integral part of the growth of global golf superstars.

Some of the renowned global golf stars that have played at won at the Kenya Open Golf Championship include some of Europe’s biggest Ryder Cup stars like Seve Ballesteros, Ian Woosnam, Ken Brown and Christy O’Connor Jr, as well as future Masters champion Trevor Immelman.

The most successful player being England’s Maurice Bembridge, who recorded three victories between 1968 and 1979. The Kenya Open continues to grow with each passing event. The list of past champions who took part this year event underlines the increasing strength of the tour and that of Kenya as a preferred destination of choice for golfers.

The event has been held at two venues: The Muthaiga Golf Club and the Karen Country Club in Nairobi; offering players a unique challenge at each venue. As the stature of the event has grown, so has its prize money. The current purse stands at €1.1 Million up from €500,000 in 2018 when the tournament was still part of the European Challenge Tour.

Kenya’s glorious weather makes it possible to play golf 365 days in a year; giving visiting players at the Kenya Open Golf Championship, an opportunity to play golf a cross the four days of the tournament and take in the magic of Kenya during the same time.

Preparations for the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship are in top gear with final touches being put into place ahead of the tournament which tees-off on Thursday at the Karen Country Club.

Working teams were today putting up critical infrastructure, which includes, among others, seating bleachers, hospitality tents, tv towers and tv compound infrastructure. Teams are working round the clock to ensure all is in place ahead of the tournament this coming Thursday where expectations are high from all quarters.

Ruto, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta in Beyond Zero Half Marathon 2019 in Nyayo Stadium

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The First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, who is the organiser of the noble race, simultaneously flagged off the 21Km Paralympic Race of the 4th edition of the Beyond Zero Half Marathon. The race, which started and ended at the Nyayo National Stadium, was clustered into different categories, including the 21km half marathon, the 10 km road race, the 5km family race, wheelchair and tricycle races and a special 2km 'pregna' walk for expectant mothers.

Other prominent figures who came to support the First Lady's marathon include the incoming Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed and Ethiopia's former First Lady Roman Tesfaye. The First Lady, Margaret, had been training for the race for weeks at State House where she was joined by a number of journalists from various media houses.

This year's edition comes at a time when the country's health sector is faced with a myriad of challenges, among them perennial shortage of facilities which has resulted in endless strikes by medics and increased mortality rate. For instance, in Kiambu county alone, 60 infant deaths were recorded between December 2018 and February 2019 at the Kiambu Level Five Hospital. The Beyond Zero Campaign is an initiative by the First Lady aimed at improving the quality of health services of mothers and children across the country.

Gor Mahia breaks the hearts of Hussein Dey, they promise Gor Hell when they visit

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Time wasting, injuries, forced substitutions and a red card was the story of the day as Gor Mahia overcame a 10-man NA Hussein Dey 2-0 at the Kasarani stadium in their third match of the Caf Confederation Cup on Sunday.

Francis Kahata and Jacques Tuyisenge scored a goal each to gift the hosts full pints in the ill-tempered clash.

The Algerians were forced by injury to make two substitutions as captain Ahmed Gasmi and midfielder Hocine Orfi were stretchered off the pitch and replaced immediately.

Gasmi’s injury was however more serious, and he was rushed to Aga Khan hospital with a suspected head fracture.
Courtesy of the win, Gor Mahia are back on top of group D with six points.

Gor had their way in the end, but they had to contend with an irate Algerian opposition, whose frustrations were made worse by two early substitutions and the red card.

Hussein Dey drop to second with four points, pending the match between Petro Atletico and Egypt’s Zamalek in Alexandria.

It was a bad day for Hussein Dey, as two of their top players got injured. Captain Ahmed Gasmi and midfielder Hocine Orfi were stretchered off the pitch in the 30th and 37th minutes and replaced immediately by Hocine Laribi and Aberouf Choiuter.

They also suffered another late setback in the 87th minute when Chems Harrag was sent to an early shower for bad mouthing the referee.

It was a bad day for Hussein Dey, as two of their top players got injured. Captain Ahmed Gasmi and midfielder Hocine Orfi were stretchered off the pitch in the 30th and 37th minutes and replaced immediately by Hocine Laribi and Aberouf Choiuter.

They also suffered another late setback in the 87th minute when Chems Harrag was sent to an early shower for bad mouthing the referee.

Tuyisenge, who is the group’s top scorer, compounded the Algerian misery three minutes later by first drawing out goalkeeper Zakaria Bouhalfya and then lifting the ball over him thereby sending the stadium into frenzy.

This goal did not go down well with the opponents, who invaded the Gor technical bench in protest, thereby necessitating a temporary stoppage of play before referee Abdoul Ohabee brought things back to order.

First Lady Half Marathon rebranded to beyond zero Half Marathon, 10th March 2019

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The March 2019 Beyond Zero Half Marathon will be celebrating all those who have partnered with Beyond Zero throughout the years. The marathon is aimed at creating awareness and drawing the attention of stakeholders to the challenges of maternal and infant health in Kenya besides raising resources to increase access to healthcare for mothers and their babies.

The marathon is one of the key resource mobilization events for Beyond Zero, a flagship program aimed at saving the lives of mothers and children by preventing preventable maternal and infant deaths.

The First Lady said despite the successful milestones made by Beyond Zero, largely enabled by resources mobilized through the marathons and partners, her work towards quality and accessible healthcare, is far from being finished.

“Our work will require stepping up our joint efforts, re-dedicating our energies, and building our collective resolve towards a healthier and better future for Kenyans,” said the First Lady

“We started our work at a time when Kenya was considered to be among the most dangerous countries to give birth,’’ said the First Lady pointing out that health access, quality and care was the determinant cause for the unacceptable high mortality and morbidity rates among women and children at the time.
United Nations Resident Co-ordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Sidharth Charterjee said Beyond Zero had redefined the ecosystem of reproductive health in Kenya through good partnerships and convergency of policy.

He pledged that the UN family will continue working with the First Lady to ensure the success of both Beyond Zero and the Universal Health Coverage, whose pilot program President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to launch next week in Kisumu.

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said the drop in HIV transmissions between mothers and babies was largely attributed to Beyond Zero’s elimination of Mother-to-Child-Transmission (eMTCT) program.

The relaunch of the marathon coincides with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which was marked on Monday.

The 2019 annual Kenya Swimming Federation Long Course NAT Championship

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The annual Kenya Swimming Federation Long Course National Age Group and Open Championship will be held at the Kasarani Aquatic Stadium, Nairobi, over the weekend.

The event had the young men and women arrive at the Kasarani Stadion Hotel as from tuesday morning for prior preparations to the epic event which is estimated to take four-five days i.e 13th- 16th Feb.
KSF has stated that it is expecting a registration of 2000 participants from all over the country,including mombasa.kisumu and kampala,Uganda.

Former US President Barrack Obama helps set up an NBA backed African Basketball League

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Former US President Barack Obama has teamed up with America’s elite basketball body, the NBA and the sport’s global governing body FIBA, to start a professional league in Africa.
The Basketball Africa League will initially have 12 teams and is slated to begin in January. Qualification tournaments will be held later this year to determine those clubs, with teams from Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia expected to be among those taking part. No nation will have more than two teams in the league.

Obama, an ardent basketball fan, will have direct involvement in the initiative although his role has been kept under wraps it was announced on Saturday.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver told AP that Obama has told him he wants to “be directly involved with these activities in Africa.”

During a meeting of would-be sponsors, Obama spoke on a video saying, “I hope you know through sport, that if you put in effort, you will be rewarded.”

safaricom International Jazz Festival at Laurets Gardens,Moi International Sports Center,

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Two-time Grammy award winner Marcus Miller will headline the Safaricom International Jazz Festival scheduled for 11th – 17th February 2019. At the top of his game for over 30 years, Miller is the winner of the 2013 Edison Award for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz (Holland), winner of the 2010 Victoire du Jazz (France) and in 2013, was appointed a UNESCO Artist For Peace.

His characteristic bass sound can be heard on a limitless catalog of musical hits from Bill Wither’s “Just the Two of Us”, to Luther Vandross’ “Never Too Much”, to songs from Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Herbie Hancock, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Elton John and Bryan Ferry.

The 6th edition of the Safaricom International Jazz Festival also features supporting performances from Kenyan guitarist Kato Change, Ghetto Classics (Kenya), The Safaricom Youth Orchestra (Kenya), Jazzrausch Bigband (Germany), Toine Thys Trio feat Herve Samb (Belgium), Yazmin Lacey (United Kingdom), Viviane (Portugal) and the Omri Mor Trio (Israel).

Proceeds from all ticket sales will be donated to the Ghetto classics music programme, which has been the Safaricom Jazz beneficiary since 2014 and has so far received an estimated KES 60 million, funds that have benefitted over 1,400 children from Nairobi and Mombasa. Proceeds from the 2018/2019 Edition will see the Ghetto Classics Schools programme extend to Kisumu.

Safaricom international jazz festival 2017 at Moi Kasarani Sports Center

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The 4th edition of the Safaricom International Jazz Festival will be held on Sunday 26th February 2017 at the Kasarani Stadium. This year we have various talented artists from across the globe who are guaranteed to delight all jazz lovers.

David Sanborn, world renowned saxophonist from the USA will be the headlining performer at the festival this year. He will be accompanied by a star studded line up who will be performing with him during the show.

The Hazelnuts, a unique musical phenomenon from Israel, TaxiWars from Belgium and British-Asian clarinetist, composer and music educator Arun Gosh are also slated to dazzle us with their unique sounds.

The Bokani Dyer Trio, who performed at the annual Jazz ahead showcase in Bremen, Germany in April 2016, and Ray Lema from the Democratic Republic of Congo are the African acts also scheduled to perform at the festival.

Local artists lined up for the festival include home grown Nairobi Horns Project, Shamsi Music and the amazing Mwai and The Truth Band.

Music lovers can expect to enjoy a selection of pure jazz as well as a mix of jazz fusions with influences from around the world.

All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the Ghetto Classics, a non-profit programme that teaches music skills to the youth from underprivileged backgrounds. To date we have successfully raised over 19million towards this programme to uplift the lives of many youth by way of providing musical instruments, classes, and much more.

EVENT DETAILS
Date: Sunday 26th February 2017.
Venue: Kasarani Training Grounds
Entry Charges: Ksh. 2000 for adults and Ksh. 500 for students (proof of ID must be provided)
Tickets: Available at select Safaricom shops, Michael Joseph Centre and via m-Ticketing by dialing 1511.
Gates open at 10 AM show starts at 12 PM.

National Age group open and relays LC 2017 at MISC over the weekend

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The annual Kenya Swimming Federation Long Course National Age Group and Open Championship will be held at the Kasarani Aquatic Stadium, Nairobi, over the weekend.

The event had the young men and women arrive at the Kasarani Stadion Hotel as from tuesday morning for prior preparations to the epic event which is estimated to take four-five days i.e 23th- 26th Feb.
KSF has stated that it is expecting a registration of 2000 participants from all over the country,including mombasa.kisumu and kampala,Uganda.

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