Vivian Cheruiyot and Betsy Saina book Olympics spots in Eldoret


World champion Vivian Cheruiyot yesterday qualified for the Rio Olympic Games after winning the women’s 10,000m race at the ongoing National trials at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium, Eldoret.

Cheruiyot, who won bronze in 10,000m at the 2012 London Olympics, clocked her fastest time on Kenyan soil of 31 minutes and 36.37 seconds, beating United States-based Betsy Saina, who came in second in 32:04.83.

Cheruiyot, the 2011 World 10,000m and 5,000m champion, and Saina will now team up with Africa Games and Africa 10,000m champion Alice Aprot, who was given a wild card, in a bid to wrestle the title from their Ethiopian arch-rivals.

Aprot, who is also the Africa Cross Country champions, clocked a world-leading time of 30:26.94 to win the African title in South Africa on Saturday.

The Kenyans will now face a strong team from Ethiopia led by 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics 10,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba, World 5,000m champion Almaz Ayana and World 10,000m silver medallist Delete Burka.

Ethiopia selected their 10,000m women and men’s teams on Wednesday night in Hengelo, where Ayana timed a world-leading 30:07:00, beating Burka (30:28:47) and Dibaba (30:28:53) respectively.

It will be interesting not only to see how the fast Aprot and Ayana will handle the field but also the legendary rivalry between Cheruiyot and Dibaba, who are both returning from maternity leave.

Cheruiyot said she will be banking on great teamwork from Aprot and Saina to deliver good results in Rio.

An elated Saina celebrated her 28th birthday in style on Thursday by claiming a ticket to her maiden Olympics.

The Ethiopian men’s team has little-known Yigerem Demelash, Tamrat Tolla and Abadi Hadis, who will face the Kenyan team that will be named Friday.

Already, World 10,000m silver medallist Geoffrey Kamworor has been given a wild card.z

Drama in Eldoret as Kamworor calls it quits, Tanui earns ticket to Rio


There was drama on Friday at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium, Eldoret,when the World 10,000m silver medallist Geoffrey Kamworor,also the World Half Marathon and World Cross Country champion, withdrew with three laps to go after he experienced stomach pains to give way to the two-time World 10,000 bronze medallist Paul Tanui,to win the race and qualify for the Rio Olympic Games .

Tanui clocked 27:46.15, beating Africa Cross Country bronze medallist Charles Yosei, who also qualified in 27:57.07.
Also to withdraw with 16 laps to go was World Cross Country and World Half Marathon silver medallist Bedan Karoki.

Karoki has been nursing hamstring and tendon injuries he sustained in March after winning the World Half silver medal. However, it's Kamworor who will get the wild card in the race where they are expected to face defending champion Mo Farah.

Athletics Kenya was due to announce Kamworor's wild card on Friday. Kamworor told Daily Nation Sport that he is hopeful he will be ready for his Olympic debut. "I started to feel some pain in the stomach and I could not continue," said Kamworor.

Africa 400m hurdles silver medallist Maureen Jelagat clocked 57.35, beating Jane Chege 59.75, to qualify for her second Olympics.

Jelagat is the only woman qualifier, having attained the Olympics qualifying time of 56.00 during the Africa Championships in South Africa last weekend.

the stars shine at last against Congo to earn coach okumbi his first win


Harambee Stars bagged their first win in Africa Cup of Nations 2017 Group E on Sunday after edging out Congo 2-1 in a lively encounter at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.

Ayub Timbe and Eric Johanna scored the crucial goals in each half respectively to hand Coach Stanley Okumbi his maiden win as the national team coach.

Despite being a dead rubber match after Stars smoked out any hopes of making it for the biennial parade of Africa’s best footballing nations in Gabon in 2017, Coach Okumbi was out to bag a win and his line-up for the day gave the ever optimistic Kenyan fans something to hope for.

Harambee Stars started well but found themselves behind in the 19th minute after a foul by debutant Ismail Gonzalez inside the box led to a penalty that Prince Oniangue calmly converted to give Congo a 1-0 lead.

A thunderbolt shot by Belgium based Ayub Timbe evened out the score line in the 23rd minute.The industrious Timbe had another close shave in the 35th minute after a great pass from Johanna but the Congo keeper made a timely intervention for a corner.

Kenya came back from the breather with one mission, to score another goal a push for a win. The good build-ups however were chocked by the Congo defense.

In the 54th minute, Coach Okumbi tweaked his tactics by resting in Gonzalez and introducing in the tall Anthony.

The winning goal came in the 67th minute after Eric Johanna coolly lopped the ball past the Congo keeper in a counter attack engineered by captain Victor Wanyama through a long cross forward.

Despite late pressure by Congo, Harambee Stars held on to bag the deserved victory that will serve great to reassure the fans the future is not bleak despite early elimination from the tournament.

The result worked in favor of surprise group leaders Guinea Bissau who have now qualified for the 2017 tournament.

Despite the win, Kenya is still bottom of the group on 4 points. Their last group match is against Zambia on September.

Safaricom Groove Awards Party to go down at MISC, Kasarani

safaricom groove Awards

Since 2004, Groove Awards with Safaricom has celebrated excellence in gospel music in Kenya and across Africa. The awards, entering their 11th year, are Kenya’s most prestigious and recognized gospel awards with a regional resonance and relevance.

Groove seeks to promote gospel music as a message of hope and an avenue to address issues affecting young people across the African continent with a key focus on its main objective – Shaping culture through positive content and entertainment.

Groove Awards has seen over 2,000 artists/groups nominated and 400 Groove statuettes presented to gospel musicians in Kenya and East Africa region.
Groove Awards is sponsored by Safaricom and produced by Mo Sound Events.
This years's event is scheduled to take place on Madaraka day, 1st June 2016 at Moi International Sports Center,Kasarani.

Harambee stars stumble yet again to draw with Sudan's Falcons 1-1


Coach Stanley Okumbi failed yet again to win his first match as Harambee Stars coach after forcing a 1-1 draw against Sudan in a friendly played at Kasarani on Tuesday.

A stoppage time goal from Kenyan defender and captain of the day Brian Mandela was enough to deny the visitors a deserved win but also kept Okumbi waiting for his first win as coach of the side since taking over from Bobby Williamson.

Okumbi came into the match under pressure following initial results where he has failed to get a win in the past three matches, losing two and drawing another. Erick Ouma was given his debut alongside Chemelil defender Joseph Okumu with Joseph Mbugi also given the starting berth in the absence of Victor Wanyama, Humphrey Mieno and Anthony Akumu.

Kenya could have scored in the 3rd minute when Ouma burst from the left, only for Wycliffe Ochomo to be flagged offside. In the sixth minute, Ovella Ochieng wasted a great opportunity, as he was fed the ball in a promising position, but made a bad decision to shoot, instead of passing it to Ochomo.

Seven minutes later, the impressive ‘Marcello’ fouled Athar Tahir 40 yards from the goal, however, the resulting free-kick went straight to David Okello. Okumbi was forced to make an early substitution to mend his midfield, introducing Francis Kahata in place of the disappointing Tyrus Omondi.
The Falcons continued pushing for an opener which eventually came in the 24th minute. Joseph Mbugi was dispossessed by Nazar Hamid, who in turn released an unstoppable shot from outside the 18 yard box, and gave his team the lead.

Three minutes later, Ochomo thought he had equalized after finishing off a free-kick from the right, only to be denied by an offside flag. It could have been 2-0 in the 39th minute after Abu Abdalla cleverly played in Mudathar El Tayeb, but his fierce low shot was stopped by Okello, who reacted fast to deny him.

After the break, Said Gonzalez and Jesse Were were introduced in places of Joseph Mbugi and Wycliffe Ochomo, and the combination of Ali Abondo, Francis Kahata and Gonzalez brought much needed flair in the Kenyan side.

It was almost 1-1 in the 61st minute after Gonzalez played the ball to Mohammed, who in turn played in Abondo, but Jesse Were failed to finish the move off. In the 75th minute, Kenya won a free-kick on the right which was taken by Were, but Gonzalez headed weakly and the keeper Akram Elhad took it comfortably.

Kenya was reduced to ten men in the dying minutes after Kahata was sent off following a second bookable offence. But the Stars continued pushing, and were rewarded in the 94th minute when they won a corner which was taken by ‘Marcelo’, to Abondo who in turn floated in a cross which was headed in by Mandela.

Real champions of Europe's biggest championship for the 11th time


Cristiano Ronaldo fired home the winning penalty as Real Madrid won Europe's biggest prize for the 11th time in its history.
Ronaldo held his nerve to beat Jan Oblak from the spot after Real had been held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final.
Juanfran, the Atletico defender, was the unfortunate man to miss his spot kick -- striking the post and allowing Ronaldo to fire his team to glory.
It was a dramatic conclusion to a game which only caught light in the later stages.
Sergio Ramos had headed Real in front after 15 minutes before Atletico hit back after the break.

Antoine Griezmann, scorer of 32 goals this season, should have equalized just after the interval but the forward struck the crossbar from the penalty spot after Fernando Torres had been fouled.
That miss failed to dishearten Atletico though and Yannick Carrasco, a second-half substitute, fired home from close range with 11 minutes remaining to level the tie.
The contest moved to penalties and with Real leading 4-3, Juanfran became the first man to fail by hitting the post.
That enabled Ronaldo to step forward and the Real man made no mistake -- coolly firing home to win the club's second title in three seasons.
It also ensured Zinedine Zidane, the Real coach who took over in January, has now won the trophy as both a manager and a player with the club. 

kenya holds Tanzania in a draw at Moi International Sports Center


Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama came to the rescue as Kenya’s Harambee Stars drew 1-1 with visiting Taifa Stars of Tanzania in international friendly match, at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday.
The Harambee Stars’ captain converted from the spot as both sides shared the spoils. The teams were using the match as part of their preparations ahead of this weekend’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. “We have seen our mistakes and will need to correct them ahead of our next match against Sudan,” said Wanyama, who took delight in scoring his third international goal. Tanzania started the brighter side, dominating possession, but their dominance began to fade away when Harambee Stars slowly settled into the game. Tanzania threatened in the fourth minute with captain Mwinyi Kazimoto forcing a fine save from Kenyan goalkeeper Bonface Oluoch.
Eight minutes later, the visitors had another scoring opportunity when Shiza Ramadhan broke into the right flank after receiving a brilliant pass, but his effort went begging. Kenya then earned their first corner kick in the 16th minute, but nothing fruitful came out of it as Eric Johanna was caught in an offside position.
Kenya could have broken the deadlock in the 21st minute, but Tanzania’s shot-stopper Deo Munishi came off his line to deny him the scoring chance. Two minutes later, an impressive Timbe was fouled on the right wing by Hussein Mohammed, but David Owino’s header from Aboud Omar’s free-kick wasn’t the best of them. And after a series of attempts, Tanzania finally drew the first blood in the 34th minute, when Elias Maguli soared above his markers to head home Shiza’s cross from the right. But the visitors celebrations were short lived as Wanyama levelled from the spot in the 39th minute after right back Juma Abdul tripped Timbe in the box. Kenya will face Sudan tomorrow at Kasarani.

Collins Injera, Crowned King Of Tries on closure of London Sevens


Collins Injera became the leading try scorer in rugby sevens on Saturday, and it was a family celebration for the Kenya star.

Injera crossed the line four times on the opening day of the final round of the 2015-16 Sevens World Series in London, taking him past the previous record of 230 set by Argentina's Santiago Gomez Cora.
He had much reason to thank older brother Humphrey Kayange, who set him up for his 231st try in the dying seconds of Kenya's 29-12 defeat by France.
Injera sank to his knees and looked to the gray skies above Twickenham, before running off the field to celebrate with his parents watching proudly in the stands.
"I've played this sport since high school, and when I started out I wanted to go for the record," the 29-year-old said pitchside after the game.
"It was a huge thing -- getting it with my brother, who was mentoring me a lot, telling me what to do and what not to do. It's a special moment for me, happening at Twickenham."
Injera scored his first series try at the home of English rugby -- and his 200th there last year when he famously celebrated the milestone by signing a TV camera, ruining its lens in the process.
Injera said he had a "special connection" with his older brother -- who also gifted him a score when already over the try line in the earlier loss to Scotland.
"I want to thank him for that, it was a selfless thing to do," he told CNN. "Every time I just found myself supporting him. We just have this connection -- there was no argument that he had to give me the try."
He said it was the second time his parents had been to London to watch them, and they had attended other events on the circuit such as Dubai.
"I was just so happy to have them here, it was an amazing feeling," said Injera, who stripped off his No. 11 jersey and gave it to his parents.
Kenya, which won the Singapore title last month, had needed to beat France to reach Sunday's quarterfinals of the top-tier competition, having lost twice after an opening 22-17 win over Portugal.
Instead, Injera will seek to extend his new milestone in the consolation rounds for nations which failed to make the top two of their groups -- France went through with Scotland from Pool C.
"With the Olympics coming down, if you slow down someone else hits you up," he said.
"We want to finish on a positive note and then focus on the Olympics."
Injera's record-breaking efforts overshadowed the sevens debut of former rugby league and NFL player Jarryd Hayne, whose Fiji side sealed back-to-back series titles after securing a quarterfinal clash with France.

Kenya Shujaas fail to extend Singapore success in Paris


There was no repeat of Singapore Sevens success for Kenya at the Paris leg after they lost to Australia to 7-26 in the Plate semi-finals on Sunday. The Kenyans collected 10 points for their World Rugby Sevens Series.

The results, however, did not improve their status in the World Rugby Sevens Series standing as the Benjamin Ayimba charges stayed seventh but with an enhanced tally of 95 points going into the last leg of the series in London on May 21-22, 2016. Kenya will once again face France, Scotland and Portugal in Pool 'C' of the London Sevens.

Australia dominated possession as Con Foley tore through Kenya’s defence to score two tries before Ed Jenkins sprinted through a gaping hole in the Kenya defence to score their third try for a 21-0 lead at the break.

Kenya, the Singapore Sevens champions, started the second half in much better side following the introduction of Robert Aringo as a half-time replacement. The east Africans deservedly got the first try of the second half through Billy “The Kid” Odhiambo.

As time ran out for Kenya, Australia, who were ruthless at the rucks, forced a penalty at the breakdown before Henry Hutchison dived over in the corner to seal their victory.

Kenya had lost to hosts France 5-24 in Cup quarterfinals to drop to Plate. Australia lost to Fiji 15-17 in the other Cup quarters clash where big wigs New Zealand and South Africa also suffered stunning defeats to Argentina and Samoa 19-17 and 21-10 respectively.

Kenya dismantle Russia 22-7 to ease through to Paris 7s quarter-finals


William “Lomu” Ambaka celebrated his 26th birthday in style, touching down a brace of tries as Kenya dismantled Russia 22-7 to ease through to the Paris Sevens Cup quarter-finals at Stade Jean-Bouin on Saturday.
Samuel Oliech and Humphrey Kayange scored the other two tries for Singapore Sevens champions who led 12-0 at the break.
Kenya Sevens started their campaign for second title strongly on Friday when the history-chasing Collins Injera landed a brace of tries to tame Portugal 29-14 in the Pool “A” match.
All Blacks, who are Wellington, Sydney and Canada Sevens champions, beat Russian 35-10 on Friday and Portugal 31-0 to also make the Cup quarters.
Oliech drew first blood against the Russians when Injera put him through off a scrum as they extended the lead to 12-0 at the drinks when Oscar Ayodi broke before offloading to Ambaka to score.
Kenya went 17-0 up when Kayange offloaded to Ambaka from a tackle to land his second try, his third in Paris. German Davydov gave the Russians some glimpse of hope with a try but Kayange silenced them with a similar for victory.
Injera is now three tries of leading all-time try scorer Argentine Santiago Gomez, who has 230 tries. It’s left to be known whether he can achieve that feat against the All Blacks.
Kenya’s other tries against Portugal came from Oliech, William Ambaka and Humphrey Kayange. Injera and Oliech made a conversion each.

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