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Monday, June 8, 2015

Harambee Stars Shift Attention to Congo after Rwanda Assignment

Kenya national team Harambee Stars are expected to return in the country today, June 8, after a fairly strong show away in Rwanda.

Stars traveled to Kigali on Friday last week and participated in a four-nation tournament to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Bobby Williamson’s side were held to a barren draw against hosts Rwanda at the Amahoro Stadium in their first clash.

They however turned on the style on Sunday, beating neighbours South Sudan 2-0. Captain, Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama netted the opener from the spot in the first half, before Gor Mahia hitman Michael Olunga added the second late on in the match. 

It was Olunga’s senior and he marked it with a goal, his fourth strike in Kenyan colours having bagged a hat-trick in last month’s Olympics Qualifier clash against Botswana. 

Stars , who are now full-strength after the end of the Kenya Premier League mid-season will now focus their attention in the first leg AFCON qualifier clash away to Congo Brazzaville set for Owande City this Sunday.

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Gor Mahia Finish First Half of KPL Season Unbeaten

Reigning Kenya Premier League Champions, Gor Mahia, beat Tusker 1-0 in a tense clash at Moi Stadium, Kisumu, to finish the half-season unbeaten.

Rwandan forward, Meddie Kagere had the capacity crowd at the Stadium celebrating after he found the winning goal in the 77th minute.

Gor Mahia began the match in a cagey manner and could have fallen behind as early as the third minute when Jesse Were was let through but Musa Mohamed recovered just in time to make a timely interception before the forward pulled the trigger.

The nervy moment awakened the two-time KPL champions and Michael Olunga thought he had scored against his former employers but Tusker keeper Martin Musalia pulled off a double save. Olunga was proving a constant threat keeping Brewers center-halves Donald Mosoti and Loyd Wahome awake all the time.

However, neither of the two KPL giants managed to take the lead with the game leveled 0-0 at the break. Franck Nuttal’s side began the second half with more intent and decided to attack the wings. Karim Nizigiyimana floated in crosses into the Tusker box but Kagere and Olunga failed to connect.

Kogalo would find the breakthrough in the 77th minute with Kagere netting, his 9th strike of the season. The 14-time champions managed the rest of the match to claim the three points which all but ended Tusker’s slim title hopes.

With Sofapaka losing 1-0 in a dramatic clash with AFC Leopards, Gor Mahia closed the half-season with a 12-point lead.

In a match played earlier at the same stadium, substitute Allan Katerega scored an 81st winner for Ushuru FC in a 1-0 win over hosts Western Stima. The dull game only sprung to life after Katerega entered the scene in place of Mohamed Hassan. He headed home a Moses Odhiambo cross to give Ken Kenyatta’s side the full points which took them 5th on the log.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Ethiopia’s Ayalew Denies Kenya Podium Finish in Rome

Kenya’s Virginia Nyambura failed to repeat her Doha heroics in Thursday night’s Rome Diamond League as she was beaten by compatriot Hyvin Kiyeng in the women’s 3000m steeplechase.

Nyambura who went against the script to win in Doha despite being drafted as a pacesetter looked comfortable during the race but was beaten to the finish line by Kiyeng who clocked a personal best 9:15.08 on her way to victory. Nyambura’s 9:15.75 saw her make a further improvement on her personal best.

Ethiopia’s Ayalew Hiwot got in between Nyambura and fourth-placed Lidya Chepkurui to deny Kenya a podium finish.

In the men’s 5000m, Kenya’s Paul Tanui finished second in 12:28.69 behind 17-year-old Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha, whose 12:58.39 was the fastest time this year.

World 800m champion Mohammed Aman won the two-lap race in a world leading 1:43.56 ahead of Nijel Amos in second with Kenya’s Job Kinyor third.

Dutch Hassan Sifan produced a strong kick down the home stretch to win the women’s 1500m. American Jennifer Simpson was second, Dawit Seyaum of Ethiopia third while Kenya’s Viola Kibiwott finished in a disappointing 5th. 

American Justin Gatlin hit another stride on his return from serving two doping bans by setting a new meet record at the IAAF Diamond League Rome Golden Gala Thursday night. 

The 33-year-old turned on his fastest mode yet bolting to the finish line in the men’s 100m in 9.72 seconds, a new meeting record that shaved 0.04 seconds off Usain Bolt’s 9.76 set in 2012. 

Gatlin zoomed off the blocks in searing pace and raced clear of the field to post what is the 7th fastest time in history to give Jamaican World Champion Bolt another nightmare. 

Although he reiterated that he’s not thinking of a much-awaited clash with Bolt at the World Championships in Beijing in August, the manner in which he is performing gives indications of a man who wants to conquer all.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Harambee Stars Keeper Origi Hails Johanna’s Goalazo against Ulinzi

He may be thousands of miles away from home but Kenya’s number one goalkeeper Arnold Origi is a man who keeps tabs with what’s happening in his homeland.

The 31-year-old keeper at Norwegian club, Lillestrom, was this week following closely his former KPL side Mathare United who traveled to Nakuru for their match against Ulinzi Stars.

Although the Soldiers won the match thanks to two first half goals from Stephen Ocholla and Kevin Amwayi, it was the consolation goal that Johanna Eric scored for the Slum Boys that delighted Origi.

Trailing 2-0 after half time, Johanna drilled in an unstoppable right footed strike from an impossible angle on the left channel on the pitch leaving Ulinzi keeper James Saruni clutching at thin air.

“Just seen Eric Johanna's goal for Mathare United against Ulinzi. No keeper in the world would have kept that out,” said Origi after watching the goal.

It was Johanna’s fourth goal of the season and the best of the lot which will for sure be a goal of the season contender.

Origi spent close to 7 years at Mathare United before signing for Tusker in 2006. He went to Norway a year later and has been playing in the Scandinavian country for nearly 8 years now.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

AFC Leopards Officials Playing Russian Roulette

There seems to be no end in sight for troubled AFC Leopards who have been dominating local headlines for all the wrong the reasons.

Just a day after the club’s Chairman Allan Kasavuli and treasurer Esther Luvembe resigned from their positions and a 12-man interim committee appointed to take over the running of the club, Leopards’ Deputy Secretary General, Asava Kadima, has written to the Kenya Premier League dismissing the move.

Kadima termed the appointments as ‘unconstitutional’ while reiterating that the club’s executive committee was fully in charge, and no such interim appointments had been sanctioned.

“Kasavuli duly resigned as AFC Leopards chair, and therefore he is not allowed to sign or transact any business on behalf of the club,” Kadima said.

“The National Executive Committee will be meeting Thursday to deliberate on the next course of action and we shall notify you on who will be stepping in as the club’s interim chairman,” added Kadima.

Politician Amin Walji was appointed to head the 12-man interim caretaker committee which also includes former club chairman Alex Ole Magelo, club ambassador Charles Bukeko ‘Papa Shirandula’, club legend George Sunguti and Duncan Angote among others. 

“In the meantime, please note that the club has not sanctioned any caretaker committee because this goes against the constitution of the club,” Kadima’s statement said.

Kadima reiterated that the current executive members are capable of overseeing the running of the club until the next elections are held.

AFC Leopards have been in a financial mess since their sponsor Mumias Sugar withdrew their sponsorship after plunging into a financial crisis. 

With the ongoing Russian roulette at the club, there’s nothing indicating that the mess will be solved any time soon.

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Ulinzi Conquer Mathare, Go Joint 2nd in KPL

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Ulinzi Stars extended their unbeaten home run to six matches after two first half goals saw them conquer visiting Mathare United at Afraha, Wednesday evening.

The Soldiers, hunting for their maiden Kenya Premier League title in five years, were held to a 1-1 stalemate against lowly Nairobi City Stars in their last home game. The result was frowned upon.

Determined to correct the wrong of losing two points at home, the Kenya Defence Forces outfit were quick off the blocks against the Slum Boys. After pressing the visitors high up the field in the opening minutes, Ulinzi took a deserved lead with just 10 minutes on the clock. Skipper Stephen Ocholla leaped head and shoulders above the Mathare defence and powered in a header from a John Nairuka pinpoint cross beating Peter Odhiambo in Mathare’s goal.

It was the Ocholla’s second goal of the season having scored another header in the 3-1 win against local rivals Nakuru All Stars last month.

The visitors had not lost away to the four-time KPL winners in their previous 11 meetings, dating back to April 2 2011. However, their hopes of maintaining that run looked implausible just 5 minutes after the first goal, Kevin Amwayi finding the back of the net with a cracking volley at the quarter hour mark to double the hosts’ lead.

Mathare keeper Odhiambo was tested twice, first by reigning KPL Player of the Month John Makwatta then Oscar Wamalwa before the interval.

Mathare United boss Stanley Okumbi must have delivered a solid pep talk to his boys during the breather. The Slum Boys pulled a goal back just three minutes into the second half, their top hitman, Eric Johana finding the back of James Saruni’s net with a long range strike, his fourth goal of the campaign.

Job Muhati came close to restoring Ulinzi’s two-goal lead but was denied by a fingertip save from Odhiambo. On the other end, Saruni had to stretch at maximum to keep out Edwin Ombasa’s shot, a sacrifice that left the keeper injured and had to be replaced.

Despite losing their number one custodian and with 10 minutes added, Robert Matano’s side held on for the three points.

Their next assignment will be on Sunday against Sofapaka who they share the second spot on the log with. The duo drew both their matches 1-1 when they met last season but Sofapaka leads the Soldiers 4-2 in the head-to-head record.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Kenyan Sprinter Nkanata Revels at Competing alongside Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt wins the 200m at Ostrava. Kenya's Nkanata (right) finished 5th

Julius Yego, was the only Kenyan winner at the Ostrava Golden Spike meet, the ‘You Tube Man’ obliterating his javelin national record and personal best with an 86.88m throw.

Kenya was represented by 18 athletes in both the male and women fields. David Rudisha failed to finish in the 600m after pulling up a muscle while Asbel Kiprop was beaten by Polish Marcin Lewandowski in the 1000m.

There was a special moment though for Carvin Nkanata, one of Kenya’s fast-rising short distance runners. The US-born Kenyan lined up next to six-time Olympic Gold medalist Usain Bolt in the 200m.

He pulled off a reaction time of 0.197, 0.046 seconds faster than the Jamaican’s 0.243. However, Bolt dashed to the finish line stopping the clock in his seasonal best 20.13 while Nkanata was 5th in 20.97, 0.83 seconds outside his personal best.

Despite the low finish, the 24-year-old Africa Championships bronze medalist had much to celebrate.

“Today wasn’t my greatest race,” admitted Nkanata after the race. “But it was cool to compete against one of the best to ever do it (Usain Bolt),” he added.

Nkanata holds the Kenyan record over the 200m distance.

After a foul first throw, he threw 72.87m on the second before shattering his previous mark of 85.40m on his third throw, a distance which was good enough to see him win the gold ahead of German Rohler Thomas and Finn Tero Pitkamaki.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Strathmore Leos’ Brian Nyikuli to Captain Kenya 15s against Portugal

Strathmore Leos’ Brian Nyikuli will captain the Kenya 15s team in their test match against Portugal set for this Saturday at the RFUEA Grounds.

Head Coach Jerome Paarwater released the names of 15 players who will battle against the Europeans, the number having been trimmed down from the 51 who have been training at the Barclays Sports Club ahead of the clash.

Kenya Cup and Enterprise Cup champions KCB Lions got the lion-share of slots in the team with six of its players making it to the final list. They include Darwin Mukidza, Fabian Olando, Jacob Ojee, Oliver Mang’eni, Moses Amusala and Curtis Ilako. Ojee and Mukidza will be making their full test debuts.

Top Fry Nakuru’s Sammy Warui, Kelvin Omiyo and Michael Okombe also made it to the final squad. Homeboyz's Emmanuel Mavala has also been handed his test debut and will be joined by teammate Joshua Chisanga. Kenya Harlequin's Isaac Adimo and Lyle Asiligwa also made the cut alongside Sammy Oliech of Impala Saracens.

The selected team will kick on with their training on Wednesday at the Barclays Sports Club. The final training session, commonly referred to as the ‘Captain’s Run’ in rugby jargon, will be held at 4.00pm on Friday at the RFUEA Grounds, just a day before the Portugal clash.

Kenya face Portugal who climbed one place up to 23rd in the latest World Rugby Rankings released last week with 57.40 points. Kenya on the other hand remained rooted in position 32 with 53.25 points. The Portuguese’s worst ranking was in 2012 at position 27, their best was 16 in 2012.

Both sides will use the match to garner some ranking points but Kenya Shimbas will also use it as preparation for the Rugby Afrique tournament where they will face Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Peter Karia (KCB), Duncan Mwangi (Kabras Sugar), Isaiah Nyariki, Martin Owillah (Top Fry Nakuru), Ronnie Mwenesi (Total Nondies), Robert Aringo, Vincent Mose (Resolution Impala Saracens), Dennis Muhanji (Kenya Harlequin)

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Kakamega Homeboyz Thrash Modern Coast, Go Top of FKF Premier League

Photo: The Standard
Former Kenya Premier League side, Kakamega Homeboyz, stormed to the summit of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League after bossing hosts Modern Coast Rangers in Mombasa.

Homeboyz thumped Modern Coast 3-0 to extend their unbeaten run to 13 games as they leapfrogged Zoo Kericho to the top of the log.

Keiphas Baraza scored twice in the 23rd and 42nd minutes to give Kakamega a 2-0 lead at the interval. Dennis Mukaisi made it 3-0 to the visitors who left Mombasa Municipal Stadium with three goals and three points.

The win saw Kakamega dislodge Zoo Kericho from the top of the log. Kericho’s unbeaten home run came to a halt after they lost 1-2 to visiting Kariobangi Sharks at Kericho Green Stadium. A first half goal from former Gor Mahia man Ibrahim Kitawi and a second half strike from Erick Juma gave Sharks the win, Nicholas Kipkirui netting the hosts’ consolation goal.

With Posta Rangers winning 1-0 away at St. Joseph, Zoo find themselves on third spot. The top three are locked on the same 27 points after 13 match-days but Kakamega have a superior goal difference followed by Posta with Zoo third.

Sharks win sees them fourth on the log. In other matches, Nzoia United won 2-1 away to Nairobi Stima to keep themselves within touching distance of the top three. Bottom side FC Talanta continued their wanting run losing 2-0 at Bidco United while Nakumatt beat West Kenya Sugar 1-0 to go above them into 7th.

Peter Chesoli netted a brace as Oserian edged Ligi Ndogo 3-2 in a five-goal thriller. John Mbogo scored the other goal while Ligi Ndogo goals were scored by Hassan Abdalla and Yator Kimechwa. Finlays Horticulture were held to a 1-1 draw by MOSCA FC.

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Namibia, Botswana Shock Zambia and South Africa in COSAFA Cup

A new winner will be crowned when curtains come down in this year’s Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Cup.

This is after Zambia and South Africa, the only two remaining sides to have lifted the title, were stunned in the quarterfinals by Namibia and Botswana respectively.

Holders Zambia had been given bye to the quarters and were drawn to face Namibia who started their campaign in the group stages. Having topped Group A with two wins, one draw and no defeat, the Namibians still looked rusty against the Chipolopolo who had the edge in the entire match.

However, with no goals at the end of 90 minutes and no provision of extra time, the duo faced off in penalty shootouts. After all the first four takers converted, Emmanuel Mbola sent his shot over the bar, presenting Namibia’s Deon Hotto with a chance to send them to the semifinals, a call he duly answered.

The second semifinal pitting hosts South Africa and two-time second runners up Botswana assumed the same trajectory. After a goalless 90 minutes, the duo clashed in an intense marathon shootout which ended with the Zebras winning 7-6 to knockout the hosts.

Invitees Ghana are now favorites to land the title. The face Madagascar who in the third quarterfinal of the competition at the Moruleng Stadium before 2008 finalists Mozambique clash with two-time runners up Malawi.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Kenya 15’s Commence Training for Portugal Clash

Kenya 15’s Rugby team will begin their training this weekend as they prepare for their upcoming test match against Portugal set for May 30th at the RFUEA Grounds.

The Kenya Simbas will train for four days beginning this Saturday May 23 at the Barclays Sports Club, Ruaraka. The first training session will be on Saturday between 6.30am and 10.30am.

On Monday, there will be a double training session, the first at RFUEA Grounds at 6.00am and the second at Barclays Sports Club at 6.00pm. The same schedule will be repeated on Wednesday at Barclays Sports Club, just a day after squad announcement which is scheduled for Tuesday at 10.00am.

The final training session, commonly referred to as the ‘Captain’s Run’ in rugby jargon, will be held at 4.00pm on Friday at the RFUEA Grounds, just a day before the Portugal clash.

A total of 51 players will participate in the first two training sessions before Kenya Head Coach Jerome Paarwater cuts the number down to size, 39, for the Portugal clash.

Portugal climbed one place up to 23rd in the latest World Rugby Rankings released last week Monday with 57.40 points. Kenya on the other hand remained rooted in position 32 with 53.25 points. The Portuguese’s worst ranking was in 2012 at position 27, their best was 16 in 2012.

Both sides will use the match to garner some ranking points but Kenya Shimbas will also use it as preparation for the Rugby Afrique tournament where they will face Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Muhoroni Slapped with a Heavy Fine, Fan Banned for Crowd Trouble

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The Kenya Premier League Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC) has made its biggest statement yet in its bid to contain crowd trouble in the league this season.

IDCC has landed heavy sanctions on Premier League club Muhoroni Youth who were unable to reign over their fans who disrupted their league match against visiting Western Stima on April 25.

Muhoroni have been fined Ksh 324,000 while a one-year ban has been slapped on one of its renowned fans, George Odhiambo Onyango alias ‘Jojo'.

"Muhoroni Youth F.C. failed to control its fans and/or supporters during the KPL Match No. 67 (2015), who as a result assaulted some officials of the Western Stima F.C. and damaged and appropriated their property," IDCC said in its ruling released on Thursday.

"We order Muhoroni Youth F.C. to pay damages to Western Stima F.C. for the damaged and/or lost property belonging to its officials in the sum of Kshs124,000 within fourteen (14) days from the date of this decision. It is further Ordered that Muhoroni Youth F.C. shall pay a fine of KShs200,000 within fourteen (14) days from the date of this decision,” said the statement.

“The Committee further orders a ban of Mr. George Odhiambo Onyango AKA Jojo from all KPL matches for a period of one (1) year effective from the date of this decision. Muhoroni Youth F.C. shall co-operate with KPL, and other clubs or security teams to ensure adherence to this order. In the event of any breach thereof, any affected person or persons is at liberty to refer to this committee for review and/or further orders."

Meanwhile the disciplinary body, under the directive of Chair Prof Migai Aketch, order for a review of security and safety of the Muhoroni venue to be undertaken by the KPL Security and Safety Committee, with the report to be submitted by June 22nd. 

Muhoroni won the match 1-0 and will count themselves lucky that IDCC didn’t reverse their win or at worse, dock them points.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rama Salim Lined up for Gor Mahia Return

After recapturing pint-sized Danny Sserunkuma from Simba SC, two-time Kenya Premier League winners Gor Mahia are on course to bring back yet another prodigal son, Rama Salim.

The club’s Chairman, Ambrose Rachier, has confirmed that the 2011 KPL Young Player of the Year will return to the club before the second half of the season begins in June, the same period Sserunkuma’s homecoming is expected.

“Gor Mahia will sign both Rama Salim and Sserunkuma. The two will be part of the squad from beginning of June,” Rachier reportedly said.

The Congo JMJ United academy graduate left Kogalo in 2012 for a loan spell at Qatar second tier side Al-Marhikya SC, a move which failed to materialize after he was banned for gross misconduct.

He returned to Gor Mahia at the beginning of last season singing a six-month contract but left midway to join Tanzania outfit Coastal Union where he scored 7 goals as his side finished 5th on the log.

Capped seven times with Harambee Stars, the diminutive winger-cum-forward however made it clear to his employers that he wished to move on.

His former boss Zdravko Logarusic, now at AFC Leopards and who together with Rama came close to winning the 2012 KPL title at Gor Mahia was reportedly keen to reconnect with the forward who instead preferred a move to the log leaders.

Sserukuma and Rama Salim were instrumental for Gor Mahia three seasons ago as they came close to winning two titles but lost out to Tusker. While the Ugandan stayed and won two consecutive KPL gongs, Rama moved on.

With Gor Mahia currently leading the standings with 9-points and looking relentless in their third title surge, Rama will fancy himself finally getting a KPL winners medal at the end of the season.

However, the big question is, where and how will he fit given how blessed the 14-time champions are in their attack.

Ali Abondo, Michael Olunga, Meddie Kagere, Dan Sserunkuma and Rama Salim, too dangerous on paper.

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‘Big Vic’ Wanyama Wins Southampton's President Award

The stock of Kenyan international and Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama continues to rise after he grabbed yet another individual award at his club Southampton.

Wanyama was one of four big winners at the Saints’ Garmin Player Awards gala dinner on Wednesday night, the bossy midfield anchorman taking home the President’s Choice Award.

Southampton Honorary President Terry Paine was on hand to give Wanyama the award, the Saints legend saying the 23-year-old stood out from a group of generally impressive players.

“Wanyama stumped his own personality and identity in the team. His total commitment and aggression has been very much part of this team’s success,” he said.

“I pick Wanyama not because he comes from Africa or Kenya, but because he’s been outstanding. We have conceded only 31 goals this season, the same number as Champions Chelsea and that is mainly due to the shield he gives the back four,” added Terry.

Wanyama, who received a standing ovation from the gala night audience expressed his delight at receiving the award from a man held in such high regards at the club.

“Receiving this award from Terry is a big honour to me given his legendary status at the club. Am a big fan of his and it’s a big surprise to get recognition from him,” said Wanyama who has scored three goals in the Premier League for Southampton this season, his 40-yard scorcher in a 1-0 win against Hull City the highlight of the lot.

Jack Cork was the winner of the award last season.

Saints’ Captain Jose Fonte won the Fans’ Player and Players’ Player of the season awards. Matt Targett won the Young Player of the Season Award while Goal of the season award went to Shane Long for his strike in the 6-1 demolition of Aston Villa last weekend.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Winners of Masaku 7s to Pocket Ksh. 2 Million

In what started just three years ago, the Masaku International Sevens Rugby tournament has metamorphosed from being a just a sports event to a household, must-attend spectacle.

It has become one of the most attended and talked about events in the Kenya Rugby calendar, drawing participation from international teams and increasing attracting rugby fans from far and wide.

This year’s edition, the 4th since inception, will be a 6-day event kicking off on June 30th with schools and colleges rugby contest at the refurbished Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos County, the ‘Place to Be’. The main tourney will be on Saturday July 4 with curtains coming down a day later.

Two-time winners, Kenya Harlequins, Kenya Cup champions KCB and 2014 Masaku 7s finalists Homebozy are expected to lead a strong line up of Kenyan teams.

Fiji’s Tabadamu won last year’s edition trouncing Uganda U-19 30-15 in the Main Cup Final. The Fijians are expected to send a different team called Uprising alongside other international sides from Norway, Scotland, Spain, France and Argentina. Oslo Rugby and Tabasuro Ladies will represent Norway, Spain will send Bera Bera team, France the French Barbarians, Argentina Puerreydon, Edinburgh from Scotland and Boyne from Ireland.

The organizers of the event which works under the auspices of Machakos County Government have increased the winning prize money fourfold from Ksh. 500,000 to Ksh. 2 million.

"A number of sponsors have come on board and from this, I can confidently say that the winner of this year will reap big for what they deserve if they win,” said Masaku 7s event Director and Kenyan Rugby legend Benjamin Ayimba.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ghana's Andre Ayew Wins the Marc-Vivien Foe Ligue 1 Award

Ghana and Olympique Marseille midfielder Andre Ayew won the prestigious Marc-Vivien Foe award for the best African Player in the French Ligue 1 for 2014-15 season.

The 25-year-old beat off stiff competition from the likes of Nigeria Super Eagles captain Vincent Enyeama who won it last season, Ivory Coast’s Saint-Etienne forward Max-Alain Gradel and Tunisian Aymen Abdennour of Monaco.

Despite an injury-ravaged season, Ayew starred for Marseille as they pushed for their maiden Ligue 1 title since 2010. He scored 10 goals and added 2 assists in 27 games. The Ghanaian is expected to leave Marseille this summer and has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs including Liverpool.

The Marc-Vivien Foe Award was originally called Trophy for the Best African Ligue 1 Player before it was renamed in 2011 in honour of the Cameroonian who collapsed and died on the pitch on June 26 2003 during a FIFA Confederations Cup match against Colombia at the Stade de Gerland, Lyon.

Other players who have won the award include Morocco’s Marouane Chamakh, 2009, Ivorian Gervinho, 2010 and 2011, Moroccan Younes Belhanda, 2012, Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 2013, and Nigerian Enyeama who won it last season at Lille.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Kenya 7s Save Best for Last, Fiji Win Sevens Series

Kenya Sevens team ended their generally disappointing 2015 HSBC World Sevens Series campaign by putting in a strong show in the last leg in London to claim the bowl title.

Shujaa went to Twickenham at the back of having lost in the Bowl semifinals in their previous Glasgow Sevens leg and had been drawn to face hosts England, Scotland and minnows Brazil.

They endured a catastrophic first day in which they were shredded into pieces, first being whitewashed 40-0 by England before suffering a 26-12 loss to Scotland which crushed their hopes of making it into the main Cup quarters.

Felix Ochieng’s side saved some face as they labored to a 19-14 win over Brazil which ensured they finished 3rd in the group and qualify for the Bowl quarters.

Kenya were faced Japan who they beat 24-12 on the second day,  a match which was highlighted by Collins Injera’s 200th Rugby Sevens try. Samoa were the opposition for Shujaa in the semis. Injera touched down first but Samoa responded immediately with a converted try to give the Oceanians a 7-5 lead.

Dennis Ombachi and Billy Odhiambo stepped up and scored a brace each as Kenya triumphed 38-7. They met Argentina in the final, a team they brushed aside 26-12 to lift London Sevens Bowl title.

The win gave Shujaa 8 points but they were unable to move up the ranks as they finished 13th on 46 points, just two places above relegated Japan.

Last season, Kenya finished 7th with 84 points.

United States lifted the main cup title after going unbeaten and overpowering Australia 45-22 in the final.

However, the overall title went to Fiji whose 19-7 defeat of South Africa in the Main Cup quarters ensured they won the Series for only the second time in their history.

Fiji, South Africa, New Zealand and England grabbed the Rio 2015 Olympic spots while the rest, including Kenya, will have to go through the qualifiers.

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‘Am Going for the Golden Boot’ Vows Gor Mahia’s Kagere after a Masterpiece Goal

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Twice Kenya Premier League defending champions Gor Mahia produced one of the best second half performances of any team this season as they bossed their way past Nakuru All Stars in a five-star show that begot five goals.

Having failed to get the back of the net in their previous encounter against Western Stima (only the second time this season after a barren draw with Sofapaka), Gor Mahia looked like they would have another frustrating afternoon against lowly All Stars.

Profligacy from Kogalo’s attackers coupled by an impenetrable wall that was All Stars’ keeper Shayne Indimuli had kept the reigning champions at bay as the opening half seemed destined for a barren stalemate. That was until Meddie Kagere scored a poacher’s goal, the Ugandan-born Rwandese sneaking behind the All Stars’ defence to head in Abouba Sibomana’s cross and put Kogalo ahead at the stroke of half time.

Franck Nuttall’s side took the game by the scruff of its neck after the interval. Relentless, menacing, and with a workhorse-like diligence, they raided the basement club’s defence like a ravenous feline.

Michael Olunga looked hungry to add another goal to his impressive CV, Ali Abondo was unwavering in his pursuit to keep himself on top, Kagere looked possessed.

When the clock hit 68 minutes, it was still 1-0 to the record KPL winners. However, within the next 8 minutes, it was 4-0. First, Olunga headed past Indimuli, his 8th goal of the season before Abondo made it three goals from Gor’s front three with a penalty after the former had been hauled down inside the box.

Kogalo’s three goals had been top quality, a mix of two well-taken headers, and a calmly slotted penalty.

Their fourth was something different, out of this world.

With the Nakuru-based side struggling to play the ball off their defence, Kagere sniffed at an opportunity. He made one step, two, pumped forward, pensively.  He increased his pace, making the defender to panic, forcing him to make an erroneous back pass.

Kagere rushed to it, got to it. What followed was gob smacking stuff. A move that belonged in the training field, but he executed in an actual game. Call it the Zidane Turn, Maradona turn, the Roulette, the 360, the double drag-back, it doesn’t matter.

On the evening, it belonged to Meddie Kagere. He dragged the ball with his left foot, spin his body, collected it with his right foot, left Indimuli with a spinning head and slotted the ball calmly into the back of the net.

Textbook stuff. Legendary. Maradona, Zidane, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo will be proud to see that.

There was one more goal in the game, Harun Shakava heading in Kogalo’s fifth, his first goal of the season.

However, the day belonged to Kagere. Two well taken goals, the second, a magnum opus. “My second goal was an impossibility made possible,” he reckoned in his post-match interview. “I want to be the topscorer,” he declared.

On account of how he helped destroy Nakuru All Stars, you can do far worse than bet against him getting the golden boot.

And That's thesteifmastertake!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

COSAFA Cup Set for Kickoff this Weekend

The 15th edition of the Council of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) cup opens its doors to players, team officials, media and fans this Sunday at the Moruleng Stadium in Northwest Province, South Africa.

A total of 14 teams, 12 member nations and two invitees, commence the battle for this year’s honours which will see the winner add R500,000 (Kshs 4m) to their coffers.

Higher ranked member states including defending champions Zambia, hosts South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Mozambique and Malawi have been given byes to the quarterfinals alongside guest nation Ghana.

Nambia, Mauritius, Seychelles and joint record-winners Zimbabwe have been drawn in Group A and will start their campaign this Sunday. Namibia will open the proceedings against Seychelles before Zimbabwe take on Mauritius at Moruleng.

Group B teams headed by Lesotho, Madagascar, Swaziland and invited Tanzania will begin their contests on Monday May 18. The top team in each pool will advance to the quarterfinals with Africa Cup on Nations losing finalists Ghana meeting winner of Group B while reigning champions Zambia will tackle Group A winners.

Mozambique versus Malawi and South Africa versus Botswana are the already decided quarterfinal clashes. The last six COSAFA Cup titles have been shared among Zambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe who have all won twice.

This year’s final will be played in Moruleng Stadium. Besides the R500k for the winners, R250,000 for runners up and R125,000 for the second runners-up, there will also be individual prizes for the Most Valuable Player, Golden Boot and tournament goalkeeper award whose winners will take home R20,000 (Kshs 160,000) each.

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Frankfurt Win UEFA Women’s Champions League

Bayern Munich’s defeat to Barcelona may have ended their hopes of clinching the UEFA Champions League but the German nation was celebrating the title which was delivered by a different team.

Frankfurt won the women’s version of Europe’s elite competition Thursday night beating French side Paris Saint Germain 2-1 in the UEFA Champions League women’s final played at Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark stadium in Berlin, Germany.

Frankfurt and PSG clashed in the final having outclassed their semi final opponents. The Germans were too much class above their semi final opponents, Norwegian outfit Brondby who they thrashed 6-0 and 7-0 for a 13-0 aggregate score. PSG on the other hand shocked two-time defending Champions Wolfsburg who they beat 2-0 and although they lost 1-2 away, they prevailed 3-2 on aggregate.

PSG who finished runners-up to Lyon in the French league were making their first appearance in the final while Frankfurt were featuring for a record sixth time, a gulf that would eventually show.

After a barren half an hour thanks to the efforts of PSG’s Polish keeper Katarzyna Kiedrzynek, Frankfurt assumed the lead in the 32nd minute, German forward Celia Sasic heading in a cross from Kerstin Garefrekes, her 14th goal of the season which equaled the competition’s record.

Frankfurt’s lead however lasted for only 8 minutes as PSG found the equalizer, Marie-Laure Delie heading in for a 1-1 stalemate at half time.

Kiedrzynek had another blinding performance after the interval pulling stops from all directions as the Germans looked to retake the lead. However, with extra time looking inevitable, it was Frankfurt who found something special, Mandy Islacker turning in a half volley in added time to get them past the stubborn Ligue 1 runners-up.

With German Chancellor Angela Merkel among the watching audience, Frankfurt were crowned the 2014-15 UEFA Women’s Champions League winners for a record fourth time having already triumphed in 2002, 2006 and 2008.

Colin Bell’s Frankfurt are now the most decorated European team ahead of fellow Germans Turbine Potsdam and Wolfsburg, Swedish outfit Umea and French champions Lyon.

And That's thesteifmastertake!!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sserunkuma-Gor Mahia Rekindle their Love Affair

Sserunkuma (center) celebrates with fellow Ugandans Kizito and Walusimbi. Photo:Gor Mahia.net
Barely six months after ending his highly rewarding three-year association with Gor Mahia, Ugandan forward Danny Sserunkuma could rejoin the club before the second half of the Kenya Premier League season begins in June.

The pint-sized forward joined Kogalo in 2012 and led them to two successive KPL titles in 2013 and 2014 and was the club’s top scorer in all the three seasons. However, at the end of last season, ‘Muzee’ decided to cross over to Tanzania giants Simba SC who offered a more lucrative contract.

Things failed to work out though as he was limited to only 17 appearances, mainly as a substitute, with his goal five-goal tally pointing to a forward who was losing his spiky scoring form. 

However, like a wise and hungry footballer who still has the love of the game at heart, Sserunkuma decided to terminate his contract, park his bags and wait for his agent to find his next destination.

As it turns out though, he didn’t have to wait for long. According to information from his former employers Gor Mahia, the Ugandan has signed an MOU that will see him rejoin the club when the KPL transfer window reopens for business in June.

Club assistant secretary Amina Oketch confirmed that the two-time KPL defending champions and current log leaders have held successful negotiations with the former Nairobi City Stars marksman. Sserunkuma reportedly attracted interest from Gor Mahia’s ‘Mashemeji’ rivals AFC Leopards but the forward made it clear he preferred a move to a club where he’s considered a legend in some quarters.

The return of the 25-year-old to Kogalo will strengthen their already lethal front line but his presence could also destabilize coach Franck Nuttall’s side who are currently unbeaten and playing like a well-oiled clockwork.

However, his return will be a headache that Nuttall and any other KPL manager will be happy to have.

And That's thesteifmastertake!!

Suarez Set for Awkward Reunion with Ex 'Victims' in Champions League Final

Alvaro Morata returned to the Bernabeu where he began his career before being shipped to Turin barely a year ago and scored the goal that knocked out his former employers out of the Champions League.

The 22-year-old Real Madrid Castilla product scored in the first leg for Juventus in their 2-1 win but his goal in the return leg at the Bernabeu was more decisive as it earned the Old Lady a 1-1 draw and 3-2 aggregate win which sent them to their first Champions League final in 12 years.

Juventus who have already wrapped up the Italian Scudetto title will face La Liga Champions-elect Barcelona in the June 6 final in Berlin.

While the final itself is something worth looking forward to, there will be one awkward get-together that has got the football world chomping at the bit with impatience.

During his time in England, Luis Suarez was a darling of British tabloid newspapers for one reason; he made the wrong headlines.

From raising the middle finger at Fulham fans to biting Branislav Ivanovic, controversy followed Suarez like a moth at the sight of light.

However, for the sake of Barcelona’s Champions League final against Juventus, two incidences will be on replay. Suarez will come up against two Juventus players who have played a part in his chequered career; Patrice Evra and Giorgio Chiellini.

In October 2011, Suarez, then playing for Liverpool, was charged for racially abusing Patrice Evra, then of Manchester United, in a fiery 1-1 Premier League draw at Anfield. He was banned for eight games and charged £40,000 in the aftermath of the incident which he vehemently denied. Suarez would then snub Evra’s offer of a pre-match handshake when the duo clashed again at Old Trafford, just a week after his ban had ended.

Then in one of the most shocking moments in FIFA World Cup history, the Uruguayan sunk his teeth in the arm of Italian defender Chiellini when their national teams clashed in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It was the third time Suarez was taking a bite out of an opponent having done so against PSV’s Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax in the Eredivisie and also on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic while at Liverpool.

The Chiellini bite earned Suarez a four-month ban from all football related activities and a nine-match ban. In total, the Evra and Chiellini incidences have seen Suarez banned for a cumulative 17 games, four months and £40,000 fine.

The Uruguayan moved to Barcelona last summer and has been hitting the Spanish headlines for all the right reasons as part of a devastating MSN (Messi, Suarez, Neymar) attack for Barcelona.

Nothing controversial, yet.

The Champions League final in Berlin on June 6 will be a spectacle worth watching. However, the awkward set up of Suarez being in opposite ends with Evra and Chiellini will be the icing on the cake.

And That's thesteifmastertake!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Messi, Aguero to Lead Argentina’s Copa America Assault

Barcelona hero Lionel Messi headlines a star-studded Argentina squad who will be heading to the 2015 Copa America which kicks off on June 1 in Chile.

Argentina coach Gerardo Martino named the four-time FIFA Ballon d’Or forward alongside a host of other world class stars from European and domestic leagues.

Messi who has won everything there is at club level but has only the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal to show at the international stage will captain La Albiceleste who last won the competition in 1993.

Seven English Premier League players led by Manchester City trio Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero, defender Martin Demichelis and Pablo Zabaleta as well as Manchester United duo Angel Di Maria and Marcos Rojo made it to Martino’s 30-man preliminary squad. Other Premier League players to make the cut are Tottenham’s Erik Lamela and Swansea’s Federico Fernandez.

Serie A top scorer Mauro Icardi and Palermo hotshot Paulo Dybala were surprise exclusions from the squad but the presence of Juventus’ Carlos Tevez, Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain, Nicolas Gaitan of Benfica and PSG’s Ezequiel Lavezzi means the 14-time winners are stable upfront.

The squad will be trimmed down to the required 23 before the final deadline of June 1.

Argentina have been drawn in Group B alongside defending champions and record winners Uruguay, invitees Jamaica and two-time winners Paraguay who they play first at Estadio La Portada in June 13.

Argentina Preliminary Squad

Goalkeepers : Sergio Romero, Nahuel Guzman, Mariano Andujar, Agustin Marchesin.

Defenders : Pablo Zabaleta, Ezequiel Garay, Martin Demichelis, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Otamendi, Facundo Roncaglia, Federico Fernandez, Lucas Orban, Milton Casco.

Midfielders : Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Javier Pastore, Ever Banega, Fernando Gago, Roberto Pereyra, Federico Mancuello, Enzo Perez.

Forwards : Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Angel Di Maria, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Nicolas Gaitan, Erik Lamela, Maxi Rodriguez.

And That's thesteifmastertake!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sserunkuma's Simba Departure Puts KPL Clubs in High Alert

After just six months into his contract with Tanzanian Premier League side Simba FC, former Nairobi City Stars and Gor Mahia marksman Daniel ‘Mzee’ Sserunkuma has ended his association with the Dar es Salaam-based club.

Sserunkuma who signed a one-year contract with Simba in December last year, confirmed on his official twitter account that him and Simba have mutually agreed to terminate the contract barely half way into it.

It brings to a sudden halt a fruitless and perhaps backward step for Sserunkuma who departed Gor Mahia at the end of last year having collected two Kenya Premier League winners’ medals.

‘Mzee’ mostly cut a forlorn and frustrated figure at Simba bench where he was overlooked and limited to only 17 appearances; mostly from the bench where he provided a meager 5-goal return in all competitions.

While he did not reveal the sudden halt of his playing career at the 18-time Tanzania Premier League champions, Sserunkuma’s agent Ken Joseph hinted at the obvious lack of playing opportunities at the club.

Before his departure to Simba, Sserukuma had established himself as a vital cog for Gor Mahia and one of KPL’s best players. Having joined Kogalo in 2012, the pint-sized forward scored 40 goals in three seasons in the KPL. He was the league’s top-scorer last season with 16 goals (40% of all goals Gor Mahia scored in the league) as he led them to back-to-back league titles.

With such a scoring CV, it’s only obvious that a host of Kenyan clubs will be breathing down the neck of his agent to try thrash out a deal to bring him back to a league where he made his name.

Top of the list is top of the table Gor Mahia. The exodus of Sserunkuma looked like it could hurt Kogalo’s chances of winning the league for an unprecedented third consecutive time. However, with 11 games into the new season, Franck Nuttall’s side are the league’s top scoring team with 21 goals, just one shy of an average of two goals per match. Their three-pronged attack of Michael Olunga, Meddie Kagere and Ali ‘Teargas’ Abondo has seen them score in all but two of their KPL games this season – versus Sofapaka and Western Stima.

With such a devastating attack and with the likes of Innocent Wafula and George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo pushing for attacking positions, Sserunkuma may be deemed surplus to requirements. However, for the sake of squad depth and adding a different type of player within their ranks, Kogalo may decide to bring back their prodigal son.

AFC Leopards, a team that Sserunkuma ensured he scored against whenever he faced them, are another of his likely destinations. In what would prove to be a controversial move (shifting one Shemeji to another), Ingwe, could do worse than recruit a player who hurt their defence time and again. They are the only club who could go head to head with archrivals Gor Mahia and stand a chance of getting Sserunkuma’s signature.

Lastly, there are the likes of Sofapaka and Tusker who are some of the league’s behemoths and could afford to pay the Ugandan his wage demands. The dark horse will be 2008 KPL winners Mathare United whose coffers were recently bankrolled by insurance firm Britam which has seen them set sight on the title.

Should he make a return to the Kenya Premier League and whichever club he ends up signing for, the Lubega-born marksman will be a fine addition to the squad, provided he is given opportunities to prove himself, the one thing he lacked at Simba.

And That's thesteifmastertake!!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Kenya Sevens Face Litmus Test in Glasgow and London Legs

Photo: WRU

It has been a season where the Kenya Sevens team has not lived up to its top billing in the IRB Sevens campaign.

Shujaa who finished 7th last season are currently sitting nervously in the 13th position, 51 points shy of the 84 they amassed last season with only two legs to go.

Having started the season by claiming only two points in the opening Gold Coast Sevens in Australia and the same number of points at the Dubai Sevens, Felix ‘Totty’ Ochieng’s side have failed to recover from that false start.

They head into this weekend’s Glasgow Sevens, the penultimate step before the season-ending London next weekend, needing a little more grit and tenacious final kick to finish in a respectable position.

The first hurdle is in Scotland where Shujaa have been thrown in a tough dungeon. In their first match (2.20pm) the boys face the gargantuan task of upstaging defending champions New Zealand who are currently placed 3rd on the log. Kenya have met the All Blacks 28 times in the IRB Series and have lost 24 winning only thrice with one match drawn.

After that, they square off against Series leaders South Africa at 5.04pm. The Springboks lead 22-4 against their East African counterparts and will be favorites to extend that record having already overpowered Kenya twice (19-5 & 26-0) when they met in Wellington and lately Tokyo legs.

Any result other than defeat against New Zealand and South Africa who are both battling for the title will be an accomplishment for Kenya.

On paper, however, Shujaa are expected to brawl for the third spot with Samoa in Pool B. Samoa, 9th on the log and 23 points ahead of Kenya, have blown hot and cold this season but will head into the 8.15pm match in a better shape. They have won 18 of their 23 clashes versus Kenya but the Shujaa have won the last two clashes both coming this year.

Ochieng ringed five changes to his squad ahead of the last two legs. Biko Adema and Dennis Ombachi will be handed their debut this season while Tony Onyango and Augustine Lugonzo return from injury. Oscar Ayodi also made it to the squad having missed Hong Kong and Tokyo legs due to academic commitments.

The five to miss out on the traveling party are injured Lavin Asego, Leonard Mugaisi, Tony Owuor, Felix Ayange and Patrice Agunda.

The Squad to Glasgow and London 7s
Andrew Amonde – Captain
Collins Injera
Daniel Sikuta
Humphrey Kayange
Dennis Ombachi
Tony Opondo
Biko Adema
Michael Wanjala
Oscar Ayodi
Billy Odhiambo
Bush Mwale
Augustine Lugonzo

And That's thesteifmastertake!!

Scramble for Europe, Survival as the Premier League Approaches Climax

Chelsea already answered the big question on who will win the 2014-15 Premier League title. Jose Mourinho’s side were crowned champions for the fourth time last weekend after PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard headed into the back of the net his saved penalty which was enough to beat Crystal Palace 1-0.

And so it came to pass that Mourinho was right when last season he said his ‘little horse’ that needed milk and had to learn how to jump will be ready to race this season. His Blue horse didn’t just race; they won the race with three jumps to make (read games to play).

However, as the Blues celebrate their triumph at the season-long Grand National, there are 19 horses behind them who still have to make jumps, the finish line blurry for some of them.

There’s the big deal of European qualification spots, the elephantine scrap against relegation and the prudent ‘we’ll finish as high as we can’ approach.

Champions League Brawl

Is there a better competition that any club worth its name in Europe wants to qualify for other the UEFA Champions League?

No. Not in England, Spain, Germany, Russia or Ukraine.

Champions Chelsea have qualified and so have Manchester City and Arsenal who are tied on 70 points, the Citizens having played a game more.

That leaves one spot to fight for. A few weeks ago, Manchester United looked like they could even challenge for the title. However three straight losses in their last three matches have left them clutching at a straw. Louis Van Gaal’s men lost at Chelsea, Everton and last weekend against visiting West Brom which has allowed rivals Liverpool to tiptoe back into contention.

The Red Devils travel to Selhurst Park on Saturday to play Crystal Palace who can be a match for anyone when on form while Liverpool even have a trickier tie away at champions Chelsea on Sunday. Should United win and the Reds lose, Champions League football will be returning to Old Trafford and departing Anfield for at least one more season.

Europa League

It may be one of the least preferred competitions but for clubs like Swansea, Tottenham, Southampton, Everton and West Ham, the Europa League offers their players a chance to rub shoulders with their peers from rival European leagues. Liverpool and Tottenham currently occupy the 5th and 6th place spots that guarantee entry into the Champions League’s littler brother competition. Southampton are a point behind Spurs while West Ham and Everton are also in the running albeit through the fair play table after England were awarded one more Europa League spot for finishing second in Uefa’s rankings. It promises to be yet another battle to keep an eye on.

Relegation Dogfight

Besides the race for the title and Champions League football, the fight against relegation is always one to look out for, especially towards the tail end of the season. With just three matches remaining, seven clubs could still be relegated from the topflight if results don’t go their way.

Bottom club Burnley look like a foregone conclusion as far as their Premier League life is concerned while Queens Park Rangers, just a point above them, look certain to join them. One of them will drop down to the Championship this weekend if they lose. That will leave one last team to go down.

Sunderland, Hull City and Leicester are dangling dangerously and so are Newcastle whose eight-straight losses have gotten them right back in the mix. Aston Villa, in 14th, haven’t gotten the chequered flag just yet and are in danger though a point West Ham on Saturday will secure them another season in the flight.

It promises to be some nerve-racking last few games in arguably the world’s best league.

And That's thesteifmastertake!!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Who’s Fooling Who? Adebayor’s Sister Hits Back

Just hours after Emmanuel Adebayor left the world humming in disbelief at the level of emotional torture he’s encountered at the hands of his family members, his sister came out with a slamming attack of her own.

Adebayor, on his Facebook page early this week, gave his family a public dress-down accusing them of lying, selling his property without his knowledge, stealing phones and generally showing no gratitude for to him.

However, the Tottenham Hotspurs’ sister, Lucia Adebayor wouldn’t take his bashing lying down. She decided to hit back. She accused Adebayor of lying about everything and going to the extent of saying the family don’t need him again.  

Here’s the full transcript of her payback:

Lucia Adebayor

“Keep on lying to the whole world brother... where is the car you got for mum… you took it back… The house you claim you bought for sister are all lies... The phones Rotimi stole are all lies....Money is not everything oooo... we the family don’t even need you again just be on your own so we do the same...de fact you have it today doesn't guarantee your tomorrow… May God Allah forgive you... you sent your own little nephews packing from your house at 12am....The Alphas and Mallams have done great harm to your life. You need God... Only God can save your soul.”

And That's thesteifmastertake!!

Messi Outwits Ex-Boss Guardiola on His Camp Nou Return

Together, they won 14 trophies in four years, were the perfect partners as they shredded defences and left the best of teams in rags and helped one another create history.

However, on Wednesday night, in front of a bursting Camp Nou, it was the student who outdid his master. Much had been said about Pep Guardiola, his return to Barcelona, a club he made one of the best for years.

Since he left the club in 2012, he had taken a sabbatical, a much-needed rest to savour all the honours he won and also to distract his body and mind from the pressures of the game. When he returned to management, he took over Bayern Munich, a giant club in Europe who were trading blows with Barcelona at the European stage and had delivered a knockout the last time they faced off.

Lionel Messi was part of a side put to shame when Bayern Munich won 4-0 at home and 3-0 at Camp Nou in one of the greatest massacres Barcelona had suffered in Europe in 2013. They were destroyed, hammered into submission as the Bavarians marched on to the final which they won.

But on Wednesday night, the ‘Little Magician’ returned with vengeance. He felt challenged. Challenged to win, challenged to get one over his former boss, challenged to cement his legacy as the world’s best.

With 76 minute on the clock, Messi and his attacking co-workers, Luis Suarez and Neymar – MSN so they call them these days – had threaded punches towards Manuel Neuer goal but like Manny Pacquaio on Floyd Mayweather, they were body shots, not telling enough.

However, a minute later, the man who, at an early age, was diagnosed with a growth hormone disorder outgrew his peers. Dani Alves must have, in his mind, scripted a neat one-two exchange with Messi when he fed him from the right. However, the Argentine had a different thought.

He always thinks differently.

Already disadvantaged by the distance between him and the goal (25 yards), faced with two classy defenders and the world’s best goalkeeper, Messi was fearless. Like he often does, he picked his spot, unleashed a trademark right foot drive and scored a trademark Lionel Messi goal. 

1-0 to Barcelona.

Textbook stuff.

If his first goal in the 77th minute was a stunner – beating Manuel Neuer at his near post is a dream of impossible proportions – his second was gob smacking, legendary, magnificent, top-drawer.

After collecting Ivan Rakitic’s ball, Messi mocked Jerome Boateng – a FIFA World Cup winning defender – leaving him hitting a ‘groundie’ on the floor. That was a job half done. With Neuer still looking big like incredible Hulk in goal, the Argentine still hard some work to do. A quick flip of the ball from his left to right boot and an ‘oh my God’ chip of the ball over Neuer and into the back of the net completed the job.

It was a finish that worthy of a player his class, one that had the Camp Nou crowd with their hands buried in their hands, that unbelievable. If his two goals were the dressing of the cake, his assist for Neymar’s third for Barcelona was the icing.

3-0 and a mountain to climb for Guardiola’s men in the return leg at the Allianz next week.

On his pre-match presser, Guardiola displayed some level of fear. He had gladly proclaimed ‘No one can stop Messi.’

He was right. And he knew it all along.

And That’s thesteifmastertake!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Ali Abondo Sinks Sony as Gor Mahia Continue Title Surge

Photo: Goal.com/ke
Ali Abondo scored his 7th goal of the season, 11 in all competitions, as reigning champions Gor Mahia continued their march towards an unprecedented third consecutive Kenya Premier League title by beating Sony Sugar 1-0.

Abondo, who started his professional career with Sony Sugar and was re-signed by Kogalo from Tusker, found the back of the net in the 57th minute with the hosts failing to find the equalizer.

The match was played under soggy conditions, the heavens having opened up before kickoff. The slippery pitch didn’t make it easier for the hosts nor the visiting Gor Mahia side to play flowing football as the half ended on a drab 0-0 stalemate.

Frank Nuttall’s side put their foot on the gas pedal after the interval and were rewarded just after the hour mark courtesy of Abondo. It was the fifth time the midfielder had opened the scoring for the record champions who extended their unbeaten run to 10 matches and are yet to concede first in over 900 minutes of football.

The win saw Kogalo extend their lead at the top to seven points having now played the same number of matches as second-placed Thika United.

For Sony, it rounded up some few days to forget having suffered their heaviest defeat in KPL last Friday at the hands of AFC Leopards who mauled them 5-1.

Gor Mahia’s next assignment will be an away clash against 4th-placed Western Stima, a team they have beaten 2-0 in their last three meetings. Zedekiah Otieno’s Sugar Millers will host third-from bottom KCB.

And That's thesteifmastertake!!

Tottenham Forward Adebayor Rips into His Family


Tottenham forward Emmanuel Adebayor has launched a scathing attack on his family members on social media.

The Togolese striker who has fallen down the White Hart Lane pecking order which has seen him limited to only three substitute appearances in the Premier League this year used his Facebook account to let in the world into some of the goings-on in his family.
In an emotional 877-worded statement, the 31-year-old former Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid forward opened the door to give the world a gallant view of an ungrateful family who have continued to frustrate his life despite his struggles to give them a good life.

Below is the full transcript of Adebayor’s criticism of his family:

“I have kept these stories for a long time but I think today it is worth sharing some of them with you. It's true that family matters should be solved internally and not in public but I am doing this so that hopefully all families can learn from what happened in mine. Also keep in mind that none of this is about money.

At the age of 17, with my first wages as a footballer, I built a house for my family and made sure they are safe. As you all know, I have received the trophy of African Player of the Year in 2008. I also brought my mother on stage with me to thank her for everything. In that same year, I brought her to London for various medical check ups. 

When my daughter was born, we contacted my mum to inform her but she immediately hung up the phone and didn't wanna know hear about it. Reading your recent comments, some people said my family and I should consult T.B Joshua. In 2013, I gave my mother money so she could consult him in Nigeria. She was supposed to stay for 1 week; but 2 days into her stay, I received a call saying she left. 

Apart from all that l also gave my mother a great amount of money to start a business of cookies and different items. Naturally, I allowed them to put my name and picture on them so they can sell more. What else can a son do in his power to support his family?

A couple years ago, I bought a house in East Lagon (Ghana) for $1.2 million. I found it normal to let my older sister, Yabo Adebayor stay in that house. I also allowed my half brother (Daniel) to stay in the same house. A few months later, I was on vacation and decided to go to that house. At my surprise, I saw many cars in the driveway. In fact, my sister decided to rent out the house without me knowing. She also kicked Daniel out of that house. Note that the house had about 15 rooms. When I called her and asked for explanation, she took about 30 minutes to abuse and insult me over the phone. I called my mother to explain the situation and she did the same as my sister. This same sister says I am ungrateful. Ask her about the car she is driving or anything she is selling today?

My brother Kola Adebayor, has now been in Germany for 25 years. He travelled back home about 4 times, at my expense. I fully cover the cost of his children's education. When I was in Monaco, he came to me and asked for money to start a business. Only God knows how much I gave him. Where is that business today?

When our brother Peter passed away, I sent Kola a great amount of money so he could fly back home. He never showed up at the burial. And today that same brother (Kola) is telling people that I am involved in Peter's death. How? He is the same brother who went and told inaccurate stories about our family to "The Sun" in other to take some money. They also sent a letter to my Club when I was in Madrid so I could get fired.

When I was in Monaco I thought it would be good to have a family of footballers. So I made sure my brother Rotimi gets into a football academy in France. Within a few months; out of 27 players, he stole 21 phones.

I would not say any anything about my brother Peter Adebayor because he is not here today. May his soul rest in peace.

My sister Lucia Adebayor keeps telling people that my dad told me to bring her to Europe. But what would be the purpose to bring her to Europe ? Everyone is here for a reason.

I was in Ghana when I received the news about my brother Peter being seriously ill. I drove the fastest I could to Togo in order to meet him and help. When I arrived, my mother said I could not see him and I should just give the money and she would solve everything. Only God knows how much I gave her that day. People are saying I didn't do anything to save my brother, Peter. Am I a fool to drive 2 hours to Togo for nothing?

I organized a meeting in 2005 to solve our family issues. When I asked them about their opinion, they said I should build each family member a house and give each of them a monthly wage. 
Today I am still alive and they have already shared all my goods, just in case I die. 

For all these reasons, it took very long for me to set up my foundation in Africa. Every time I try to help the people in need, they had to question me and all of them thought it was a bad idea.

If I am writing this, the main purpose is not to expose my family members. I just want other African families to learn from this. Thank you.”

And That's thesteifmastertake!!