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Biziyaremye Looks to Bounce Back After Recovering From Injury

By Geoffrey Asiimwe

Last weekend, Joseph Biziyaremye made a promising return to cycling after being out of action for six months due to injury. He participated in the second race of the 2017 Rwanda Cycling Cup which was his first as he looks to return to the top of his game. The third race, dubbed ‘Race to Remember’ that will start from Ruhango town heading to Karongi district plus a circuit is slated for this Saturday.

The 29-year-old Biziyaremye was involved in a career-threatening accident while competing in the 2016 Tour du Rwanda, during the stage five ( Muhanga to Musanze) less than a kilometre to the finish line after knocking down a spectator who was trying to cross the road.

Biziyaremye had a concussion and was rushed to King Faisal Hospital in Kigali where he stayed for seven weeks receiving treatment.

The accident occurred just a day after he finished second in stage four (Rusizi-Huye) also known as ‘Nyungwe Challenge’ that was won by Joseph Areruya, who now rides for South Africa-based UCI Continental Team Dimension Data.

Last Saturday, during the Farmers’ Circuit race; Kigali to Nyagatare; the former Cine Elmay rider made his return to competitive cycling for the first time since last November, riding for Kayonza-based Muhazi Cycling Generation.

He finished in ninth place posting less than two minutes behind the winner, Jean Claude Uwizeye of Les Amis Sportifs de Rwamagana.

Uwizeye won the 152-kilomtre race using 3 hours 41 minutes and 46 seconds, while Biziyaremye posted 3 hours, 43 minutes and 22 seconds.

“I have fully recovered, and I felt strong in last week’s race after almost four weeks of training. Finishing ninth was really a great performance for me especially given than I had been out for over six months after my accident. I believe I will be much better in the next race,” he told Times Sport.

The Kamonyi-born rider was among the five cyclists that raced for the national team (Team Rwanda) during 2016 Tour du Rwanda-others were Eric Nduwayo and now retired duo of Nathan Byukusenge and Abraham Ruhumuriza..


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By Denis Bossa & Darren Allan Kyeyune

Masaka — With the name KCCA already emblazoned on this year’s Uganda Premier League, SC Villa went all out to wrestle the second spot from lurking Vipers with a 1-0 win yesterday at Masaka Recreation Ground.

Despite being depleted by the absence of four starters; Emma Okwi, Paul Mbowa, Alex Kitata and Ambrose Kirya, Villa dictated matters and had majority of the possession mainly in the second half.

It was the introduction of dribbling left winger Martin Kizza for injured Mike Ndera at the start of the second half that breathed life into the dull match and made the Vipers’ backline stand at sixes and sevens.

Right winger Godfrey Lwesibawa sped past Dan Birikwalira on the right flank to weigh in a cross for Kizza whose ferocious shot was deflected by custodian Ismail Watenga into Umar Kasumba’s path to tap home on 70 minutes.

“We needed this win the most. By finishing second, we have started our journey of fighting for the title next year,” Villa boss Wasswa Bbosa, said elatedly. “We were better than Vipers in all aspects of the game despite the tough time we have gone through.”

He was spot on, whereas visitors Vipers got time to train in Masaka on Monday, hosts Villa could only arrive five hours to the game – blame it on the reported financial woes.

Although Vipers head coach Jorge Da Costa’s selection and tactical frailties were laid bare, his deputy Edward Golola blamed it on women match officials; Aisha Ssemambo, Malex Nakitto and Catherine Nagadya for granting an ‘offside’ goal.

“Nagadya (lineswoman) saw Lwesibawa crossing the ball from an off side position but never raised the flag. It wasn’t our day because even our strikers Erisa Ssekisambu, Alfred Leku and Tony Odur missed a couple of chances,” Golola revealed.

Record league champions Villa, now on 55 points, are six points ahead of third placed Vipers and five less than champions elect KCCA that play Proline today.

Despite Vipers’ loss in Masaka, URA remained fourth with 48 points after beating Bright Stars in Lugazi with Congolese striker Labama Bokota’s effort after 36 minutes.

Elsewhere, Onduparaka finished with an unbeaten home record on their debut season and maintained grip on fifth place after beating Saints 3-2 in a thriller at the Betway Green Light Stadium in Arua.

Skipper Muhammad Shaban struck his 13th goal of the season after 16 minutes but Gerald Bagoole equalized for the visitors at the stroke of half-time.

Defender Rashid Toha restored the lead on 73 minutes, only for Joseph Othena to curl home a free-kick in the 92nd minute.

However, Living ‘Messi’ Kabon struck the winner in the 95th minute arousing protests from the Saints’ bench. It was Onduparaka’s 12 win of the season, keeping them on 44 points after 29 matches.

Express stayed sixth on 43 points after 28 ties with a 1-0 away win over Sadolin in Namboole courtesy of Yaya Mahad. Sadolin was relegated.

AUPL yesterday results

SC Villa 1-0 Vipers

URA 1-0 Bright Stars

Onduparaka 3-2 The Saints

Soana 1-0 BUL

Sadolin 0-1 Express

Lweza 0-0 Kirinya-Jinja

JMC 1-0* Police

(Did not end)


KCCA vs. Proline,

4pm (LIVE on Azam TV)

Ghana: Prophet Adam Blames God for Failed Dumsor Prophesy

By Matilda Asare

Prophet Jackson Kwadwo Adam says he still stands by his prophecy and will not retract

The prophet who predicted total blackout in the entire nation on Sunday is ready to be sacrificed.

Prophet Jackson Kwadwo Adam maintains that he had the revelation from God but “He [God] decides what to do at any given time”.

Prophet Adams caused fire and panic in the country after Ghana will be plunged into a total blackout known in local parlance as dumsor in the entire country for three weeks.

He explained that the mysterious blackout which will leave the entire country without electricity will happen on Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Many were confused since the country has just recovered from the incessant erratic power supply popularly known as dumsor.

As we kept our fingers crossed, the entire country on Sunday had light and no one even complained about low current in their area.

But Prophet Jackson Kwadwo Adam said God is to blame for the failed prophecy.

“I am who I am [God] in his mind knows what He is doing so I still stand by what I said. I will not retract” he stated on Adom Evening News Monday.

The man of God said Ghanaians would be justified if they decide to lynch him for causing fear and panic but “So long as Christ is alive, I’m not afraid”.

Prophet Adam, however, urged Ghanaians not to treat the prophecy with contempt since it is very likely to come to pass.

‘Let us prepare ourselves so we don’t know the second, minute, hour so let us wait’.


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Vodafone Cedes 35% Safaricom Shares to Vodacom

Photo: The Nation

Safaricom chief executive Bob Collymore.

By Victor Kiprop

UK-based Vodafone Plc has agreed to transfer a 35 per cent stake in Kenyan telco Safaricom to its majority-owned South African subsidiary Vodacom Group Plc.

The transfer -announced on Monday- will see Vodafone, through its fully owned subsidiary Vodafone International Holdings, give up 35 per cent of its total 40 per cent stake in Safaricom in return for new ordinary shares in Vodacom. Vodafone Plc currently controls a 65 per cent stake in Vodacom–South Africa’s largest mobile operator.

Put roots down

Safaricom Chief executive officer Bob Collymore believes the new deal will help the firm in expanding its mobile money services M-Pesa, which has already put roots down in 10 countries.

“The agreement will ensure Safaricom continues to have strong Kenyan representation at Board and management levels, and promotes the continued successful expansion of the company as well as the opportunity to drive M-Pesa to other markets in the continent,” he said.

Last week, Safaricom announced a 27.1 per cent growth in net profit for the full year ended March 31, 2017 to Sh 48.1 billion ($481 million), boosted by a strong growth earnings from its Mobile money service.

Revenues from M-Pesa registered a 32.7 per cent jump per cent to Sh55.1 billion ($551 million)

Second quarter

The transfer does not affect Safaricom’s shareholding structure. Vodafone remains the Kenyan telco’s largest shareholder controlling 40 per cent, the Kenyan government controls 35 per cent while the rest is held through free float.

The agreement gives the UK based telecommunications multinational control over two of Africa’s largest mobile operators, Safaricom and Vodacom.

Safaricom’s market share in the Kenyan market rose to 71.2 per cent, according to 2016 second quarter statistics report by the Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK).

Safaricom has been under pressure from lawmakers and regulators motivated by sustained calls from competitors to have it declared a dominant player.


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Myasiro Gears Up for Kigali International Peace Marathon

By Geoffrey Asiimwe

With five days left to this year’s edition of Kigali International Peace Marathon, Rwanda’s Jean Marie Vianney Myasiro is set to impress in his second appearance at the annual event taking place on Sunday.

The 20-year-old will be Rwanda’s medal hopeful in the men’s half marathon.

Under the theme “Run for our Heroes” in honor of the lives lost during the struggle to liberate the country, the 2017 edition is expected to attract about 6,000 athletes from across the world.

Speaking to Times Sport after the Monday morning session, the Mountain Classic athlete said he is looking forward to a great performance.

“I am ready for the competition, I have been training for the past month and I am convinced this year will be a better one for me compared to last year,” he revealed.

Myasiro, who says his debut was aimed at giving him a taste of the experience to prepare for this year, is aiming to become the second Rwandan male to win a medal after Jean Baptiste Ruvubi, who scooped silver in full marathon, in 2015.

The youngster however, added that, “I am keeping my expectations low but I feel confident that I can do it (get a podium finish), so let’s wait for the D-day.”

Last year, Myasiro finished in eighth place coming four minutes behind Kenyan Benson Kipruto who won the half marathon in 1:4:13.

No Rwandan athlete has ever won the Kigali International Peace Marathon, which has been dominated by Kenyans in both the men and women categories.

Last year, James Cheritich Tallam won gold in the men’s 42km race using two hours, 19 minutes and 3 seconds ahead of compatriots Rono Kibet (2:19:20) and William Rutto Chebdi (2:20:11).

Theoneste Kayiranga (2:24:06) was Rwanda’s best finisher in 7th place.

In the women category, it was also an all-Kenyan affair with the winner, Jeruiyot Chemweno, clocking 2 hours, 38 minutes and 20 seconds, ahead of Alice Cheroti Milgo Serser (2:41:32) while Jacqueline Nyetipei Kipromoo (2:53:56) got bronze.

In the half marathon, Kenyan Anges Jeruto won gold in one hour, 13 minutes and 31 seconds and Rwanda’s Salome Nyirarukundo scooped silver clocking 1 hour, 13 minutes and 55 seconds.


Half Marathon 21km

Full Marathon 42km

Run for Peace 7km


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AS Kigali, Mukura Clash to Be Played Under Floodlights

By Peter Kamasa

Peace Cup round of 16 second return leg match between AS Kigali and Mukura VS will be played under floodlights on Sunday, at Stade de Kigali.

Meanwhile, the second leg clash between holders Rayon Sports and Musanze FC, which, had initially been scheduled for Saturday, was postponed to Sunday and moved to Amahoro National Stadium, from Kicukiro Stadium.

The AS Kigali and Mukura Victory Sports game was initially set to be played on Monday because of the unavailability of Stade de Kigali on Sunday afternoon.

The game had to be rescheduled on the same venue on Saturday, but the timing was unfavourable to Mukura, hence the decision to put it on Sunday night.

Eric Nshimiyimana’s AS Kigali, the Cup winners in 2013, won 2-0 in the first leg and will be hoping to complete the job infront of their fans, while Rayon Sports hold a 2-1 advantage against Musanze FC from the first leg.

The last 16 round winners over the two legs will advance to the quarter-finals, which will also be played over two legs in June.

All semi-final matches will be staged in June while the final has been set on its traditional date on July 4, which coincides with the Liberation Day.


Last 16: Second leg

Rayon Sports vs Musanze FC (2-1) 3:30pm

Espoir FC vs Etincelles (1-1)

AS Kigali vs Mukura (2-0) 8pm


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Samuel Onyango At the Double As Ulinzi Close in On Gor

By Francis Mureithi

Samuel Onyango bagged a brace as Ulinzi Stars gunned down Muhoroni Youth 2-1 in an exciting SportPesa Premier League match at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru on Saturday.

The win moved Benjamin Nyangweso’s charges to within a point of leaders Gor Mahia and second placed Posta Rangers – who have 22 points but are separated by goal difference.

The leading duo however has a chance of getting some breathing space as Gor face Nzoia Sugar away in Mumias while Posta welcome Nakumatt at Afraha on Sunday.

At Afraha, after a series of missed opportunities Samuel Onyango opened the scoring in the 28th minute when heading home Oliver Ruto’s cross past Muhoroni goalkeeper Salim Sowedi.

The league top scorer, Stephen Waruru soon after missed a glorious chance to double the soldiers’ advantage.

Nyangweso was forced to make a substitute just a minute into the second half after skipper and goalkeeper James Saruni was injured and replaced by Jacktone Odhiambo.

The soldiers then brought in Evans Amwoka and Cylus Shitote for Waruru and Michael Otieno respectively as the hunt for a second goal intensified.

On the opposite side, Muhoroni Youth tactician James Omondi brought in Thomas Venval, Erick Baki and Ambrose Ayoyi for Philip Muchuma, James Ogada and Mohammed Mwachiponi respectively.

Onyango completed his brace in the 65th minute after heading home Daniel Waweru’s corner kick.

With the soldiers cruising, Brian Birgen collected an unnecessary red card after hitting Venval his elbow off the ball.

Venval then reduced the arrears for the sugar millers with a last-gasp goal but Ulinzi held on to win.

Omondi said he was pleased with his boys’ performance despite the loss.

“I am happy the squad which is 70 per cent new put up a spirited fight,” said coach Omondi, before slamming the referee for denying them what appeared to be a spot kick late on.

Coach Nyangweso said that the victory was a morale booster ahead of their next tie against unbeaten Posta Rangers.

“I am happy we won. It is our second win in a row and a morale booster as we face Posta Rangers next week,” said coach Nyangweso.


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South Africa: 22 Small Children Injured in Minibus Crash

Twenty-two children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old have been injured after their minibus collided with a bakkie and crashed into the wall of a house in Bordeaux, Randburg on Thursday, paramedics said.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Nick Dollman said the taxi crashed in the wall and overturned at around 15:22 on Thursday afternoon.

Dollman said paramedics assessed two adult females and 22 children from the minibus as well as the driver of the bakkie.

“Bystanders alleged that the driver of the minibus was ejected and was stuck beneath the taxi when it overturned, so they turned it up right again to free her before Netcare 911 paramedics arrived at the scene.”

Dollman said the female driver of the minibus was believed to be pregnant and was in a very serious condition.

The second adult in the minibus is believed to be a carer for the children.

She was in a stable condition.

Paramedics transported 18 children in a stable condition to hospital.

Four children were fetched by their parents at the scene.

The driver of the bakkie remained on the scene.

Source: News24

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STL’s ‘Big Girl’ Chosen as Sound Track for Hollywood Movie

Photo: Ernst Vikne/Flickr

Kenyan rapper Stella Mwangi

By Naira Habib

Singer Stella Mwangi also known as STL, music career seems to be flying high as her song titled Big Girl has chosen as the sound track to Hollywood movie, Rough Night set to be released in June 2017.

The song is off her latest Hollywood EP album called Stella Mwangi. The movie will star award winning actress, Scarlet Johanson, Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell and Ilaa Glazer.

This will be STL ‘ s third project from her EP to be featured on a Hollywood Project.


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The song appeared on Episode 15 titled Clavicle Trauma and Closure aired on February 10, 2017.

STL’s EP is a fusion of songs with high energy where she continues to create a diverse sound, fusing Swahili and English while remaining authentic to her African origin and style.


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By Jejje Muhinde

The writing is on the wall for Pepiniere FC. The club cannot survive relegation to the second division with just four games left for the National Football League to end.

Even the club head coach Jean Paul Umuhoza seems to be coming to terms with this reality as Pepiniere trail at the bottom of the league with nine points. The Ruyenzi-based side has toyed with relegation over the past five months, after failing to get results to secure their top-flight status.

An immediate return to the second tier division was further made evident with a 0-1 home defeat to Marines FC on Sunday – it was Pepiniere FC’s 18th defeat in 26 league matches in a season that has highlighted the deficiencies of last season’s second division champions.

They have scored the fewest goals in the league this season (15) and they have managed only 12 points from two wins and six draws.

With only four matches left to the end of the national league season, Umuhoza is worried relegation is inevitable.

Last month, Umuhoza, who took the team to the top-flight division for the first time in their history, admitted that they need a miracle to survive relegation.

But now not even a miracle can save his side, with four matches remaining. “Right now, it’s too late, the club brought in a few experienced players to help the club escape relegation, but the performance has not improved,” he said.

In their last five matches, Pepiniere has drawn twice and lost four games. The last victory was the 2-1 home triumph against Etincelles FC in March.

Unexpectedly, Umuhoza, who took the club to the first division, has refused to blame the players for the club’s short stay in the top tier league.

“It is the first time for most of them to play at this level; they are giving all their best. We still have four matches left but I doubt if anything can change,” Umuhoza acknowledged.

Their next fixture will be against table leaders and run away champions Rayon Sports on May 19 at Ruyenzi stadium before playing Bugesera FC (away). They will then host Amagaju FC and crown off the season away against fellow strugglers Gicumbi FC.

Umuhoza took over as head coach in late January following the resignation of Jean Baptiste Kayiranga and has gone on to preside over the team’s two wins. Former Rayon Sports coach Kayiranga left Pepiniere when it was struggling at the bottom with five points.


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