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Malawi: Man Arrested Over Fake Kwacha Currency

By Blackson Mkwapatila

Malawi Police in Mulanje have arrested a 36-year-old man for allegedly being found with fake currency.

Mulanje Police Public Relations Officer, Gresham Ngwira said officers at Muloza police post received a tip that Daniel Mandala was carrying fake notes.

Working on the information, police officers followed the suspect and found him at Sayama turn off along the Mulanje-Muloza Road.

When the officers searched the suspect, they found MK215,000 in MK1,000 notes, MK53,000 in MK500 notes, MK64,000 in MK2,000 notes and 8000 Mozambican metical, about MK96,000, all totaling to MK332,000.00.

Following this, the suspect was arrested.

Meanwhile, Ngwira says the money would be sent to Reserve Bank of Malawi for examination.

The suspect will appear in court soon to answer an offence of being found in possession of fake currency contrary to section 374 (A) of the penal code.

Daniel Mandala comes from Mongolo village, senior chief Nkanda in the district.


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KPL Should Have 16 Teams – High Court

By David Kwalimwa

The High Court on Thursday ruled that the SportPesa Premier League reverts to a 16-club competition with immediate effect.

In a ruling that could cause further friction in the already strained relations between the country’s top football officials, High Court Judge Justice John Mativo also declared as ‘null and void’ the newly introduced Football Kenya Federation club licensing rules.

Further, Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa and CEO Robert Muthomi, who were sued by former FKF boss Sam Nyamweya in this case, were ordered by the court to desist from interfering with the affairs of the Kenya Premier League Limited.

“A declaration be and is hereby issued that the Kenyan Premier League shall have a maximum of 16 teams during the 2017 season, consisting of (14) teams who qualified for sporting merit on the field during the 2016 league season plus the two highest ranked teams at the end of the 2016 league season in FKF’s National Super League,” the ruling states in part.

“An order be and is hereby issued directing both the FKF and KPL to fully respect and implement the FKF-KPL agreement during the period 2017-2020.”

The top flight football league currently consists 18 teams, a decision that was arrived at after a six-month bickering between KPL and FKF officials. This move ultimately cost the competition a lucrative sponsorship deal with South Africa’s pay-TV channel Supersport.


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Leopards Edge Out Thika, Muhoroni Hold Nakumatt

AFC Leopards on Wednesday beat Thika United 2-0 at the Thika Sub-County Stadium in a thrilling midweek SportPesa Premier League match.

In other results, Allan Wanga-inspired Tusker sunk Bandari 3-0 at the Mbaraki Sports Club in Mombasa while Karibangi Sharks rallied from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Posta Rangers at Kasarani.

The other contest between Muhoroni Youth and visiting Nakumatt also ended in a one-all stalemate.

Burundian import Alexis Kitenge scored the opener for Leopards before a Christopher Oruchum own-goal sealed the victory for Robert Matano’s men in Thika.

“This is a better performance compared to how we played (in the goalless draw) against Homeboyz. But there are areas we should improve on because we want to get into the top eight,” Leopards coach Robert Matano said after the match.

At Kasarani, an impressive Rangers seemed on their way to garner a comfortable victory against a plucky Sharks side before Masoud Juma struck twice to deny Sammy Omollo’s charges maximum points.

Joseph Nyagah opened the scoring for Rangers just nine minutes into the match before completing his brace in the 27th minute.

Then Masoud Juma took over.

The forward, who was impressive all afternoon, responded with goals late in the first and second half to help his side snatch a point.

“Lots of energy eventually paid off. We gave away two easy goals in the first half but managed to fight back. That is crucial,” Sharks coach William Mluhya explained.

In Mombasa, Wanga gave the visitors the lead in the opening half, before further goals from Humphrey Mieno and Michael Khamati struck late on to give Tusker their third successive win in the league.

Wanga opened the scoring after he was teed up by Jackson Macharia before Mieno struck from the spot after Boniface Muchiri was brought down inside the box. Khamati then completed a sweeping counter-attack from the brewers.

“We dominated this game for most of the time and we deserved to win by more than three goals. My players played confidently and after just quarter an hour of play, I already knew we will win this match,” Tusker coach George “Best” Nsimbe said.

In Muhoroni, A Hassan Kikoyo penalty at the death helped hosts Muhoroni Youth salvage a point in their 1-1 draw with debutantes Nakumatt. Kelvin Thairu put the visitor ahead after 20 minutes of play before Kikoyo struck deep into stoppage time.


AFC Leopards 2-0 Thika United

Bandari 0-3 Tusker

Muhoroni 1-1 Nakumatt

Karibangi Sharks 2-2 Posta Rangers

Reports by David Kwalimwa, Abdulrahman Sherrif and Vincent Opiyo


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Gor Mahia Midfielder Ernest Wendo Wins May Award

By Cellestine Olilo

Burly Gor Mahia midfielder Ernest Wendo was on Tuesday belatedly named the SportPesa Premier League Player of the Month for May.

Wendo, was voted best player for that month by a committee of sports journalists, has been an integral player in the Gor Mahia midfield set-up.

For this, he was handed a Sh100,000 cash prize, a trophy as well as a 49-inch frat screen television.

Wendo was nominated alongside veteran Tusker custodian Duncan Ochieng, strikers Kepha Aswani of Nakumatt and Stephen Waruru of Ulinzi Stars.

The former Bidco United player amassed 23 votes in the poll conducted by the football committee, three more than Ochieng who was his closest challenger.

Ochieng made it to the nominees list by keeping four clean sheets between the sticks for Tusker in that month while Waruru, winner of the April award, scored three times for the soldiers.

Aswani on the other hand netted five times for Nakumatt including two match winners.

Wendo starred for K’Ogalo in crucial victories over rivals AFC Leopards, Nzoia Sugar and Chemelil Sugar in May, a feat that saw him earn a call up to the national team.

The 15-time champions also drew with Thika United and Posta Rangers in May.

“I feel so happy to be recognised because I have worked quite hard to be where I am,” an elated Wendo said during the awards ceremony conducted at the team’s Camp Toyoyo training ground.

“Playing at Gor Mahia makes one steely and the coaches and teammates demand for better performance every game. I have to work hard and maintain the levels that won me this award and hopefully help my team win silverware.”


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Kawangware United Consolidate Top Spot

By John Ashihundu

Leaders Kawangware United edged Kiambiu Youth 1-0 over the weekend to increase their hopes of clinching this year’s SportPesa Super 8 Premier League crown.

Talismanic forward and coach Francis Thairu was the toast of the day as his 14th minute strike proved to be the difference at the Riruta BP ground. The result moved Kawangware to 56 points after 17 wins and 5 draws.

It was Kawangware’s second win in three games, keeping them in contention of the coveted league title which is within sights after sheer dominance in the championship.

Their closest challengers, NYSA and Jericho FC all dropped points in game week 25 giving the Dagoretti-based side a firm control of the top spot, a position they have held for an unprecedented 20 consecutive weeks since April 1.

Two matches involving Ole Rongai versus Shauri Moyo Blue Stars as well as Kayole Asubuhi versus Macmillan were rained off.

Full weekend results: Zamalek 0 Meltah Kabiria 0, Jericho FC 2 MASA 0, Kabete United 4 Metro Sports 1, Team Umeme 2 Ajax Youth 0, Kawangware United 1 Kiambiu 0, TUK 1 NYSA1.


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MP’s Proposed Bill Will Help Community Clubs

By John Ashihundu

The current financial constraints facing AFC Leopards and arch-rivals Gor Mahia could soon be a thing of the passed if a Bill asking the government to support community clubs is passed in Parliament.

Nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi of Amani National Congress Party (ANC) will introduce the Bill asking the government to finance community clubs that have been in existence for 20 years at the top competitive level.

Osotsi want the government to look for mechanisms of helping the community clubs in all sports.

By supporting local clubs, jobs will be created and crime will reduce.

Osotsi, who is also the secretary general of ANC, wants the fund to also look into the welfare of the former players who played for the national teams.

Apart from Leopards and Gor Mahia, other community clubs which have produced players to the national team include Re-Union and Shabana FC that have both since been relegated to lower leagues due to financial constraints.


Leopards and Gor sponsorship is at risk following reports that their shirt sponsor SportPesa plans to review their sports sponsorships.

The two sides face a possible termination of their partnership if the government goes ahead to implement the 50 per cent tax on betting companies that will affect SportPesa’s bottom line.

SportPesa signed a deal with the big two in February, 2015, worth an estimated to be Sh50 million and Sh40 million respectively per season for five years.

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Today, I pay tribute to our retired players who played for the national team in the 1970s and 80s. Had our legends played in today’s era, it is a certainty that most of them would be in top tier European teams.

Between 1977 and 1987 Kenyan clubs won all except one of the east and central Africa club competitions. AFC Leopards, in particular, were dominant, winning the title in 1997, 1982, 1983 and 1984.

Ingwe had talented players led by their superb play maker and dribbler, Wilberforce Mulamba, who could also score goals.

Their speedy wingers Francis Kadenge (deceased) and Mike Amwayi were key to the Ingwe style of play which was largely based on pace. Luo Union with a deadly marksman, Agonda Lukio, were dominant in the mid 70s winning in 1976 and 1977.

Lukio was the top scorer in the two tournaments. Other stars in the squad included the late James Siang’a and striker William “Chege” Ouma.

The most successful Harambee Stars was that of 1981-1983 led by Mahmoud Abbas, one of the best goalkeepers Kenya has ever produced.

Coached by Marshall Mulwa, Stars won three successive Cecafa Challenge Cup titles.

The defence was controlled by Josephat Murila assisted by Hussein Kheri, Peter Otieno Bassanga and John Bobby Ogolla.

The midfield had the likes of Jared Ingutia, Mulamba, Haggai Mirikau, Sammy Tabu, while Joe Masiga, Nahashon Mahila, Ambrose Ayoyi, Jack Sihulu, James Ouma “Jacaranda” and Elly Adero formed a formidable strike force.

In 1981, the Stars edged hosts Tanzania 1-0 in the final, thanks to a memorable free kick by James Ouma “Jacaranda.”

In 1982, Kenya beat Uganda’s Cranes in Kampala. During this game Abbas led his team-mates to walk off the field in protest of biased officiating. In 1983, Kenya edged out Zimbabwe 1-0 courtesy of Joe Masiga’s goal.

KU Vultures Upset Greensharks

By Brian Yonga

Kenyatta University (KU) Vultures on Sunday upset third-placed Greensharks 2-1 in a Kenya Hockey Union’s men’s Premier League match at the City Park Stadium, Nairobi.

The students, who had fallen behind to Kevin Simiyu’s 31st minute strike, levelled through Brian Nguru before skipper Oliver Cheloti grabbed the winner four minutes from the end.

The win saw the Vultures move from 13th spot to ninth place in the log, six points off the relegation zone. It was also sweet revenge after they lost 2-0 to Sharks in their first leg meeting on July 15 this year.

Vultures coach Moses Kagochi lauded his charges for their fighting spirit.

“We never stopped believing even after we fell behind, we gave it our all and eventually our determination was rewarded with the winning goal the death,” the coach said yesterday. It was Sharks’ fourth loss of the season and they are yet to win a match since the second leg began.

Last Saturday, they lost 2-1 to Sikh Union.

Earlier, Sikh Union’s resurgence continued after they thumped visiting Nakuru Hockey Club 4-0 in another men’s top-flight encounter at the same venue.

Goals from Collins Wingila, Shabaz Shah as well as Kenya internationals Francis Esikuri and Davies Wanagwe gave the 2012 champions the three points.

The result compounded a bad weekend for Nakuru who drew 1-1 with Wazalendo on Saturday. Sikh’s win moved them 28 points, a point behind Wazalendo who are in fourth place. Sikh coach Inderjit Matharu is confident his charges can scale up the log if they keep on winning games.

“Two out of two since the second leg begin, we expect tougher matches but so far we are pleased with how the team is going about their business,” the legendary former international told Nation Sport on Sunday.

Sikh went ahead after just eight minutes when Wingila coolly finished off Wanangwe’s dragged short corner leaving Nakuru keeper Frank Njue with no chance.

The Nairobi-based side doubled their lead the quarter mark as Sikh rip the Nakuru defence apart and Shah sounded the board to give his side a two-gal advantage at the end of the first quarter.

Nakuru were guilty of missed chances in the next three quarters and were dully punished in the last seven minutes of the match as Sikh scored two goals in a minute to put the game past their opponents’ reach.

In the last game of the day, Parkroad Badgers piled more pressure on relegation-threatened Kenya College of Accountancy University (KCA-U) with a 2-1 win.

In Saturday’s late matches, bottom placed Technical University of Kenya (TUK) lost their second successive match in a week after they went down 3-0 to United States International University of Africa (USIU-A ) as Western Jaguars drew 1-1 with visiting Chase Sailors in Kakamega.

In the men’s National League, Karate Axiom drew 0-0 with University of Nairobi as Impala drew 1-1 with Wazalendo Masters.


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Gor Floor Chemelil to Move Nine Points Clear

By David Kwalimwa

Gor Mahia’s march towards reclaiming the SportPesa Premier League title this season is well on course, in the wake of Thursday’s 3-0 thrashing of Chemelil Sugar at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

Jacques Tuyisenge scored twice, his eighth and ninth league goals this season, to ensure victory for the table toppers against the sugar millers.

Kenneth Muguna netted the third goal to seal the result.

Tuyisenge scored his first goal on 23 minutes.

The pacy attacker capitalised on a pass from fellow strike partner George Odhiambo and beat Chemelil custodian Dairus Adira from close range.

Barely four minutes later, and the Rwandan international was again on the scoresheet.

And what a goal it was. Innocent Wafula had done the donkey work down the right hand side before delivering a cross into the box.

Probably by design, Tuyisenge’s compatriot Meddie Kagere flicked the call into the path of Tuyisenge, who connected the same into the net via a bicycle kick.

Crucially, this result hands coach Dylan Kerr’s charges a nine-point advantage over second placed Sofapaka, even though Batoto ba Mungu have played a game more.

At this rate, K’Ogalo who have won five and drawn the other of their last six assignments, could bag the title with four games left to play.


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Gor Players Stage Go-Slow Over Unpaid Bonuses

By David Kwalimwa

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr has pleaded with the club’s management “to respect the players” ahead of Thursday afternoon’s SportPesa Premier League match against Chemelil Sugar in Kisumu.

The Englishman spoke on Wednesday moments after his players refused to train in protest over delayed payment of match winning bonuses and training allowances going back five matches.

The stand-off between players and the club’s management comes just a week after the team was locked out of their Camp Toyoyo training base in Nairobi for failing to pay for using the facility.

“These off-the-pitch issues have nothing to do with me. All I can do is urge the players to respect the club and the club to do likewise,” Kerr said.

Club chairman Ambrose Rachier said Gor is facing financial challenges occasioned by unavailability of stadiums in Nairobi, and the abrupt withdrawal of Castle Lager and SuperSport as the club’s sponsors and league’s broadcast sponsor earlier this year.

He denied reports of go-slow at the team camp.

“Our grants from KPL have reduced by half after SportPesa pulled out, and gate collection has reduced by upto 80 per cent as we play all our matches outside Nairobi,” he said.

“And to add to that, our monthly grants from the Kenyan Premier League have reduced by half after SuperSport pulled out. We are really struggling.”

The Nyayo and Kasarani stadiums in the capital have been shut down for government commissioned renovations in readiness for next year’s Africa Nations Championship football tournament.

So is the City stadium, which was banned by football authorities from hosting league assignments owing to its dilapidated state.


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Sportpesa Makes Shortlist for Football Business Awards

London — Leading betting firm, SportPesa has made the star-studded shortlist for the prestigious Football Business Awards (FBA) 2017 that rewards the hard work that takes place in supporting the success of the game in the United Kingdom.

SportPesa was shortlisted as a finalist for two global awards under the category of Best Brand Activation involving Football for their campaigns with English Premier League giants, Everton FC and English Football League Championship outfit- Hull City Tigers FC.

“It is truly an honour to receive such a high profile recognition for our efforts to promote football development across various regions and using football to unite cultures as well as build careers. To receive, not one but two nominations speaks volumes about the work we put in to grow the game,” SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri said.

SportPesa is one of the three companies with two nominations in the awards which have 97 finalists comprising English Premier League clubs, various charities, media companies, hospitality companies and gaming firms among others that have been nominated under various categories.

The black-tie FBA gala night, for the national event at which all the achievements off the pitch are celebrated at the end of each year, will be held in London on November 2.

Everton signed a record title partnership deal with the bookmaker on May 15 and got the nod for the Brand Activation award for their very first engagement with SportPesa which saw the Blues make a historic tour of Tanzania that celebrated their addition to the company’s expanding portfolio.

The Toffees; who became the first EPL team to play in East Africa when they beat 2017 SportPesa Super Cup champions, Kenyan titans Gor Mahia FC 2-1 in Dar-es-Salaam on July 13, conducted a series of engaging community activities on the side-lines of their landmark tour.

The advance party led by retired club legend, Leon Osman, travelled ahead of the squad to learn more about local culture, meet coffee growers and take a tour of Dar in a bicycle before the team visited Uhuru Primary School where UK aid is ensuring deaf and blind students receive the same level of education as their classmates.

The Toffees featuring star-signing and retired England captain; Wayne Rooney, then joined Albino United FC for a training session to highlight the challenges those with the condition face in the region and presented each player with the 2017/18 away shirt besides conducting football clinics.

The Hull City versus SportPesa All Stars game held in February, the first time for a Kenyan side to play an EPL side, gave rise to the careers of many budding footballers among them 16-year old Joshua Otieno, a player drawn from Kenya’s Sony Sugar who got a chance to briefly train with Hull City youngsters after the game.

The sixth edition of the Football Business Award will be held in London on November 2. The latest nomination comes three months after SportPesa clinched two awards at the Discovery Sports Industry Awards held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

SportPesa scooped the award for Best African Sponsorship for its support of the grassroots league Super 8 in partnership with local organization Extreme Sports Limited. The company’s marketing campaign ‘Made of Winners’ emerged best in the Pan African Campaign of the Year category. The award came shortly after SportPesa was recognized as a Super brand in January 2017.


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