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V-Ball – Mutabazi Set for Trials in Greece

By Peter Kamasa

Rwanda international Yves Mutabazi is set to travel for professional trials with Greece volleyball league side Iraklis Halkida VBC.

The sensational left-attacker has been with Sammy Mulinge’s APR volleyball club since 2012 after crossing from Huye-based GSO Butare. The 22-year-old travelled to Greece on Tuesday.

During his send off ceremony, APR head coach Sammy Mulinge thanked Mutabazi for being a valuable member of the team.

“We cherish your contribution for the time you have been with the club. The players, coaches and the entire management wish you all the best in your new endeavours,” Mulinge said.

Mutabazi has left the club ahead of the Carre d’AS which is set to kick off on September 30.

Although the club will miss Mutabazi’s skills, Mulinge said he is not under any pressure, having bagged the Genocide Memorial and KAVC memorial titles. APR will play against Kirehe while Gisagara meet IPRC South in Carre d’As tournament.

The former, U17, U20 and U23 youngster, Mutabazi was named the MVP during the Genocide Memorial Tournament, and the KAVC memorial tournament in Uganda, Kampala.

Mutabazi is expected to return in three weeks to join the national team, which is preparing for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for October 20-30 in Egypt.

Rwanda

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Samurai Take on Sandstorm 6-Goal Open Final

By Cellestine Olilo

Samurai’s Brad McGibbon and Sandstorm’s George McCorkell will Sunday afternoon lead their teams in the main cup finals of the prestigious Kenya International 6-goal Open which rolled off on Friday at the Nairobi Polo Club in Nairobi.

The two teams are unbeaten so far, and will meet for the first time in the 6-goal competition’s main final scheduled for 2pm on Sunday.

Samurai opened their campaign with a 6-4 win over Guy Watson’s RJ Poilo on Friday, before overcoming Henry Limb’s Royal Salute 5-3 in their second match on Saturday.

READY FOR THE FINAL

McGibbon, a South African international who boasts a handicap of 4 and who is known for his prolific stick work and strong offensive play, told Nation Sport that he is prepared for another enjoyable afternoon in the final.

“It is never about winning alone. It is also about enjoying ourselves, enhancing our playing skills and bettering our handicap. Today was a bit chilly and the horses struggled a little with that but I hope that the weather will be more favourable tomorrow so that everyone can enjoy the game,” the South African coal miner said.

McGibbon, who is taking part in this weekend’s tournament as a guest, will do the job alongside teammates Stutti Millar, Eugene Yumbya and Cheza Miller who have a combined handicap of 6.

MURRAY STUMBLES

He will however face strong opposition from McCorkell, who boasts an inferior handicap 3, but who has on his side the gracious and experienced Julian Camm – an elite polo player.

Handicap four Jamie Murray is however out of contention of the main cup, and will lead his “Space and Style” team in the Plate final against team Samsung which is led by South African international Johan Du Preez.

Despite being the highest handicapped player in Kenya, Murray’s “Space and Style” team stumbled in the first match on Friday and lost 5-4 to Royal Salute, before bouncing back with a 10-3 win over RJ Poilo in their second game on Saturday.

END OF THE SEASON

The international Polo Tournament is an annual event which marks the climax of the Kenyan polo season.

The tournament is usually organised over two weekends, with the first weekend being the 6-goal tournament (for teams with a collective handicap of six), which curtain raises for the mouthwatering eight-goal tournament which is open for elite players whose collective handicap must reach eight.

This year, Nairobi Polo Club chairman Philip Arungah in conjunction with Kenya Polo Association invited five professional players from Zambia (Eric Stubbs), Argentina (Duncan Watson) and South Africa (Guy Watson, Du Preez and McGibbon), as well as a professional umpire (Charles Seavil) from Paris.

Kenya

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Beating Continues as Junior Malkia Lose Fourth Straight Match

By Timothy Olobulu

Nairobi — The Kenya women’s volleyball Under-23 team lost their fourth straight match at the FIVB World Championship in Slovania, going down by straight sets to South American side Cuba who picked up their first victory in the competition.

The Cubans needed 55 minutes to see off a resilient Kenya side with Ailama Cese Montalvo and Diaris De La Caridad Perez Ramos delivering the day’s best performance, Kenya losing in set scores of 15-9, 15-10, 15-7, 15-12 in 55 minutes.

Kenya’s best performance was in the final set when they raced on to the lead up until the 11 point mark when Cuba came from three points down to go all the way to winning the set to much disappointment of the Kenyans who were inches of their first set win in the tournament.

“We didn’t start well. Later on, we improved but finishing the set remained our problem. In the second set, we started to play and fight. Cuba is a very good team. They are tall and have powerful attacks and good blocks,” Kenya head coach Catherine Mabwi said after the match.

Her sentiments were echoed by skipper Shyrine Jepkemboi who said; “We did our best today. We were expecting more; we tried to win this match. Nevertheless, we had bad luck in our match as well.”

Cuba’s Perez and Ailama had identical twelve-point outputs while Yvone Wavinya top scored for Kenya with eight points, including one ace. Cuba made the difference with a 39-19 spiking firework.

Cuba outclassed Kenya in the opening set with a strong 15-9 win. The young Africans continued to fight in the succeeding sets, but setter Gretell Elena Moreno Borrero helped Cuba run clutch plays that ensured match victory.

Mabwi’s girls will hope for a better performance when the girls face off with Japan in their final group match on Friday, hopefully gunning to win their first set of the tournament.

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Harambee Starlets Thrash Mozambique

By Brian Yonga

Harambee Starlets on Thursday launched their Cosafa (Confederation of Southern African Football Associations) campaign with an impressive 5-2 win over Mozambique at the Luveve Stadium, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Kenya is in Group B alongside Mozambique, Swaziland and Mauritius, and they will be competing for the ultimate prize against 11 other teams from the Southern African region.

Player-of-the-match Neddy Atieno scored a hat-trick as Starlets came from down twice to beat Mozambique 5-2 in the Cosafa Women’s Championship.

Kenya’s other scorers were Vihiga Queens’ Phoebe Okech, who scored from a brilliant free-kick from the left side, and Mombasa Olympic’s Mwanahalima Adam. A record field of 12 teams, including guest nation Kenya, are featuring in the tournament which is a build-up for the African Women’s Championship qualifiers that start early next year.

“I thank my team for the fighting spirit and for never giving up when we were down twice,” Atieno, who recently joined the Kenya Defence Forces, said in a post-match interview.

Kenya is in Group ‘B’ of the Cosafa tournament alongside Mozambique, Swaziland and Mauritius and they will be competing for the ultimate prize against 11 other teams from the Southern African region.

Zimbabwe, who have hosted the competition twice before in 2002 and 2011, is a fitting stage for the tournament as one of the powerhouse nations in the region.

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Kenya Lose to Brazil in Opener

By David Kwalimwa

Despite a late rally in the final two sets of the game, Kenya lost 4-0 (15-2, 15-5, 15-12, 15-10) to Brazil in the opening match of the volleyball Women’s U-23 Championship played in Slovenia on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Dominican Republic also handed Africa other representatives Egypt a 4-2 loss (12-15, 15-6, 15-8, 15-12, 19-7) in the other game played on Sunday.

In all, the South Americans emerged a superior opponent in this contest played under a new scoring system that is specifically under test by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) in this tournament.

The system includes a 15-point set format (instead of 25) and a best of seven sets to determine the winning team (other than the previous best of five). This implies that a side has to win four sets to be declared winner.

“For someone that is only watching the match it looked good on court. But for the players on the court the new pointing system is very, very fast. And we have to keep our concentration all the game,” Brazil coach Wagner Coppini opined.

Captain Drussyla contributed an impressive haul to Brazil’s point tally to emerge top scorer in this game played at the Sportna Dvorana Tivolo hall in Ljubljana. Meanwhile, Kenya’s left attacker Yvonne Snaida was Kenya’s best scorer with five points.

“I am not sad that we lost our first match here. We did our best in the match that was our first (ever) international game. We should improve our start. This is crucial for winning more points. I think in the next games we will improve,” Kenya captain Shyrine Jepkemboi stressed in his post-match comments.

Brazil took command of the game from the word go, opting to pile a pressure on Kenya’s back court marshalled by Joan Ng’eywo and Doreen Marani.

The tactic paid off, with the favourites ultimately racing into an undisputed 13 point advantage at the end of the opening set.

Coach Catherine Mabwi’s charges seemed to fashion some resolve from somewhere in the proceeding set and pushed the opponents to a 4-4 tie in the opening period.

However, the Kenyan team wasn’t consistent enough and the reigning champions capitalised fully to rake up a 15-5 advantage.

Kenya had their best moments in the third set where the scores stood at 10-10 at some point but again failed in rallying on to pick atleast a set.

Kenya

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U-23 Girls Step Up Training for World Championships

By Warothe Kiru

Upbeat and raring to go. That is the mood in Kenya Under-23 volleyball team preparing for week-long World Under-23 World Championships that starts on Sunday in Slovenia.

The team, which leaves for the tournament on Friday, is in a tough Pool ‘B’ that features champions Brazil, runners-up Turkey, Japan, Bulgaria and Cuba.

Kenya, which last featured in the biennial tournament in 2013 when it was held in Mexico and finished last, has set a target of winning at least one match and playing better against the more established teams.

Speaking after Tuesday’s training session, coach Catherine Mabwi said her team is well prepared for the tournament. “We have talked to the girls to make them psychologically ready for the opener against Brazil on Sunday.”

And the coach’s confidence has rubbed off her players, with assistant captain Faith Imodia saying: “It is a bit scary as we have never played on such a big stage before but we shall confidently follow the coaches’ instructions to the letter.”

The 14-member squad has been training for a month under the watchful eye of former Kenyan international Mabwi, assisted by Vernon Khainga.

The team has been whittled down to a 12-man travelling squad.

Kenya

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Nairobi Cricket Side’s Match Against Indians Called Off

By Richard Mwangi

The second Sir Vizzy Trophy four-day game between Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) and hosts Andhra Pradesh Cricket Association (ACA) of India was called off because of bad lighting on Sunday. At the time of stoppage, ACA were trailing NPCA by 132 runs.

Put in to bat first, NPCA scored 153 runs in their first innings for the loss of 10 wickets in 62.5 overs. NPCA started their innings on a sour note when they lost their opening batsmen cheaply, Karan Kaul for two runs and his opening partner, Abraham Vadada for four. The other batsmen followed suit. Roger Mukasa (0), Morris Ouma (20), Harshavardhan Patel (46), James Ngoche (0), Nikhil Date (28), Charles Waiswa unbeaten on 16, Peter Koech (1) and Haraj Singh Sohal (0).

KeKarthik Raman was NPCA’s main executioner taking five wickets for 34. K.V. Sasikanth (3/27) and Bharghav Bhatt (2/49) were the other wicket takers.

The ACA were 21 for no loss when the game was called off. The two openers will continue with their innings on Monday.

“All the seven Indian teams are Ranji Trophy sides. Therefore, it must be a tough game for NPCA boys,” said NPCA fixtures secretary, Narendra Patel.

Eight teams are taking part in the tournament and are placed into two pools, A and B. NPCA are in pool A together with Baroda, Andhra Pradesh and Indian Oil Corporation. The other pool has Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation.

“All the seven Indian teams are Ranji Trophy sides. Therefore, it must be a tough game for NPCA boys.”

The Ranji Trophy is a domestic first class cricket tournament championship played in India between regional cricket associations.

Kenya

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Chairman’s Trophy Attracts 100 Golfers

By Mbonile Burton

Over 100 golfers are set to compete at this year’s CBA Chairman’s Trophy golf tournament that tees off today at the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) Lugalo Club course in Dar es Salaam.

Lugalo captain Japhet Masai told the ‘Daily News on Saturday’ in the city yesterday that preparations for the event are finalised. Masai said that the 18 holes stroke play nett event will bring together men, la dies and juniors golfers from different local clubs.

“We are happy that we received good response from golfers, who came forward and registered for the tournament … this is a very good number to club games,” he said. Lugalo founder General (rtd) George Waitara and his General group including Dr Edmund Mndolwa, Ambassador Charles Sanga and Ambassador Ombeni Sefue confirmed to compete in the tournament.

It is an open tournament for amateur players in men’s Division A, B, C, seniors, ladies and juniors categories. But one of the most interesting thing in today’s event will be professional golfers, who will have to play with three clubs format with condition that winners must card not over 80 gross.

Three-club is a golf format that requires golfers to pick just three golf clubs to use during their round. It is part of a class of similar games that require golfers to play with fewer than the stan dard 14 clubs.

The professionals were busy all the week practising with three clubs ready for the challenge. The annual tournament is held to honour Lugalo Club Chairman, who currently is Brigadier General (rtd) Michael Luwongo.

Masai said that everything was in place; saying the course was in good shape and that fabulous prizes from sponsor CBA bank are up for grab by today’s winners in various categories.

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Rwanda: Rwanda Bankers Association to Raise Health Awareness Through Sports

By Damas Sikubwabo

The Rwanda Bankers Association (RBA) on Tuesday announced that its members will participate in a multi-sports competition to raise health awareness among themselves.

The competition, organised in partnership with the City of Kigali, National Bank of Rwanda and the Ministry of Sports and Culture, will run under the theme, ‘HEALTHY.’

The four-day tournament, the first of its kind in the country, is scheduled to take place in the first two weekends of September, according to the organizers, who expect up to 15 local commercial banks plus the National Bank of Rwanda, to participate.

According to RBA Chairperson, Dr. Diane Karusisi, the tournament will see different banks playing against each other in various sports disciplines in a bid to sensitise bankers to take care of their health, network and have fun.

“After a small survey on the banks’ interest in sports, we zeroed on football, basketball, volleyball and swimming to begin with for the inaugural tournament, which will be organised on an annual basis,” said Jaqueline Mugwaneza, the Executive Secretary of the Association.

Organisers say that, besides the four disciplines, members will also compete in four games namely; table tennis, aerobics and tennis in a bid to attract more participants especially the women as well as mini-marathon to be held on the car-free day, on September 3.

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Harambee Starlets Enter Camp Ahead of Cosafa Cup

By Cellestine Olilo

Kenya women’s national football team has reported to camp at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, to prepare for Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Championship.

The Harambee Starlets team is now under coach Richard Kanyi, who was named head coach on Saturday afternoon, thereby taking over from David Ouma who took the team to last year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

With assistance from former player Mary Adhiambo, Kanyi’s immediate role will be to guide the team against the likes of Swaziland, Mozambique and Mauritius in the Cosafa tournament which will be held in Zimbabwean city of Bulawayo from September 13 to 24.

The Kenyan ladies are making their maiden appearance in the competition which is open to all of Cosafa’s 14 member countries, including Madagascar, Seychelles and South Africa.

Starlets have however been invited to compete in the tournament as guests, and are already viewed as heavy favourites to win the title following their triumphant qualification to the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations last year in Cameroon, as well as their second-place finish in the Cecafa Women’s Championship staged last August in Uganda.

A 30-member preliminary squad has been named for the tournament, including Kenya Defence Forces’ Neddy Atieno, who opted out of the Cameroon assignment last year to pursue a career in the military.

The team will use the tournament to prepare for qualifiers of the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations which begin early next year.

Meanwhile, the first batch of Kenya’s Under-20 team arrived safely in The Kingdom of Jordan on Monday ahead of a two-leg friendly match with their hosts. The second batch of players, comprised of youngsters who featured in the just-concluded East Africa Secondary School Games in Uganda, was scheduled to leave the country Monday evening for Jordan and could miss the first game which is slated for Tuesday afternoon.

The two games will be played on August 29 and 31 in Jordan, and will be used to prepare the youngsters for next month’s 2018 Fifa Under-20 Women’s World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia.

STARLETS SQUAD

Preliminary squad: Goalkeepers: Vivian Akinyi, Jennipher Adhiambo, Jane Achila, Pauline Atieno

Defenders: Wendy Achieng, Irene Awuor, Dorcas Shikobe, Dorcas Anyango, Lilian Adera, Gererder Akinyi, Florence Awino, Esther Nandika, Jackline Musula

Midfielders: Winfred Achieng, Winnie Kanyotu, Lucy Mukhwana, Caroline Anyango, Cheris Avilia, Lydia Akoth, Janet Moraa

Strikers: Phoebe Oketch, Neddy Atieno, Teresa Engesha, Juliet Auma, Jacky Ogol, Mwanahalima Adam, Sharon Bushenei, Mary Kinuthia, Mercy Achieng, Judith Musimbi.

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