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Soldiers march towards Gotv Shield

Published on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 07:55

Nakuru’s Ulinzi Stars are through to the GOtv Shield round of 16 stage after beating a hapless Mumbi Nationale 6–0 in the third round match played over the weekend at Ruaraka grounds.

Goalkeeper James Saruni, Evans Amwoka and Stephen Waruru scored a brace each as the Soldiers strode through in an easy fixture.

Waruru drew the first blood after just two minutes of kick off, sailing home a John Nairuka through pass as Kevin Amwayi’s shot at the quarter hour mark was parried off by Mumbi keeper Tom Kangeta.

A minute later, James Saruni netted his second goal of the season by converting from the spot that emanated from a handball inside the box.

A good combination from Nairuka and Waruru then saw Evans Amuoka open his account on the day for the third goal, the latter claiming his brace at the 36th minute as Waruru too completed his brace, making it 5–0 at the break.

With a minute to the end of the game, the second tier side's Nesta Ngaruiya handled the ball in the box to give Saruni another chance at extending the lead, and he did it well to record a brace in the match.

The Soldiers will now wait for their round of 16 opponent in a draw to be conducted later on.

Top Fry bow out of GOtv contest

Published on Monday, July 21, 2014 - 13:01

Top Fry AllStars bowed out of the GOtv Shield competition at the hands of little known Intercity FC after a 0–2 loss in the third round match staged over the weekend at Afraha stadium.

AllStars took control of the match from the opening minutes, enjoying a larger percentage of ball possession but Intercity denied them any chance at goal by defending well throughout.

The Nakuru-based side’s goalkeeper, Evans Omondi, almost got punished in the 9th minute, as he spilled the ball off a long cross into the box, but he was lucky as the ball just went out of play for a fruitless corner kick.

The hosts were punished in the 20th minute through Nathan Lutta, who fired a delightful strike at the back of the net for the opener.

AllStars’ Kennedy Owino came close to getting an equaliser in the 45th minute, when he rose completely unmarked to connect to Lawrence Juma's cross, but his effort went wide.

On resumption, Intercity, who takes part in the Nairobi Provincial League, continued from where they left in the first half, keeping vigilant at the back, and launching a counter-attack whenever space is created. The attack on the break resulted in the second goal in the 76th minute, through substitute Harry Liambo.

The Tusker Premier League side will now turn their focus on the top flight competition as they fight to evade relegation at the end of the season.

Sitting volleyball gym coming up at Afraha

Published on Monday, July 21, 2014 - 07:32

A mini-gymnasium for people living with physical disabilities is currently under construction at the Afraha stadium grounds in Nakuru town.

The gym will have training facilities, a changing room and a pitch for sitting volleyball – a game played by people with physical challenges.

The ground-breaking ceremony of the construction of the gymnasium was conducted last week by Nakuru County’s sports executive, Catherine Kitetu.

The construction has been sponsored by a group of European-based philanthropists, known as Projects Abroad, and will be completed in less than a month.

Over 20 of the philanthropists, from the UK, attended the ground-breaking event as were MCAs Emma Mbugua and Joshua Mureithi, who represent people living with disabilities.

The coach of the Nakuru Sports Youth Association, Dickson Gateri, expressed gratitude at the sponsorship on behalf of the county’s sitting volleyball team.

Ward representative Mbugua said the project would provide great relief to local youth, especially those with disabilities, by keeping them off drug abuse, alcoholism and HIV-Aids related consequences.

The team’s chairman, Nicholas Muchemi, and executive committee member Richard Tirop said he team was formed in June last year and the officials aim to make it attain international standards and compete in sitting volleyball events worldwide by tapping local talents.

MCA Mbugua said Sh25 million has been set aside for each ward’s development with Sh1 million being allocated to each ward in Nakuru County for people living with disabilities. She encouraged registered member-groups to go for the funds.

Mureithi also suggested that an inter-wards completion for people living with disabilities be started so as to tap latent talent in youth for sports and leadership abilities.

Governor Mbugua is new inter-counties sports boss

Published on Friday, July 18, 2014 - 16:55

Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua is the new patron of Kenya Inter-Counties Sports and Cultural Association (Kicosca). 

Kinuthia takes over from Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero who filled the position at inauguration in July last year.

Nakuru’s chairperson of sports and culture, Jane Wangui, who is also a representative of Gilgil ward, congratulated the governor, saying the assembly budgeted for sports in each ward for this financial year.

Kicosca national chairperson Fredrick Rimbere said the association takes a forum way of initiating interaction, developments of sports and unity. The regional games will be held in Kampala on August and Mbugua will accompany the team. 

Rimbere encouraged more teams to come and compete, emphasising that the residents will benefit from organisation.

County assembly deputy speaker John Macharia challenged those accusing MCAs for overspending to stop since the ward representatives have many services to deliver.

At the handover ceremony, Mbugua said people will benefit socially and economically. He encouraged stakeholders to deliver services well, saying Nakuru is the most secured county.

Kidero was represented by Christopher Khaemba, the executive in charge of the sports docket in Nairobi County.

Unlucky Top Fry fall to Gor

Published on Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 17:13

Top Fry AllStars fell 0–1 to Tusker Premier League defending champions Gor Mahia in a midweek encounter staged at City Stadium on Wednesday.

Former Karuturi Sports right back and Cameroon born Simon Pierre scored the solitary goal in the 8th minute after AllStars’ Kaplimba Kanamuli failed to clear a Kennedy Opiyo free kick.

The visitors did not give up from conceding the early goal and held their spirits high in search of the equalizer. In the 11th minute, Tony Nyangor thought he had struck home but saw his free kick well taken by Gor custodian Jerim Onyango.

Four minutes later, Musa Mohammed fouled Erastus Mwaniki with the resultant free kick going off the target.

Both sides displayed a counter attack football for the better part of the first half.

Despite bringing on all the substitutes’ in the second half, Peter Okidi’s charges could not restore parity, ending up losing all the points to remain 15th on the log with 12 points from 18 matches.

Resilient Sofapaka picks point at Ulinzi

Published on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 11:39

Ulinzi Stars were held to a 1–1 draw by visiting Sofapaka in a Tusker Premier League clash at Afraha stadium.

The Soldiers were the first to see the back of the net after Stephen Waruru converted John Nairuka’s free kick after just four minutes of kick-off.

Sofapaka found themselves struggling to keep possession in the opening minutes with their first sniff at goal coming in the 22nd minute through a corner kick, which was well dealt with by the Hassan Mohammed-led Ulinzi back line.

In the 34th minute, Kevin Amwayi’s clear-cut cross from the flank lacked a simple tap in by his teammates who were nowhere near the ball.

Sofapaka seemed to have been outplayed in the first half, forcing head coach Sam Timbe to effect changes in the second half that led to the last-minute equalizer through Burundian international Abdoul Fiston.

The point lifted Ulinzi to seventh spot with 23 points from 17 matches.

Top Fry record second league win

Published on Monday, July 14, 2014 - 08:16

Nakuru-based Top Fry AllStars recorded their second win of the season in the Tusker Premier League by beating Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) 1–0 at Afraha Stadium on Sunday.

Erastus Mwaniki notched the priceless goal in the 36th minute to give the team hope that they can avoid relegation. Mwaniki beat KRA’s Douglas Okumu before rounding goalkeeper Philemon Otieno to bury the ball in the net and ensure they break for halftime leading.

On resumption, new signing Tony Nyangor could have doubled the lead for the hosts in the 52nd minute but KRA defender Edwin Misiko blocked his attempted shot. A minute later, KRA’s Geoffrey Kataka came close in a bid to restore parity but his shot went wide.

The battle went on with KRA keen on marking an impressing Tony ‘Balotieno’ Nyangor for fear of his probing antics. In the 73rd minute, an encounter between Balotieno and Evans Kiwanuka left the striker in pain, leading to his substitution in the 80th minute to pave way for John Ndirangu.

The taxmen could do little to save their blushes as Top Fry bagged full points for the second time this season after doing the same against league champions Gor Mahia with a 2–0 victory in March.

The Peter Okidi-coached side are still ranked 15th with 12 points in the league table.

They welcome Muhoroni Youth in their next league match on Saturday 26 July.

Nakuru Top Fry share spoils with SoNy

Published on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 07:45

Nakuru Top Fry failed to beat off their relegation worries after being held to a barren draw by visiting SoNy Sugar at Afraha Stadium on Saturday.

It was the second draw in a row for the Nakuru side who held former champions Tusker to a 1-1 tie at the same venue on Wednesday.

The result means that Top Fry, who are second from the bottom of the league table, have now gone ten matches without a win. The last time a team went ten matches without a win and still survived relegation was in 2010 when City Stars achieved this feat.

However, on a positive note, Top Fry will be happy that they have now gone six matches un-beaten and for a team that was used to losing, it left coach Peter Okidi positive about their survival chances.

"Considering that we were at home, our target was to pick maximum points and begin our climb out of the bottom,” said the Top Fry coach.

“We are still grateful with that single point. It is better than nothing and we hope to build on it for better results in future,” he told Goal.com

Top Fry will blame themselves for not winning this one considering the number of chances which they created. Hardly two minutes into the match, Samuel Onyango headed wide from a free kick taken at the edge of the box by Arthur Weyula. In the fifth minute, John Ndirangu saw his attempt sail over the bar as the home side looked for the opener.

By the quarter hour mark Mohammed Haji had been denied. Haji created another scoring opportunity for the home side at the half hour mark, setting up Erastus Mwaniki who failed to tap home the effort. 

Top Fry AllStars spends Sh0.1m on new signings

Published on Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 11:22

Nakuru-based Top Fry AllStars splashed Sh125,000 in signing new players in the just concluded June transfer window.

The Tusker Premier League side parted with Sh50,000 to acquire the services of central defender Kanamuli Severin from second tier side Nzoia Sugar. It also gave a total Sh60,000 for striker Tony Nyangor and goalkeeper Shaban Odhoji from Chemelil Sugar and Muhoroni Youth respectively, each player costing Sh30,000.

The club also paid Nairobi-based Moya FC Sh15,000 to acquire the services of Cersidy Lumumba while Haji Ugando landed in on a loan deal from Tanzanian side Mbagala United.

The league debutants, through the Football Kenya Federation, has already received the international transfer certificate of the Tanzanian youngster.

The club, coached by Peter Okidi, yesterday shared spoils with Tusker FC after drawing 1-1 at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.

The new signings are expected to help the team fight avoid relegation.

Harambee Stars to face Lesotho in Nakuru in African Cup qualifier

Published on Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 13:23

The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations return match between Kenya and Lesotho on August 3 will be played at Nakuru's Afraha Stadium, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Sam Nyamweya said yesterday.

Speaking during the FKF Annual General Meeting at Kabarak Guest House in Nakuru County, Nyamweya said the move is geared towards taking football closer to people.

“The return match (Kenya vs Lesotho) is set for August 3 and will be held in Nakuru,” Nyamweya said.

“Kenyans living outside Nairobi tend to miss top-notch football action, especially matches involving the senior national team, Harambee Stars, because most of the matches are played in Nairobi,” he added.

The FKF president put the delegates through last year's activities, pointing out that during the period, Harambee Stars rose from position 138 to 108 in Fifa rankings, noting that it was the fastest progression by an African team in one year.

Harambee Stars players are currently watching the World Cup finals in Brazil, courtesy of President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta’s support. The president and his family made a personal donation of Sh10 million, while East African Breweries chipped in Sh3.5 million to facilitate the trip to South America.

The national team players, who were being rewarded for winning the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup tournament last year, watched Thursday’s Fifa World Cup first round match between Ghana and Portugal, in which the European team won 2-1.

Ulinzi Stars vs Ingwe match postponed

Published on Friday, June 27, 2014 - 07:47

The Tusker Premier League (TPL) second leg opener pitting hosts Ulinzi Stars and AFC Leopards has been postponed.

The fixture was set to be honoured this Saturday at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru but will now be played on the weekend of 5 and 6 July.

The move has been effected following the national team Harambee Stars Wednesday June 25 departure to watch the ongoing World Cup in Brazil.

“KPL have communicated to us that the game has been postponed and we will thus have no engagement this weekend,” team manager David Mwangi said.

The national team were sponsored by President Uhuru Kenyatta to watch the World Cup in South America after winning the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup. 

Nakuru's Josphine Kaime wins Pan African Life Cancer golf Challenge

Published on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 11:21

Playing handicap 10, Josphine Kaime amassed 40 staple-ford points to be crowned the overall winner of the third leg of the Pan African Life Cancer Challenge held at the 18-hole Nakuru Golf Club.

Kaime accumulated an average of 19 points on the first nine and 21 points on the second nine to beat a contingent of 116 golfers to win the golf challenge. 

“It was not easy, especially having to battle it out with my opponents. But all in all am proud of the win,” Kaime said after the match. 

In the weekend, second-placed Kysto Sisenda, playing handicap 14, managed to accumulate a total of 38 staple-ford points.

Michael Kandie, playing handicap 15, settled for the third slot having accumulated a total of 36 staple-ford points. 

Susan Gichuki scooped the lady winner trophy, having amassed a total of 36 staple-ford points, as Nancy Metto followed with 35 staple-ford points. 

Esther Karuga had 21 points to be crowned first nine winner with Steven Magunyu attaining 19 staple-ford points to become winner of the second nine.
 
The longest drive man title went to J. Chege as Josphine Kaime also scooped the longest drive lady category, with Ali Wazir winning the nearest to pin man category. 

Staff winner was Stephen Kamanda having collected a total of 29 staple-ford points when he accumulated 16 and 13 points in the first and second nine respectively. 

E. N Kimotho, playing handicap 14, scored 28 staple-ford points to win the guest category as Anoop Sahota playing handicap 26 scored 24 staple-ford points to be crowned the junior category winner. 

Anoop was closely followed by Dan Njenga, who amassed 18 staple-ford points.

County government urged to tap talent in primary children

Published on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 10:49

The Nakuru County government has been urged to utilise talents in public primary schools in their proposed Talent Academy investment.

Mama Ngina primary school head teacher Christine Mayieko has said that most talents are discovered in primary schools but the students are not financially able to develop their skills. This ends up killing opportunities the children would have benefited from in the future

Speaking during the schools talent day, Mayieko argued that it would be unfair for a pupil to start benefiting from their God-given talent when they are older since the talent was not tapped at a young age.

“We have great athletes, wonderful poets and even creative dancers. The government should ensure that these talents are tapped at an early age. The move can be beneficial to the parents who come from poor backgrounds,” she said.

Mayieko said many pupils give up once they become older as many do not see the benefits associated with carrying the special gift.

“Beginning at an early age would be the best motivation. Students will look into striving to become better. Majority of these multi-talented students are not very sharp in class but can use their talents to even earn a living,” she added.

The Nakuru County government is set to establish a Sh20 million talent academy that will help youths in the area sharpen their different talents.

“We are keen to help the youths enjoy their skills instead of forcing them to stick in classes doing things that they do not enjoy. We want to harness all the skills to empower our people,” said Governor Kinuthia Mbugua.

Kalenjin elders wade into water services company politics

Published on Monday, June 23, 2014 - 14:53

Boardroom wars at the Nakuru Water and Sanitation Services Company (Nawassco) have taken another twist following the recent ousting of former managing director Eng. John Cheruiyot. 

Now, the Kalenjin council of elders have waded into the politics of Nawassco leadership accusing The National Alliance (TNA) leaders of an attempt to short-change the United Republican Party (URP) on key leadership positions. 

Led by their chairman Josiah Ruto, the elders said Cheruiyot’s ejection from office was politically motivated. 

“Sending Eng Cheruiyot on compulsory leave is a clear indication that TNA has wrong motives. The process was not conducted according to the law,” said Ruto. 

Cheruiyot was sent on compulsory leave a week ago after a board meeting attended by six directors.

Speaking to the press over the weekend at Nakuru town, Ruto lamented that despite the URP being part of the Jubilee coalition, leaders affiliated to the TNA party were keen to discriminate them on major leadership position appointments. 

The leaders called upon President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy William Ruto to intervene in the row which threatens to paralyse water services in the region.

TNA and URP allied MCAs have been on opposing sides for more than a month over the Nawassco directorship.

Motion compels county government to release sports funds

Published on Monday, June 23, 2014 - 06:40

The Nakuru County assembly has passed a motion to compel the county government to release sports funds before the end of 2013/2014 financial year.

Gilgil Member of County Assembly (MCA) Jane Ngugi, who is also the chair of culture and sports in the assembly, moved the motion, saying unemployment is a major challenge in the county.

She said the youth and people living with disabilities are the most affected since the approved sports budget of Sh3 million for the 2013/2014 financial was not effectively spent. Ngugi said this has forced MCAs to sponsor sporting activities using their own resources.

The ward representative said the county executive has to do something for every ward to receive sports materials as the youth were promised during the pre-election pledges.

“We have to fulfil the promise to the youths who voted for us before the end of this financial year," said Ngugi.

The motion was seconded by Molo ward MCA Ngugi Muigai, who said the funds were meant for sports but the county executive diverted some of the money to a golf tournament, which was not played by the youths.

The house heard that sporting events are important for the cosmopolitan county in helping the people interact and live together in peace.

‘Balotieno’ happy with Top Fry move

Published on Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 09:49

Tony Nyangor alias Balotieno is elated with a transfer to Nakuru-based Top Fry AllStars.

Nyangor signed for the league debutants from Chemelil Sugar a week ago.

Speaking to the club’s official website after the morning training session, the former Gor Mahia and Nzoia Sugar striker was convinced that his move to Nakuru was the right decision.

“Signing for this team was the right decision. Everybody here welcomed me well and that has really helped me settle down very quickly,” he said.

Nyangor is hopeful of featuring for the team very soon, probably against Tusker FC on Wednesday, June 25.

“The players here have huge determination and they are real fighters. The coaches too are very good and keep giving words of encouragement. My target now is to show and convince the coaches here that I can deliver. I really cannot wait to put on that orange jersey,” he added, describing the Peter Okidi side as comprising of talented lads.

Everybody in this team is very talented. When you go to a team that's in the relegation zone, you always expect to see a lot of players carrying doubts in their heads, and their morale on a down-hill. Here, it is very different and that is what has really caught my attention.”

Security beefed up at Naivasha pubs as World Cup gets underway

Published on Monday, June 16, 2014 - 14:33

Pub and restaurant operators in Naivasha have put in place measures to ensure safety of fans watching World Cup matches that started on Wednesday in Brazil.

Maxwell Andanyi, a pub owner in Naivasha town, said that individuals accessing the pub will be frisked thoroughly. Andanyi added that he has hired more guards to ensure nothing goes wrong during the month-long World Cup event.

The measures come at a time when police have been urged to intensify patrols and deal with individuals taking advantage of the games to engage in crime.

In a press statement, police spokesperson Gitari Mboroki said police have been directed to ensure safety of soccer fans and all Kenyans, especially in entertainment joints in urban centres.

Mboroki warned soccer fans against over-indulging in activities that may disrupt peace.

Those who do not want to miss the action are investing in Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) set boxes to make watching the games enjoyable. And due to the heightened demand for the DVBs, dealers are making a kill as the number of people buying the devices increase. 

Monica Kamau, a digital set boxes dealer, said that business is good and that they expect more during the World Cup period.

Yakhama, Balotieno join Top Fry AllStars

Published on Monday, June 16, 2014 - 07:54

Former AFC Leopards and Chemelil Sugar tactician Nick Yakhama has joined Top Fry AllStars’ technical bench.

The former Kenyan international brings with him a wealth of coaching and playing experience at the Nakuru-based side. 

Club chief executive Robert Muthomi confirmed the move on his Twitter account.

“I can also confirm the appointment of former Kenyan international Nick Yakhama to the AllStars technical bench,” read the tweet.

He continued, “Nick brings a wealth of coaching and playing experience and we believe he will be a great addition to the team. We expect to conclude our transfer business in the next few days.”

At the time of his appointment, Yakhama was coaching Kaimosi Teachers College.

Other new signings are ex-Gor Mahia, Bandari, Nzoia Sugar and Chemelil Sugar forward Tony Otieno, famously known as Balotieno together with Mbagaya United player Haji Mohammed. Mohammed is coming in on a six-month loan deal.

The new team members are expected to help AllStars welcome Tusker FC in a league match on Saturday June 21, in what will be their final match of the first leg.

Ulinzi Stars sign 8 promising stars in mid-year transfer window

Published on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 11:38

Nakuru-based Tusker Premier League side Ulinzi Stars has signed eight players in the ongoing June transfer window.

From the eight, three have come from their reserve team that participates in the Football Kenya Federation National Division One, Ulinzi Warriors. They include defenders Rodgers Omondi, Brian Birgen and striker Aggrey Mejja.

Oscar Wamalwa and Justine Onwong’a, who were part of the team last season, have also re-joined manager Robert Matano’s side after completing their military training earlier this month.

Former Nairobi City Stars midfielders Boniface Onyango and John Mark Makwata have also joined the camp from the military school with ex-Thika United striker John Nairuka also being snapped up by the soldiers who drew 2-2 with Sony Sugar on Saturday June 6 at Afraha stadium.

Ulinzi are ranked 8th on the Tusker Premier League standings with 18 points from 14 matches. 

They face Sofapaka in their next match that will see them complete the first leg of the season.

Ulinzi Stars held at Afraha

Published on Monday, June 9, 2014 - 16:52

Four-time Tusker Premier League (TPL) champions Ulinzi Stars were held to a 2-2 draw by SoNy Sugar on Saturday at their Afraha stadium home ground in Nakuru.

SoNy had the first laugh through Edwin Oduor in the 26th minute but Stephen Waruru equalised four minutes later.

SoNy kicked off on a positive note and could have opened the scorelines but Ugandan John Ssemugenyi’s shot in the fourth minute went wide for a goal kick.

Ulinzi were the better side going by ball possession for the first 20 minutes as SoNy played cautiously not to concede an early goal, they instead waited for the counter attacks.

Edwin Oduor then ended his goal drought after turning home in the 26th minute from a counter attack effected by Samuel Onyango, who brought in a cross for the former KCB striker. Ulinzi Stars pulled back at the half hour mark through Stephen Waruru who headed home a Job Muhati cross.

Both sides went for halftime tied 1-1. On resumption, Ulinzi picked up from where they left and won a corner six minutes but Stephen Waruru shot wide. Three minutes later, Waruru claimed his brace by heading home a Kevin Amwayi free kick.

SoNy had an opportunity to level but their corner in the 58th minute was cleared back into the field of play by Ulinzi defenders. Edwin Oduor then ensured that he goes back to the top of the top scorer’s chart by scoring his second in the match in the 63rd minute from a Samuel Onyango corner kick.

Both teams made two changes; SoNy brought on Amos Asembeka and Robert Ouma in the 78th and 90th minute as the Soldiers introduced Evans Amuoka and Allan Abulala in the 63rd and 79th minutes respectively.

The draw helped the Robert Matano led side to move to 10th position with 18 points, 11 behind leaders and defending champions Gor Mahia while SoNy remain sixth with 19 points after 14 rounds of play.

Ulinzi wind up their first leg campaign with a visit in Machakos County against Sofapaka on Sunday, June 15.

Top Fry to miss trio against Muhoroni

Published on Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 13:47

Nakuru-based Top Fry AllStars will be without the services of three of their key players when they encounter Muhoroni Youth in a Tusker Premier League match on Sunday, June 8.

The three; defender Arthur Weyula, striker John Ndirangu – popularly known as Softie in Nakuru suburbs – and midfielder Maurice Odhiambo have been ruled out due to injuries, according to the club’s official website.

The team is smartly tucked in the relegation zone with six points from 13 matches.

Meanwhile, the team departs today for Nyanza region for the 3pm kickoff at the Muhoroni stadium.

Athletics official says sports may be reverted back to national government

Published on Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 08:18

South Rift Athletics Kenya (AK) chairman John Wachira has said that federation may demand that sports be reverted back to the central government.

This is after Kajiado County failed to present athletes during the one-day South Rift athletics championships held at Nakuru’s Afraha stadium on Saturday.

Wachira questioned why the county failed to present its athletic talent adding that such acts could be an attempt to derail nurturing of sporting talent.

“This is a very important event where runners gauge their potential before the June 5 and 6 national athletics championships at Nyayo stadium. We also test ahead of the June 7 Commonwealth trials,” Wachira said.

Kajiado County AK chairperson, Joseph Kasaine, blamed the failure on county’s failure to release funds on time.

“I have, on many occasions, been forced to handle the cost myself and from sports fans in the county,” said Kasaine.

Kasaine, who is also the South Rift AK deputy chairman, added that Kajiado County hosted the last Rift region’s cross country but denied him funds. This forced him to spend his money for the event, he said.

He has called on the corporate world to support sports.

Kajiado County produced the 2012 Barcelona World Junior champion Duncan Ngaru.

Nakuru hosts key Bamburi Rugby Series matches

Published on Friday, May 23, 2014 - 11:51

This Saturday will be action packed for Nakuru as the Nakuru Bamburi Rugby Super Series matches get staged at the Nakuru Athletics Club.

The fixtures will be played from 2-6pm. Rugby fans in the county have more to celebrate as the match comes just a week after Nakuru Top Fry retained the Kenya Cup after an impressive performance against KCB at the RFUEA grounds in Nairobi.

Kick-off starts with pool B’s UAP Kifaru verses Hima Ruwenzori at 2pm   Defending champions Ndovu will battle it out for a semifinal appearance with Bollore Chui in pool A from 4pm.

Victoria Protectors did not make it through after losing in pool A while Papa Nguvu was through to the semifinal in pool B.

The action will be live on Zuku Sports channel 300 for those who may not make it to Nakuru. 

Champion to miss KCB Eldama Ravine safari rally

Published on Friday, May 23, 2014 - 06:58

This Saturday's KCB Mtaani Eldama Ravine Rally will be without two-time Kenya champion Alistair Cavenagh as he is away overseas. 

The rally course will cross through Elgeyo Marakwet and Baringo counties.

The championship favourite is Carl “Flash” Tundo who will race in his Proton ST2000. Stiff competition is expected from defending champion Baldev Chager and Ian Duncan. 

Rally enthusiasts have a weekend full of fascinating and entertaining competition as the racers face-off for the prestigious title.

Nakuru RFC stuns KCB to retain Kenya Cup rugby title

Published on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 07:20

Nakuru-based side Top Fry retained the Kenya Cup after beating KCB 20-13 in the finals played at the RFUEA grounds on Saturday.

Both teams started off with lots of energy to secure the title, making the game a tough battle of smarts and brawn.

In the first half, Gibson Weru's strike at kick off failed the required 10 metres with centre referee Bosco Muamba calling for the game's first scrum down.

Javan Murayi would miss a goal attempt for Nakuru following a KCB violation. KCB’s Darwin Mukidza slotted home a penalty after 21 minutes.

This move stung Nakuru into action as they hit back at KCB, Murayi of Nakuru restoring equality with a penalty on 25 minutes.

The game's turning point was when KCB’s Brian Sagara got a yellow card on the stroke of half time for a no arms charge on Murayi.

Sagara's absence saw Nakuru capitalise, with Isaiah Nyariki charging over as Nakuru took an 8-3 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the Kenya champions crown was the motivation. KCB’s Owila, later voted man of the match, posed problems for Top Fry with his breaks off the base and would cap his fantastic display with a try. Murayi converted the scores to a 15-10 lead in the 60th minute.

A Nakuru violation saw Mukidza score his second penalty. This put KCB to within two points of Nakuru with the scores standing at 15-13 after 64 minutes. However, Edwin Okemwa projected the champions 20-13 up when he touched down in the 65th minute.

Speaking after the game, Dominique Habimana Wanyore of KCB said: “I salute the team's effort, they operated as one. The forwards dominated, setting up platforms for us to score. This was a vintage rugby game from both sides."

Previously, KCB defeated Nakuru 21-10 in extra time to reclaim the Eric Shirley Shield title, their fourth title after wins in 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Top Fry face KCB in Kenya’s finest rugby contest

Published on Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 15:24

Nakuru rugby side Top Fry will battle KCB at the RFUEA grounds in Nairobi this Saturday afternoon in a contest that will see the winner crowned this season’s finest club in the country.

Top Fry is the Nairobi defending Kenya Cup champions and this will be their second appearance in the championship match.

If the Nakuru-based side wins the match, starting 5:40pm, they will undoubtedly prove that they deserve to be Kenya’s best rugby club.

Top Fry Nakuru, which was founded in 1933, was relegated to the Eric Shirley Shield at the close of the 2005 season. They returned to topflight competition in 2007.

Their wins were the Enterprise Cup success in 1948, 1962, 1963, and 2008 and most notably this year when they bundled out KCB 18-15 at the last minute in a pulsating final played at the RFUEA grounds last month.

Nakuru finished their regular season campaign in first place, securing a home semifinal against Strathmore Leos in a repeat of last year's final and romping to a 30-16 result to set Saturday's date against a side they know only too well. 

Photo of the Day: going back to mother's womb in the name of sports

Published on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 09:10

A water sports enthusiast at Nakuru's Kivu Resort. This is the kind of sporting activity that will make you feel like a baby in a mother's womb. 

Photo of the Day: How Egerton fresher keeps fit

Published on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 12:08

Twenty-year-old Winnie Wairimu, a first year student at Egerton University, pushes this tire that weighs more than 100 kg every day to keep fit.

Nakuru hosts 10-A-Side rugby tournament

Published on Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 12:13

The 24th Edition of Top Fry Great Rift 10-A-Side tournament kicked off in Nakuru yesterday with 16 secondary and primary schools opening the competition.

The tournament takes place at the Nakuru Athletic Club in Nakuru town up to April 20, 2014.

The main competition will have 32 teams, including all Kenya Cop teams made up of the reigning champions KCB, Harlequin, Strathmore and hosts Nakuru Top Fry.

The entry fee for this event will be Sh300.

The event will also have an alcohol free section and a kids’ entertainment village to encourage more families to attend.

Photo of the Day: What it takes to learn baseball

Published on Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:15

Our citizen photographer managed to capture this image during a recent baseball training session in Elburgon. Can you caption it?

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