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Liberia: LFA Form New Team to Represent Liberia At WAFU Cup of Nations

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The team is led by U-20 National team coach Christopher Wreh, and his deputy Mouctarr Fofana of BYC-II.

Authorities of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) have set up a new team comprising local-based players to represent the country in the 2019 West African Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations.

WAFU Nations Cup is an association football competition that is contested by representative teams in the sub region.

The formation of the new team comes weeks to Lone Star 2022 World Cup Qualifiers matches against Sierra Leone, an international friendly against Botswana, and the two-legs matches against Chad in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The team is led by U-20 National team coach Christopher Wreh, and his deputy Mouctarr Fofana of BYC-II. Both Wreh and Fofana were appointed by LFA along with Sunday Sieh, who will serve as goalkeeper coach.

The ‘Lone Star’ were paired against the Atlas Lions of Morocco during the draw held in Dakar, Senegal on May 29, 2019.

Morocco are participating in the tournament for the first time after they were invited by the organizers of the tournament to replace Sierra Leone that were earlier ban from global football by world football governing body, FIFA.

A few days after his appointment, Coach Wreh, who led Liberia U-20 national team to the grand-final of the 2018 WAFU Tournament in Liberia, has submitted a provisional list of 31 players to the LFA, and have commenced preparation at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS).

The players, according to LFA, will undergo medicals examination before starting a training session ahead of the tournament in Senegal.

According to the tournament rules, the eight winners from the first round will progress to compete in the main cup competition, while the losers will feature in a second-tier plate event.

Full List of Provisional Squad

Goalkeepers: Emmanuel Deanneh (Nimba United), Reuben King (Nimba Kwado) and Abraham Bangura (Nimba FC)

Defenders: Josephus Martor (Nimba Kwado), Benjamin Doe (LISCR FC), David Paytoe (Freeport FC), Carlos Williams (Watanga FC), Madison Gaye (Muscat FC), Meanpahn Dolo (BYC-II), Ben Benianh (Nimba United), Daniel Paye (Bea Mountain) and Christopher Nagbe (Small Town)

Midfielders: Rufus Padmore, Christian Doe and Daniel Toe (BYC-II); Edward Saliby, Markey Morgan and Maliki Kromah (LISCR FC); Barbu Kollie and Wilton Nenneh (Nimba United), Joseph Bounty (Monrovia Club Breweries), Dennis Shabba (Samira FC), Wurie Barry (Mighty Blue Angels), Varney Sando (LPRC Oilers) and Jill Blemah (Srimex FC).

Strikers: Jestino Jackson (BYC-II), Mark Yallah (Muscat FC), Mark Karlay (LISCR FC), Basil Sawyer (Pags FC), Justice Abakar (Monrovia Club Breweries) and Augustine Otu (LPRC Oilers)

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South Africa: Team SA Dominates With 12 Medals At Africa Games

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Rabat — Team SA picked up 12 medals on Wednesday at the African Games in Rabat and Casablanca.

There were seven gold medals, three silver medals and two bronze medals from Tiffany Keep (cycling), and Erin Gallagher, Emma Chelius, Kaylene Corbett, Christin Mundell, Michael Houlie, Samantha Randle (two), Martin Binedell, Carla Antonopoulos, women’s 4x100m freestyle (swimming) and men’s 4x100m freestyle (swimming).

CYCLING

Women’s Mountain Biking, Cross-Country: Tiffany Keep won the gold medal in the mountain biking cross-country event. She covered the seven 5km laps in 1hr 39min 35sec. She beat the Mauritian pair of Aurelie Halbwachs and Mary LeCourt De Billot into silver and bronze by 1min 20.3sec.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Men’s doubles, semi-finals: Grant Goldschmidt and Leo Williams went down narrowly to Morocco’s Mohammed Abicha and Zouheir El Graoui 21-16, 23-21.

Bronze medal final: Goldschmidt and Williams lost 21-18, 16-21, 11-15 to Rwanda.

FOOTBALL

Women’s Group B: South Africa’s Under-20s were awarded a walkover against Zambia, who failed to arrive in time.

SWIMMING

Women’s 200m butterfly: Heats: Carla Antonopoulos finished second in her heat in 2min 24.06sec. Swimming in the second of two heats, Jessica Whelan finished third in her heat in 2:26.98. Both qualified for the final, in fourth and sixth places overall.

Women’s 100m freestyle, Heats: Erin Gallagher won her heat comfortably in 57.60 to qualify for the final second fastest overall. Emma Chelius qualified for the final.

Men’s 100m freestyle, Heats: Douglas Erasmus finished second in his heat in 50.65 and second overall and Ryan Coetzee finished third in his heat in 51.37 and qualified fifth overall

Women’s 50m breaststroke, Heats: Christin Mundell won her heat in 32.70 to qualify second overall for the final. Kaylene Corbett also won her heat, in 32.75, to qualify third fastest for the final.

Men’s 50m breaststroke, Heats: Michael Houllie won his heat in 27.94 to qualify second fastest for the final. Brad Tandy won his heat in 28.54 to qualify fifth fastest for the final.

Women’s 200m backstroke, Heats: Samantha Randle and Lwethu Mbatha both qualified for the final.

Men’s 200m backstroke, Heats: Ra’eez Warley and Martin Binedell both qualified for the final.

Finals

Women’s 200m butterfly: Carla Antonopoulos finished fifth in 2:23.05 and Jessica Whelan, who had led through halfway, sixth in 2:26.57

Men’s 200m butterfly: Alard Basson finished fifth in 2:06.92 and Ayrton Sweeney sixth in 2:07.08

Women’s 100m freestyle: Erin Gallagher won the gold medal in a new Games record of 55.13, with Emma Chelius claiming the bronze medal in 55.86.

Men’s 100m freestyle: Doug Erasmus finished fourth and Ryan Coetzee sixth in 50.31 and 50.60 respectively.

Women’s 50m breaststroke: Kaylene Corbett won the gold medal swimming in lane three in a Games record 32.20, while Christin Mundell picked up the silver medal in 32.70.

Men’s 50m breaststroke: Michael Houllie touched the wall first to win the gold medal in 27.41. Brad Tandy improved on his morning time to finish fourth in 28.32.

Women’s 200m backstroke: Samantha Randle finished second in 2:15.50 after being unable to haul back Felicity Passon in the final. Lwethu Mbatha finished seventh in 2:32.15

Men’s 200m backstroke: Martin Binedell broke the African Games record when he won gold in 1:59.03, while Ra’eez Warley finished eighth in 2:08.03.

Women’s 1500m freestyle: Samantha Randle finished secondk in 17:11.07 to take the silver medal and Carla Antonopoulos finished strongly for bronze in 17:22.15.

Men’s 800m freestyle: Brent Szurdoki finished fifth in 8:12.57 and Michael McGlynn sixth in 8:27.52.

Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay: South Africa (Erin Gallagher, Jessica Whelan, Kerrin Herbst and Emma Chelius) won the gold medal in a Games record 3:48.88.

TABLE TENNIS

Men’s team, Group F: South Africa (Byrone Abrahams, Kurt Lingeveldt, Cade Peters) lost their opening match 3-1 to hosts Morocco

Men’s team, Group F: South Africa (Byrone Abrahams, Kurt Lingeveldt, Cade Peters) lost their second match 3-0 to Tunisia

Women’s team, Group D: South Africa lost their opening match 3-0 to Tunisia

Women’s team, Group D: South Africa lost their second match 3-0 to Ethiopia

– Team SA

Source: Sport24

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African Games – Angola Gets Double Handball Victory

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Luanda — The men’s and women’s handball teams won last Tuesday at the premiere of the African Games in Rabat (Morocco), when Angola has already won two bronze medals for judo.

The men’s national team defeated Nigeria by 31-20, at the break they already won by 16-10.

On Wednesday, the runner – up of last edition rests for Thursday to return to the stage before Morocco.

In the women’s sector, Angola defeated Guinea Conakry 30-19 with a favorable 14-7 at halftime.

The title holders face Nigeria at 6 pm today, Wednesday, for the 2nd round game of the handball tournament.

National boxing also comes into play Wednesday, in the preliminary contest.

In this event, Angola is seeking to improve the 13th position of the Congo Brazzaville edition in 2015.

In 54 years of history, the event is being held for the first time under the auspices of the Association of National Olympic National Committees (ACNOA) rather than the African Union, in partnership with the CSSA.

Angola participates in the event with athletics, handball (men and women), basketball (3×3), boxing, canoeing, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, judo, karate, swimming, table tennis, beach volleyball and chess.

The delegation for the event, which ends on September 3, consists of 130 members including players, technical and medical teams.

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Zimbabwe: Mapeza Received Offer to Coach the Warriors

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Norman Mapeza was offered the chance for another romance as the Warriors coach, ahead of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, with the gaffer ready for a return to the ultimate job in domestic football.

However, negotiations did not go very far between the two parties.

It’s very likely the deal collapsed after Mapeza asked to be paid a part of the substantial amount he is owed by ZIFA from similar assignments in the past.

On Monday, ZIFA unveiled Joey Antipas as the interim coach of the Warriors, to take charge of the two-legged World Cup qualifiers against Somalia and the start of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers, with this ad-hoc arrangement initially running until the end of this year.

Dynamos gaffer Tonderai Ndiraya and new Harare City coach Lloyd Chitembwe were named as his assistants with all the three coaches keeping the jobs at their clubs and only shifting to the Warriors when national assignments arise.

The association said they will review the set-up at the end of the year.

Antipas will step into the shoes vacated by Sunday Chidzambwa, who quit after the 2019 Nations Cup finals, while Ndiraya and Chitembwe will replace Rahman Gumbo and Lloyd Mutasa.

The ZIFA board said they acted on the recommendations of their technical committee, led by Bryton Malandule, and which features technical director Wilson Mtekede, following a review of the Warriors’ performance at the AFCON finals in Egypt.

However, The Herald can reveal today that an offer was extended to Mapeza to come and have another go, as the Warriors’ caretaker coach, by the ZIFA technical committee at a time when they were considering their options.

The FC Platinum coach confirmed he received a call from the ZIFA officials about three weeks ago asking him if he was available for the Warriors’ job.

“The guys from ZIFA phoned me some three weeks ago asking about my availability for the national team and . . . I told them I was available just like I was the last time when I was called upon to take care of the game against Liberia,” said Mapeza.

“I told them to, at least, pay me even a quarter of the money they owe me since 2012 and they promised to call back and that was the end of story.”

Mapeza is owed more than US$100 000 by the association for services rendered to the national team, as caretaker coach, in the past.

The former Warriors skipper said he has been trying to engage ZIFA officials to sort out the issue but he is yet to get any relief although, unlike others, he doesn’t believe in going the route of attaching football property to try and get a settlement to his case.

“I don’t believe in attachment of football property as a way of resolving disputes because I’m someone who is into football and might require to use such things in the future,” said Mapeza.

“Yes, there has been some engagement with ZIFA officials but nothing has materialised so far.”

Had Mapeza and ZIFA struck a deal, it would not have been the first time the former Warriors skipper had come to the rescue of his country at a time of need.

He accepted an offer to come on board and lead the Warriors, after the 2017 Nations Cup finals, and was in charge of the team in their opening 2019 AFCON qualifier against Liberia which his men won 3-0 courtesy of a hattrick from skipper Knowledge Musona.

A number of the players he fielded that day – goalkeeper George Chigova, Teenage Hadebe, Marvelous Nakamba, Danny Phiri, Kuda Mahachi, Evans Rusike and Musona – are still key members of the Warriors and were all part of the 2019 AFCON finals show.

The ZIFA leaders then handed veteran coach, Sunday Chidzambwa, the mandate to lead the team as the substantive coach and completed the mission with distinction with the Warriors winning in Kinshasa, against the DRC, and ending way clear of the Congolese on the final group standings.

Eight years earlier, Mapeza was also tasked by the ZIFA leaders to take charge of the Warriors, ahead of the start of the 2012 Nations Cup qualifiers, but the recruitment of Tom Saintfiet, and the chaos it provoked in the team, derailed the campaign whose highlight was a 2-1 win over Mali at Rufaro.

Once again, Musona was the hero, with a double strike, including a late penalty, for the victory.

Things came to a head, during a home match against the Cape Verde islands, when the Warriors were thrust under the co-management of Mapeza and Madinda Ndlovu.

Mapeza’s first attachment as the caretaker Warriors’ coach had started on September 9, 2007, when he was asked to guide the team for the final 2008 AFCON qualifier against Malawi at Barbourfields.

With the team having missed on a chance to qualify for the finals, and the technical team having been disbanded, Mapeza was thrust into the leadership role for the dead rubber against Malawi and masterminded the Warriors’ 3-1 win.

However, the ZIFA leaders then appointed gaffer Valinhos, as the substantive coach of the Warriors for the 2010 AFCON qualifying campaign, and the Brazilian gaffer proved out of depth at this level of the game on the continent.

Had Mapeza been appointed national team coach, ahead of the side’s return to the World Cup qualifiers in October, the irony of the appointment would not have been lost to those who still recall that it was Valinhos’ complaint at FIFA, saying he had not been paid his dues, which led to the expulsion of the Warriors from the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

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Kenya: Football Club Owner Seeks TV Licence

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Dubai-based investor Ricardo Badoer is seeking a commercial free to air television licence for the sports and entertainment channel Madgoat TV (MGTV) which is currently available online and planning to branch out to the competitive local mainstream media.

The investor’s Badoer Investment Limited, which owns local Wazito Football Club, has been streaming the club’s games live on the MGTV Channel.

The firm also streams Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) tournaments and the SportPesa Shield semi-finals matches after the firm acquired broadcast rights earlier in the year.

At the beginning of the year the firm signed a five-year deal worth Sh100 million with KBF that gives it broadcasts rights on the online and the expected free air TV channel.

If granted the licence, the MGTV will join the over 80 free to air television channels currently available locally.

“The licences, if granted, will enable the applicants to operate and provide the services as indicated above (commercial Free to Air television). The grant of these licences may affect public and local authorities, companies, persons or bodies of persons within the country,” said Communication’s Authority, Director General, Francis Wangusi in a gazette notice.

“The authority wishes to notify the general public that any legal or natural person or any legal or natural person, or group of individuals, who are desirous of making any representation and/or any objection to the said applications, to do so via a letter.”

The Dubai-based businessman has over the years been scouting for investment opportunities and has since acquired a stake in Sumac Microfinance and Hakika Microfinance in Tanzania. In July last year Badoer Investment firm pumped Sh100 million, taking up a 15.6 percent stake in the SME lender and announced that he would inject more money in future.

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Nigeria: African Games – Nigeria Wins First Gold Medal

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Ruth Chinazum Nwosu has clinched Nigeria’s first gold medal at the ongoing 2019 African Games in Morocco.

Despite her opponent’s home advantage, Nwosu displayed a lot of courage to defeat Morocco’s Oumaima El Bouchti in the women’s 49-53kg category in Taekwondo.

She edged the fight witha 26-22 victory to end Nigeria’s long wait for the golden moment.

To make it to the final, Nwosu had defeated Ethiopia’s Fikado Gosaye 14-12 in the semi-final after previously edging out Niger Republic’s Balkissa Halidou 28 – 9 in the quarter-final.

Taekwondo also produced two bronze medals for Nigeria in Day 1 of action.

Sunday Onofe settled for the bronze medal as he lost 11-15 to Cote D’Ivoire’s Seydou Gbane in the semi-final after defeating Federick Adoua of Chad in the quarter-final.

Benjamin Okuomose lost to the world champion, Abdoulrazak Alfaga, 10-31, in the semi-final after defeating Senegal’s Seye Laye 40-37 in the quarter-final.

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Meanwhile, Peter Itiku defeated Kenya’s Ochieng Vincent Dock 22-7 in the Round of 16 before losing 9-19 in the quarter-final to Burkina Faso’s Sawadogo Faysa.

Josephine Esuku also beat Wanjuru Elizabeth Njogu of Kenya before losing at the end of golden point round to Michelle Tau of Botswana.

Sekinat Adebayo lost in the Round of 16 to Cote D’Ivoire’s Fermata Bouma Coulibaly.

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Kenya: NTV to Air Bundesliga, Europa League Matches Live and Free

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Kenyan football fans have been offered a unique opportunity to watch a range of European matches live and free on NTV in the 2019/2020 league season.

This is after NTV acquired free-to-air rights to broadcast selected Bundesliga and Europa League matches this season, through a partnership with Pay-TV channel StarTimes.

The Bundesliga is German’s top-flight league, and one of the most exciting and popular football leagues in the world.

It prides itself of the world’s top players in the game, including Brazilian Philippe Coutinho, who has just completed a loan move to Bayern Munich from Barcelona, and Polish forward Robert Lewandowski.

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The Europa League is Europe’s second-tier football competition after the UEFA Champions League.

Manchester United, Arsenal, Getafe, AS Roma, Lazio, Saint Ettiene and CSKA Moscow are among the teams set to feature in the competition this season.

This development comes barely a year after NTV broadcasted selected matches of the 2018 Fifa World Cup live and free from Russia.

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Rwanda: REG Appoint Serbian Kovacevic as New Coach

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Rwanda Energy Group (REG) basketball have appointed Serbian Igor Kovacevic as their new head coach on a one-year deal as the team steps up preparations for Game 2 of the playoffs finals.

The development was confirmed to Times Sport on Wednesday by Francis Mulindahabi, the club’s president.

Kovacevic takes over the club’s hot seat from Patrick Ngwijuruvugo who has been demoted to the assistant coach role. Ngwijuruvugo, a former Burundi international, had been head coach since late 2017.

“We are happy to have him (Kovacevic) as our new coach, and we are confident that with Ngwijuruvugo as his assistant, they will do a great job,” said Mulindahabi.

He further noted that the first task for the Serbian tactician is to win the 2018/2019 league title before planning for next season. REG trail reigning champions Patriots after losing Game 1 of the best-of-seven playoffs finals a fortnight ago.

In separate interview, Kovacevic told this publication that he is not new to African basketball, having previously coached in Ivory Coast and Libya, and he looks forward to turning REG into one of the best basketball clubs in the region.

However, he also admitted that overcoming the defending champions – especially when they are leading the finals – won’t come easy and urged his players to show maturity and character in Game 2 come August 30.

“We have to consider Game 2 as the title decider, and that has to be reflected in how we prepare for it,” noted Kovacevic. “We can’t afford to lose focus.”

The 2017 champions, REG, are looking to reclaim the league title after losing it to Patriots last season.

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South Africa: WP Name Side for Crucial Cheetahs Clash

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Cape Town — Junior Springbok centre Rikus Pretorius will make his Western Province debut in the final league round Currie Cup encounter against the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 17:15.

The 20-year-old will start at inside centre in a team that also sees Springboks Dillyn Leyds, Damian Willemse, Wilco Louw and Scarra Ntubeni come into the starting line-up.

Leyds is at fullback, with SP Marais shifting to the left wing, while Pretorius will link up with Ruhan Nel in midfield.

Willemse starts at flyhalf after coming off the replacements bench on his return from injury last week, with Jean-Luc du Plessis providing cover among the replacements.

The only changes to the forward pack come in the front row, where Louw and Ntubeni take their places alongside Corne Fourie.

Hooker Chad Solomon is set to earn his 50th Western Province cap from the replacements bench, with loose forward Juarno Augustus also in the match 23 on his return from injury.

Western Province head coach John Dobson said that his team is ready to give everything in Bloemfontein as they look to secure a place in the Currie Cup playoffs.

“We know that we need to produce a clinical performance on Saturday and it is a challenge that every single player has embraced this week.

“We are very excited about what this combination can do, with some talented players coming in this week and our focus is on making the most of that by being as accurate as possible,” he said.

Teams:

Free State Cheetahs

TBA

Western Province

15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 SP Marais, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Justin Phillips, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 JD Schickerling, 6 Ernst van Rhyn, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Corne Fourie

Substitutes: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Nama Xaba, 20 Juarno Augustus, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Seabelo Senatla

Source: Sport24

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Zimbabwe: Cash-Strapped Zifa Stranded As Bank Withholds Funds Over Hotel Debt

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The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) entangled in debt wrangle with a local hotel.

Daisy Lodge has approached the High Court seeking intervention in their impasse which has been dragging since 2016.

The lodge used to house the Warriors ahead of international engagements before Prophetic Healing and Deliverance leader Walter Magaya came to their rescue.

The association was failing to settle its debt with the creditor who later sought court’s intervention resulting in Zifa being ordered to pay US$16 762 with interests.

The lodge obtained a writ of execution to enforce the judgement and in September 2018, according to court papers, the third respondent, Ecobank, placed Zifa’s bank account with Steward Bank under attachment.

According to Zifa president Felton Kamabo’s founding affidavit, the lodge took US$14 896 from the account towards payment of the debt.

The lodge was given instructions to place under attachment, applicant’s accounts held with Ecobank since the first attachment did not satisfy the debt in full.

On February 11 this year, Zifa then paid $180 085 to the Sherriff being final payment of the debt.

However, after the debt was allegedly cleared the lodge instituted litigation against Ecobank seeking an order declaring that it was entitled to payment in US dollars.

ZIFA also moved quickly to stop the siphoning of its money after the cheeky “creditor” approached the soccer governing body’s bankers and sought to have the association’s funds frozen.

The lodge had obtained an order to garnish Zifa accounts.

ZIFA is said to have settled the debt in local currency but the creditor is demanding to be paid in US dollars.

“Subsequent to the judgement by Justice Tagu in case HC 6491/16 applicant sought to engage first respondent with a view to establish what was the value of the money applicant paid to first respondent and what was the balance outstanding, if any,” reads the court application.

“Respondent is of the view that the applicant has not paid the judgement debt in full on the basis that it did not satisfy the terms of the judgement which required payment in US currency… “

Respondent does not give a basis for the application of this rate, 3,5 percent, as it is common cause that as at the time of payment of the money by Zifa there was no interbank rate applicable,” further reads the application.

He said Zifa is of the view that the debt was paid in full.

However, the lodge is giving the association a headache threatening to return the money Zifa paid.

Now Zifa is seeking a declaratory order to the effect that the payment of $194 981 it paid fully discharged its obligation.

“Applicant is greatly prejudiced as it cannot access its money that is held with Ecobank on the basis that it might be required to satisfy the debt in case number HC 6491/16.

“Parties have demonstrated that they cannot resolve the impasse on their own as such the intervention of the court is necessary. Applicant has no other remedy available to it other than to approach the court for a declaratory order,” said Kamambo.

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Kenyans Dominate Hockey as Swimming Delivers First Gold

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Nyamira Girls Secondary School hockey goalkeeper Ritah Opit Monday made a string of saves to help her side beat Lindi Secondary School from Tanzania 5-0 at St Constantine’s International School grounds, as the East Africa Secondary Schools Games entered crucial stages.

This happened as the other Kenyan girls’ hockey teams, St John’s Kaloleni Secondary School and St Cecelia Misikhu Secondary School also registered easy wins, setting the stage for a possible podium finish for all the three Kenyan teams in the discipline.

Misikhu hammered Old Kampala from Uganda 4-0, while St John’s Kaloleni defeated Juhudi High School from Tanzania 5-0 in another match played earlier at the same venue.

Kenyan boys’ hockey teams also proved their might, registering easy wins with Friends School Kamusinga sounding the boards five times to dispatch Juhudi, while champions St Anthony’s Boys Kitale rocked Lindi Secondary from Tanzania 3-0.

“It looked easy for us from the start but our opponents gained confidence and improved in the last quarter giving us very nervy moments,” Opit, who was the stand-in-captain, said after the match.

In basketball, Kenya’s Dagoretti High School and Buruburu Girls Secondary School won their second consecutive matches to increase their chances of making it to the last four.

Dagoretti had forward Mustapha Ahmed to thank for their 78-67 win over a stubborn Seroma College from Uganda, in a match the Kenyans had to come from behind. Seroma led the first quarter and second quarters 17-16 and 22-12 for a huge 39-28 halftime lead, but the Kenyans slowly clawed their way back in the last two quarters.

Kenyan champions Buruburu defeated Machame Secondary School from Tanzania 60-24 after a 32-14 half-time score.

Other girls’ basketball matches saw St Noah of Uganda come from behind to beat Juhudi 59-45, while St Bernadette Secondary School from Rwanda defeated Nabisunsa Secondary School from Uganda 56-40 in group ‘A’ matches.

It was a bad day for Kenyan schools in football. St Anthony’s Boys Kitale and Nyakach Girls Secondary School both lost to Ugandan opposition. St Anthony’s put up a brave fight but lost 1-0 to champions Buddo Secondary School with Innocent Ronald scoring the winner in the 56th minute.

Nyakach surrendered a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 to Mukono High School. A brace from Nnjemba Taizi cancelled out Faith Omuyaku’s opener.

Elsewhere at the International School of Moshi, Kenyan swimmers delivered the country’s first gold at this year’s games.

The Kenyan boys’ and girls’ were unmatched winning both team titles to maintain their dominance in the sports since its introduction to these games in 2014. The boys’ team garnered 545 points, while the girls recorded 531 points to scoop top spot with a total of 1150 points. Uganda was second with 1019 points, with Rwanda placed third with 278 points ahead of hosts Tanzania, who finished fourth with 144.

Kenya bagged 52 medals – 23 gold, 19 silver and 10 bronze – to relegate Uganda to second with a total of 46 medals. Kenyans Aheer Chatterjee and Jerome Waudo set the ball rolling as they splashed to gold and silver in boys’ 200m individual medley. Chatterjee timed two minutes 30.34 seconds with Waudo settling for silver in 2:38.12, while Uganda’s Ampaire Nathan won bronze in 2:41.00.

In the girls’ 50m butterfly, Nicole Makau of Kenya and Trima Makena snatched the top two spots. Makau clocked 34.67 with Makena timing 35.92 as Uganda’s Mariam Tendo settled for third position.

In the junior boys’ 50m butterfly race, Stephen Ndegwa of Kenya won in a time of 27.35, with his closest challenger Cedric Niyibisi of Rwanda clocking 29.44 later to take silver. Twaib Hamza of Kenya completed the podium in 29.90.

Kenya’s Mazrui Abdalla won the boys’ senior 50m breaststroke in a time of 31.34 with compatriot Esmail Abdalla taking silver in 35.43 and Uganda’s Regan Atire bagging the bronze in 36.13. Hawala Samantha of Kenya won gold in the girls’ senior 100m Breaststroke. She swam to first place in a time of 1:24.75, Uganda’s Neema Kangi spoilt Kenya’s party snatching silver 1:28.13, with Kenya’s Bianchi Maria coming in seconds later to complete the podium.

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Kenya: BAK to Send 10 Female Boxers to AIBA Championship

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Kenya is set to send a full squad of 10 boxers to the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Women World championships slated for October 2 to 14 in Ulan Ude city in Russia.

The team and officials who will travel to Russia will be announced on September 15.

This is the first time Boxing Association of Kenya (BAK) is planning to send such a big squad of female boxers for an international assignment.

“We want to make sure our women who are talented in boxing taste the international arena and our projection is to send 10 boxers to Russia,” said BAK competition secretary John Waweru in a telephone interview from Rabat in Morocco.

The African Games starts on Tuesday in Rabat, Morocco and Kenya will be represented by four female boxers namely Christine Ongare (flyweight), Everlyne Akinyi (lightweight), Lorna Kusa (welterweight) and Elizabeth Akinyi (middleweight).

Waweru said that many upcoming female boxers are yearning to climb the ring following the exploits of World Boxing Council (WBC) World super bantamweight champion Fatuma Zarika in the professional ranks.

“Zarika may be a lone ranger but many upcoming boxers are motivated by her sterling performance in the ring and that is why BAK wants to send a full squad of women boxers to give them exposure,” said Waweru.

According to Waweru, the cash reward Ongare received after winning a bronze medal in last year’s Commonwealth Games has also changed the mindset of female boxers in the country.

“They (female boxers) are now realising that they could change their fortunes by earning a living in the ring,” he added.

Majority of Kenyan boxers are drawn from low income areas such as Mathare, Huruma and Dandora in Nairobi’s Eastlands.

“The newly elected boxing administration is keen on revamping boxing by taking it to grassroots through the programme dubbed boxing mashinani by involving the youth,” revealed Waweru.

Many teams in the Kenya National Boxing League are encouraging women to join them in a bid to attract more women to the game. In the first leg in Nakuru, 22 women were on parade and a total of 19 women participated in the Kenya Open in Mombasa.

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Kenya: Zico – I’m Ready for Harambee Stars and KCB Coaching Jobs

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Newly-appointed Harambee Stars assistant coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno has said he is capable of delivering both for the national team job and at club level with Kenyan Premier League side KCB.

Zico spoke to Nairobi News on Monday, moments after he was unveiled as the bankers’ head coach at the club’s training ground in Ruaraka.

TWO ROLES

The 51-year-old, who has previously served as the national team head coach, will deputize Francis Kimanzi in his role with Harambee Stars.

The former Kenyan international has also stated that doubling in these two roles will be no major challenge.

And for good measure, he cited the Democratic Republic of Congo’s national football team as an example.

“My friend Florent Ibenge has been winning titles both as coach of TP Mazembe and the Black Leopards,” said Zico.

“His assistant in the national team is Mwinyi Zahera who is also a successful coach at Yanga (in Tanzania). It is possible to do these two jobs at the same time and still win. After all, the league games will not be played during the international break (when national teams are active). If need be, I have an able assistant who will hold brief at club level,” he further said.

AFCON TARGET

At the same time, Zico has vowed to do his best to ensure Harambee Stars qualifies for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

To that end, he revealed that plans are underway for the national team to play a number of international friendly matches before the start of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

“We talked to the federation and we have arranged some friendly matches to fine tune the team. It is important to prepare well because our target is to make a return to the Nations Cup after playing in Egypt this year,” Zico said.

Zico will be presented to the public on Tuesday as Harambee Stars assistant coach by Football Kenya Federation.

Kenya, who have been drawn in alongside Egypt, Togo and Comoros in the 2021 Africa Nations Cup qualifiers, will commence their campaign against the Pharaohs in Egypt in November.

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Kenya: Gor’s Joash Onyango Named 2019 LG/SJAK Player of the Year

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Nairobi — Gor Mahia defender Joash Onyango has been named the 2019/LG Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Player of the Year after a brilliant season that steered titans K’Ogalo to lifting a record 18th Kenyan Premier League title.

Onyango, who was also part of Kenya’s Harambee Stars squad to 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, was feted on Monday night in a black-tie gala night graced by Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed at the Nairobi National Meseum.

The K’Ogalo center-back went home with a cool Ksh1 million accompanied with an LG 55-inch smart television plus a glittering trophy engraved with his name for memories.

He beat his former team-mate Francis Kahata and Ulinzi Stars striker and Golden Boot winner Enosh Ochieng to the converted gong.

Joash Onyango was the biggest winner of the night after bagging the defender of the year accolade ahead of Kelvin Wesonga of Sony Sugar who was 1st runners-up while Brian Otieno of Bandari FC was third.

Ex-Bandari FC custodian Faruk Shikalo won the Golden Glove after keeping 13 clean sheets, taking the award ahead of Sofapaka’s Justine Ndikumana who was second while Western Stima’s Samuel ‘Abawa’ Odhiambo was placed third.

Kahata dominated the midfielder of the year award, winning it against Abdalla Hassan of Bandari was second while Mathare United’s Cliff Nyakeya settled for third.

Enosh Ochieng was named the Golden Boot winner after notching 20 goals, Kakamega Homeboy veteran striker Allan Wanga was second with 18 goals as Sofapaka’s Umaru Kasumba was placed third with 17 goals.

The new young player went to striker David Majak of Tusker FC who scooped the award, flooring Nzoia Sugar’s Jackson Dwang who was second while Daniel Sakari of Kakamega Homeboyz took third place.

Immediate former Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay scooped the coach of the year award after guiding K’Ogalo to the 18th KPL title, Bandari FC’s Bernard Mwalala was second while John Baraza of Sofapaka took the third spot.

Experienced team doctor of Tusker FC and Harambee Stars Dr Wilson Makanga was awarded the President’s award that came along with Ksh100,000.

All the category winners walked home with Ksh250,000 and a 49-inch LG smart television alongside a trophy, the 1st runners-up pocketed Ksh150,000 and a fridge while 2nd runners-up received Ksh100,000 and a microwave all courtesy of title sponsors electronic firm LG.

-2019 LG/SJAK Awards winners-

MVP

Joash Onyango -Gor Mahia

Golden Glove

1.Faruk Shikalo (Bandari)

Justine Ndikumana (Sofapaka)

Samuel Odhiambo (Western Stima)

Defender

1.Joash Onyango (Gor Mahia)

Kelvin Wesonga (Sony Sugar)

Brian Otieno (Bandari FC)

Midfielder

1.Francis Kahata (Gor Mahia)

Abdalla Hassan (Bandari FC)

Cliff Nyakeya (Mathare United)

Golden Boot

1.Enosh Ochieng 20 goal (Ulinzi Stars)

Allan Wanga 18 goals (Kakamega Homeboyz)

Umaru Kasumba 17 goals (Sofapaka)

New Young Player

1.David Majaka (Tusker FC)

Jackson Dwang (Nzoia FC)

Daniel Sakari (Kakamega Homeboyz)

Coach of the year

1.Hassan Oktay (Gor Mahia)

Bernard Mwalala (Bandari FC)

John Baraza (Sofapaka)

President Award

Dr. Wilson Makanga

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Kenya: Jersey Controversy as Gor Official Dons Simba Kit in Super Cup Award Ceremony

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A senior Gor Mahia official has been caught in an offside position after photos emerged of her celebrating the club’s latest success while donning a rival team’s jersey.

In the photos on social and mainstream media, K’Ogalo organizing secretary Judith Anyango, better known as Nyangi, is seen donning Tanzanian giants Simba SC’s replica jersey during her team’s trophy presentation after Sunday’s Kenya Premier League Super Cup 1-0 win over Bandari at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

The success handed Gor Mahia’s newly-appointed coach Steve Pollack his first title in Kenya.

The pink jersey, complete with the Simba logo and name, was recently launched by the ‘Wekundu wa Msimbazi’ administration in Dar es Salaam and is available at selected outlets for a price of Sh3,500, same as Gor Mahia’s replica jersey.

Simba and Gor Mahia are eternal regional rivals, with the Kenyan champions recently losing midfielder Francis Kahata and mercurial forward Meddie Kagere to the Tanzanian side.

CLUB’S BRAND

In 2017, Gor Mahia beat Simba 2-0 in the final of the SportPesa Cup, a triumph that not only earned the Kenyan side regional superiority but also a chance to face English Premier League side Everton in a high profile friendly match at Goodison Park in Liverpool.

Nairobi News could not establish why the vocal Nyangi, who has recently been at loggerheads with club chairman Ambrose Rachier, chose to don a rival club’s jersey on such a momentous occasion for K’Ogalo, where she should have been progressively marketing the club’s brand.

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Kenya: How K’ogalo Could Secure Easy Passage to Champions League Group Stage

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Gor Mahia could secure easy passage to the group stage of this season’s Caf Africa Champions League after the Kenyan champions’ probable opponents in the first round indicated a desire to pull out of the competition.

Algerian side, USM Alger, with whom Gor Mahia who are ‘collusion path’, announced on social media on Monday of its intent to pull out of the tournament to financial constraints.

USM Alger defeated Niger’s AS SONIDEP 2-1 in the opening round clash of the preliminary phase in Niamey, but that may now count for nothing.

“It is important to know that the situation of USMA has not improved and that it may put the club in a position that will force it to withdraw from the Caf Champions League in case of qualification,” a statement by the team read in part.

This development should come as ‘good news’ for Gor Mahia.

But first, Steve Pollack’s charges need to get past Burundi’s Aigle Noir in the return leg clash of the preliminary phase in the tournament slated for Nairobi this coming weekend.

HUGE PRIZE MONEY

The Kenyan champions settled for a barren draw with their Burundian counterparts in the first leg match played in Bujumbura eight days ago.

K’Ogalo are however expected to take full advantage of the home fixture and advance to the next stage of the tournament where they will play against either USM Alger or AS SONIDEP

Qualification to the Champions League group stage for the first time ever will guarantee Gor Mahia Sh58 million in prize money.

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Kenyan Track Legend Robert Ouko Dies

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Kenya’s athletics fraternity is mourning the death of track legend Robert Gwaro Ouko who died on Sunday night at his Ngong home.

Ouko was a member of Kenya’s 4×400 metres relay team that won gold at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

Ouko’s death leaves two surviving members of that famous quartet – Charles Asati and Hezekiah Nyamao.

The other team member, Julius Sang, died on April 9, 2004.

Ouko’s body is laying at Umash Mortuary in Nairobi.

Asati mourned his former Olympics team mate who he said died a neglected man.

“It’s sad that we have been neglected and Ouko died suffering. But we thank God each morning that we wake up because it is He who keeps us going,” said Asati, 73, from his Kisii home.

The family of the deceased is yet to release details of Ouko’s burial arrangement.

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Kenyan Female Bodybuilder Wins Coveted Women’s Championship Title

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Female bodybuilder, Evelyn Owala, has put Kenya on the world map for the second time this year after winning the coveted Women Bodybuilding 2019 Championship title in Angola.

Owala was awarded the title by the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) on Saturday.

Her latest victory follows the two trophies she scooped during the annual Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival held in South Africa in May.

Owala, a personal fitness trainer and proprietor of Eveal Health and Fitness, took to social media to share the news about her victory with her Instagram fans.

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This is what it means when God says I will walk ahead of you, and cover you to victory. My God is faithful, so faithful! . . . @usnsa @usnkenya @usnuk @usncz #USNtransformationchallenge #celebritytrainer #addictedtoiron #bodybuilding #divasnlifters #GAINS #restday #fitchicksalsoglam #usnkenya #usnfit #bluelabwhey #poweredbyusnkenya #teamUSN #kenyangirls #bikinibody #figurecompetitor. #figureathlete #fitchickdiaries #fitness #strength #beautyinthebeast #beautyandthebeast #Mskenyafigure

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“To all the people who keep asking if they are good enough; YES, YOU ARE! You are seasoned for the season! African championship wellness 1st place,” she wrote.

She went on to thank her support team.

“In my country, there exists good people, people like my better half who puts up with my prep sunny and dull days but still kisses me on the forehead and says, it is ok,” she added.

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In my country, there exists good people, people like my better half @carlmc79 who puts up with my prep sunny and dull days, but still kisses me on the fore head and says,it is ok. People like my siblings who go out of their way to let me be, and support me where they actually don’t even understand what it means. People like @adnan_empiree who find it in their heart to go out of their way to partially sponsor a passion. A company like @usnkenya who knows what an athlete needs. A federation that is ready to assist athletes step on stage in different places in the world. @kenyabodybuildingfederation A community of Evealians led by my one and only @lucynfit . I just want to say THANK YOU! THANK YOU to everyone who has been of support! . My coaches @personalandretorres and @dennisspinfit one meal at a time, one rep at a time, God has favoured us! . . @usnsa @usnkenya @usnuk @usncz #USNtransformationchallenge #celebritytrainer #addictedtoiron #bodybuilding #divasnlifters #GAINS #restday #fitchicksalsoglam #usnkenya #usnfit #bluelabwhey #poweredbyusnkenya #teamUSN #kenyangirls #bikinibody #figurecompetitor. #figureathlete #fitchickdiaries #fitness #strength #beautyinthebeast #beautyandthebeast #Mskenyafigure

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Owala quit her banking career to pursue her passion of keeping fit.

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Gor Mahia beat Bandari to lift Super Cup ahead of KPL season opener

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Steven Pollack, the newly appointed Gor Mahia head coach, won his first major title just two games into the job when he guided the reigning Kenyan champions to a slim win over Bandari in the Super Cup on Sunday.

An own goal by Brian Otieno, who deflected Lawrence Juma’s thunderbolt shot in the 64th, was the difference as K’Ogalo grabbed one of the four trophies this season.

Gor Mahia finished the game with a man down after promising Tobias Otieno was shown a record card for a second bookable offense.

The Super Cup which pits the league winners and the GoTV champions is the traditional curtain raiser for the league, which is set to officially kick off on August 30.

Gor Mahia will kick off the campaign for a record 19th league title, as well as chase trophies in the GoTV Shield and the CAF Champions League, the annual the SportPesa Cup and the Super 8, all to be staged the 2019/20 season.

Elsewhere, Yanga beat AFC Leopards by a solitary goal in an friendly match on Sunday in Tanzania.

Papy Tshishimbi scored the lone goal in the 83rd minute in Arusha after both sides settled for a scoreless draw in the first half.







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Embattled football coach Paul Put handed life ban by Guinea FA

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Former Kenya and Burkina Faso head coach Paul Put has been slapped with a life ban by Guinea Football Association.

The Belgian who terminated his contract with the Football Kenya Federation for greener pastures in the West Africa country has been banned from all football-related activities by the Feguifoot’s ethics commission for “breach of the institution’s code of ethics and discipline.”

Put, 63, guided Guinea to the 2019 Africa Cu of Nations, but he was shown the door thereafter despite taking the Syli Nationale to the group of 16.

Put, who was also fined 100,000 Euros, was sacked in July on allegations of ‘atmosphere of mistrust’.

But his coaching career could be over after he was handed a life ban while Guinea’s vice president, Amadou Diaby was banned for seven years and a fine of 25,000 Euros slapped on his head.

“We will contest this decision to clear the name of Amadou even if it means going to the international body tasked with sports litigations, Amadou’s lawyer, Ibrahim Malick was quoted by the BBC.

Put is yet to comment on the matter.

This is the second ban for the embattled Belgian who was slapped with a three-year ban for match-fixing.

Put was found guilty by the Belgian FA for two counts of match-fixing in 2009 while he was coaching Lierse.

Put, who has also coached The Gambia, joined Kenya’s Harambee Stars in November 2017 but resigned three months later only to take up a job in Guinea.







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Three players chasing Sh1 million in LG SJAK Kenya football awards today

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One of these three players — Francis Kahata, Enosh Ochieng and  Joash Onyango — will walk away with a cool Sh1 million on Monday after the conclusion of the second edition of the LG/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) football awards in Nairobi.

SJAK, the national sports journalists body who are the organizers of the annual awards has announced that the winner of the Most Valuable Player (MVP) will pocket the top  a one million cheque plus a 55-inch TV from the sponsors, LG Electronics.

Ulinzi Stars striker and the 2018/19 Kenyan Premier League season reigning Golden Boot winner Enosh Ochieng will battle for the top gong with former K’Ogalo midfielder Kahata who has since moved to Tanzanian champions Simba SC and Gor Mahia defender Joash Onyango.

Winners of the other categories like  the Golden Glove, the Midfielder of the Year, Golden Boot, Coach of the Year, Defender of the Year and the Young Player of the Year will each pocket a quarter a million.

First and second runners ups will go home with Sh150,000 and Sh100,000 cash prizes respectively.

The SJAK President Award winner will also take home the same amount as the second runners up.

Faruk Shikhalo’s who scoped the Golden Glove in a parallel award organized by the Kenyan Premier League has stiff competition from Justin Ndikumana, the former Sofapaka custodian who replaced him at the Dockers, alongside Samuel Odhiambo.

Shikhalo has also moved to Tanzania with Yanga.

Francis Kahata who had an impressive season with the Kenyan league champions will be chasing a double after he made the cut for the midfielder of the year alongside the promising Bandari star Abdalla Hassan and Cliff Nyakeya, formerly with Mathare United.

Coach Hassan Oktay who guided Gor Mahia to an unprecedented 18th league title also made the cut and he will battle for the award with a total kitty of Sh4 million alongside John Baraza (Sofapaka) and Bernard Mwalala of Bandari.

The event will be streamed live from the National Museums of Kenya on the on MadGoat TV Facebook page

Finalists

Most Valuable Player: Francis Kahata (Gor Mahia), Enosh Ochieng 9Ulinzi Stars), Joash Onyango (Gor Mahia)

Golden Glove: Justin Nikumana (Sofapaka), Faruk Shikhalo (Bandari), Samuel Odhiambo

Defender of the Year: Brian Otieno (Bandari), Kelvin Wesonga (Sony Sugar), Joash Onyango (Gor Mahia)

Midfielder of the Year: Francis Kahata (Gor Mahia), Abdalla Hassan (Bandari), Cliff Nyakeya (Mathare United)

Golden Boot: Enosh Ochieng (Ulinzi Stars), Allan Wanga (Kakamega Homeboyz) Umaru Kasumba (Sofapaka)

Coach of the Year: John Baraza (Sofapaka), Bernard Mwalala (Bandari), Hassan Oktay (Gor Mahia)

New Young Player: Jackson Dwang (Nzoia Sugar), Daniel Sakar), (Kakamega Homeboyz), David Majak (Tusker)

 Full list of prizes

Most Valuable Player – Sh1 million and 55″ LG Smart TV

SJAK President Award – Sh100,000

Golden Glove winner – Sh250000 + 49″ LG Smart TV

Defender of the Year – Sh250000 + 49″ LG Smart TV

Midfielder of the Year – Sh250000 +49″ LG Smart TV

Golden Boot – Sh250000 + 49″LG Smart TV

New Young Player – Sh250000 + 49″ LG Smart TV

Coach of the Year – Sh250000 + 49″LG Smart TV

All 1st runners up – Sh150000 + LG Fridges

All 2nd runners up – Sh100000 + LG Microwaves







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