Olunga's brace earns Kenya the bragging rights over Tanzania in a 3-2 thriller, AFCON

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Kenya, helped by a Michael Olunga brace, twice came from behind to beat East African neighbours Tanzania 3-2 on Thursday and chalk up their second-ever win at the Africa Cup of Nations in a match both coaches described as crazy.

Simon Msuva and Mbwana Samatta put Tanzania in front but Olunga and Johanna Omolo levelled for the Harambee Stars before Olunga struck the winner nine minutes from time.

Kenya, who had won only once in 15 previous matches in the competition, have three points from two games in Group C, level with Senegal. Tanzania, yet to get off the mark, became the first team to be eliminated in the 24-team tournament.

"It was completely crazy and the coach at this time is just a spectator," Kenya coach Sebastien Migne said. "The players wrote history tonight, now everything is possible, we have nothing to lose."

Tanzania coach Emmanuel Amunike was surprisingly critical of his team.

"There were a lot of crazy things....we committed a lot of mistakes," said the former Nigeria international. "You practise and practise, but players are players and as a coach you stand on the touch-line and you are helpless."

Although neither side are among the heavyweights of African football, they produced a remarkably open contest with a hatful of chances.

Migne said before the match that it was time for his team, who are taking part at their sixth Afcon tournament, to end their run of falling at the first hurdle each time.

But they were caught napping in the sixth minute as Tanzania took a shock lead. An end to end move ended with Samatta being sent clear down the left, his shot was parried by Patrick Matasi and Msuva turned in the rebound.

Helped by the generous amount of space given to them by Tanzania, Kenya began to create openings and Erick Ouma had a close-range effort brilliantly stopped by goalkeeper Aishi Manula before Olunga hit the crossbar

They equalised in the 39th minute with an acrobatic effort. A free kick into the area was pushed away by Manula, the ball bounced off Tanzania defender Erasto Nyoni and was hooked into the net by Olunga who showed excellent reactions.

Kenya still seemed to be celebrating one minute later when Samatta won the ball in the penalty area and the Belgian-based forward fired a low shot into the net.

The game continued in the same vein in the second half and Kenya levelled again in the 63rd minute, Omolo scoring with a diving header from a low cross at the near post.

Kenya snatched victory when they broke out of defence and the ball was played to Olunga, whose snot sneaked between Manula and his near post.

Harambee Stars Loses to Algeria 2-0 in the Afcon Return, Africa Cup of Nations 2019

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It was misery for Harambee Stars on Sunday at the 30 June Stadium in Egypt after losing 2-0 to Algeria in an Africa Cup of Nations Group C encounter.

This was Harambee Stars’ first appearance in the competition in 15 years and Sebastien Migne’s men were looking to extend the superb run of form they had in the qualifiers and preparation friendlies into the continental showpiece.

The Desert Foxes started the game hot on Kenya’s heels, with Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez and Galatasaray forward Sofiane Fegouli forcing early bookings for Stars’ pair Aboud Omar and Philemon Otieno.

Algeria’s Ramy Benselbaini’s crosses were a constant pain in Kenya’s defence, with the left-back linking up well with Youcef Belaini to create problems down the wing.

Kenya’s Ayub Timbe’s efforts to run at Algeria’s defence were fruitless, with Mahrez’s and Youcef Atal’s run’s down the left restricting him to his own half for better parts of the game.

Baghdad Bounedjah slotted in from the penalty spot in three minutes past the half-hour mark after Otieno’s foul on Atal inside the 18-yard box.

10 minutes later, Manchester City attacker Riyad Mahrez doubled the Foxes’ lead after catching the Stars’ defence sleeping to slotting a deflected shot past Patrick Matasi after Ismael Bennacer's cut-back.

The second half started with the Algerians seemingly taking a gear off their stride, tossing the ball around the pitch with Kenya looking to catch them on the break.

Gor Mahia’s Francis Kahata came off for Vasalunds’ Eric Ouma ‘Marcelo’ at the start of the second period with Migne looking to find some attacking inspiration down the left.

The Foxes boasted more than 55 per cent ball possession by the hour mark, having made significant attempts at the Stars’ defence more at least 10 times.

Djamel Belmadi’s men made life difficult for Kenya, drawing most fouls close to the final third.

Mehdi Abeid and FC Porto star Yacine Brahimi came in as substitutes for the industrious Adlene Guedioura and Youcef Belaili respectively 20 minutes to full time, with Kenya taking off IF Brommapojkarna’s Eric Johanna Omondi for Cercle Brugge’s Johanna Omollo.

The game was cagey in the last 10 minutes, with Harambee Stars averaging double the number of fouls Algeria committed.

Goalscorer Bounedjah was replaced by Montpellier forward Andy Delort in the 81st minute as the Foxes looked to take the game away from the East Africans.

Kenya looked to pounce of Algeria’s recklessness late in the game with Johanna Omondi almost handing the boys a consolation.

With three minutes of added time, Las Palmas midfielder Ismael Gonzalez came in to replace Odhiambo.

The win leaves Algeria on top of Group C with 3 points, level on points with Senegal who beat Tanzania 2-0 in an earlier fixture.

The Lions of Teranga will face the Desert Foxes in the group’s next encounter as Harambee Stars take on East African neighbours Tanzania in three days.

2019 Cerebral palsy fundraising Walk to be flagged off at the Nyayo National Stadium

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Since inception 25 years ago CPSK has been a leader in the campaign to create awareness and advocate for the rights of persons afflicted by cerebral palsy in Kenya. We are proud to report that through these efforts – which continue to enjoy overwhelming support from both individuals and corporate organizations.

To us every child counts and with your partnership we are able to support over 500 children/persons; access rehabilitation, special needs education, livelihoods and economic empowerment and psycho-social well-being.

 

150 Kenyan Manufacturers Launch Festival on Local Content at MISC Kasarani

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Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) and the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Cooperatives have kicked off one the Biggest Shopping Festival in Kenya.

The 3rd Kenya Manufacturing Summit and Expo 2019, dubbed Changamka Shopping Festival, is an opportunity for industry, stakeholders and the public to celebrate and deliberate on transforming the nation through industrialization. It is also a platform to showcase the diversity of locally manufactured innovations and goods.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Peter Munya said that the Government is committed to supporting the private sector to increase investments and exports, adding that the Government is ready to collaborate with local manufacturers to increase competitiveness and value addition.

“This Festival provides opportunities to discuss thematic areas including financing, export development and promotion and the vital role of the county governments in promoting the sector. The Government is committed to addressing the challenges hampering the growth of the sector through policy interventions such as Buy Kenya Build Kenya and Local Content Policies. We are also collaborating with financial institutions towards creating a framework that will ensure that the private sector lends to SMEs,” added CS Munya.

Also at the event, KAM Chair Mr. Sachen Gudka reiterated the Cabinet Secretary’s statement. He noted that in order to achieve the Big Four Agenda, stakeholders must be deliberate in their drive to achieve the industrialization agenda, adding that manufacturing-led growth is achievable in Kenya, as the sector diversifies through transformative technologies to increase productivity and establish new frontiers for new jobs.

“Our ambition to grow the sector’s contribution to 15% of GDP translates to a change in strategy as a country. Policymakers must hear our voices and actions to strengthen manufacturing and our nation’s future, to give us the tools we need to compete in the 21st-century economy and to make our tomorrow better than our today.

Small manufacturers and businesses are the backbones of our industry and the economy. In fact, 63% of our Association’s membership are manufacturing SMEs. As part of our initiatives to promote SMEs, we will be launching an SME Hub within the Association that will focus on offering a bouquet of services and products aimed at incubators, accelerators, and scale for manufacturing SMEs,” added Mr. Gudka.

Brand Kenya Board Chairman, Mr. Linus Gitahi noted that the Festival is an opportunity for Kenyans to take pride in locally made products.

“I call upon all Kenyans, both in the Capital and in the Counties, to join in this celebration. It is important that we take pride in Made in Kenya Products that carry the Kenyan Brand across the world. This Festival is not just about producing locally, but also about a country that has a solid base,” concluded Mr. Gitahi.

The 4-day Shopping Festival is set to host over 100,000 participants from all sectors across the 47 counties. It will consist of exhibitions, summits, a fashion show, product launches and a family fun day.

There will also be entertainment from renowned Kenyan musicians, Nameless, Juacali, and King Kaka.

East & Central Africa's Premier Annual Golf Event , The Kenya Open Golf Championship

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Preparations for the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship are in top gear with final touches being put into place ahead of the tournament which tees-off on Thursday at the Karen Country Club.

Working teams were today putting up critical infrastructure, which includes, among others, seating bleachers, hospitality tents, tv towers and tv compound infrastructure. Teams are working round the clock to ensure all is in place ahead of the tournament this coming Thursday where expectations are high from all quarters.

 The Kenya Open Golf Championship is East and Central Africa’s premier annual golf event. First played in 1967 at the Muthaiga Golf Club, the tournament has transformed over time to attain a European Tour status having first attained a European Challenge Tour status in 1991.

Over the course of its existence, the Kenya Open Golf Championship has attracted some of the world’s top golfers; making it an integral part of the growth of global golf superstars.

Some of the renowned global golf stars that have played at won at the Kenya Open Golf Championship include some of Europe’s biggest Ryder Cup stars like Seve Ballesteros, Ian Woosnam, Ken Brown and Christy O’Connor Jr, as well as future Masters champion Trevor Immelman.

The most successful player being England’s Maurice Bembridge, who recorded three victories between 1968 and 1979. The Kenya Open continues to grow with each passing event. The list of past champions who took part this year event underlines the increasing strength of the tour and that of Kenya as a preferred destination of choice for golfers.

The event has been held at two venues: The Muthaiga Golf Club and the Karen Country Club in Nairobi; offering players a unique challenge at each venue. As the stature of the event has grown, so has its prize money. The current purse stands at €1.1 Million up from €500,000 in 2018 when the tournament was still part of the European Challenge Tour.

Kenya’s glorious weather makes it possible to play golf 365 days in a year; giving visiting players at the Kenya Open Golf Championship, an opportunity to play golf a cross the four days of the tournament and take in the magic of Kenya during the same time.

Preparations for the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship are in top gear with final touches being put into place ahead of the tournament which tees-off on Thursday at the Karen Country Club.

Working teams were today putting up critical infrastructure, which includes, among others, seating bleachers, hospitality tents, tv towers and tv compound infrastructure. Teams are working round the clock to ensure all is in place ahead of the tournament this coming Thursday where expectations are high from all quarters.

Ruto, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta in Beyond Zero Half Marathon 2019 in Nyayo Stadium

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The First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, who is the organiser of the noble race, simultaneously flagged off the 21Km Paralympic Race of the 4th edition of the Beyond Zero Half Marathon. The race, which started and ended at the Nyayo National Stadium, was clustered into different categories, including the 21km half marathon, the 10 km road race, the 5km family race, wheelchair and tricycle races and a special 2km 'pregna' walk for expectant mothers.

Other prominent figures who came to support the First Lady's marathon include the incoming Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed and Ethiopia's former First Lady Roman Tesfaye. The First Lady, Margaret, had been training for the race for weeks at State House where she was joined by a number of journalists from various media houses.

This year's edition comes at a time when the country's health sector is faced with a myriad of challenges, among them perennial shortage of facilities which has resulted in endless strikes by medics and increased mortality rate. For instance, in Kiambu county alone, 60 infant deaths were recorded between December 2018 and February 2019 at the Kiambu Level Five Hospital. The Beyond Zero Campaign is an initiative by the First Lady aimed at improving the quality of health services of mothers and children across the country.

Gor Mahia breaks the hearts of Hussein Dey, they promise Gor Hell when they visit

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Time wasting, injuries, forced substitutions and a red card was the story of the day as Gor Mahia overcame a 10-man NA Hussein Dey 2-0 at the Kasarani stadium in their third match of the Caf Confederation Cup on Sunday.

Francis Kahata and Jacques Tuyisenge scored a goal each to gift the hosts full pints in the ill-tempered clash.

The Algerians were forced by injury to make two substitutions as captain Ahmed Gasmi and midfielder Hocine Orfi were stretchered off the pitch and replaced immediately.

Gasmi’s injury was however more serious, and he was rushed to Aga Khan hospital with a suspected head fracture.
Courtesy of the win, Gor Mahia are back on top of group D with six points.

Gor had their way in the end, but they had to contend with an irate Algerian opposition, whose frustrations were made worse by two early substitutions and the red card.

Hussein Dey drop to second with four points, pending the match between Petro Atletico and Egypt’s Zamalek in Alexandria.

It was a bad day for Hussein Dey, as two of their top players got injured. Captain Ahmed Gasmi and midfielder Hocine Orfi were stretchered off the pitch in the 30th and 37th minutes and replaced immediately by Hocine Laribi and Aberouf Choiuter.

They also suffered another late setback in the 87th minute when Chems Harrag was sent to an early shower for bad mouthing the referee.

It was a bad day for Hussein Dey, as two of their top players got injured. Captain Ahmed Gasmi and midfielder Hocine Orfi were stretchered off the pitch in the 30th and 37th minutes and replaced immediately by Hocine Laribi and Aberouf Choiuter.

They also suffered another late setback in the 87th minute when Chems Harrag was sent to an early shower for bad mouthing the referee.

Tuyisenge, who is the group’s top scorer, compounded the Algerian misery three minutes later by first drawing out goalkeeper Zakaria Bouhalfya and then lifting the ball over him thereby sending the stadium into frenzy.

This goal did not go down well with the opponents, who invaded the Gor technical bench in protest, thereby necessitating a temporary stoppage of play before referee Abdoul Ohabee brought things back to order.

First Lady Half Marathon rebranded to beyond zero Half Marathon, 10th March 2019

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The March 2019 Beyond Zero Half Marathon will be celebrating all those who have partnered with Beyond Zero throughout the years. The marathon is aimed at creating awareness and drawing the attention of stakeholders to the challenges of maternal and infant health in Kenya besides raising resources to increase access to healthcare for mothers and their babies.

The marathon is one of the key resource mobilization events for Beyond Zero, a flagship program aimed at saving the lives of mothers and children by preventing preventable maternal and infant deaths.

The First Lady said despite the successful milestones made by Beyond Zero, largely enabled by resources mobilized through the marathons and partners, her work towards quality and accessible healthcare, is far from being finished.

“Our work will require stepping up our joint efforts, re-dedicating our energies, and building our collective resolve towards a healthier and better future for Kenyans,” said the First Lady

“We started our work at a time when Kenya was considered to be among the most dangerous countries to give birth,’’ said the First Lady pointing out that health access, quality and care was the determinant cause for the unacceptable high mortality and morbidity rates among women and children at the time.
United Nations Resident Co-ordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Sidharth Charterjee said Beyond Zero had redefined the ecosystem of reproductive health in Kenya through good partnerships and convergency of policy.

He pledged that the UN family will continue working with the First Lady to ensure the success of both Beyond Zero and the Universal Health Coverage, whose pilot program President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to launch next week in Kisumu.

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said the drop in HIV transmissions between mothers and babies was largely attributed to Beyond Zero’s elimination of Mother-to-Child-Transmission (eMTCT) program.

The relaunch of the marathon coincides with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which was marked on Monday.

The 2019 annual Kenya Swimming Federation Long Course NAT Championship

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The annual Kenya Swimming Federation Long Course National Age Group and Open Championship will be held at the Kasarani Aquatic Stadium, Nairobi, over the weekend.

The event had the young men and women arrive at the Kasarani Stadion Hotel as from tuesday morning for prior preparations to the epic event which is estimated to take four-five days i.e 13th- 16th Feb.
KSF has stated that it is expecting a registration of 2000 participants from all over the country,including mombasa.kisumu and kampala,Uganda.

Former US President Barrack Obama helps set up an NBA backed African Basketball League

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Former US President Barack Obama has teamed up with America’s elite basketball body, the NBA and the sport’s global governing body FIBA, to start a professional league in Africa.
The Basketball Africa League will initially have 12 teams and is slated to begin in January. Qualification tournaments will be held later this year to determine those clubs, with teams from Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia expected to be among those taking part. No nation will have more than two teams in the league.

Obama, an ardent basketball fan, will have direct involvement in the initiative although his role has been kept under wraps it was announced on Saturday.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver told AP that Obama has told him he wants to “be directly involved with these activities in Africa.”

During a meeting of would-be sponsors, Obama spoke on a video saying, “I hope you know through sport, that if you put in effort, you will be rewarded.”

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