ITTF continental cup africa to be held in Nairobi, Kenya for the first time ever at moi international sports center

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After an unsuccessful campaign by Africa’s flagbearers Egypt at the 2018 ITTF Team World Cup, the continent’s attention shifts to Kenya for this year’s ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup.

During the contest which will hosted at Moi Kasarani Sports center, the best 32 table tennis players across the continent are sheduled to fight the two slots available for the ITTF World Cup.

Sixteen women, including Egypt’s best and defending champion Dina Meshref, will be slugging it out while Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri will be battling 15 others in a bid to make another appearance at the prestigious World Cup scheduled to take place in France later this year.

Veterans like Nigeria’s duo of Olufunke Oshonaike and Segun Toriola as well as Egypt’s talented Ahmed Saleh will also rub shoulders with the young players at the three-day championship.

Africa’s highest ranked player Omar Assar, who had a not-too-impressive outing at the London tournament last week, will also be travelling from Germany to Kenya. Fifteen-year-old South African Musfiquh Kalam will also be debuting at the tournament after emerging the winner of the Southern Africa regional tournament held in Botswana in January.

Nairobi to celebrate five years of safaricom international jazz festival at Moi international sports center, Kasarani

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For the last five years safaricom has brought you the very best of local and international jazz music, delivering electric performances and getting you moving to everything from the legendary Hugh Masekela’s signature sounds to the funky beat of the Nairobi Horns Project.

This year you can expect nothing less. Come join us on Sunday 25th February 2018 at the Kasarani Training Grounds in Nairobi, as we celebrate the 5th edition of the Safaricom International Jazz Festival with yet another line-up of brilliant performers from USA, Israel, Belgium, Germany, South Africa and Kenya.

Headlining the show will be the highly acclaimed American jazz trio BWB, made up of Grammy Award winners Norman Brown (guitar) and Kirk Whalum (saxophone), and trumpeter Rick Braun. If you love Michael Jackson you’ll be sure to enjoy hits from their 2013 Human Nature tribute album, with tracks such as Billie Jean, Beat It, The Way You Make Me Feel and of course, Human Nature.

Kenya to host the 2018 Kenya Nationals Open & Para Swimming Championships at Kasarani Aquatic Centre.

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The Kenya National Paralympic Committee (KNPC) and Kenya Swimming Federation (KSF) will jointly host the 2018 Kenya Nationals Open & Para Swimming Championships at Kasarani Aquatic Centre on February 8-11, 2018. This is the first time the two bodies are jointly hosting an integrated swimming championships. This is the first time that KNPC is hosting a sport-specific international championship in Swimming.

As part of the Championships, the KNPC with the support of World Para Swimming and Agitos Foundation (the Development arm of the International Paralympic Committee will be hosting an international training camp for 50 athletes and coaches on Feb 3-5 and International classification for paraswimmers (swimmers with disabilities). This is the first time that a camp of this nature is happening on t he African Continent and a great statement of
confidence by the World Para Swimming in the talent pool in Kenya. Kenya is scheduled to send 30 athletes to the camp who were selected following an application process to World Para Swimming. Other countries sending athletes
are South Africa, Namibia, Uganda, Tanzania, India and Israel. Athletes and coaches will attend separate theory lessons in the morning and will have joint practical trainings in the pool in the afternoon.

Coaches will have lessons, which include presentations on classification, World Para Swimming Rules and Regulations, strength and conditioning, session planning, talent identification and technical aspects of all strokes and turns. Athletes will also participate in Proud Paralympian workshops. The programme is
designed to support their development as athletes but also as individuals and active citizens. Some of the topics covered are the Paralympic Movement,
human rights in the context of ability, ethics, and athlete health and well-being.

Throughout the three-day workshop, participants will enhance their skills and knowledge. The training camps will ensure a lasting sustainable development impact for participant countries and their coaches and athletes. Selected participants will be helped by the project with payment of travel costs, meals and accommodation. To be eligible to participate, attendants must also compete in the Kenya National Open and Para Swimming Championships. Preparations are in high gear and the Local Organizing Committee is looking forward to host an event that will set the stage for future integrated championships by the two governing bodies.

Kisumu City will stage semi-final match pitting Kenya's Harambee Stars vs Burundi and Uganda v Zanzibar

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Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos will host the final of 2017 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.
The regional body was yet to pick a venue for the final set for Sunday (December 17). FKF official Barry Otieno has confirmed to Goal that the organizers’ have settled for Machakos to host the final.
Kisumu City will stage semi-final matches pitting Kenya against Burundi and Uganda v Zanzibar on Thursday. Kenya made it to the last four with a 1-0 win over Tanzania on Monday to join, Zanzibar, Burundi and Uganda.
The tournament attracted nine countries. Rwanda, South Sudan, Libya, Ethiopia and Tanzania failed in the first hurdle.

Kenya Celebrates its 54th Jamuhuri Day celebration at Moi International Sports Center , National fete led by the President

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Kenya yesterday marked 54 years of self rule after gaining independence from Britain.

The national fete, led by President Uhuru Kenyatta, was held at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, in the capital Nairobi while regional celebrations was held in the other 46 county headquarters.

Kenyans started trickling in to Kasarani for celebrations on early Tuesday morning, with gates opening at 7am.
Security at the stadium was tight, with those getting in being frisked by security officers.

Vehicles getting into the venue were also searched.
According to Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe several dignitaries will attend the national fete in Nairobi.

The military parade and the ceremonial trooping of the colour be conducted by the Airforce Command from Moi Airbase in Eastleigh, Nairobi.

Fans show up in thousands at Bhukungu stadium, Kakamega as Harambe stars take on Rwanda Wasps

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Massoud penalty and Otieno’s screamer take the wind out of Amavubi sails as Tanzania and Libya draw in Machakos.

Paul Put made a winning start to his reign as Kenya’s football team coach with a 2-0 victory over ten-man Rwanda in yesterday’s opening Group A Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup match at a packed Bukhungu Stadium.

At Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos, Tanzania and Libya settled for a goalless draw in the second match of Group.

In Kakamega, Kenyan Premier League golden boot winner Masoud Juma put Harambee Stars ahead from the spot before AFC Leopards captain Duncan Otieno’s screamer gave Kenya a two-goal cushion.

A second-half downpour could not stop the hosts from giving their new coach Put a warm welcome.
“Despite the bad state of the pitch, I’m proud of my players for giving me that perfect gift. It was a difficult pitch for both teams to play on, but it was important to get a positive result in our first match of the tournament,” said a visibly excited Put.

“Our focus now shifts to another equally tough game against unpredictable Libya on Tuesday.”

Duncan Otieno was equally happy after scoring his first goal on his second national team appearance.

“I thank God for everything. Since we are at home, we must do everything to win the title,” said Otieno.

But it was not a happy reunion for former Kenya coach Antoine Hey, whose visiting Amavubi side finish ed the game a man less after Soter Kayumba was sent off in the 53rd minute after receiving a second yellow card for bad-mouthing the assistant referee. The German went on to snub the press after the clash.

President Kenyatta Sworn in for second Term in office at Moi International Sports Center,Kasarani

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President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn for his second and final five-year term on Tuesday to thunderous cheers from tens of thousands of supporters at Moi International Sports Center,Kasarani.

He pledged to "Do justice to all in accordance with this Constitution, as by law established, and the laws of Kenya, without fear, favour, affection or ill-will".
Duncan Okello, who was master of ceremonies, said the Bible used is the same one used by the first President, Jomo Kenyatta, at his own swearing-in at Independence.

The oaths were administered by Anne Amadi, the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary.

The oath of office is 77 words long and the oath of due execution of office is 79 words long.Regional leaders and foreign diplomats watched as the full to capacity stadium cheered and sang along to music.

Among the heads of state who attended the ceremony were Ethiopia's Hailemariam Desalegn, Rwanda's Paul Kagame, Somalia's Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, South Sudan's Salva Kiir, Botswana's Ian Khama and Uganda's Yoweri Museveni.

Joyciline Jepkosgei Breaks world record with a second off her previous best at the Valencia Trinidad Alfonso Half Marathon

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Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei kept her stellar 2017 momentum alive at the Valencia Trinidad Alfonso Half Marathon, taking one second off her own world record* to win the IAAF Gold Label road race in 1:04:51 on Sunday (22).

After Saturday’s technical meeting, it became clear that a serious attack on her current world record was on the cards. A cautious Jepkosgei had commented there that she had been training well since running a world 10km record of 29:43 in Prague and was confident of running fast.

Kenya’s Ezekiel Kemboi was enlisted to pace Jepkosgei at a steady 3:05 per kilometre pace but the early splits proved to be even quicker than scheduled as the opening five kilometres were covered in a frantic 14:52, a time fast enough to finish inside 1:03. The brisk rhythm continued as the 23-year-old was timed at 30:09 at 10 kilometres, still well ahead of her own world record pace.

However, that kind of pace seemed to be self-defeating for a while as Jepkosgei’s rhythm clearly slowed down in the third five-kilometre section. Always running at Kemboi’s shoulder, the multiple world record-holder reached 15 kilometres in 45:59 which put her target in serious jeopardy; when she set the previous world record of 1:04:52 in Prague, she had clocked 45:37 at 15 kilometres.

But, to the delight of the crowd, Jepkosgei dug deep in the closing stages and by the 20-kilometre checkpoint, reached in 1:01:30, she was only five seconds in arrears of her world record goal. With a thrilling run down the final straight, Jepkosgei beat the clock and reached the finish line in 1:04:51 to set her sixth world record this year.

Fancy Chemutai and Lucy Cheruiyot joined Jepkosgei on the podium to get a clean sweep of medals for Kenya. The former, still 3 years of age, ran a massive career best of 1:05:38 to improve over one minute her previous best of 1:06:58. As for Cheruiyot, she finished seven seconds outside her PB in 1:07:30.

Today’s performance was the third women’s world half marathon record set on Spanish soil in recent years after Florence’s Kiplagat previous records of 1:05:12 and 1:05:09 in Barcelona in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Rono successfully defends his Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon title with a Candian all-comers' record

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Philemon Rono successfully defended his Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon title on Sunday (22) while giving organisers of this IAAF Gold Label road race something they had coveted for the past three years: a Canadian all-comers’ record.

The diminutive Kenyan crossed the finish line in 2:06:52, a two-second improvement on the record set by Ethiopia’s Yemane Tsegay three years ago in Ottawa. In addition to the $25,000 first place prize money, Rono will return to his training base in Kaptagat with CDN$50,000 for the record.

With temperatures about 11C at the start and a slight breeze coming in off Lake Ontario, the pace was furious from the beginning – 29:29 at 10 kilometres and then 1:02:35 at the halfway point. Three assigned pacemakers were charged with the responsibility of delivering the favoured athletes to at least the course record (formerly held by Ethiopia’s Derissa Chimsa at 2:07:05), but after 25 kilometres the pacemakers were all gone. Shortly after this point, Dickson Chumba, the 2015 Chicago and 2014 Tokyo champion, went to the front with only Rono for company.

To many observers it looked as though Chumba was running according to form and his compatriot might be in trouble. But by 30 kilometres Rono surged and opened up a gap which grew to a winning margin of more than two minutes by the finish. Indeed, a visibly disappointed Chumba stopped the clock at 2:09:11. His mood was in stark contrast to that of the winner.

“The first thing I came here for was to defend,” a smiling Rono said afterwards. “I was expecting the time will come automatically. Today the time came because I was pushing with Chumba. When I went in front, I said, ‘I will not reduce the pace and let me maintain my constant pace’.

“When I passed the remaining metres, I could see I was running at 2:06 (pace) so I was very happy because I had run faster than my personal best and the course record. I was not worried (about Chumba) because when I started running hard I said there is no need to look back. Just focus and when you focus you know you what you will achieve at the end.

Chumba, who ran 2:06:25 in Tokyo earlier this year, complained of a tight hamstring.

Solomon Deksisa of Ethiopia finished third in 2:11:27.

If the men were ambitious in their early pace, the women’s race was insanely quick with Ethiopians Fatuma Sado, Sutume Asefa and Marta Megra Lema duelling with Kenya’s Angela Tanui in the early stages.

Asefa and Lema train together in Gemedu Dedefo’s group and chatted occasionally and shared a water bottle at one point. Hitting half way in 1:11:01 caused what one observer deemed ‘carnage’. One by one they dropped off the pace, leaving Lema alone at the front from 32 kilometres onwards.

Struggling less than the others, she maintained her form with the help of her pacemaker to win the race in 2:28:20, far off the personal best of 2:24:32 she set in Xiamen, China last year. Afterwards she said she had experienced stomach pains in the latter part of the race. Asefa finished in 2:29:26 to claim the second place prize money of CDN$15,000 with Ruth Jebet of Kenya moving through the field to take third in 2:30:02.

Kenya star displays fine form by scoring a hat trick in Vasalund IF's 6-2 win over IFK Lulea,Swedish Devision 1 league

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Eric Johanna scored a hat trick in Vasalund IF’s 6-2 win over IFK Lulea in the Swedish Division One League in a weekend that most Kenyans shined abroad.

The former Mathare United midfielder hit home his brace in a span of six minutes early in the first half when he tripled Vasalund IF’s lead in the third and ninth minutes before completing the job at the quarter hour mark.

Linus Malborg also hit a brace for Vasalund IF with the other goal coming from Kenny Parvey.
Back in Africa, Kenyan striker Jesse Were and John Mark Makwatta were both on target for their respective clubs in the Zambian Super League.

Were scored Zesco United’s opening goal in his side’s 3-0 win over Zanaco while Makwata’s lone goal helped Buildcon pick a point against Nakambala Leopards in the two side’s 1-1 draw.

In the American Major Soccer League (MSL), Harambee Stars defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng’ was also on target. Ochieng’ scored his maiden goal for New York Cosmos in a 4-4 draw with Jax Armanda.

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