Security forces conduct large-scale anti-terror drill ahead of Rio 2016

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Police and soldiers have carried out the biggest simulated counter-terrorism exercises to date ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio. The drills come as security is heightened after the truck attack in France.
Brazilian security forces conducted the training session on Saturday at a Rio de Janeiro train station, with the drill including a mock bomb attack on the train system and a shooting.
During the simulated counter-terrorism operation, two "terrorists" in a parked train set off an explosion and fired blank rounds. Soldiers soon arrived to contain the "attack," followed by members of special forces arriving in two helicopters who "neutralized" the perpetrators.
The drill, supervised by a central command, took place in the Deodoro train station in the north of the city, with Deodor being one of four main venues of the Summer Olympics, set to begin on August 5.
"The exercise was very useful, because it allowed us to work within real parameters for the operation and utilization of the troops," said General Mauro Sinott, who heads the military's counterterrorism unit.
Despite reports of threats to security and worries in some quarters that Brazilian security forces might not be up to the job, US Olympic authorities recently said they were satisfied that the Games would be kept safe.
"I felt like the safest place in the world is going to be the village and the competition venues, so I think our athletes wil be among the safest people in Rio because of all the security around them," said United States Olympic Committee chief executive officer Scott Blackmun.
Brazil plans to mobilize some 85,000 members of the security forces as of July 24 to protect the 10,500 athletes, officials and journalists attending the Games, as well as the 500,000 visitors coming from across the world to experience the event. The central command in charge of security will include experts from 106 countries.

Fresh Legs!!Kenya U17 Team set for Mauritius(2016 Cosafa U-17)

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A contingent of 22 players and seven officials have been named for the journey to Mauritius where Kenya U-17 team will take part in 2016 Cosafa U-17 Championships as from July 22.

According to a letter obtained by Goal from Football Kenya Federation, the players selected from various clubs will be accompanied by five members of the technical bench plus two officials from the federation.

Here is the complete list: Isaac Omweri Omoke (Kisii Youth Olympic), Ibrahim Wandera Onnangwe (JMJ Academy), Telvin Kimani Njeri (Huruma Cranes), Eric Mbugua Muriithi (Elite Academy), Felix Chabaya Kavenge (Kayole Young Stars), Biron Otieno Lukale (Maren F.C), Daniel Mumo Wambua (Mikadini Youth), Brian Ochieng Otieno (Bonner sc, Germany), Thomas Wainaina Muya (Wilberforce Academy), Clement Reis Ngugi (Ligi Ndogo) Kenneth Mukuria Karungari (Tusker Youth), Clinton Oseko Machaka (Tusker Youth), John Collins Njuguna (Euronuts F.C).

Others are Jeremy Mwenda Muriithi (Ligi Ndogo Academy), Prince Korasei Boit (Ligi Ndogo Academy), Boniface Odhiambo (Uweza Soccer Academy), Ahmed Musa Omar (Bandari Youth), George Ochieng Ouma (Nakuru All Stars), Muthoka Maingi Mulei (Chaani Youth), Brian Kafero Omutanyi (Sags Soccer Academy), Zidane Ochieng Karume (Makadara Junior), Lewis Wanjala Omachi (Mwangaza All Stars).

Officials: Andreas Spier (Coach,) Michael Nam (Assistant Coach), Sunil Shah (Goalkeeper Coach), Michael Kamure (Logistics), Jackline Kalekye Kivuva (Physio), Anika Seefeld (FKF), Christopher Amimo (FKF).

Kenya will be the guest nation in the tournament after Mozambique withdrew from the competition. The team is placed in Group 'B' along with Zambia, Malawi and Madagascar. Group 'A' consists of hosts Mauritius, South Africa, Seychelles and Namibia. Kenya will have to finish in the top two in the pool to make the semi-finals, with the deciding match of the tournament scheduled to be played on July 31.

Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazil (Games of the XXXI Olympiad)

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The 2016 Summer Olympics,officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, and commonly known as Rio 2016, is a major international multi-sport event in the tradition of the Olympic Games due to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. A record number of countries are participating in a record number of sports. More than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), including first time entrants Kosovo and South Sudan, are scheduled to take part. With 306 sets of medals, the games will feature 28 Olympic sports — including rugby sevens and golf, which were added by the International Olympic Committee in 2009. These sporting events will take place at 33 venues in the host city and at 5 venues in the cities of São Paulo (Brazil's largest city), Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasília (Brazil's capital), and Manaus.

These will be the first Summer Olympic Games under the IOC presidency of Thomas Bach.The host city of Rio de Janeiro was announced at the 121st IOC Session held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 2 October 2009. Rio will become the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics. These will be the first games to be held in a Portuguese-speaking country, the first to be held entirely during the host country's winter season (the 2000 games began on 15 September – five days before the Southern Hemisphere's vernal equinox), the first since 1968 to be held in Latin America, and the first since 2000 (and third overall) to be held in the Southern Hemisphere.

Portugal gatecrash France's Euro 2016 party to win Championship

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Portugal gatecrashed France's Euro 2016 party to win the European Championship for the first time in its history and all this without leading star Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Real Madrid forward was forced out of the game with a knee injury in the first half, but Portugal regrouped and thanks to some heroic goalkeeping from Rui Patricio took the game into extra time before Eder struck with 11 minutes to go.
Portugal's 1-0 win was all the more remarkable given in their previous 10 meetings -- France had won all of them.
"Simple as doves and as wise as serpents," is how Portugal coach Fernando Santos characterized his team's success at Euro 2016.

France hit the post late on in normal time, but so too did Portugal just before Eder's goal when Raphael Guerreiro's exquisite free kick came back off the crossbar.
The win was testament to a remarkable group ethic after Ronaldo was taken off on a stretcher following a robust tackle by Dimitri Payet on eight minutes.

Twice Ronaldo tried to hobble back on the pitch before he collapsed, distraught and in tears as he conceded his tournament had come to a premature end.

The huge ovation he was given by the Stade de France crowd French and Portuguese fans alike must have been scant consolation given the pivotal role he has played in this side for over a decade since making his international debut as an 18-year-old.

Is FKF transitions for the better of Kenya football or just a side show

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The football Kenya Federation has announced changes in its secretariat in what has been described as ensuring the development of football in line with the FIFA requirements.

In a communiqué from their head quarters in Nairobi, Mr. Joseph Agola who is the current finance manager will now serve as the acting Secretary General while still maintaining his current position.

Mr. Michael Esakwa will serve as the Deputy Secretary General while former acting CEO Mr. Lordvick Aduda will be the Operations’ Manager.

The current assistant finance manager Dinah Kerubo will juggle between her current role as being the liaison officer in charge of Harambee Stars.

These changes took place with effect to the new constitution that will help to increase transparency with regard to the federation's finances and activities and help ensure men and women of integrity are involved in the running of Kenyan football.

Article 26 proposes all elected officials and appointed officials provide a Certificate of Good Conduct, A Tax Clearance Certificate, Higher Education Loans Board Certificate,A Credit Reference Bureau Certificate, a Certificate of Clearance from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.They will also be required to maintain compliance throughout their term of office.

Article 59 calls for the the Chief Executive Officer to publish audited accounts, and an executive summary of the President's annual activities reports in at least two newspapers of countrywide circulation at least 30 days before the date of the Annual Congress.

Vivian Cheruiyot and Betsy Saina book Olympics spots in Eldoret

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World champion Vivian Cheruiyot yesterday qualified for the Rio Olympic Games after winning the women’s 10,000m race at the ongoing National trials at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium, Eldoret.

Cheruiyot, who won bronze in 10,000m at the 2012 London Olympics, clocked her fastest time on Kenyan soil of 31 minutes and 36.37 seconds, beating United States-based Betsy Saina, who came in second in 32:04.83.

Cheruiyot, the 2011 World 10,000m and 5,000m champion, and Saina will now team up with Africa Games and Africa 10,000m champion Alice Aprot, who was given a wild card, in a bid to wrestle the title from their Ethiopian arch-rivals.

Aprot, who is also the Africa Cross Country champions, clocked a world-leading time of 30:26.94 to win the African title in South Africa on Saturday.

The Kenyans will now face a strong team from Ethiopia led by 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics 10,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba, World 5,000m champion Almaz Ayana and World 10,000m silver medallist Delete Burka.

Ethiopia selected their 10,000m women and men’s teams on Wednesday night in Hengelo, where Ayana timed a world-leading 30:07:00, beating Burka (30:28:47) and Dibaba (30:28:53) respectively.

It will be interesting not only to see how the fast Aprot and Ayana will handle the field but also the legendary rivalry between Cheruiyot and Dibaba, who are both returning from maternity leave.

Cheruiyot said she will be banking on great teamwork from Aprot and Saina to deliver good results in Rio.

An elated Saina celebrated her 28th birthday in style on Thursday by claiming a ticket to her maiden Olympics.

The Ethiopian men’s team has little-known Yigerem Demelash, Tamrat Tolla and Abadi Hadis, who will face the Kenyan team that will be named Friday.

Already, World 10,000m silver medallist Geoffrey Kamworor has been given a wild card.z

Drama in Eldoret as Kamworor calls it quits, Tanui earns ticket to Rio

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There was drama on Friday at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium, Eldoret,when the World 10,000m silver medallist Geoffrey Kamworor,also the World Half Marathon and World Cross Country champion, withdrew with three laps to go after he experienced stomach pains to give way to the two-time World 10,000 bronze medallist Paul Tanui,to win the race and qualify for the Rio Olympic Games .

Tanui clocked 27:46.15, beating Africa Cross Country bronze medallist Charles Yosei, who also qualified in 27:57.07.
Also to withdraw with 16 laps to go was World Cross Country and World Half Marathon silver medallist Bedan Karoki.

Karoki has been nursing hamstring and tendon injuries he sustained in March after winning the World Half silver medal. However, it's Kamworor who will get the wild card in the race where they are expected to face defending champion Mo Farah.

Athletics Kenya was due to announce Kamworor's wild card on Friday. Kamworor told Daily Nation Sport that he is hopeful he will be ready for his Olympic debut. "I started to feel some pain in the stomach and I could not continue," said Kamworor.

Africa 400m hurdles silver medallist Maureen Jelagat clocked 57.35, beating Jane Chege 59.75, to qualify for her second Olympics.

Jelagat is the only woman qualifier, having attained the Olympics qualifying time of 56.00 during the Africa Championships in South Africa last weekend.

the stars shine at last against Congo to earn coach okumbi his first win

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Harambee Stars bagged their first win in Africa Cup of Nations 2017 Group E on Sunday after edging out Congo 2-1 in a lively encounter at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.

Ayub Timbe and Eric Johanna scored the crucial goals in each half respectively to hand Coach Stanley Okumbi his maiden win as the national team coach.

Despite being a dead rubber match after Stars smoked out any hopes of making it for the biennial parade of Africa’s best footballing nations in Gabon in 2017, Coach Okumbi was out to bag a win and his line-up for the day gave the ever optimistic Kenyan fans something to hope for.

Harambee Stars started well but found themselves behind in the 19th minute after a foul by debutant Ismail Gonzalez inside the box led to a penalty that Prince Oniangue calmly converted to give Congo a 1-0 lead.

A thunderbolt shot by Belgium based Ayub Timbe evened out the score line in the 23rd minute.The industrious Timbe had another close shave in the 35th minute after a great pass from Johanna but the Congo keeper made a timely intervention for a corner.

Kenya came back from the breather with one mission, to score another goal a push for a win. The good build-ups however were chocked by the Congo defense.

In the 54th minute, Coach Okumbi tweaked his tactics by resting in Gonzalez and introducing in the tall Anthony.

The winning goal came in the 67th minute after Eric Johanna coolly lopped the ball past the Congo keeper in a counter attack engineered by captain Victor Wanyama through a long cross forward.

Despite late pressure by Congo, Harambee Stars held on to bag the deserved victory that will serve great to reassure the fans the future is not bleak despite early elimination from the tournament.

The result worked in favor of surprise group leaders Guinea Bissau who have now qualified for the 2017 tournament.

Despite the win, Kenya is still bottom of the group on 4 points. Their last group match is against Zambia on September.

Safaricom Groove Awards Party to go down at MISC, Kasarani

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Since 2004, Groove Awards with Safaricom has celebrated excellence in gospel music in Kenya and across Africa. The awards, entering their 11th year, are Kenya’s most prestigious and recognized gospel awards with a regional resonance and relevance.

Groove seeks to promote gospel music as a message of hope and an avenue to address issues affecting young people across the African continent with a key focus on its main objective – Shaping culture through positive content and entertainment.

Groove Awards has seen over 2,000 artists/groups nominated and 400 Groove statuettes presented to gospel musicians in Kenya and East Africa region.
Groove Awards is sponsored by Safaricom and produced by Mo Sound Events.
This years's event is scheduled to take place on Madaraka day, 1st June 2016 at Moi International Sports Center,Kasarani.

Harambee stars stumble yet again to draw with Sudan's Falcons 1-1

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Coach Stanley Okumbi failed yet again to win his first match as Harambee Stars coach after forcing a 1-1 draw against Sudan in a friendly played at Kasarani on Tuesday.

A stoppage time goal from Kenyan defender and captain of the day Brian Mandela was enough to deny the visitors a deserved win but also kept Okumbi waiting for his first win as coach of the side since taking over from Bobby Williamson.

Okumbi came into the match under pressure following initial results where he has failed to get a win in the past three matches, losing two and drawing another. Erick Ouma was given his debut alongside Chemelil defender Joseph Okumu with Joseph Mbugi also given the starting berth in the absence of Victor Wanyama, Humphrey Mieno and Anthony Akumu.

Kenya could have scored in the 3rd minute when Ouma burst from the left, only for Wycliffe Ochomo to be flagged offside. In the sixth minute, Ovella Ochieng wasted a great opportunity, as he was fed the ball in a promising position, but made a bad decision to shoot, instead of passing it to Ochomo.

Seven minutes later, the impressive ‘Marcello’ fouled Athar Tahir 40 yards from the goal, however, the resulting free-kick went straight to David Okello. Okumbi was forced to make an early substitution to mend his midfield, introducing Francis Kahata in place of the disappointing Tyrus Omondi.
The Falcons continued pushing for an opener which eventually came in the 24th minute. Joseph Mbugi was dispossessed by Nazar Hamid, who in turn released an unstoppable shot from outside the 18 yard box, and gave his team the lead.

Three minutes later, Ochomo thought he had equalized after finishing off a free-kick from the right, only to be denied by an offside flag. It could have been 2-0 in the 39th minute after Abu Abdalla cleverly played in Mudathar El Tayeb, but his fierce low shot was stopped by Okello, who reacted fast to deny him.

After the break, Said Gonzalez and Jesse Were were introduced in places of Joseph Mbugi and Wycliffe Ochomo, and the combination of Ali Abondo, Francis Kahata and Gonzalez brought much needed flair in the Kenyan side.

It was almost 1-1 in the 61st minute after Gonzalez played the ball to Mohammed, who in turn played in Abondo, but Jesse Were failed to finish the move off. In the 75th minute, Kenya won a free-kick on the right which was taken by Were, but Gonzalez headed weakly and the keeper Akram Elhad took it comfortably.

Kenya was reduced to ten men in the dying minutes after Kahata was sent off following a second bookable offence. But the Stars continued pushing, and were rewarded in the 94th minute when they won a corner which was taken by ‘Marcelo’, to Abondo who in turn floated in a cross which was headed in by Mandela.

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