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Kenya sets date for delayed football elections

Other aspirants wishing to join the race are free to submit their papers and pay the nomination fees as provided for under the FKF Electoral Code.

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The long-delayed Kenyan football elections will be held on October 17, it was announced here on Tuesday.

This follows the release of a roadmap sanctioned by world governing body FIFA to resolve a leadership crisis that has seen Football Kenya Federation (FKF) elections halted twice in December 2019 and in March this year.

“Owing to the current COVID-19 situation, both the national and branch elections will be conducted in line with the existing state-sanctioned health regulations and protocols in force within the country,” FKF Electoral Board chair, Kentice Tikolo told journalists in Nairobi.

Tikolo disclosed that the national elections will be preceded by grassroots polls held across the 47 counties on September 19 and that voter registration shall remain the same ‘since no football activity has taken place since the last election due to the coronavirus pandemic.’

In addition, candidates who had submitted their papers for the February 2 election that was stopped by the local tribunal over claims of irregularities at national and branch level will not be required to re-submit their papers or pay nomination fees again.

Other aspirants wishing to join the race are free to submit their papers and pay the nomination fees as provided for under the FKF Electoral Code.

Rose Wasike, the registrar of Societies, poured cold water on claims from five aspirants seeking to unseat incumbent FKF president, Nick Mwendwa, who accused her of releasing the roadmap without consulting stakeholders.

“Football is a members club and FIFA is aware of this exercise. I have not received any letter from a member asking me not to proceed to hold elections,” she explained.

FKF president Nick Mwedwa, who is seeking a second term at the helm of the troubled body, has been accused by his opponents of skewing the electoral process in his favour and seeking to remain in charge through acclamation.

Among those seeking to topple him from the top seat include his predecessor and first president of the rebooted federation, Sam Nyamweya, former regional CECAFA football boss Nicholas Musonye, and retired international Sam Shollei, a former FKF vice-president.

Others include seasoned broadcaster Herbert Mwachiro and journalist Boniface Osano.

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Kenya sevens coach Simiyu sacked, Britain’s McGrath takes over

Recently, the team was slammed when it lost to neighbors Uganda in the Africa sevens championship semifinals, but recovered to finish third and qualify for the Rugby Sevens World Cup set for South Africa in September.

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Kenya’s rugby sevens head coach and former international Innocent Simiyu was sacked on Wednesday and replaced by Damian McGrath.

“The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has opted to part ways with Simiyu, head coach of the Kenyan men’s national sevens team, Shujaa. Also leaving the Shujaa set up are technical bench members Michael Shamiah and Anthony Muchiri,” the KRU said in a statement released here on Wednesday.

The rugby governing body said McGrath will take charge for the next two years leading up to the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris.

McGrath boasts close to 30 years of sevens coaching experience, having most recently led Germany to victory at the World Rugby Challenger Series in Chile in 2020.

He previously coached Canada between 2016 and 2019, leading the Canadians to the Main Cup title at the 2017 Singapore Sevens.

Prior to the Canadian job, the Englishman was in charge of the Samoa squad during the 2015-16 season, leading them to the Main Cup title at the 2016 Paris Sevens.

McGrath also coached England at the 2002 and 2014 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and Glasgow, as well as the 2005 Rugby Sevens World Cup in Hong Kong.

“Kevin Wambua, who has been a part of the Shujaa set up, will assist Damian in ensuring a seamless transition while Geoffrey Kimani takes up the Strength and Conditioning coaching role,” the KRU added.

Kimani, who is part of the National Olympic Committee-Kenya Elite Performance set up, is no stranger to the Shujaa set up, and returns for a fourth stint, having previously served in the S&C role between 2007 and 2011, 2015-16 and 2017-18.

Simiyu returned to the helm in September 2020, replacing New Zealand’s Paul Feeney who left the role by mutual consent, as the KRU announced at the time.

The retired international had been sacked from the same position two years earlier after admitting responsibility for a player’s protest at the 2018 Paris Sevens.

Kenya have struggled to replicate the form that made them a household name on the international circuit, reaching a peak when they won the 2016 Singapore Sevens.

Recently, the team was slammed when it lost to neighbors Uganda in the Africa sevens championship semifinals, but recovered to finish third and qualify for the Rugby Sevens World Cup set for South Africa in September.

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Kenya women’s wheelchair basketball team qualifies for Commonwealth Games

The team travelled for qualifications in November 2021, where they beat the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, and Tanzania before losing to South Africa.

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Kenya women’s wheelchair basketball three-by-three team will feature in their first-ever Commonwealth Games after qualifying for the Birmingham 2022 edition, the country’s Olympics Committee announced on Wednesday.

“For the first time in history, we shall have the wheelchair basketball team participate in a major competition. We received the news on Tuesday, and we are still processing it with all the excitement. We cannot wait to go and represent our nation as we aim for a podium finish with our four athletes,” team manager Alfred Simiyu said in a statement issued in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

The women’s team has been training together with their male counterparts in Nairobi ahead of the games that start in Birmingham, United Kingdom on July 27.

The team travelled for qualifications in November 2021, where they beat the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, and Tanzania before losing to South Africa.

Wheelchair basketball 3×3 will be making its debut in the Commonwealth Games, with the events scheduled to run concurrently with the Basketball 3×3.

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Humphrey Kuria is the overall winner of the 2022 Standard County Golf Classic series

This is the second time Kuria ,67, is winning the series.

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Humphrey Kuria is the overall winner of the 2022 Standard County Golf Classic series held at the Nakuru Golf Club on Saturday 5, February 2022.
This is the second time Kuria ,67, is winning the series.
Besides, he has also taken part in the Nakuru legs, since the inception of the tournament that attracts over 100 golfers.
When interviewed by journalists after the event, Kuria was categorical that,  “I prepared well ahead of the event. I really feel proud for being a double winner of the series.”
According to him, the secret behind his victory is consistency.
A member of Njoro Golf Club in Nakuru and Vet Lab Sports Club in Nairobi, Kuria lauded the organizers and sponsors for a well-planned event.
The resilient golfer first embraced the game in 1995 when he was elected Secretary General of Njoro Golf Club before he started competing in major tournaments in 2001.
Speaking during the awarding ceremony, Standard Group CEO Orlando Lyomu challenged the golfers to take care of their environment.
The event was also graced by Mediheal Group of Hospitals Vice President International Buisness Mr. Gokul Prem Kumar and Vice President Operations at Mediheal Group of Hospitals Mr.Santosh Devaraj.
It should be noted that Mediheal Group of Hospitals-A Platinum Healthcare Partner was the main partner among others that made the event successful.

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