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Nakuru’s young footballer in need of Sh.1m for trials at Manchester

Godson is optimistic that this is an opportunity that will transform his life once he goes through the trials at Manchester.

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Godson Chigema during an interview with the writer at their home in Sports Club,Kivumbini Ward in Nakuru County.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Godson Chigema’s dream of becoming one of the international footballers from Kenya might just come true after he commenced the process of application to join Premier Football UK trials in Manchester.

The trials as per the organizers are held in the State of Manchester where scouts from major international clubs come and watch as the players go about their activities in the field.

Those who are selected are then taken through some training before they are absorbed into the various clubs.

Godson Chigema at their home in Sports club Estate in Kivumbini Ward,Nakuru.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Born in 2002 and raised from a humble background in Kivumbini Ward, Nakuru East sub county of Nakuru, Godson has had interest in matters football since his childhood.

The 19 year old says he developed interest in matters football while at St.Teresa’s Primary school in Kivumbini.

During this time he used to participate in inter-schools- a move that saw his talent recognized and even shaped further while in Secondary where he was included in the first squad as goalkeeper as well as defender.

“I used to participate in inter-schools and that is where my talent started developing” he says.

After completing his Fourth Form in 2019, Godson has been fully involved in matters football with Deliverance Church FC as well as Freehold FC in Nakuru.

However his dream to even nurture his talent further has seen him apply online for the Premier Football UK trials after his friend hinted to him about the same.

“At first I was hesitating but I just gave it a trial and applied giving a description about myself and after 5 days I was given a respond congratulating me but also giving me the requirements” he said.

However, the humble Godson whom this writer met with at their home in Sports Club Estate in Kivumbini Ward, is now appealing to well-wishers to step in and ensure that he pays the close to Ksh.1 million to meet all the requirements.

Godson with his parents at their home in Sports club Estate in Kivumbini Ward,Nakuru County.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

He is optimistic that this is an opportunity that will transform his life once he goes through the trials at Manchester.

Godson, a Chelsea fan, believes football talents in Kenyan are yet to be tapped due to what he terms as corruption.

He says once he succeeds, his ambition is to have an academy in Nakuru, Kenya so that he can also help nurture talents and help youths shun drugs.

“My dream is to see talents nurtured at grass root and that is why I have ambition to also set up a football academy” he says.

Godson’s parents Donald and Linet Chigema are grateful for their son.

Their appeal is to the well-wishers to step in through contribution number and ensure their son attends the trials in Manchester State in UK.

“We have seen his talent and we hope the society will step in to ensure he nurtures it through the training in Manchester” they said.

Similar sentiments echoed by Francis Shinali from Residents’ Association who says Godson is a reflection youths have talents that are yet to be tapped into.

He challenges the society to ensure such talents are not wasted but nurtured to be role models to other youths in society.

“We have a responsibility and that is why we are appealing to Residents of Kivumbini Ward, Nakuru County and nationally through various sports associations to step in so that the Ksh.1 Million can be met” said Shinali.

Those who want to channel their contribution can do so through 0713826285.

 

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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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