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Yanga outshine adversaries Simba

Defending Premier League champions Young Africans have continued to outshine Simba on and off the pitch after churning a huge sum of gate revenue compared to their archrivals from last weekend’s league matches. Yanga roared to a massive 7-0 win over Ruvu Shooting at the National Stadium on Saturday to move top of the league table, with 38 points, one above Azam FC, who surrendered the driver’s seat after being held to a 2-2 draw by Prisons. Simba, meanwhile, stumbled to a disheartening 3-2 defeat to Ruvu Shooting the following day at the same venue, with the result putting the Reds far beyond the reach of the prestigious title they last held in 2012. To make things worse for Simba, they were also surpassed on gate earnings by their traditional adversaries. The match between Yanga and Ruvu Shooting grossed 68,450,000/- from 11,972 fans who paid to watch it. The amount was more than twice the revenue collected during the game between Simba and JKT Ruvu, which churned 32, 715,000/- after only 5,850 fans turned for the clash. While Yanga and Ruvu Shooting walked home with 15,687,488/- each from gate collection, Simba and JKT Ruvu each received 7,428,742/-. Simba’s on pitch woes could be cited as the reason for their stuttering financial stakes when compared to their rivals Yanga. The Msimbazi Street club, which alongside Yanga boast a huge fan base, are likely to slip out of the top three in the Premier League for the first time after many years. According to some players, who claimed anonymity, the current run of bad form is partly down to financial constraints facing the club. They claimed their morale to be down due to unpaid salaries and other grievances, including hardline methods of head coach Zdavko Logarusic. One of the players said that he and his team-mates are finding it hard to cope with the Croatian’s volatile character and abuse against them. Logarusic is also accused of not taking advice from his assistants when it comes to picking up the team and making substitutions. The former Gor Mahia coach, who joined Simba during half-season break, has not been shy of making hasty substitutions whenever a player fails to meet his expectation. The players are also claiming to be unhappy with the current regime, which they criticized of paying little attention to their problems. Source Tanzania Daily News

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Gor, Sony stake claim: Sofapaka and AFC Leopards slip as league gains speed

League champions Gor Mahia and Sony Sugar look like the teams to beat this season, having picked up maximum points after two rounds of play and being the only clubs to claim a 100 per cent record so far. Sony Sugar’s John Bosco (right) and Antony Kimani of Sofapaka fight for the ball during their KPL match played at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday. PHOTO: BONIFACE OKENDO/STANDARD Gor Mahia edged out Mathare United 1-0 while Sony Sugar upset Sofapaka by a similar margin as the two sides occupy the top two spots on the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) standings with six points. Elsewhere, last year’s runners-up AFC Leopards remain winless as they chalked up their second draw, this time a barren one, against Ulinzi Stars at Nyayo Stadium. It leaves Ingwe’s den an anxious place to be, especially after James Nandwa signed several starts during the transfer season. The second week of the KPL witnessed action at Machakos Municipal Stadium for the first time and it ended up as a big pay day for host sides Sofapaka and Mathare United. Windfall The two teams will divide Sh1.3 million raised at the gates. This is the highest amount of gate collections ever raised outside Nairobi but was not a surprise given the high turn out by Gor Mahia fans. As early as 8am, streets in Machakos town were painted green by the thousands of fans who arrived in style. The 11,000-seater stadium was full at least one hour before the 4pm Gor Mahia match kicked off. Police in Machakos had a hectic time controlling traffic, especially after the match owing to the high number of cars. Back on the pitch, it is not only AFC Leopards who should be concerned about their poor season kick-off. KCB, Nakuru Top Fry and Muhoroni Youth are all struggling, with Western Stima kicking out their coach, Francis Barasa, for poor results. Scoreline The bankers went down 1-0 to newcomers KRA while Top Fry lost 1-0 to Thika United. Muhoroni Youth could not stop Chemelil Sugar who won 2-1, while Tusker routed Western Stima 3-1. KCB coach Abdalla Juma was a furious man after his side dropped points and pointed an accusing finger at his players for a sloppy display. The coach said his players made simple mistakes and did not deserve a point. “We played as if we have already won the match and this was a bad show from my players. We lacked concentration and made high school boy mistakes,” he said. “At half time I told them to avoid the mistakes or else we would pay for it but nothing changed. It is perhaps a good thing that we lost today – a wake up call before it’s too late.” KCB, who finished fourth last season, remain winless after two matches. They drew their first match 1-1 against Leopards on Wednesday. On the other hand, KRA coach Ken Kenyatta believes they will do even better. “This win set us up well for the season

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Karashani makes ‘tough’ Tornado B switch

Davis Arinaitwe says he will always be a Wanderer. But after making “a tough decision” last week, Arinaitwe will spend the 2014 local cricket season playing for Tornado B. “It was a tough decision to leave the Wanderers,” said Arinaitwe. “I have spent 10 of my 13 years as league cricketer at the Wanderers. The club has done everything for me. “I was spotted by (Wanderers legend and coach) Sam Walusimbi when I was young and he brought me to the club. My debut was very special because it was Walusimbi’s last game and for me he is the greatest Ugandan cricketer of all time. “That game was in 2000, against ACC and I took two wickets from first two deliveries, one of Ntanda Musa and then Mukobe Robert”. In other words, all of Arinaitwe’s most precious memories have been at the club he calls his “bread and butter”. But few things in sport are permanent and players rarely turn down an offer that promises more. And Tornado B have just won their maiden national title, have the strongest line-up in the land and seem headed for another successful campaign. Once they came calling, Arinaitwe had more reasons to leave the Wanderers than to stay. “Some clubs seem to want to achieve things more than others so players are bound to move,” said the national skipper in the closest he came to giving the actual reason for joining Tornado B. Arinaitwe’s move leaves the Wanderers further back in the race for silverware in 2014 season. The Wanderers are defending T20 national champions but as their nine-wicket shock to Jinja SS on Sunday showed, they are not likely to defend their title. By Charles Mutebi, The New Vision

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Kenya to host CHAN in 2018: Country will use more than Sh500 million for a successful championship

Kenya will host the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (Chan). This was confirmed by Confederation of African Football (CAF) after an executive meeting held on Friday at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. It means Kenya’s bid was accepted by CAF and the hard part is now to put together a working Local Organising Committee (LOC) to seek funds and put in place other logistics starting immediately. According to a statement on the CAF website (www.cafonline.com), Kenya’s bid was successful following receipt of the necessary Government guarantees. “The CAF executive committee has designated Kenya as host of the 2018 Chan following receipt of necessary Government guarantees and complete dossier including the required infrastructure and security,” a statement on the CAF website said. Kenya had missed out on the bid to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals after the Government failed to provide the necessary guarantees on time. But Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Sam Nyamweya convinced CAF to award the country the rights to stage the Chan competition, a second tier event to the premier Africa Cup of Nations. Nyamweya has since thanked CAF’s top brass for accepting their bid. Nyamweya also lauded the Government for supporting the bid whose success, he said, will mark a major milestone in local football development. “This is a big milestone in the growth journey for Kenyan football and we are gratified and honoured to have successfully bid for this great showpiece that gives our people an opportunity to host the continent’s best teams,” said Nyamweya in a statement. He said hosting the event will be a big platform in FKF’s bid to enhance local sports tourism through football. This comes shortly after the country successfully hosted the regional Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup. “That we won the regional tournament at home gives us confidence that we can repeat the feat when we host Chan on home soil,” he predicted. Nyamweya was aware of the big task to which he has committed the country and acknowledged that the real work begins now. He called on all stakeholders and corporate partners to join hands with FKF and the Government to make the event successful.

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Cohesion key issue for Team Uganda

In an effort to boost cohesion, joint team training sessions have begun in Uganda’s World University cross-country preparations. Annet Negesa The 20 athletes forming the Ugandan squad had until recently been training at their respective universities. They now converge at one venue on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday’s to get tips from a team of coaches led by Faustino Kiwa. “It will be two weeks to the competition that the team will finally gather for a high altitude residential camp in Bukwo,” explained team official Patrick Ssebuliba. Ssebuliba, who heads the world meet’s secretariat in Uganda, said the joint sessions that will be starting at 10am will be held at Makerere Main ground, Kyambogo Cricket oval and at the athletics ground and in Bukwo. The squad will shortly before the event be trimmed to seven women and eight men. The event will be held at the Entebbe golf course on March 22. Women: Winnie Nannyondo, Halima Nakayi, Annet Negesa, Margaret Lubago, Prim Twikirize, Annet Chebet, Lillian Anzazi and Stella Akidi. Men: Joshua Cheptegei Joshua, Martin Chemtingen, Benjamin Njia, Herbert Gidagui, Julius Ocheng, Sam Cherop , Edmund Mukasa, Kennedy Nuwahereza, Issa Kosgei, Kwesiga Ballon and Allan Makweta.  By James Bakama,The New Vision

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Massa named in squad to face Zambia

The Cranes squad to face 2012 AFCON champions Zambia in an international friendly has been named. The squad features South Africa-based striker Geoffrey Massa who has not been part of the setup since he fell out with coach Micho Sredojevic last year ahead of the crunch tie against Senegal in Marrakesh. Massa who turns out for University of Pretoria in the PSL, has enjoyed a decent start, scoring 4 goals in 14 appearances since joining from Cypriot side Yenicami. The match will be played on 5th March, at the Levi Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola as both sides begin preparations for upcoming international fixtures later in the year. GOALKEEPERS Dennis Onyango, Robert, Ismail Watenga DEFENDERS Denis Iguma Wadada Nicholas, Godfrey Walusimbi, Alex Kakuba, Henry Kalungi, Isaac, Andrew Mwesigwa, Richard Kassaga, Joseph Ochaya MIDFIELDERS Tony Mawejje, Khalid Aucho, Geoffrey Kizito, Ivan Ntege, Moses Oloya, William Kizito Luwagga, Sula Matovu, Brian Majwega STRIKERS Geoffrey Massa, Emmanuel, Hamis Kizza, Dan Sserunkuma, Tony Odur The New Vision

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Okeyo to support Uganda’s bid

The Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) vice president David Okeyo has vowed to support Uganda’s bid to host the 2020 Africa Athletics Senior Championships. The Confederation of African Athletics officials led by the vice president David Okeyo (left) gesturing at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole. Photo by Norman Katende Okeyo said that he will act if the Government gives CAA the go ahead to support the bid. South Africa and Nigeria will host the 2016 and 2018 editions respectively. Okeyo, who visited the country, was impressed by the infrastructure, hotel facilities and the Mandela National Stadium at Namboole. The official said that the prevailing facilities are worth his support for Uganda’s bid. Okeyo was accompanied by the CAA secretary Faty Lamine. “You have a good stadium with a proper sitting arrangement and enough hotels. Put in the bid, you will get our support,” Okeyo said. Meanwhile, Uganda is getting set to stage the Africa Cross Country Championship on March 16. The event is coming to Kampala for the first time. By Norman Katende, The New Vision

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