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Shabana shift base to Nairobi ahead of league kick off

Former top-flight league side Shabana FC has shifted their home base from Gusii Stadium in Kisii to the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi ahead of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) 2014 National Super League kick off. Shabana FC officials: Neeraj Kalaiya (Treasurer), Jared Nivaton (Chairman) and Peter Omwando (Secretary General). Shabana’s new chairman Jared Nivaton said the move was temporal as they await the Sh40 million refurbishment of their spiritual home ground of Gusii Stadium in Kisii County. “The team has been training at Kisii University and will shift base to Kasarani with effect from Monday next week under the guidance of the technical director Gilbert Selebwa,” he said. The long journey to return to top-flight league after a nine-year absence has begun with the appointment of a new office to take charge of the affairs of the club founded by Dogo Khan in 1982. Other officials who will run the affairs of the club include vice chairman Richard Omwenge, FKF Nyanza South chairman Peter Omwando (Secretary General), Richard Nyambonga (Deputy Secretary), Neeraj Kalaiya (Treasurer), Charles Onwonga (Assistant Treasurer) and Stephen Kiama (Organizing Secretary). “The first steps we are taking to revive this great club is to regularize its registration by obtaining first a certificate and register its officials,” Nivaton said. “Those who came before us did their bit and now it’s the time for the new office to do something to return Shabana to its glorious days,” he added Shabana in its hey days produced players of the caliber of Henry Motego, Henry Nyandoro, Elijah Onsika, Richard Otambo, and Mike Okoth among others and was one of the three community clubs alongside Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards who dominated the local football scene in the eighties and nineties. “I am not blind to the fact that I cannot single handedly take Shabana back to the KPL .It requires the input of every one of us and I hope we can all pull in the same  direction to revive the vision of its founder,” finished Nivaton. Selebwa said the team has acquired the services of Andrew Isemeki from KPL side Chemelil Sugar, Dennis Hamisi from National Super League team Agro Chemicals and are expecting eight more players from the National Youth Talent Academy (NYTA) to link up with the rest of the squad. The director said the team will be handled by Rashid Omar as coach to be deputized by former AFC Leopards ace and Chebuyusi Secondary School tactician Salim Keya. By ERICK OCHIENG’, The Standard

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Gov’t moves to sort out FUFA

The Accountant General in the finance ministry has advised against Government funding FUFA/ FUFA Limited following the Solicitor General’s opinion that the entity is operating illegally. FUFA president Moses Magogo Education and Sports minister Jessica Alupo made the remarks yesterday while appearing before the education committee of parliament over a recent petition by the Uganda Footballers’ Association that called on Government to suspend all dealings with FUFA Limited. She added that “regulations need to be issued in order to comply with the Solicitor General’s advice and the Constitutional Court Order that restrained them from recognising FUFA Limited as the national association”. Alupo, who wore a jovial smile throughout the proceedings and occasionally stole glances at the committee chairperson (Jacob Opolot) whenever the FUFA Ltd issue cropped up, vehemently rubbished allegations that she has been intimidated and/or influenced into steering clear of the squabbles rocking Ugandan football. “All these allegations are mere speculations and wrong. I have been handling these matters professionally so that at the end of the day we can come up with a logical decision,” she told legislators. The retired Major and Katakwi Woman MP asserted that “tomorrow (today) we are even going to meet the Prime Minister (Amama Mbabazi) to come up with a final position on the nature of registration recommended for national sports associations, and advise the Solicitor General accordingly”. “Government needs to inform the football stakeholders and the public at large on the legal status of FUFA/ FUFA Ltd to diffuse their anxiety, uncertainty, divisions, petitions and quarrels among football stakeholders that have dogged football administration in the past few years,” she stated. The committee asked the minister to use her military background to salvage Uganda’s football industry which for the last two years has been grappling with a conundrum of parallel leagues under FUFA and USLL. By Umaru Kashaka, The New Vision

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CAF gives Rwanda vote of confidence

The Confederation of African Football [Caf] has pledged total support in ensuring that Rwanda hosts a successful fifth edition of Africa Nations Championship [CHAN] in 2016. Ferwafa chairman Vincent Degaule Nzamwita. Times Sport/ Courtesy. The development was confirmed by Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) chairman Vincent Degaule Nzamwita yesterday. Nzamwita was speaking from Cape Town, South Africa after meeting Caf boss Issa Hayatou on Wednesday. “I had fruitful discussions with Caf president Issa Hayatou regarding the next edition of the 2016 CHAN tournament which will be held in Rwanda. He noted that the continental body and Hayatou himself are ready to do everything possible to ensure that we host a successful tournament,” Nzamwita told Times Sport in a phone interview. Nzamwita said he briefed Hayatou on the progress of preparations and “he assured us that we should not be intimidated with the way the South Africa edition has been organised because of their very good infrastructure.” He said that when Hayatou visits Rwanda during the 20th Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, more discussions will be held. Nzamwita also revealed that South Africa football Federation officials [Safa] will meet Rwandan officials on the CHAN preparations organising committee to give them tips on organising a successful tournament. Partnership with Algeria Nzamwita further added that Rwanda has sealed a partnership with Algeria Football Federation to offer enhanced treatment to injured Rwandan players. “I met with the Algerian Football Federation president, Mohamed Raouraoua and our talks were successful. The kind of partnership we have agreed upon will see our federation paying airfare charges only for our injured players and the rest will be taken care of by our Algerian counterparts.

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Espoir coach lauds senior players

Espoir FC coach Emmanuel Ruremesha has said that the vast experience of his older players has been vital in steering the Rusizi-based club to the unprecedented heights of top five in the ongoing national league. Espoir’s most senior players, left to right; Said Abed Makasi, Aimable Rucogoza and Elias Ntaganda. Times Sport/ File. Ruremesha replaced Hamiss Sogonya Kishi, who was sacked at the end of last season and was tasked to put Espoir among the top six, and with the way things are turning out, it appears as though the former Rayon Sports coach is on track to achieve that target. Espoir, who are in fifth position on the table with 28 points and six points behind leaders APR, will host Marines on Saturday at Rusizi stadium on the 16th day of the league. It will be the biggest achievement for  Espoir if they are to finish in the top six, and despite the applaud Ruremesha continues to receive for doing an exceptional job, the man himself thinks his senior players take the credit, for, their experience has been key to taking the team to its current position. The former Kibuye coach has in his ranks the likes of former Amavubi Stars’ strikers Said Abed Makasi, Andre Lomami, defender Elias Ntaganda, Aimable Rucogoza Mambo and former SC Kiyovu goalkeeper Bate Shamiilu. He noted, “We’re playing well and have gained a good position, but we need to continue to work hard and put more points on board to be among the best teams in the league.” “Our league position is a reward for the hard work we’re doing on the training ground, and also the older players, with their vast experience, have made a great contribution,” Ruremesha told Times Sport. By Peter Kamasa,The New Times

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Rwanda to face Algeria in V-ball world cup qualifiers opener

Rwanda senior men’s volleyball team will face Algeria on February 13 in the first match of the final round of the 2014 FIVB Men’s World Championships qualifiers scheduled for February 12-18 in Cameroon. FIVB men’s world championships are slated for August 30 to September 21 in Poland. Rwanda will tussle it out against hosts Cameroon the next day before playing Gabon and Nigeria on February 15 and 16 respectively. The top team in the pool will join the winners of the other two pools to represent Africa in Poland. Rwanda is continuing their preparations with intensive trainings at Amahoro Indoor Stadium. Algeria-based duo Christopher Mukunzi (El Fanar) and Lawrence Yakan Guma (ESS) is expected in the country this weekend to join their team-mates ahead of the qualifiers. Paul Bitok’s side is scheduled to play five build-up matches, two against Botswana national team; they will arrive in Kigali tomorrow for another pair of matches this weekend. Both teams met last weekend and Rwanda won both matches 3-1 and 3-0 respectively. After this weekend, the team will travel to Nairobi where they will play their Kenyan counterparts as well as top clubs; Prisons and GSU. In the other Pool to be hosted by Kenya from February 5 to 11, includes the hosts Kenya, Cape Verde, Zambia, Botswana and African champions Egypt. The third Pool to be staged in Tunisia from March 2 to 8, has the hosts Tunisia, Seychelles, Congo Brazzaville, Niger and Senegal. Feb. 13 Rwanda vs Algeria Cameroon vs Nigeria Feb. 14 Cameroon vs Rwanda Gabon vs Nigeria Feb. 15 Rwanda vs Gabon Cameroon vs Algeria Feb. 16 Rwanda vs Nigeria Algeria vs Gabon Feb. 17 Nigeria vs Algeria Cameroun vs Gabon By Richard Bishumba,The New Times

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Kamanzi to replace Nkubito at Ferwafa

Former Rwandan international referee Athanase Nkubito leaves for Cairo, Egypt next week to assume his new role as the assistant manager of the referees department in the Confederation of African Football [CAF]. Nkubito, who will be the first Rwandan to officially work with CAF on a permanent role, was appointed the assistant head of the referees department after exhibiting good work in his role in the past three years at Ferwafa. “This is a good opportunity to exercise what I have been doing and to help in the continued growth of football on the continent,” he said. At Ferwafa, Nkubito will be replaced by the Amavubi Under 17 & 20 team manager Emery Kamanzi, who was appointed to head the vacant referees department. By Bonnie Mugabe,The New Times

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Kiprop’s condition is not acute – doctors

Marathon runner Jackson Kiprop’s condition is now improving and doctors have said that he will not need to be put on a dialysis machine. The hospital’s spokesperson Enock Kusasira confirmed that Kiprop‘s kidney condition is not acute as was initially feared. “Kiprop may not be put on a dialysis machine since his kidneys may be active again,” Kusasira said. Kiprop was on Sunday evening admitted at Mulago Hospital and diagnosed with kidney failure. Kiprop was on Sunday evening rushed to Mulago Hospital by fellow training partner, World and Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich, after he developed some breathing complications during their training in Kapkoros, Kenya. He was transported to Kampala together with his wife Irene, who is caring for him. Kiprop, was Uganda’s best performer in the New York Marathon where he finished in sixth position and is the Mumbai Marathon reigning champion. By Violet Nabatanzi, The New Vision

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