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Yanga Defeats Champion Azam In 2015 Community Shield Final

Dar es Salaam: Young Africans SC emerged as the league winner of 2015 Community Shield defeating Azam FC with 8-7 in a match held yesterday at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam. This is the second consecutive win for the Yanga against Azam, the champion of CECAFA Kagame Cup, with two spectacular penalty saves by goalkeeper Ally Mustafa. Yanga ...

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Nyanza swimming gala: Aga Khan top in Kisumu as newcomers rule Nasa gala

Hosts Aga Khan Primary School of Kisumu collected 401 points to win the Nyanza swimming gala at the weekend. Jalaram Academy followed in the second position after collecting a total of 305 points, followed in third place by Chemelil Academy who managed 195 points. Fourth overall was Makini School that posted a total of 148 points, while Booker Academy managed 144 points to come fifth. Braeburn Kisumu was sixth with 91 points, while Lwak Girls High School managed 64 points to finish eighth ahead of Kisumu Academy on 24 points. The swimming gala was used to select swimmers that will represent Nyanza in next month’s national championships in Nairobi. “Children have different talents and as teachers what we do is nurture them,” said Makini School (Kisumu) Head Teacher Patrick Imbuga. Mark Abuya the Nyanza Swimming Federation Secretary thanked schools and parents for allowing children to participate in the gala. Meanwhile, upcoming swimmers excelled in the Nairobi Swimming Association (NASA) age group swimming gala held at the Aga Khan High School Nairobi. The ‘A’ gala, which is an entry level competition for swimmers with low meet times, attracted 2,722 entries yesterday. Despite being an entry level event, swimmers performed well, beating the tripple ‘A’ required times in the event. Michuki topped the boys’ 8-9 years 100m freestyle in 1:36.07, beating the triple ‘A’ required time of 1:44.00. Michuki told FeverPitch: “I train very hard and also pay attention to what my coach says besides learning from senior swimmers,” he said

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Ambitious Sh500m makeover: Nakuru County to invest heavily on sports infrastructure development

Nakuru County remains one of the top sporting counties in the country. Aerial view of Afraha Stadium. LEFT: Dilapidated section of Molo stadium. [BELOW] Molo stadium pitch. PhotoS: BONIFACE THUKU /STANDARDIt is home to many sportsmen and women in all disciplines registered within the National Olympic Committee of Kenya’s (NOCK) 56 sporting disciplines recognised by International Olympic Committee. The county has produced some of the best players in the Kenyan football history. They include former Scarlet and Harambee Stars prolific striker Ambrose ‘Golden Boy’ Ayoyi, the late Dick Anyanga, the late Sammy Abida and former international goalkeeper David Sawe. Some of the best boxers who include 1972 Munich Olympics welterweight silver medallist Philip Waruinge, 1999 All African Games light heavyweight gold medallist Peter ‘Dynamite’ Odhiambo, 1972 Munich Olympic Games lightweight bronze medallist Sammy Mbugua and former African featherweight champion John ‘Duran’ Wanjau are natives of this county. Rich history Former national volleyball setter, the late Mary Ayuma, who played for Kenya Post  and Telecommunication Corporation and national volleyball head coach David Lung’aho are also from the county. The list is long starting from athletes, basketballers, netballers and the history is richer and only rivals Nairobi County. All these players made a name in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s and over the years, sporting standards in the county have gone down due to factors ranging from economic constraints, dilapidated infrastructure and mismanagement. Nakuru Town has been one of the county’s sporting centres with Afraha Stadium being the main venue of all types of ballgames and Madison Square Garden hosting  boxing championships. Ballgames have also been extended to schools’ playgrounds while indoor games have always been hosted in private auditoriums. This explains why Nakuru County Government should  construct sports facilities that can accommodate all sorts of games. Last year, Nakuru County Government spent close to Sh20 million to refurbish Afraha Stadium before it was approved by Football Kenya Federation to host Council for East and Central Africa (Cecafa) Senior Challenge Cup in November. Following the renovations, the stadium is now in better shape but more still needs to be done for the stadium to measure up to the required international standards. Build more stadia The county’s Minister for Roads and Public Works, Joel Maina Kairu, told FeverPitch: “We have just started our plans to develop sporting infrastructure in this vast county but we had to start with Afraha Stadium before we embark on the rest.” Nakuru Town East Member of Parliament who is also Football Kenya Federation Central Rift branch chairman David Gikaria said Afraha Stadium would be built to the status of Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium and Safaricom Kasarani Stadium. “We are ready to invest more than Sh500 million towards this project and make sure it befits the international status,” said Gikaria. Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua said he is determined to build more stadia in a county that has 11 constituencies and his main focus wiil be on Naivasha, Molo and Gilgil towns once he is through with Afraha Stadium. Already the county government has identified land where they want to put up a stadium in Naivasha town and thereafter refurbish the ones in Molo and Gilgil. “These three stadiums (Naivasha, Molo and Gilgil) must be completed in good time to tap talent among the youth,” said the governor

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Figure skating scandal as more than 1.5 million call for investigation into 17-year-old Russian skater’s surprise win in Sochi

More than 1.5. million people have signed a petition on Change.org that demands an investigation into the ladies figure skating competition at the Olympic Games in Sochi. Adelina Sotnikova of Russia (center), Yuna Kim of South Korea (left) and Carolina Kostner of Italy stand on the podium during the flower ceremony for the women’s free skate figure skating final at the Iceberg Skating Palace The skating world and fans were buzzing Thursday, after 17-year-old Russian skater Adelina Sotnikova edged out reigning Olympic champion Yuna Kim of South Korea for the gold medal. While Ms. Sotnikova is hailed as a hero in Russia, the games’ the host country, some pundits are questioning how the contest was scored after watching Ms. Kim’s graceful performance. The accusations of “home cooking” among the judges are sure to roil the sport and may force judges to no longer score the skaters anonymously. But a olympics petition author listed as “Justice Seeker” hopped on Change.org — an activism website more commonly associated with social justice and public policy campaigns — to immediately to demand answers and “rejudgement” of Thursday’s skating competition. The petition is written in wobbly English and lists tweets from former skaters and observers of the sport who questioned the result and said Ms Kim “was robbed.” The author said “the score in the free program has added on to the unfairness of what’s supposed to be the fairest of all competitions — the Olympics. The corruption needs to be made visible and needs to be corrected.”

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Kampala race is on

Looking at shedding off a few calories this week – end? Then, there can only be one place to do it — at the annual Kampala Hash House Harriers 7 hills run due Sunday in Kampala. Hash House Harriers: Hashers sip beer after a run The young, the old, the business people and members of the corporate world are all expected to be part of the 23km annual fun run. The run is expected to cover seven major hills of the city. Organised by and for ‘members of a drinking club with a running problem and, or those that belong to a ‘running club with a drinking problem,’ the run due tomorrow, will begin at the Pearl of Africa Academy in Nsambya off Gaba road. All embracing event But you don’t have to be one of them. The race is open to all fit – ness freaks, running enthusi – asts and those whose New Year resolution is keeping fit. Runners can decide to start from a single point. The other participants can do a ‘relay’ in pairs, by one doing half of the route while the other completes the rest of the course. The 28-year-old Kampala Harsh run will cover the hills of Nsambya, Kibuli, Nakasero, Old Kampala, Namirembe, Lubaga and Lubiri. Participation is at a fee of sh20, 000. The money will be paid at Grand Imperial Arcade, shop number 47. The fee guarantees one a competition T-shirt, water and all the fun that comes along especially the free flowing beers after completion of the race. By Michael Nsubuga, The New Vision

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Riders set to renew their rivalry in Busiika show

With the battle ground set, motocross riders renew their rivalry tomorrow on the redesigned Uganda Motorsport Arena (UMA) track in Busiika in the opening round of the Mountain Dew national Motocross challenge. Asaf Natan and Arthur Blick Jr are out to upset young star and crowd darling Maxime Van Pee. Van Pee arrived in the country on Wednesday night from Europe spitting fire in the MX1 category. However, the clash of the titans could be in the 85cc category between the Blick and Omar family. Ali Omar Yasser is not ready to start the season on a losing side. He is determined to give defending champion Alistair Blick a hard time having now mastered his new KTM 2014 model bike. “It is going to be a tight race in these categories since all riders are aggressive and determined to start the season on the winning side,” Blick Jr stated. Wazir Omar, Paddy Blick and Stave Orland, Aviv Orland and John Shier are the other unpredictable riders that have always upset the top two rivals Omar and Alistair in the 85cc class. In the 65cc class, favourite and defending champion Fortune Ssentamu will face a stiff challenge from Ben Nsumba, who attended motocross lessons in an academy in Zimbabwe last year and will unleash all he learnt on a 2014 Yamaha bike. Waleed Omar, Sharif Nansukusa and Peter Simon Kabubi are the challengers. At the same time, Isabella Blick, Imran Nkurunziza, Habibu Kiggundu, Rayvon Kikago and Ashraf Jr. are set to battle it out in 50cc category. The competition is co- sponsored by Mountain Dew, Total Uganda, IAA/Resolution Health, UAP Insurance, Fotogenix and the Safe Solutions firm. UAP injected $10,000 (sh24.5m) worth of insurance sponsorship. By Johnson Were, The New Vision

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Uganda Cranes to face Zambia on March 5

Patrice Beaumelle believes that the high- profile friendly against Uganda will provide him with the perfect assessment of his new-look Zambia squad. Uganda Cranes The Frenchman assumed the helm of the Chipolopolo team in November last year after Herve Renard quit his position to take over at French club Sochaux. And in a bid to assemble a side that suits his playing philosophy, Beaumelle has invited a 42-member provisional squad for the friendly set for March 5 at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola. It’s from this pool that Beaumelle will select his best possible side ahead of the 2015 Africa Nations Cup qualifiers in September. The squad includes 16 foreign-based stars. “We played them in the previous Africa Cup qualifiers and they are a difficult team. They are one of those good teams that have never qualified for the Africa Cup but they have won CECAFA Cup several times,” Beaumelle said. Beaumelle was Renard’s assistant when Zambia edged Cranes 9-8 on penalties in Kampala after their two-leg Nations Cup qualifying play-off had ended 1-1 in 2012. Cranes head coach Micho Sredojevic is expected to name his side early next week. Zambian sports minister dictates over Nkana Meanwhile, desperate times call for desperate measures and Zambian sports minister Chishimba Kambwili seems determined to vindicate that adage. Kambwili has asked the Zambian football association (FAZ) to attach Chipolopolo goalkeeper trainer Davies Phiri to the Nkana Red Devils team ahead of their first round CAF Champions League game against Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) next Saturday. Kambwili watched Nkana come from behind to register a 5-2 aggregate win over Mbabane Swallows last Saturday but was disturbed with the quality of goalkeeping and defending. He then described the goals conceded by Nkana goalkeeper Rabson Muchelen’ganga as silly. “Those were silly goals that should have been avoided. After the game, I spoke to Kalusha Bwalya so that Davies Phiri can join Nkana’s technical bench as goalkeeper trainer before they play KCCA,” he told Zambia’s Post publication. Kambwili also cautioned that Nkana’s defence would have to be proactive against the KCCA team. “The defence should not escort strikers, their job is to stop them and not escort them until they shoot.” Kambwili. Part of the selected team Kennedy Mweene, Davies Nkausu, Stoppila Sunzu, Joseph Musonda, Hichani Himoonde, Emmanuel Mbola Donashano Malama, Branson Chama, Rainford Kalaba Nathan Sinkala, Chisa mba Lungu, Felix Katongo, Emmanuel Mayuka, Christopher Katongo, James Chamanga, Jacob Mulenga and Rodger Kola. March 5: International friendly Uganda v Zambia By Fred Kaweesi, The New Vision

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