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Kenya face Sudan in regional Cup final today

Kenya will be out to get their sixth Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup trophy when they face Sudan at Nyayo National Stadium today. Harambee Stars The Harambee Stars have won the regional tournament five times so far in 1975, 1981, 1982, 1983 and 2002. Most recently, the team has reached the final twice in 2008 and 2012 losing to Uganda Cranes on both occasions. Stars therefore have an opportunity to make up for those two losses with a third attempt today. This time it is different and most likely to end up well considering that home-ground advantage may play a key role in giving the home side victory. So far Stars have enjoyed a winning streak in the group matches with the worst result being a 1-1 tie against Ethiopia. After that they went on to beat South Sudan 3-1, drubbed Zanzibar 2-0 to get into the last eight. Here, Stars edged out Rwanda and Tanzania by 1-0 scores, giving them one of their best records in the tournament and one that will end well by them lifting the trophy. Coach Adel Amrouche is likely to retain the same team which have taken him this far meaning Allan Wanga and Edwin Lavatsa will start upfront while Peter Opiyo and Francis Kahata anchor the midfield. In defence, Jockins Atudo and James Situma look rock solid to offer support to inexperienced but fast rising Aboud Omar and David ‘Calabar’ Owino. Home fans have been a major disappointment especially for matches played at Nyayo Stadium since the tournament started but should turn up in large numbers to back the Stars who are in desperate need of silverware ahead of next year’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Coach Amrouche will be a man under pressure to deliver his first trophy for the team and even though he has been categorical that winning the regional tournament is not his priority, he is nonetheless obligated to deliver. Kenya faces a very experienced and impressive Sudanese side that has beaten them in two recent meetings. The first time was during the group match of the regional tournament where Stars went down 1-0 to Sudan in Tanzania and also the same year when the home team lost 2-1 in the LG Cup played at Nyayo Stadium, the venue of this year’s regional tournament final. Ever since coming into this tournament, Sudan have proved that they are one of the favourite teams and could give the home team plenty of problems. They have some of the most lethal hit men in Mohammed Tahir and Salah Ibrahim who are likely to make Wednesday’s final an exciting affair. Sudan have won the regional tournament three times in 1980, 2006 and 2007. The team lost only once in the preliminaries of this year’s event after going down 1-0 to Uganda Cranes. By Gilbert Wandera, The Standard

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Leopards dominate but lose to Sserunkuma goal in Nairobi derby

Nairobi, Kenya: Dan Sserunkuma scored for Gor Mahia in the 74th minute to ensure they picked all three points against AFC Leopards in a match punctuated by violence at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday. AFC Leopards’ Abbas Kiwalabye and Gor Mahia’s Ali Abondo during the Nairobi derby at Nyayo Stadium. (Photo:Standard) The match had to be stopped for almost ten minutes when a section of fans from both teams got involved in a scuffle after Salim had scored. However, even before the match kicked off, there was trouble on the terraces between the opposing fans and the police did not act quickly to avert a fall-out. By the time the law enforcers acted, trouble had escalated and they threw tear gas canisters on the pitch forcing the referee to stop the match as players and other officials scampered for safety. Scores of fans were injured and had to be treated by medics for minor injuries. It was an embarrassing scene witnessed by none other than Deputy President William Ruto who despite the fans’ misbehaviour still gave each team Sh500,000. Overall, Leopards were unlucky not to get anything from the match despite dominating proceedings. The Gor Mahia goal came from a counter-attack as Leopards were on the verge of getting their opener. Gor will have goalkeeper Jerim Onyango to thank for saving them on many occasions. In the 26th minute he blocked a Noah Wafula effort from long range. Gor first chance of the match to go ahead did not come until the 37th minute Shen Edwin Lavatsa found himself inside the Leopards half but shot wide. Other chances by Leopards came from Mike Barasa who was on top of his game and his free kick in the 41st minute was stopped by Jerim Onyango.

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