Archive for the ‘SPORTS’ Category

Deputy President William Ruto reached out to cash-strapped AFC Leopards on Thursday, October 1 to help stabilize the club’s current financial woes.

Ruto donated KSh 2 million and also gave KSh 1 million from President Uhuru Kenyatta to raise KSh 4.5 million in the fund-drive held in Aberdare hall at Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC).

It is reported that players who were present at the meeting failed to get even a shilling despite going for months without salaries and allowances.

Zdravko Logarusic, the coach of AFC Leopards demanded that the money be shared equally among players and the technical bench after invited guests had left.

However, Dan Mule led faction declined and said that KSh 4.5 million will be deposited to bank as opposed to Mathews Opwora group.

“If these officials have the club at heart, this money should be shared here and now amongst players and officials. We have suffered a lot trying to get results for this club and they are not concerned,” Logarusic is quoted by Goal.com.

Dan Mule group insisted that the money would be released to players on Monday.The team argued out that since they are in charge of the office.

Former Harambee Stars international Noah Wanyama intervened to order Well Fargo group to be in charge of the monies till the two sides agree.

Mule and Opwora faction have been fighting for leadership of the club since June. The current leadership crisis has led to poor run of  in the Kenya Premier League (KPL) and other competitions.

Leopards are sixth with 38 points in the league that was won by Gor Mahia with four matches to go. The 13-time KPL winners were also bundled out of the Top 8 tournament when they bowed down to Tusker FC after sipping four goals to two.

Ingwe have a chance to battle out for a chance to represent Kenya in the CAF Confederations Cup. They will have to win the GOTV Cup.

In a clearly prepared celebration, Injera reaches into his sock to pull out a pen and sign a ballEveryone loves a special celebration when a player reaches a particularly important landmark. But Kenyan sevens international Collins Injera (pictured) may have taken his commemoration of a try a little too far, destroying an expensive camera in the process.

Injera scored his 200th try for his country in a win over Japan at the London sevens at Twickenham, and decided to celebrate by signing a rugby ball. It was obviously a pre-planned celebration, as he pulled a marker pen from his sock, picked up a ball and wrote his name on it.

The star signs a ball at Twickenham, to commemorate the milestone score, but then got carried away

However, at that point Injera seemed to get carried away, also signing the lens of a television camera. Unfortunately, Injera didn’t seem to realise that permanent marker is not suitable for a camera lens, and he had just ruined a piece of equipment worth around £60,000 (Sh8.8 million).

According to World Rugby, ‘the cameraman was far from impressed… the lens that Injera signed (with permanent ink!) costs around £60,000’.

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The try took Injera, who is third in the all-time list of scorers in the sport, to within 30 of leader Santiago Gomez Cora of Argentina. He said afterwards that he was hoping to catch Cora and become the all-time greatest – although if he does, cameramen everywhere will be worried.

-Agencies

While the player runs away to continue the game, the camera is left with a signature obscuring the view

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When other football fans were busy enjoying arguably world’s greatest football tie, the El Clasico, between Spanish league leaders Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou on Sunday night, there was a fan who was on his knees praying fervently. On this night, Paul Wainaina, who has never been to any church in years, was praying and sweating profusely, requesting God to grant him his wish; his fourth attempt in the SportPesa jackpot to come true.

Wainaina had the first 10 picks right, and there were three more to go. The pressure became too much to bear, with only two matches left by Monday 1am. “I tried praying, but I was weak. I woke my wife up to help me pray. I don’t know even what I was telling God. But I remember telling Him to let me win. I even confessed all my sins so that I could win a clean man,” said the 31-year-old father of two. ”I was checking the progress of the matches with every single second.”

He could not hide his joy when he realised he was the latest millionaire in town. With the stroke of lack, he had pocketed Sh8.9 million, just like that.

“Nimeshinda. Akia Mungu nimeshinda hii kitu! (I have won! I swear I have won it),” Wainaina cried out. He cared less that his ululations were becoming a nuisance to his neighbours in Huruma Estate. But what mattered was the winner.

“I disappeared into the darkness to look for more airtime. Luckily, I got one for Sh50, which I loaded and immediately called SportPesa guys. I did not wait to be called. It is me who made the first call, because I really needed the money,” says the class seven dropout.
Since this memorable win, hours have suddenly turned into centuries for Wainaina, who admits that patience is a virtue he is yet to own in his life. “I was told by SportPesa to wait, and that I would be rewarded with the money after an official function on Tuesday. But it’s like time is not moving.

I have not slept since I won,” he told Fever Pitch during his crowning ceremony yesterday. See Also: Fans attack Gareth Bale’s car after Real Madrid’s defeat When asked what he will do with the jackpot, Wainana said he still has no plans.

“I will consult my wife Nancy Wanjiku on the kind of investment, which will be profitable to us and our two kids,”he said. He also hopes to use part of the money to improve his business of selling drinking water, but only if his wife agrees to it.

The jackpot champion was accompanied by his ‘estate boys’ at the ceremony, under ‘tight security’. He insists he will still put up in Huruma, despite the volatile life in the sprawling slum.

Wainaina is the second jackpot winner after Andrew Mghanga won the first edition late last year. SportPesa Marketing Officer Kester Shimonyo said they reward participants who get 10, 11 or 12 correct picks out of all 13 Jackpot games win certain cash bonus amounts.

Source: SDE

JOSE MOURINHO TO PLAY IT SAFE – AT LEAST TO START WITH

Despite Chelsea’s improved attacking intent in matches this season, Jose Mourinho remains a naturally cautious manager, especially in the biggest games.

One only has to look at the Capital One Cup final to see the evidence. A naive Spurs dominated possession and had more shots at goal, but Chelsea – playing with a very defensive 4-3-3 picked their moments and found a way to win in the end.

Thanks to Branislav Ivanovic Chelsea have a slight advantage because of the away goal and Mourinho will want to hold onto that advantage for as long as possible. Don’t expect Chelsea to come out of the blocks firing.

AN IMPROVED PSG PROVIDING A REAL TEST FOR THE BLUES

Paris Saint-Germain were undoubtedly the better team when the two met in the first leg and, in theory, should be better tonight as they have a couple of key players back from injury.

Javier Pastore is fully fit after only managing the final 10 minutes a couple of weeks back and since returning he has a goal and two assists with PSG winning three and drawing one of their four games since then.

Laurent Blanc’s team entered the first leg on the back of a couple of poor draws, this time they beat rivals Monaco to reach the semi-finals of the French Cup and last weekend battered struggling Lens 4-1.

DIEGO COSTA TO BREAK HIS EURO DUCK

As outlined here, the Spanish striker is suffering a little bit in front of goal at the moment (that was definitely an own goal in the Cup final) and he is yet to score in seven matches in the Champions League this season.

He failed to have an attempt at goal in the Parc des Princes as Chelsea held on for a 1-1 draw, but the Spaniard remains a brilliant target man and will surely get a chance at the Bridge – you’d back him to take it.

DAVID LUIZ TO GET A MIXED RECEPTION

The curly-haired Brazilian will return to Stamford Bridge for the first time since his massive move to France last summer – but don’t expect the home fans to give him the warmest of welcomes.

Sure, there will be plenty of fans in the crowd who will give Luiz a hearty round of applause, he was excellent in the Champions League final win against Bayern Munich after all. But given his mixed time in west London, plenty more will act indifferently. Even Frank Lampard, arguably Chelsea’s greatest ever player, didn’t get everyone off their feet when he r.

CHELSEA TO PROGRESS

Prediction time: Chelsea will be in the quarter-final draw. This team and their manager have seen it all before, they are too long in the tooth to allow PSG – a good but not great team – back into the game.

It probably won’t be a classic, but as long as Chelsea progress Mourinho and Co won’t care for a second.

Football ‪#‎UCL‬ ‪#‎ChampionTheMatch‬ at Club rumourz tonight.

It’s Chelsea VS Paris Saint Germain and Bayern Munich VS Shakhtar tonight. As we count down to another night of epic football action, tell us your score predictions.