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Africa’s Best Footballer to Grace Soya Awards Gala

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The `1997 Africa player of the year Victor Ikpeba will grace this year’s Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year (SOYA) Gala set for Mombasa Sports Club on Friday, January 24 as the chief guest.

The former Nigeria national football team Super Eagles star who was crowned Africa’s finest in 1997, is expected in the country on Tuesday, January 21st, then he will travel to Mombasa to hold a series of clinics with the local football sides before attending the gala on Friday, January 24th.

“I’m so excited to be returning to Kenya after many years and it’s a great honour to be invited as the chief guest of a sports awards gala in county that has rich sporting talent like Kenya,” Ikpeba said.

He added: “I have just been in Kenya twice, first when we played Harambee Stars in a World Cup qualifier immediately after we won the 1996 Olympics gold medal in Atlanta Georgia and they frustrated us, holding us to a 1-1 draw. The second time I came in quietly for an Olympic promo in 2012. This time I will have more time to see the beauty of the country and mingle with some of the world beaters.”

Ikpeba who featured at the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cup tournaments with Nigeria has had stints with French Ligue 1 side AS Monaco, Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund and Spanish La Liga side Real Betis.

In 1993, Ikpeba won The Ebony Shoe award, a football award in Belgium given annually to the best African or African origin player in the Belgian Pro League.

This year’s gala has been sponsored by Safaricom with co-sponsorship from County Government of Mombasa, Kenya Pipeline, Communication Authority of Kenya, New KCC, Lapfund, Kenya Power, UBA Bank, Nairobi Bottlers, Kenya Ports Authority, NHIF, NSSF, Kenya Tourism Board and GOtv

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Turkish Cup: Cecafa team dominates Harambee Starlets Provisional Squad

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Players who largely featured in the Harambee Starlets winning Council for East and Central Football Associations (Cecafa) Challenge Cup have dominated the provisional squad for the the Turkish Women Cup.

The call-up largely features players who did the country proud during the CECAFA Championships games last year in which they emerged as champions.

The Cecafa top scorer and the 2019 Soya awards Most Promising player Gentrix Shikangwa of Wiyeta Secondary School has been named in the squad for the Turkish Women cup scheduled to run from Monday, March 2 to Wednesday March 11, 2020.

Others who did duty for Kenya in Tanzania during the Cecafa tourney and have been called are Vivian Nasaka (Vihiga Queens), Mwanahalima Adam Nelly Sawe (Thika Queens), Dorcas Shikobe (Oserian), Sheryl Angach (Gaspo) and Janet Bundi (Eldoret Falcons).

Coach David Ouma widened his scouting net to the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom tournament, calling up Falling Water’s forward Jane Njeri who showed immense skill in leading her team to retain the Central regional title in the tournament.

Ouma is expected to trim the squad to a final list of 21, few days before the team jets out Turkey on Monday, March 2, 2020.

The final Squad comprising of 21 players will be released a few days before the team jets out to Turkey on Monday, March 2, 2020.

The team is expected to hit camp on February 23, 2020, in Nairobi. A local friendly match has been lined up on Friday, February 28, 2020.

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Coach of the Month: Muyoti Crowned January’s Best

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Kakamega Homeboyz tactician Nicholas Muyoti has won his first accolade as a coach by bagging the January Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month Award.
The former Ingwe midfielder and team manager is contending for the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title and underlined his credentials when in January he ascended to the summit and held forte for thirteen days before losing grip.
He subdued Gor Mahia tactician Steven Polack for the January gong in a unanimous vote cast by Sports Journalists Association of Kenya. Muyoti bags Sh75000 alongside a personalized trophy for his January performance.
“I’m thankful to God who has led me thus far. My appreciation also goes to the players, management and sponsors for working tirelessly and ensuring that we win our games. We are prepared to go all the way and win this league even though our motto remains taking one game at a time,” said the Jubilant tactician.
He registered impeccable results in January winning four out of four while plundering nine goals in the process. First off was relegation bound Kisumu All Stars who soaked in four goals at the hands of ruthless Homeboyz.
Muyoti then mustered a 1-0 victory over Zoo then crowned their season so far by trouncing defending champions Gor Mahia 2-1. A routine 2-1 victory over Kariobangi Sharks sent Homeboyz cruising to the top and completed an excellent month.
“Our target remains winning the league and we really believe it can happen. All the teams in the top four or five have a chance and it’s only going to depend on who has the best run in. But I’d love to break Gor Mahia’s dominance and give the top division some excitement. The league is not interesting at all when one team wins every season,” Muyoti who compared Gor Mahia’s title grip to the monotony of some top European leagues remarked.
The crowning adds impetus to his quest for more glory with Homeboyz

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To save his Harambee Star Career, Victor Wanyama must leave Tottenham Hotspur – Aduda

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Gor Mahia immediate  former CEO Omondi Aduda has advised midfielder Victor Wanyama to ditch Tottenham Hotspur in order to save his national team career.

The Harambee Stars captain has been frozen out at Spurs for the most part of this season after a serious knee injury stopped his impressive first campaign at the club and limited his appearances.

This season, under Mauricio Pochettino, Wanyama came on as a second-half substitute against Southampton, and also got 90 minutes under his belt at Colchester United as Spurs crashed out of the Carabao Cup.

 

Under new manager Jose Mourinho, Wanyama is yet to start a game for the North London club and only featured once, as a second-half substitute in the 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich on December 11.

As such, the former K’Ogalo CEO has sent a passionate appeal to Wanyama to end his stay with Spurs and get play-time elsewhere so as to keep his place in the Kenya national team.

“It is very clear now that [Wanyama] is not in the plans of Mourinho anymore if indeed he has omitted him from the Champions League squad,” said Aduda.

 

“There is no more excuse now and what Wanyama should do is force a move away from the club and get playing time elsewhere.

“[Victor] should take a close look at his future and make a right decision, Kenya needs him for the Afcon and World Cup qualifiers and this might bring issues in the future if he doesn’t play regularly.

“Kenya coach Francis [Kimanzi] will have a difficult time of whether to call him for national team duty or not because it will not be easy to rely on a captain that is not playing for his club.”

Kenya have been drawn in Group E of the World Cup qualifiers and will need a fit Wanyama to guide them past Uganda, Mali, and Rwanda.

 

 

Wanyama, who was signed for Spurs by Pochettino for £11.5million (Sh2 billion) in 2016, made 47 appearances in his first season, but only 24 the following term as his popularity under the Argentine dwindled.

To make matters worse for the 28-year-old, he has now been omitted from Spurs’ Champions League squad.

Spurs named their 30-man group for the knockout rounds of the competition last Tuesday, including eight locally trained players, with Wanyama the most notable absentee.

 

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