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Former Kenya’s football Captain Musa Otieno Contracts Coronavirus

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Former Kenya’s national football team Harambee Stars captain Musa Otieno has been admitted at Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi after testing positive for COVID-19.

According to doctors at the facility, is that Otieno is stable and recovering after testing positive for Coronavirus.

 Otieno formerly of AFC Leopards and South African side Sanlam Santos developed a fever last week and was rushed to hospital on Friday, June 26th, 2020, after complaining of breathing difficulties.

The former national team captain was then taken to the Mbagathi Hospital where he was admitted and stabilized after being put on oxygen.

He is currently admitted at the infectious disease unit.

Otieno has been at the forefront in distributing foodstuff to the vulnerable in Maringo , the area where he grew up through his Kick off to Hope organization.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa led a host of persons wishing for his quick recovery on Tuesday.

Our legend and former captain Musa Otieno recieved a positive Covid-19 result. Join us in wishing him a quick recovery. #StaySafe pic.twitter.com/8ZeR7DCXyP— Harambee Stars (@harambee__stars) June 30, 2020.

Health officials will now begin tracing of Otieno’s contacts over the last two weeks.

Otieno is regarded as one of the most successful, talented and disciplined players of his generation.

An accomplished and giant central defender, he featured for AFC Leopards and Tusker FC in the Kenyan Premier League, before moving to Santos FC in South Africa where he spent a decade, including a short stint in the USA.

He also captained Harambee Stars at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations.

Upon retirement, Otieno worked under coaches Bobby Williamson and Stanley Okumbi as Harambee Stars assistant coach and also worked as a TV pundit.

He currently manages a football academy in Nairobi’s Eastlands area and has been key in distributing relief food to the needy during the Covid-19.

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Government scraps controversial tax on betting

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Government  has scrapped a 20% tax on betting stakes and winnings, which led to the closure of one of the biggest gambling companies in the country.

The removal of the excise duty could see the return of the once vibrant sports betting industry in the country.

The fiscal measure introduced last year attracted strong opposition from betting companies as taxed both the winnings and the amount staked by the person placing the bet.

 

 

This move led to the closure of several companies, including SportPesa which the taxman said owed over $500,000 (£400,000) in tax arrears.

Sportpesa, which has operations in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, the UK and Italy successfully appealed against the new tax at a Nairobi-based tax court last November.

The tribunal ruled that the tax should be charged on winnings, and not the stakes placed.

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Women Referees extol the current FKF for great support extended to the Referees

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Former FIFA Referee and currently FIFA Referee Instructor Dorcas Moraa and Elite FIFA Referee Caroline Wanjala have praised the current Football federation for their contribution towards elevating Kenyan Referees.

The current Federation moved to waive the Physical Endurance Tests (PET) Kshs 3000 fee charge that encouraged more referees to engage in the exercise.

The Federation has diligently conducted quarterly PET and referee training in a move aimed not just at keeping the match officials consistently up-to-date with the Laws of the Game but also at ascertaining their physical readiness to officiate both league and international matches.

“I would like to thank FKF President Nick Mwendwa and the present Federation for their sincere support to the referees in the country,”said Dorcas Moraa.

Elite FIFA Referee Caroline Wanjala continued to echo her counterpart towards the efforts the current Federation has done to improve the state of referees in the country.

“I would like to applaud the current regime for its attempts to boost the country’s performance of referees,” said Caroline Wanjala.

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[Ghana] Kotoko  Should  Be Run  Professionally

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I am coming to Kotoko to help run the club Professionally ,not sidelining the supporters.

I will make sure we have a day with the fans,to make them feel part of the club.

We will share ideas with them,solicit advice from them on all policies.

Kotoko should not be run by one man,all financial burden on a person but it should not be so,all hands should be on deck.

Martin  Osei  Kwaku  Kotoko  Board  Member  told Ghana- Kumasi Base Radio Station  Oyerepa  FM

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