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Former National Rugby 7s Winger Crushes to Death

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Kenya's former national rugby 7s player Allan Makaka in action

Kenya’s former national Rugby Sevens and top flight league club Kenya Harlequin winger Allan Makaka passed away in a grissly road accident in Nairobi.

The Kenya Cup winning player is said to have rammed his car onto a stationery trailer along Mombasa road where it is believed he died on the spot.

The body of Makaka, who worked at Royal Media Services’ as the Business Manager in charge of Hot 96, was found intact on the driver’s seat with a safety belt on after the accident.

According to a source within the rugby circles, Makaka rammed into a lorry just after Airtel Headquarters along Mombasa road and died on the spo in the wee hours of Saturday, May 23rd, morning.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing on of our colleague Allan Makaka, Business Manager in the Commercial department through a tragic road accident,” the company said on Saturday morning in a memo to staff.

Makaka, scored most tries for Kenya in the 2004-2005 World Rugby Sevens Series while having the most points at 86 the same year.

Two times rugby World Cup winner and sevens legend Fiji’s Waisale Serevi once described him as one of the fastest players he ever saw.

Born in June 28, 1982, Makaka started playing rugby at the defunct Ulinzi where he was part of the team that won the 2002-2003 National Sevens Circuit before joining Kenya Harlequin where he went on to win the Kenya Cup in 2008 with the giant rugby club in Kenya.

He was part of the Kenya Sevens squad to the 2005 Rugby Word Cup Sevens in Hong Kong and the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

He had 57 appearances for Kenya Sevens on the Sevens World Series, 28 tries and ranked 142 points. He is 21st on the Kenya Sevens all-time try scorer chart for the World Series.

The Musingu High School alumni win was also part of the Quins team that won the 2005-2006 National Sevens Circuit.

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Harambee Stars keeper Patrick Matasi exalts AFCON bonuses, Ethiopian experience

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In life, there is always that big break that comes your way and changes your life forever.

For St. George’s and Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi it was helping the Kenya national team qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals last year in Egypt.

The qualification ushered in a big payday which enabled the former AFC Leopards, Posta Rangers and Tusker player to complete his house in Kakamega town.

And so, every-time Matasi travels to Kakamega, he does not have to worry where he will spend the night. More importantly, his wife and child put up in the three-bedroomed magnificent bungalow.

Besides that, Matasi explains that he also completed the construction of his mother’s house in the village.

“The preparations ahead of the qualification matches for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals were always top-notch right from our first match against Sierra Leone.

“That is why even before our last match against Ghana away we held discussions with Football Kenya Federation (FKF) in regards to the bonuses to agree on how to divide the same.

“This helped us to focus and had nothing bothering us ahead of the training camp in France. For myself, I added the money to what I had received as the sign-on fee from my move to St.George’s and I completed my house in Kakamega,” he explained.

“My mother’s house was also not completed and I went ahead to complete the same so that she can have somewhere decent to stay,” said Matasi.

The goalkeeper was one of the outstanding players in the tournament and he admits that it created interest in some of the biggest clubs on the continent including former African champions league winners T.P Mazembe.

Matasi saved a penalty from Sadio Mane during Kenya’s second match against Senegal which the former lost 3-0.

“We did our best despite this being our first time in the tournament. The lack of experience was a big factor but now we have learned and we believe it will better next time. This was a good opportunity for us and it helped expose a lot of our players and with it several opportunities,” said Matasi.

Being in his second season in Ethiopia, Matasi says he has settled and is looking forward to doing even better.

“The first season was tough as I had to live in camp where the food was predictable. I have now moved into my own house and it allows me to sample different dishes.

“On the pitch, I had a not so good first leg in the first season conceding 11 goals. The second leg was better with only two goals conceded. I was looking to do even better this season but it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic,” he concluded.

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“Mwendwa is an inspiration to grassroots football Leadership,” asserts FKF Nairobi Boss

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FKF Nairobi West Branch secretary Caleb Malweyi has attributed current FKF President Nick Mwendwa as an inspiration to grassroots leadership.

“The level of integrity the current FKF President, Nick Mwendwa, upholds is a source of inspiration for me as a leader to try us much as possible to deliver on the ground in order to materialize his dream,” said Malweyi

He further revealed that operations at the grassroots have been smooth because of the bar that has been placed by Mwendwa.

Malweyi who is the FKF Nairobi West branch elect said one to work smoothly with Mr. Nick Mwendwa one has to match the same level of honesty and integrity.

“This is shown by how the current administration is very transparent in their affairs especially in terms of their accountability; in that they present an accounting report on a yearly basis to its branch governors, hence putting them in good books with its members,” he quipped.

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Instructor Welcomes Mwendwa’s Referees Development Program

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FKF North Western Branch secretary Caleb Amwayi and referees instructor has lauded FKF President Nick Mwendwa for developing and improving the quality of match officials.

 Amwayi said the move by the current federation to waive charges on the Physical Endurance Tests (PET) has gone a long way in encouraging new referees to take up officiating as a career.

“The liberalized management system by the FKF President Nick Mwendwa has raised the bar in football, in that, new referees can take up officiating as a career after the current Federation scrapped of the charges on the Physical Endurance Tests (PET),” said Amwayi.

The efforts by the federation to waive charges on the Physical Endurance Tests (PET) has enabled 3000 referees to get trained over the last four years.

Amwayi said the big number of referees trained so far will insulate football from lack of match officials in sustaining the game of football

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