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Gor Mahia’s Ombija to raid Police Armoury in Betika Date

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Administration Police Bomet (APS Bomet) will be wary of the threat posed by Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions loanee Eric Ombija after terrorizing their fellow law enforcers Kenya Police with a five goalsraid in last weekend’s Betika Super League (BSL) clash.

Ombija penned his name five times on the score sheet for Coast Stima as they went on rampage to hammer Kenya Police 7-0 at the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Mbaraki Sports Club in Mombasa.

Coast Stima will be away to APS Bomet in Narok, on Saturday, December 7th, where Ombija said he is targeting to score at least two goals for the tenth placed electricians with 23 points, to have 20 points behind league leaders Nairobi City Stars.

Ombija who was plagued by an injury at the start of the Betika season, has so far netted six goals from four matches and is targeting a goal tally of ten by the end of the BSL’s first leg matches.

Ombija has not yet lost hope of emerging the top scorer to repeat he achieved as a Gor Mahia Youth player where he emerged as the FKF Nationwide division one and two top scorer in 2015 and 2016 by netting 37 and 27 goals respectively.

Administration Police are in danger of being consigned into the relegation zone as they host on form league leaders Nairobi City Stars at Camp Toyoyo in Nairobi’s Jericho estate.

Administration Police are placed in 15th spot with 15 points to be two points off the drop zone with a two points advantage over Modern Coast Rangers who host former KPL side Ushuru at Serani Sports Club on Saturday.

Third placed, Thika based Bidco United will be away to second placed Nairobi stima as they seek to catch up with them on the log at Karuturi grounds in Naivasha on Sunday, December 8th.

Betika Super League, Round 18 Fixtures

Saturday, December 7th

Fixture Venue

Mount Kenya United v Vihiga Bullets Camp Toyoyo, (12noon)

Administration Police v Nairobi City Stars Camp Toyoyo, (2pm)

Kibera Black Stars v Talanta Camp Toyoyo, (4pm)

Fortune Sacco v Vihiga United Kianyaga Stadium, (3pm)

Modern Coast Rangers v Ushuru Serani Sports Club, (3pm)

APS Bomet v Coast Stima Narok Stadium, (3pm)

St Joseph’s Youth v Murang’a Seal Afraha Stadium, (11am)

Sunday, December 8th

Shabana v Migori Youth Gusii Stadium, (3pm)

Nairobi Stima v Bidco United Karuturi Sports Ground, (3pm)

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OdiMtaani: OdiBets Dishes out Goodies to Clubs

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The year started with good tidings for grassroots teams as they received playing kits and equipment courtesy of gaming firm OdiBets.

It has been a hive of activities in the Coast, as well as Upper and lower Eastern regions for OdiBets as they kitted County leagues with kits.

OdiBets was actualizing its partnership with the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) of kitting the federation’s teams taking part in its various county leagues the FKF seventh tier league in the promotion of grassroots soccer.

In the partnership, each of the FKF County league clubs are supposed to benefit in kind by receiving six balls as well as being kitted with a set of home and away playing uniform.

Starting January 11th, clubs in the Coast region had their day in a two day exercise where the FKF South Coast chairman Gabriel Mghendi paid a glowing tribute to OdiBets for the initiative.

“Clubs at the grassroots have been struggling to get proper equipment and kits. This is a timely boost and I am confident that it will go a long way in actualizing the dreams of young talented players in the Coast region,” said Mghendi.

The bookmakers shifted their base to FKF Southern branch on January 15 and 16 to gift clubs from Machakos, Makueni and Kitui counties with the provisions.
On January 18th, the OdiMtaani heat was felt in the Upper Eastern region which comprises of Meru, Embu and Isiolo where the exercise was carried out in the kitting exercise.

The OdiMtaani wave now shifts to the Rift Valley, Western and North Eastern regions next month for a piece of the OdiBets pie.

Late last year, over 100 clubs in Nairobi received balls and two sets of uniform which consisted of their home and away matches.

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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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Kenyan Junior Star Ditches Kenya for Italy

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Kenya’s national under 20 team Chipu back, Michele Brighetti has ditched Kenya and opted to join Italy.

Brighetti has accepted the Italians national team call up after bein g called to the Italy U20 squad for the upcoming Six Nations 2020 Under 20 Championships slated for 31 January 31st – March 15th.

He has been selected in the team that will play England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the Six-Nation contest that will be played in five rounds.

Brighetti, featured for the Kenya Under-20 Chipu team took part in the World Rugby Under-20 Trophy in Brazil in July last year and won the Africa Under-20 title also known as Barthes Cup in April last year.

The move has raised eyebrows in Kenya since Brighetti who has a dual citizenship has already played for the National Under-20 team.

However, the World Rugby eligibility rules, regulation 8, allow a player to switch nationalities as far as he has not played for a country’s senior team.

This means Brighetti, who went to Pembroke School in Kenya and Sedbergh, can still represent Kenya at senior level if he doesn’t play for Italy.

Interestingly, Kenya Rugby Union also congratulated the youthful player for ditching Kenya for Italy.

“Congratulations to our #Chipu star Michele Brighetti for making the Italian Under-20 rugby squad,” said KRU on Twitter.

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