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Lewa Marathon Cancelled for First Time in 20 Years

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Meru, 26 March 2020: For the first time in the 20 year history of the Safaricom Lewa Marathon, the annual event will not be held.

This year’s edition, powered by Huawei and Safaricom PLC slated for 27th June 2020,

at the Lewa Conservancy has been canceled as Kenya and the rest of the world grapples with the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organizers of the event have been forced to cancel the event after the Kenyan Government earlier in the month banned public gatherings in a bid of curbing the spread of the virus which has so far claimed one life and recorded over 30 cases so far.

On March 25, the Kenyan Government announced 28 cases of COVID19 within the country and banned all international flights effective 25 March.

A significant number of marathoners, whose contributions are key to the success of the event, are overseas runners from the United Kingdom (UK) and the USA. In light of the new travel restrictions and the severity of the situation, they will be unable to participate.

“Despite our great willingness to push on, having weighed all factors, we have come to the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s race which allows participants from all over the globe to compete whilst running through one of Africa’s most breath-taking conservancies,” said the CEO of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Mr. Mike Watson.

“While we’re sure all efforts are being made by the Kenyan government to contain the spread of the virus, it is paramount we heed the presidential directive to avoid all non-essential public gatherings and play our part in flattening the curve until all of this is behind us,” Mr. Watson added.

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Betika Introduces Virtual Games to Curb Corona Boredom

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Quarantine just got a little bit more exciting, will you be the next winner as you keep yourself busy in self-isolation or social distancing?

 

Bored when all the major football leagues have taken a break after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and even a curfew being imposed in Kenya.

 

Punters have found themselves in limbo as the lack of matches affected their favorite pass time activity.

 

When will Kenyans get back to get entertained by watching the good game again?

Kenya’s leading sports betting firm, Betika has come up with an initiative of keeping Kenyans busy and entertained by introducing a wide variety of virtual and casino games to fill the gap.

 

Betika’s virtual and casino games are even easier to win than actual sports betting. The betting firm has one of the best and most interactive virtual games in the market.

 

To make it even better for its customers, Betika has now launched a virtual Jackpot where customers do not have to place an actual Jackpot bet to win!

 

By playing the available virtual games, customers automatically stand a chance to win up to 1 Million Shillings!

 

This means that whenever you win a bet in the Betika Super League, that is not the end of it, Betika could surprise you with an additional win up to 1 Million Shillings!

 

The Jackpot grows every minute and the amount will be displayed at the top of the page when you visit www.betika.com/betika-super-league.

 

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Why Amrouche risks arrest in Kenya

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Despite being awarded Sh.109m by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) former Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche risks arrest should he come back to Kenya.

This is because the coach never paid tax on his salary during his time as Harambee Stars coach.

Amrouche according to highly placed sources owes Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) close to Sh15million.

He was able to avoid paying tax on his salary after conniving with former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) officials to be receiving his salary in cash and not through a bank account something that would have attracted the attention of KRA.

“Amrouche always received his salary in cash during his time in Kenya and was, therefore, able to evade tax for all those years. He had an agreement with former FKF officials to be paid this way so that he could avoid paying tax,” said a person familiar with the matter.

The KRA has already been made aware of the matter and Amrouche could be arrested should he come to Kenya.

And it is not only Amrouche who had the habit of being paid in cash. Even his successor Bobby Williamson was also paid in cash. But the current FKF office has insisted on paying all national team coaches through their bank accounts to ensure that the taxman receives his fair share.

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Retired Harambee Stars Players Plead with Govt to avert FIFA Ban

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Kenya’s former International players have urged the Government to respect FIFA’s stand on Football Kenya Federation (FKF) elections.

Speaking in the wake of a looming standoff between the Ministry of Sports and FIFA, the former internationals said the current active players will be the biggest losers in case of a ban, and not the officials caught up in the standoff

Among the former Internationals who backed the stance are former captain Musa Otieno, Peter Dawo, Fred Serenge, Maurice Sunguti, Antony Kimani, Benard Mwalala, Jeff Oyando, Nick Yakhama, Francis Onyiso, John Baraza, Hillary Echesa, James Nandwa, Jerim Onyango, Maurice Singuti, Julius Owino, Zedekiah Otieno, Edwin Nandwa, Tom Juma and Boniface Ambani.

The players instead called for an amicable conflict resolution initiative to the resolve stand-off to ensure that no one suffers and that players continue to earn a living.

Kenya’s former national football team Harambee Stars captain Musa Otieno pleaded with the Government to save Kenya from a possible Fifa ban by placing the first priority to the players’ interests and welfare.

“Some of those advocating for a ban, have other sources of income unlike the players’ football is their mainstay source of livelihood and it must be jealously protected. I stand with the players in this,” he said.

Otieno one of the most decorated Kenyan footballers added: “By virtue of having been a player, I know what it feels to be banned as I have experienced that scenario before in my playing heydays. It is not rosy but a bitter pill to swallow.

Otieno with 114 caps who featured for AFC Leopards and South African outfit Sanlam Santos said Kenya’s problems are not unique and called on dialogue by all parties to sitting down and iron them out for the sake of Kenya.

“It’s unreasonable to suggest that we put our house in order whilst serving a Fifa ban. That can be resolved as we are safely in Fifa’s ambit while our leagues and players are active for continuity,” he said.

According to former Harambee Stars and AFC Leopards forward Boniface Ambani, said the country is not ready for a ban.

“We have over 1,000 players spread out across various leagues in the country and they risk losing employment should we be banned by FIFA,” he warned.

Jerim Onyango a former long-serving captain of record Kenyan champions Gor Mahia said there’s need to adhere to FIFA’s directive to evade a possible ban which will stunt Kenya’s football growth.

FIFA, last week dismissed a ruling by the Sports Dispute Tribunal (SDT) to form a normalization committee instead insisting that the current officials of Football Kenya Federation (FKF) continue in office until outstanding matters are resolved.

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