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SOCCER .......................... 6 - 21 GOLF ............................. 22 - 25 VOLLEYBALL ................... 26 - 27 STADIA .......................... 28 - 29 RUGBY ............................ 30 - 35 ATHLETICS ...................... 36 - 37 SCRABLE .......................... 38 - 40 PICTORIAL ....................... 42 - 43


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BOXING ........................... 48 - 49 OPINION .......................... 50 - 60 PITCH POET ........................... 61 HEALTH ...................................62


KENYANSTAR TEAM ADMINISTRATION Samuel Eyinda ( Booker Ngesa ( MANAGING EDITOR Michael Kwambo ( EDITORIAL Gregory Mulemi Francis Ontomwa Carrey Ombaka Mwangi Gichau Kenyatta Otieno John A. Otieno Timothy Olobulu Rizz Wangalachi Francis Nandi James Oluoch


In our tradition to take Kenyan sports to the next level, in this issue of your favourite magazine, we look at upcoming talent and sound management practices for sports federations. But first, The Summer Olympics are here with us and from 27th July to 12th August all sports antennas will be facing London to catch the action. The good thing about Olympics is that every sports lover will not miss a discipline he will enjoy. We at Kenyanstar wish our athletes all the best as they do what the whole world knows Kenya for. Do as proud; we are behind you all the way. It was a relief when National Olympic Committee of Kenya –NOCK and Athletics Kenya –AK confirmed that 3000m Steeplechase World Champion Ezekiel Kemboi will travel to London despite facing criminal charges. Britain has a strict visa rule for people facing criminal charges in their home countries; this could have dented our gold prospects in a race we have dominated for decades.

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This year’s edition Copa Coca Cola was launched with an assurance of full support from FKF. Sam Nyamweya graced the occasion and gave the young participants something more to play for; a chance to be in Kenya’s Under 17 national team. We can’t wait to see who will make the final list. Meanwhile, there is Sunrise from the East of Nairobi. Sunrise Football Club is a community club that seeks to bring out the best in the youth around Umoja Estate. We look into this good initiative that is bound to give us future stars just like Copa Coca Cola. Sports has become big business the world over and it is prudent that Kenyans are not left behind. Our sportsmen have left great marks in the world of sports; it is wise if we look at the money-side of sports as well. To this end, John Aggrey in his usual style highlights areas one can venture into in this untapped industry. Professionalism has become a buzz word in world of sports. We look into areas our

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READER’S RESPONSE Dear Editor, I am a Malawian and read the article entitled ‘ Harambe Stars can break the Malawian jinx’ by Francis Nandi on your online portal. The article includes a photo of the Malawi National Team of the 1980s. I was so fascinated to see the photo and totally loved the details in the article. Currently I am writing on the Malawi National Team of the 1970s and 1980s. Now I wanted authority if I could quote parts of the story by Nandi. It is such a good story that brings back memories of the likes of Young Chimodzi, Kennedy & Holman Malunga. It reminds me of those good old days of the East and Central African Senior Challenge Cup. Yo u r fa vo u ra b l e r e s p o n s e w i l l b e appreciated.

Dear Editor Hallo, I am a very talented midfielder and play for Real Stars Fc (Mombasa Polytechnic), we feature in the Coast provincial league and I believe I play a key role for my team. I wish to find out how one qualifies to feature in the ‘Kenyanstar of the week column’ on your website. I’m a huge fan of the Kenyanstar and appreciate the fact that you guys nurture local talent but I feel so far this has been only beneficial to Nairobi residents. I will be looking forward to hearing from you.

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Response; Dear Joseph, Thanks for keeping it Kenyanstar. We appreciate your being our fan. We will get our contact in Mombasa to review one of your matches then get back to you soonest. The easiest way for one to be profiled under the Kenyanstar of the week column is by bringing him/her to the attention of the editor via once you spot a talent.

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his year’s premier league started on an encouraging note where players and fans gave their whole. What’s more the matches have been unpredictable. Who could ever believe that City Stars who had been languishing at the wrong end of the table would outclass the then leaders AFC Leopards 0-3? Former


champions Sofapaka are patched at the top of standings after making a slow move to the summit. Tusker FC the defending champions did struggle at some point but quickly got their bearing rights the moment they upset Leopards 0-2 in Mombasa and never looked back. Former giants and traditional arch rivals AFC Leopards and GorMahia did

have their own share of bitter-sweet taste. The latter case witnessed a renaissance of some sought in the late stages of the league. Hiring of the Croatian Logurisic has brought in some stability in the playing unit and the results have been there for all and sundry to see. More importantly is the fact that they should keep on with same spirit and belief right up


to the end after a horrible start in their league campaign. Arch-rivals AFC Leopards, after a brilliant start where they clearly announced their intensions of clinching the title suddenly found the going tough immediately they lost to Tusker in Mombasa. From there, it has been upheaval’s for the club especially its administration with various groups claiming to be the genuine managers of the club. The wrangles stretched to court and even it required the intervention of Football Kenya Federation to choose an interim committee to run the club affairs. Issues were as bad as that. The club needs to iron their problems out quickly and focus on playing soccer they will surely regain their winning form and must apply at all times. However their vision of lifting the premier league title should be their main focus. City stars story is the most remarkable for a team that had been rooted at the bottom of the league for three straight months. After their excellent triumph over leopards which was dubbed Goliath versus David battle,

paved way and enhanced their belief that they could get out of their quagmire and they duly did. Three weeks on and they were relatively comfortable out of the relegation zone. Such is the tale that should inspire Rangers, Oserian, Muhoroni and Mathare. It could be the best thing to have happened especially to Rangers whose financial difficulties have stretched over a year now. With their management promising to settle the burning issue sooner. Ulinzi stars, Chemilil,Western Stima, and Karuturi sports have had a fantastic first leg and surely come the second leg these are the teams that will claim strong bold as to the direction of the league title to mention their own ambition for charging for the crown. What is certain is that the mentioned clubs will be part and parcel of derailing the early league campaigner’s smooth passage towards the cup trail. Indeed the Kenyan premier league has grown in leap and bounds, ever unpredictable as it used to be in early eighties to nineties. Back in the eighties, Re –union,

Shabana, Scarlet and Kenya Breweries would push the then seesaw champions AFC Leopards and GorMahia to the core. However at the end of the league it would be either Gor or AFC that would have carried the title while the above mentioned team would close the top six. The year 1980-1982 where leopards won three consecutive league titles was a cliff hanger between them and Gor from the word go to the finishing line. Gor would react to Leopards’ triumph and also did triumph for three straight seasons 1983-1985. Leopards would storm back in 1986 and took the scrap of the league by its neck and went on to win the league unblemished and pumped in 96 goals still an unbroken record to date. In 1987 it seemed the Gor –AFC see –saw affairs would be put to a halt by KTM and Shabana the early pace setters. Leopards were struggling badly and while Gor were concentrating on the cup winner’s cup, they clinched the title the very last month of the league. Leopards would reclaim the title in 88 and 89 while Gor also did a double in 90 and 91. The 1992 season was the most dramatic of all. While leopards went on to win the league, the leadership kept revolving around Kisumu Posta, Gor, AFC and Tusker until the very last day when Leopards,Gor and Kisumu Posta were equal on 38 points however leopards carried the day on superior goal difference. The same scenario was witnessed in 1996. This time Mumias Sugar set the pace under close watch of AFC leopards and Tusker. Leopards would seize the leadership from Mumias and led for the last four months only to lose it on the last day to Tusker in that intriguing finale. For the 2012 season it’s hard to predict everyone will give a good account of themselves. Let’s brace ourselves towards the second leg which surely will have all the ingredients.



From Front to Back; Brenda Wangari, Lilian Wanjiku and Janet Muiruri




he 2013 African cup of Windhoek match. Despite his presence Abuja and Lagos, Stars were soaked nations



beyond stars

the which would be expected to give the in three goals. The trend continued

reach. stars a shove, he conceded two goals seriously even in friendly matches and

They were duly eliminated but with an outstanding performance.

the 1988 AFCON finals that were held

by Togo on away goal rule. Having The Kenyan premier league current in Morocco. To break this jinx stars won 2-1 in Nairobi during the first top scorer, John Barasa declined an need to prepare both technically and leg, stars conceded a goal that would invite to join the team due to personal physiologically. eventually lock them out of a trip to reasons. At a time when Oliech has The good news is that Nigerian South Africa.

lacked his leathal edge Baraza’s knack football currently is not as strong as it

Harambee Stars failed to collect for scoring goals in crucial matches used to be. There has been a change of coaches in the recent past due to

vital three points against Malawi in was missed.

their opening world cup qualifying Nigeria Super Eagles are Kenya’s poor results. They failed to qualify match. A point from a disappointing next opponents in March 2013. Eight for 2010 World Cup and even missed performance behind home ground months is enough to institute the right out on AFCON 2012. Stars can take advantage left fans expecting the changes for stars in their preparations advantage of this and grab at least a worst in their two away games. The next match was away to Namibia

point away in Nigeria.

for their away fixture with Nigerian. Nigeria has always flown above the

Should their preparations continue

where Kenya lost by a solitary goal. stars in world cup qualifiers .These to be in disarray then as the case Arnold Origi made a comeback in was the case in 1985, 1997 and 2009. has always been, then stars will lose goal for the national team for the On these occasions, especially in in Nigeria perhaps collect a draw in



With the absence of long serving goal keeper Arnold Origi, midfield maestro Mac Donald Mariga and Kenyan alltime





Dennis Oliech are absent through self –resignation from the national team. The trio form the nucleus of

Former coach Francis Kimanzi giving instructions to Harambee Stars players

the team. Their departure indeed

the return tie. From there, the home

to win the continental trophy five

Should they stick to their guns, then

boys should try and win against the

times that is a quarter the number of

Boniface Oluoch, and Patrick Matasi

rugged Namibians. In the final game

their record appearance. On the other

have the duty to replace Origi while

against Malawi they should at least

hand the defending champions Spain

Titus Mulama,Jamal Mohamed, Victor

aim for a draw. In total, stars would

have qualified to the event thirteen

Mugabe, Belgian based Ayub Timbe

have amassed five points, if they lose

times and won the event once.

and up comings Francis Kahata and

still to Nigeria in Nairobi and Malawi in

However they will need to qualify for

Kepha Aswani have the duty to fill

Lilongwe and draw Namibia here they

the 2014 edition in order to defend

the enviable boots left by Mariga. On

will have two points. Indeed Kenyan

their title since currently the defending

the striking duties, old warhorse John

soccer needs a lot of improvement

champions aren’t guaranteed direct

Baraza who has rediscovered his goal

in terms of its preparation. In the

passage as it was back then.

scoring form in the Kenyan premier

will be a devastating blow to Kenya hopes of excelling in the qualifiers.

league should be given the nod to lead

meantime the under 14, 15, 17,

Kenya Harambee stars on the other

and 20 should be selected and be

hand are making a tenth qualifying

given quality friendly and feature in



He has vast experience concerning




the attack.


in the 1978 qualifiers. It has been a

the qualifiers and came out handy

in preparation for 2015 Nations cup

tale of heart breaks, only ifs and utter

in the 2004 nation’s cup qualifiers

and 2018 World Cup. If that is still

despondency. To make the matters

and 2006 world cup qualifiers. Mike

impossible, then we concentrate in

more intriguing is the fact once again

Baraza, Allan Wanga if fully recovered,

building teams for the 2017 AFCON

they have been seeded with Nigeria,

Mike Baraza,Ken Wendo and Patrick

and 2022 World Cup.



Oboya are other strikers who have an

countries that are no strangers to the

enormous task to fill Oliech gap and


Kenyan football. Going by past records

talismanic charms.


even though matches aren’t played on

After qualifying for group stage proper,

2014 world cup hosts Brazil have

paper reveals that each time Kenya

stars victory over Seychelles in the

qualified for the FIFA based event a

was seeded with Nigeria or Malawi

preliminaries qualifiers shouldn’t be

record of twenty times(inclusive the

their overall world cup qualifying

used as a spring board in their world

2014 which the qualified by virtue of

campaigns had been disastrous. Will

qualifying pursuits. Rather it should

being the hosts) They have managed

Kenya shake itself from that curse?

be used as a match that put them in





SOCCER the 1988 AFCON finals that were held in Morocco. For this to grind to a halt, stars need to prepare both technically, historically and physiologically .Indeed the team needs a motivator and physiologist who will prepare the boys against the Nigerian pedigree and the enthusiastic if hostile fan base in the Nigerian stands. The good news is that Nigerian football currently as not as strong as it used to be and even their technical bench have decided to include some of the home based

Osborne Monday (Left) and James Situma tackle a Zambian opponent in a CECAFA Cup match

players to the national team albeit the galaxy of their European stars. Stars should dare the eagles for the first time and grab at least a point in

shape before the genuine qualifiers

(bold enough) to rattle their host. Abuja/Lagos.

commenced. Just like the 1989 and

The Namibians have always beaten

2006 qualifiers, Stars once more kick

the stars in Windhoek as it was in the stars buoyed by the famed results

off their campaign against Malawi.

2010 preliminaries qualifiers and the in Nigeria and quantum leap in their

Their former regular customers of

1998 nation’s cup qualifiers. It should self –made faith, plus crowd support

whom it seems the old traditional

be keenly noted that each time stars rallying behind them, it would be

order is about to be restored. In all the

lost to Namibia they conceded a goal enough for the home boys to upset

qualifiers Malawi has had an edge over

late in the game. The stars attacking Nigeria . From there Malawi should be

Kenya each time they have clashed. In

machine should be in full throttle wary of stars when they visit Lilongwe

1989 they settled for a one all draw in

attacking the hosts relentlessly while and by then stars should have grown

Nairobi before their hosts dealt them

the defence should stand tall and in leaps and bounds a win away from

a 1-0 defeat in Lilongwe. It was even

improve imperious.

more painful in the 2002 world cup


preliminaries qualifiers when Malawi

concentrate intensely for the rest of romp over them. The statistic would

torched them 2-0. Mark you the goals

the game giving no room for their indicate from the marathon qualifiers,

came deep in injury time (91st and 93

hosts to manoeuvre. Indeed stars stars would have collected fourteen

minutes) Stars had no choice but had

have had a habit of conceding late points which is enough to see them

to beat Malawi by three clear goals.

goals (at least the last fifteen minutes) clinch the top spot and secure the

This was a gigantic task as both sides

as the case was against Guinea Bissau second round place where they need

settled for a barren draw resulting into

and Angola in the away ties during the to believe in their abilities and beat

Kenya’s premature exit.

2012 FCON qualifiers.


While preparing for the return tie,

home will never be surprising. Finally they

should when Namibia jets in, stars should

their opponents thoroughly and when

Four years on, stars would defeat

By the time stars visit Nigeria super they play the return match away

Malawi 3-2 in their first world cup

eagles, the pedigree team in the should aim for a draw or can even

qualifying match for the 2006 edition

group that has qualified four times to audaciously go for a win. With it a

and then lost the last match of the

the world cup, stars should be having world cup ticket would be secured.

qualifiers 3-0. Recently, in the 2011

six points or at least four. Nigeria Scenario two: If we get spanked by


has always made sure that they Nigeria and collect a draw at home,





trounced Kenya 2-0.

have the stars making sure that their then we collect six points from

This time around stars should be

ambitions and crumbled their world Namibia and Malawi at home while

prepared physiologically based on

cup qualifying hopes. These were the we gain other two points also from

these Malawians spank and collect a

case as it was in 1985, 1997 and 2009. the latter two away from home, stars

comprehensive win at home. Up next

On both those occasions, especially in will have amassed nine points. That

stars will be travelling to Windhoek to

Abuja and Lagos, Stars were soaked should form impetus and springboard

face the Namibian brave warriors. By

by three goals. The trend continued for them to qualify for the 2018 World

this time stars should be in a position

seriously even in friendly matches and cup.



boost the competition. In an effort to restore order in the management




League which had been run by Football Kenya Limited (FKL), clubs agreed to form a company that will run the League the following season. The






Limited Police

Secretary Ibrahim Jilo is run along the Kenya Premier League (KPL) model. In the format, Benjamin Ndolo was appointed the Secretary of the League Company. These was to bring order in a league marred by poor officiating, match




open League

favoritism, fixtures,

malicious and poor communications and lack of consultative meetings with clubs. With two parallel factions running the show, it was necessary to merge all warring factions so as to create harmony in the league. A total of 40 teams are participating in this season’s league and only two teams will make it

Kariobangi Sharks player (in green ) up against a Coast United player in a nationwide fixture.


The return of order is good for growth


By Gregory Mulemi

to next year’s Kenya Premier League. The league has been divided into Western Zone and the Eastern Zone, where the top team from each zone will qualify for next season’s top flight league. This is a good format as the cash strapped teams don’t have to travel across the country every so often. A team from Coast will come as far as Nairobi while Karungu and Nzoia

he Nationwide league has

factions KFF faction that then led by

Sugar far off in the West will stop at

over the years been run

current chairman Sam Nyamweya

Nakuru to play All Stars.

as a roadside kiosk due

and Mohamed Hatimy’s FKL both ran


With the first half of the season

separate leagues.

done, the clubs will take a two week

Football. The clubs that have been

The above confusion led to uncertainty

break before the grueling second leg.

participating in the league have not

in the league management and there

Nick Mwenda’s Kariobangi Sharks sit

been certain of making it to the top

was a tussle on which teams were

top of Zone A and former KPL side

flight. Drastic decisions would be made

eligible to participate in the 2012

Agrochemicals are at the helm of Zone

at any time that will overturn match

season of Kenya Premier League (KPL)

B on 44 points.


On December 16th 2010, the FKL

The league is slowly transforming

Before this year, there were two

faction of the nationwide league under

into a professional league and with

parallel nationwide leagues that were

the leadership of Jilo Ibrahim formed a

good management, and sponsorship

going on in the country. The two

Nationwide League Limited in a bid to

tremendous strides will be made.





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FOOTBALL CLUB By Gregory Mulemi

Residential area East of Nairobi City is informally divided into Near, Middle and Far East. The area from City Stadium to Buruburu is Near East, Kayole and beyond is Far East. Somewhere in the around Umoja is Middle East where there is a road nicknamed Gaza strip. We sent our correspondent …………….. to ‘Middle Eastlands’ where a football sunrise has occurred.




equipments that come in handy during







formed in December 2009.

their trainings sessions.

The club is located in the

The club solely depends on their two

outskirts of Umoja location, Embakasi

coaches and some of the player’s

constituency, Nairobi County. The club

parents for financial support since

has 45 members who include officials

most come from humble background

and players who are below 16 years

and donations of football activities

of age. They are grouped into 3 age

from well wishers who are impressed

groups, under 11 years, under 13

by the ever impressive display of play

years and under 16 years’ old teams.

which many have dubbed it as the

The club is based at Tumaini Primary

Dutch style.

School and 34c in Tena Estate where

The club hopes that one day their

they hold their trainings sessions and

young players would develop and

matches every weekends.

participate in the Kenya premier


unrise football club is a






league and produce some of the best

Sunrise, community programs like

talents ever to be witnessed in the

environmental clean ups and social


skills training are offered as well. The

Most of the club players have excelled

youth are drawn from Umoja area

in the national tournaments (copa

and surrounding regions like Kayole,

cocacola and the Orange mabingwa











secondary school from Western county

The club has grown steadily since its

and Peter Kibukosya and Tumaini

inception in late 2009 and has seen


it grow to produce some promising


talents. The club participates in local

The club hopes that one day their



mission of being a leading football

friendly matches in the Eastlands

organization in the development of

area. Their hardwork and discipline

young football talent and guiding them

has brought impressive performance;

in their social lives would be realized.







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Mike Okoth in action against Mali during the 2004 AFCON in Tunisia


enya has seen many great football players along the way, from Joe Kadenge, Jonathan Niva, Allan Thigo, James “Jacaranda” Ouma,

Ambrose Ayoyi, Wilberforce Mulamba and Peter Ochieng Dawo, to name but a few. One man who deserves a mention but often gets overlooked is Michael Okoth Origi, or


simply Mike Okoth to those who interact with him. He is the first Kenyan to play professionally at the highest level in Europe. Born on 6th November 1967, Okoth started


out his soccer career as a goalkeeper. A

By Gregory Mulemi & Francis Nandi

to his nephew, Arnold the current Kenyan

legacy that has seemingly been bequeathed first choice in goal. Okoth made his mark in a penalty shootout in 1987 at Kakamega’s Bukhungu Stadium. As the goalkeeper for Itierio High School they had played to a barren draw with defending champions Kakamega High School in Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association national finals. Itierio had converted all five of their penalty kicks, the onus was on Okoth to stop Kakamega’s last penalty, which he did, handing Itierio the national schools title. A year later he would be part of the Kisii based Shabana team that represented the country in the African Club Champions



Cup (the pre-cursor of the modern

qualifiers, which Kenya narrowly

was around this time that he would

day African Champions League.) Gor

missed out due to an inferior goal

return for Kenya, making his last

Mahia, the 1987 league winners,

difference after tying on points with

appearances for the national team at

had opted to defend the Mandela

Zaire (DR Congo.) Okoth provided four

the 2004 African Cup of Nations in

Cup title they had won the previous

of Kenya’s eleven goals during that

Tunisia. He played alongside teenager

year. Shabana would bow out of the

campaign.Kenya was banned from CAF

Dennis Oliech as Kenya bowed out of

tournament in the first round, losing

organized activities for one year as a

the event with two losses to Mali (1-

2-4 on aggregate to Zambian side

result of backing out of hosting the

3), Senegal (0-3) and one win against

Kabwe Warriors. This was the last

1996 Cup of Nations. This kept Okoth

Burkina Faso (3-0)

time Okoth would feature in goal.

out of international football for close to

Okoth would retire from international

(The last time he played in goal was

two seasons.

football, carrying on playing

against Kabwe Warriors of Zambia and the hunted became the hunter)

professionally in Belgium, though in Transitions

the lower leagues, moving to Belgian

He returned for Kenya’s famous 3-2

Division III side KSK Tongeren for

The Goal Poacher

aggregate win over fancied Algeria

the 2005 and 2006 seasons before

With Shabana drawing blanks upon

during the pre-qualifiers for the

retiring from active football at Division

return to league action, coach Akbar

1998 World Cup. He did not do much

five club Cobax 76 in 2007 aged 40.

Khan took the gamble of playing Okoth

upfront as then coach Gadesavic Vojo

He was known in Belgium for being a

upfront. The gamble that paid off as

employed tactical but match winning

gentleman on and of the pitch. Never

the goalkeeper turned striker scored

tactics that eliminated the 1982 and

complaining, never protesting and

five goals in two matches. His prowess

1986 World Cup participants.

never injuring an opponent. Fans knew

in front of goal saw him earn a call

Okoth proved to be a lethal striker in

his as a friendly football player.

up to the Harambee Stars “B” side

the qualifiers finishing runners up in

He is now involved with soccer

when Kenya hosted the 1989 East

the scorers log with four goals even

administration in that country with

and Central Africa Senior Challenge,

though Kenya did not qualify. Nigeria’s

further plans to extend the same back

putting in a good display that took him

Daniel Amokachi and Guinea’s Momo

home.Apart from nephew Arnold, his

into Kenya’s final 22 man squad for the

Wandel Souamah as Patrice Mboma

son Divoc , has played for Belgium at

1990 African Cup of Nations in Algeria.

emerged tops with five goals.

U-17 level. He also played for the RC

He would also join Kenya Breweries

Mike Okoth moved to Belgium after

Genk U-15 but signed for French side

(the present day Tusker FC) around

three months with Omani side Boshar,

OSC Lille in 201 where he features in

this time.

becoming the first Kenyan to feature

the B team as an offensive midfielder.

Fast forward to 1991; Kenya needed

professional in a European league. He

His brother, Austin “Makamu” Oduor,

a win to qualify for the 1992 Cup of

started out at KV Oostende, spending

played for Kenya and Gor Mahia,

Nations in Senegal. Okoth rose to

four years at the club, between

captaining the K’Ogallo side that lifted

the occasion with a thumping header

1992 and 1996, then KRC Harelbeke

the 1987 Africa Cup Winners Cup

beating legendary Sudan keeper

between 1996 and 1998, before


Hamid Breima to secure Stars a berth

joining RC Genk in 1998, where he

His other brothers, Gerald and Anthony

in the African showpiece. The goals

won a league title.

also played for Kenya Breweries (now

continued to flow for Okoth earning

Okoth would end his stint at Genk

Tusker) in the mid ‘90s. His is truly a

him a professional move to Oman side

in 2001, crossing over to RWD

family of football that can be likened

Boshar. He moved to Belgium where

Molenbeek for the 2002 season,

to the Denis Oliech’s, his siblings

he started out at KV Oostende.

before joining Heusden Zolder for two

have played football for KPL and even

During the 1994 Cup of Nations

seasons, between 2002 and 2004. It



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currently KCB’s Top scorer with six goals to his credit. He has featured prominently

for the national junior teams, the Under 20 and the Under 23. Before the start of the season, no one really knew much about the Friends School Kamusinga alumni. However, his exploits on the pitch have made him a known figure in the local soccer scene. He even received his first ever Senior Harambee Stars Call up when the team was preparing for the match against Malawi in Nairobi. Mumgai Kiongera, commonly known as ‘Munga’ to his peers was born in Webuye on the night of 14th June in 1993. He started playing as soon as he could co-ordinate his two feet. He attended primary school in Webuye where he used to prominently feature for the school team in inter school competitions in Webuye. He played as





but would switch once in a while to offensive midfield. Upon Completion primary school, he joined Friends School Kamusinga, a school known better for basketball and hockey talent. However, he chose to continue with his love for football. At FSK, he started off in goal, the then coach Mr. Oruko noticed his good goalkeeping during inter class


Mungai Kiongera

Volleyball SOCCER

Mungai Kiongera dribbles past Roy Waswa of Sony Sugar competitions and drafted him into the

reached the Provincials was in 1998,”

the team, been selected for the Under

school team.

says Mungai.

23 National team and earned a call

But Mr. Oruko would then be promoted

He never really thought he would take

up to the national team. He vividly

to the School’s Games Master and the

up soccer as a career. His parents too,

remembers the most important call

soccer team had a new coach, Mr.

never always advised him so, and

of the year inviting him to the senior

Waluvafu. The coach then noticed that

neither did the principal of his school.

team like it was just yesterday.

Mungai would make a better attacking

“We used to collide with my parents.

“It was on a Monday, I was just

midfielder than a goalkeeper. He

They thought I was not taking my

relaxing in the house because we had

switched from goalkeeping into high

academics seriously by concentrating

played a game on Sunday. As I was

work rate station in the midfield.

on soccer. The Principal alluded to

resting I got a call from an unfamiliar

He was later drafted back as a

the wrangles in football leadership to

number. I received the call and got

defensive midfielder at Form Two, a

deter anyone from thinking of taking

the most “shocking” news. The person

position he played up to the time he

football as a career. I loved football

at the other end told me that he was

completed school.

but I never thought at even one point

the coach and I was needed in camp

Though he says they never had such

I would play professional football,”

immediately. I could not believe it, it

great outings as a soccer team in

adds the KCB forward.

was a huge surprise for me,” he says.



Upon Completion of high school,

“I did not expect it because the squad

remembers his last year in fourth form

he immediately joined the Kenyatta

had already been named. It was a BIG

as one of the best years in the School’s


surprise for me,” he adds.

soccer history.

currently a second year pursuing a

He notes that he picked a lot of

“In that year, we participated in the

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology.

experience from his days in the

Allan Bradley Tournament hosted by

In his first year at KU, he went for

National team camp, interacting with

our school and managed to reach the

trials at Nationwide side KRA, with

players who have plied their trade in

finals. We had never gone into the

his desire still burning to play soccer.

Europe and also getting to learn a lot

finals before. We beat very notable

Good for him, he was picked by the

from the immediate former national

schools like Kakamega high and Vihiga,

team. He only played there for six

team coach Francis Kimanzi.

but we lost to Manor house in the

months before KCB noticed his talent

As a young player, he has also had

finals. In the same year, we managed

and captured him.

his ups and downs. For his lowest

to reach the Provincials’ Level of the

2012 is so far his best season at the


school games. The last time the school

bankers’. He has scored six goals for

“That had to be in 2010 in the CECAFA










scoring. Around the globe, I admire Totenham Hotspur’s Raphael Van Der Vaart. He is an attack minded player whose philosophy is always forward play. You rarely see him playing the ball to his back. That is what I want to

Mungai Kiongera goes for goal against Sony Sugar

adapt as a player,” he adds. And which striker would he be happy

Under 20 Championships in Eritrea. We

Mungai, the important thing is how

twin striking alongside?

had played so well in the tournament

you handle the challenges that will

“Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney

and were even hot favorites to win the

make you a better player.

is my role model. He is a team player

cup. Everybody was talking about us.

“The biggest challenge I have seen

who fights for the team and can lift

However, we lost 2-1 to Uganda in the

in my soccer career is when things

the team when it is evidently down,”

semi final. I felt too bad because we

don’t work out for the team. You do

he says.

lost due to simple mistakes, a match

everything right and play to the latter

Of the defenders he has played

that we would have easily won,” says

according to the coach’s instructions

against in the Kenyan Premier League,


but still go for almost a month without

he has singled out Tusker duo of Brian

victory. The pressure is always high on

Mandela and Joseph Shikokoti as the

His highest moments;

everybody’s shoulders but it is always

hardest nut to crack.

“My career is still on a high and I know

up to an individual to break out of the

“The two are very intelligent defenders

I will have bigger and better moments.

pressure and come out a champion,”

who play with a striker’s mind. They

But up to now, my highest moment is

adds Mungai.

are never in a hurry to make tackles

the West African trip we had with the

He puts his aspirations to one day play

and beating them is not easy. Most

Under 23 team. We surpassed many

in the elite European leagues.

of the times they will win the ball so

people’s expectations. “

“It is any player’s dream to play in

easily, they are the best defenders in

“I was delighted at meeting top

Europe. I am no different. I would like

the KPL,” he adds.

players I only watch on television like

to work hard and see myself playing

Demba Ba and Demba Cisse. In our

in bigger and better leagues,” says the

His parting shot;

match against Guinea I was tightly

avid Manchester United fan.

“Always work hard and trust in God. Never let your dreams die. Challenges

marked by Bobo Balde and Ishamel Bangoura who I have only heard on

His role models,

are part of life and never give up even

radio and watched on TV, made me

“Here in Kenya, I admire Sofapaka’s

if you find the biggest rock on your

feel great,” he says with a huge smile

John Baraza. He is a prolific scorer and

path. If you were destined to success

on his face.

despite his age he still runs around like

and you work towards that, nothing

Challenges are part of life and soccer

and 18 year old. Ever since I started

will come in between you and your

is no exception. But for the young

hearing of him, he has never stopped



Volleyball SOCCER




The 2012 COPA is the fifth edition and a lot will be at stake as the tournament gets to the provincial stage in July. Many stars have been born from this tournament and it is expected that talent scouts will be checking out for some prodigious talent. Gregory Mulemi continues with the story.

By Gregory Mulemi he ‘Beautiful’ game of

football either, but they were good at

football has been on a

what they did. A look at every passing

downward trend in Kenya in

year, while other nations export

the recent past. With every

talents en masse, Kenya seems to be

passing year, Kenya has been falling

discovering only one talent at a time.

down the pecking order, not only in

Today Oliech, tomorrow, Mariga. Then

regional tournament but internationally

a long drought.

as well. Once a former East African

Blame it on many things, the off-

giant and known for churning out

putting, superfluous and incessant

prodigious talents like JJ Masiga, Joe

wrangles in the management

Kadenge, James Siang’a, Joe Masiga,

of football. Lack of real football

Bobby Ogolla, the late Hussein Kheri,

development at the grassroots level is

Musa Otieno, Mahmoud Abbas, Peter

the major problem. There seems to be

Dawo and the likes. Kenyan football

little being done to check the situation.

is no longer something that arouses

The ostrich head in the sand obsession

excitement among the fans or evokes

of local fans with foreign leagues is a

fear in opposing teams.

product of dwindling standards

Granted, the aforementioned players

COPA Coca-Cola stepped into the gap

never won anything major for Kenya.

five years ago and today many players

They did not make it to the coveted

discovered through the tournament

European leagues that define the

are in KPL clubs. The sensational

success and/or failure in modern

duo of Emmanuel Tostao and Edward


SOCCER Seda are at AFC Leopards while Felix ‘Felixinho’ Omondi is at Gor Mahia. There is also Steve Odhiambo, Jackson Macharia and Joseph Kuria at Thika United, Dan Waweru and Ali Ahmed (Western Stima) Victor Oduor of Muhoroni Youth and Edwin Mwaura (Rangers).The tournament has come of age, growing by strength on each edition and is run in twenty African countries. Initiated in Mexico in 1998, the annual national youth football tournament aims at identifying the best out of the good from the grassroots by engaging the youths in football activities while also encouraging them to adopt responsible healthy lifestyles. Most of the players in the tournament have shown that Copa Coca-Cola has the potential to bring out the many

take part in the competition. The

more Macdonald Marigas. The FC

tournament commenced with the

Parma in Italy is the COPA Coca-Cola

teams, both boys’ and girls’, competing

goodwill ambassador. He is also a

at the sub-branch level, with each sub-

beneficiary of the talent search event,

branch being presented by 2 girls and

having been the first to be discovered

6 boys’ teams in all the 8 provinces.

200,000 for the runners up while the

in 1999 in the precursor Coca-Cola

A total of 130 teams were first drawn

third placed girls’ team will be awarded

sponsored tournament dubbed The

to battle it out for the provincial

Ksh. 100,000.

Coca-Cola Cup.

finals that start on June 23 until July

“COPA has grown in leaps and bounds

The tournament promises to give

14. According to COPA administrator

since being unveiled in Kenya over five

young players an international

Gerald Chege, the new model will

years ago. As part of our commitment

standard environment to play football.

follow the FKF league calendar. It will

in maintaining a world class football

The exposure to this environment will

be the official district (FKF sub branch)

tournament, we have increased our

encourage them to showcase their

league tournament while tapping and

investment in the tournament to make

talent to catch the eyes of selectors

developing young prospects to become

it even more attractive as we help

for the national Copa Coca Cola team.

the country’s official U-17 team.

young boys and girls develop a bright

It is also an avenue for talent scouts

Talent scouts will follow through and

future in football while inspiring others

to chose, the best young talent for the

identify 30 best performing players’

to maintain active healthy lifestyles,”

Kenyan youth football circles.

right from the sub-branch level. Out of

said Coca-Cola Senior Brand Marketing

This season’s tournament is quite

this, the top 16 players will be selected

Manager Catherine Mudachi.Since its

attractive and with the grace of the

and form the Kenyan contingent that

re-launch in 2007, COPA has created

new Football Kenya Federation, the

will travel to South Africa for a two-

opportunities for a host of upcoming

tournament is bound to go a notch

week international camp. The 16

footballers to realize their potential

higher. During this year’s edition

players will also officially form the

and play in both the local professional

launch, FKF president Sam Nyamweya

Kenya U-17 soccer team.

leagues as well as junior international

said that the tournament would go on

A total cash prize of Shs.1.6 million

football tournaments.

to help pick the national U-17 football

will be up for grabs in this year’s

With the county level coming to a close

team. It is good news to players and

tournament. The winning boys’ team

in June, the provincial and national

soccer lovers in the country who

at the national finals will be awarded

championships will pull a spark in

have always criticized the way junior

Ksh. 600,00, runners up 300,000 while

search of a new champion. In the next

national teams are selected.

the second runners up will walk home

edition, we will review all the matches

The tournament will go through

with 100,000 Ksh. The winning girls’

that were played in 2012 plus a special

four stages and see over 600 teams

team will pocket Ksh. 300,000, Ksh.

feature on the winning teams.




ountain biking is



s p o r t i n Ke n y a and is garnering

popularity because of the promise of adventure through Kenya’s scenic landscape and the sheer adrenaline rush one experiences as you hurtle down off-road tracks. The main proponents of this sport are a band of outgoing adventurists who organise local


By Rizz Wangalachi

events throughout the year. Once such event the “Rough Ride” was

cross the line, so they can see

18’s record is 32minutes 59

recently held near Ngong Hills.

straight away how they compare

seconds by Shabaz Anwar. And

The Rough Ride, it is an individual

to others or their previous lap(s).

valiant performance by 8 year

mountain bike sprint event held

This year ’s event attracted

old Toby Szlapak, took the “totos”

on forest tracks over an 8.5 km

36 riders varying in age from


loop, where the rider can do the

a determined 8 year old to a

Due to its growing popularity,

loop as many times as they wish

spritely 77 year old biker! All

plans are underway to have two

and on as many different bikes as

tryingto outdo each other and

Rough Rides a year, and these

they like. Although most of the

having a lot of fun.

will include a shorter kids loop.

riders are extremely competitive,

A new course record was set

The event was hosted by Mama

t h e s e n s e o f c a m a ra d e r i e

and now stands at a blistering24

Mary of Shelter Children’s Home,

amongst all the participants is

minutes 13 seconds by Gerald

near Ngong town, as she does for

quite heartwarming - and makes

Osmond, this betters last year’s

a number of other events and all

it a more fun event.

benchmark of 24:29. Daniel

proceeds from the event went to

Riders start at oneminute

Szlapak came in a scorching

the Home.

intervals, and compete on a

runners-up, 25:11 followed

course that is twisty, hilly and of

by a powerful performance by

Details of this and other mountain

course rough. Once completed,

Jason Potter in third in 25:43.

bike events can be found at

you recover, refuel and re-cycle…

AsaForsman posted the best or sign up to

Each rider is timed to the second

womens’ time, a 28:35 screamer,

the cycling forum at Kenya_mtb-

and their time is posted as they

eclipsing most men! The under





By the Birdie

olf is one of the oldest sportsmanship as its centre - because takes 92, you are the winner. games in history. Through even at the highest level golfers are Par is the number of shots (or strokes) time, golfing has gained united in their battle against the a top-class golfer is expected to take enthusiasts

a m o n g course as much as each other.

to play each hole based on its length

various cadres of society. Widespread If you’re new to the sport, either as a and difficulty. It also refers to an popularity is not out of its simplicity but player or spectator, our guide to the expected total of shots for the whole the opposite. It is a game of precision, basics will provide an insight into what round of 18 holes. decision making, and patience.

it’s all about.

Par for a course usually ranges

If you want to learn the sport, the

between 70 and 72 shots but most

first thing that you have to do is to The Course

golfers never match that.

bear in mind that your aim is not to A standard golf course is made up of Par for a hole is usually between three set the longest drive record. You’ll 18 holes.

and five shots, although there are a

have to learn the basics of the sport. That is just about the only thing all couple of pars-sixes in America. Studying the basics is probably the golf courses have in common.

If you take four shots on a par-four

most important phase in learning the The first shot on each hole is played hole you make par. But if you do better sport. It will be your foundation for from a teeing area (known as a tee) or worse than that you’re introduced you success in the game.

with the ball usually being placed on to some funny names.

The aim of golf is simple: hit a small a plastic or wooden peg (also known Take three shots on a par-four hole ball into a hole with the fewest possible as a tee).

(i.e. one less than par) and you call

shots, 18 times.

it a birdie.

Unlike other sports, a golfer’s real Scoring

Take five shots on a par-four hole (i.e.

enemy is never his or her opponent In basic terms your score on a golf one shot more than par) and you’ve but him/herself and more importantly course is made up of the number of got a bogey. the surroundings.

shots you take, plus any penalties you These are just names though.

That is one reason why the game may incur. So if you take 90 shots to What counts is the number of shots has managed to keep a sense of go around a course and your friend you play on each hole, which are



added together for your total score

higher handicap and the game

from your total.

for the round.

can still remain competitive. A

For instance if you return a score

player with an 18 handicap, for

of 98 on a par 72 course, you

example, will subtract 18 shots

will have played to a handicap of

Par Three

Par three holes tend to be less than from his or her score at the end

around 26.

250 yards in length for men and 220

of the round.

Your handicap score is actually

for women.

The handicap system can seem

calculated by the standard scratch

They work on the idea that you can

confusing, which is why it is so

score but this method gives you a

hit the green in one shot and then

important to keep your scores on

ball-park idea of where your game

you have two putts to score par, in

a scorecard so you can work it all

is at.

this case a three.

out at the end of your round. Only highly skilled players reach

Rules of Golf

Par Four

zero, also known as “scratch”. A

There are many rules that apply

Par four holes range from a little less

select few even get so good they

to golf but unlike many other

than 300 to over 450 yards.

enter positive figures - which

sports, unless it is a tournament,

You’d hope to reach the green in two

mean they have to add strokes to

there is no need for a referee or

shots, leaving two putts for par.

their total.


In reality, most golfers who

Players must know the rules

Par Five

reach that standard are good

themselves, be honest about the

Par five holes tend to be longer than

enough to turn professional

number of shots they take and

480 yards. There are a few par six

where tournaments are played

play the ball as it lies. Moving or

holes in the world - usually more

off scratch i.e. without handicaps.

interfering with the ball is a big

than 600 yards long.

In foursomes, the team’s handicap

no-no, although there are some

Getting to the green in less than is usually calculated by adding the


three shots is very difficult. Again two players’ handicaps together

If you lose your ball or hit it in

that will leave two putts for par. Golf scoring terms

and dividing by two.

a lake then you will have to add

The normal maximum handicap

strokes to your score before


you can play on. But generally

Albatross: Three shots less than par

Men: 28

Eagle: Two shots less

Women: 36

Birdie: One shot less

Juniors: 29-54

common sense prevails. Etiquette

Bogey: One shot more


The great American golfer Bobby

Double bogey: Two shots more

The actual number of shots taken

Jones said: “In golf, the customs

Triple bogey: Three shots

to play a hole or a round is known

and etiquette and decorum are as

In addition golf allows you to play as the ‘gross’ score.

important as the rules of play.”

against better players by giving you

To calculate how well he or she

The host of dos and don’ts can

extra shots, almost like a head start.

has played, the player deducts his

seem petty, especially at the

This is called handicapping.

handicap from the total to work

more elitist clubs. But this code

One of the reasons golf is such a

out the ‘net’ score.

of conduct has allowed golf to

popular game is that a system of

For instance, if a player with a

retain its sporting values despite

handicapping means players of all

handicap of 20 takes 90 shots to

becoming a multi-million pound

abilities can play against each other.

go round a par 70 course his net

global industry.

A handicap is a certain number of

score will be 70 - which means he

At its heart are two principles -

strokes which a player is allowed

will have ‘played to his handicap’

respect for the course and respect

to remove from his total score for a

by returning a net score the same

for fellow golfers.

round. Think of it like a head start

as par. You can also work out

Examples include not talking

given by more skilful players to your score for each hole as you

during a player’s swing, not

weaker opponents; the better the go along as illustrated above.

walking on the line of their putt

player, the lower the handicap.

If you do not have a handicap you

on the green, raking bunkers,

It means that good players with a

can work out what it roughly is

repairing pitch marks and

low handicap can play those with a

by subtracting par for the course

replacing divots.



2012 DASANI GOLF GALA TEES OFF By Michael Kwambo

Championship at the Jumeirah Golf Estates. While in Dubai, they will have the opportunity to


Europe’s top 60

m o n e y

earners on the

2012 Order

of Merit battle it out f o r a $ 1 . 3 Million winner’s cheque. They will also play at some of the best golf courses in the region, including the Dubai Creek Course and the challenging Faldo Course at the Emirates Golf Club, designed by former world number 1 and 6-time Major Champion Sir. Nick Faldo.” This year’s series will feature players from 36 clubs across the country battling it out in 18 different golf courses. Over 3,600 golfers across Kenya are expected to take part in the race for a chance to fly to Dubai. At the time of going to press, five qualifying rounds had already been played at the Kiambu, Thika, Vet Lab,Windsor and Railway Golf Clubs . More about the Dasani Golf Gala Now in its third year of existence, the Dasani Golf Gala was launched in 2010 with the intention of taking the game to a wider playing base, fusing accomplished players with those


wishing to pick up the game. This has played a major role in helping the 24th

aspirations of both sets of players, all

May,Muthaiga Golf Club

driven by the strong desire to realize

played host to the launch

their potential and chart their own

of this year’s edition of




The quartet of Willie Samoei, Tim

Dasani Golf Gala. The first event teed off on Saturday 26 May 2012 at the

Nairobi’s Karen Country Club on

Alala, Ferej Ahmed and Michael

Kiambu Golf Club to be followed by

Saturday 29 September 2012 where

Rotich from the Eldoret Golf Club won

subsequent events that will culminate

the top two teams from all eighteen

the inaugural Grand Finale, in 2010

with the Grand Finale in September.

qualifying rounds will compete for the

earning themselves an all expenses

The annual golf series, now in its third

grand prize.

paid trip to South Africa where they

year running, is open to all amateur

The winning team of 4 players will

participated in two pro-am events at

golfers with official handicaps. The

travel to Dubai for the Grand Finale of

the famous Fancourt Golf Resort in

grand finale is set to be held at

the European Tour – the DP World Tour

George, where they participated in the





Round 1

Kiambu Golf Club, Kiambu

Saturday 26 May 2012

Round 2

Thika Sports Club , Thika

Saturday 2 June 2012

Round 3

Vet Lab Sports Club, Nairobi

Saturday 9 June 2012

Round 4

Windsor Golf and Country Club, Nairobi

Saturday 16 June 2012

Round 5

Railway Golf Club, Nairobi

Saturday 23 June 2012

Round 6

Nyali Golf Club, Mombasa

Saturday 30 June 2012

Round 7

Leisure Golf Club, Diani

Saturday 7 July 2012

Round 8

Royal Nairobi Golf Club, Nairobi

Saturday 14 July 2012

Round 9

Nakuru Golf Club, Nakuru

Round 10

Karen Golf and Country, Nairobi

Saturday 28 July 2012

Round 11

Nyeri Golf Club, Nyeri,

Saturday 4 August 2012

Round 12

Sigona Golf Club, Nairobi

Saturday 4 August 2012

Round 13

Eldoret Golf Club, Eldoret

Saturday 11 August 2012

Round 14

Nyanza Golf Club, Kisumu

Saturday 18 August 2012

Round 15

Machakos Golf Club, Machakos

Saturday 25 August 2012

Round 16

Kisii Golf Club, Kisii

Saturday 1 September 2012

Round 17

Muthaiga Golf Club,Nairobi

Saturday 8 September 2012

Round 18

Limuru Golf Club, Limuru,

Saturday 15 September 2012

Saturday 21 July 2012

Coca-Cola Championship and the Gary Player Invitational.

Grand Finale Karen Golf and Country Club

Saturday 29 September 2012

The Kenya Railways team of Abbas Nasser, David Kigomo, Giginder Padam and John Wangai claimed the 2011 title, earning themselves a fully paid trip to Thailand that saw them play golf at the Red Mountain Golf Course and the Blue Canyon Country Club, completing their tour with a round of golf at the Mission Hill Golf Course, a course that offers one of the most intriguing finishing holes; the 18th hole, which has two greens, allowing golfers to choose an alternative end to their game.



Kenya Prisons volleyball team celebrates after winning the African Women Club Cup title



Gregory Mulemi ByBy Mulemi Gregory Peter



enya Prisons retained the African Women Club Cup Volleyball title after beating Kenya Pipeline 3-0 at the Kasarani Gymnasium on Saturday 19 May 2012. It took less than two hours for the three time champions to get their fourth title and book a place in the World Club tournament set for Doha Qatar in December. Prisons were in terrific form and took control of the game right from the start. They won the match in sets of 25-29, 27-25 and 25-13. Mercy Moim and Lydia Maio were at their best as the Prisons side cruised to a routine victory over the bitter rivals. The first set was one way traffic as Prisons took an early 8-0 lead. Pipeline coach Japheth Munala made changes to his squad bringing in Asha Makuto for Captain Catherine Wanjiru. This paid off and soon the deficit was reduced as the game continued.

Lack of concentration gifted Prisons an advantage and a comeback was next to impossible for Pipeline in the end. Prisons have now won the title four times in a row and will be representing the continent at the world club cup in Qatar. Prisons coach David Lung’aho was full of praise for his squad and promised to better the results the side has posted in past events. ‘In 2010 we finished 6th and later we finished 5th.That to me was an improvement and I am looking forward to finishing second or third this year.’ His opposite number Japhet Munala blamed lack of concentration for his side’s loss but promised to make sure that he retains the national title. ‘I think we lost the game due to lack of concentration. Prisons were good in all departments and this did us a lot of damage. I will concentrate on retaining the league and I promise to bounce back in style.’


but thank God physiotherapists did a wonderful job and now I am on my feet. What is the problem with the national team, you perform well in Africa but very poorly outside the continent? (She bursts in laughter) That is true, we perform well here but at the from Lugulu that I started playing

global field, we do poorly because

serious volleyball.

of many factors. Height factor is one of the biggest factors here. We have

When was your first national

a disadvantage when it comes to

team call-up?

height. Europeans and Americans are

I was first called to the national team

very tall. When we go to the pitch,

in 2008 just after my form four. It

people mistake us for athletes. Our

was during the World cup qualifier

preparations are also wanting at times,

in Algeria. During this period, I got

we use modern facilities two to three

several offers from clubs to play

weeks before any tournament, and

arlier this month, I caught

volleyball for them but I chose Kenya

this is a letdown because we struggle

up with Florence Bosire,

Commercial Bank (KCB) which had

against sides which have the facilities.

interviewing her at the Moi

better offers.



Who is the best volleyballer you

international Sports Center

Kasarani after her team Kenya Prisons

When did you join Kenya Prisons?

have ever come up against?

won the African Women Club Volleyball

I joined Kenya Prisons in 2009. During

Lydia Maiyo, she is such a professional,

Championships. Prisons beat Pipeline

my time at KCB, I did get several offers

when I got a chance to play alongside

3-0. She was in a very happy mood

but due to personal reasons, I chose

her, I was very happy and I always

after the win and could not hide her

to join Prisons and that is where I am

wish that we could play together for

joy. Her success in the volleyball pitch

up to now.

such a long time.

major ambitions for her future.

How far have you traveled with

What are your future plans as a

She started playing volleyball at the


volleyball player?

age of nine at Kawaii primary School.

I have gone far and wide with

At the moment I am at Prisons. They

She is currently one of the best setters

volleyball. My first outing was with KCB

have employed me and I have to honor

in the country. Recently, she was part

in the African Championships in Cairo,

that. If a chance comes for me to go

of the Prisons team that won the Africa

last year (2011) I was with Kenya

pro I will talk to my employers about it

Women Volleyball Championship trophy

Prisons in Japan and I was also there

and see what they feel about it.

for the fourth time in succession. She

with the national team for the world

did not participate because of an ankle


has been huge and she has asset

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

injury she sustained while on national duty in Japan. She has however put all

Which are the best moments and

I will be one of the best setters in the

injury woes away and she tells us her

worst moments of your career?


inspirational story.

(Laughing)My best moment was when I had my first trip with the national

What do you do off the field. Who

When did you start playing

team to the World Cup in Japan. I

is Florence Bosire off the field?


played against Italy and the result was

I am very talkative and I love meeting

(Smiling)I started playing volleyball at

great. My worst moment was also in

new people and friends. I also love

the age of 9 at Kawaii Primary school

Japan when I got an ankle fracture.

visiting new places. I am simple and

then joined Lugulu Girls who gave me

It was a turning point in my career as

down to earth. Watching movies is my

a schorlaship for four years. It was

I thought that my career had ended

hobby and that is me.



Nyayo National Stadium

Nyayo National Stadium


By Michael Kwambo

In a bid to acquaint you the reader with Kenyan sporting facilities, we have embarked on a new feature, “Know your stadia” which will be in this and subsequent editions of your favorite sports magazine. We begin with the country’s two flagship stadia, the Nyayo National Stadium and the Moi International Sports Center, under the management of the Sports Stadia Management Board and both located in the capital city, Nairobi.

Background Completed in 1983, Nyayo National Stadium was a vision that was to lead to greater and bigger things for the sports men and women of this country. The completion of Nyayo National Stadium gave Kenya the opportunity to be placed in the category of Nations that were invited to bid for the 4th All African games in 1987, a bid that was awarded to Kenya, giving it International status. In essence Nyayo Stadium gave “birth” to Moi International Sports Centre. Facilities a) Main Stadium Main Features



• •

• • •

30,000 seater FIFA approved standard size football pitch – home to several national and international matches Hosts large gatherings, including concerts, national holiday celebrations, meetings and crusades 2 VIP lounges, a boardroom Internet enabled media centre. Floodlights upgraded and ready

b) Aquatic Centre Main Features: • Spectator terraces for 2000 pax • A filtration plant has been installed at the swimming pool • 50 x 25 m Swimming pool • Open to Public all week • Trained lifeguards c) Indoor Gymnasium Main features • 2500 capacity • A busy indoor Arena - Home to National Basketball League • S n a c k b a r s a re w i t h i n t h e gymnasium • fully covered indoor arena and can host: o Basketball o Boxing o Badminton o Martial arts o Social functions o has computerized scoreboards o has functioning Floodlights d) Handball and Volleyball Training Courts Main features • Terraces for 1500 capacity • Standard Court Open air - Ideal Training Court • Available for social events

Moi International Sports Complex (MISC) Background In the early 80’s, Kenya was invited to bid for the All African Games, which were to be held towards the end of that decade. Like any other African Nations, Kenya submitted and won the bid to host the 4th All African Games in 1987. In preparation for the games, Kenya entered into a bilateral agreement with the Chinese government to build a sports complex which would be used to host these prestigious games. The proposed plan was to build a stadium of international standard, perhaps one of the best on the African continent then. It was with this undertaking that in 1987, saw the official opening of a 60,000 capacity stadium in time to host one of the largest events held in this country the 4th All African Games. The complex was completed in 1987, and hosted the 4th All African Games in august of the same year, an event that filled the stadium to capacity. Prior to this, athletics practice sessions were held at the Coca-Cola National Stadium, which was built in the early 1980’s. Located about 15 km from the city centre along Thika road, this complex provides clients with an opportunity to do their business out of the hustles and bustles of town. Facilities at MISC Kasarani include: i) The Stadion Hotel The Stadion has the following facilities offered at competitive rates to clients • Accommodation with 108 rooms equipped with TVs and telephones • 200 seater restaurant and 60 seater adjacent grillroom • Sports bar • Laundry • 400 seater multipurpose ballroom • Business Centre with cyber café

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Seminar rooms with secretariat Gift shop Luxurious swimming pool (free of charge to residents) Poolside bar

ii) Kasarani Stadium The Stadium has a capacity of 60,000 seated persons, with VIP lounges and hospitality suites. The facilities are equipped with modern Changing Rooms, Restaurants, Mini-shops, press/media areas and offices. There are internet connections and a hot spot installed in strategic positions. It also has 6 conference rooms at Kasarani Grand Stadium each with a capacity of 60 pax iii) Kasarani Indoor Arena A state of the art Indoor Arena at Kasarani with a capacity of 5000pax, a very ideal venue for AGMS, corporate sporting and team building activities . The Indoor Arena also has presidential suites, snack bar, and a restaurant, a typical setting for exclusive corporate use for business presentations, product launches and other business meetings in idyllic and peaceful surroundings Kasarani Aquatic Stadium Swimming pool The facility has: • One Baby Pool; 1.25m Warm-up or training pool; 1.5m Competition (Olympic size) Pool and Diving Pool with 3 springboards and up to 10m diving platform. . • One recreational seminar room with 30 pax capacity and a VIP Lounge. • Our pools are clean and properly treated. We have ample and secure car park and also provide catering services at request at our poolside Cafeteria.






By Francis Ontomwa

n his literary works Old Man’s

beloved daughter and a darling to the

and the 15s teams.

War, 2005, award winning

sporting fraternity, the late Aberdeen

The national rugby ladies team was

science fiction writer John

Shikhoyi, the immediate former

present to give one of their own the

Scalzi says this of death:

captain of the Kenya rugby ladies

last send off. And as they carried her

‘When you lose someone you love, you

team died on April 28 a week after

casket on their shoulders walking

die too, and all you can do is to wait

damaging her spinal cord during the

solemnly through their compound,

around for your body to catch up’.

Elgon Cup Rugby Competition staged

grief, regrets and sobs stole the

As celebrations for the much hyped

in Kampala Uganda.

thunder among hundreds of mourners

mothers’ day took the world by storm

Emotions hit crescendo as tempers

who attended the low profile burial

everywhere in the month of May,

flared during the sorrowful burial


one lonely mother was counting the

ceremony for the late Shikhoyi at her

To her the fateful Saturday was just

greatest loss of her life silently at a

home in Kasavai village in Ikolomani

another day in office doing what she

remote village in Western Kenya. Her

area of Kakamega County. Shikhoyi

loved and representing her country

second last born in of 11 children that

died at the age of the age of 31; she

in the now popular Elgon Cup

comprises 5 brothers and 6 sisters was

captained both the national 7s and 15s

Competition pitting Kenya and Uganda.

no more.

ladies rugby teams since 2010. She

Her words are still reverberating in the

Mama Monica Muliro lay to rest her

won a record 16 cups with both the 7s

ears of fellow players on the eve of



the game.

brought down” she narrates.

The Kenya Rugby Ladies team

“Guys we just have to give our all

“The knock didn’t raise eyebrows, this

manager Yvone Makwali said her role

in this game, Ugandans play hard

is common in rugby. It turned out to

in the team was bigger than winning

rugby and to counter their wits, we

be a different case and quite serious

matches; she wanted to elevate rugby

need to get tougher” said Shikhoyi.

than we thought when she pulled out”

status in Kenya.

Doreen Remuor, who has now

notes Remuor crestfallenly.

“We believed in Aberdeen, we worked

taken over the captaincy from her,

Shikhoyi was rushed to a Uganda

closely together given her role and

recounts the last moments with

hospital and immediately referred

mine in the team and I am not going

Shikhoyi remorsefully.

to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). It

to lose only a player but a friend and a

“She was our strength, all of us

was established that her spine had

sister” said Makwali amid sobs.

loved her and her words were an

been injured and for specialised care

Shikhoyi schooled at Lusui and

inspiration to us any time before we

she had to be airlifted to Nairobi

Ivonda Primary Schools before joining

moved into any game, she made

Hospital the following morning. The

Makhokho High School for her O-levels

sure we were psyched up before this

ladies rugby team kept praying and

in the year 2000.

particular international encounter”

hoping their leader will recover from

She later joined Erijen Training School

said Remuor.

the ordeal but this wasn’t to be she

for a certificate in Early Childhood

On the match day, the Kenyan team

succumbed to the injuries.

Development in 2008 then shifted her

lined up in the field and when the

Her death has in the recent days been

focus to rugby in 2010. She attained

match referee gave the green light,

a topic of discussion on several local

both levels 1 and 2 in rugby coaching

fireworks became evident from both

and international media platforms.

from the Kenya Rugby Union. She

sides. Kenya held Uganda for the

Commissioner of Sports Gordon Oluoch

played for Mwamba Rugby Football

better part of the clash and it was

attended the funeral accompanied by

Club, a club she joined in 2007.

clear to many that this was going to

his wife.

She has travelled far and wide flying

be their day.

He described Shikhoyi as a

the Kenyan flag high at various rugby

The battle persisted until the second

distinguished player and a pillar

competitions in different countries. In

phase of the deadly encounter when

of women rugby in Kenya whose

2011, she guided the Kenyan team to

the moment many would want to

contribution the world of rugby will not

retain the Elgon Cup for the second

forget forever finally showed up.

forget. He challenged the remaining

time and was instrumental when

“The match was heading to its

players and officials to be inspired by

Kenya sevens advanced to the final

critical point and at this juncture

the loss of their captain to develop

round of the world cup pre-qualifier

we needed much more synergy and

women rugby in Kenya.

in Botswana. Last year she led Kenya

inspiration than ever” notes Remuor.

“ We have lost a heroine, her

to clinch the Safari 7s 2011 trophy at

“ An opponent player scratched the

outstanding role in rugby made her

Nyayo National Stadium.

ball with Shikhoyi going for a tackle,

to be given the role of leading as the

It is a big loss to the family and

everybody charged up inspired by

captain and I must say her death is

especially her brother Pastor Solomon

the move but things were not to

untimely, she died when we needed

Amalemba who eulogized his sister as

pan out well for us, she was hit and

her most” noted Oluoch.

beacon in the family despite her age.




Part II

By Carray Ombaka Eighth Man

to break through or push past the

and passes it to the backs.They are

Jersey 8 is his number and is also

opposition’s defensive line.

good communicators, especially at directing the forwards around, and

reffered to as a back-row. They close up the back of the scrum. The

Scrum Half

their aim is to provide the backs with

ball ideally will travel to their legs,

Possessor of jersey 9. He is more or

clean balls.Good scrum-halves have

where the Scrum Half will grab it.

less the “Quarterback.” The Scrum

an excellent pass, a good tactical

They bind between the locks at the

Half will pick the ball up from scrums

kick and are deceptive runners. At

back of the scrum, providing extra

or rucks and either run with it or

defensive scrums they put pressure

weight at the push.

pass it to the Fly Half, or others

on the opposition scrum-half or

Number eights interact with the

behind him.The scrum-half is the

defend the blindside. On defence in

scrum-half at the back of the scrum

link between the forwards and the

open play they generally cover for

to control and provide clean ball for

backs. He receives the ball from

deep kicks after the ball has been

the backs. They can also pick the

the lineout and removes the ball

passed wide.

ball from the back of the scrum and

from the back of the scrum, usually

run with it or flick it to the scrum

passing it to the fly-half. They also

Fly Half

half. At lineouts they can be either

feed the scrum and sometimes have

Wears Jersey 10. The Fly Half will

another jumper or a lifter. Around

to act as a fourth loose forward.

either Kick the ball or decide to pass

the field they have a similar set

Along with the fly-half they make

it down the line of backs if need be.

of responsibilities as the flankers

many of the tactical decisions on the

He is a crucial part to deciding how

at the breakdown. Number eights

field. During general play the scrum-

the play will go along. He is right

are often strong ball carriers and

half is generally the player who

behind the Scrum Half. A fly-half is

run off the backs in an attempt

receives the ball from the forwards

crucial to a team’s game plan. They



Action during the IRB Sevens

are usually the first to receive the

is. They receive the ball when it is

the first players to make the tackle.

ball from the scrum-half following

passed down the line, and they are

They need to be solid tacklers and

a breakdown, lineout or scrum

literally the center of defense. The

good at organising the defensive

and need to be decisive with what

Centres are utility positions, as they

lines. Outside centres generally

actions to take and be effective at

need to be well rounded in the game

have more room t o move t han

communicating with the outside

of Rugby.There are two centres in

inside centres. Centres also provide


a game of rugby, inside centre

support at the breakdowns and

G o o d f l y- h a l f ’s a re c a l m , c l e a r

is number 12 and outside centre

can run as decoys to confuse the

thinking and have the vision to

is number 13. The inside centre


direct effective attacking plays. Fly-

usually stands close to the fly half

halfs need good passing and kicking

or at first receiver on the other side

skills. Often the fly-half is the best

of the scrum or breakdown.

kicker in the team and needs to be

The outside centre is positioned

immediately behind the Fly Half, but

able to execute attacking kicks such

outside the inside centre and is

rather on the edge of each side of

as up-and-unders, grubbers and

generally the faster of the two. The

the pitch. They will stop any play on

chip kicks as well as being able to

centres main role is to provide space

the wings from developing, or they

kick for territory. Many fly-halfs are

for the men outside them. They

will chase on the wings if a ball is

also the team’s goal kickers.

need to run good lines, have good


passing skills and should be able to

The wings are generally positioned

offload in a tackle.

on the outside of the backline with


Wings The Left and Right Wing are not

The Inside and Outside Centre’s

When the ball is moved along the

the number 11 on the left and

descend from where the Fly Half

oppositions backline the centres are

the number 14 on the right. Their


Collins Injera

primary function is to finish off

the back line. They field any

ground and reduce the pressure

moves and score tries. Wingers are

o p p o s i t io n k ic k s a nd a re o f t e n

on the team. As they are the last

usually the fastest players in the

the last line of defence should an

line of defence a solid tackle is also

team and are either elusive runners,

opponent break through the back


or more recently big, strong and able

line. On attack they can enter the

To provide effective cover behind

to break tackles. The skills needed

back line, usually near the centres

the defensive line good fullbacks

for the left wing and right wing are

or wings, with the aim of providing

are careful not to get caught out

similar. The winger on the blindside

an extra person and overlapping the

of position and must anticipate the

often “comes off the wing” to provide

defending players.

opposition’s play. Their position

an extra man in the midfield, in the

Two of the most important attributes

behind the back line allows them

same vein as a fullback. One or both

of a good fullback are a safe pair

to see any holes in the defensive

wingers will usually drop back on

of hands and a good kicking game.

line and they either communicate

opposition kicks to give the fullback

The fullback is the player most likely

with the backs to close the gaps up

extra options for counterattacking.

to field the high ball or “up and

or cover the gaps themselves. The

unders” kicked by the opposition.

fullback has the most potential for


Good hands are needed to ensure

attacking the opposition, especially

Wears jersey 15. He is the last

the ball is caught cleanly to deny

from a misdirected kick. If a kick is

line of defense. The Fullback will

the opposition the chance to regain

fielded and there is enough space

prevent all attacks if he can, before


and support, the fullback may decide

the other team can get into the try

As the fullback will inevitably catch

to counterattack by running the ball

zone, and he will also clear the ball

the ball deep in their own territory

back towards the opposition.Apart

out. Most deep kicks are directed to

with little support from their own

from the fly-half, the fullback is

the fullback.

players the best option will be to

also responsible for taking the goal

Fullbacks normally position

kick the ball downfield. A long be continued in next

themselves several metres behind

and accurate kick will gain more




Nondies Captain Biko Adema receiving the sponsorship cheque from DHL and Total Kenya



lexis Vovk, the Managing

Total and DHL names and colours.

rugby club in the country. It is marking

Director of Total Kenya

The two companies will receive

its 88th year in active existence,

Limited and Ben Clay, the

exposure at each of the games played

having been started in 1923 by British

Country Manager of DHL

by Nondies.”

settlers living in Kenya.

Supply Chain, presented a sponsorship

Thomas Opiyo, the Chairman of the

Nondies are the most successful club

cheque for 2.5 million shillings to the

Nondies Rugby Club added, “The

in the country’s rugby league; with

Nondescripts Rugby Club.

funds will also be used towards our

17 Kenya Cup and 23 Enterprise Cup

Speaking at the cheque presentation

Corporate Social Responsibility. This

wins. They have also won several

function held at the Total Limuru Road

started on March 31stwith a program

Impala Floodlit tournaments, the Great

Service Station, Alexis Vovk, said, “DHL

to nurture rugby talents in children

Rift Nakuru 10s, Driftwood Sevens and

Supply Chain is a major Total customer

from Kibera.

Christie Sevens as well.

and the joint sponsorship has emerged

A career tutor took 50 kids between

Many famous players have donned

from the interaction between our

the age of eight and fifteen from the

the Nondies shirt over the years.

company and our business partners.”

slum through a career, or personal

Currently the most notable player is

“Total is happy to support sports in

development talk for 30 minutes.

Biko Adena who is a member of the

Kenya and we are glad to sponsor

This was followed by rugby and soccer

national Rugby Sevens Team.

Nondescripts Rugby Football Club.

skills training session for about one

During their most dominant period,

The sponsorship will include travel and

hour. In the future the kids will all be

popularly referred to as the ‘Nondies

medical expenses, field, shirts and club

branded in Total and DHL shirts.

1980s Reign’, Nondies won Kenya Cup

house branding.

This is a big boost to Nondescripts

six times.

This means the players’ jersey will carry

Rugby Football Club which is the oldest





enya has a rich tradition in The National Olympic Committee of

enroute to the Summer Games and

long and middle distance Kenya has said that it expects a much

only disappointments can make them

running and in Beijing 2008 better performance form the local

fail to get medals at the games.

won 14 medals - their best athletes.

Olympic performance. With a total of

Olympic medal history

6 Gold, 4 Silver and 4 Bronze medals, Star performers

Since making the Olympic debut in

the country put a sterling performance Leading Kenya’s charge will be Mary

1956, Kenya has had an impressive

at the Birds Nest Stadium which was Keitany, who won the 2011 London

record at the games. A total of 75

wrapped up with a stellar performance marathon, Boston marathon winner

medals have been bagged by our

from the late Samuel Wanjiru who won Geoffrey Mutai David Rudisha, Asbel

athletes and boxers(22 Gold, 28 Silver

gold in the men’s marathon on the final Kiprop, Vivian Cheruyiot and 3000m

and 24 Bronze). Kenya has made 12

day of the month long championships. s t e e p l e c h a s e c h a m p i o n B r i m i n

appearances in the game and at no

This year, the crème de la crème of Kipruto, who will be going for his third

time has the country come out without

Kenyan athletes plus two swimmers consecutive Olympic medal.

a medal. This year’s event is quite

and a boxer will out in London to Most of the named athletes have been

different from the previous events for

able to post very impressive times

the country has enough world beaters

improve on the Beijing exploits.


Volleyball ATHLETICS

Kenyan 4 x 400 metres team that won a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Mexico City in 1968. Rudisha may be feeling the heat of emulating his father but when the games come to light, he will be needed to rise to the occasion. Vivian Cheruyiot Double world champion Vivian Cheruiyot has her sights sets on running both the 5,000 and 10,000 metres in London after qualifying for the team over the longer distance with victory in the national trials held in June at the Kasarani Stadium. Cheruiyot, 28, who took both titles at last year’s world championships last year in Daegu South Korea, won the national championships in 32:24.52. Joyce Chepkirui was second with world silver medalist Sally Kipyego crossing the line in third. “It is never easy to win at the Kenyan trials,” Cheruiyot told reporters. With former world champion Linet Masai dropping out of the trials with two laps to go after struggling to keep pace with the leaders Cheruyiot will need to be inspirational in London to

Linet Masai leads the pack during the 10,000 metres in the just concluded national olympic trials.

avoid a backlash especially from her closest challenger Meseret Defar of Ethiopia. Ezekiel Kemboi. He had to wait and wait and wait for

who carry hopes of the 40 million

x 400 at the Olympics as well as his

success to come his way, the world

Kenyan population at the games.

specialty distance if the country are

champion realized his dream of

confirmed for the event in London.

winning gold for Kenya at the world


AK Secretary General David Okeyo

championships in Daegu and the way

The National Olympic Committee

confirmed in June that Rudisha had

he celebrated his win still remains in

stepped us campaigns to help athletes

been included in Kenya’s 4 x 400 team

every person’s mind. Kemboi will be

perform well in London and the

for the African championships in Benin

aiming to make it a double at a global

campangs have been successful so

later this month.

event but he must first pass the test

far. The marathon team was named in

“We are ranked eighth among the 16

at the Nyayo Stadium and then hope


countries slotted to make the relay

that he does not get stomach cramps

teams at the Olympics but we must

on the day of the race.

remain in that bracket until July 2 when

The Kenyan Olympics team will be

the IAAF (world athletics governing

camping in Bristol just before the

David Rudisha

body) will confirm the countries for the

games and nothing short of positive

Kenyan 800 metres world record

Olympics,” Okeyo said.

results will be expected from the

holder David Rudisha will run the 4

Rudisha’s father, Daniel, was in the


Who to watch



By John Aggrey Otieno


It’s only a few months to the PANASO (Pan African Scrabble Organisation) tournament to be held in Zambia. I have the privilege to catch up with the team as they take on each other to get a representative for the student’s category. So this time I get to catch Mr. Daniel Machanje the current reigning Scrabble Student Masters Champion and this is what he had to say; Hello Dan


Hello, (smiling) how are you?

big basketball fan but for now let’s

Apart from scrabble, I’m a

concentrate on scrabble, the basketball Fine Fine, How are the qualifiers

will be for another day.

so far? Really tough, everybody wants to

So you’re just about 23. When did

represent the country, so it’s tough

Scrabble figure in your scheme of things?

Dan Machanje


Who is Dan Machanje?

The first time I ever had interest in

I’m 23, the last born in a family

scrabble was back then when I was in

of 4 boys and three girls. A fourth

class 4. I used to watch my sisters and

year student at Kenyatta university

brothers play with their buddies. Age

and basically, I can say, I’m just

difference didn’t encourage teaching,

an outgoing character but slightly

so I learned the hard way, I learned

SCRABBLE RUGBY through observation. How many hours do you practice every day? If I would equate the time to hours I would be lying. On practice days, I could spend about 6 hours with my buddies training. However, every time I glance at a combination of letters, I quickly imagine of the anagrams…that is some real training now. Do you enjoy playing any other board games? Mmmh…I have played draught once, chess I play occasionally, but no any other board game has ever convinced me to commit other than scrabble. So is English your favourite subject? (He laughs wryly)

You would be

amazed if I told you that the majority of Kenyan Scrabblers are in fact scientists, we have doctors, engineers and I know of only one lawyer. Personally, I pursued Computer Science in college and seriously,

So are there any words that

English is not my favourite.

have the letter ‘Q’ and not a ‘U’ following it?

How do you improve your

Hehehehe…nice question..a lot…you


would be amazed…QIN, QINTAR,

There are several scrabble training


Most games are decided by these

tools one would use. I use a program

TALAQ, QI, GUQIN…the list is quite

two tiles as there is always a high

called Zyzzyva and another called

long though not that populous.

probability of playing a bonus or a jackpot with this. One can use it

Quackle. I also have my phone installed with an app called Word App.

Q’ is generally perceived to be

to represent any letter…The most

It is an android application. That way

the most hated tile. What comes

valuable tile in scrabble for sure.

I get to learn new words and improve


my scrabble knowledge.

I think you got some wits with the

How did your folks at home

game. Ok, some correction, Q is

take to the idea of you playing

So how do you remember words?

only hated when its picked among


Do you just rote learn them from

the last tiles and there is no U or I

Both my parents were English

the dictionary?

hanging…there is a saying before most

teachers, so they had a good opinion

Personally, my training skill doesn’t

tournaments that goes…”May the Q be

of it, however, maybe due to their

encompass writing. So when I learn

with U”, the second letter according

busy schedule, they never got the

new words, I try memorizing them.

to my opinion is ‘U.’ Apparently that is

chance to learn it. About my siblings…

Actually, the best way to grasp

what one needs mostly while with Q.

that’s the game at home.

a stronger opponent then analyzing

And what is the most-loved tile?

What do you do a day before a

the game afterwards for probable and ain’t a letter…rather, it is the


better moves.

BLANK tile..they are two In the bag.

I would presume you mean a

scrabble words is by playing against


Are there any special people you look up to in this game? Yeah..There definitely is. I love the way Allan Oyiende plays. I also love the way Gitonga Nderitu, the number one scrabble player and Willy Mwangi do their thing. You should watch them play, they are masters I tell you. What are your plans for the future and is it possible to just play Scrabble for a living in this country? For my future regarding scrabble I guess, I wanna be the number one scrabbler in Kenya in the next 7 years. I know I can make it. About playing scrabble for a living at this level in the country, I guess not, most of the players are professional and really in love with the game, enthusiasts but they all have careers in different paths. Now that you are soon completing university education, will you continue playing scrubble or it ends here? tournament. Aaah..I ensure that I am

is usually allocated 25 minutes of

Hey, this is the start of it all. I have

not under any pressure of any kind, I


anticipated this for long…I guess it is now my turn….

will play very few games, if possible none.

What do you describe as your greatest game ever?

Your advice to the young people

words and I will ensure that I have

I guess my greatest game ever was the

who would love to take scrabble

enough rest the day prior to the D-day.

last game against Maina Gachomo…

seriously and compete like you?

Like as I answer this, I have a tourney

the one that made me topple him for

S crabble is a wi tty game that

…national tourney on Saturday and

the first time in that same tourney.

challenges the mind in a very healthy

Sunday.. that’s open day ahead..

Playing against such a good player

way. I would cheer upcoming players

though I have had a late night tonight,

was tough, I didn’t celebrate early,

on as it is an extremely interesting

I will ensure the reverse for tomorrow.

even though I knew I had it, I had to

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Is this how its blown really?

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Diva in the making

I am gonna fire somebody here




By Timothy Olobulu


azalendo Hockey Club

employees of the company.

hockey experience with the young and

was started in 1995.

Majority of the players left Breweries

talented players.

Wazalendo started

Hockey Club en masse and formed

The players continued to play hockey

a f t e r t h e n Ke n ya

the current Parkroad Hockey Club

under the name of Kenya Breweries

Breweries Hockey club disintegrated

while others joined Barclays Hockey

Hockey Club and this presented a

into two.

Club, which was later disbanded.

problem. First, the team had no

The Kenya Breweries Hockey team was

The remaining players led by the late

link whatsoever with the company.

originally made up of employees of

Tobias Oduor&late Eric Otieno, Julius

Secondly, the team’s success was

the company, Kenya Breweries Limited

Odera, Edwin Were, the late Ian Taifa

being falsely associated with KBL

with the club’s budget being financed

and Joseph Ndambuki “Koji” continued

and thirdly, it was impossible to seek

wholly by the company. Gradually the

to play as ‘Breweries’ though the team

external support for the club.

composition of players changed with

had no association with the company.

It was then that the senior players

a majority of the players being non

Lacking the numbers to make a

decided to seek an autonomous

employees of the company.

complete team, the team relied on

i d e n t i ty. T h e p r o p o s a l wa s p u t

This trend was not pleasing to KBL

Jamhuri High School students to fill

forward to the players to come up

and it led to the withdrawal of the

the positions. This exercise was to

with a club name that would give

sponsorship. It was not only the

later become the backbone of the

the team its own identity and at the

hockey team, but also other teams

club’s success. Annually, the club

same time portray the ideals of the

bearing the company’s name but

would visit these schools and later

team. More than twenty names were

comprised of players who were non

universities, to motivate and share its

proposed. After a long and exhaustive



deliberation among the players, the name Wazalendo (meaning patriots) was voted the best and adopted. Jeremy Kamau (then a student of Kiambu High School and prolific striker in the team) was the brainchild of the name. Consequently the club’s name was changed from Breweries Hockey Club to Wazalendo Hockey Club and got formerly registered with the

In subsequent years Wazalendo

to shine for both the club as well as

Registrar of Societies in October 1998.

established a nursery of players from

in other teams where they play from

Wazalendo owes its existence primarily

schools such as Alliance, Kamusinga,

time to time.

to two players, Edwin Were and Julius

Nairobi School and Lenana to name

Odera both of whom have since retired

but a few through annual hockey

Stanley Chege (DOB: 29th

to their rural areas but are still part

clinics it held in these schools. This

February 1992)

and parcel of the club. They were

practice would later be extended to

He began playing hockey in early 2003

determined to maintain the team at

the universities and subsequently

aged 11 years, having been lured by

all costs. They set about recruiting

included annual tournaments where

watching the training sessions of the

upcoming and talented players who

such talents would be tested.

club at Highway Secondary School

shared their vision.

The tide however changed when the

where he resides.

Since its establishment in 1995,

universities started appreciating the

He mastered the game so fast to

Wazalendo has always focused on the

sport and hence begun mobilizing their

the point of being snapped up by

development of young players in the

teams to take active involvement in the

Musingu High School of Western

sport. The identification, mentoring

leagues. This prompted Wazalendo to

Kenya on partial scholarship for his

and provision of opportunity to young

change its Young Player Development

secondary education immediately after

talented players is the core of the

Strategy to focus more on pre-

completing his primary education. He

vision of the club as espoused by the

secondary school players hence the

was the captain of the hockey team at

founder chairman Mr. Edwin Were.

re-launch of the program in the year

Musingu High School during his senior

At inception, Wazalendo recruited


years. He is currently one of those called up for the under 21 trials and is

players from Jamhuri High School to make up the team and to date Moses

Youth Development Program

Kagochi is the remaining member

success stories

of that crop of players. The others

These are some of the players who

Nelson Shilaku “Franco”

included Moses Kamau, Julius Njeruand

exemplify the success of the Wazalendo

(DOB: June 1992)

others who have since retired from

Young Players Development Program

Just like Chege he was encouraged by

active hockey.

in the recent years as they continue

trooping to the Highway Secondary

hopeful to make the team.


his school holidays. Club Management Managing such a club is no mean task. According to Moses Majiwa, the Director of Young Players Development Program, the club is managed by trustees. “We have trustees at the highest level who are focused on the club policies and strategies followed by the management committee who look into the day to day running of the club and then the players at the bottom who form the base of the club.” Says Majiwa. League Campaign After his primary education, he joined

Wazalendo is yet to win the premier

highway secondary school which gave

league cup but has been active on

him the opportunity to continue to

tournaments and have gathered a few

train and play for Wazalendo Hockey

trophies for themselves. They won the


Nairobi League Cup twice in a row, in

He has since joined the United States

2004 and 2005, won several Seven-

International University (USIU) on a

a-side tournaments, won the Uganda

sports scholarship and is currently in

Hockey Easter Invitational tournament

his senior years.

last year and most recently winners of the Greensharks David Olalo Memorial

Joshua Ndungu

tournament held early this year.

School grounds watching the team

Peer pressure could also be of positive

To date, The 2006/2007 season

train. Also, Chege getting into the

influence. Having watched all his

remains to be the most memorable for

team was an encouragement to him

friends in the neighbourhood start

Wazalendoin two ways, according to

to also join. He was also given a partial

playing hockey, Joshua could not help

Moses Majiwa.

scholarship at Musingu for his hockey

but join the bandwagon after Chege,

“First Wazalendo finished 3rd in the log

exploits.He has since completed

Franco and Kamanja.

of 8 teams in the premier league to set

his secondary education and is a

He has been a very instrumental

up a playoff tussle with Armed Forces

formidable member of the Wazalendo

member of the Wazalendo hockey club

which had finished in position one. The

main team as well as competing for

both during his primary school and

other playoff was between 2nd placed

selection in the under 21 team.

secondary school days. On completion

Kenya Police and 4th placed Kisumu

of Secondary school, he was taken

Simba.” He says.

Festus NdaigaKamanja

up by USIU on a sports Scholarship

“ Waz ale ndo mar s hale d al l t he ir

(DOB: 5th September 1990)

to play hockey. He still has a passion

resources to beat the Armed Forces to

After watching his brother Chege play

for Wazalendo Hockey club which

book a ticket to the final. The defeat

hockey, Festus was also drawn to the

developed him to what he is today. The

of Armed Forces was so sweet given

hockey pitch in late 2003. At that time

club expects him back after completing

that the army side was dominant of

he found his brother Chege and their

his university education.

the hockey scene in Kenya for many years,” adds Majiwa with a nostalgic

friend Franco had started making a mark for themselves in the pitch and

James Nzyoka

smile on his face.

Festus had to fast track his learning

James joined Musingu High School in

However, they lost the final match 2-0

in order not to be left behind by his

2012 on a partial sports scholarship

to Kisumu Simba, which Majiwa refers

younger colleagues. He reckons that

privately arranged by members of

to as the most painful. This would have

at the time he started playing, he was

Wazalendo Hockey Club. He will be

been their maiden league title.

in class six.

expected to feature for the club during

“Despite losing in the finals,


HOCKEY take the premier league crown and

Has Kenyan Hockey come of age?

thus represent the country in the

“Going back to the basics & grass

continental championships.” He adds.

roots is the only measure we can take to ensure we develop the game


in Kenya. Everyone is doing it in

Just like any other self-sponsored

the international arena and they

Sports Club in Kenya, Wazalendo have

are becoming very successful at it.

been through so many challenges in

Focusing on developing the game at an

their 17 years of existence. Player

early age is very important. In Europe,

retention, Youth Development, training

theystart at 6-7 years! Kenya has great

facilities and playing equipment have

talents in hockey so we only need a

been some of the greatest challenges

mechanism to tap and nurture these

they have faced. Funding has also been

talents away from other competing

a huge challenge especially bearing in

interests.” Majiwa notes.

mind that Hockey is a costly game.

He notes that Wazalendo has been

Acquiring equipment itself is a costly

doing that for ages and will not stop.

affair. Hockey sticks, balls, shin guards

He is encouraging other clubs to start

and the Keeper’s kits are all costly and

the same to enrich the competition.

acquiring the best would mean digging deeper into the pockets.

Wazalendo’s driving force?

In Kenya, Hockey is not a professional

“Our Club Motto - More than a game!“

sport and thus players have been

“it gives us the passion to serve one

gradually forced to look more into

another through the game and the will

their personal life and interests such

to give back to the society through the

as academics and their own careers at


the expense of hockey. “Inadequate support from hockey

Aspirations of Wazalendo Hockey

Wazalendowas picked to represent

authorities and sports authorities in

Club in the next five years?

Kenya in the Africa Cup of Club

general is also another hugechallenge

Majiwa lists down some of the things

C h a m p i o n s i n D e c e m b e r 2 0 0 7,

t h a t n o t o n l y Wa z a l e n d o f a c e ,

the club would like to undertake in its

however due to flight logistics, the

but also most hockey clubs in the

expansion program;

team arrived in Cairo after the set

country. Authorities like the KHU

- C re a t e a s e l f- s u s t a i n i n g yo u t h

time and ended up playing friendly

should recognize and reciprocate any

academy to nurture young talent.

matches,” says Majiwa.

developmental efforts undertaken by a

-Owning a hockey facility & contributing

T h e y p l aye d fo u r m a t c h e s w i t h

club,” adds Victor Machoka, one of the

to developing the sport!

Egyptian teams picking valuable

Trustees of the club.

-The club also aspires to see proper

experience from them, despite the

“For example, any club that has a

hockey governance both at club level

disappointment of not participating in

registered youth program should

and at national level, by being a model

the African tournament. They;

have free or subsidized access to

themselves. The clubs and particularly

-Lost 3:2 to Egypt U21

the City park turf for the youth team

the hockey union should have some

-Won 2:0 against Zamalek

to train since this directly promotes

program that is focused towards some

-Won 2:1 against Egypt Police Club

awareness & develops talent for the

agenda in the form of strategic plan

-Drew 2:2 with Egypt U21

game at a prime age. AdditionallyKHU

that all the rest of the hockey fraternity

After the 2007 disappointment, Majiwa

should provide technical assistance by

coalesce around for the development

believes that this year, the team can

seconding a youth development coach

of the game. Devoid of that we will

write off history and win their maiden

or any other technical assistance to

continue to watch high level hockey

league title.

these clubs. This activity can be covered

from the sidelines.Finally, we would

“ We a r e s t i l l y e a r n i n g fo r t h a t

by FIH under the developmental fund

like to see the expansion of hockey

opportunity to represent Kenya not

provided the national association can

facilities in the country commensurate

only in an African tournament, but

prove that the program exists and is

with the growth of hockey talent in the

also a global tournament. We believe

active.” Victor adds.

country. One Astro turf is not enough.

that this year may be our year to

We need more!








enson Gicharu will be Kenya’s sole boxing representative at the London Olympic Games. This is a far cry from days gone by when Kenya sent a sizeable contingent of boxers. Kenya has even won medals on four occasions through Philip Waruinge in 1968 (Bronze/ Mexico) and 1972 (Silver/Munich), Ibrahim Bilali in 1984 (Bronze/Los Angeles), Robert Wangila (Gold/Seoul) and Chris Sande (Bronze Medal/Seoul 1988). The national boxing team, affectionately referred to as the “Hit Squad” was a force to reckon with. We dominated the Commonwealth Games and African Championships for years on end, producing boxers such as Stephen Moi, Dick “Tiger” Murunga, Modesty Oduori Napunyi, Joseph Akhasamba, Omar Ahmed “Kasongo”, Morris Maina, Patrick “Mont” Waweru, George “Foreman” Onyango, John “Duran” Wanjau to name but a few. Clearly, the secret behind the national team’s success during those glory days was the existence of structures that allowed boxing to flourish locally. The Amateur Boxing Association ran a national boxing league that saw clubs face off in twelve divisions on a home and away basis. It is worth noting that there existed a second tier boxing league as well. Teams that competed in these leagues were mostly institutional clubs. We had AFABA (Armed Forces Amateur Boxing Association), Posta, KCC Boxing Club, Nairobi City Council, Kenya Breweries, Railways, Kenya Police “Chafua Chafua”

as well as the Nakuru Amateur Boxing Club, one of the few self supporting clubs. Well, boxing thrived. Venues such as Nairobi’s City Hall or Nakuru’s “Madison Square Garden” were the scenes of many an epic battle pitting the best boxing talent on offer. The national team would also engage in international friendly bouts against other nations as well as taking part in a number of international tournaments such as the Inter Cup in Germany and the Kings Cup in Thailand. In short, Kenya’s boxers were highly rated on the regional and world fronts.

Kenya’s fortunes changed for the worse. The sport became much more than just landing punches on the opponent with the aim of defeating him, but it now required one to hit particular parts in order to score points. In short, it was now an issue of enhancing tactics, an endeavor that successive boxing administrations failed to pursue via the facilitation of technical training for various stakeholders in the sport. The state of the sport today is nothing to write home about, the decline has been slow and steady, Kenyan boxers struggle to compete on the international scene. Despite a few minor victories, one or two debacles have seen Kenya’s Olympic ambitions shattered. The David Munyasia incident in 2004 where he was banned for consuming a banned substance found in khat (miraa) was evidence that boxing was in the red corner. Recent press reports indicated a boxer taking part in a round of the national league even after being declared unfit by the medical officer on site. Kenya’s boxing authorities must change with the times and repackage their organization and the sport. This is the only way to attract much needed sponsors and other partners to pump in the resources. We need to go back to the days we could produce Africa’s first ever Olympic boxing gold medalist in Robert Wangila.

So, where did the rain start beating Kenyan boxing? Was it with the introduction of structural adjustment programs on the International Monetary Fund’s recommendation that made government backed institutions to cut on non-core business expenditure? Was it with the introduction of electronic scoring by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) that signaled the fall of Kenyan amateur boxing? The IMF urged the Kenyan government to ensure its parastatal bodies were self sustaining, government funding was slashed and non essential services scrapped. Many parastatals with boxing teams that were fully funded by the parastatals fell victim to this edict, boxers were laid off and their teams disbanded. The Kenyan boxing leagues became less competitive. With electronic scoring coming to the fore after the 1988 Olympic Games, Boxing authorities….over to you….


OPINION Kenya Sevens Team celebrating after winning Bowl Title in Dubai

office. When you have an opportunity to market your product or service to the sports crowd you should be jumping for joy as the likely hood of success


is much higher than usual. You might have by now seen the crowds on TV


whenever a rugby match is played.



Most of them seem to be holding a glass of beer or soft drink. They may be so much enjoying themselves

’m predominantly a football

in the evening.

Someone is either

taking the drinks but in real sense the

writer but my love for sports

swimming, playing basketball or even

company selling the beer or the drinks

in general is insurmountable.

indoor board games.

is marketing itself and making profits.



Have you ever wondered why that

In most cases, these companies and

proved to be a great pass time, mind

gym instructor is always available

corporate entities will have a desk

relaxer and not just that; sports is big

when you need him? Have you ever

where they interact with the fans but

business out there.

wondered why he’s never closed

just the difference this time round, it’s

It’s sad though in this country, not

shop and is always smiling when he

not an office atmosphere, in fact it’s

much has been invested in sports.

sees you walking in? Probably it’s not

a more relaxed one. This way they

Since time immemorial, the society

because you are the best company he

are able to reach to more clients and

has believed sports should be left


win several admirers to their product

for those who can’t do well in class

Owning and running sports facilities

than those who just settle for office

and are better off in co-curriculum

is quickly becoming big business in as

business and have no time for the

activities. Sports has mainly been used

much as it’s a pass time to those who


for leisure and relaxation but have you

use it. More and more people need

In the book Invisible Monsters, the

ever come to think of it; as a business?

gyms, basketball courts, tennis courts,

author says ‘’I hate how I don’t feel real

You might be asking yourself how this

chess boards’ e.t.c nearer to them

enough unless people are watching.’’

works. How can we make money in

than before. Get it closer to them and

This applies same to all of us the fans

sport while still enjoying the game?

even those who had dropped the sport

of the game and even the sports men

How can we view sport not only as

would be soon running back to it. So

alike. If you’ve ever attended a sports

a pass time but as a mega business

while they would be running back to

event or match you’ll probably notice


it, you would be smiling all the way to

this; the fans come dressed in crazy

Every day in this country there’s

the bank.

regalia and eye catching clothing

always a sporting event taking place

Marketing experts will tell you that

either to cheer for their team or mock

regardless of the absence of the glare

happy, enthusiastic people make the

the opposing team all in the name of

of the media and it’s ever preying

very best prospects for any product

fanatism and identity.

eyes. This morning probably you took

presented to them. More business is

You’ll be shocked to learn they are not

to the gym before setting out to work

transacted on the golf course or at

paid by the team to do that but each

or rather; you’ll have your time later

a football game than in the business

and every person in a special way






would love to express their love for the team. Zombies as they may look, they are part of one great business, the merchandise business. In Kenya merchandise shops are few while they stock expensive products. In the UK for example, all national teams of every team sports has a merchandise shop. While most sports

Comedian Jalang’o shows his passion for Gor Mahia

groups own shops, others have their businesses





merchandise delivered to the buyer

lungs off in an empty stomach for

Speaking of accounts, most sporting

later. Either way, the merchandise

sure. On the other hand, no sports


business as it is, is a never dying

team is going to perform on an empty

business ventures in their own rights.

business. The main problem though

stomach. So what did that mean?

Every football team is worth its own

in this country is the increase in fake

Apart from the ferrying to the venue,

value in money. The money is either

merchandise dealers who not only

food is forever a necessity. Food

raised by the owners of the club,

compromise on standards but also

vendors, hotels and soft drink joints

shareholders or the entity tasked with

bring the business to its knees.

have never been left behind when it

the running of the club. Sometimes

Sports fans love to move in droves

comes to sports. So while you enjoy

these sporting organizations decide to

and groups everywhere they go.

the game, the drink, the vendor

share the ownership of the club with

Forget about their sitting position

too smiles, another great day in his

the public as a way of increasing its

whilst already in the arena area of the

schedule, a greater one for you, the


game. They for sure love each other’s

fan regardless of the result.

So in a case of a big sporting entity

company before and after the game.

But just before I forget, results are

like GorMahia, AFC Leopards and

Not long ago in 2010, the world cup

the main reasons we go to sporting

Sofapaka football clubs, fans would

came closer than we all ever imagined.

events. Personally, I’m not the best

buy and sell shares of the club and

Going to South Africa alone would be

of losers, or rather, what’s gracious in

make profits from the trading as the

a boring idea having to leave your

loosing? Nothing of cause. So why not

club’s equity grows. The club will

fellows behind. In as much as our

bet on your favorite team winning the

enjoy the financial support of the fans

country might have not qualified

derby or just bet for the money? Yes,

as the fans are stakeholders.

for the global showpiece, fans still

betting has become big business in

In short, I would write the whole

managed to pay to travel down

this country.

day and still not be able to outline all

together in buses while others drove

Every sporting side has its own fans

the business opportunities available

just to have a feel of the world cup.

and betting against the opponent

in sports in Kenya. And just as my

It was seemingly a long journey but

might just give you the money. In

greatest economics and sports mentor

the experience; worthwhile. Whereas

Kenya, Gaming International offers

Michael Jordan once said; ‘’I viewed it

the fans drove, the teams on the other

betting services for several sports

as a business, but I always viewed it

hand had to be taken to the venues

around the world. The rules might be

as a game. An opportunity to show my

too. Sports tour firms who managed to

stiff but who knows, today might just

skills, my basketball skills, amongst the

get the tenders to ferry the teams too

be your lucky day. In other countries,

best in the world.’’ So are you ready to

made brisk businesses.

betting is done online and in case of a

be the best, to show your skills and

So even after arriving to the venue,

correct prediction, the money debited

get into business, this is Kenya, this is

no sports fan is going to scream their

to your account.

our sports, let’s make money from it.





OPINION Tiger Woods addresing a press conference sanctioned after posting disparaging remarks about an English Premier League match official on his Twitter account. A Samoan player was equally punished during the 2011 Rugby World Cup for the same offence. Further afield, the National Basketball Association, home of glamorous teams and superstar basketballers put in place measures outlining the use of social media by players and coaches. A memorandum sent out in September 2009 read , “The use of cell phones, PDAs and other electronic communications devices -and thus accessing Twitter, Facebook and similar social media sites -- is now prohibited during games for



players, coaches and other team personnel involved in the game. During games is defined as the period of time beginning 45 minutes before the opening tip and ending “after the postgame locker room is open to

hen Collins “Gattuso”

conversation? To a place where our

the media and coaches and players

Okoth, the feis t y

sports personalities within various

have first fulfilled their obligation to

former Gor Mahia

fields conduct themselves with dignity

be available to media attending the

midfield dynamo

in regard to statements they may give

game. It also encompasses halftime,

posted comments on his Facebook

to news outlets, or share with the

according to the memo, but the

account to the extent that he wanted

public via their Twitter and Facebook

new guidelines do allow players to

to quit the club, it indeed opened

accounts. While players and coaches

engage in social networking during

up a series of arguments regarding

may feel aggrieved under certain

the pregame media access period

whether he was justified in lashing

circumst ances, these guidelines

that starts 90 minutes before tipoff

out at the club’s technical bench or

actually dictate the manner in which

and lasts for 45 minutes.”

whether new coach Zdravko Logarusic

they articulate their issues without

With these clearly defined guidelines,

had it in for him.

bringing the sport into disrepute.

communication channels within the

Did anyone ever stop to think about

Maybe it is about time Kenyan sport

NBA have been clear, with potentially

the manner in which Okoth broke this

organizations came up with guidelines

controversial issues nipped in the

news to the public? Was there anyone

that clearly spell the do’s and don’ts

bud and handled decently, without

to advise him on the proper channels of

of conducting oneself while in the

sensationalism and in the long run

handling this situation? Equally worth

public domain, either via social media

protecting the competition’s image

noting was former Rangers coach

or while granting interviews to the

and those of its various stakeholders

Ezekiel Akwana’s outbursts as his side

mainstream media. These guidelines


struggled during the KPL’s first leg

should also come with sanctions to

As Kenyan spor t embraces

earlier this season. On more than one

specifically deal with those individuals

professionalism with each passing

occasion, he issued statements that

who proceed to flout the procedure as

day, it is imperative that stakeholders

touched on the integrity of individuals

laid out in the guidelines.

pay attention to communication

and organizations associated with the

Precedent has been set in other

etiquette for athletes, as this is key

running of the league.

leagues around the world. Former

in building or ruining the reputation

Where are we headed with this

Liverpool winger Ryan Babbel was

of any particular sporting discipline.




Sports is an art where coaches and athletes are the artists who paint beautiful patterns in the various sports disciplines to us. As is common with artists, be it a painter or musician they would rather do what they do best and let those who can speak or write about it do so. This tends to bring out the empirical perception that athletes and their coaches who in most cases played the same sport as poor communicators. Our Correspondent …………………. brings us the basics of effective communication.


ommunication is a very and clearly. Treat everyone with the e s s e n t i a l e l e m e n t i n respect that you hope to earn. Yes, it life and spor t s are no is important to give the respect you e xc e p t i o n. It i s m o s t expect to earn.

impor tant to coaches who have Listen when other s speak; and to impart a sporting philosophy to consider what they have to say before athletes. Every experienced coach you respond.

Ask questions, to

can speak about the dozens of tricks understand their point of view before that they’ve learned over their years continuing the conversation. When of service. Having the knowledge is you disagree, do so respectfully and not enough, the water mark between with restraint. Clearly state your case a good and best coach may just be and avoid repeating the same points over and over.

one thing- communication.

They can tell you about how they Always rememb er who you are motivate their players, how they sp e ak ing to and what you are establish discipline, most of them will speaking about, and pay attention to even be able to give you a few tricks the situation you are in. You cannot about how to deal with the referees use the same logic and vocabulary and match officials that you’ll be with a group of eight-year-old players that you would with a group of college

dealing with.

When they are done, you’ll be left athletes. with one conclusion; most of what

You might be able to yell at a lagging

they are discussing comes down to older player during drills, but you can’t communication.

do the same thing to a third grader or

There is no doubt that good coaches an Umpire during a dispute. communicate well—what a concept! Above all, always… ALWAYS remember You’d think that this would be obvious, that the world does not revolve around but so many coaches struggle with you. Every player, parent, spectator, this on a regular basis. Many young and game official has their own beliefs coaches think that they ought to and set(s) of priorities. automatically get respect from their Very few of these people will bend to players and the game officials; but your desires just because you are a like most things, they have to learn coach. Be prepared to negotiate for to earn it. Good communication skills what you want, and always remember will accelerate this process.

that if you follow these guidelines, you

It starts with the initial meeting; first will earn their respect in the long run. impressions count for a great deal! N / B




Dress well, hold your head up high, communications for players and

Former Harambee Stars coach Francis Kimanzi

look into their eyes when you are athletes will be carried in the speaking, and always speak slowly next edition of this magazine



FKF President Sam Nyamweya, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Elizabeth Ongoro having good strategies, management




skills and ideas. Theoretically all companies and organizations should have these fundamental components. Professionalism is about the principles and values that are reflected in the behaviour and working st yle of the management, employees

unaomba serikali� (We

systems, pretty much along the lines

a n d e ve r yo n e r e p r e s e nt i n g a n

request the government),

of corporate culture to grow and be

organization. It is the strict adherence

has be come a p opular

commercially viable by adopting

to these principles and values that

refrain across all spheres

prudent management. In short they

differentiates professional firms, clubs

of Kenyan society, from security to

need to embrace professionalism.

and organizations.

sports. Thanks to the power of media,

F o r m a ny ye a r s, t h e s t a n d a r d

A sponsor will not accept the excuse

whether mainstream or alternative,

operating procedure for many sports

`It was not my fault; it was a volunteer

we are constantly exposed to requests

organizations has been to operate

who forgot to put up the logo in the

from various local sports federations

using volunteers. The emerging

sports hall`? It is important that

requesting the government to step in

trend has been to hire a few full time

someone is in the position to brief,

and aid them in one way or another.

qualified and competent employees

prepare, inform and give feedback

The government is indeed obligated

to run the secretariat. Great social

to volunteers, interns, trainees or

to ensuring the overall success of

organizations thrive on volunteers,

juniors. With good support the staff

sports in the country through the

not any busy body but competent

will be more motivated to recruit good

development and implementation

professionals attracted to the social

volunteers who deliver higher quality

of policies that are critical in the

good culture which lacks in sports

work and on time. This means that full

growth of the sports in Kenya. Sports


time employees will have more time for other activities. Financial systems

organizations are at times guilty of asking too much from the government.

Principles and Values

that promote accountabilit y are

They too can internally improve their

Professionalism is not only about

another area of interest o a sponsor.



Reward and Punishment To e nf o r c e t h e s e c o r e v alu e s, reward the performers and serve consequences for non-compliance. The meaning of the core values will be clear as soon as every person agrees to the consequences which describe what happens if the core values are followed or not. These consequences are not established as a punishment but more as an inspiration to stick to the values. The aim is not to stop people trying something new but also give incentives for creativity within the boundaries of these values. Professionalism is not only about working hard, involving your colleagues, caring about clients and doing a satisfactory job. It`s not about competence but more about the pursuit of excellence. The easiest way to achieve excellent performance is ver y basic:

Have fun! Derive

happiness from your job for your own

Mercy Cherono and Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego celebrate

contentment but to achieve success in

in Daegu

your work. Being professional is not about hiring

Very often invoices are structured in

Professional customer care is about top brains as fulltime employees but

order to maximize the profit; sponsors

sincerely caring for clients over and aligning everybody directly involved

will tooth comp the budget presented

above caring about your work. If you with the organiz ation with the

to them. To avoid suspicion it would

show genuine sincerity they will trust principles of the organization so that

make sense to meet the sponsor`s

you and you will be able to build long they care about the people they work

goals at minimal costs to them.

term partnerships.

A true professional knows that being

True professionalism means sticking they are do!

effective and reducing costs will be

to your values, not only as a person Maybe if more sports federations

compensated for by the reputation

but also as an entire institution. in Kenya adopted professionalism,

for fidelity which in turn leads to new

Whether it be a club, federation, or the “ tunaomba serikali� refrains

sponsorship contracts.

organization, core values should be would be pointed towards asking the

A final example of what it means to

defined and agreed on by everybody. government to attend a function or

be professional outlines what it means

The combination of common goals and open a facility fully funded by a local

to look after your clients. Imagine

values, together with coaches who sports organization.

the situation where someone wants

will support the staff to get aligned Kenyan spor ts federations must

to sell you something. When do you

with these principles leads to a great embrace professionalism as this

decide to buy a product? We tend

working team. Further to that it will is one way of attracting funding,

to purchase an item when we have

create motivation amongst the staff partnerships and interest which can

the feeling that the person really

to complete their tasks at the highest only be positive for various sporting

cares about improving our situation.

possible level of quality.

with and serve while enjoying what

disciplines in the country.


OPINION Former Gor Coach Anaba Awono unveiling the new branded Gor Mahia kits

personalized with their names or those of their idols. As more Kenyan Premier League clubs embrace the concept of replica shirts, the potential that lies in the field of personalizing replica football shirts could rise exponentially. Professional


endorsements World 800m record holder David Rudisha stands out as one of the



By Michael Kwambo

most prominent Kenyan professional athletes called upon to embrace a brand when he featured in a TV ad endorsing a certain brand of shoe polish.

illions of people all over Football, both local and international

Brand manufacturers use professional

the world are directly now gives you the opportunity to make

athletes to heighten the image of

or indirectly involved in an income, and not through the sale of

their products or services. Typically,

sports. This creates a big tickets, watching or playing the game

it is through event endorsements,

pool of people in need of equipment; but in other ways that appear below.

athlete endorsements, and celebrity

jerseys, tools, and business options

endorsements that they boost their

that can open up in this area. There Football is beautiful

brand’s market equity.

is a lot of promise and fulfillment in Indeed, as columnist Tom Bwana put

The world over, it has now become

running a business that allows one to in one of his recent columns on our

very effective in influencing consumer’s

work and earn good money in their website ( ),

purchase decisions that companies

area of passion.

football is beautiful.

spend more on athlete’s endorsement

An individual may opt for various One would be the fact that football

every year. It is about time more

ideas like starting a website that is a game that can give a person fun

Kenyan based brands made use of

purely generates and disseminates whenever and wherever one plays

the emerging stars in local sports to

sports content. Take note that the ICT it. The beauty in the game attracts

endorse their products. This will have

sector in Kenya has witnessed massive a huge market that one can meet its

the twin effects of raising an athlete’s

growth, allowing for the rise of fields needs and earn a buck.

popularity as well as increasing the

such as sports marketing, which are

brand recognition. The bigger market

slowly carving niches in the local Personalizing Replica Football

share will lead to increased profits for

consumer world. The possibilities are Jerseys

the brand owners and extra incomes

endless and here are a few business Personalizing replica football jerseys

for the professional athlete and their

opportunities in sports that can be of can be an obvious idea when it comes

agent/management company.

assistance to you our dear reader. Making Money Off Football

to earning money. But if you will think about it, people who will pay

Why Choose a Professional

for these personalized replica shirts


Football is much more than the will also surely pay for other kinds of

There is no doubt that our lives

popular sport played and watched by personalized items.

partly evolves with the emergence of

millions locally and internationally. Its The fruits of this are plain for all to see

celebrities. By celebrities, we mean

popularity has led to football being a on the local scene, where football fans

here of those who are widely known

multi billion industry. If you can’t wear have purchased replica jerseys of their

whether in the field of film industries,

the original jersy don’t get satisfied favorite foreign teams in the EPL, La

business industries, politics, and

Liga and Ligue One, and have them

sports. We are very much interested

with a replica, there is a lot more.


OPINION Another benefit that an

for future troubles and to comply with

and other public figures and lately,

endorsement of a professional

all the necessary things you need to

even professional athletes. These

athlete brings is the element of

comply with.

social icons influence culture beyond

recall. Once a professional athlete

their countries and fields.

endorsed a brand, people usually

Professional athletes now transcend

create a lasting memory of it. A

Sports photography is a fast action

from being normal sportspeople to

consumer will have the product

type of profession that would give you

a national heroes. This is entirely

embedded in his memory by

the opportunity to sit as close to the

because their fans recognize and

associating it with the athlete who

athletes as possible to capture the

appreciate not only their talents but

graces the world media often.

action without distractions. Test all the

also their hard work, determination,

Other benefits that a professional

lenses you have to make sure that your

discipline, as well as dedication to

athlete endorsement provides are

camera is on the go and whether it can

bring honor to their country.

mitigation of a broken image if any,

capture fast moving shots and if it is

It is because of these reasons that

ensured attention, establishment of

good enough to capture unexpected

big brand firms can through the help

the brands’ credibility, rejuvenating

happenings in the field. Buy a camera

of agents, identify a professional

effect, and lastly, it compensates lack

that is really intended for professional

athlete to represent their brands over

of any innovative ideas in the interim

use. You need to invest in a good

the other celebrities. Their credibility

for the manufacturers.

camera which costs a fortune.

endorse a product, consumers and

Sports Photography

Back up

especially their fans will definitely

If you love taking pictures, it would

Since you already have your camera,

patronize it.

seem natural for you to make a

this is not enough. You have to

with their lifestyle, especially musicians


is unquestionable. Thus, when they

business out of it. Working in a kind

purchase backup equipment. This

Benefits of Professional Athlete

of business that you love would really

backup equipment includes flashes,


be rewarding if you make time to plan

camera bodies and other needed

A service as well as product

for your work and business before you

accessories. Most sports are played

endorsement by a professional athlete

even click your camera.

in outdoor settings with unpredictable

provides substantial and concrete

A bit of groundwork on designing your

fans which means your cameras

competitive advantages to the product.

sports photography business will help

and equipment are always at risk of

Here are some of the benefits that

you spend lesser time doing paperwork

damage. Always think for the worst

Professional Athlete Endorsements

and more time clicking your camera on

case scenario. Be aware of the things


the field doing what you really love to

that happen in your surroundings to


keep you prepared to leave anytime




you have to. These cameras and

Professional Athlete have an

element of awareness in it.

Know Your Type of Business

equipment are your main source of

Notice that once they endorse a

Try to decide on what type of business

income so you have to take good care

product, sooner or later it will be

you are going to run because this will

of them to keep you away from further

acknowledged by the public.

definitely give effects on how you

finances that would definitely affect

It also has a “cool factor”. We have

collect revenue and pay your taxes.

your business budget.

this tendency to look up to these

There are many options. You may

professional athletes as having it

do the sole proprietorship, limited


all together in life. Hence, most

liability Company, and other types of

Having insurance for your sports

fans who are also consumers


photography business, including your

will be inclined to think that the

Each of these types would carry with

cameras and equipment would simply

products that they endorse are

it different tax and debt obligations

secure you from further unexpected

also cool. So when for example,

and liabilities so you have to meet

finances and damages. These

Victor Mugubi endorses a local

with an accountant to clarify what

insurances would help you replace

energy drink in a promotional ad,

these means for your business. It is

your cameras and equipment if ever

consumers will seek to identify,

much better that you are decided on

they got lost or they were damaged

connect by sampling the drink or

what type of business you are dealing

in one of your shoots. In any type of

by commenting about the brand,

with. Through this, you will be able to

business, insurance is always a great

raising its popularity.

prepare yourself and your business

and big help for owners.




By Kenyatta Otieno


Lessons From Pep Guardiola

ep Guardiola is arguably

team FC Barcelona where he has won

Madrid then again losing to Chelsea

the most successful

fourteen titles out of 18 he set out

in the Champions League semi finals;

coach in the history of

his team to win. The worst season an anticlimax end of Pep’s reign at

football. Never mind he

for Pep is 2011/2012- he lost La Liga

has coached only one title to Jose Morinho coached Real


Camp Nou. What do FC Barcelona and

FC Barcelona players celebrate after scoring at the Camp Nou


Pep Guardiola teach us about management? First Pep’s success was not an overnight affair as there is always a story behind every success. Pep has been part of Barca’s culture since he was 13 years old with a short stint abroad as a player. This made it possible for him to achieve what he achieved in a very short time. Build a winning culture Barcelona has a culture that defines the club. First the motto- more than a club, clearly defines that it is not just about football. The club embodies the spirit of Catalonia. There is also the ‘trinity’- fair play, creativity and winning- that is drilled into players from an early age. It is not just about winning; you have to win only after you have achieved the first two. Barcelona has one of the best youth

He played under the best coaches

development systems in the world

to ever grace FC Barcelona, Bobby

of football. Pep himself is a product

Robinson, Johan Cryuff and Louis Van

of this system. The old farm house

Gaal. He must have been keen to learn

dormitory of La-Masia just next to

more than just how to play from them

Camp Nou housed Pep in mid 80’s

which prepared him for coaching.

then LionellMessi, CescFabregas

Learn more from your boss than

and many others will follow. It has

what is required for your job; it will

now been moved to an ultra-modern

come in handy when you take over


facility. The first team is must have

his role. If you prepare well, age will

Pep said in 2004 that players like him

50% home grown players, 35% the

remain a number, Pep experimented

have become extinct only for him to

best of Spain and Europe then the rest

his philosophy with Barcelona ‘B’ team

come in 2009 as coach and mould

the cream of the world.

and was familiar with most of the

three Guardiolian players in the centre

It is not about building a winning team

players before he took charge of main

of his midfield – Xavi Hernandez,

but creating a culture of winning and

team. Take what you are doing now

Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets.

how to win. This will make winning

seriously, you never know where you

Six years after his mode of play was

more than just a mentality but a way

will land tomorrow.

thought to be ‘dead and buried,’ midfield passing as epitomized by

of life. The players coming through the ranks at Barcelona are also taught to

Re-Invent yourself

Barcalona has become the desired

be gentlemen off the field.

According to one Gabriele Macotti

mode of play. Note that Xavi and

there is a philosophy in today’s

Iniesta were inspired by Pep when

You are never too young:

football called Guardiolaism. In his

he was Barca’s skipper. If the market

At 41 years of age, no manager can

playing time up until 2003, Pep was

sends you aredundancy note and you

dream of achieving what Pep has

known more as a passing midfielder.

believe it you are right, because you

achieved. He took over at Barcelona

This is the time when midfielders had

can reinvent yourself.

at the age of 37 and proved that

evolved into tackling ball winners like

experience sometimes does not count

Patrick Viera and Edgar Davids and

Take charge

if you believe in yourself. Pep first

ball players in ZinadineZidane.The

Pep got into the team and took

saw action at Camp Nou as a ball

thoughtful passers like Pep had no

charge; Ronaldinho’s ego and ball

boy; Bobby Robinson spotted him and

place so he left Barcelona at 33 years

playing skills were packed and sent

brought him to the first team.

of age when he still had something to

to AC Milan. Then Samuel Eto’o went


Volleyball OPINION be unhealthy as I will mention next; but his commitment definitely brought him the glory that silverware is made of. Pace yourself Pep was indeed committed to the Barca cause. The levels which it is reported he went to prepare his team for a match can be unhealthy. He could not eat before a crucial match, and his frustration was evident on the touchline before Barcelona got a goal. Pace yourself for the long haul to avoid burn out and miss out on a possible legacy that has characterized the careers of the likes of Alex Fergusson. It doesn’t matter if you are winning or losing, you could end up with a burn out. Another thing Pep lacks is grace in a loss. It is wrong for a manager to be accustomed to losing but you cannot win every match; Pep is a bad loser. It is rumored that Barca’s failure to clinch La Liga and Champions League this season may have cemented his desire to take a break. Quit when it is time Things may be going your way and the

Former Barcelona Coach Pep Guardiola giving instructions

organization may still be enjoying your presence but if you need to movemove. I believe Pep knows where he is

to Internazionale in a swoop with

going next whether he can transplant

Ibrahimovic. When Ibrahimovic could

the success he had at Camp Nou

not perform he was on his way to AC

elsewhere, only time will tell. When

Millan as well. All this was a plot to

it is time for a new challenge,

make Lionel Messi the centre upon

move away from your comfort

which his team revolved and the lad

zone. Pep has been at Barcelona for

did not disappoint his benefactor.

almost three decades, a change is as good as the rest he is


craving for. Do not burn

To succeed in your role as a manager

bridges either- I believe

or leader, you must own the position

Pep is welcome at Camp

and the process. Pep’s father was

Nou whenever both parties

repor ted saying that his son is

can agree on his return.

exhausted and in need of a rest. He

Then as a manager always have

has been eating, sleeping and drinking

a replacement in the shadow of your

football since 2008 when he became

thoughts revolved around winning. It star- Tito Vilanova will not have it hard

first team coach at Barcelona.

is said Pep thought about football and to step into the dugout. He has been

Pep owned the team, his life and

FC Barcelona 24 hours a day. This can by Pep’s side on the bench since 2008.


Volleyball PITCH POET

Booming Business Sports is booming business Brings medals and happiness But sports is also capable Of bringing food to the table Sports is booming business Apart from physical fitness It builds influence and a name Brings money, power and fame Sports is booming business Investing in it is not profitless Becoming a sporty enterprenuer Can easily make you a millionaire Sports is booming business Millions descend on stadiums Billions watch on television Internet, these could be clients Sports is booming business Advertise during these live games Sponsor these teams and events Then smile all the way to the bank By Mwangi Gichau



3. Diet - A good healthy diet that is well balanced in quality and quantity is recommended. This must include



a lot of fruits and vegetables that should be consumed in plenty. Good quality proteins from legumes should be encouraged and none or very little of animal proteins and fats. Deep fried foods and fizzy drinks are also a no go zone. Fatty foods tend to clog the arteries which results in strokes if not attended.

ealthy living has gained

our way. A positive attitude ensures an

an additional importance

always calm and calculated approach

4. Some good habits you can adopt

in our day to day lives

with less stress and anxiety. Be positive

are ; Walking - Always walk the short

as new health chalenges

always and have the belief that a

distances instead of driving, apart from

come our way day by day. Now more

solution is always available, this will

enabling us take in the fresh air, one

than ever , we are confronted with

raise your confidence and self esteem.

also gets to enjoy the outdoor scenery and nature that is good for the soul.

issues our ancestors never had to even think about as their lifestyle back then

2. Exercise - This is a must in any

- Avoid too many hours(more than

ensured theystayed active and healthy.

healthy body, any kind of movement

three consecutive) watching television.

The advent of technology and more

that works and exerts the body one

Too much sitting in front of the “box�

improved lifestyle has brought with it

way or another is good. Even in

makes us immobile and lazy and some

a sedentary lifestyle which in turn has

moderation, a little exercise is better

studies say it’s also unhealthy for the

poured on us a long lsit of maladies

than none at all. There is a whole


that make our lives a misery. Does it

variety of work outs one can engage

- Take up new challenges that

have to be that way though ? No, there

in, walking, riding, jogging, gym work

stimulates the brain eg. learn to play

is a way out and one sure way is by

out among many other.

a music instrument, play challenging

adopting a more healthy way of life.

The benefits range from ; improved

board games like Chess.

heart rate, muscle and bone strength,

Lastly take care of and grow your

By making a changes in our lifestyle,

less risk of sedentary lifestyle ailments

spiritual fitness by reading a lot of

we can live a happier and healthier life

like diabetes, strokes and heart attacks

material pertaining to your chosen

that is good and fulfilling, below are

in some cases, better body balance

path. Take time to do your prayers

some ways we can make things better.

and flexibility.

or meditation and keep touch with

Maintained body weight, obesity is

your spiritual side to give you the

1. Start with a positive outlook to

one of the main causes of diseases

necessary balance in your new way of

life. Being always positive whatever

and heart attacks. These among other

life. Some habits like these stuck on

the challenges facing us is the first

things brings out a healthy and happy

with commitment and discipline will

step in negotiating the issues coming

human being.

enhance our lives in a positive way.




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