Kakamega Homeboyz extended Sofapaka's winless run to three consecutive matches after overcoming them 2-1 in a match played on Saturday September 23 at the Mumias Sports Complex.
Sofapak were first to score in the 40th minute through lethal striker Umaru Kasumba who was left with a simple task of tapping in the ball which had been floated into the box by veteran Ezekiel Okare. Jeremiah Wanjala however leveled matters for the hosts just before the break from the penalty spot after defender Rodgers Aloro was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box.
Wycliffe Opondo then completed the comeback to seal a win for Homeboyz in the second half, displaying a brilliant solo run from their half to unleash a long range strike that went past keeper George Opiyo.
The loss complicates Sofapaka's quest of catching up with league leaders Gor Mahia who recorded a 2-0 victory over defending champions Tusker FC at the Kericho Green Stadium.
Homeboyz Starting XI: David Juma, Ambunya Eric, Collins Kisuya, George odiwor, Charles Momanyi, Moses Chikati, Moses Mudavadi, Eston Esiye ( David Okoth), Jeremiah Wanjala ( John Avire), Wycliffe Opondo, Ali Bai, ( Festo Omukoto)
Unused subs: McArthur Arakaza, Francis Nambute, Mauda Hedmond, Festo Omukoto, Victor Matete.
Sofapaka Starting XI: George Opiyo, Maurice Odipo, Wesley Onguso, Aloro Rodgers, Jonathan Mugabi, Mike Kilume, Mike Oduor, Hillary Echesa ( Morven Otinya), Umaru Kasumba, Ali Feni ( Bernard Mang'oli) , Ezekiel Okare
Unused subs: Reuben Juma, Okoti Humphrey, Mutira samwel, Kennedy Odiuor, Brian Magonya, Leroy Otieno.
A goal each half by Meddie Kagere and George `Blackberry' Odhiambo gave league leaders Gor Mahia a 2-0 victory over defending champions Tusker FC on Saturday September 23 at the Kericho Green Stadium.
Allan Wanga will have himself to blame for not giving his team the lead early on in the match after directing his shot way over the bar following keeper Boniface Ouoch's poor pass .
Kagere on the other hand connected to George Odhiambo's pass in the 16th minute to slot the ball past keeper David Okello amid slight rainfalls. Paul Odhiambo sought a reply for the defending champions minutes later but saw his ferocious shot hit the post, much to the disappointment of Tusker's technical bench.
Twelve minutes after the restart, George Odhiambo turned from the provider to the goal scorer with a strike that lit up the Kericho Stadium despite contrasting weather conditions. The league leaders then firmly held onto the 2-0 lead till the final whistle.
The victory is a big plus to Gor Mahia especially after their closest rivals Sofapaka lost 2-1 to Kakamega Homeboyz.
Gor Mahia Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch, Karim Nizigiyimana, Harun Shakava, Godfrey Walusimbi, Kenneth Muguna ( Philemon Otieno), Ernest Wendo, George Odhiambo ( Jean Mugiraneza), Francis Kahata, Meddie Kagere, Jacques Tuyisenge ( Timothy otieno),
Subs: 16. Shaban Odhoji, 4.Wellington Ochieng, , 7. Jean Baptiste, 28. Oliver Maloba, 21. John Ndirangu,
Tusker Starting XI: David Okello, Collins Shivachi, James Situma, Lloyd Wahome, Eugene Asike, Hashim Sempala, Humphrey Mieno, Jackson Macharia, Danson Kago, Paul Odhiambo, Allan Wanga
Subs: David Ochieng, Martin Kiiza, Abdul Hassan, Stephen Owusu, Michael Khamati, Boniface Muchiri , Osumba Brian,
Harambee Starlets' quest for a third place finish in the ongoing COSAFA Women's Cup was shattered by Zambia who edged them 4-2 on penalties to claim third place on Saturday September 23 at the Bulawaya Stadium in Zimbabwe.
Neddy Atieno had given Starlets the lead in the 21st minute with her eight goal of the season before Barbara Banda leveling matters for Zambia in the 71st minute. Following a 1-1 the 1-1 draw at the end of normal time, the two sides went into post-match penalties where Zambia won 4-2 after Lucy Mukhwana and Pauline Musungu missed their respective spot kicks. The man of the match award however went to Kenyan defender Dorcas Shikobe.
Starlets Starting XI: Pauline Atieno, Mwanahalima Adam, Juliet Auma, Cheris Avilia, Neddy Atieno, Caroline Anyango, Pauline Musungu, Dorcas Shikobe, Phoebe Owiti, Mercy Achieng, Dorris Anyango
Subs: Esther Nandika, Lilian Adera, Janet Bundi, Monicah Karambu, Florence Awino, Jenipher Adhiambo, Caroline Chepkoech, Wendy Achieng, Lucy Mukhwana
Zambia starting XI: 1.Catherine Musonda (GK) 2.Grace Zulu 3.Anita Mulenga 4.Grace Chanda 5.Misozi Zulu 6.Racheal Lungu 7.Rhoda Chileshe 8.Noria Sosala (C) 9.Barbra Banda 10.Esther Mukwasa 11.Lweendo Chisamu
Two goals in two minutes rallied Posta Rangers and Thika United to a 1-1 draw in a match played on Saturday September 23 at the Ruaraka Stadium.
Jerry Santo's flick header had given Rangers the lead before scored from a corner just two minutes later to restore parity.
The match's opening minutes were pacy with both sides looking to stamp authority in Ruaraka with neat passes. Rangers then started getting the majority share of possession but Thika United defense stood firm to thwart any attacks.
The mailmen however got the lead in the 23rd minute through Jerry Santo who cleverly flicked Luke Ochieng's throw in past keeper Allan Owiny. Their lead was revoked just two minutes later with a goal from Eugene Mukangula who capitalized on a corner to smash home the ball past three baffled defenders. Atudo almost gave Rangers the lead again towards halftime but his strike unfortunately went off target.
Immediately after the restart , Rangers coach decided to bring in the fresh pair of Jared Obwoge and Dennis Mukaisi Edwin Mwaura and Gerison Likono with an intention of strengthening the attack.
The substitutes though could not change the score line, the match ending in a 1-1 draw.
``We started the first half very badly but I am happy with the way the boys responded in the second half. It is not the best result but we are satisfied with the point and will build on that in our next match,'' said Thika United coach Nicholas Muyoti after the match.
On his part, Pamzo said, ``We have registered the draw because we did not use the chances that we got in the first half correctly. I can also say that the defense to day was not good because we were the better team in the first half but Thika came into the second half more organized.''
Posta Starting XI: Martin Musalia, Simon Mbugua, Titus Achesa, Jockins Atudo, Luke Ochieng, Santo Jerry, Joseph Mbugi, Edwin Mwaura(Jared Obwoge), Joseph Nyagah, Gerison Likono(Dennis Mukaisi), John Nairuka(Eric Kibiru),
Subs: Hashim Mukhwana, Rodgers Ochieng, Collins Omondi, Eric Kibiru, Jared Obwoge, Joseph Kuria, Mukaisi Dennis.
Thika United Starting XI: Allan Owiny, Anekeya Wilson, Zack Matasi, Ngotho Sulieman, Oruchum Christopher, Tsuma Said, Saad Musa, Iregi Benson, Shami Kibwana, Mukangula Eugene, Muturi Francis(Edmond Adem).
Subs: Elliud Emase, Stephen Oduor, Denis Lewa, Mutinda Michael, Mwanje Samuel, Edmond Adem, Peter Okoth.
Head coach Francis Kimanzi has made two changes to his first eleven set to take on Ulinzi Stars in a Round 26 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) to be played at the Ruaraka Grounds on Saturday 23 September.
In the absence of the injured, Victor Ashinga returns to the first eleven where he will play at the middle of the park alongside Roy Okal. Chrispin Oduor will play ahead of the pair where he will be tasked with feeding a new look three prong attack.
Cliff Nyakeya replaces Ronald Reagan on the right side of the attacking triumvirate while John Mwangi maintains his place on the left. Chris Ochieng’ will continue as the lead striker.
Levis Opiyo starts in goal where he will be shielded by an unchanged back four that has David Owino on the left, Derrick Nzosi on the right while skipper George Owino and Lennox Ogutu form the central defence partnership.
Starting XI: 30. Levis Opiyo (GK) 16.David Owino 21. Derrick Nzosi 6. George Owino (C) 23. Lennox Ogutu 22. Roy Okal 24.Victor Ashinga 29. Chrispin Oduor 9. Chris Ochieng’ 13. John Mwangi 17.Cliff Nyakeya
Subs: 1. Mark Kioko (GK) 12. Andrew Juma 20.Martin Ongori 27.Tyson Otieno 15.Ronald Reagan 17. Elijah Mwanzia 14.Derrick Onyango
Ulinzi Stars head coach Benjamin Nyangweso has named his starting lineup that will clash with Mathare United on Saturday September 23 at the Ruaraka Grounds.
Making their way back into the starting lineup is keeper Jacktone Odhiambo and midfielder Daniel Waweru. Tops scorer Stephen Waweru will however start from the bench in the match that kicks off at 16:15.
Starting XI:James Saruni, Brian Birgen, Oliver Rutto, Mohamed Hassan, Geofrey Kokoyo, Boniface Onyango, Cliff Kasuti, John Kago, Daniel Waweru, Oscar Wamalwa, Samuel Onyango
Subs: Jacktone Odhiambo, Sande Benson, Justin Onwoga, Bernard Ongoma, Stephen Waruru, Cylus Shitote, Michael Otieno.
Gor Mahia forward Francis Kahata has been handed a rare start as head coach Dylan Kerr named his starting lineup to take on defending champions Tusker FC on Saturday September 23 at the Kericho Green Stadium.
Kahata will play on the left flank while Meddie Kagere cover the right one to offer assistance to lone striker Jacques Tuyisenge. George `Black berry' Odhiambo moves back into midefield as a result and will partner with Kenneth Muguna and Ernest Wendo.
Starting XI: B Oluoch, G Walusimbi, M Mohammed, H Shakava, K Nizigiyimana, G Odhiambo, K Muguna, E Wendo, M Kagere, F Kahata, J Tuyisenge
Subs: F Odhiambo, J Onyango, J Baptiste , O Maloba, A Mbugua, P Otieno, T Otieno
Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa has made one change in the starting lineup that is set to face Kakamega Homeboyz n Saturday September 23 from 15:00.
Ezekiel Okare, who started from the bench in their last match against Kariobangi Sharks, replace Meshack Karani in the starting lineup and will cover the right flank with Michael Oduor taking the left one. Danger man Umaru Kasumba will continue leading the second placed side in attack with the help of Ali Feni who has been placed just behind him.
The two sides settled for a 0-0 draw in the first leg clash.
Starting XI: George Opiyo, Willis Ouma, Wesley Onguso, Aloro Rodgers, Jonathan Mugabi, Mike Kilume, Mike Oduor, Hillary Echesa, Umaru Kasumba, Ali Feni, Ezekiel Okare
Substitutes: Reuben Juma, Okoti Humphrey, Kwanya Edmond, Oduor Kennedy, Meshack Karani, Mang'oli Bernard, Brian Magonya
Tusker FC head coach George Nsimbe has released an unchanged starting eleven side that will take on league leaders Gor Mahia on Saturday September 23 at the Kericho Green Stadium.
Allan Wanga starts in attack for the third consecutive match and will be assisted by Boniface Muchiri and Danson Kago from the flanks. Mieno and Jackson Macharia willl pull strings in midfield, with David Okello retaining his spot in goal.
The Brewers will be seeking to register a fourth victory on the trot which would momentarily slow down Gor Mahia's lead at the helm of the table. The two sides settled for a barren draw in the first leg encounter.
Starting XI: David Okello, Collins Shivachi, James Situma, Lloyd Wahome, Eugene Asike, Hashim Sempala, Humphrey Mieno, Jackson Macharia, Danson Kago, Paul Odhiambo, Allan Wanga
Subs: David Ochieng, Martin Kiiza, Abdul Hassan, Stephen Owusu, Michael Khamati, Boniface Muchiri , Osumba Brian
Thika United head coach Nicholas Muyoti has named his starting lineup that will clash with Posta Rangers on Saturday September 23 at the Ruaraka Grounds from 14:00.
The coach has made two changes from the side that lost 2-0 to AFC Leopards on Wednesday, incorporating Francis Muturi and Asaad Musa into the starting eleven in place of Samuel Mwanje and Michael Mutinda.
Thika United will be seeking their first win in first matches against a Posta Rangers side which has also been posting unwanted results, currently struggling with an eight-match winless streak.
Starting XI: Allan Owiny,Anekeya Wilson,Zak Matasi,Ngotho Sulieman,Oruchum Christopher,Tsuma Said,Saad Musa, Iregi Benson, Shami Kibwana,Mukangula Eugene and Muturi Francis.
Subs: Elliud Emase,Stephen Oduor,Denis Lewa,Mutinda Michael,Mwanje Samuel,Edmond Adem and Peter Okoth
Harambee Starlets coach Richard Kanyi has named his starting lineup that will take on Zambia in a third-place playoff match of the ongoing COSAFA Women's Cup on Saturday September 23 from 14:00.
The coach has made three changes in the team that lost to hosts Zimbabwe in the semifinals , Cheris Avilia, Mercy Achieng, and Phoebe Owiti being drafted into the first eleven in place of Wendy Achieng, Lucy Mukhwana and Caroline Chepkoech.
The tournament visitors will be looking to finish on a high with a victory against Zambia, who surrendered a 3-0 lead in the last fifteen minutes to South Africa to miss out on the finals.
Pauline Atieno, Mwanahalima Adam, Juliet Auma, Cheris Avilia, Neddy Atieno, Caroline Anyango, Pauline Musungu, Dorcas Shikobe, Phoebe Owiti, Mercy Achieng, Dorris Anyango
Esther Nandika, Lilian Adera, Janet Bundi, Monicah Karambu, Florence Awino, Jenipher Adhiambo, Caroline Chepkoech, Wendy Achieng, Lucy Mukhwana
The German Bundesliga continues this weekend with nine matches on the cards from Friday September 22 to Sunday September 24.
Below are all weekend fixtures (All times are in EAT)
FRIDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER
Bayern Munich 21:30 VfL Wolfsburg
SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER
Mainz 05 16:30 Hertha BSC
RB Leipzig 16:30 Eintracht Frankfurt
Werder Bremen 16:30 SC Freiburg
1899 Hoffenheim 16:30 FC Schalke 04
VfB Stuttgart 16:30 FC Augsburg
Borussia Dortmund 19:30 Borussia Mönchengladbach
SUNDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER
Hannover 96 16:30 FC Köln
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 19:00 Hamburger SV
Round six of the Spanish LaLiga takes place this weekend, with ten fixtures expected to be played between Saturday September 23 and Monday September 25.
Below are all weekend LaLiga fixtures (All times are in EAT)
SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER
Atlético Madrid 14:00 Sevilla
Alavés 17:15 Real Madrid
Malaga 19:30 Athletic Bilbao
Girona 21:45 Barcelona
SUNDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER
Espanyol 13:00 Deportivo La Coruña
Getafe 17:15 Villarreal
Eibar 19:30 Celta Vigo
Las Palmas 19:30 Leganés
Real Sociedad 21:45 Valencia
MONDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
Real Betis 22:00 Levante
The Barclays Premier League continues this weekend with a total of ten matches programmed to be played between Saturday September 23 and Monday September 25.
Below are all weekend matches (All times are in EAT)
SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER
West Ham United 14:30 Tottenham Hotspur
Burnley 17:00 Huddersfield Town
Everton 17:00 AFC Bournemouth
Manchester City 17:00 Crystal Palace
Southampton 17:00 Manchester United
Stoke City 17:00 Chelsea
Swansea City 17:00 Watford
Leicester City 19:30 Liverpool
SUNDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER
Brighton & Hove Albion 18:00 Newcastle United
MONDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
Arsenal 22:00 West Bromwich Albion
Big Brother Events and Ticketing firm has released ticketing information for the Gotv Shield semifinal double header scheduled for Sunday September 24, 2017 at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.
VIP tickets will retail at Kshs. 300 while the terrace ones cost only Kshs. 100, with the tickets being available outside the stadium on matchday.
In the early kickoff, last year's second runners-up Kariobangi Sharks will take on SoNy Sugar from 12:00 before AFC Leopards get into the pitch to face Vihiga United.
The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) governing council has formally released a statement confirming the suspension of Nakumatt FC and Zoo Kericho from top flight football with immediate effect.
The decision was reached upon following a KPL Governing Council meeting held on Friday September 22 after the High Court's ruling which ordered that the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) be composed of 16 teams, and Football Kenya Federation’s (FKF) promotion of four teams from the National Super League is null and void.
Nakumatt and Zoo Kericho now find themselves in uncertainty as they will not feature anymore in the top flight league which is only nine matches to the end. The two sides have performed fairly well so far, Nakumatt sitting 12th on the table standings with 31 points while Zoo are 14th with 29 points.
It is also waited to be seen how the league council will handle the other teams given that Nzoia Sugar and Western Stima were scheduled to play against the two sides during the weekend.
In November last year, world’s football governing body FIFA upheld Football Kenya Federation’s idea of having 18 teams in KPL
KPL official statement
Following service of the High Court Ruling issued on Thursday, 21 September 2017 in the matter of, Petition No. 59 of 2017, Sports Tribunal between Sam Nyamweya (Petitioner) and Sports Dispute Tribunal (1st Respondent), Football Kenya Federation (2nd Respondent), and Kenyan Premier League (3rd Respondent), as well as the KPL Governing Council meeting held today, Friday, 22 September 2017, it is wished to be confirmed that in compliance to the court’s decision, Nakumatt Football Club and Zoo Football Club have been suspended from participating in the SportPesa Premier League.
Kenyan Premier League is committed to respecting the Rule of Law and the decision to suspend the two Clubs has been taken following review of article 28 (d) of the ruling received, which states, “A declaration be and is hereby issued that Kenyan Premier League shall have a maximum of 16 teams during the 2017 season, consisting of the fourteen (14) Kenyan Premier League teams which qualified for sporting merit on the field during the 2016 plus the two (2) highest ranked clubs at the end of the 2016 season in the Football Kenya Federation’s National Super League.
Coach Stanley Okumbi has named Harambee Stars travelling party ahead of two FIFA International Friendly matches against Iraq and Thailand slated for October 5 and October 8, 2017, respectively
Notable omissions from the team are Captain Victor Wanyama, Ayub Timbe and Brian Mandela who are out injured, while Belgium based Johanna Omollo misses out due to club commitments. Defender David Ochieng will not make it in time for the trip due to issues with his travel documents
Due to the KPL fixture congestion, local-based players are set to report to camp on the evening of October 1, 2017, at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies before departure on October 2, 2017
“We have decided to name the final list without necessarily having to call players to camp due to the fixture congestion being experienced at the moment,” said Harambee Stars first coach Stanley Okumbi
“This, we believe, will not only allow clubs adequate time with the players but will also avert a crisis occasioned by the disruption of the league during this crucial period when most teams are battling to accrue crucial points vital in deciding where they sit at the end of the season,” added the coach
Foreign-based players will link up with the team in Iraq.
Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers), Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia)
Haron Shakava (Gor Mahia), Robinson Kamura (AFC Leopards), Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers), David Owino (Zesco FC), Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Dennis Sikhayi (AFC Leopards), Abud Omar (Slava Sofia), Erick Ouma (Kolkheti Poti)
Anthony Akumu (Zesco FC), Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Patilah Omoto (Kariobangi Sharks), Kenneth Muguna, (Gor Mahia), Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi FC), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Eric Johana Omondi (Vasalund’s FC), Boniface Muchiri (Tusker FC), Cliffton Miheso (Buildcon FC)
John Mark Makwata (Buildcon FC), Masud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Jesse Jackson Were (Zesco FC), Michael Olunga (Girona FC)
Stanley Okumbi (First Coach), Musa Otieno (Assistant Coach), Frank Ouna (Assistant Coach), Haggai Azende (GoalKeepers Coach), Ismail Hussein (Team Manager), Mikael Igendia (Strength and Conditioning), Wycliff Omom (Team Doctor), Benson Kennedy Otieno (Kit Manager)
Kenyan Premier League's official broadcasting partner Bamba Sports are set to beam live two matches that will be played at the Ruaraka Grounds on Saturday September 23, 2017.
The first match will be between Posta Rangers and Thika United which will kick off at 14:00. The match will then give way for another league encounter between Mathare United and Ulinzi Stars from 16:15.
Since its unveiling as the as the new broadcast partners for the Kenyan Premier League in June, Bamba Sports has been airing at least two matches every weekend.
Saturday live matches (All at the Ruaraka Grounds)
Posta Rangers 14:00 Thika United
Mathare United 16:15 Ulinzi Stars
A provisional Simbas squad has embarked on training ahead of November’s Cup of Nations in Hong Kong. The Simbas, who finished second overall in the 2017 Africa Gold Cup, will face hosts Hong Kong, Russia and Chile in the tournament which runs from 10th to 18th November.
Provisional Simbas training squad: Moses Amusala, Curtis Lilako, Peter Karia (KCB), Dennis Karani (Resolution Impala Saracens), Wilson Kopondo (SportPesa Quins),Simon Muniafu, Eric Kerre (Resolution Impala Saracens), Davis Chenge,Martin Owilah (KCB), Samson Onsomu ( Resolution Impala Saracens), Isaac Adimo, Dennis Muhanji, David Ambunya (SportPesa Quins), Darwin Mukidza (KCB), Levi Amunga (Blak Blad), Henry Ayah (Top Fry Nakuru), Oscar Simiyu (KCB), George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), Lyle Asiligwa (SportPesa Quins), Jacob ojee (KCB), Tony Onyango (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Leo Seje (Resolution Impala Saracens), Brad Owako (Mwamba), Biko Adema, Benjamin Marshall (Nondescripts), Frank Khalwale (SportPesa Quins), Alex Olaba, Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore Leos), James Kubasu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Stephen Otieno (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Peter Kilonzo (KCB), Philip Ikambili (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Michael Wanjala (KCB), Vincent Mose (Resolution Impala Saracens)
Meanwhile, a provisional 12 man Shujaa squad has also in been in non-residential training in Nairobi under Head Coach Innocent Simiyu ahead of the upcoming pre-season assignments in South Africa (Assupol Sevens) and Safari Sevens as well as a host international assignments which include the 2017/18 HSBC Sevens World Series,the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, USA and the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
The twelve players in training are Andrew Amonde (KCB), Oscar Ayodi (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Brian Tanga (Kabras Sugar), Frank Wanyama ( SportPesa Quins), Derrick Mayar, Sammy Oliech (Resolution Impala Saracens), Nelson Oyoo (Top Fry Nakuru), Billy Odhiambo (Mwamba), Dennis Ombachi (Nondescripts), Bush Mwale ( Menengai Cream Homeboyz) and Collins Injera ( Mwamba).
A full squad selection will be done at the close of the 2017 National Sevens Circuit.
Chemelil Sugar will have to cope without Kennedy Odhiambo when they visit Bandari FC on Sunday September 24 at the Mbaraki Sports Club. This is after the defender received a one match suspension due to accumulation of five yellow cards.
The millers will be looking to build on their 2-0 win over Nakumatt a fortnight ago which saw them move out of the relegation zones. The team is currently 13th on the log with 31 points from 26 games.
Chelsea are loaning Diego Costa to Atlético Madrid for the rest of the season and the Spanish club have committed to buy him for €65 million (£57.1m) at the end of that arrangement.
The deal for Costa to leave was finally struck after it was agreed that Chelsea would not subsidise his wages, even though he cannot play for Atlético until January because of their transfer ban, or pay him any loyalty bonus.
The terms of the agreement mean that Costa is no longer Chelsea’s concern and can now travel to Madrid to complete his medical and agree personal terms – and is expected to be presented to the supporters before the home game against Sevilla on Saturday.
After that, of course, Atlético face Chelsea at their new Wanda Metropolitano stadium in the Champions League and it will be fascinating to see whether Costa is in the stands for that eagerly-anticipated encounter.
Given Costa has gone AWOL for 11 weeks, spending the entire summer in Brazil, and has refused to return to Chelsea this season, then the notion of a loyalty payment would seem remarkable although contractually it related to a percentage of any transfer fee agreed being due to him under his contract.
Chelsea have repeatedly fined Costa during his absence, insisting that he is an employee in breach of contract. The Professional Footballers’ Association blocks players being fined more than two weeks' wages but that is only in the case of them making themselves available to play. Costa has not done that and given he earns £150,000-a-week then he may well be £1.5m out of pocket.
To do this Chelsea have adhered to a four-point plan – that Costa, despite his desire to go, needed to return to England, train, get fit and get himself in contention – despite, also, manager Antonio Conte having texted the 28-year-old to tell him he was not part of his plans.
Chelsea were always prepared to sell Costa but the message from owner Roman Abramovich was clear: he would not be allowed to force his way out on the cheap. It almost became a point of principle at the club. Atlético, whose coach Diego Simeone has driven the deal, had initially offered as little as £26m for Chelsea’s top-scorer last season in the belief that the Stamford Bridge hierarchy would simply want rid of him. There was a fear at Chelsea that Atlético may make a similarly low offer in January.
Costa is not allowed to play until then because of the transfer ban on Atlético which may, actually, have helped him to secure his move given the club were close to signing Alexandre Lacazette before he agreed a deal to join Arsenal. Costa has been determined to return to his former club, three years after left in July 2014 when his £32m release clause was triggered, since summer 2016. Indeed he told Conte on the preseason tour of the United States 14 months ago, soon after the Italian was appointed, that he wanted to go back to Madrid. But, at that time, Atlético bought the French striker Kevin Gameiro instead.
Costa has always been a firm favourite of Simeone who wanted him back at the club and even demanded it as part of his recent contract negotiations. The Spanish international will be allowed to train with Atlético but he cannot be registered to play for them until the ban is lifted on January 1 2018
Mathare United have been handed a major fitness boost by the return of two key players ahead of their match against Ulinzi Stars on Saturday September 23, 2017.
Daniel Mwaura has made a return to training together with Samuel Olwande, who picked up an injury in their 1-1 draw against Kakamega Homeboyz back in August. The two join the likes of Alphonce Ndonye, Ahmed Ahmad, Martin Ongori and Derrick Onyango who have recently made full recoveries. Custodian Wycliffe Kasaya and long term absentee Roy Syamba are the only players currently sidelined with injuries for the Slum Boys.
Mathare will be seeking to get back to winning ways after losing to successive games against Kariobangi Sharks and Tusker respectively. The Kimanzi coached side is currently 15th on the table standings and face Ulinzi Stars on Saturday September 23 at the Ruaraka Grounds from 16:15.
Posta Rangers are set to miss first choice keeper Patrick Matasi in their next two matches. The keeper will be unavailable after accumulating five yellow cards and one red card.
Harambee Starlets coach Richard Kanyi has revealed that his side could not sustain the pressure that was around them in their 4-0 loss to hosts Zimbabwe in the semifinals of the ongoing COSAFA Women's Cup.
The tournament visitors had gone into the semifinals with a 100% winning record but were shocked by Zimbabwe who left no space for them. In a day that Starlets were confident of a victory, Zimbabwe came into the match more organized and `man-marked' the lethal likes of Neddy Atieno and Mwanahalima Dogo throughout the match.
An early goal by top scorer Rutendo Makore initiated the thrashing before Barita Kabwe added a second one just before halftime to give Zimbabwe a 2-0 lead into the break. Marjory Nyaumwe and Privilege Mupeti then found the net in the second half to put the game beyond reach for Kenya.
Admitting to being mentally poor during the game, Kanyi acknowledged that the team had achieved their target of reaching the semifinals and stated that they will now start preparing for CECAFA tournament which is due in November.
``We lost this game because we were mentally poor. We could not sustain the pressure and we ended up making many mistakes. But I am happy with how we fared in the tournament because our target was to get to the semi-finals. We pick the lessons and begin preparations for CECAFA now,'' said Kanyi
Starlets will now battle it out with Zambia for third place on Saturday September 23 before the finals of the competition take place on Sunday September 24.
Round 27 of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL ) 2017 season goes down this weekend, with seven fixtures scheduled to be played on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September in various stadiums acroos the country.
Ruaraka Grounds will hosts two league matches which will both be aired live by Bamba Sports. The early kick off will see Posta Rangers, who were held to a 2-2 draw by Kariobangi Sharks on Wednesday lock horns with Thika United from 14:00. The match will then be followed by a clash between Mathare United and Ulinzi Stars from 16:15.
At the Green Stadium, league leaders Gor Mahia will be gunning for their 16th win of the season when they face a recovering Tusker side from 15:00. Second placed Sofapaka will also be in action on Saturday against Kakamega Homeboyz who are closely trailing them on the table standings at third placee.
On Sunday, Bandari FC invite Chemelil Sugar at the Mbaraki Stadium while Nakumatt FC take a trip to Kisumu for a date with Western Stima. Nzoia Sugar will meanwhilebe seeking an entry into the top five positions when they take on Zoo Kericho at the Kericho Green Stadium. All Sunday matches kick off at 15:00.
Saturday September 23
14:00- Posta Rangers vs Thika United (Ruaraka Grounds)
15:00- Kakamega Homeboyz vs Sofapaka (Mumias Sports Complex)
15:00- Tusker vs Gor Mahia (Kericho Green Stadium)
16:15- Mathare United vs Ulinzi Stars ( Ruaraka Grounds)
Sunday September 24
15:00- Bandari vs Chemelil Sugar (Mbaraki Sports Club)
15:00- Western Stima vs Nakumatt FC (Moi Stadium, Kisumu)
15:00- Nzoia Sugar vs Zoo Kericho (Kericho Green Stadium)
NOTE: Nakumatt FC and Zoo Kericho have been suspended from taking part in the Kenyan Premier League following the High Court ruling on Thursday September 21, 2017
Trailing 3-0in the 70th minute, South Africa offered perfect response to Zambia by equalizing and overcoming them on post-match penalties to reach the finals of the continuing COSAFA Women's Cup.
Barbara Banda had given Zambia the lead in the 21st minute before Chanda's 45th minute goal doubled their lead heading into halftime. Chileshe had the chance to make it 3-0 six minutes after the restart from the spot but saw her effort go wide off target. Zulu however made it three for Zambia in the 75th minute to double their hopes of storming into the finals.
The turn over started two minutes later when Leandra Smelda scored two quick goals, one from the penalty spot before Rafiloe Jane's 84th minute strike restored parity for Banyana Banyana.
With the scores tied at 3-3 after the final whistle, the two teams went into a penalty shootout where South Africa won 5-3 to book their spot into the finals of the competition.
They will now face the winner of the second semifinal clash between Kenya and hosts Zimbabwe.
The Kenya Rugby Referee Society has announced the panel of match officials for the third round of the National Sevens Circuit, the Prinsloo Sevens, taking place at the Nakuru Athletic Club on 23rd/24th September.The elite panel, which will officiate the top tier competition in Nakuru comprises ten match officials namely Victor Oduor, Emmanuel Marete, Linus Kinuthia, Peter Leo,Beryl Akinyi, Nobert Bonyi, Constant Cap, Moses Ndung’u, David Ng’etich and Brian Kipkoech.
Division Two Match Officials: Douglas Ngetich, Noreen Liyosi,Abel Lagat,Innocent Kimathi,Jones Njulu,Vincent Muiruri,Bonfotra Alumasa,Kelvin Ndirangu,Mercy Dudi,Lawrence Ishuga,Ronnald Rop,Jack Adembesa
Technical Zone Officials: Peter Waweru,Cassandrah Marsh, Olivia Igwada,Ali Shire Mohammed,Nelly Nereah,Beatrice Mong’ina
Match Official Coaches DV1: Godwin Karuga,Damas Ogwe,Amos Wamanga DV2 Robert Dol,Simon Kiarie,Sammy Kariuki
Referee Manager: Lameck Ongati
High School student Lawrence Ishuga embarks on a groundbreaking journey when the third round of the National Sevens Circuit, the Prinsloo Sevens, kicks off at the Nakuru Athletic Club on Saturday 23 September 2017.
The 16-year old form three student at Nakuru Day Secondary School has been listed in the panel of division two match officials for the two day tournament. He got involved with rugby six years ago as a player at the New Life School and was part of the TourAid U13 team that visited the United Kingdom a few years back.
His appointment is an almost unheard of feat given the fact that many of his peers would probably be jostling for positions on their representative school teams,watching the game from the sidelines or just engaged in routine teenage activity.
Ishuga comes highly rated, as illustrated by long serving match official and Nakuru rugby aficionado, Lameck Ongati, who says, “ Ishuga has come through the ranks, following through from the I also play referee element of the Get Into Rugby program. He has embraced match officiating fully and continues to impress. He has attended officiating courses in Nakuru and Nairobi and possesses the temerity of referees way older than him. He will also start officiating schools fixtures in Nakuru, as well as conduct sessions with clubs within Nakuru. His future is bright.”
First things first, who is a defender in a football match?. In the sport of association football, a defender is an outfield player whose primary role is to prevent the opposing team from scoring goals.
The first priority of the defender should be to prohibit the ball from reaching the attacker or stopping the attacker from turning goal-side with the ball. If that fails, the defender should contain the offensive player and force them to give up the ball away from the goal or risk being tackled as they turn. Final strategies include maneuvering the attacker into a less dangerous space or getting into position to deflect the attacker's shot or pass.
The defender's role in stopping forward movement by the offense is not limited to overpowering the attacker. They must work to rush, pressure and confuse the attacker, thus causing them to make mistakes. Taking advantage of your opponent's errors makes it easier for you to win the ball and deny penetration toward your goal. A solid defense is a crucial part of a successful soccer team.
Back to the 2017 Kenyan Premier League, various partnerships have been made defensively in all teams but some have been more effective in preventing the opponents from scoring goals.
The number of goals conceded is crucial when it comes to determining the goal difference. When teams are in the table on an equal number of points, the most common method of determining who goes higher than the other is goal difference. Simply the number of goals scored minus the number of goals conceded. In theory, the better team of the two should have a bigger goal difference meaning they're winning games in a bigger.
Below are some of the meanest teams in the league this season.
1. Gor Mahia, Kakamega Homeboyz (14 Goals conceded)
League leaders Gor Mahia and third placed Kakamega Homeboyz are the two teams that have conceded the least number of goals so far.
Gor Mahia, under the defensive partnership of captain Musa Mohammed, Harun Shakava, Karim Nizigiyimana and the rotating duo of Godfrey Walusimbi and Wellington Ochieng have surely made life difficult for strikers in opposing teams this season.
Most people attribute Gor's top position to the efficiency of their strikers, but some of the extolment should be directed to the defenders who have worked effortlessly to preserve 13 clean sheets in 24 matches.
Kógalo's biggest defeat was 2-0 loss against Sofapaka back in June. The 15-time champions are not only formidable at the back but also at the front where they have managed to score a total 36 goals, only second to Sofapaka.
On their part, Kakamega Homeboyz are on the road to bettering their 8th place finish last season as they currently sit 3rd overall with 39 points from 25 matches.
Through the central defense partnership of Erick Ambunya and George Odiwuor, Homeboyz have only conceded 14 goals while scoring 19 goals, a feat that has largely influenced by their ranking.
The Mike Mururi coached side has managed six clean sheets with their biggest defeat being a 2-1 loss in the hands of Nzoia United back in April.
2. Kariobangi Sharks (17 Goals conceded)
In their maiden season at top flight football, Kariobangi Sharks have astonished lots of football faithfuls with their performances which have been more than what many expected. The team is currently 4th on the league table after accruing ten wins, nine draws and six losses.
The quartet of Harambee Stars trialist Pascal Ogweno, Geoffrey Shiveka, Michael Bodo and Bolton Omwenga have more often than not been at the heart of Sharks' impressive displays with their defending skills and partnership.
The Nairobi based club has managed 14 clean sheets, the most of any club so far.
Posta Rangers (18 Goals conceded)
As much as they have seen a sharp plunge in form in recent matches, Posta Rangers are still among the clubs that have conceded the least goals. The mailmen have been aided by their results at the start of the season where they went for eleven matches without a loss and conceded only three goals in those fixtures.
The man at the heart of the defense is former Harambee Stars defender Jockins Atudo who doubles up as the team captain. He has in most games partnered with Simon Mbugua, Luke Ochieng and Jerry Santos.
Head coach Sammy `Pamzo' Omollo's idea of collaborating the four defenders every weekend perhaps explains how they comprehend each other on the pitch with minimal miscommunications.
Rangers have kept 11 clean sheets with their biggest loss being 1-0.
SoNy Sugar (20 Goals conceded)
Placed 10th on the league table, SoNy Sugar is another team which is looking to better the position they finished in last season.
The side has managed to keep 10 clean sheets in 25 matches and have only conceded twenty goals. The sugar millers are however not that effective in terms of scoring as they have so far scored only 18 goals. Their biggest defeats were 2-0 losses against Muhoroni, Kariobangi Sharks and Chemelil Sugar.
Harambee Starlets coach Richard Kanyi has unleashed a strong starting lineup that will take on hosts Zimbabwe in the semifinals of the COSAFA Women's Cup on Thursday September 21 from 17:00.
Making her way back into the starting team is lethal striker Neddy Atieno who has so far netted seven goals in three matches for the visiting side. Mwanahalima Dogo, who was rested in the last Group B match against Swaziland has also been included in the starting lineup alongside captain Wendy Achieng who missed the previous match through suspension.
Starlets will be seeking to maintain their perfect winning record when they face Zimbabwe who have only recorded one win in their three group stage fixtures. A win today will take Kenya into the finals of the competition where they will face the winner of the second semifinal game between Zambia and South Africa.
Starting XI: Pauline Atieno, Mwanahalima Adam, Juliet Auma, Dorcas Shikobe, Neddy Atieno, Caroline Anyango, Pauline Musungu, Carolyne Chepkoech, Lucy Mukhwana, Wendy Achieng, Dorris Anyango
Subs: Esther Nandika, Lilian Adera, Cheris Avilia, Janet Bundi, Phoebe Owiti, Monicah Karambu, Florence Awino, Jenipher Adhiambo, Mercy Achieng
Kenya's Group stage results.
Kenya 5-2 Mozambique
Kenya 11-0 Mautius
Kenya 1-0 Swaziland
Zimbabwe's Group Stage results.
Zimbabwe 4-0 Madagascar
Zimbabwe 1-1 Zambia
Zimbabwe 3-3 Malawi
After weeks of uncertainty about his future with AFC Leopards, midfielder Allan Kateregga has finally completed a loan switch to Ugandan side KCCA until the end of the season.
Kateregga, who joined Leopards in 2016 on a one-year deal, made 13 appearances for the club this season clocking 873 minutes scoring 2 goals.
The Ugandan international fell out with head coach Robert Matano during his side's 1-0 loss to Bandari FC after he was withdrawn just minutes after being introduced as a substitute. The 23-year old then headed straight to Matano to question his substitution and sensing that the situation might turn ugly, reserve goalkeeper Ian Otieno stepped in to calm the situation.
``CLUB UPDATE: We have today completed a loan transfer for Allan Kateregga to join KCCA of Uganda until the end of season. We wish him well at his new club,'' announced Leopards on their official social media account.
The Kenya Rugby Union and Samurai have extended their kit deal for another three years, from 2017 to 2020.
Kenya Rugby Union CEO, Ronald Bukusi said “We are pleased to extend this important relationship with Samurai who are not just a sponsor but a real partner of the Kenya Rugby Union.”
“Samurai are delighted that Kenya Rugby Union have decided to extend their contract with us and can’t wait to bring new and exciting designs to this well-respected union,”commented Samurai’s Executive Director Terry Sands.
The Multisport Teamwear brand's first partnership with the Kenya 7's team was signed back in November 2012.
Four catch-up matches of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) will be played on Wednesday September 20 in different stadiums around the country.
Kariobangi Sharks vs Posta Rangers (Moi International Sports Center Kasarani, 15:00)
On-form debutants Kariobangi Sharks will be seeking an entry into the top three positions of the league table when they face Posta Rangers on Wednesday afternoon.
The match will pit two sides who have of late been recording contrasting results. Sharks are currently enjoying a five-match unbeaten run, having won three and drawn two. Rangers on the other hand have gone for seven matches without a single win, dropping to 7th place on the log with 37 points.
AFC Leopards vs Thika United (Thika Sub-County Stadium, 15:00)
AFC Leopards entertain Thika United on Wednesday, with both sides on the lookout for better results than what they posted during the weekend. Leopards were held to a barren draw by Kakamega Homeboyz while Thika United shared spoils with leaders Gor Mahia for the second time this season.
Bandari vs Tusker FC (Mbaraki Sports Club, 15:00)
Fresh from disciplining Zoo Kericho 3-0 at the same venue, Bandari welcome defending champions Tusker FC hoping for similar results. They will however have to dig deep to overcome the Brewers who are currently on the up- rise with two consecutive victories. Both sides are following each other on the table, Tusker in position eight and Bandari at 9th.
The Dockers recorded a 1-0 victory in the first leg meeting.
Muhoroni Youth vs Nakumatt FC (Muhoroni Sports Complex, 15:00)
Bottom-placed Muhoroni Youth will be eyeing an exit from the relegation spots when they host cash-strapped Nakumatt FC at the Muhoroni Sports Complex.
Both sides lost their respective games during the weekend, Muhoroni falling 3-1 to Nzoia United while Nakumatt lost 2-0 to Chemelil Sugar.
Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa has showered Kariobangi Sharks with praise after they held them to a barren draw on Saturday September 16 at the Kenyatta stadium.
Sofapaka were eager to reduce the gap between them and leaders Gor Mahia but unfortunately could not break the Sharks defense, settling for one point as they did in the first leg encounter.
Even as he praised Sharks' resiliency, Ssimbwa was not happy with losing two points but insisted that they will continue fighting as the title race is still far from over.
``Sharks are a good. They have talented players, at times tricky to beat, but the draw was not my wish because I wanted to reduce the gap between us and Gor Mahia. We created more chances in the second half but we were just unlucky. We still have nine matches to go. We have to continue fighting until the end. The title race is far from over,” said Ssimbwa.
Having not won in their last two matches, Sofapaka will be hungry for three points when they visit Kakamega Homeboyz on Saturday September 23, 2017. The 2009 league champions are currently second on the log with 42 points while Kakamega Homeboyz trail them closely behind with 39 points.
Zoo Kericho head coach Sammy Okoth has blamed Sunday's 3-0 loss to Bandari to hot weather and the absence of Nicholas Kipkirui.
Fred Cosmas' first half brace and substitute Noah Abich's goal in the 91st minute secured the vital win for Nkata's men, which took Zoo's losing streak to three consecutive games.
Speaking after the match, Okoth said that the hot weather at the Mbaraki Stadium negatively affected his players. He also attributed the lack of goals to the absence of Nicholas Kipkirui. Kipkirui is the club's joint top scorer with seven goals and has also managed four assists.
“We played in very hot weather and this affected my players .That is why we conceded two simple goals early in the match, and this forced the players to use even more energy as they struggled to correct the mistake. We were also missing one key player, Nicholas Kipkurui. Kipkurui is a playmaker who is also very good with dead balls, and his absence was really felt in the game.”
Zoo Kericho have only picked four points in their last seven fixtures, dropping to 14th place in the table standings as a result. They however have a chance to make amends when they face a high flying Nzoia United side in their next match.