Step aside coaches, the next star will be digitally moulded, with the aid of YouTube. The video-sharing site is more popular for funny home videos rather than as a conveyor belt of talent. It might have been created in 2007 as a place to share media files, but it has over the years become a popular platform used by budding athletes to learn and develop new skills.
Exactly fifteen minutes after posting this article online, i wished i had been more critical. The subject matter is probably the most choking thing in football. Football analysis. In whatever way you look at it, something needs to change. Most local analysts are dull, lifeless and 100% watered down media puppets.
Hello, it’s January, the Monday of the year. I know you are not in the mood of exchanging pleasantries because you are still trying to shake off the cobwebs from a fantastic new year’s eve. Nonetheless, I do not want to step on a bandaged toe. This article is meant to give you seven of the top unbreakable sporting resolutions for this year. While some of you may be on a noble quest of quitting smoking, falling in love or exercising more in the gym, don’t kid yourselves. You have a better chance of wrestling a polar bear or even milking a rattlesnake.
The Kenyan Premier League season in 2017 promises to be a cracker! On and off the field. Already the expulsion of three teams from the top flight and the intensified 18 league contest between KPL and FKF have set the stage for what promises to be a no-holds barred contest on the field and in the boardroom. Maybe the courts too might complete the play…
Kenyan Cricket is on the rise again, but not at the pace it should be. Reckons Kenyan International Irfan Karim. Karim remains hopeful but asserts that it will take efforts and commitment from all stakeholders for Kenya to regain the form that took her to the semi-Finals of the world cup in 2003. Kenyanstar caught up with the 24 years old Wicket Keeper and son of the great Aasif Karim for the following Interview on our Kenyan Star of the week column.
Athletics Kenya (AK) has drawn up a list of accredited doctors who will be responsible for examining samples from elite athletes and ensure they are not tempted to use banned drugs, AK's chairman said on Tuesday. The initiative is part of Kenya's effort to clean up its image after a series of doping cases brought the nation to the brink of being barred from the 2016 Rio Olympics.
John ‘Softie’ Ndirangu’s move from AFC Leopards to arch-rivals Gor Mahia is certainly one of the biggest and most controversial moves any player would make. As recent history shows, players who moved from either side of town across to the opposing side hardly maintain their best form. Just recently, as the 2015 season came to a close, defender Jackson Saleh, then an AFC Leopards vice captain, crossed over to Gor Mahia. As fate would have it, Saleh didn't last at Gor as 6 months later, he returned to Leopards albeit on loan. His form wasn't the best, and on expiry of his loan deal, he returned to Gor and was eventually dropped.
2017 promises to be a busy year for the Simbas with eight fixtures potentially lined up for Jerome Paarwater’s side. Six fixtures are already confirmed, starting with the Elgon Cup first leg away to Uganda on Saturday 10 June with the return leg a fortnight later doubling up as the opening round of the Africa Cup Division 1A which has been expanded and will be a six team affair in 2017, Senegal and Tunisia incorporated into the competition alongside Namibia, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Uganda.
As club’s flex their muscles in the transfer window, there is certainly great movement across board with clubs dropping and signing players in equal measure. AFC Leopards has this year attempted to minimize the damage, by releasing just a handful, and opting to send others on loan. Compared to previous seasons, Ingwe has managed to maintain a good number of its players. Across town, Gor Mahia has axed a sizeable number, majority of whom have been used sparingly over the seasons.
Imagine getting into a relationship with the guy of your dreams. He makes you smile, you heart pounds a lot faster and you are getting along great! He is humble, caring, considerate, and the chemistry is out of this world. The league season kicks off and you see it for the first time… he is donning a Manchester United or an Arsenal jersey before bedtime. “Oh my, I didn’t know he was into that sort of thing,” you think to yourself.
What do Oliech, Rooney and Fabregas have in common? …No! it’s not the three vowels in their names. Once upon a time in a not-so distant past, they were among the world’s 20 brightest young talents. The only difference is that the latter pair has amassed 14 titles between them while Dennis “the menace” has NONE. At the end of their respective careers, what will we remember them by?
A group of men claim, “We are the government”. They are breathing and panting heavily. The police officer hesitates then responds In a stereotypical tone, “ leta yeye hapa” individual who hurled a water bottle at the assistant referee during Gor Mahia’s barren draw with Anse Reunion at the Nyayo National Stadium.
The recent SportPesa Premier League Awards revealed the long held belief that it will take defenders another leg and head to win a major award beyond Defender of the Year. Gor Mahia prodigy Eric ‘Marcelo’ Ouma and Western Stima midfielder Kenneth Muguna were competing in two categories. New Player of the Year(Rookie of the Year) and Player of the Year (MVP) while Muguna was also nominated for Midfielder of the Year which he bagged, Ouma failed to capture Defender of the Year which went to old wine, Jokins Atudo of Posta Rangers.
The grueling race to promotion into the premiership is coming to an end. The weaklings in this year's premier league, Nairobi City Stars and Ushuru Football Club have already been relegated to create room for the men who have stood out from the boys in the Super League to join the table of men in the Kenyan Premier League. A big congratulation to Nzoia United for clinching the title with four matches to go and losing only a single game the whole season.
AFC Leopards SC has become a circus of sorts with the recent drop in form and finishing just above the relegation zone in 2016. Lack of quality, passion and focus in a side that has the second largest sponsorship package in the league has raised more questions than answers. When a team like AFC Leopards loses to every team in the league, it leaves a lot to be desired.
The Football Kenya Federation Arbitration Tribunal ruling on the case of former coach Ivan Minnaert opened the lid, and laid bare what has been an awful and failed season for one of Kenya’s most followed club - AFC Leopards. Ingwe, got off to the 2016 season on a flier, despite enduring a massive player exodus in the January transfer window.
I grew up as a Gor Mahia fan and it is Gor Mahia’s loss to APR FC of Rwanda in 2010 that made me stop the foreign football and EPL ‘madness’. I remember the pullout from Daily Nation with all the Class of 1987 players who won Nelson Mandela Cup was pinned up on the wall of my room for many months. Abbas Khamis Magongo, the man from Mwanza is my best Gor Mahia player ever. That is not what I want to talk about. I want to jump into the forthcoming Gor Mahia elections.
The ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports needs to come up with a serious master plan that will put sports right at the center of the Kenyan society and also implement the Sports Act to the letter. The masterplan should give a direction with practical steps in using sports to alleviate youth unemployment, bring about national cohesion and encourage tourism. Building proper sports infrastructure right from the grassroots and creating capacity at that level to harness and nature talent at a young age will improve a lot on the quality of sportsmen in the country.
Mohamed Hussein is proving that Somalis are a hard nut to crack. This has been one of my long held beliefs. Again he has also proven that Somalis are very industrious people when it comes to business, yet another belief that I hold. Now, away from what many would consider prejudice, Hussein Mohammed has become a figure that can’t be wished away in the Kenyan football sphere. Given the kind of positive influence he has brought into Kenyan football it will be a disaster if we lost such a brilliant brain because of the fights Football Kenya Federation have been taking to his yard.
In 2010 Kenyans thronged Uhuru Park to inaugurate the new constitutional dispensation that brought about a new era in the country. For many, it was the expected change in the political sphere that captured their imagination. The real impact of the new set up has only started to sink in nearly six years later. Sports lovers around the country have been experiencing a breath of fresh air that they have been longing for the longest time. Various parts of the country have seen a sharp increase in the number of infrastructural projects taking shape. These projects include sports facilities.