Betting websites in Kenya

 The gambling industry is growing rapidly in Kenya. We could be competing with the West African nations. Since last year, the country has witnessed over 10 bookmakers join the industry with each contesting for a piece of the pie.

Giant bookies Sportpesa’s market share has certainly gone down with the entry of the new bookmakers and the industry looks lucrative.

We take a look at the list of the bookmakers in Kenya. In certainly no particular order.

1. BetPawa

BetPawa has been in operation in Kenya since January 2016. Interestingly, just as we have ranked them at the top, BetPawa has the lowest stake in Kenya. With just one shilling, you are good to go and can start betting. They offer one of  the highest payout in Kenya of Ksh.2.5 million. Besides that, you will receive a free bet of Ksh.25 on sign up to get you off the ground. BetPawa does not not offer USSD betting. BetPawa has a 24-hour customer service, live betting, win bonuses and some pretty amazing odds too. They operate in 3 other countries.

2. Sportpesa

They certainly have been in the game longer and are the dominant player. They have been in operation for two years now. Sportpesa has a wide array of sports and markets on its platform and offer instant payouts to its clients. The KPL, Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Quins and Hull City sponsors have a minimum bet of Ksh. 49. Sportpesa has some lucrative jackpots that include the Ksh. 100 million mega jackpot.

3. Betin Kenya

Betin Kenya  is part of the GoldBet Group; one of Europe’s largest betting and gaming operators. They offer a wide array of sports including horse racing. You can also bet on Casino games, racing and virtual sports. Betin has live betting options too. They offer the highest payout of Ksh.10 million. Betin also offers betting shops where you buy tickets and bet.

4. BetWay Kenya

A household name in the gaming industry. They offer a variety of jackpots and markets for you to play on. With BetWay, you will receive game codes every often.

5. Betika

Betika is about a year old in Kenya. They have some amazing odds and a variety of sports. Betika offers a jackpot and a Bingwa 5 selection where you have to pick 5 correct scores for Ksh.50. They also offer a 24-hour support.

6. Mcheza

Mcheza is the second online bookie to set foot in Kenya. It’s platform has been compared to that of some other bookies in Kenya.  They offer a jackpot daily for 7 matches. On Mcheza, you can get some pretty exciting bonuses for referrals and deposits.

7. Elibet Kenya

Elitebet has been in operation for a couple of years. They pride themselves in offering one of the lowest stakes in Kenya - Ksh.5. They offer a weekly jackpot, with a minimum stake of Ksh.5. However, their platform isnt so mobile-friendly.

8.Justbet Kenya

Justbet has a variety of betting options and some good oods. However, their minimum stake is Ksh.100. The maximum you can withdraw a day is Ksh.100,000. They also offer virtual betting but no jackpot yet. Justbet has a 24-hour customer support.

9. Betyetu

Betyetu has a quite mobile-friendly mobile site. They offer a bonus on registration. They offer a jackpot of up to 10 million and will reward you for up to 9 out of 13 correct picks. The minimum withdrawal is Ksh.100. You can also bet live.

10. Eazi Bet

With Eazi Bet, you register fast and easy on mobile. You can bet on a host of matches, and also bet live. They offer betting in shops too. Their minimum deposit is Ksh.1  and Ksh.50 is the minimum withdrawal.

11. Lucky2U Sports Bet

Lucky2U Sports Bet was launched during the FIFA World Cup 2010. Lucky2U Sports Bet is operated by Lucky To You Limited. They offer a variety of betting options though their website is quite poor.

12. Supabet 247

One of the latest entrants in the game.  They have an array of betting products covering sports betting, casino, poker and bingo offerings. They also have a Ksh.20 million jackpot. The maximum pay-out is Kshs 200,000 on single bets and Kshs 2,000,000 on multi bets.

13. Kwikbet

Another new player in the game.  The minimum bet is Ksh. 50, as is the minimu withdrawal. They also offer some bonuses on sign up and you can bet via SMS. 

14. Tucheze Afrobet

Tucheze boosts and hosts the most intelligent and advanced betting platform in the country. A new entrant in the market, Tucheze offers live betting and casino betting too with a maximum payout of up to Ksh 1,000,000. 

15. Premier Bet

A multi-national sports betting company. Registration is done online and deposits can be made through buying vouchers at Premier Bet shops. They offer a variety of markets and betting options too.

16. Safaribet

Safaribet has lots of betting options and sports on its site. The site is quite easy to navigate.

17. M-Bet Kenya

A not-so familiar bookie in Kenya.  The M-Pesa deposit limit is Ksh.1 while the minimum withdrawal is Ksh.150. You can withdraw a maximum of Ksh. 5,000. They offer a variety of betting options and operate in Tanzania too.

18. Cheza Cash

A new entrant to the market in 2017. One can bet on 5 different sports together with a weekly jackpot of Ksh. 15,000,000. Each time you play the jackpot, you earn points and could win Ksh.15,000. You can withdraw a minimum of Ksh.1 from Cheza Cash. Also, when you deposit Ksh.100 and bet with it, you earn a bonus of Ksh.100

AFC Leopards and Ulinzi Stars have made known their respective starting lineups that will face off in a league match on Tuesday October 17 at the Afraha Stadium.

For Leopards, Gabriel Andika, Marcellus Ingosti and Whyonne Isuza that make their way back into the starting eleven.

Keeper Timothy Odhiambo, Rodgers Omondi, Benson Sande and Bernard Ongoma meanwhile get starting nod for the Ulinzi side. The Sodliers have not lost in any of their last seven matches against Ingwe.

AFC Leopards starting XI: Gabriel Andika Lewis Wanami Dennis Sikayi Salim Abdalla Duncan Otieno (c) Victor Majid, Musa Mudde, Whyvonne Isuzza, Aziz Okaka, Vincent Oburu Marcellus Ingotsi 

Subs: Ian Otieno Micheal Kibwage Ramadhan Yakub Haroun Nyakha Samuel Ndung'u Alexis Kitenge Andrew Tololwa

Ulinzi Starting XI: Timothy Odhiambo, Brian Birgen, Rodgers Omondi, Benson Sande, Omar M’bongi, Bernard Ongoma, Cliff Kasuti, John Kago, Bernard Ongoma, Danie Waweru.

 

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has been talking about Harry Kane at his press conference on Monday.

The England forward has been linked with a big-money to the reigning Champions League winners and asked whether we would  see Kane at Real Madrid, the Frenchman replied: “I do not know what will happen in the future.

“He is a key player for Tottenham He is very good at everything, the best thing is that he always has the goal in his head.”

Zidane was speaking before Tuesday’s Champions League clash between the clubs. Spurs travel to the Bernabeu on Tuesday night with Kane looking to add to the 10 goals in 11 games he has plundered already this season.

Tottenham have always maintained that Kane is not for sale at any price, but Dario Gol last week claimed Madrid were prepared to offer a deal with €200m with as many as three Real players involved.

Karim Benzema and former Spurs stars Gareth Bale and Luka Modric were the players named who may be offered in exchange for Kane, but for now the England man remains focused on Tottenham.

Kane has shown no desire to leave Tottenham, but given he is yet to taste trophy success with the club, and given he’s at the top of Tottenham’s wages payment ceiling at £100,000 a week, the player may well be tempted if Real showed their colours.

Discussing whether he would ever play abroad, Kane recently said: “I would never say no or yes. You’d not rule out anything.

“It’s not something I definitely want to do, but you never rule anything out.

 

“I’m very happy here (at Tottenham), but we’ll see what happens.”

Germany booked their place in the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 with a convincing 4-0 victory over Colombia in New Delhi on Monday. The win takes the European side into a last-eight match-up versus Brazil or Honduras in Kolkata on Sunday.

The Germans took the lead in fortuitous circumstances just seven minutes after the start. Colombia goalkeeper Kevin Mier was unable to collect a loose ball at the feet of Jann-Fiete Arp and the Germany captain took advantage by neatly finishing from a tight angle.

Though Colombia pressed forward, every German attack had more potency as the opening half wore on. John Yeboah had several chances to find the scoresheet, with his best opportunity cannoning off the crossbar on 34 minutes. The Europeans would not be denied, though, as Yann Bisseck rose to head home Sahverdi Cetin’s corner from the left to hand a two-goal lead to Germany at the break.

They then sealed their passage to the last eight with another two after the restart. Yeboah converted an Arp pass in the Colombia box on 49 minutes before the captain scored his second of the match to secure a four-goal victory. The only blemish was a yellow card to winger Dennis Jastrzembski that rules him out of Sunday’s quarter-final through suspension.

 

It was a historic moment in Lagos on Sunday when CAF President Ahmad and some CAF Executive Committee members graced the Nigeria FA Cup final on Sunday (15 October 2017) that saw Akwa United beat Niger Tornadoes 3-2 on penalties at the Agege Stadium.                                          

 After a scoreless encounter in regulation time, the match was decided via penalties which saw both sides lost three out of the initial five penalty kicks; and Gabriel Okechukwu turned Akwa United’s hero by striking the winner.

 The feat by Akwa United was an encore for the club after a similar success in 2015 in the country’s oldest domestic competition which climaxed the 71st edition.

 Apart from the mouthwatering 25 Million Naira ($70,323)prize money  and the glittering trophy  as winners, Akwa United also earned the ticket to represent Nigeria in next year’s Total CAF Confederation Cup.  

 It was the 11th time the competition was decided via penalties after it began in 1945 as Governor’s Cup. It was later known at various times as Challenge Cup and Federation Cup.

 Meanwhile,  the entourage of CAF President  Ahmad at the Agege Stadium popularly known as ‘Soccer Temple’ include First Vice President Kwesi Nyantakyi, Second Vice President Constant Omari Selemani and CAF Emergency Committee member, Souleiman Waberi.

 

TROPHY WINNERS SINCE 1990

    1990:Stationery Stores   0-0(5-4pens) Enugu Rangers

    1991: El-Kanemi Warriors          3-2     Kano Pillars F.C.

    1992: El-Kanemi             1-0     Stationery Stores

    1993: BCC Lions             1-0     Plateau United

    1994: BCC Lions             1-0     Julius Berger FC

    1995: Shooting Stars                2-0     Katsina United

    1996: Julius Berger                   1-0     Katsina United

    1997: BCC Lions             1-0     Katsina United

    1998: Wikki Tourists                  0-0     Plateau United

    1999: Plateau United                 1-0     Iwuanyanwu

    2000: Tornadoes           1-0     Rangers

    2001: Dolphins FC                     2-0     El-Kanemi

    2002: Julius Berger                   3-0     Yobe Stars

    2003: Lobi Stars             2-0     Sharks FC

    2004: Dolphins FC                     1-0     Enugu Rangers

    2005: Enyimba               1-1(6-5pens) Lobi Stars

    2006: Dolphins FC                     2-2 (5-3pens)Bendel Insurance

    2007: Dolphins FC                     1-1 (3-2pens) Enugu Rangers

    2008: Ocean Boys                     2-2 (7-6pens)Gombe United

   2009: Enyimba                1-0  Sharks FC

  2010: Kaduna United                 3-3(3-2pens) Enyimba

   2011: Heartland              1-0     Enyimba

   2012: Heartland              2-1     Lobi Stars

  2013 Enyimba                             2-2 (5-4pens) Warri Wolves    

  2014: Enyimba                           2-1     Dolphins FC

  2015: Akwa United                      2-1     Lobi Stars

  2016: FC IfeanyiUbah                 0-0(5-4pens) Nassarawa  United

  2017: Akwa United                      0-0(3-2pens) Niger Tornadoes

Shujaa Head Coach Innocent Simiyu has revealed that they plan to use Ausopul 7s and Safland 7s as training for the upcoming Dubai Sevens which is due in December.

Speaking after the draw where Kenya was placed in Pool A alongside South Africa, Canada and Uganda, the coach said that he believes that they can top the Pool and mentioned that they will be using the two tournaments to prepare adequately.

``Our preparations are going on well and the boys are also playing in the local circuit, where we will be selecting the team for the year 2017-18. We are planning to use Ausopul 7s in South Africa and Safland 7s in Namibia as build ups to Dubai,” he said.

The Safland sevens takes place in Namibia on the weekend of 10th and 11th November 2017 in Swakopmund while the Ausopul sevens will be in South Africa.

 

AFC Leopards will for the next four weeks have to adapt without defender Robinson Kamura , who is out nursing an injury.

This is a setback for Ingwe who have decisive matches coming up, including the finals of the Gotv Shield tournament against Kariobangi Sharks scheduled for Friday October 20th at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

The defender will also miss ties against Ulinzi Stars (Tuesday October 17), Muhoroni Youth (21 October), Chemelil Sugar (October 29) and Nzoia United (November 1).

Ingwe however welcome back Joshua Mawira who has been out with a lengthy layoff.

 

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) official broadcasting partners Bamba Sports will air live on catch up match on Tuesday October 17.

The live match will be one pitting hosts Ulinzi Stars and AFC Leopards which will be staged at the Afraha Stadium from 15:00.

Sneak peak

After both going winless for four straight games, Ulinzi Stars and AFC Leopards clash at the Afraha Stadium with an eye for a win.

Leopards were downed 2-0 by Posta Rangers on Saturday while Ulinzi settled to  a barren draw with hosts Zoo Kericho on the same day.

Ingwe desperately need a victory from the game to keep their top ten finish dream active. A win would also enhance the team's morale as they prepare to tackle Kariobangi Sharks in the finals of the Gotv Shield on Friday October 20th.

Ingwe are currently 14th with 33 points from 29 games while Ulinzi sit fourth on the log with 43 points.

The first leg encounter ended in a barren draw. If Leopards beat the Soldiers, it will be the first time to do so in eight fixtures.

 

Two Kenyan Premier League (KPL) catch up matches have been scheduled for Tuesday October 17, with the action being in the cities of Kisumu and Nakuru.

Gor Mahia vs Kariobangi Sharks (Moi Stadium, Kisumu-3pm)

Kariobangi Sharks will be hoping to rekindle their top five hopes when they visit league leaders Gor Mahia at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

Sharks are recently on a dry spell having not picked a win in six of their last league games. They however face a Gor Mahia side who are fresh from a 1-0 loss in the hands of Mathare United on Saturday at the Thika County Stadium.

A win for Sharks over the leaders will massively boost their confidence heading into the finals of the Gotv Shield tournament where they are set to face AFC Leopards on Friday October 20 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Gor won the first leg encounter 3-1.

Ulinzi Stars vs AFC Leopards (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru-3pm)

After both going winless for four straight games, Ulinzi Stars and AFC Leopards clash at the Afraha Stadium with an eye for a win.

Leopards were downed 2-0 by Posta Rangers on Saturday while Ulinzi settled to  a barren draw with hosts Zoo Kericho on the same day.

Ingwe desperately need a victory from the game to keep their top ten finish dream active. A win would also enhance the team's morale as they prepare to tackle Kariobangi Sharks in the finals of the Gotv Shield on Friday October 20th.

Ingwe are currently 14th with 33 points from 29 games while Ulinzi sit fourth on the log with 43 points.

The first leg encounter ended in a barren draw. If Leopards beat the Soldiers, it will be the first time to do so in eight fixtures.

 

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has been talking about Harry Kane at his press conference on Monday.

The England forward has been linked with a big-money to the reigning Champions League winners and asked whether we would  see Kane at Real Madrid, the Frenchman replied: “I do not know what will happen in the future.

“He is a key player for Tottenham He is very good at everything, the best thing is that he always has the goal in his head.”

Zidane was speaking before Tuesday’s Champions League clash between the clubs. Spurs travel to the Bernabeu on Tuesday night with Kane looking to add to the 10 goals in 11 games he has plundered already this season.

Tottenham have always maintained that Kane is not for sale at any price, but Dario Gol last week claimed Madrid were prepared to offer a deal with €200m with as many as three Real players involved.

Karim Benzema and former Spurs stars Gareth Bale and Luka Modric were the players named who may be offered in exchange for Kane, but for now the England man remains focused on Tottenham.

Kane has shown no desire to leave Tottenham, but given he is yet to taste trophy success with the club, and given he’s at the top of Tottenham’s wages payment ceiling at £100,000 a week, the player may well be tempted if Real showed their colours.

Discussing whether he would ever play abroad, Kane recently said: “I would never say no or yes. You’d not rule out anything.

“It’s not something I definitely want to do, but you never rule anything out.

 

“I’m very happy here (at Tottenham), but we’ll see what happens.”

Germany booked their place in the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 with a convincing 4-0 victory over Colombia in New Delhi on Monday. The win takes the European side into a last-eight match-up versus Brazil or Honduras in Kolkata on Sunday.

The Germans took the lead in fortuitous circumstances just seven minutes after the start. Colombia goalkeeper Kevin Mier was unable to collect a loose ball at the feet of Jann-Fiete Arp and the Germany captain took advantage by neatly finishing from a tight angle.

Though Colombia pressed forward, every German attack had more potency as the opening half wore on. John Yeboah had several chances to find the scoresheet, with his best opportunity cannoning off the crossbar on 34 minutes. The Europeans would not be denied, though, as Yann Bisseck rose to head home Sahverdi Cetin’s corner from the left to hand a two-goal lead to Germany at the break.

They then sealed their passage to the last eight with another two after the restart. Yeboah converted an Arp pass in the Colombia box on 49 minutes before the captain scored his second of the match to secure a four-goal victory. The only blemish was a yellow card to winger Dennis Jastrzembski that rules him out of Sunday’s quarter-final through suspension.

 

It was a historic moment in Lagos on Sunday when CAF President Ahmad and some CAF Executive Committee members graced the Nigeria FA Cup final on Sunday (15 October 2017) that saw Akwa United beat Niger Tornadoes 3-2 on penalties at the Agege Stadium.                                          

 After a scoreless encounter in regulation time, the match was decided via penalties which saw both sides lost three out of the initial five penalty kicks; and Gabriel Okechukwu turned Akwa United’s hero by striking the winner.

 The feat by Akwa United was an encore for the club after a similar success in 2015 in the country’s oldest domestic competition which climaxed the 71st edition.

 Apart from the mouthwatering 25 Million Naira ($70,323)prize money  and the glittering trophy  as winners, Akwa United also earned the ticket to represent Nigeria in next year’s Total CAF Confederation Cup.  

 It was the 11th time the competition was decided via penalties after it began in 1945 as Governor’s Cup. It was later known at various times as Challenge Cup and Federation Cup.

 Meanwhile,  the entourage of CAF President  Ahmad at the Agege Stadium popularly known as ‘Soccer Temple’ include First Vice President Kwesi Nyantakyi, Second Vice President Constant Omari Selemani and CAF Emergency Committee member, Souleiman Waberi.

 

TROPHY WINNERS SINCE 1990

    1990:Stationery Stores   0-0(5-4pens) Enugu Rangers

    1991: El-Kanemi Warriors          3-2     Kano Pillars F.C.

    1992: El-Kanemi             1-0     Stationery Stores

    1993: BCC Lions             1-0     Plateau United

    1994: BCC Lions             1-0     Julius Berger FC

    1995: Shooting Stars                2-0     Katsina United

    1996: Julius Berger                   1-0     Katsina United

    1997: BCC Lions             1-0     Katsina United

    1998: Wikki Tourists                  0-0     Plateau United

    1999: Plateau United                 1-0     Iwuanyanwu

    2000: Tornadoes           1-0     Rangers

    2001: Dolphins FC                     2-0     El-Kanemi

    2002: Julius Berger                   3-0     Yobe Stars

    2003: Lobi Stars             2-0     Sharks FC

    2004: Dolphins FC                     1-0     Enugu Rangers

    2005: Enyimba               1-1(6-5pens) Lobi Stars

    2006: Dolphins FC                     2-2 (5-3pens)Bendel Insurance

    2007: Dolphins FC                     1-1 (3-2pens) Enugu Rangers

    2008: Ocean Boys                     2-2 (7-6pens)Gombe United

   2009: Enyimba                1-0  Sharks FC

  2010: Kaduna United                 3-3(3-2pens) Enyimba

   2011: Heartland              1-0     Enyimba

   2012: Heartland              2-1     Lobi Stars

  2013 Enyimba                             2-2 (5-4pens) Warri Wolves    

  2014: Enyimba                           2-1     Dolphins FC

  2015: Akwa United                      2-1     Lobi Stars

  2016: FC IfeanyiUbah                 0-0(5-4pens) Nassarawa  United

  2017: Akwa United                      0-0(3-2pens) Niger Tornadoes

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and his Watford counterpart Marco Silva have differed on the decision to award Watford a penalty in Saturday's match which the hosts won 2-1.

Arsenal were leading through Per Mertesacker's first-half goal and had chances to make the Premier League game safe.

Richarlison however went down in the penalty area under a challenge from Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin, with referee Neil Swarbrick pointing to the spot.

Captain Troy Deeney stepped up to convert the resulting spot-kick to bring the home team level, before Tom Cleverley's stoppage-time strike handed Watford all three points.

Speaking after the match, Wenger termed the penalty decision as `scandalous'.

"The decision on the penalty is a bit ridiculous and then we panicked a bit for their second goal and in the end we stand with a defeat,'' said Wenger.

He added, "It is a scandalous decision, but what can we do about it? Nothing. We can talk and talk and talk. At the end of the day they scored.''

On his part, Silvarefuted claims that Richarlison dived, saying that the player has suffered fmost from fouls. 

"I have seen the penalty now and I respect the decision of the referee," said Silva after the game. "It's important, I didn't see a dive or a simulation, said Silva

"Richarlison has suffered the most fouls in the Premier League this season, and people are starting to say he dives.

"He is not. He is fair, He wins fouls like the best players in the world win fouls."

 

Admitting that "we didn't get the job done," Bruce Arena on Friday resigned from his position as United States manager following the team's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

The U.S. finished fifth in CONCACAF's Hexagonal table after losing 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago on the region's final matchday as both Honduras and Panama moved ahead of the Americans in the standings and left the team out of the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

"It is the greatest privilege for any coach to manage their country's National Team, and as I leave that role today I am honored and grateful to have had that opportunity twice in my career," Arena, 66, said in a statement.

"When I took the job last November, I knew there was a great challenge ahead, probably more than most people could appreciate. Everyone involved in the program gave everything they had for the last 11 months, and in the end we came up short.

"No excuses. We didn't get the job done, and I accept responsibility. This certainly is a major setback for the senior Men's National Team program, and questions rightly should be asked about how we can improve. No doubt this process already has started and will continue so that U.S. Soccer can progress"Having said that, it also is important to recognize the tremendous growth and accomplishments we have achieved over the past two decades in all areas, including player development, coaching education and a stable domestic professional league. That work is ongoing, and despite the result in Trinidad the sport is on the right path. By working together, I am confident soccer in this country will continue to grow in the years and decades ahead. Obviously the biggest disappointment is for our fans.

"As a person involved in the sport for more than 40 years, to see how the level of support for soccer in the United States has grown is incredibly gratifying. I believe I speak for everyone involved in the game in thanking all of you for your passion and commitment, and I hope you maintain your steadfast support of U.S. Soccer.

"While this is a difficult moment, I maintain a fierce belief that we are heading in the right direction. I believe in the American player and the American coach, and with our combined efforts the future remains bright."I don't know what the future holds for me, but I can say this from the bottom of my heart: from the high of reaching the Quarterfinal of the 2002 World Cup to the low of a few days ago, I have appreciated every minute of being a part of this program.

Arena took over the reins of the national team for the second time in his career on Nov. 22, 2016, after U.S. Soccer parted ways with his predecessor Jurgen Klinsmann.

The U.S. had lost its first two Hex qualifiers to start the campaign under Klinsmann -- at home to Mexico and away to Costa Rica -- before Arena was brought in to right the ship and ensure qualification for Russia 2018.

Needing just a single point to qualify on Tuesday, the U.S. was beaten in Trinidad -- while Honduras beat Mexico and Panama scored a last-gasp winner against Costa Rica -- and Arena accepted responsibility for the loss after the match, while saying that he and the team had failed.

The former LA Galaxy manager oversaw the team at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, leading the U.S. to its best-ever finish at the former before losing to Germany in the quarterfinals.

Arena departs with an all-time record of 81-32-35. After picking up the reins following the first two losses in the final round of qualifying, he collected a 10-2-6 record in 2017.

The National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee remains the winningest coach in U.S. Soccer history.

With the victory in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Arena is the only head coach to claim the Gold Cup title on three occasions, previously guiding the USA to crowns in 2002 and 2005.

 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has laughed off the suggestion it was once his dream to take charge of Manchester United.

The two arch-rivals go head-to-head at Anfield on Saturday and Klopp's former boss at Mainz Eckhard Krautzun this week claimed when he played under him the German's ambition had been to move to Old Trafford.

However, Klopp dismissed the idea that had things turned out differently he would be in the opposition dug-out on Saturday. 

'I heard about an interview with my former manager,' he said.

'I really like Eckhard Krautzun but when I think too far in the past I am not 100 per cent sure what is right or wrong but it is still funny. I am sure he thinks it was like this.

'How could I, as a very average player at Mainz, say to my manager, 'By the way, if I become a manager I would love to manage Manchester United'.

'Maybe people think I am a little bit crazy but I am not that crazy. I never thought about something like this.

'He (Eckhard) was a big admirer, and is still, of Sir Alex Ferguson. In our first meeting he was wearing a jumper of Manchester United when he came in as a new coach. Maybe he forgot.

'There are a few funny stories, unfortunately a few things are not exact but still funny.

'I had fun when I read it but not all of it is exactly like this.'

 

 

The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) on Thursday announced the Volleyball Nations League, which is set to begin in 2018. The league will revolutionize volleyball competitions, making it one of the most important events in the history of the sport.The Volleyball Nations League is set to begin in 2018.

The Volleyball Nations League

The Volleyball Nations League is a joint project between the FIVB, IMG and 21 national federations which will present volleyball in a way that has never been experienced before, building on the innovative sports presentation on display at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In both the men’s and women’s leagues, 12 core teams and 4 challenger teams will battle to become Volleyball Nations League champion by playing in a round robin format. With a total of 130 matches throughout the league season, every team will play a minimum of 15 matches and each core nation will host at least one pool, bringing the action closer to fans around the world.

By pushing the boundaries of technology, innovation and digital broadcasting, spectators at home will witness new and diverse angles, showcasing the world class athleticism of each nation’s best players.

For the very first time, the FIVB, in collaboration with IMG, will take complete control of content production, maximising quality and promoting a compelling, on-court narrative, which is easy for fans to engage with and understand.

The FIVB will ensure in-stadium interaction by implementing a new concept called active engagement, where fans are involved in every rally. When there is a fantastic sporting moment, spectators celebrate it by imitating match situations like the Monster Block, which has already been embraced by fans across the globe.

Speaking at the FIVB’s 70th anniversary celebrations in Paris, where the Volleyball Nations League announcement took place, FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça said:

“This is a pivotal moment in the future of our sport. The Volleyball Nations League is the most important competition in the FIVB’s history and will revolutionise how volleyball is presented; making it more fan-centric and placing our fans, both inside and outside the stadium, at the very heart of the action.

“The FIVB has enjoyed great success over the last 70 years; volleyball has grown to become one of the most popular and widely practised sports in the world. But, we must always look forward and find ways to evolve and innovate as we aim to become the world’s number one family sport. The Volleyball Nations League will help us to achieve our vision and set the standard for athlete and viewer experience.”

Ioris Francini, co-President of WME|IMG, said: “This is a very exciting development for the FIVB and we are delighted to play a pivotal role in the Volleyball Nations League. This unique initiative and format heralds a new era for the sport and will produce an even better experience for all concerned, from the teams and players to fans and viewers watching on various media platforms.

“Our role in producing live matches, along with distributing the media and digital rights, cements our long-standing relationship with the FIVB, which dates back to 2009. Volleyball has a very bright future.”

In the men’s event, Brazil, Italy, the USA, China, Serbia, France, Argentina, Iran, Poland, Germany, Japan and Russia make up the core teams, while Australia, South Korea, Canada and Bulgaria are the four designated challenger teams.

For the women’s competition, Brazil, Italy, the USA, China, Serbia, the Netherlands, Thailand, Turkey, South Korea, Germany, Japan and Russia comprise the 12 core nations. Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Poland and Belgium have also been selected as challenger teams.

The aim of the Volleyball Nations League is to raise the level of the sporting action for fans and provide a world class platform for athletes to compete and grow. Launching a men’s and women’s competition under the same name and format promotes equality in volleyball, while also making it simpler and more engaging to follow.

As well as the Volleyball Nations League, there will also be a secondary, Challenger League, incorporating promotion and relegation to guarantee that volleyball remains the most competitive and engaging, multi-gender sport in the world.

More information on the logo, sponsors and venues will be unveiled in the near future.

The Spanish Laliga resumes after a one week FIFA International break and a total of ten matches programmed to be played from Friday October 13 to Monday October 16.

On Saturday, defending champions Real Madrid will be seeking to rise further in the table standings when they visit Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez Stadium. Real are currently 5th with 14 points from half the number of matches. 

The last match of Saturday will see Barcelona face their first real test yet when they face Atlético Madrid from 21:45 EAT. Barcelona currently top the table with 21 points, having not lost or drawn in their first seven fixtures.

Below are all weekend's matches (All times are in EAT)

 

FRIDAY 13TH OCTOBER

Espanyol 20:00 Levante

SATURDAY 14TH OCTOBER

Athletic Bilbao 14:00 Sevilla

Getafe 17:15 Real Madrid

Alavés 19:30 Real Sociedad

Atlético Madrid 21:45 Barcelona

SUNDAY 15TH OCTOBER

Eibar 13:00 Deportivo La Coruña

Girona 17:15 Villarreal

Malaga 19:30 Leganés

Real Betis 21:45 Valencia

MONDAY 16TH OCTOBER

Las Palmas 22:00 Celta Vigo

 

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Kenyanstar: Thank you for your time. Tell us about your football journey so far.

John Ndirangu: I started playing competitive football at Nakuru AllStars when I was in form 2, by then the club was in playing in Nationwide League. I was with them all along, even when they got promoted in 2014 to the Kenya Premier League.  As a footballer, I have faced both difficult and easy times.

KS: Where did this nickname Softie come from?

JN: I rarely talk too much, and people say my face is soft. So, Softie.

KS: Please tell us about your time at Nakuru AllStars.

JN: It was a bit hard for me since there were the demands on the pitch and at the same time I was schooling. I had to carefully plan my time. However, sometimes it was difficult for me because I had to leave school for training and when I got back to class I was so tired and couldn't focus fully.  

KS: You made a name for yourself  while you were at Allstars. Tell us about your time playing there and your relationship with the players, coach, management etc.

JN: First, I would like to thank Robert Muthomi. He took me as his son, he took care of me,he used to advise me and  managed me well. I also thank everyone who coached me. During my time there, I learnt something from all coaches and this made me grow to who I am today. My teammates were also supportive, as football is a team sport and you support each other. 

KS: You would later join Bandari. However, you never stayed there for long...

JN: I would not wish to discuss about my time at Bandari. It was very difficult for me.

KS: What exactly affected you?

JN: Lack of play time.

KS: Well, you at one point joined Kariobangi Sharks. What necessitated the move?  

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JN: I enjoyed my time at Leopards and would like to thank the management and coaches. They believed in me and I wish them all the the best. In December, I was asked by Leopards to look for a suitable club where I would go on loan and I felt it was not good for me. Therefore I  asked them to just release me instead. As a team last season we were unlucky not to do well and meet the expectations but I personally think that I played my part and was very surprised when they suggested a loan move for me in the transfer window. 

KS: You have some serious football skills. Very good running, very good dribbles. What's the tactical secret for you?

JN: Apart from talent in me I do watch skillful players like Neymar, Ronaldinho and Cristiano and try apply what I see on the pitch. Besides, I also work very hard.  

KS: Harambee Stars: You have grown from U-23 to the senior team. Tell us about your time and experience so far at Stars

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JN: As I have said each and every coach has his style of coaching and kind of players he wants. However, while at AFC Leopards I earned a call up.  

KS: You made what many call a 'daring move' by switching from Leopards to Gor. Do you feel it was a daring move or just any other normal transfer?

JN: I believe if you have talent and you work hard everything is possible. Talent can never be hidden. Kama unajua unajua. For me I see it as a normal move. My time will come and I'll shine.

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JN: I am enjoying life at Gor. They do things professionally and think that's what differentiates Gor with other clubs. My target is to play as many games and help the team lift the title and in future I go to Europe. 

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JN: In life you must have friends and enemies and for you to make in life you must have enemies. All these stories came up when I was at Leopards. When Ivan Minnaert left a Luhya coach took over and he only wanted Luhya players. Therefore, Ian otieno and  I decided to stay at home because no matter how hard we worked in training, we weren't being considered.  On the issue of alcohol, I even cannot tell how it tastes. Yes, I used to go to clubs and watch football while drinking Delmonte juice.  

KS: Any closing words? 

JN: I just want to thank God for the gift of life and talent. I also want to tell my fans that they should  not lose hope in me. I know they believe in me and I won't fail them. 

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Rayon Sports Club have confirmed that former Sofapaka and Amavubi goalkeeper Evariste Mutuyimana is no more. Unconfirmed reports claim that a heart attack on Tuesday September 12 at his home was the cause of his death.

Mutuyimana started professional football with Rwandese side Kiyovu Sport before joining Police Kibungo in 2011.The 26-year old then moved to Kenyan side Sofapaka in June 2014 where he played for three seasons. He later moved to Rayon SC, where he was the reserve goalkeeper until his demise.

Mutuyimana has also featured for the Rwanda national team, his most notable appearance being in a 5-1 loss to Tunisia in an International Friendly back in May 2012.

“As Rayon Sports officials, we want convey our message of condolences to all the club fans and family following the death of goalkeeper Evariste Mutuyimana this Tuesday morning.” his club posted on social media.

 

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“I believe that ‘life at conception’ should be the law, and that clearly means two people won the Grand Slam,” said Nile, who is both an avid fan of professional tennis and aggressively campaigning to legislate how people use their uterus.

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Pochettino’s favorite 3-4-2-1 formation has suited Wanyama perfectly as he provides cover to the wing backs when they move forward to attack, something that has put Wanyama in favor with both the manager and the Spurs supporters.

The midfielder will be expected to take his spot back in the starting XI for the FA Cup semi-final meeting with Chelsea at Wembley this Saturday evening after a minor injury.

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Former Arsenal and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has described joining Crystal Palace as the “worst decision” of his career.

The 33-year-old Togolese striker is currently playing for Turkish side ?stanbul Ba?ak?ehir after being released by the Eagles in the summer of 2016.

Adebayor signed a six-month deal with Palace at the beginning of 2016 – a decision he says he would reverse if given the opportunity.

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SC secretary general H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi said: "The completion of our first stadium more than five years before the Qatar World Cup begins is an important milestone that reflects our determination to deliver a tournament the entire Arab world is proud to be a part of.

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Qatar Football Association (QFA) president Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani added: "Khalifa International Stadium is close to Qatari hearts and has seen some of Qatar's biggest sporting occasions over the years since it was first launched in 1976.

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