It’s exactly one year today since AFC Leopards went to the polls and elected a new chairman, Dan Mule granting him four years to lead the club.

Mule, a front runner in the buildup to the election, got elected with 1,160 votes, trouncing his closest rival Maurice Amahwa with 338 votes. Robert Asembo garnered 119 at a distant third, while Mathews Opwora, who had pulled out of the race earlier, got eight. Felix Shitsama was overwhelming elected vice chairman, with 1613 votes, more than double his challenger. Timothy Lilumbi, who was part of Mule’s ‘Hapa Kazi Tu’ Team, survived a scare from Gilbert Selebwa, amassing 920 votes, six more than Selebwa.

Of the 5,294 registered voters, only 2,200 turned up to vote. Dan Mule was elected chairman alongside most of his preferred picks for other positions. His election came at a time when the club had witnessed bare-knuckle leadership struggles that almost saw the club relegated.

In his campaign manifesto, Dan Mule promised to deliver amongst other things; stability in office, titles and a stadium. The chairman had outlined how he intended to work alongside the club’s shirt sponsors, Sportpesa to help secure land where they would construct a stadium. The stadium remains a dream, a wild one.

One year later, not much has changed. Some matters are headed south more than ever before. In just one year of his reign, AFC Leopards has witnessed a huge turnover of coaches with Ivan Minnaert, Ezekiel Akwana, Stewart Hall, Dorian Marin and Robert Matano all making up a tally of five coaches in just a year. A shocking average of a coach every 2 and a half months! It is under Dan Mule’s reign that Leopards had one of the shortest serving coaches -Dorian Marin who never lasted a month.

Despite promising to deliver titles, there has been so sign of any titles, as Leopard’s performance on the pitch has only remained unimpressive, to say the least. This season, their only hope lies in the GOTV Shield Cup. The club is no longer considered a force to reckon in the local league.

Financially, AFC Leopards is still in debt. Although steps have been taken to ensure that salary and remuneration issues are a thing of the past, the club is yet to be stable financially and more often than not, relies on borrowing and donations. Interestingly, at the start of the 2017 Financial Year, the club was short of its annual budget by well over 10 million shillings. You would ask why. The caretaker committee that led the club before the elections, had eaten into the 2017 sponsorship money from Sportpesa. Some of those monies are yet to be accounted for.

Although the club had sought to professionalise all its operations by setting up a fully functional secretariat, there is still a lot to do. However, it’s all jot gloomy. The club, in a long time, managed to set up an office with a Chief Executive Officer, who runs the club affairs on day to day basis. However, reports from within the club have hinted to interference from the clubs National Executive Committee on a couple of issues.

Also keen to note, the club has for an entire year witnessed zero leadership wrangles and court battles, as was the case in previous administrations. In a previous interview with Kenyanstar, the club CEO noted that it was a great milestone for the club to get over the many wrangles that affected and crippled them in previous years.

One year on, there are loud murmurs of discontent in the Den. There seems to be a future that no one is certain of. The biggest fear has always been relegation, and that could happen if Leopards do not up their game. Majority of Dan Mule’s promises to the Leopards are yet to be fulfilled, leave alone initiated.

Is Dan Mule living up to expectations? Is he setting up himself, his administration and the club for another spectacular failure? Well, the jury is still out there...

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Cynthia Mumbo, The CEO of Sports Connect Africa, has urged stake holders across the Kenyan sports Industry to set a minimum wage for sports men and women to instigate growth in the industry.

"You cannot have sports if you do not have the sports people, the people who actually play the sport. So for the Industry to grow there has to be sufficient focus on the actual people who have enabled us have the Industry." 

"This Industry will not grow if we still have people playing just out of passion and taking nothing back at home, We won't grow If we still have clubs playing in top leagues of various sports in the country who can't pay their players a monthly salary."  

"If these sports people cannot earn a living from the sports they play then naturally they will be distracted and they cannot give 100%. Consequently, the sport and the Industry at large suffers"

Cynthia also called on sports administrators to have an open mind to accommodate divergent ideas and accept criticism If the Industry is to grow.

"Our sports administrators at the Federations and even sports clubs must be open to criticism. That is the only way we'll move forward" 

Cynthia was speaking in an exclusive Interview for the Kenyanstar of The week Column that will be published next week. 

 

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English Premier League football clubs posted record revenues, but still a collective pre-tax loss of £110m (€131m/$141m) in the 2015-16 season, according to the latest figures from accountancy firm Deloitte.

Prokhorov set to sell significant stake in Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has revealed that he is looking to sell a 49-per-cent stake in the NBA basketball team.

LFP to introduce video refereeing for Ligue 1 play-off games

The French Football League (LFP) has announced that video refereeing technology will be utilised for the first time in senior domestic competition for this season's play-off games to determine promotion and relegation between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2.

World Series of Fighting rebrands as Professional Fighters League

The World Series of Fighting (WSOF) mixed martial arts promotion has been rebranded as the Professional Fighters League (PFL) and will begin staging events under its new guise from January 2018.

European Tour expands night golf concept with Hero backing

Indian motorcycle manufacturer Hero MotorCorp has extended its backing of the European Tour's night golf concept by a further three years, with the venture to feature at two new locations in 2017.

SeatGeek sets out primary ticketing ambitions with TopTix acquisition

Mobile-focused ticket platform SeatGeek has made a major move into the primary ticketing marketplace by acquiring Israeli ticketing software company TopTix for $56m (€52.5m).

Esports to receive medal status at Asian Games

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has entered into a strategic partnership with the Alisports division of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba that will lead to esports featuring as a medal competition at the 2022 edition of its showpiece multi-sport event, the Asian Games.

Creative Artists Agency and CMC team up to form CAA China

Sports and entertainment giant Creative Artists Agency has joined forces with CMC Capital Partners, a leading Chinese investor in the sports and entertainment sectors, in a move that will lead to the formation of CAA China.

Berlusconi finalises AC Milan sale

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's holding company, Fininvest, on Thursday completed the sale of its 99.93-per-cent stake in Serie A football club AC Milan to Luxembourg-based Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux.

Victoria to bid for 2030 Commonwealth Games

The Australian state of Victoria has today (Thursday) launched a bid to stage the 2030 edition of the Commonwealth Games multi-sport event.

Supreme Court opens Paes probe

An investigation has been opened by Brazil's Supreme Court into Eduardo Paes, the former Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, into allegations of financial impropriety in relation to contracts associated with last year's Olympic Games.

Government backing secures Ryder Cup for Rome

Rome's staging of the 2022 Ryder Cup has been secured after the Italian government signed off on a financial guarantee for the golf showpiece, along with Cortina d'Ampezzo's hosting of the 2021 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships.

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Pay Tv Giant, SuperSport, on Thursday announced the cancellation of a multi-million shilling deal with the Kenyan Premier League Limited that had given then exclusive broadcast rights of the Kenyan top tier football league. Here are other top Sports Business News from around the world ... 

GlideSlope becomes CSM's latest North American acquisition

CSM Sport & Entertainment, a division of marketing services group Chime Communications, has made its latest move in the North American market by acquiring management advisory firm GlideSlope.

Australia, South Africa weigh up options as Sanzaar cuts Super Rugby franchises

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and South African Rugby are considering their options after Sanzaar confirmed that the Super Rugby club competition will be cut from 18 to 15 franchises for its 2018 season.

SportAccord returns to GAISF moniker as reforms approved

SportAccord, the umbrella group of more than 90 Olympic and non-Olympic sports federations, has today (Friday) approved constitutional changes that will see it return to its former designation and introduce a new means of electing its president.

Malaysia to make early exit from Formula One

Malaysia's Sepang International Circuit (SIC) will host its final Formula One race this year after an agreement was reached to end its contract early.

South American nations to co-host inaugural Fiba AmeriCup

The International Basketball Federation (Fiba) has announced that Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay will host the new AmeriCup national team tournament, which debuts later this year.

City Football Group marches into South America with double deal

City Football Group (CFG), the parent company of English Premier League football club Manchester City, has confirmed that it has acquired Uruguayan Segunda Division outfit Club Atletico Torque, while it has also announced a partnership with Venezuelan Primera Division team Atletico Venezuela.

Ceferin says Uefa won't bow to blackmail as reforms approved

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin has pledged that European football's governing body will not bow to "blackmail" from stakeholders over its plans for the sport on the continent, as a major reform package was on Wednesday rubber-stamped.

Amazon lands Thursday Night Football rights

E-commerce and media company Amazon has acquired live streaming rights to the NFL American football league's Thursday Night Football franchise, according to multiple reports.

NFL engages IMG to enhance brand presence in Europe and Asia

The NFL American football league has signed a multi-year deal with the IMG agency as its exclusive licensing representative across select markets in Europe and Asia.

NHL closes door on Pyeongchang 2018 participation

North American ice hockey league the NHL has confirmed it will not participate in the 2018 winter Olympic Games, stating no "meaningful dialogue" has materialised to convince it of the benefits of disrupting its season so its stars can compete in Pyeongchang.

Bilbao, Newcastle to host European rugby showpieces

European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has announced that the Spanish city of Bilbao will host its showpiece Champions Cup, Challenge Cup and Continental Shield finals in 2018, while Newcastle in England will stage the events in 2019.

McIlroy heads into Masters with Nike extension

Golf's world No.2, Rory McIlroy, has agreed a long-term extension to his partnership with US sportswear giant Nike.

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Some years back when I was active in the Private Sector mobilization under KEPSA I remember us holding many high level meetings with the then Ministry of Youth and Sports. One of the issues we discussed endlessly was about establishing a sports lottery to fund sports initiatives in Kenya. When the likes of Sport Pesa and Pambazuka National Lottery came up I thought the government had finally realised this goal. I was later to learn that these were initiatives by private sector and nothing to do with the government. The private sector had achieved what the government had discussed for ages and made a success out of it.

According to Business Daily: "Eight of the 25 licensed betting companies had paid a total of Sh4.7 billion in the financial years 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 respectively." The recently proposed 50% tax on the revenues of these firms is retrogressive and will kill a nascent industry with a great promise. These firms are already heavy on CSR. Sportpesa for example has invested over KShs 800 Million in supporting various sports in the country. Why come with these punitive measures? While betting and gaming have negative impact on society, extremist tax policies are not the best approach.

Government can as well take the billions it is currently collecting from the sector and use them to promote sports and educate consumers on the risks of gaming. Parliament must not allow this proposal to pass. If the government so wishes it can invest in its own sports lottery instead of using this backdoor mode. Furthermore, such dramatic and disastrous policy moves will discourage investment in this country with adverse impact on employment and economic growth.

Who will invest in a country where government can just wake up and decide that 50% of your revenues belong to it? This is almost criminalizing the industry.

The Sports industry has a very huge capacity of creating employment for millions of our youths wallowing in lack and poverty. The government should look at the bigger picture and not be obsessed with how much they can collect from the industry. Imagine the lotteries sponsoring football leagues in all 47 counties for example. This will be good for talent development and for growth of the sport. Kenya will be producing many international players and giving hope to the youth.

THE 50% TAX ON BETTING IS PUNITIVE AND RETROGRESSIVE. IT SHOULD BE RESCINDED IMMEDIATELY.

Opinion by: ~ Ephraim Njenga

 

 

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Kenyanstar.co.ke has been nominated alongside five other blogs under the best sports blog category for this year's Bloggers Association of Kenya Awards (BAKEAwards). Kenyanstar and 107 other websites were nominated in different categories of the awards out of over 10,000 entries for this years' awards  event.

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Newly-elected Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad has given his backing to a mooted Moroccan bid for the 2026 Fifa World Cup, stating the country is a "stronghold" of the world game. This among others makes our headlines for sports business news over the past one week.

Goodell dismisses late Oakland attempt to retain Raiders

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has rejected a last-ditch attempt by Oakland to prevent the Raiders American football franchise from moving to Las Vegas.

CAF president throws his weight behind Moroccan bid for 2026 World Cup

Newly-elected Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad has given his backing to a mooted Moroccan bid for the 2026 Fifa World Cup, stating the country is a "stronghold" of the world game.

Matchroom unites basketball and netball for new all-star events

Sports promotional company Matchroom Sport has joined forces with England Netball and the British Basketball League (BBL) to launch new all-star events that will be held over one weekend at The O2 arena in London.

Oakland Raiders given green light for Vegas move

The Oakland Raiders' relocation to Las Vegas has been approved by NFL American football franchise owners.

Western Force hits out at reports of Super Rugby demise

Super Rugby franchise Western Force on Monday hit out at multiple reports suggesting it will be the Australian team cut as a result of a reduction in size of the southern hemisphere rugby union tournament.

Fifa completes internal investigation into corruption allegations

Fifa, football's global governing body, has completed a 22-month investigation into suspected bribery and corruption within the game.

Fifa proposes new playoff tournament, slot allocation revealed

Fifa has outlined plans for a new six-team playoff tournament to be held as a qualification event ahead of the 2026 World Cup, as football's global governing body detailed the proposed slot allocation for the expanded version of its showcase national team competition.

ITF unveils Transition Tour as part of major reform of entry level tennis

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) on Thursday unveiled a major restructuring of the sport at its entry level that will lead to the creation of a new global Transition Tour in 2019.

EPFL brokers data deal for European leagues

The Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) has teamed up with data providers Perform Group, Sportradar and Genius Sports for a new agreement that will encompass eight leagues across the continent.

RLIF to launch Nines World Cup

The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) has announced plans to introduce a nine-a-side World Cup tournament in 2019, while Sydney will host the Emerging Nations World Championship.

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African pay-television broadcaster Kwesé TV has acquired exclusive rights to the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s 2017 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, an event more commonly known as March Madness.

Here is a host of other selected sports business news that came through this week;

US set to be 'focus' of F1 expansion plans

Sean Bratches, Formula One's managing director of commercial operations, has confirmed that the operators of the motor-racing world championship are set to focus on the US as a key expansion market.

Toronto to consider Commonwealth Games bid

The Toronto City Council will look into the possibility of bidding to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games following a notice of motion by Councillor James Pasternak.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is looking for a replacement host after the South African city of Durban was forced to withdraw its bid earlier this month due to financial difficulties and a lack of progress since it was awarded hosting rights in September 2015.

Eurosport Sweden lands Allsvenskan rights

International sports broadcaster Eurosport has acquired rights in Sweden to the Allsvenskan, the top tier of club football in the country.

British Superbike Championship teams up with Vauxhall, BMW

British automotive manufacturer Vauxhall Motors has been named as the official commercial vehicle of the 2017 British Superbike Championship (BSB), while the German car-maker BMW is set to provide the official course, safety and medical car fleet for the next three years.

Sport1 strikes deal for Virtuellen Bundesliga rights

German sports broadcaster Sport1 has acquired rights to the Virtuellen Bundesliga (VBL), the official esports competition of the German Football League (DFL).

Everton agrees deal for stadium site

English Premier League football club Everton has agreed heads of terms to acquire a site at Bramley Moore Dock, where it intends to build a new state-of-the-art stadium.

TV3 nets England football rights

Irish commercial broadcaster TV3 has acquired rights for England’s national team football qualifiers ahead of the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.

ASO takes Tour de France to China with new events

Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) has formalised its plans to take the Tour de France brand into China by unveiling two events that are set to take place following this year's edition of the cycling showpiece.

Dakar Rally to return to Peru

Peru will host the opening stage of next year’s edition of the Dakar Rally endurance motorsport event, it has been announced. The country’s capital, Lima, will kick off the 2018 Dakar Rally before the event travels through the Andes towards Bolivia. Competitors will then approach the Bolivian capital of La Paz for a rest day before the event concludes in Córdoba, Argentina.

The event, which will comprise 14 stages in total, will run from January 6-20.

Title sponsor signs up for IAAF World Relays

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company has been named as the title sponsor of the International Association of Athletics Federations’ upcoming World Relays event in the Caribbean country.

Fox Sports picks up rights to inaugural Big3

The Fox Sports division of US network Fox has acquired rights for Big3, a new three-on-three, half-court basketball league that will launch on June 25.

Uefa president raises prospect of luxury tax to curb club spending

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin has said European football's governing body is again looking at the prospect of introducing a 'luxury tax' system in the game as it seeks further means to restrict the financial dominance of the continent's top clubs.

Ireland plays down Brexit fears for Rugby World Cup bid

The chairman of Ireland’s bid to stage the 2023 Rugby World Cup has insisted that Britain’s impending exit from the European Union will not have a detrimental impact on the country’s efforts to stage the national team tournament.

DFL to launch Bundesliga International sales and marketing unit

The German Football League (DFL), organising body of the top two divisions of the domestic game, has revealed plans to replace its existing DFL Sports Enterprises entity with a new body entitled Bundesliga International.

Seiko partners with World Para Athletics Championships

Japanese watch manufacturer Seiko has agreed a deal to sponsor this year’s World Para Athletics Championships, which will take place in London.

Formula E chief hails rise in manufacturer partners

Alejandro Agag, founder and chief executive of Formula E, has said the electric car-racing series has far surpassed its expectations by securing nine manufacturers for the 2018-19 season, having initially set a target of three competing companies by its fifth campaign.

Glasgow awarded European Short Course Swimming Championships

The Ligue Européenne de Natation (LEN), the governing body of aquatics in Europe, has awarded the Scottish city of Glasgow hosting rights for the 2019 European Short Course Swimming Championships.

Tokyo 2020 golf venue reverses female membership stance

Kasumigaseki Country Club, the venue due to host golf events during the 2020 summer Olympic Games in the Japanese capital of Tokyo, has announced that it has voted to admit women members after being urged to do so last month by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

BWF assigns key hosting rights, revamps event structure

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has awarded hosting rights for its 2018 and 2019 World Championships to Nanjing and Basel, respectively, while it has also unveiled a major overhaul to its event structure.

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Matatu culture is part of living in Nairobi City and the transport means used by all. Soccer fans use their own cars, buses and matatus for traveling to away matches.

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Fifa claims first with formation of human rights panel

Fifa on Friday established an independent advisory body dedicated to the subject of human rights, a move that world football's governing body claims is a first for sports federations.

Facebook expands Univision Deportes ties with MLS streaming deal

Social media platform Facebook has struck its latest significant sports rights deal through an agreement with Major League Soccer and US pay-television broadcaster Univision Deportes.

Dodgers co-owner leads investment round in DraftKings

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) operator DraftKings has raised over $100m (€94.1m) in a new Series E1 investment round led by Eldridge Industries, whose chairman and chief executive, Todd Boehly, partly owns Major League Baseball franchise the Los Angeles Dodgers. Although DraftKings did not disclose the amount generated in the recent round, the approximate figure was published by Bloomberg, citing people close to the deal.

Berlin to stage Formula E double-header after Brussels event cancelled

The Formula E electric car-racing series will hold a double-header event in Berlin in June after Brussels was forced to forgo its hosting rights to an ePrix in July. The Belgian capital had been due to stage its first-ever Formula E event on July 1 but the lack of a suitable venue has led to the cancellation of the race.

Trump will make concessions to travel ban, claims LA 2024 chief

Los Angeles 2024 bid chiefs have said US President Donald Trump will make changes to his travel ban should the city win the right to stage the summer Olympics, and have added that their sole focus is on the 2024 Games amid speculation the International Olympic Committee (IOC) could seek to award hosting rights to two events in September.

HSBC expands portfolio with Rugby Canada deal

Banking group HSBC has secured a partnership with Rugby Canada, the national governing body for rugby union.

French prosecutors widen IAAF World Championships probe

French prosecutors who are investigating allegations of wrongdoing in relation to the award of the 2021 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships to Eugene in the US are also looking into the award of other hosting rights, a source close to the probe has told the Reuters news agency.

Rugby Europe steps up campaign for Six Nations reform

The Rugby Europe governing body has stepped up its campaign for a revamp of the Six Nations by submitting a formal request to open up the tournament to other countries. Rugby Europe has said it will submit the proposal to the 6 Nations Limited company amid a concerted campaign for teams such as Georgia and Romania to be granted an expansion slot.

Serie A clubs present new stadium plans

Fiorentina has unveiled plans for a new 40,000-capacity stadium, while fellow Italian Serie A football club Cagliari has announced that work on its new ground will begin within a month. Work on Fiorentina’s new facility is expected to begin in 2019 and the club hopes to move in by 2021. 

Kia extends LPGA partnership

Korean automotive manufacturer Kia has renewed its partnership with the Ladies Professional Golf Association.

Caf hits out as Lagardère Sports dispute rumbles on

The Confederation of African Football has further criticised Egyptian authorities in a dispute surrounding its contract with the Lagardère Sports agency, stating recent developments set a “deeply worrying precedent” for the African sports business industry as a whole.

World Karate Federation launches online streaming platform

The World Karate Federation has launched a new online streaming platform that will allow fans to watch live coverage of leading events.

CGF seeking new destination for 2022 Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is seeking a new host for the 2022 Commonwealth Games after hosting rights to the multi-sport event were removed from Durban on Monday.

Super Rugby set to cut two franchises

Super Rugby, the top club rugby union competition in the southern hemisphere, is set to be reduced from 18 teams to 16 teams next season.

King sells majority stake in expanding World TeamTennis

Tennis legend Billie Jean King has opted to sell her majority stake in World TeamTennis (WTT) to franchise owners Mark Ein and Fred Luddy, who plan to expand the mixed gender team league.

ICC chairman quits ahead of key reform meeting

Shashank Manohar on Wednesday made the surprise move of announcing his resignation as chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC), amid ongoing efforts to instigate reform in the global game.

IOC upbeat on Pyeongchang 2018 progress, engages Publicis for promotional brief

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has promised a "unique experience" at the 2018 winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, while French advertising and public relations company Publicis has landed a global promotional contract for next year's event in Pyeongchang.

Erzurum lining up 2026 Olympics bid, Milan targets 2028 Games

The Turkish city of Erzurum is preparing a bid for the 2026 winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, while Milan is said to be considering returning Italy to the bidding table for the summer Games for its 2028 edition.

World Rugby hails new global calendar agreement

World Rugby has reached an agreement over a new global rugby union calendar, with Bill Beaumont, chairman of the sport's global governing body, stating the deal will deliver "certainty and sustainability".

IOC to assess double Olympic Games selection, launches major gender equality project

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has formed a working group to assess changes to the candidature process for the Olympic Games that could see both Los Angeles and Paris achieve success in September, while it has also unveiled details of a major gender equality project for the global sporting movement.

Asian Tour to return to China following 'game changing' CGA link-up

Golf's Asian Tour will travel to China for the first time in nine years after agreeing a strategic partnership with the China Golf Association (CGA).

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He is from one of Kenya’s greatest football families. His massive talent has catapulted him to the top of the country’s goalkeeper charts. The Lillestrom netminder continues to scale greater heights and he says, he just got started.

His name is common music to Kenyan ears, thanks to his unmatched talent and skill. He takes honours for being one of the nation’s most disciplined footballers, both on and off the pitch. While he continues to rise, he has not escaped controversy. On several occasions, he has been criticized for declining to play for his country. The last time he was in goal for Kenya, Harambee Stars conceded a late controversial goal, that led to chaos at the Nyayo National stadium.

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World Boxing Super Series set for September launch

The World Boxing Super Series, a new annual elimination tournament featuring some of the sport's top fighters and a $50m (€47m) prize fund, will launch in September.

Nascar adds second top-tier race in Las Vegas

North American stock car-racing series Nascar has added a second Las Vegas race to its calendar, with the US city now set to host two top-tier events from the 2018 season onwards.

Germany and Turkey to battle for Euro 2024

Uefa, football's European governing body, has confirmed that Germany and Turkey will be the only bidders for the Euro 2024 national team tournament.

SportAccord goes back to the future as reforms unveiled

SportAccord, the umbrella group of more than 90 Olympic and non-Olympic sports federations, has unveiled proposals for constitutional changes that could see it return to its former designation and introduce a new means of electing its president.

Adidas raises expectations after 'exceptional' year

Adidas has raised its long-term revenue projections through to 2020 after hailing an "exceptionally successful" 2016.

Bank of America backing boosts Vegas bid for Oakland Raiders

The efforts of NFL American football franchise the Oakland Raiders to relocate to Las Vegas have been boosted with the news that Bank of America has agreed to step in to fill a financial black hole that had been created in a project to develop a new stadium in the Nevada city.

Fredericks steps down from IOC and IAAF roles amid allegations

Frankie Fredericks has stepped down from senior roles within the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) after a newspaper report that he received almost $300,000 (€282,500) from disgraced marketing consultant Papa Massata Diack.

British Cycling recruits FA exec as new CEO

The British Cycling governing body has appointed Julie Harrington of the English Football Association (FA) as its new chief executive.

UFC claims first with Vegas arena deal

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has claimed an industry first with a multi-year agreement that names the mixed martial arts organisation as an anchor tenant of the T-Mobile Arena in the US city of Las Vegas.

Fifa outlines requirements for 2026 World Cup bidders

World football’s governing body Fifa on Thursday stated that the United States would have to permit entry to players, officials and fans from any country that qualified if it won the right to host the 2026 World Cup, while reports have detailed a potential rival joint bid for the tournament from Morocco, Spain and Portugal.

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Rio 2016 rejects claims of corruption in Olympic bid process

Rio 2016 has maintained it ran a clean bid for the 2016 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games amid a report on Friday that corrupt payments could have influenced the decision to award the event to the Brazilian city in October 2009.

Argentine players maintain strike action ahead of return of domestic football

The Argentine Footballers' Union (FAA) maintained it stand on strike ahead of commencement of the league this weekend. Argentine players are protesting over unpaid salaries, as the Argentine Football Association (AFA) threatened sanctions in a bid to ensure the domestic game returns to action.  Read More 

Durban bid chief confident city will retain Commonwealth Games

Tubby Reddy, the chairman of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), has insisted that the city of Durban has "done enough" to retain hosting rights to the 2022 edition of the Commonwealth Games multi-sport event.

Barcelona seeks to create world's leading sports innovation centre

Spanish LaLiga football club Barcelona has unveiled plans to develop the world's leading centre for sporting innovation.

Velon and Infront put the hammer down with new cycling series

The Velon umbrella body of professional cycling teams and the Infront Sports & Media agency on Wednesday unveiled a new team-based series which will feature the world's leading squads.

Liverpool makes Commonwealth Games offer amid Durban concern

The English city of Liverpool has offered to bring forward its bid for the Commonwealth Games and stage the 2022 edition of the multi-sport event, amid serious concern over whether current host Durban will be able to fulfil its obligations.

Sports Minister raises further concerns over Durban's Commonwealth Games

South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has said that Durban may have to forfeit its hosting rights to the 2022 Commonwealth Games due to the high cost of staging the multi-sport event.

Liverpool hires EA chief as new CEO

English Premier League football club Liverpool has announced that Peter Moore will become its new chief executive.

Nordic nations shelve Euro 2024 bid plan in favour of new strategy

A collective of Nordic football associations has decided to drop plans to bid for Uefa Euro 2024 in favour of exploring efforts to land national team events in women's and youth football.

FIG to develop parkour-related discipline

The International Gymnastics Federation's (FIG) executive committee has committed to the development of a new discipline that is related to parkour.

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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

 

 

 

 

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Partnership signed to enhance integrity of esports industry

The European division of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) has partnered with the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) in a move that is designed to enhance the integrity of the rapidly developing esports industry.

Referendum bid places question marks against Budapest's Olympic Games tilt

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is faced with the prospect of the bid race for the 2024 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games being reduced to two contenders after a threshold was met to stage a referendum on Budapest's bid.

Budapest 2024's 'ship has sailed' – bid chief

Budapest 2024 chairman Balázs Fürjes has conceded that the Hungarian capital's bid for the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games has likely "ran aground" as International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach labelled the uncertainty surrounding the bid as the work of a political group that is seeking to "make a name" for itself.

Giudicelli steps up to become new French Tennis Federation president

French Tennis Federation (FFT) secretary general Bernard Giudicelli will step up to the top role at the governing body after being elected as its new president.

Aiba forges partnership with WBA

The International Boxing Association (Aiba) has entered into a partnership with the World Boxing Association (WBA), one of the four major sanctioning bodies of the professional side of the sport.

Kohli lands record deal with Puma

Indian cricket star Virat Kohli has signed a lucrative endorsement deal with German sportswear company Puma.

Former Amazon executive Paull to lead Bamtech

MLBAM, the interactive media and internet division of North America's Major League Baseball, has appointed Michael Paull as the new chief executive of its Bamtech video technology division.

Six Nations chief rejects expansion talk

Six Nations chief executive John Feehan has said there is "no vacancy" in the national team rugby union tournament amid a concerted campaign for Georgia to be granted an expansion slot.

Budapest to quit 2024 Olympics race

Hungary's government announced on Wednesday evening that it would scrap Budapest's bid to host the 2024 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games – a move that leaves only Los Angeles and Paris still in the running.

ISSF approves gender equal Olympic program, assigns event hosts

The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) has signed off on a major overhaul of its competition system for the 2020 summer Olympic Games and has assigned hosting rights for a number of its events in 2018 and 2019.

Bayern confirms channel launch

German Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich has confirmed that it will launch its own linear television channel, FC Bayern.tv, on February 27.

Budapest 2024 winds up Olympic bid, Orbán hits out at Momentum

Budapest 2024 on Friday confirmed that formal procedures have commenced to end its bid for the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games as Hungary's Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, slammed the role played by the Momentum Mozgalum political movement.

 

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A group of Derby County legends made a playing comeback on Thursday by featuring in a walking football tournament to support the Derby County Community Trust’s annual trip to Kenya.

The Kenya Cup, which ran in partnership with Richmond Villages Retirement Homes, saw former rams Archie Gemmill, Roger Davies, Roy McFarland and Kevin Hector don their football boots again in Repton, reminiscent of the Derby’s title winning era of the 1970s. 

Walking football was the sport on offer and is a growing phenomenon amongst the older generations, providing an excellent outlet for those looking to return to the sport after many years’ absence. 

Teams of over 60s from across Derbyshire took part, all to raise money for the Rams in Kenya project which will see over 60 volunteers return to the African country this summer.

During what will be their sixth visit, volunteers will spend time funding the installation of running water, building classrooms, providing resources, supporting teachers and completing maintenance and site improvement. Money raising events such as the Kenya Cup prove vital in making the trip possible. 

In what was a fantastic fundraiser, the ex-Rams showed great vigour and hadn’t lost that competitive edge. They eventually finished the day runners-up to Riverside following a 3-3 draw and loss on penalties in the final. 

The trip began in 2012 and has grown since 13 volunteers departed on the first visit. 164 volunteers have now taken part across the five trips. 

Volunteers also get the opportunity to take part in the Rift Valley Adventure Day which is a visit to the Nakuru National Safari, Thompson falls and the equator. There is also the chance to visit the Menengai Crater, an elephant orphanage and the giraffe manor in Narobi.

Facilitated by African Adventures, the trip benefits both the Derby County Community Trust and the impoverished areas around Nakuru in Kenya.

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Here is the business that has been happening from last Friday throughout the week in the world of sports. 

Puma resurgence continues with strong financials

German sportswear company Puma has posted a 33-per-cent increase in operating profit to continue its financial improvement on the back of a year of major sporting events.

New Super League seeks to shake up triathlon

Hamilton Island in Australia has been announced as the host of a new triathlon series that aims to create an entertainment property that will take triathlon into the mainstream.

Funding not an issue for Vegas stadium, says Raiders president

Oakland Raiders president Marc Badain has insisted that financing the NFL American football team's proposed move from California to Nevada will not be an issue, despite the project having recently lost one of its key backers.

European Tour furthers innovation strategy with new GolfSixes event

Golf's European Tour has continued its drive for innovation in the sport by unveiling a new event entitled GolfSixes.

'Landmark' pact set to herald peace in kiteboarding

World Sailing on Monday hailed the signing of a "landmark agreement" which aims to unite the kiteboarding community and end a period of turmoil in the sport.

Amsterdam to host 3x3 basketball showpieces

Fiba, basketball's global governing body, has announced that the Dutch city of Amsterdam will host the 3x3 Europe Cup later this year and the 3x3 World Cup in 2019.

Formula E secures fresh Chinese investment

CMC Capital Partners, a leading Chinese investor in the sports and entertainment sectors on Tuesday announced an investment in Formula E Holdings Limited, the official promoter of the Formula E electric car-racing championship.

MEPs call for Commission inquiry into F1

The European Commission could launch an investigation into alleged "anti-competitive practices" in the Formula One motor-racing world championship after Members of the European Parliament voted to support an inquiry.

Turkey confirms plan to re-enter bidding arena for European Championships

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) on Wednesday confirmed it will bid to host Uefa Euro 2024, following up on a pledge it made when exiting the race for rights to the 2020 edition of the showpiece national team tournament of European football's governing body.

LFP and FFF launch first overseas office in Beijing

The French Football League (LFP) and French Football Federation (FFF) on Thursday joined forces to inaugurate their first overseas office in Beijing, China.

FIA slams 'malicious' criticism of role in F1 takeover

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has hit out at "inaccurately informed" and "malicious" reports concerning its role in the takeover of Formula One by US mass media company Liberty Media.

You are now informed! Be sure to read again next week on Friday to catch up on the latest in the world of sports. 

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Michael Jordan hasn't played an NBA game since 2003 and his last with the Chicago Bulls was 16 years ago. Yet Jordan earned approximately $90 million in 2013. Jordan made hundreds of millions from endorsements during his career, but 2013 was his biggest year yet. His 2013 payday was more than any retired or current athlete, outside of Floyd Mayweather.

Jordan’s hefty earnings are mostly attributable to the incredible success of Nike’s Jordan Brand. Other partners for Jordan, the man, include Gatorade, Hanes, Upper Deck, 2K Sports, Novant Health and Five Star Fragrances. He also owns seven restaurants, a car dealership and 80% of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats.

High-profile athletes like Michael Jordan and David Beckham have founded global business empires on the careful use of their images. However, the widespread use of smartphones and social media has made it increasingly difficult for athletes to protect their images because their pictures or videos can be uploaded to the internet and, within seconds, accessed by millions of people. 

Protecting an image is not just about money; an athlete’s reputation can be severely damaged through their unauthorized association with certain products or enterprises such as tobacco, alcohol or gambling.

Unlike other countries, personality or image rights are not explicitly recognized in Kenyan law. As a result, athletes whose images have been exploited are likely to find themselves having to initiate court action in a legal system which is ill-designed to protect their individual image rights. Consequently, many are turning to the use of trade marks.

A trade mark provides a legally enforceable right in relation to the use of an image, symbol or words associated with a person or other entity.

Trade marks can be particularly helpful because they can extend beyond the athlete’s image, to their name, signature and other images associated with the individual athlete. Essentially, if there’s some unique image associated with you, you can apply to trade mark it. Usain Bolt, for example, has entered his famous “winning pose” in the United States Trade Mark Registry, preventing its use by others.

  • Once you have trade marked an aspect of your sporting personality, you can:
  • Exclusively use your trade mark to start a brand, or sell a product;
  • More easily prevent people ‘piggy backing’ off your image;
  • Sell or licence the exclusive use of your trade mark for profit;

Get nation-wide coverage for your exclusive use rights to your trade mark. This is critical because if you do not have a trade mark and someone infringes your rights, any action you may have against them could be limited by state jurisdiction. Nation-wide coverage is also the first step to be taken if you want to later consider expanding your rights in other countries.

What should you do?

Professional athletes should give serious consideration to whether their image, or part of it, should be trademarked. This will provide them with a course of action in trade mark infringement if their image is exploited at any time. 

For some athletes, the registration of a trade mark may seem excessive. However it is important that all athletes know what rights they have in relation to their sporting images, and the options available to them if they think they may be being exploited. 

Trade mark registration is included in the services offered under Kenyanstar Athlete Branding and Marketing Services. Should you need any further information or to sign up for our services please contact us

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It is almost a year after AFC Leopards found itself in a catch-22 situation, with two sponsors pulling different directions, each wanting a share of the club. Ironically, while the potential sponsors were clawing each other to associate themselves with the club, Ingwe was just dusting itself from a terrible year both on and off the pitch.

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Great sporting events bring with them opportunities for celebrating the talents of great athletes. But the stress can be enormous. 

Individuals involved in sport are often people who are fortunate enough to be doing something they love deeply. Yet the alleged suicide of retired Kenyan sprinter Kennedy Ondiek in July 2011 or the death of former Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards and Harambee Stars midfield maestro John Okello “Zangi” many years earlier highlighted the prevailing stigma of mental illness and depression in the world of Kenyan sport. 

Ondiek is alleged to have his taken own life while “Zangi” died tragic dead, found dead a few years after plunging into depressive illness.

While the deaths of these two Kenyan sporting heroes received some media mentions, the impact of their passing away failed to emphasize the need for the sporting fraternity to recognize depression as the serious illness that it is.

Sporting Pressures to Achieve Can Lead to Depressive Illness

In the competitive, "macho" sporting world, the pressure to reach goals and, once having reached them, maintain those high standards, can be extremely stressful.

The expectations of fans that are often unsympathetic to what may be seen as weakness in their heroes, adds to the pressure. Successful sportsmen are seen as fortunate to be rich, successful and doing a job they love.

Depression Seen as Weakness in Sporting World

Not too long ago, leading female boxer, Conjestina Achieng’, was hospitalized at the Mathari Mental Hospital, the media, both mainstream and social were awash with headlines insinuating that she had gone mad. 

While later headlines modified the language, the public vilification of the trailblazing Kenyan boxer, for suffering from an ailment that required psychiatric help was surely no way to treat Conjestina or anyone for that matter.

Changes in Attitude to Depression in Sport

The mood is changing globally. Steps are being taken to encourage athletes to open up about their fears and speak to a medical professional if they are in any doubt about their mental well-being.

These changes have been brought about by sports personalities themselves publicly revealing their struggles with depression.

It is about time that the Kenyan sports fraternity accepts the reality of depression in sport.

Global Sporting Personalities Who Have Suffered From Depression

Brave sportsmen and women have helped to raise the public profile of depression in sport, and in the wider community, by being up-front about their experiences.

• British Athlete Dame Kelly Holmes said that her low self-esteem before her gold-medal win at the Olympic Games in 2004 had led her to cut herself with scissors. She sought help from a doctor and feels that she will never return to that dark place.

• Glasgow Celtic coach, Neil Lennon, suffered years of depression which began in 2000 when he was playing for Leicester City. It was only when he moved to Celtic that the Club doctor diagnosed his problem. His situation was exacerbated because he was threatened with violence for being Catholic. Lennon said that revealing his depressive illness to his own family had been the hardest.

• Closer to home, athletics legend Henry Rono is probably the only Kenyan sports personality to openly admit to have suffered from depression and alcoholism. In the late 1970s Rono was a big draw on the European circuit. In 1978 he broke four tough world records in 81 days and without the aid of pacemakers. His free-flowing, surging style was remarkable for its ease, but its effects were devastating on clock and competition alike. A love for alcohol, naiveté that saw him swindled by promoters contributed to his steady decline, going from grace to grass, even being homeless in the USA, before a long and winding path to recovery in the ensuing years.

Sporting Heroes Raise Public Awareness About Depression

Pressure in sport can be an exhilarating experience and most sports personalities can handle it. But often the pressure exceeds the ability to cope and then comes depression, anxiety, fear of public shame, constant newspaper speculation, and the advice to ‘pull yourself together’. Pressure in sport is excessive and expectations are high. In particular, for young men the male stereotype can be hard to live up to.

Depression is slowly being recognized as an illness, not a weakness. Experienced sporting role models worldwide are helping all sufferers from depression to seek help and recover. It is about time we embraced the same for Kenyan sports personalities. 

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Richard Wanjohi writes on endorsements and why our athletes and their agents need to go after it with the same zeal they go for honours in the sports arena. There are other honours that can be won after the finishing tape or final whistle.

Kenyan Sports Men and Women are constantly in the limelight for their record breaking performance. We have the likes of Victor Wanyama, David Rudisha, Pamela Jelimo, Ezekiel Kemboi and Vivian Cheruiyot, all big names and potential big brands for endorsements.

The achievements made by the athletes named above would be any business and marketers dream in terms of endorsements, brand ambassadors and face of campaigns that would be rolled out by corporate organizations.

And though some have enjoyed a level of visibility by different brands e.g. Rudisha’s endorsement of a shoe polish brand, Vivian Cheruiyot’s face as part of international debit card promo campaign and also to some extent former Olympian Catherine Ndereba’s cameo appearance in a personal hygiene product promo. Others who enjoy something close to an endorsement include Jason Dunford’s use of image for a local water infrastructure company.

The concern though arises from the fact that most of these ‘endorsements’ are more short-term and some even without any monetary or remuneration in place. Which brings to question whether corporate firms do commit real worth to sports personalities?

Running after endorsements

Many of our sports personalities work with agents who are quick to get them running and appearance obligations in the different circuits in Europe. There ought to be an equal measure of pursuit of corporate firms which can use the sports personalities for promoting their brands.

This also throws the gauntlet to local sports marketing firms which have not yet perfected the art of sports endorsements. Compare this with such feats as Samuel Etoo who besides being among the highest paid footballer endorses products by Puma and Ford. He has managed to stay among the top sports personalities with good endorsements and now a pay check which is any footballer’s envy.

We have seen our football heroes Victor Wanyama, Dennis Oliech and MacDonald Mariga make exploits in European league. But none has been able to attract brands worth mentioning. Our athletes also have a responsibility to maintain top form and an image off the limelight that is worth associating with.

Over the years we have had enduring sports personalities who have come close to such endorsements including Paul Tergat, the late Samuel Wanjiru (who endorsed a Japanese sports supplement brand) after his marathon exploits in Beijing, Kip Keino too was the face of a famous ball-point brand for sometime in the 1980s and early 90s.

In summation though, it is our hope that Kenyan sports personalities will realize their true worth in branding and endorsing products and that they shall be able to secure long term deals. This is to ensure better investment by brand custodians. 

It will also ensure safer income threshold for the sports people once they retire from their active days. Aren’t they all envious of one Michael Jordan who even in his retired state is still selling shoes under one of the leading sports shoe brands in the world?

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Once upon a time Kenya ruled the roost in Africa and beyond as far as hockey was concerned. Many of the current generation do not know it but believe it or not we were ranked number four in the WORLD, yes in the world. Back then we lived and dined with the masters of the game and hockey was indeed alive and well in Kenya, then a seemingly unstoppable downward spiral began and we are yet to find our way.

The story of how we got to where we are is indeed a long one and various reasons have been given as to the cause of the great decline but I don't think we can attribute it to one particular reason, it's been a combination of several some of which we can try and unravel here. 

One obvious reason must be the personnel on pitch, back in the day hockey was played mostly by Indians (who brought the game to Kenya) and their love for the game and communal nature of life ensured talent was nurtured and also passed on at the right time. The segregated nature of the education system also saw Asian schools like Jamhuri High and Kisumu Boys produce an endless supply of very good hockey players who later turned out for team Kenya.

Kenya managed to send teams to the Olympics consistently from the time the country first participated up until the 1988 Seoul Olympics which was the last one we attended. In between we took part in the hockey world cup and once making the semi finals where we controversially lost to Spain. Kenya were truly on a high then, names like Santok  Singh, Hardev Singh, Avtar Singh Sohal were household names in the world, well recognized and respected. With such talent on offer, how did we then sink so low?

Lack of proper planning , finances, poor leadership at the helm, racism, lack of proper youth structures and  proper coaching have all been mentioned as some reasons why we fell from grace. These indeed could have contributed to some measure as we shall see in future articles but for sure it's a combination of factors which must be well addressed if we are to get back to the glory days of old. I shall endeavor to analyze in detail some of the fronted reasons and how best they could be solved.

We could be down and almost out right now as far as our status in world hockey is concerned, the current generation of hockey players have no memories of us ruling the roost and that's why they first must be informed of the time when we were kings.

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Poor planning has once again punctuated the start of the 2017 season, with football stakeholders spending more time in the corridors of justice than in the boardrooms to plan for what looks like a grueling season ahead.

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I love suits. I envy Italian fashion, but majority of my outfits are Kenyan. Whenever I think of acquiring a suit, my designer who is on speed dial comes to mind. There are a number of excellent Kenyan designers coming through the ranks, and they are doing some pretty amazing work. No doubt. 

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Club licensing finally happened. Three clubs got relegated after they failed to comply. Some,like Sofapaka could not prove how they will pay their players in the coming season.

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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.

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The state of Kenyan football is of such immense concern to the masses today that the decay of the national team (clubs included) gives rise to greater outrage than all the scandals in politics, the JKIA fire included.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A freak blast of lightning strikes dead an entire team on the playing field while their opponents are left completely unscathed. How do you explain it? Coincidence?Bad luck?Or just plain Bad weather? You be the judge.

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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.

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It is a cold evening on ImaraDaima's dusty recreation ground but that has not stopped dozens of youth getting together to play the beautiful game in Nairobi’s most troubled landmass, Embakasi.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Strong branding practice is a key to any organization’s growth in terms of market share and customer loyalty. It is a simple yet tricky to master kind of art. Branding can mean the rise or fall of an organization depending on the manner in which it is handled. The types of people who associate with your business and the perceptions about it are as a result of the manner in which you position your brand in the market. This art seems to be a key problem area in Kenyan sports organizations.

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Dear Nick Mwendwa, 

Kenyan football is having a huge problem and this problem has been exacerbated by the fact that broadcast of foreign leagues in the country will not end or reduce any time soon. The only way out of this is to raise the standards of our game. Kenyans have been lured to watch the foreign leagues on television because of the pomp and grandeur that surrounds European football. In those leagues you will see, capacity stadia, quality players, great passion, and impressive show of corporate partnerships. If you look at our leagues right from the top to the lower ones, aren’t all these missing? What do you think the problem is?

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