Kenya has improved tremendously in the past year posting positive results that has seen them rise in rankings into the top 90 in the World.

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He remains one of Kenya’s brightest talents. His ability to play both in defense and attack has helped him stand out among his peers. Pacy and good on set pieces, Clifton Miheso needs no introduction to Kenyan football lovers.

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Kenya's Harambee Stars played to a 1-1 draw against Uganda Cranes  in an International  Friendly Match played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos Kenya on Thursday the 23rd of March. 

Kenya went ahead in the first half through Michael Olunga's 35th Minute strike but Uganda's Moses Waiswa, playing on his National team debut restored parity in the 86th minute of the match to guarantee a draw for the Ugandans. 

 This was the 77th meeting between the two countries. There are now 23 draws, 22 wins for Kenya and Uganda remains ahead with 32.

Team Line ups:

Kenya XI: Patrick Matasi, Musa Mohammed (Simon Mbugua 55’), Robinson Kamura, Brian Mandela, Aoud Omar, Anthony Akumu, Johanna Omollo (Osborne Monday 81’), Samuel Onyango (Bernard Mangoli 77’), Noah Wafula (John Makwatta 59’), Michael Olunga (Paul Were 60’), Jesse Were

Unused Subs: David Okello, Kenneth Muguna

Uganda Cranes XI: Benjamin Ochan (GK) Nico Wakiro Wadada (Martin Kizza 75’), Godfrey Walusimbi (Kirizestom Ntambi 65’), Murshid Jjuuko, Timothy Awany, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Captain), Emmanuel Okwi (Milton Karisa 70’), Muzamiru Mutyaba (Waiswa Moses 79’), Geofrey Serunkuma, Shafik Batambuze, Habib Kavuma

Unused subs: Isma Watenga (GK), Yassar Mugerwa, Brian Majwega

 

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Not long after the Sports Dispute Tribunal(SDT) reinstated Sofa Paka and Muhoroni Youth to the top flight  Kenya Premier League, Football Kenya Federation has confirmed the guideline for promotion and demotion of the league .

In a  letter signed by the Fkf Secretary General/CEO Robert Muthomi and sent to the Managing Director of Kenya Premier League Company Jack Aguda and copied to all KPL clubs, the federation has advised the KPL Company to stick to the decision of the National Executive Committee(NEC) which resolved that the last two teams on the final table standing  be relegated to the second tier league.

''We take this early opportunity to advise that as per the decision of the Fkf National Executive Committee, the teams finishing last and second last position according to the final table standing of the 2017 KPL season will be relegated directly to the National Super League(NSL). The teams finishing first and second position according to the final table standing of the 2017 NSL season will be promoted directly to the KPL.

The team finishing 16'th position on the final KPL table standing and the team finishing position number three(3) in the final NSL table standing will be subjected to the play off match to determine the team that participates in the 2018 KPL season'' read part of the letter

The newly expanded 2017 KPL consist of  18 teams including four newbies namely Nzoia Sugar, Kariobangi Sharks, Nakumatt and Zoo Kericho

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A late strike by Jumaan Khalid salvaged a point for Nairobi City Stars during the mid week Fkf National Super League match played at KPA Mbaraki Sports Club on Wednesday 22/3/2017.

The match started at a cracking pace with Rangers throwing everything into attack from the word go and in the 5'th min dribbling wizard George Owiti tapped home a pass from Francis Ochola on the left flank.

Ten minutes later City Stars keeper Koffi Jean Claude  parred away  Athman Bori 's long drive  for an abortive corner. City Stars came back  raiding Rangers goalmouth with Oscar Jumba drive cleared by Samuel Karori in the 23'rd min.

The visitors made another effort in the 38'th min when Hamisi Mwinyi set Jumaan Khalid but his shot went over the bar.

City Stars came back a rejuvenated side in the second half and soon their  coach made substitution bringing in Innocent Mutiso for Edwin Nduati. Mutiso terrorized rangers defence with his long drive going off target in the 77'th min.  Two minutes later  Juman Khalid shot blocked by Rangers keeper Ryan Hamisi. Jumaan Khalid levelled the score when he headed home a cross from Mutiso four minutes to time and enable the visitors share the spoils.

With the Results Rangers have five points from three matches as City Stars have one point from three matches played.

Rangers face Vihiga United next Sunday 26/3/2017 at Mumias stadium as City Stars host Agro Chemical at Camp Toyoyo on the same day.

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AFC Leopards has raised concerns over fan behaviour while travelling for matches  against  following events of the fans' trip to Thika last Sunday.

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The figure of Ksh. 600,000 released by Gor Mahia today, as the total gate collections for the Gor Mahia vs Zoo Kericho match in Kisumu are ‘stupid figures’,  Gor Mahia Organizing Secretary Judith Anyango has told Kenyanstar in a long ranging Interview.

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Gor Mahia head coach Ze Maria failed to turn up for training on Tuesday due to a row over payment issues.

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The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to ban the Ghanaian match official Joseph Odartei Lamptey from taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at national and international level for life.

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Harambee Stars First Coach Stanley Okumbi has called up 11 foreign based players to link up with the team ahead of friendlies against Uganda and DRC Congo Scheduled for March 23 and 26, 2017 respectively, at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

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In line with its long term commitment to promoting football development, the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) on Monday rolled out CAF C License coaching courses across the country.

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He is a midfield powerhouse. His potential is unmatched. During his time in Kenya, he played for and was part of one of the best Tusker FC sides in recent years. An injury almost ruled him out of the game early on, but he managed to get over it and made a move across the seas for greener pastures.

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With six points after two matches, Gor Mahia put their season on the best track as they seek to reclaim their title.

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Stewart Hall becomes the first coach at Leopards to mastermind a win for AFC Leopards on the opening day of the Kenyan Premier League since the Club was promoted in 2009.

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Zambia is set to make a bid to host the 2025 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations.

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AFC Leopards will target a top five finish, Stewart Hall has told Kenyanstar while speaking during the club’s jersey launch and team unveiling in Limuru on Friday morning.

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The stage was set for what would have been the biggest upsets of the year. A massive underdog was just about to stun the African Cup defending champions. On the key actors was none other than David Owino, thanks to the brickwall he put out to Chelsea’s Victor Moses and the Nigerian forward line. He left a mark in Nigeria, and earned himself a second nickname - Calabar.

Over the last couple of years, he has continued to scale greater heights and gets fine by the day. Like age old wine. He certainly is Kenya’s number one defender, and Zesco United’s best.  Kenyanstar sat with Kenyan international David Owino, and here is his story.

Kenyanstar: Kindly share with us your football story. Where did it all start before you got to Zesco?

David Owino: I Started my football career at Nakuru Olympic Youth under the great coach Sammy Abida(RIP), then I later  joined St Joseph who by then were playing in the nationwide league until 2008 when the team’s name was changed to AC Nakuru. In 2009, I went to try out with Karuturi Sport and I secured a contract. I played there for 3 years then Gor Mahia came calling. Again I played for 3 years at Gor Mahia and later joined Zesco United. This is my third year at the club.                      

KS: You were a very solid defender at Gor Mahia. You did well for the club. What different things did you do to be successful at Gor Mahia?

DO: When I joined Gor mahia not much was expected from me by the Gor mahia faithfuls. The club then had established and well known defenders like Eric Masika, Ivan Anguyo and Musa Mohammed. I personally wasn't intimidated though and knew I was mature enough to compete with them for positions in the team.  

KS: You are probably the best Kenyan defender currently. What is the tactical secret to being a great stopper?

DO: To be effective and solid at the back, all it takes is good timing and being a good reader of the game.  (Pauses and laughs) However,  thank God you said ‘probably the best’. Anyway, it’s all about hard work and the desire to learn every day.

KS: After holding Nigeria to a draw in Calabar, Arnold Origi posted on his Facebook account in part: ‘..Kenya has two solid defenders. David Owino and David Ochieng.’ Kindly take us through that match in Nigeria.

DO: The match in Calabar was one of the best in many games I have played. I can say that the match came at a perfect time when I was on top of my game, having had a terrific show for Gor Mahia in the Continentals. 

KS:  On November 20th 2015 you were named the most disciplined player for Zesco. How much important is discipline in your career?

DO: I believe discipline is not even something we are supposed to talk about. You and I know far too well that discipline is very important in any career not only football.

KS: You have cemented a place in the Zesco team. Not many Kenyan players have excelled abroad. What has kept you strong in Zesco? Character, talent…?

DO: Since I landed at Zesco I have been playing regularly, and I can only say it’s  all about hard work and prayers.

KS: How is football life in  Zambia? How different is it from that in Kenya?      

DO: I must say football in Zambia is very different from ours back home. In  Zambia the pace of the game is way too high compared to Kenya.

KS:   George Lwandamina - How much of an influence has this coach been to you especially when he was still at Zesco?

DO: Lwandamina is not only a good coach buh also a father figure. I must say that he was the one who made it easy for me to settle first. 

KS: Last year, Zesco were looking to extend your contract. How is this discussion going? Are you staying at Zesco?

DO: I still am a Zesco United player till next year.

KS: Kindly tell us about your relationship with Jesse Were and Akumu. You seem quite close…

DO: Jesse and Akumu are my brothers.  This a family as you know we far from home while playing in Zambia. We keep each other on toes too while in Zambia.

KS: Harambee Stars- You have now cemented a place in the national team. Kindly tell us about your national team journey and why you are doing so well.

DO: At the national team it's very easy as I always come to camp with the right attitude ready to fight with the boys.

KS: In 2015, you brought your boyhood team -Flamingos- some jerseys. How important is it for a footballer to give back to the community?      

DO: I was born and raised in Flamingo. Bringing jerseys to the young boys there is a small gesture to somewhat encourage them to keep pushing hard as one day God will see them through.   

KS: You once said on Facebook while leaving Gor Mahia that you might consider returning to the club someday. Are you still considering that?

DO: In football one will never say never. Gor mahia made me who I am today but for now I am just focused on Zesco.

KS: Are you considering Europe?

DO: As you know, every player’s dream is to play to the highest level. If Europe comes my way, why not?

KS: Angoloma or Calabar? Which is your favourite nickname?

DO:  I am fine with both of them though back home they call me Angoloma.

KS: Any closing words to your fans?

DO: To my fans I can only say thank you for always supporting me. May God bless you abundantly.

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The day is September 26th 2010. Kenya U-20 coach Vince Ombiji brought on a young and promising player as the national junior side took on Lesotho. The rookie had an almost immediate impact, as he ran down the Lesotho defense rugged. Fleet foot works, pacy and pin point crosses made him a darling to the fans instantly. Kenya’s next big thing was alive.

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Controversial. Hard tackler. Solid midfielder. Indisciplined... His character is described depending on where you swear your allegiance. A no-nonsense figure on and off the pitch. He commands influence and his contribution to the club cannot be underestimated.

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Those who love him, love him with so much passion. Those who hate him, also do so with the same gusto. If a book on ‘The most hated footballers’ were ever to be written, several chapters would be dedicated to him.

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After beating league champions Tusker 1-0 to lift the Kenyan Premier League Super Cup on Sunday, Gor Mahia coach Marcelo Ferreira is now all bullish about the new season and what K’Ogalo will be aiming for.

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He parted ways with Tusker after a rather illustrious stint, to the surprise of many. Critics suggested that he probably was headed for the gutters.However, he took the bold step and made a move to Greece where he joined Greece second division side Panegialios. He didn't stay long, as things started to blossom and he immediately attracted the eyes of Bulgarian suitors in early 2016. He then joined PFC Slavia Sofia where he has continues to make a great impact, the greatest being an assist that has his side on the brink of Europa League qualification.

Kenyanstar caught up with Abud Omar, and he narrates his story so far. A story of resilience, talent and determination.

Kenyanstar: You have risen quite fast in the last few years. How's the journey been since you left Tusker?

Abud Omar: My journey has not been that easy. It has been quite tasking and demanding. To get to where I am,  it needs a lot of sacrifices and hard work.

KS: How was it playing in Greece? Any challenges?

AO: In Greece life was good and bad at the same time. Good since the people were very  friendly and welcomed me with both hands. The downside now was the club I was playing for did not fulfill their contractual obligations, which are paying my salary. That was not just for me, but the entire team. This made life very difficult considering I was in a foreigner.

KS: What’s different about Bulgaria?

AO: Some similarities and also a couple of differences. The cost of living is fairly cheap. People here are rude,cruel and a bit racist. But I love playing here. 

KS: A good number of Kenyan footballers come back to the country after just few months. It’s been slightly different for you. What’s the secret?

AO: As I said earlier, the secret is none other than working hard, making lots of sacrifices and making wise decisions. There is no shortcut.

KS: Talk to us about that assist in the Europa League qualifiers. Your team also missed qualifying by a whisker. How did it feel?

AO: The assist in the Europa league was incredible. As you know,  it was my first time to play in the league and making that assist for my team was unbelievable. I am so happy until today about myself. We unfortunately did not qualify, but that did not change anything. We were all new players playing at that stage, we gave our best and I am delighted.  

KS: Talk to us about the national team. There has been talk on youngster Eric ‘Marcelo’ Ouma displacing you. Do you feel threatened? 

AO: (Laughs). Not at all! I don't feel the pressure at the national team, but at the club. Competition at the club level is stiffer. The  national team is where we all gather around to help our country.The best player are picked  to represent the country well and if you are in that list then it means you're one of the best. I just wish Kenyans could understand and be happy that they have two top left backs  in their country. 

KS: Where are we likely to see you in the next couple of years?

AO: As you know again, our career is short. At the age of 35 you are done. So in the next couple of years I am thinking and working hard to join top level football so that I can not only realize my full potential but also earn and secure my future.

KS: Thanks for your time Abud! All the best ahead.

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Kenyan International Eric ‘Marcelo’ Ouma made his debut last weekend for Georgian outfit Fc Kolkheti after weeks of waiting.Having experienced an explosive first season at the top-tier league last year, Eric emerged as one of the best, probably the second best player after Kenneth Muguna in the end year awards.

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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi continues to show his human side and through his charitable foundation, has donated 3,000 doses of medicine to the fight against Hepatitis C.

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Harambee Stars' Clifton Miheso has put behind his back the woes that befell him at South African Club Golden Arrows to seal a one-year contract with newly promoted Zambian Premier League club Buildicon FC. 

As reported by Lusaka times, Miheso travelled to Ndola, the base of the Zambian outfit early this week and put pen to paper on his new deal on Thursday afternoon after his first training session.

Miheso joins fellow Kenyan internationals David Owino, Jesse Were and Teddy Akumu who turn out for Zesco United. 

Miheso moved to South Africa from AFC Leopards in July last year, but was forced to leave the club after allegedly being forced to sign a termination letter with a gun held to his head.

The case is still being pursued by the South African Professional Players Union (SAFPU) while it has also been taken up to FIFA.

 

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Day’s after a major reshuffling in the Gor Mahia technical bench, Matthew Owino Ottamax has told Kenyanstar that ‘unnamed forces’ forced him out of the club.

Ottamax, a key figure in Gor Mahia’s last three season’s, reportedly fell out with the club’s head coach, Jose “Ze Maria” Ferreira, forcing the club to dismiss him alongside assistant coach Tom Ogweno. Ottamax, a former Kenyan international, however refuted claims that he had been sacked.

“Cartels forced me out of the club,” Ottamax said in an exclusive interview, adding, “A couple of days ago, there were false reports in the press that I turned up for training while drunk. That is certainly not true.” Ottamax, told Kenyanstar that his relationship with the club’s current Organizing Secretary Judith Nyangi was severed, as he did not approve of her modus operandi.

“There are lots of lies that have been propagated by among other people the current organizing secretary. She has handled lots of club matters very casually. Whilst she claims that I turned up for training drunk, she is the one who instead drinks in the presence of players. What example is she setting?” Ottamax posed.

“Tom Ogweno and I were fired and instead some people related to her(Judith Nyangi) were hired. That in itself says a lot,” Ottamax said. The goalkeeper trainer who is currently at newly promoted side Nakumatt, said that prior to his departure from the club early this year, he received information from some officials that the coach no longer wanted him at the club, after he had turned up for a morning training session.

“I didn't want to create an instability, nor wrangles within the club. Sensing that matters were not moving on well, I left peacefully,” the former Kenyan international shot stopper said.

Despite his severed relationship with current coach Jose Ferreira, Ottamax hailed the Brazilian’s abilities, saying that he was a ‘very good tactical coach.’

Mathew Ottomax will feature in next week's Kenyanstar of The Week Interview

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On a night designed to showcase the best of Kenyan football, it was Hull City's crop of home-grown youngsters who shone brightest under the KCOM Stadium's floodlights.

The SportPesa All Stars had travelled over 4,000 miles for their eagerly-anticipated crack at English opposition but a City XI made up almost exclusively of local rookies had just too much.

Josh Tymon, Jarrod Bowen, Greg Olley and Greg Luer all sprinkled their first team experience on proceedings, helping novice team-mates to claim a pleasing victory in a fixture beamed live to an African TV audience.

There was even a cameo for club ambassador Dean Windass. The 47-year-old, whose 89 goals for the Tigers spanned almost two decades, emerged as a second-half substitute to delight a crowd of around 5,000.

The evening, though, belonged to those much younger than Windass. Hull-born Elliott Holmes, aged just 16, opened the scoring for City with a firm header, before an unfortunate own goal doubled the home team's lead. The All Stars kept pushing to find a deserved consolation but the heroics of goalkeeper Charlie Andrew, who only turned 17 last month, secured City's slender victory.

With Marco Silva and his backroom team focusing on Premier League matters and a crucial trip to Leicester this weekend, City were led by two coaches that had helped decide the make-up of their opposition.

Richard Naylor and Kris Blakeston, hailing from the Tigers' academy base at Bishop Burton, spent time in Kenya around the turn of the year, first selecting 47 players for a training camp and then whittling down numbers to the 18-man squad that arrived in East Yorkshire last week.

"This is how dreams start," said Ronald Karauiri, CEO of SportPesa, whose company tied up a multi-million pound deal as City's sponsors at the start of the current season. "We've wanted the players to showcase their abilities and get themselves noticed, while earning an experience that nobody can take from them."

This was hardly the Premier League opposition many of the Kenyan youngsters had dreamed of facing, with City's side made up entirely of under-18s and under-23s, but this was still a fixture making headlines back in their homeland. A following of almost 30 journalists had accompanied the All Stars on their journey to England and the exhibition match was also beamed across all of Africa.

Hull will have felt a long way from Nairobi for the visitors. Rain and wind swirled around the KCOM Stadium on the grimmest of East Yorkshire evenings and not even the free vuvuzelas handed out could make this feel like home.

The All Stars were given it all to do when trailing after 22 minutes. Stephen Akbas' precise cross from the right was perfect for Holmes to nod in the opener but the story was not an altogether happy one. Holmes had only been given his chance off the bench after a concerning injury to Max Sheaf, who required 10 minutes of treatment before being stretchered off. Only when he got back to the dressing room was consciousness regained.

City had chances to double their lead, most notably when Ben Adamson's firm header forced a reflex save from Patrick Matasi, but the All Stars were not found wanting for spirit. Mark Makwata's shot from distance brought out an excellent save from Charlie Andrew in the City goal.

The visitors continued to press after the interval. Twice they came close from distance, either side of Andrew saving well with his legs to keep out the All Stars skipper Allan Wanga. City creaked holding on their slender advantage but respite came in the 66th minute. A rapid counter attack ended with Ben Hinchcliffe crossing into the six yard box where Haron Shakava sliced into his own net.

Windass came off the bench with 15 minutes to play, seven years on from his professional retirement, but the closest the veteran came was a tame free-kick.

The last word instead went to the visitors, who grabbed a late consolation through Humphrey Mieno. A sweet strike drew warm applause from an appreciative crowd.

There was still time for Windass to thread a lovely pass through for Bowen to strike the woodwork with a fierce hit but City's win was already secure. A return fixture in Kenya this summer will see the All Stars granted a shot at revenge.

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