The Office of the Sports Disputes Tribunal has declared legitimate the elections of the Kenya Rugby Union held on 22 March 2017.

The Tribunal, which hears and give verdicts on appeals against decisions,  disciplinary and discrimination made by sports organizations, termed the elections as proper and lawful, further directing the Sports Registrar to register the list of elected officials.

“The Tribunal therefore comes to the conclusion that the elections of the Kenya Rugby Union held on 22nd March 2017 presided over by the representatives of the KNSC were proper and lawful and the Respondent is hereby directed to register the list of elected officials of the Kenya Rugby Union as indicated in the Union’s letter of 23rd March 2017, subject to the requirements set out under Part VI of the Act,” reads part of the ruling made on Monday  December 11, 2017.

The tribunal also stated that it will on 31st January 2018 follow up on the matter to see the extent of compliance.

The March elections saw Richard Omwela re-elected as the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) chairman after beating his closest rival Sasha Mutai by two votes in hotly contested elections held at the RUFEA Grounds. Omwela garnered 25 votes against Sasha’s 23, with the other contestan  Pape Sembi getting  nine votes.

Sylvia Kamau, Ian Mugambi, Ray Olendo and Ezekiel Owuor were elected directors. Kamau made a return as a director with the highest votes of 46 followed by Mugambi, who retained his position with 38 votes.

 

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KRU Championship side Ngong Warriors will on Friday 15 December, 2017 hold a fundraising dinner as they seek to raise cash to  enable them honor their remaining fixtures this season.

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The  U20 national team, Chipu will face Zimbabwe in a Rugby Africa U20 South semifinal clash on 28 March 2017 as Rugby Africa released its complete 2018 schedule. The winner of this match will duel the winner of the Namibia-Madagascar semifinal also taking place the same day.

Both matches will be played at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek, Namibia with the  winner of the South zone dueling the winner of the North Zone competition at a later date for the overall title and the opportunity to represent Africa at the 2018 World Rugby Under 20 Trophy.

Chipu heads to camp

Meanwhile,a 35 man Chipu squad heads to Gilgil for their second residential camp which runs from 15th to 17th December. The squad which has some notable inclusions such as Harold Anduvate, Monate Akuei ,Jeff Mutuku, Toby Francombe, Lawrence Ishuga who is also cutting his teeth in the officiating circles as well as the Brighetti siblings Masimillano and Michele whose father, Marco, featured on the wing for then Kenya Cup champions Nondescripts close to two and a half decades ago.

 

Chipu Squad To Gilgil

William Diffu (Laiser Hill/ Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Joe Awori (USIU), Dennis Lusweti (USIU), Monate Akuei (Top Fry Nakuru), Emmanuel Silungi (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Harold Anduvati (Menengai Oilers), Stanley Isogol (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Joshua Amyao (EPS Morans), Aggrey Oguna (USIU), Martin Olulo (USIU), Andrew Siminyu (EPS Morans/St. Mary’s School), Edward Tambo (Brookhouse School), Masimillano Brighetti, Rotuk Rahedi (Dean Close Foundation), Victor Matiko (Menengai Oilers), James McGreevy (Hillcrest School/Old Ruts Club – England), Zeden Marrow (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Edmund Anyah (Strathmore School), Alvin Okoth (Mwamba), Michael Amolo (EPS Morans), Joshua Macharia (KCB), Michael Sewe (Strathmore Leos), Joshua Matasi (Resolution Impala Saracens), Kevin Kerore (Laiser Hill/Mwamba), Boniface Ochieng (SportPesa Quins), Toby Francombe (Western Province Academy/Nondescripts), Michael Munywa (Resolution Impala Saracens), John Gichuhi (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Samuel Asati (KCB), Lawrence Ishuga (Nakuru Day/Top Fry Nakuru), Johnstone Olindi (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Bradley Kwamba (Strathmore Leos), Derrick Keyoga (Eldoret RFC), Michele Brighetti and Jeff Mutuku (Kingswood College South Africa)

 

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A trio of Kenya Simbas internationals namely Elkeans Musonye, George Nyambua and Davis Chenge are among the men’s nominees in the rugby category for the 2017 Magharibi Michezo Awards which will be held on Saturday 23rd December in Bungoma County.

Also making the nominees list in this category are Chrispin Shitundo and Leonard Mugaisi while Zeden Marrow , Derrick Keyoga and Ashiundu Derrick make the cut in the junior men’s nominee list.

Kenya Lionesses international Sheila Chajira is among the nominees in the women’s category.

Seniors

1.Elkeans Musonye(Strathmore Leos)

Musonye, a former winner of the Most Promising Player accolade at the MMAs  transferred from western Bulls to Strathmore Leos helping the Varsity side to avoid Kenya Cup relegation in a season they had the worst performance.

Musonye would be called to the Kenya Simbas squad.

2.George Nyambua(Kabras Sugar)

Nyambua was one of the outstanding players in the 2016/2017 Kenya Cup season helping Kabras Sugar reach the Kenya Cup final.

Apart from captaining Kabras in the Kenya Cup final, Nyambua captained Kenya Simbas in a test against Hong Kong.

He also made the writer’s Kenya Cup team of the season.

3. CHRISPIN SHITUNDO(Western Bulls)

The Western Bulls star was one of the stars to watch in the national sevens circuit.

He made the Dala 7s team of the tournament and was one of the top scorers for the Championship side.

4.Davies Chenge(KCB)

Chenge returned from a lengthy injury lay-off to help KCB win the 2017 Kenya Cup. With the absence of Andrew Amonde, Chenge was the driving flanker for the bankers.

He returned to the Kenya Simbas where they finished second. He led the team to the tour of South Africa as the captain.

5.Leonard Mugaisi(Homeboyz)

A former MMA winner,  Mugaisi led Homeboyz to two cups in the national sevens circuit. Mugaisi was also part of the Kenya Sevens and played a number of matches in the Kenya Cup helping Homeboyz reach the semis.

Most Promising

1.Zeden Marrow(Homeboyz)

The Homeboyz star is a former Bungoma High player who has taken the top tier rugby with a bang. Homeboyz head coach Paul Murunga once described him as ‘lion’. He played the 2017 national sevens circuit helping Homeboyz finish second.

2.Derric Keyoga(Menengai Oilers)

You can’t mention Menengai Oilers without mentioning Keyoga. He was one of the players who steered Oilers to Nationwide win without losing a single match.

Keyoga also helped Kenya Under 20 finish second in Africa and has since received a Kenya 7s call-up.

3.Derrick Ashiundu(Kakamega High)

The Kakamega High centre was on top of his game as Kakamega reclaimed the national title in 2017 beating Laiser Hill Academy.

He scored in the 18-14 win over Laiser after what was a successful week for him. Ashiundu went ahead to steer Kakamega to the regional title in Uganda.

4.Bethwel Anami (Strathmore Leos)

The former St.Peter’s Mumias flanker is one of the back-rowers to watch in the Kenya Cup this coming season

5.Hillary Odhimbo(Kabras Sugar)

If there is a player Kabras Sugar are not about to sell is Odhiambo. He plays as a second row and eight-man.

He joined Kabras Sugar immediately after finishing high school at Shamahoho Boys and went ahead to play in the Eric Shirley Shield as well as Enterprise Cup.

 

 Women

1.Jean Bisela(Northern Suburbs)

2.Sheila Chajira(Homeboyz)

3.Vivian Andeso(Blad Babes)

4.Eve Kalimera(Mwamba)

5.Prisca Atemi(Northern Suburbs)

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Resolution Insurance, on Friday December 8, 2017, renewed their title sponsorship with the Impala Saracens to a tune of Ksh. 15,000,000 at the Impala Grounds, Ngong road.

The sponsorship will see the team benefit from medical insurance, training and game allowances for players that make the match day squad, winning bonuses, pre/post training, game meals and direct payment of stipends to the team management. This will in turn be a huge relief to the club in terms of reducing major financial burdens h, hence enabling them drive all its energy to the game.

Joining Resolution on board are Maisha Water, a product of Ketepa Tea Packers Limited whose sponsorship deal is worth Ksh. 1,000,000 and they will be the official  water sponsor for Impala Rugby.

Speaking during the sponsorship renewal ceremony, Resolution Insurance Managing Director, Alice Mwai commended the boys for their stellar performance in the recent seasons, “We as Resolution Insurance are extremely proud of the strides that The Impala Rugby Club has made in the recent seasons. The team has shown its strength in the different tournaments held in the recent past such as Impala Floodlights, Kenya Cup, Kabeberi 7’s and the Erick Shirley Shield (ESS Tournament) amongst others. We have continued to make continuous improvements over the years. We will continue to support and enable the teams reach their ultimate success and remain at the top when it comes to matters rugby in Kenya”.

Mr. Albert M. Otochi, Ketepa Managing Director expressed his joy in partnering with Resolution to sponsor the team. “Rugby is indeed a very popular game that has put Kenya on the world map when it comes to matters sports. We are proud to come on board and be the official water sponsor for the club.” He said.

Impala Club chairman Mr. William Githinji applauded the team for their dedication and love for Rugby. “Rugby is an art nurtured by hard work and continuous dedication. Each and every player on the impala team has proven themselves through training hard, being a team player and putting their best into each and every game”.

Mr. Githinji further thanked Resolution Insurance for their faith and investment in the team and Kenyan rugby at large. “Rugby growth in Kenya will be delivered by committed players and engaged sponsors. I wish to thank Resolution Insurance for believing in impala and supporting the team through the continued sponsorship. I urge more corporates to take the initiative and support Kenyan ruby and positively build our youth and improve rugby in the country”.

 

 

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Kenya registered their first Group A win in the ongoing Cape Town Sevens, seeing off Russia 34-0 on Saturday December 9, 2017 at the Cape Town Stadium.

After being awarded a foul in the first minute of the game, Brian Tanga's quick thinking got him out-pacing two opponents two record a try but the resultant conversion failed to go in between the sticks.

The Kabras Sugar ace then picked out an unmarked Sammy Oliech in the fifth minute for Kenya's second try that was duly converted by the scorer.

Willy Ambaka then added himself into the score sheet in the seventh minute with a try on the far left side before notching a second one two minutes later. 

In the 11th minute, Substitute Oscar Ayodi scored Kenya's fifth try of the game before Samuel Ngethe registering his first in the World Rugby Sevens Series  to wrap up a 34-0 win for his side.

Up next for Kenya is a match against hosts South Africa at 20:56.

 

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Kenya squandered a 14-0 lead in their opening 2017 Cape town Sevens match to go down 21-14 to France on Saturday December 9, 2017 at the Cape Town Stadium.

After maintaining a majority share of possession in the opening minutes, Kenya registered their first try in the 5th minute through Samuel Oliech, who then proceeded to convert it for a 7-0 lead.

Brian Tanga then took Kenya 14-0 up just before the break after receiving a well-calculated pass from Willy Ambaka.

France would however come into the second half guns blazing, Jean Baptiste Mazoure touching down his side's first before Pascal Baraque followed it up with a try of his own just a minute later.

France then sealed off the vital win with a try from Stephen Parez, who intercepted Brian Tanga's pass in Kenya's half to race down the try line unchallenged.

Shujaa's next match will be against Russia at 16: 48 before winding up their Group A fixtures with a clash against hosts South Africa at 20:56.

 

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Shujaa head coach Innocent Simiyu has stated that they are going into the Cape Town Sevens eyeing for an improvement in last year's finish, where they exited in the quarterfinals of the tournament. The tourney will be second the round  of the 2017/18 HSBC Sevens World Series after the Dubai Sevens and will take place at the Cape Town Stadium.

Shujaa finished seventh in the Dubai Sevens after losing 14-12 to New Zealand in the main cup quarters and  suffering a 19-12 loss to Australia in the fifth place semifinal. Simiyu has however expressed his satisfaction with the result but urged his side to apply better execution so as to dominate the games.

Speaking to KRU, Simiyu said, ``We started the season well..the boys put their best foot forward.  We are happy so far with the performance and believe we can build on that. We need to execute better as we have  the potential to close games early. The key focus in Dubai was to get our game going and we achieved this.''

``Our key focus in Cape Town is to have the boys consistently perform to their full potential and better last year’s cup quarterfinal performance.”

Oscar Ouma, Sam Muregi and Arthur Owira have linked up with the squad in South Africa as replacements for the injured Dennis Ombachi (ankle), Collins Injera (hamstring)and Erick Ombasa who pulled out. Speaking of the new additions, Simuyu is confident that they bring experience, power, pace and leadership which will be key during the weekend.

``Oscar brings leadership, experience and raw power to our game which will be very vital for a good start in Cape Town. Muregi adds pace to the team,  his understanding of the game and try scoring ability are second to none while Arthur has had a very good sevens season with his club KCB and his work-rate on the pitch will help us a lot at the breakdown,” he said.

Shujaa are in Pool A alongside hosts South Africa, France and Russia. They kick off their campaign on Saturday with a match against France at 13:27 before facing Russia at 14:48. Their last pool match will be against South Africa at 20:56.

 

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The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU)has officially confirmed parting ways with Simbas head coach Jerome Paarwater. 

Paarwater, who joined Simbas late in 2012, was almost on the brink of success three years later after he almost guided the Simbas to the 2015 Rugby World Cup but were eliminated by Namibia by a mere aggregate score.

Jerome has been a key influence for the Simbas, guiding the team up the world rankings and making the team a formidable force on the continental stage. He has certainly been part and parcel of the country’s continued emergence in the longer version of the game,” read part of the statement on KRU's website.

``KRU would like to appreciate Jerome’s efforts and wish him well in his endeavors and will announce his replacement at a later time.''

Paarwater's last assignment with the Kenya fifteens rugby team was in the Hong Kong Regal Hotels Cup of Nations where the team left winless follwoing three straight defeats.

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Australia cut short Kenya's 2017 Dubai Sevens campaign after defeating them 19-12 in a fifth place encounter on Saturday December 2.

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A late try by New Zealand's Andrew Knewstubb rallied his side to a 14-12 win over Kenya in the main cup quarterfinals of the Dubai Sevens on Saturday December 2, 2017.

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Kenya booked their spot in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Dubai Sevens after seeing off neighbors Uganda 29-14 in their third Pool match on Friday December 1.

Shujaa, who came into the match from a humiliating 48-5 loss to South Africa, got the first points through Dennis Ombachi in the first minute of the game. The try however proved costly for scorer Ombachi, who injured himself and had to be wheeled out of the field.

Samule Oliech's conversion was immediately followed by Okia's try for Uganda, which was his third of the day. Eden Agero took Kenya back on the lead with a clever try before Dan Sikuta added his side's tally with another try. 

Just moments before halftime, Philip Wakorach reduced the deficit with a try and a conversion to make the scores 19-14.

Oscar Ayodi and Brian Tanga then touched down to unconverted tries in the second half to wrap up the 29-14 win for Kenya.

Shujaa reach the cup quarters after South Africa downed Canada 28-0 to send them out of the main cup.

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Dubai Sevens defending champions South Africa registered their second win of the day, seeing off Kenya 48-5 in a Pool A match played on Friday December 1, 2017.

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Kenya started off their Dubai Sevens campaign on a good note, thrashing Canada 29-15 in a Pool A match on Friday December 1, 2017.

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The 2017 Dubai Sevens finally kicks off on Friday December 2, 2017 at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and will run till December 2, 2017.

Getting the first tournament of the 2017–18 World Rugby Sevens Series underway will be a Pool D match between USA and Argentina at 8:00 EAT. 

Kenya

Kenya, who are in Pool A alongside Canada, Uganda and South Africa will kick start their campaign at  09:30 against Canada before taking on South Africa for the second time at 13.36.

They will then round up their Pool fixtures against neighbors Uganda at 18:31.

Below are all Day one fixtures and kick off times:

 

Dubai 7s fixtures

Day one, Friday, December 1

8am USA vs Argentina

8.22am New Zealand vs Samoa

8.44am Australia vs Wales 

9.06am Fiji vs Russia 

9.30am Canada vs Kenya 

9.52am South Africa vs Uganda 

10.14am Scotland vs France 

10.36am England vs Spain

Break

11.00am USA vs Samoa 

11.22am New Zealand vs Argentina

11.44am Australia vs Russia 

12.06pm Fiji vs Wales 

1.14pm Canada vs Uganda

1.36pm South Africa vs Kenya 

1.58pm Scotland vs Spain

2.20pm England vs France

Break

5pm Argentina vs Samoa 

5.22pm New Zealand vs USA 

5.44pm Wales vs Russia

6.06pm Fiji vs Australia

6.31pm Kenya vs Uganda 

6.53pm South Africa vs Canada 

7.15pm France vs Spain 

7.37pm England vs Scotland

 

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The Kenya Rugby fifteens side Simbas have confirmed all five opponents for the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup, and the dates when they will face each of them.

Simbas, who lost this year's title after going down 45-7 to Namibia on the last day,  kick start their campaign away to Morocco on Saturday 23 June 2018 before hosting Zimbabwe in Nairobi a week later. The team coached by Jerome Paarwater will then square it out with Uganda on July 7 at home.

After a four-week break to accommodate the Rugby World Cup Sevens taking place from 20-22 July in San Francisco, USA, Simbas get back into action with a match against Tunisia in Nairobi on 11 August before playing away to Namibia on 18 August.

The 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup is also set to double up as Africa’s qualifying round for the 2019 Rugby World Cup to be played in Japan.

Simbas fixtures:

23/06/2018: Simbas vs Morocco (Away)

30/06/2018: Simbas vs Zimbabwe (Home)

7/7/2018: Simbas vs Uganda (Home)

11/8/2018: Simbas vs Tunisia (Home)

18/82018: Simbas vs Namibia (Away)

 

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The Kenya Cup match between  Sportpesa Quins and Homeboyz RFC, that was initially scheduled to be played at the Jamhuri Park, has experienced a change in venue and will now be played at the RFUE Grounds.

The date however remains unchanged and will take place on Tuesday November 28 from 11:00 as earlier stated.

Both sides will be seeking nothing short of a win in order to catch up with the likes of Kabras Sugar, KCB, Impala and Nakuru RFC who all recorded victories on Saturday November 25, 2017. 

Homeboyz are the defending champions after finishing top in 2016 while Quins will be in quest of an improvement in performance following a third place finish last season.

 

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The 2017/18 rugby league season finally gets started on Saturday November 25, 2017 where matches are set to be played across the three tiers, that is the  Kenya Cup, KRU Championship and Nationwide.

Among the five Kenya Cup fixtures slated for Saturday, last year's runners up Kabras Sugar host Mwamba  RFC at the Kakamega Showgrounds seeking to start the season on a high. Resolution Impala Saracens will meanwhile be on their home ground taking on CFS Mombasa in a match that will be aired live on Zuku Sports from 16:00.

The match between Homeboyz RFC and SportPesa Quins will be played on Tuesday November 28 at the Jamhuri Park.

There will also be matches in the Nationwide in Coast, Central, Rift Valley, Western and Nairobi regions.

Kenya Cup Fixtures

Match Day 1 

Saturday 25 November 2017

Nakuru v Kisii – Nakuru Athletic Club

Impala Saracens v Mombasa – Impala Club

Kabras Sugar v Mwamba – Kakamega Showground

Strathmore v KCB – KCB Sports Club

Blak Blad v Nondies – UoN

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Homeboyz v Quins – Jamhuri Park – 11.00am

The KRU Championship

Match Day 1

Saturday 25 November 2017

Catholic v Mean Machine – Catholic University -4.00pm

Ngong RFC v USIU -Kibiko Secondary School – 4.00pm

South Coast Pirates v JKUAT – Ukunda – 4.00pm

Kisumu RFC v Western Bulls – Mamboleo Showground – 4.00pm

Moi University v Egerton Wasps – Moi University -4.00pm

UoE v Menengai Oilers – University of Eldoret – 4.00pm

Nationwide Central

Round 1

EMBU RFC BYE

KIAMBU RFC v MERU RFC

MKU THIKA RFC v THIKA RFC

CHUKA VIKINGS v KARATINA UNIVERSITY

DEDAN KIMATHI UNIVERSITY v MURANG’A RFC

ZETECH RUGBY v NANYUKI JACKALS

Nationwide Western

Round 1

MMUST BYE

WEBUYE RFC v KIBABII BLUES

SHIEYWE RFC v SIGALAGALA UNIVERSITY

BUNGOMA RFC v KAKAMEGA WELFARE

CITAM KISUMU v JARAMOGI OGINGA ODINGA UNIVERSITY

MASENO UNIVERSITY v MBALE RFC

HOMABAY RFC v SIAYA RFC

Nationwide Nairobi 

Round 1

MKU STINGERS NAIROBI BYE

TUK v PIONEER UNIVERSITY

KCA v MULTIMEDIA

NAIROBI AVIATORS v NAZARENE

DAYSTAR UNIVERSITY v COOPERATIVE

MAKUENI v EASTLANDERS

COMRAS v SHAMAS RC

NORTHERN SUBURBS v SWARA RUGBY

KCAA STORMERS RC v VANDALS RFC

MASAKU v HURRICANES RFC

DAGORETTI BULLDOGS v BRUMBIES

Nationwide Rift Valley

Round 1

KITALE v KPA ELDORET

KERICHO v MAVU

MOLO v KABARAK 

ELDORET FALCONS v KAPSABET RFC

Nationwide Coast

Round 1

TUM BYE

SPARTANS RC v SOUTH COAST BUCCANEERS

SHOXXS RFC TAITA v TAITA TAVETA UNIVERSITY

PWANI SHARKS RC v SHEPHARDS RFC

MALINDI RFC v COAST RAIDERS

 

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Shujaa Head Coach Innocent Simiyu has named a 12-member squad that will represent Kenya at the HSBC Sevens World Series season opening Dubai Sevens set for 1st and 2nd December at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Earning his first call up is Herman Humwa, who is a former Kenya U19 international who plies his trade with SportPesa Quins as a loose forward.

Willy Ambaka, who last played for the Shujaas at the Canada Sevens in Vancouver, also makes the cut alongside Oscar Ayodi will captain the squad for the season.

Shujaa are in Pool A with reigning series and tournament champions South Africa, Canada and neighbors Uganda. They  will start their campaign against Canada at 9.30am East African Time on Friday 1 December before playing South Africa at 1.36pm. They will complete their day one assignments against Uganda at 6.31pm.

Full Squad

Oscar Ayodi , Willy Ambaka, Collins Injera, Dan Sikuta, Herman Humwa, Jeffrey Oluoch , Frank Wanyama, Tanga Brian, Eden Agero, Sammy Oliech, Nelson Oyoo, Dennis Ombachi.

 

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Western Bulls and former giants Mean Machine, relegated after finishing in the bottom two positions during last season’s Kenya Cup will be keen to start life in the second tier on a high.

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A battling Simbas fell 40-30 in an entertaining match at the Hong Kong Football Club in Hong Kong on Saturday evening.

Conor Hartley’s third minute try put Hong Kong 5-0 up. Toby Fenn added a converted try four minutes later to see the hosts go 12-0 up.Roslee then added a penalty for 15-0, summing up a torrid opening quarter of an hour for the Simbas who had to deal with the ealry injury enforced loss of Peter Karia, Philip Ikambili making an early start off the replacements bench.

A Kenyan foray into HK territory saw them get a penalty,Mukidza’s with the successful goal attempt for a 15-3 score. A second Mukidza penalty brought the score to 15-6 before Lex Kalika’s converted try put HK 22-6 up.

The Simbas would get a try,Ikambili going over with Mukidza converting for 22-13, the Kenyans would end the half stronger, unable though to turn possession into points heading into half time.

A patient build up after the restar saw Sam Onsomu go over, Mukidza converting for a 22-20 score.

A Yiu Kam Shing try saw Hong Kong go 27-20 up before Vincent Mose was played in by Leo Owade to score and bring the Simbas to 27-25,two shy of Hong Kong.

Hartley landed his brace,Roslee converting o see HK go 34-25 up but Oliver Mang’eni responded straight from the restart,34-30 with little left on the clock. The hosts added two penalties at the death to hold a ten point cushion to full time.

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Impala Saracens and KCB have both revealed their respective squads that will face off in the finals of this year’s Floodies, a match slated for Saturday November 18 at the Impala Club.

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Simbas head coach Jerome Paarwater has ringed six changes in the side that lost to Russia ahead of their final fixture of the Regal Hotels Cup of Nations against Hong Kong set for Saturday 18 November at 12.00pm EAT (5.00pm HKT).

Sam Onsomu, Nato Simiyu, George Nyambua and David Ambunya, who all came in as substitutes in Tuesday’s 31-10 loss to Russia have been included in the starting lineup as Jacob Ojee and Tony Onyango join them.

Peter Kilonzo, Alex Olaba and Joshua Chisanga have been reposed for this final game.

Kenya's Squad

15. Tony Onyango, 14. Darwin Mukidza, 13. David Ambunya, 12. Leo Owade, 11. Jacob Ojee, 10. Nato Simiyu, 9. Samson Onsomu, 1. Oscar Simiyu, 2. Peter Karia, 3. Dennis Karani, 4. Wilson Kopondo (captain), 5. Oliver Mang’eni, 6. George Nyambua, 7. Davis Chenge, 8. Martin Owilah

REPLACEMENTS 16. Philip Ikambili, 17. Moses Amusala, 18. Curtis Lilako, 19. Eric Kerre, 20. Elkeans Musonye, 21. Lyle Asiligwa, 22. Biko Adema, 23. Vincent Mose

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Simbas will have to do without Joshua Chisanga in their final match of the Regal Hotels Cup of Nations against Hong Kong scheduled for Saturday November 18, 2017.

This was revealed by head coach Jerome Paarwater, who said, “Joshua will be out on Saturday…this is a big blow for us. His knee doesn’t look too good and he may be out for a while. It’s unfortunate to lose him but we are fortunate enough not to have too many injuries. This boils down to how we have managed the squad and used the guys off the bench.”

This is a setback for Simbas, who are yet to register a win following 3-23 and 10-31 losses to Chile and Russia respectively.

The clash against Hong Kong will be the third this year for Kenya, having played them in two test matches back in August in Nairobi which ended in a19-19 draw and a 43-34 win for Hong Kong.

 

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The Shujaa select side are this year's Safland sevens champions following a 19-12 win over South Africa Select on Saturday evening in Namibia. The Kenyan representatives got a perfect revenge for the side which had beaten them in the group stages.

Sammy Oliech, Willy Ambaka and Sam Muregi scored for Kenya with Oliech making the conversions to lift a trophy which they lost in the finals of 2016.

To reach the cup final, Shujaa had beaten Namibia Academy 38-0 after finishing second in pool A. They had also beat Namibia 12-0, Zambia 31-0 and Bulls 49-0.

The national sevens side now turns focus to the 2017/18 HSBC World Sevens Series opener, Dubai 7s where they seek good displays.

 

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Shujaa kicked off their Safland7s campaign with a 12-0 win over hosts Namibia. Herman Humwa was first on the scoreboard as he landed Shujaa’s first try at the corner of the pitch. Oliech missed the extras and scores remained 5-0 at the stroke of half time in favour of the Kenyans.

Second half Ambaka played in Oliech who went over the whitewash for the second try; sure with his boot, he split the posts extending Shujaa’s lead to 12-0. Namibia’s effort to score a last minute try were halted following a miss pass that saw the ball find touch and the referee ended the match.

Shujaa's next assignment is against Zambia at 7:40 PM.

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The Simbas campaign of this year's  Regal Hotels Cup of Nations started on a terrible note, going down 23-3 to Chile in the first game of the tournament played on Friday November 10 at the Kings Park Ground in Hong Kong.

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The semifinals of this year's Impala Floodlit tournament take place on Saturday November 11, 2017, with a total of five matches set to be played for the longer version of the game.

The fixtures will get underway with the varsity category, red hot Blak Blad taking on the Catholic Monks at the RFUEA Grounds from 13:45 while Champions Menengai Oilers face Technical University of Kenya in the other semifinals at the Impala Club at the same time.

Blad reached the varsity semis with a 57-0 blitz of MKU Thika while the Monks posted a 15-8 victory over the Daystar Falcons. On their part, Oilers were too strong for Mean Machine II, cruising to a 39-3 win while TUK edged Strathmore Catulus 16-8.

Following the varsity category semis will be the plate semifinal clash pitting SportPesa Quins against Resolution Kisii. This match is set to commence at 15:30 at the Impala Club where winner will earn the right to play the Strathmore Leos in the plate final at the same venue on Saturday 18 November.

The first main cup semifinal will then kick off at 17:00, Hosts and defending champions Resolution Impala Saracens taking on Mean Machine RFC who edged Strathmore Leos 11-6 to reach the semis.

The last match of the day will then see last year’s beaten finalists KCB face Homeboyz from 19:00. The two sides reached this stage in contrasting fashion, KCB putting in a sketchy performance that at times had their fans’ heart rates oscillating before claiming a hard fought 20-14 win over Kisii while the deejays staged a stunning second half comeback, recovering from a 3-16 half time deficit, scoring 17 unanswered points en route to a 20-16 win over Quins.

UNIVERSITIES CATEGORY SEMI FINALS

1.45 PM at the RFUEA: BlakBlad RC vs CUEA Monks

1.45 PM at the IMPALA CLUB: Menengai Oilers vs TUK

CLUBS CATEGORY PLATE SEMI FINAL – IMPALA CLUB

3.30 PM: SportPesa Quins vs Resolution Kisii

CLUBS CATEGORY MAIN CUP SEMI FINALS – IMPALA CLUB

5PM: Resolution Impala Saracens vs Mean Machine RFC

7PM: KCB vs Homeboyz Rugby

 

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The Simbas have opted for a starting lineup made up of largely experienced players for their opening match in the Regal Hotels Cup of Nations against Chile set for Friday November 10  at the King’s Park Ground in Hong Kong.

Wilson Kopondo skippers the side from the second row, partnering up with Oliver Mang’eni while Nato Simiyu starts at fly half, pairing up with scrum half Sam Onsomu whileGeorge Nyambua starts ahead of Eric Kerre at blindside.

Martin Owillah, Alex Olaba and Elkeans Musonye are rested for this tie.

The match will be played at 5.00pm Hong Kong time (12.00pm East African Time) and will be streamed live on the Hong Kong Rugby Union Facebook

Simbas squad

15. Tony Onyango, 14. Darwin Mukidza, 13. David Ambunya, 12. Leo Seje, 11. Jacob Ojee, 10. Nato Simiyu, 9. Samson Onsomu, 1. Moses Amusala, 2. Peter Karia, 3. Curtis Lilako, 4. Wilson Kopondo (captain), 5. Oliver Mang’eni, 6. George Nyambua, 7. Davis Chenge, 8. Joshua Chisanga

Replacements: 16. Philip Ikambili, 17. Oscar Simiyu, 18. Dennis Karani, 19. Eric Kerre, 20. Lyle Asiligwa, 21. Biko Adema, 22. Peter Kilonzo, 23. Vincent Mose

 

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Kenyan participants Shujaas have been alongside hosts Namibia, S.A Select, Bulls and Zambia in international section X of the Safland Sevens which is scheduled to take place from 10th to 11th November in Swakopmund, Namibia.

Shujaa will start their campaign against Namibia at 5.20pm on Friday evening before playing Zambia at 7.40pm. They will then complete their round robin fixtures with two matches on Saturday, facing their first opponent, Bulls at 11.00am before playing S.A Select at 2.00pm.

The other section, Y, features Botswana, Dukla from the Czech Republic, Namibia Academy and Lesotho.

Advancing to the cup semifinals will be the top two teams in each section.

Shujaa’s fixtures

Friday 10 November

v Namibia 5.20pm EAT

v Zambia 7.40pm EAT

Saturday 11 November

v Bulls 11.00am

v S.A. Select 2.00pm

 

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The Kenya Sevens squad that will take part in this year's Safland Sevens in Swakompund, Namibia has been named.

Making their first representative appearances in the sevens version of the game are Menengai Oilers duo Eric Ombasa and Sam Muregi, who shone during the just concluded national sevens circuit.

Other players who have made the cut are Frank Wanyama, Brian Tanga, Dan Sikuta Sammy Oliech, Oscar Ayodi, Nelson Oyoo and Eden Agero.

Assistant coach Will Webster has been handed the mandate of spearheading the team in Namibia for the tournament that will take place on 11th  and 12th November.

The selected team departs on Wednesday morning.

Squad to Safland Sevens 

Frank Wanyama, Dan Sikuta, Brian Tanga, Samuel Oliech, Oscar Ayodi, Nelson Oyoo, Herman Humwa, Charles Omondi, Jeff Oluoch, Eden Agero, Eric Ombasa, Sam Muregi 

Management: Will Webster, Lamech Bogonko, Erick Ogweno

 

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Top Fry Nakuru RFC have released an official statement on Mike Okombe. 

In the statement authorized by the club chairman Mwangi Mucemi, it has emerged that Okombe, who until his demise on Saturday November 4 was a Nakuru RFC player, had held successful talks with the club management over a switch to former Kenya Cup champions Kabras Sugar.

The chairman also called on the public to refrain from coming up with pre-determined causes of Mike's death as the matter is currently being handled by the relevant authorities. He however urged those with any information on the incident to come forward and present it to the police.

Below is the full statement from the Nakuru RFC Rugby club:

 

Nakuru rugby family is at great loss with the sudden passing of our brother Mike Okombe.

As we mourn we would like to state the following.

Mike Okombe had come for an official meeting with Top fry Nakuru RFC management regarding finalization of his transfer to Kabras Sugar Rugby club. A successful meeting was held  between him and Nakuru rugby representatives on that Friday 3rd November 2017 evening.

On Saturday 4th November 2017, Topfry Nakuru rugby management received news that Mike had beenrushed to Valley hospital Nakuru in a critical condition. After receiving the news  management ,  players and some members of the coaching staff rushed to the hospital to ascertain Mike’s condition.

After getting to the hospital, the people who had rushed there were informed by the hospital  management that Mike had succumbed and passed on due to some serious injuries caused by a stab on his chest .

Due to the nature of the injuries(stabbing)the matter was reported to the police who have commenced investigation to ascertain the cause.

Today (Sunday)we met with the family representatives, Mike's father, brother and uncle.

Mzee acknowledged the efforts that Nakuru rugby has done for Mike over the last 6 years and prayed with us.

We the management of Top fry Nakuru rugby club together with the family are requesting that  members of the public should stop speculating as to the cause of Mikes Death as this matter is  being handled by Police and other relevant authorities. Anyone with information regarding the  incident should report to the nearest Police station to help to the speedy conclusion to the matter .

Once more the management, players, coaching staff and fans of Top fry Nakuru Rugby club do send their sincere condolences to the family of Mike and tell them that they are in our prayers and thoughts at this time of grief.

Regards

Chairman Nakuru rugby

Mwangi Mucemi

 

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The Kenya Rugby Fraternity has in recent days come together to mourn and reflect the rugby impact of Simbas back row Michael Okombe Shitindo following the player's demise on Saturday November 4, 2017.

Okombe was a regular in the Simbas squad, making 17 test appearances since his debut in June 2013 where they only lost on six occasions. The 27 year-old established his rugby club career at Western Bulls before joining Top Fry Nakuru where he won back to back Kenya Cup titles during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Having been out of action due to a knee surgery that he had undergone, he was on the edge of completing a switch to Kabras Sugar for the upcoming season.

Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Richard Omwela, paid tribute to Okombe, saying,“ Mike was uncompromising on the field,but quiet, unassuming and loved off the field. His death is a big blow to the Kenyan rugby fraternity.”

“It is a very devastating loss, the squad is still coming to terms with the news of Mike’s death. He was an instrumental part of this team and will surely be missed. We had intended for him to join up with the team after our tour of Hong Kong but tragically this will not happen. Every game we play in Hong Kong will be in Mike’s memory,” said Simbas Team Manager Simiyu Wangila.,

His Simbas team mate Darwin Mukidza said, ” He was very dependable,fierce and loyal. We were looking forward to his return but have been hit hard by the news of his demise. While its hard to comprehend, it fires us up to work hard and dedicate every performance to our fallen lion because Mike was the kind of person who gave his all whenever he was called upon.”

Kenya Sevens stalwart Andrew Amonde eulogized Okombe, saying” I am absolutely devastated to hear the tragic news about Mike Okombe. Deep in our hearts we will treasure all the memories we shared, go well soldier, legend and brother.”

“Michael was a rugby player of great repute and a bright future. He worked his way quietly through the ranks and was destined for a long bright future as a Kenyan international. Even though he is gone today, he will always be remembered by the Kenya U20 management team for being a source of inspiration to many of our young players who aspired to be like him,” added Kenya U20 Head Coach Paul Odera.

 

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The quarterfinals of this year's Impala floodlight tournament took place on Saturday November 4 at the Impala Grounds, with three teams booking their tickets for the semis slated for Saturday November 11.

KCB dispatch Kisii

In the first match of the day, 2015 champions KCB trounced Kisii RFC 20-14 to reserve a spot in the last four.

Essau Otieno’s penalty grabbed the lead for KCB in the early moments of the game before Boaz Ombura busted with a run between the posts to take Kisii infront.

Felix Ojow then restored the lead for the Bankers to take them leading 10-7 at the break.

On resumption, Marlin Mukolwe added the scored for KCB following a scrum inside Kisii’s 22 which was followed by Bonab Were's try to make it 20-7.

Alvin Maube’s converted try reduced the deficit for Kisii but were unable to stage a full return, with the match ending 20-14 in favour of KCB.

Machine overweigh Strathmore

Mean Machine also announced their semifinal arrival with an 11-6 win over Strathmore Leos in what was the second clash of the evening.

Machine needed only fifteen minutes to take the front through Eric Muthuma's well-taken penalty, which was added onto by James Olouch's try to make it 8-0.

With Machine penalized, flyhalf Ian Lumwaji drove the ball between the sticks to give inspiration to his teammates but the eight-point gap was soon restored by Muthama through a penalty.

Substitute Gideon Makumi's penalty in the last ten minutes of the game sealed off an 11-3 victory for Machines to set them up with  Impala Saracens in the semifinals.

Homeboyz outrun Quins

In the last match of the day, Homeboyz staged an incredible comeback under the flashing light to dump out Kenya Harlequins 20-16.

Quins had taken a comfortable lead early on through touch downs from Isaac Adimo and Pius Shiundu which were successfully converted by Eric Shikuku. Masai then registered a drop-goal for Homeboyz for  his team's first points.

Homeboyz after that started the comeback, Masai sending home the conversion after Kenyan international Steve Otieno has scored from a maul.

Quins' Pius Shiundu was then caught off guard deep in his side's 22 by substitute Cyprian Kuto who overwhelmed him to increaese Homeboyz' tally.

Mohamed Omolo capped off the inspiring comeback with a penalty late on to shut a 20-16 win for Homeboyz.

Semifinals fixtures

Homeboyz vs KCB

Mean Machine vs Impala Saracens

 

 

 

 

 

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Ticketing information for this year's Impala Floodlit tournament programmed for 4th ,11th  and 18th November at the Impala Grounds has been released.

On Saturday November 4, there will be three quarterfinal matches starting from 15:00 and ticket prices for the day will retail at Kshs. 300. The semifinals will then take place on Saturday November 11, with the tickets going for the same Kshs. 300.

Saturday November 18 will be the final day of the tournament, with tickets for the last day retailing at Kshs. 400. One can however purchase a season ticket for Kshs. 600, which will cover them for the entire tournament.

Tickets can be bought from www.mtickets.co.ke or just by dialing *299*99#.

 

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Simbas head coach Jerome Paarwater has asserted that his team will be going for victories and that they are sure of a splendid performance in the upcoming Hong Kong Cup of Nations, which will take place from 10th to 18th November 2017 in Hong Kong.

Speaking during the team announcement on Friday, The South African tactician thanked the Rugby Union for the support and assured them of good performances in Hong Kong.

``I want to thank the Kenya Rugby Union for all the hard work and also to the players for the commitment they have.  Last year, we were fortunate to go to Brazil and also get an invitation to the Four Nation (tournament) because we know Namibia and Zimbabwe are always going there, '' said Paarwater.

``I am confident we will go there and do the business. Our first game is against Chile. It’s going to be tough but I am confident. The next game is against Russia…we all know they are big boys…they’re our biggest challenge. We have played against Hong Kong…we know what to expect from them though it will be different playing them away, ” he added.

Simbas open their campaign against Chile on Friday November 10, before facing Russia in their second match on Tuesday November 14. They will then wind up their games with a clash against hosts Hong Kong on Saturday November 18.

Simbas squad to Hong Kong

Forwards: Moses Amusala (KCB), Peter Karia (KCB), Curtis Lilako (KCB), Wilson K’opondo (SportPesa Quins/Captain), Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), Davis Chenge (KCB), Joshua Chisanga (Homeboyz), Philip Ikambili (Homeboyz), Oscar Simiyu (KCB), Dennis Karani (Resolution Impala Saracens), Erick Kerre (Resolution Impala Saracens), Martin Owillah (KCB), Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore Leos)

Backs: Samson Onsomu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Nato Simiyu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Jacob Ojee (KCB), Leo Owade (Resolution Impala Saracens), David Ambunya (SportPesa Quins), Darwin Mukidza (KCB), Vincent Mose (Resolution Impala Saracens), Lyle Asiligwa (SportPesa Quins), Biko Adema (Nondescripts), Alex Olaba (Strathmore Leos), Peter Kilonzo (KCB), Tony Onyango (Homeboyz)

Management: Jerome Paarwater (Head Coach), Dominique Habimana (Assistant Coach), Richard Ochieng (Conditioning Coach), Levy Labeeb (High Performance Consultant), Chris Makachia (Physio), Simiyu Wangila (Team Manager)

 

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Sportpesa Harlequins and Homeboyz have each named their respective squads that will take part in the quarterfinals of the Impala Floodlit tournament scheduled for  Saturday November 4, 2017 at the Impala Club. The match is expected to commence at 19:00.

Homeboyz

For Homeboyz, the squad consists of four debutants, with former Quins winger Brian Wandera being one of them and has been included in the starting lineup. Israel Soi is another debutant who is in the starting 15, with Mohammed Omollo and Kevin Ochami getting places on the bench.

Quins

Joseph Kangethe, a player/coach at Quins, will start as the loose-head prop for thesecond time since January 2016.

Ex-captain Tony Mutai, Edward Oseko, Ronald Musajja, Isaac Adimo, Kevin Kimweli and Alex Mutune are some of the other players in the starting lineup.

Sportpesa Quins squad

1. James Kangethe 2. Edward Oseko 3. Joseph Kangethe 4. Tony Mutai 5. Lewis Olaka 6. Peter Misango (c) 7. Benard Nyambok 8. Ronald Musajja 9. Kevin Kimweli 10. Alex Mutune 11. Brian Onyiego 12. Isaac Adimo (vc) 13. Max Theuri 14. Pius Shiundu 15. Eric Shikuku

Replacements

16. Brian Obwaya 17. Melvin Thairu 18. John Kiilu 19. Victor Odera 20. David Ahawo 21. Kevin Njugi 22. Edwin Okemwa 23. Brian Beckham.

Homeboyz squad

1.Thomas Okidia 2 Aaron Khalechi 3 Patrick Ouko 4 Emmanuel Mavala 5 Roy Wesonga 6 Dalmus Chituyi 7 Elisha Okello 8 Steve Otieno 9. Brian Gisemba 10 Kelvin Masai 11 Brian Wandera 12 Kevin Ochami 13 Israel Soi 14 Collins Shikoli 15 Nelson Sangura  

Replacements

16 Stanley Isogol 17 Abel Matanda 18 Elphas Etemesi 19 Polycarp Odhiambo 20 Keith Wasike 21 Mohammed Omollo 22 Haroun Lubisia 23 Cyprian Kuto

 

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The fifteens season kicks off this afternoon with the pre-season Impala Floodlit tournament at the Impala Club off Ngong Road.

This tournament, played every year since 1983 acts as a build up to the Kenyan league season, teams trying out new tactics while using the opportunity to try out their latest signings or players returning from injury or work related layoffs.

The tournament this year will be played over three weekends starting with today’s cup quarterfinal action before the semifinals are played on 11th November with the lights going out on the event on 18th November.

Champions Resolution Impala Saracens have a bye in the clubs category and will not be in action today but there are still some exciting match ups to look  forward to. Last year’s losing finalists KCB, will get action in the clubs category underway with a match against debutants Resolution Kisii before  the Strathmore Leos duel a team that simply loves the Floodies, Mean Machine. The night’s last encounter pits SportPesa Quins against Menengai Cream Homeboyz.

There will also be action in the varsity category starting with Blak Blad taking on MKU Thika in the day’s first quarterfinal before the Menengai Oilers duel Mean Machine with Strathmore Catulus facing TUK. The last match in the varsity category will see the Daystar Falcons square it out with the Catholic Monks.

 

CLUBS COMPETITION:

Quarters: 4th November 2017 Venue: Impala Club

3 PM: KCB vs Resolution Kisii

5 PM: Strathmore Leosvs Mean Machine

7 PM: SportPesa Quins vs Menengai Cream Homeboyz

 

Semis: 11th November 2017

1. *Resolution Impala Saracens have received a bye & will face the winner from the Strathmore vs Mean Machine Match

2. The winner from the KCB/Resolution Kisii match will face off with the winner from the SportPesa Quins/Menengai Cream Homeboyz match

 

UNIVERSITY COMPETITION:

Quarters: 4th November 2017

11 AM: BlakBlad RC vs MKU Thika

1 PM: Menengai Oilers vs Mean Machine RFC – Venue: Impala Club

1 PM: Strathmore vs TUK – Venue: RFUEA

3 PM: Daystar vs CUEA Monks – Venue: RFUEA

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Kenya Lionesses utility back Janet Okelo is the sports personality for the month of September.

Okello, who plays her club rugby at Northern Suburbs becomes the third recipient of the monthly award which is a partnership between the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya and pay television channel StarTimes to reward all deserving sports personalities on a monthly basis in a bid to bolster the general performance of sport in the country as well as whipping up the enthusiasm of Kenya’s sports men and women in the country.

Okello was a star performer during the Women’s Africa Cup Sevens in Tunisia in September where the Kenya Lionesses qualified for the 2018 Commonwealth Games for the first time as one of top two ranked African Commonwealth nations.

She was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the Women’s Africa Cup Sevens and also emerged the second highest try scorer behind team-mate Sinaida Aura.

The Kenyan international was instrumental in Kenya Lionesses qualification despite losing 17-12 to South Africa in the final of the tournament. Lionesses finished second.

The 25-year-old faced competition from team mate Sinaida Aura who was the top try scorer at the Women’s Africa Cup Sevens, Joyceline Jepkosgei who broke the world 10km record at the Birell Prague Grand Prix posting 29:43 for victory. That was Joyceline’s fifth world record of the year having broken -10km, 15km, 20km and the half marathon– en route to her victory at the Prague Half Marathon. Berlin Marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge was on the list too.

“I am truly honored to win this award, my first ever award on home soil. I am surprised to be the winner as I did not ever expect to be awarded. This is a good motivator as we prepare for the Commonwealth games, thank you StarTimes for standing with sportsmen and women in Kenya. I dedicate this award to the entire Kenya Lionesses team and technical, we are one unit, I succeed because we are a team,” said 25-year-old Janet who is one of fastest rugby players on the continent.

Okello’s other achievements include being the top try scorer during the 2015 and 2016 Women’s KRU 10 League. During the 2016 season she had 41 tries. Janet was also the first player to score a try in the World Rugby sevens for Kenya Lionesses Rugby team.

“Congratulations Janet Okello having been picked as Kenya’s best sports personality for the Month of September. She has been outstanding in her exploits and for sure she deserves this special recognition. As a brand, StarTimes will endeavor to encourage our sports men and women through these monthly awards as a way of recognizing their dedicated efforts on the field,” noted StarTimes Director of Marketing and PR Japhet Akhulia.

Okello walked away with a trophy, 42-inch StarTimes digital television set and 100,000 shillings. Janet is the third recipient of the monthly award after Simon Cherono and Hellen Obiri.

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Twenty six players have been named by head coach Head coach Jerome Paarwater as part of the contingent that will fly to Hong Kong  to take part in this year's Hong Kong Cup of Nations scheduled for between Friday 10th November and Saturday 18th  November.

Simbas open their campaign against Chile on Friday November 10, before facing Russia in their second match on Tuesday November 14. They will then wind up their games with a clash against hosts Hong Kong on Saturday November 18.

The team has a handful of regulars such as KCB'S trio of Darwin Mukidza, Oscar Simiyu and Oliver Mangéni.

Having been out of the national team for over a year, fly half Nato Simiyu makes his way back into the squad alongside Biko Adema who has made full recovery since limping out during Simbas 19-19 draw against Hong Kong in a friendly match played at the RFUEA Grounds back in August this year.

 

 Simbas squad to Hong Kong

Forwards: Moses Amusala (KCB), Peter Karia (KCB), Curtis Lilako (KCB), Wilson K’opondo (SportPesa Quins/Captain), Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), Davis Chenge (KCB), Joshua Chisanga (Homeboyz), Philip Ikambili (Homeboyz), Oscar Simiyu (KCB), Dennis Karani (Resolution Impala Saracens), Erick Kerre (Resolution Impala Saracens), Martin Owillah (KCB), Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore Leos)

Backs: Samson Onsomu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Nato Simiyu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Jacob Ojee (KCB), Leo Owade (Resolution Impala Saracens), David Ambunya (SportPesa Quins), Darwin Mukidza (KCB), Vincent Mose (Resolution Impala Saracens), Lyle Asiligwa (SportPesa Quins), Biko Adema (Nondescripts), Alex Olaba (Strathmore Leos), Peter Kilonzo (KCB), Tony Onyango (Homeboyz)

Management: Jerome Paarwater (Head Coach), Dominique Habimana (Assistant Coach), Richard Ochieng (Conditioning Coach), Levy Labeeb (High Performance Consultant), Chris Makachia (Physio), Simiyu Wangila (Team Manager)

 

Simbas fixtures

V Chile – Friday 10 November, 12.00pm EAT

V Russia – Tuesday 14 November, 12.00pm EAT

V Hong Kong – Saturday 18 November, 12.00pm EAT

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Head coach Innocent Simiyu has named a 16 man Kenya Morans travelling party  that heads to Southern Africa for the Assupol International Sevens in Stellenbosch, South Africa on 28/29 October and the Safland Sevens on 11/12 November in Swakompund,Namibia. The team leaves Nairobi on Friday morning.

The squad, which is a mix of old and new players selected from the just ended National Sevens Circuit will also hold a 10 day training camp in between the two events.

These two tournaments will form part of Kenya’s preparations for its upcoming assignments before a final squad selection from the 43 players after the National Sevens Circuit is made ahead of the opening round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Dubai.

The Morans are in Pool A for the Assupol Sevens with South Africa, Scotland and England Academy.

Morans

1. Arthur Owira (KCB), 2. Jeff Oluoch (Homeboyz), 3. Harold Anduvate (Oilers), 4. Herman Humwa (Quins), 5. Frank Wanyama (Quins), 6. Derrick Mayar (Impala), 7. Charles Omondi (Homeboyz), 8. Samuel Oliech (Impala),9. Eden Agero (Quins), 10. Sam Muiregi (Oilers), 11. Brian Tanga (Kabras), 12. Collins Injera (Mwamba), 13. Oscar Ayodi (Homeboyz), 14. Dennis Ombachi (Nondies), 15.Dan Sikuta (Kabras), 16. Nelson Oyoo (Nakuru)

Management: Innocent Simiyu (Head Coach), Geoffrey Kimani (Conditioning Coach), Will Webster ( Assistant Coach), Lameck Bogonko (Physio), Erick Ogweno ( Team Manager)

 

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The 2017 national sevens circuit came to a close on Sunday October 22, 2017 with the Dala Sevens being the last tournament where Homeboyz RFC retained the trophy with a 12-10 win over KCB.

After lifting the Christie and Sepetuka 7s titles capped off by a 19-7 third place playoff win over Blak Blad saw, Kabras won their maiden National Sevens Circuit overall title with 102 points. Trailing them closely at second place were Homeboyz who managed 100 points.

Impala came in third with 93 points while KCB, Nakuru RFC and Menengai Oilers finished fourth (86), fifth (73) and sixth (68) respectively. The biggest losers in this year's edition were SportPesa Quins, who experienced a massive drop in rankings from second (in 2016) to a low seventh place with only 57 points.

Final Standings after six rounds

1.Kabras 102

2.Homeboyz 100

3.Impala 93 

4.KCB 86 

5.Nakuru 73

6.Oilers 68 

7.Quins 57 

8.Strathmore 50 

9.Mwamba 43 

10.Blak Blad 41

11.Western Bulls 39 

12.Nondies 32

13.Machine 31 

14.Catholic 17 

15.Makueni 13

16.Daystar 11 

17.Kisii RFC 10 

18.Webuye 10 

19.UoE 5 

20.Kisumu 3

21.MKU Stingerz 2

22.Mombasa 2 

23.MMUST 1 

24.Egerton 1 

25.KCA 1

 

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