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AFC Leopards confirms new date and venue for Mashemeji Derby

The much-awaited Mashemeji Derby between Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards was initially scheduled for 20 April. However, there was confusion among football fans in the country as the venue for the match was also changed from the Machakos Stadium. Initially, the game was supposed to be played at the Nyayo National Stadium or the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on 20 April. However, AFC Leopards confirmed that the derby day has been rescheduled from Saturday, April 20 to Sunday, April 21 and has been returned to Nyayo Stadium.

AFC Leopards announced on their website, “The Derby has been rescheduled from April 20 to April 21 at Nyayo National Stadium.” There were concerns raised by fans over hosting the match in Machakos due to the stadium capacity of 8,000 not being ideal for the clash due to security reasons. Ken Owino, who scored an important goal for Ingwe against his former club Posta Rangers, highlighted that Tomas Trucha’s side is seeking to capitalize on the weekend win to torment Gor. He expressed assurance to fans that they will get value for the money and should turn out in numbers to offer their support in the Mashemeji Derby.

Preparations for the derby started immediately after the Posta Rangers game, and there was an urge for all fans to come and rally behind the team. Johnathan McKinstry’s side will be using the derby to solidify their title ambitions, while Ingwe will be seeking to make a mark and secure a top-six finish. Currently, Gor sits at the summit on 54 points, while Ingwe are 8th with 38 points.

Mary Moraa explains the contrast in running at home and abroad in SportPesa Scores & News – Kenya.

The 2024 Kip Keino Classic event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 20, and is expected to feature athletes like Emmanuel Wanyonyi, Letsile Tebogo, and Ferdinand Omanyala. Mary Moraa, the 2023 World 800-meter champion, expressed that she feels pressure to perform when competing in Kenya. In an interview on Spot On, she stated that the support of Kenyan fans motivates her to give her best performance in front of a local audience. She emphasized that the fans’ sacrifice to watch her compete serves as a source of pressure but also as a driving force to not let them down.

The 23-year-old athlete is confirmed as one of the star runners for the Kip Keino Classic at the Nyayo National Stadium. Kennedy Tanui, the deputy director of the event, has assured stakeholders that everything is on track for the upcoming event. He mentioned that the track and equipment are ready and that the final preparations, such as OB transmission and stadium markings, are underway. Tanui also expressed confidence in the stadium’s track, indicating that it is expected to facilitate record-breaking performances.

Overall, the anticipation is high for the Kip Keino Classic, and with the support of athletes like Mary Moraa, the event promises to be a thrilling and record-breaking showcase of talent.

Kenyan runner explains decision to let Chinese man win in Beijing marathon

According to Willy Mnangat, one of the Kenyan road race runners involved in a controversial race over the weekend, they were contracted to do pace-setting duties for the Chinese runner, He Jie. Mnangat dismissed claims of race fixing and stated that it was not a competitive race for him, and he and two other East African athletes were meant to pace for Jie at the 2024 Beijing Half Marathon. He Jie won the title with a time of 1:03.44, missing the Chinese half marathon national record by 71 seconds.

Mnangat, who has a lifetime best of 1:03.29, initially allowed Jie to clinch the title, claiming he is his friend. World Athletics has responded to the viral clip stating that they will wait for the investigations to be completed before providing further comments. The organization mentioned that the matter is being looked into by the marathon organizers and relevant local authorities, emphasizing the highest priority of the integrity of the sport.

The South China Morning Post quoted Mnangat, but he is the only athlete who has spoken publicly about the incident so far. The statement from World Athletics underlines the ongoing investigation and the inability to provide further comment at this time.

Hellen Obiri’s Remarkable Performance Leads Kenyan Podium Sweep at 2024 Boston Marathon

Hellen Obiri made history at the 2024 Boston Marathon by becoming the sixth woman to win back-to-back titles at the prestigious race. The Kenyan athlete outpaced her compatriot Sharon Lokedi in the women’s race, clinching the coveted title in 2:22.37. Meanwhile, 44-year-old Edna Kiplagat finished third, completing the Kenyan sweep. This achievement was particularly impressive given the strong field of competitors in the race.

Obiri’s victory further solidifies her reputation as one of the best female road race runners in the world. Her performance at the marathon showcased her exceptional talent and dedication to the sport. The Kenyan team’s success in the women’s race also drew pride from the country’s athletics fans, as Obiri and Lokedi were part of a six-member team selected to represent Kenya at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. In the men’s race, Ethiopian runner Lemma emerged victorious with a remarkable time of 2:06.17.

Mohamed Esa from Kenya secured the second position in his Boston Marathon debut, followed by Evans Chebet, who had aimed to win the race for the third consecutive year. Chebet’s strong performance earned him a third-place finish in the men’s category. Overall, both the women’s and men’s races at the 2024 Boston Marathon showcased outstanding performances from elite athletes, setting the stage for future competitions in the world of marathon running.

Beijing Half Marathon Investigates After 2 Kenyans and Ethiopian Let Chinese Runner Win

The Beijing half marathon organizers said they were investigating after footage of the race showed three African runners seemingly slowing down and allowing China’s He Jie to win. He, the 2023 Asian Games marathon gold medallist, won by one second. The Beijing Sports Competition Management and International Exchange Center also confirmed that an investigation had been launched.

A representative from the Beijing Sports Bureau, who chose to remain anonymous, mentioned that they are investigating and will announce the results to the public once available. The incident has sparked concern and speculation, with one person commenting that this would be the most embarrassing championship in He Jie’s career. In recent years, long-distance running has become popular among China’s middle class, but there have been numerous instances of cheating and poor organization.

In 2018, 258 runners were found to have cheated in a half-marathon in Shenzhen, while in 2019, a woman was filmed riding a rental bike in the Xuzhou International Marathon in eastern China. Instances of cheating have affected the credibility of races in China, sparking concerns within the running community.

Wanyama Secures Victory in Canada with Match-Winning Assist from Alwyn Tera

Over the weekend in various leagues across Europe, several Kenyan football players were in action. Victor Wanyama made a 27-minute appearance from the bench for CF Montreal, ensuring his side did not concede a goal.

Meanwhile, Tyler Onyango provided an assist for Everton U21 in their narrow defeat to Blackburn. Daniel Anyembe played the full match for Viborg, contributing to their victory in Denmark, while Alwyn Tera played an influential role for his club, Ararat-Armenia, by linking up with Alexis Rodriguez for the winning goal.

In the Armenian league, another Harambee Stars player, Amos Nondi, also featured for Ararat-Armenia, playing the entire match. The win helped maintain their third position in the league standings.

Additionally, in Denmark, Odada was subbed in for Aalborg BK and helped improve their play, but they ultimately lost to Hobro IK with a late winner from the hosts. In England, the Everton U21 team, with Onyango’s assist, lost to Blackburn 3-2, while in Romania, Eric Johanna featured for FC UTA Arad in their 3-1 loss to FC Hermannstadt.

Finally, Daniel Anyembe, the Harambee Stars right-back, played the entire 90 minutes in Viborg’s 3-1 win against Odense Boldklub in the Danish Superliga.

Kipchoge’s training partner dedicates victory in Rotterdam Marathon to Kiptum

Abdi Nageeye, the 2024 NN Rotterdam champion and a Dutch citizen, achieved a time of 2:04.45, setting a new national record for his country. The victory was dedicated to Kelvin Kiptum, the late world record holder who tragically passed away in a car accident two months prior in Kenya’s Rift Valley region.

Nageeye disclosed that his goal was to win the race in honor of Kiptum, expressing that Kiptum was in his thoughts throughout the race. He elaborated on the strategy he devised to secure the win, emphasizing the importance of winning for Kaptagat and Kiptum.

These sentiments were echoed in a statement to Nation, where Nageeye expressed feeling a sense of belonging to Kenya for the first time. During the race, Nageeye executed a well-calculated performance and claimed the title with a time of 2:04.45, finishing ahead of Amedework Walelegn of Ethiopia, who crossed the line in 2:04.50, and Birhanu Legese, also from Ethiopia, who completed the podium with a time of 2:05.16.

On the women’s side, Ashete Bekere of Ethiopia clinched the title in 2:19.30, followed by the Kenyan duo of Viola Kibiwott (2:20.57) and Selly Chepyego (2:22.46). Speaking after the race, Viola Kibiwott mentioned that her performance was dedicated to Kiptum’s memory.

She recalled his ambition to lower his world record in Rotterdam and expressed pride in the efforts made by the runners to honor his name.

Talanta outclass Tusker as AFC Leopards narrowly defeat resilient Posta Rangers

Kevintom Michika celebrates after scoring against Tusker. FC Talanta came from behind to beat Tusker, helping them climb to 14th position with 30 points while Tusker missed a chance to go second.

AFC Leopard continued their impressive form with a 1-0 win over Posta Rangers in a Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKFPL) match in Machakos. Posta Rangers had the majority of the ball at the start, almost scoring in the ninth minute, but an excellent performance from Ingwe ace Boniface Munyendo denied them.

As the game progressed, AFC Leopards found the opener in the 40th minute through a header from Ken Owino. Posta Rangers, despite their efforts to equalize, were unable to find the much-needed goal.

In another match, Tusker FC suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of FC Talanta at the Machakos Stadium. Erick Kapaito put the Brewers ahead in the 24th minute, but December Kisakah leveled the score in the 45th minute.

FC Talanta secured the win with two second-half goals from Kevintom Michika and Michael Jairo. The victory helped FC Talanta to climb to 14th position, while Tusker FC remained in fourth place.

Arsenal and Liverpool’s Defeats Help Manchester City Take the Lead in the Premier League

Mikel Arteta’s men suffered a blow in their Premier League title challenge as they were defeated by Aston Villa with a score of 0-2 at the Emirates. This loss came after a strong run of 31 points from a possible 33 in 2024. Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery led Villa to victory, derailing Arsenal’s charge towards the title.

Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice remarked on the competitive nature of the title race, citing the unpredictability of the Premier League. Despite Arsenal’s first-half superiority, they failed to capitalize on their chances, and Villa’s Ollie Watkins and Leon Bailey struck late to secure the win. This loss places Villa in a strong position for a Champions League spot.

In a separate match, Liverpool also stumbled, suffering a shocking 0-1 defeat to Crystal Palace. The result marks Liverpool’s third win in their last eight games across all competitions. Manager Jurgen Klopp expressed concerns about their performance and its implications on their title aspirations.

On the other hand, Manchester City emerged as the big winners of the day, maintaining a two-point lead at the top of the table with six games remaining. City’s dominance puts them in a favorable position to secure their fourth consecutive English top-flight title. West Ham’s hopes for European competition suffered a setback as they were defeated 2-0 at home by Fulham, who climbed to 12th place in the league standings.

Danny Sserunkuma’s Enduring Legacy Amongst Gor Mahia Fans

The upcoming Mashemeji derby, the second leg of the 23/24 fixture between Gor Mahia and AFC Leopard, is set to take place on Sunday, April 21. This highly anticipated clash is occurring with Gor Mahia currently leading the Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKFPL) standings with 54 points, while AFC Leopards trail behind with 35 points and a game in hand.

As is customary with this rivalry, an intense and thrilling match is expected. One notable figure in the history of the Mashemeji derby is Danny Sserenkuma, who achieved significant success during his time with Gor Mahia.

Sserenkuma’s contributions to the club included securing several titles and establishing himself as one of the most clinical forwards in the team’s history. Notably, he holds the record for the most goals scored in the Mashemeji derby, tallying six goals during his time with Gor Mahia – a feat he shares with the legendary Sammy ‘Jogoo’ Onyango.

Additionally, he is the only player to have scored a brace in the fixture on two occasions, a testament to his exceptional skill and impact on the derby. Sserenkuma’s prowess is further highlighted by the fact that he is one of the few players to have scored in three consecutive Mashemeji derbies, placing him in the ranks of accomplished players like Abdul Baraza and Meddie Kagere.

His legacy in the fixture solidifies his status as a key figure in the history of the Mashemeji derby.