Tough day for Kenyans at Rotterdam Marathon as Kelvin Kiptum takes the spotlight

Abdi Nageeye triumphed at the 2024 Rotterdam Marathon, claiming his fifth victory in the event. The race saw a solemn moment of silence and the wearing of black ribbons to honor the late world record holder Kelvin Kiptum. Ethiopian athlete Ashete Bekere and Somalian-born Dutch runner Abdi Nageeye emerged as the winners in the women’s and men’s categories, respectively.

Nageeye set a Dutch national record with a winning time of 2:04:45. Kenyan runners faced challenges, with only a few managing to secure top positions, despite their strong presence in the competition. In the men’s category, Nageeye’s remarkable performance secured the title, with three Kenyan men finishing within the top 10.

Meanwhile, in the women’s category, Bekere claimed the title, followed by Kenyan runners Viola Kibiwott and Selly Chepyego Kaptich. Additionally, a tribute was paid to the late Kelvin Kiptum, with a special trophy presented to his wife, Asenath Cheruto, in recognition of her husband’s planned endeavors before his tragic passing. This marathon, held in the Netherlands, garnered attention for its impressive displays of athleticism and the poignant acknowledgment of a revered athlete’s untimely departure.

Kenya’s Olympic Marathon Team Excludes Evans Chebet: Revealing the Reason

Evans Chebet, a promising Kenyan runner, was considered a strong candidate to replace the late Kelvin Kiptum in Kenya’s marathon team. With an impressive track record of placing in the top four in 27 marathons and dropping out only once, Chebet had raised hopes among Kenyan athletics fans for a spot in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games marathon team. However, his name was notably absent from the recent five-man list released by Athletics Kenya, leaving many fans disappointed.

In response to the exclusion, Chebet’s coach Claudio Berardelli explained that Chebet might not have expressed 100% interest in participating when Athletics Kenya initially sought interest from the athletes. Berardelli attributed this to Chebet nursing an injury and feeling pressure due to the upcoming Boston Marathon, which would be his 29th marathon. However, he expressed that Chebet is now ready and willing to discuss his potential participation with Athletics Kenya following his performance in Boston.

Despite the setback, Chebet was gearing up to compete in the highly anticipated Boston Marathon, aiming to secure his third title on April 15. With a personal best of 2:03:00, he was considered a favorite alongside other top runners such as Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma and the Kenyan trio of Albert Korir, Edward Cheserek, and Cyprian Kotut. Berardelli remained confident in Chebet’s abilities, emphasizing his experience and familiarity with the Boston course.

He acknowledged the race’s challenges but expressed optimism about Chebet’s motivation and readiness to tackle the competition.

KRU confirms star-studded coaching lineup for 2024 Rugby Super Series in Kenya.

Kenya Harlequin head coach Paul ‘Pau’ Murunga is set to lead the record champions Rhinos in the 2024 Rugby Super Series, which will take place on four Saturdays in May 2024. The highly-anticipated tournament has garnered attention following the confirmation of coaching lineups for the participating teams by the Kenya Rugby Union. The coaching lineup includes top rugby tacticians in the country.

Lawrence Buyachi, a two-time Kenya Cup winner with Nakuru RFC, will be leading the Cheetahs in the Super Series tournament, with Simon Wariuki providing assistance. Murunga, a former player who won the tournament with the Buffaloes in 2005 and the Lions in 2008, will be striving to secure victory in the 2024 Rugby Super Series and display his coaching prowess. Maxwell Adaka will be coaching the Buffaloes, with assistance from Felix Ayange and Edwin Achayo, adding to the strong competition in the tournament.

Former Kenyan international Oliver Mang’eni and Bernard Kibet will be coaching the Lions, setting the stage for an exciting clash of talent and expertise. The teams are divided geographically, with specific players being assigned to each one. Buyachi’s coached side, based in Nakuru, will consist of Menengai Oilers, Nakuru, Homeboyz, Impala, Kabarak University, and University of Eldoret, while the Lions will include KCB, Kenyatta University Blak Blad, Mwamba, JKUAT Cougars, South Coast Pirates, and USIU Maritals.

Finally, the Buffaloes, under the leadership of Adaka, will be based in Kakamega and consist of Kabras Sugar, Kisumu, Catholic Monks, Masinde Muliro, and Western Bulls. The exciting return of the Rugby Super Series is set to take place on four Saturdays in May 2024, marking the end of its ten-year hiatus.

New Champions Crowned as Giants Fall in Term One Games – SportPesa Scores & News Kenya

The Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) National Term One games concluded on Saturday, April 13, with new champions being crowned. The event, held at Machakos School, saw Butere Girls High School and Musingu Boys High School retaining their titles. Butere Girls High School secured a narrow 49-43 win against Nairobi champions, Buruburu Girls, in the girls’ basketball category.

Vincent Musime, the coach of Butere Girls, expressed gratitude for their win, while Dr. Aggrey School Principal Robert Aran noted the team’s dedication and support from the Coast region. In other categories, Moi Girls Kamusinga emerged as the handball champions, defeating Kwanthanze with a score of 24-13. In rugby 15s, Homeboys All Saints from the Eastern region claimed victory with a narrow 12-10 win over Butula from Western.

Benson Mwenda, the coach of All Saints, highlighted their determination to win the title after reaching the finals last year. Musingu Boys High School from Western successfully defended its title by defeating archrivals St Anthony Boys Kitale 3-2 in the hockey finals. Additionally, Tigoi was crowned hockey winners after a 2-1 victory over last year’s champions, Nyamira.

Following the finals, organizers praised the new winners for raising the standards of the game and commended the coaches for their professionalism throughout the term one games. The top three winners in each category are set to represent the country in the upcoming East African school games in August.

Beatrice Chepkoech and Winfred Yavi confirmed for Prefontaine Classic in Kenya.

Beatrice Chepkoech and Winfred Yavi competed in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase during the 2023 Prefontaine Classic and Wanda Diamond League Final. Chepkoech went into the race as the favorite ahead of record holder Chepkoech. Elsewhere, Mary Moraa, another Kenyan runner, has been confirmed for the Prefontaine Classic.

Familiar opponents, Winfred Yavi and Beatrice Chepkoech are set to compete at the 2024 Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, United States. The Kenyan-born duo are the latest inclusions in the event scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 25. Chepkoech will use the race to gauge herself with less than four months remaining before the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, where she seeks to win the Olympic Games gold medal for the first time in her career.

She mentioned that she was trying to improve on her main weakness in order to stand a good chance of winning the elusive medal. Yavi, who switched her allegiance to Bahrain several years ago, goes into the clash as the favorite, having overcome Chepkoech in most of the races during the 2023 season. Chepkoech, currently holding the world record of 8:44.32, settled for a second-place position ahead of the fast-rising Faith Cherotich from Kenya at the World Athletics Championships.

Wayment-Smith, a 3-time National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCA) indoor champion with a personal best of 9:09.91, is slated to compete at the Prefontaine Classic. Moraa will compete with the likes of Athing Mu, and Uganda’s Nakaayi Halimah in the eagerly anticipated two-lap showdown.

2024 Boston Marathon offers a huge cash prize

The 2024 Boston Marathon, scheduled for April 15, is generating excitement with pre-race favorites Hellen Obiri and Evans Chebet expected to headline the event. The competition boasts a hefty prize pool with winners in each category set to receive $150,000.

Additionally, the Abbott World Marathon Majors’ Road race organizers have allocated a total of $1.2 million to be awarded to the competitors, with top finishers in the elite races standing to earn significant sums. The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) President, Jack Fleming, and board chairman, Cheri Blauwet, have hailed the upcoming road race as one of the best ever.

The event is anticipated to draw star runners including John Korir, Ronald Korir, Cyprian Kotut, and Albert Korir on the men’s side, while the women’s category will feature Hellen Obiri, Worknesh Degefa, Zeineba Yimer, Ababel Yeshaneh, Mary Ngugi, Vibian Chepkirui, and Edna Kiplagat. The prize money for the competition will be awarded to the top finishers, with the second and third-place positions also receiving substantial amounts, albeit subject to tax procedures and other deductions.

The marathon, covering a distance of 26.2 miles, is anticipated to be a celebration of athletic achievement, marked by strong community support. Participants and spectators are encouraged to savor the experience from start to finish and revel in the unique atmosphere.

Ugandan MPs Express Concerns After Challenges Emerge in AFCON and CHAN Hosting Bids

Ugandan members of parliament are concerned about reported issues that could jeopardize the country’s plans to host the African Nations Championship (CHAN) and the 2027 African Cup of Nations (AFCON). The MPs noted that the Minister of State for Sports, Peter Ogwang, failed to provide full accountability on the renovations of Mandela National Stadium in Namboole. According to the MPs, a report from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) revealed that the stadium was not compliant, which could threaten the preparations for hosting CHAN and AFCON 2027.

Led by John Nambeshe, the opposition chief whip, the MPs emphasized the importance of the stadium’s compliance for hosting the tournaments. They called for answers from the Minister regarding the reported shortcomings in the stadium’s renovations. The members of parliament stressed the significance of addressing these issues to ensure that Uganda does not miss the opportunity to co-host both CHAN and AFCON with Kenya and Tanzania.

They highlighted the implications of the stadium’s non-compliance on Uganda’s bids to host these prestigious tournaments. In addition to concerns about the stadium in Namboole, preparations for the tournaments are underway in other co-hosting nations. Tanzania, Kenya, and Zanzibar are set to provide venues for the CHAN competition, with the CECAFA chief Wallace Karia confirming the hosting rights for next year.

Meanwhile, the government in Kenya is building the Talanta Hela Stadium in Nairobi and rehabilitating the Kasarani Sports Center in preparation for AFCON matches. Other stadiums, including Bukhungu, are also being refurbished for the CHAN tournament.

The inspiring Ronald Okoth story: From an unknown player in Siaya to becoming club CEO

Ronald Okoth, the newly appointed CEO of Sofapaka, retired from playing in 2022 to take on his new role at the club. Thirteen years ago, Okoth did not envision himself as the CEO of Sofapaka FC. Originally, his focus was on gaining more playing minutes and potentially joining a professional football club in Kenya. He began his career at local clubs such as Siaya Rangers and Nairobi Salem before joining Congo United in 2011.

After catching the eye of Gor Mahia while playing for Congo United, Okoth went on to play for various clubs including Mathare United, Mahakama FC, Nairobi Stima, Western Stima, and KCB before eventually retiring at Sofapaka. In addition to his playing career, Okoth also obtained a CAF coaching license and established the R.O Sports Soccer Academy, with branches in Westlands and Eastlands, dedicated to nurturing young talents. He is also involved in mentorship programs for young athletes and serves as a football pundit on media platforms, sharing his insights and analysis of the sport. Okoth emphasized the importance of making the most of opportunities locally and expressed contentment with his achievements.

He noted that his focus was not solely on playing abroad, but on maximizing every opportunity with local clubs. He confirmed the news of his appointment as CEO on social media and expressed gratitude to Sofapaka President Elly Kalekwa for trusting him with the position. He pledged to prioritize talent development at Sofapaka and work towards returning the club to its winning ways. Okoth urged others to join him on this journey, emphasizing the club’s commitment to creating a progressive football atmosphere and encouraging unity to drive the club’s success.

Kenyan Footballers Drawn to Lesser-Known Taiwan Premier League

On the 11th of April 2024, Gor Mahia attacking midfielder Enock Wanyama, along with several other players, made the move to play in the Taiwanese Premier League. Enock Wanyama, known for his skill as an attacking midfielder, made the surprising decision to join the relatively unknown Taiwanese team Leopard Cat FC, despite expectations that he would join Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia.

Alongside Wanyama, central defender Nicodemus Onyango also joined Leopard Cat on April 30, 2023. Wanyama returned home in January to fulfill his dream of joining Gor Mahia, while Onyango remained in Taiwan to continue playing in the Taiwanese league.

Other Kenyan players who traveled to Taiwan in January, such as David Owino, Erickson Mulu, Brian Mzee, and Muthoka Maingi, faced challenges in obtaining clearance and ultimately returned to Nairobi. Owino, a General Service Unit (GSU) officer, faces uncertainty about being cleared by the police service to play abroad.

Despite these challenges, the allure of playing abroad is a dream shared by many Kenyan players. Onyango emphasized the appeal of playing in Taiwan, citing good infrastructure, timely payment, and clubs that prioritize player welfare.

Mzee, who also trained in Taiwan for a month, acknowledged the quality of the infrastructure and looks forward to returning in July to prepare for the new season. Wanyama expressed his belief that Taiwanese clubs offer attractive packages and facilities, describing the quality of the playing surfaces, gyms, medical care, match attendance, and the potential for more Kenyan footballers to make the move to Taiwan.

The players’ experiences in Taiwan have showcased the appeal of playing in this lesser-known footballing destination, with the potential for more Kenyan players to seek opportunities there in the future.

Kenyan Footballers’ Attraction to Taiwan Premier League Explored in SportPesa’s Scores & News-Kenya

Enock Wanyama, a skilled attacking midfielder from Kenya, surprised many football enthusiasts when he completed his move to the relatively unknown Taiwanese Premier League side, Leopard Cat FC. Although there were expectations for him to join Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia, he opted to pursue professional football abroad.

Joining Leopard Cat alongside central defender Nicodemus Onyango, Wanyama later returned home in January to fulfill his dream of joining Gor. In contrast, Onyango continues to play in the Taiwanese league, which is not well known by Kenyans.

Several other Kenyan players, including David Owino, Erickson Mulu, Brian Mzee, and Muthoka Maingi, also traveled to Taiwan but faced challenges in obtaining clearance to play. Despite training in Taiwan for a month, Owino was immediately recalled by his employer, the National Police Service.

Onyango, speaking about the appeal of playing in Taiwan, cited the country’s strong football infrastructure and timely payment for players. Similarly, Mzee noted the quality training gear and excellent surfaces he experienced during his stay in Taiwan, expressing excitement to return for the new season in July.

Wanyama, reflecting on the lure of Taiwanese football, highlighted the appealing facilities and packages offered by the country’s top-tier clubs. While acknowledging that the league may not be as competitive as Kenya’s, he praised its rapid growth and the attractive features it offers to players.

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