NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kariobangi Sharks FC will
represent Kenya at the 2019 Confederation of Africa Football (CAF)
Confederations Cup after beating Sofapaka FC 3-2 in the final of
the domestic Cup on Saturday in Nairobi.
George Abege struck
a brace for the winners who also pocketed 20,000 U.S. dollars in
prize money as they made history by winning their first ever
trophy since they came into existence in 2000.
Sharks, who finished
third in 2016 and were losing finalists last year took the lead
in the 27th minute when Abege opened the scoring when
he latched onto a through ball from Harrison Mwendwa and scored
with a low left footed strike past Wycliffe Kasaya in the
opponents who were seeking a fourth cup win following their
successes in 2007, 2010 and 2014 hit back and made it 1-1 three
minutes to the break.
Sofapaka came out
stronger in the second half as Kevin Kimani netted their second
goal with a diving header before the hour mark.
That was the cue for
Sharks to stage a roaring comeback as their head coach, William
Muluya, made an inspired substitution, bringing on Sydney Lokale
for Henry Juma.
The change proved to
be a masterstroke when the new man made it 2-2 in the 80th
with a terrific header to set up a tense finish to the contest.
Five minutes later,
Sharks completed the turn around when Abege made capital of a
defensive mistake and lashed on to the ball, side-footing it
past Wycliffe Kasaya in the Sofapaka goal for 3-2.
There was still time
for Kimani to sky a penalty that could have made the dramatic
game 3-3 and try as they might, Sofapaka could not find the
equalizer as Sharks celebrated an epic victory in a virtually
Okutoyi to spearhead Kenya at
Africa Tennis Nations Cup finals in Botswana
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s top female tennis player Angela Okutoyi
has cancelled her intended tour of Australia and will be
available for selection for the Africa Nations Cup in Gaborone,
Botswana in November.
withstood pressure from her peers to win the Kenya Open, will
team up with Ibrahim Yego, Ryan Randiek and Ismael Changawa
while Kevin Cheruiyot and Sheil Kotecha have confirmed they will
not be available for the tournament.
Francis Mutuku, the
Tennis Kenya vice chairman said here Friday that the team will
use the tournament as part of its preparations ahead of the
Davis Euro Africa Group Two tournament in February.
Mutuku also said the
Kenyan youngster has been invited to compete in the prestigious
Orange Bowl Championship in Florida, USA in December.
“It is important to
have our best player in the team heading to Bostwana,” said
Mutuku. “We hope the experience learnt will benefit the players
in their preparation for the David Cup next year.”
second at the Africa Junior Masters tournament in Tunisia,
winning three of her four matches in the round robin tourney.
The Africa Nations
Tennis Cup will attract players from Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya,
South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, Burundi, Rwanda,
Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Swaziland, Mauritius, Madagascar,
Malawi and Angola.
She also won the
International Tennis Federation (ITF) Africa Junior
Championships in Algiers in August and was part of the
continent’s team that toured France, Germany, Belgium and the
Czech Republic in July. However, the main focus is to excel in
the Davis Cup in February.
Organizers of the
Davis Cup will pit 12 seeds against the other 12 as 24 teams for
the 2019 qualifiers, taking place in Feb. 1-2.
The 12 winners in
February will join Croatia, France, Spain and USA plus two wild
card nominees, who secured their places in the 2019 Davis Cup
The wild card
nominees are Argentina and Britain. Winner of the Euro Africa
tourney in February will meet Canada in the finals.
Uganda names squad
for ICC World Cricket League Division III
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda cricket coach Steve Tikolo and the
selectors panel on Thursday named the squad that will appear in
the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League
Division III tournament in Muscat, Oman. The Championship will
attract six nations and will kick off on November 4.
Uganda qualified for
the event after winning the 2018 ICC World Cricket League
Division Four tournament played in May this year in Malaysia.
Roger Mukasa, who has been in excellent form in 2018, is the
team captain, while Brian Masaba is the vice-captain. “We are
capable of doing well in Oman. All we need is everyone in the
team to execute their roles,” Mukasa told Xinhua on Thursday.
The only two new
faces in the team are Dinesh Kumar Nakrani and Ronak Patel who
will make their debuts in an ICC tournament. The two played for
Uganda in the ICC World Twenty20 Africa ‘B’ Qualifier in Kigali,
Rwanda this year.
Roger Mukasa (captain), Arnold Otwani, Hamu Kayondo, Ronak
Patel, Dinesh Nakrani, Riazat Ali Shah, Deus Muhumuza, Irfan
Mohammed, Charles Waiswa, Frank Nsubuga, Bilal Hassun, Henry
Ssenyondo, Brian Masaba (vice-captain) and Kenneth Waiswa.
Reserves: Emmanuel Isaneez and Fred Achelam.
Burundi’s ruling party says
fifth round of inter-Burundi
dialogue to be last held outside Burundi
BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) --
The fifth round of the inter-Burundi dialogue
scheduled for Oct. 24-29 in Tanzania’s Arusha will be the last
held out of the country, Burundi’s ruling party said on
The main goal of the
fifth round of the dialogue is to analyze the implementation of
the consensual roadmap to Burundi’s 2020 elections signed in
August this year by most of political parties in the country,
where they agreed to peacefully participate in the elections.
The roadmap also
encourages people in exile to return to Burundi voluntarily.
All the other issues
focused by the dialogue have found their responses in the new
national constitution promulgated on June 7, 2018, and the
2018-2027 National Development Plan launched in August 2018,
said Evariste Ndayishimiye, secretary general of the National
Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of
Democracy (CNDD-FDD), in a statement issued in the capital,
Launched in December
2015, the inter-Burundi dialogue aimed at finding a solution to
the political crisis in Burundi, is led by East African
Community (EAC) under the mediatorship of Ugandan President
Yoweri Museveni. The EAC also appointed former Tanzanian
President Benjamin Mkapa as facilitator of the dialogue to
The dialogue has
made no concrete progress.
government had said it wants the dialogue to take place inside
Burundi and will not sit at the same table with what it called
Burundi plunged into
a crisis in April 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided
to run his controversial third term bid, which he won in July
2015. His candidature, which was opposed by the opposition and
civil society groups, resulted in a wave of protests, violence
and even a failed coup in May 2015.