NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on
Saturday congratulated Kenyan teams in various international
sport events for outstanding performances.
said he has been closely following exploits by the country’s
sports men and women, adding, "I am particularly impressed by
the performances by our teams at the 12th African Games in
The east African nation is ranked seventh at the African
Games with 11 gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze medals.
Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa occupy the top three
positions with 270, 126 and 87 medals respectively.
According to Kenyatta, the hard-fought win on Friday evening
by Malkia Strikers, the country’s women volleyball team, was
typical of the resilience and the fighting spirit of the Kenyan
"We all saw how our volleyball queens put up a spirited fight
to win gold last (Friday) night.
"They fought hard against a tough Cameroonian team to retain
their title as African Champions," he said.
Kenyatta also lauded team captain in Rabat, Julius Yego who
not only retained his African Championship by winning gold but
also ensured fellow Kenyan Alexander Kiprotich came second.
He also congratulated the Kenyan team which finished second
at the World Martial Arts Mastership Tong Il Moo Do in South
Korea for a splendid performance.
Other notable Kenyan performances at the continental games
which end today include a silver medal win by boxer Shaffi
Bakari in the 52kg flyweight, the half marathon gold win by
Titus Ekiru and a podium sweep by Kenya in men’s 5,000m as well
as the gold win by George Manangoi in 1,500m.