New Harambee Stars head coach Engin Firat has named his final travelling squad for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Mali on Thursday.
FKF Premier League Golden Glove winner James Saruni has once again been overlooked after being dropped despite his form in goal that saw him keep 12 clean sheets last season for his club Ulinzi Stars.
Kariobangi Sharks trio of Samuel Olwande, Patillah Omoto and Sydney Lokale have also been dropped alongside Gor Mahia youngster Frank Odhiambo, Wazito’s Musa Masika, KCB’s Reagan Otieno and Bandari’s Keegan Ndemi.
Experienced defenders Joash Onyango and David ‘Calabar’Owino have made the cut in the department that consists of Erick Ouma, Joseph Okumu, Johnstone Omurwa, Daniel Sakari, David Owino of KCB, Bolton Omwenga and FKF Premier League Defender of the Year Eugene Asike.
Firat has also tapped into the international experience of skipper Michael Olunga and Spain-based Ismael Gonzalez and Serbia-based Richard Odada.
Tusker prodigy Eric Zakayo and US-based Philip Mayaka have also made the team.
Kenya will travel to Morocco on Monday evening where they will be hosted by the West African nation in the group’s third match.
Due to the lack of a standard Fifa approved stadium, Mali will host Harambee Stars at the 45,000 capacity Stade Adrar in Agadir, Morocco.
Harambee Stars Squad
Ian Otieno, Brian Bwire, Faruk Shikhalo
Jospeh Okumu, Joash Onyango, David Owino Odhiambo, Johnstone Omurwa, Eugene Asike, Daniel Sakari, David Owino Ambulu, Abud Omar, Erick Ouma, Bolton Omwenga
Richard Odada, Lawrence Juma, Ismael Gonzalez, Kenneth Muguna, Duke Abuya, Boniface Muchiri, Eric Zakayo, Phillip Mayaka, Abdallah Hassan
Michael Olunga, Henry Meja, Eric Kapaito
Police Called In As Hired Goons Threaten Journalist Nyakundi Over Push For FKF Audit
The Kenya Police have averted a possible attack on journalist Milton Nyakundi, who has been at the forefront of calling for an audit of financial probity at the troubled Football Kenya Federation (FKF).
The suspected goons tried to gain entry to a Press Conference convened by the journalist on Sunday, to push for a multi-agency inspection of FKF’s finances.
The hirelings arrived at the Ngong Hills Hotel along Ngong Road, Nairobi, causing a commotion as they sought to engage Nyakundi.
The Police, however, arrived in time to secure the journalist’s safety together with the hotel security.
“I am ok, thanks to the Police and the Hotel security team,” Nyakundi told Standard Sports on phone.
“I would like to commend the Police and hotel security for their quick response. That somebody sent the goons or even that they did it on their own tells you of something fishy in our game,” he said.
“I am not shaken at all to offer my voice for the good of the game. If nobody will speak on the rot in our game, which should be gainfully employing the youth, including these goons then I will,” Nyakundi said.
The journalist was the third respondent in a case that FKF had filed a case at the High Court of Kenya seeking to stop the Directorate of Criminal Investigations’ Banking Fraud unit from investigating it.
The High Court, however, ruled on Thursday that the DCI had the constitutional right to investigate the troubled football body.
Following the ruling, the Sports Cabinet Secretary Amb Amina Mohamed also directed the Sports Registrar to inspect the FKF books in accordance with Section 52(1) of the Sports Act (2013).
Nyakundi agrees with the directive but insists it should be a multi-agency exercise claiming that he had unearthed financial transactions that would interest KRA, the DCI, EACC and the Public Procurement Oversight Authority as well as the Auditor-General.
“Without these agencies and the civil society, the intricate nature of the transactions could remain buried for good. Kenyans must demand for multi-agency approach,” Nyakundi said.
Kenya Grabs Three Medals At Maiden Africa Championship
Kenya made her entry at the continental Duathlon stage in style after winning three medals in her maiden appearance at the 2021 Africa Duathlon Championship staged over the weekend in Namibia.
Though the sport is still relatively new in the country, 27-year-old Yvonne Ojijo led compatriot Christine Shambi to a one-two finish in the women’s 25-29 Female age group- Sprint.
The weekend event was not only historic to Kenya, but also Namibia who staged her first championship.
Ojijo’s victory came just a few minutes after Mungai Kairuki’s had grabbed third place in the junior men’s race.
Ojijo who was born just a year after Shambi (1993) clocked 01:28:46 while the latter timed 01:29:26 in a photo finish event held at the heart of Namibia’s Capital.
Mungai clocked 01:12:39, just .03 seconds behind Namibian Nicholas Du Plessis who clocked 1:09. 35 for second place.
Homeboy Johannes Van Der Wesrguizen took the first position after timing 01:02:56.
James Mwaura was the best placed Kenyan in the men’s elite race after settling for fourth. Namibian Joan-Paul Burger clocked 01:51:57 for first place, ahead of South African duo of Dylan Kruger (01:56:26) and Jonathan Benjamin who clocked 01:56:41.
Gabriel Ambeba, Eddy Odhiambo and Gideon Rutto were fifth, sixth and seven positions in that order.
Kenya however, had a relatively disappointing outing in the junior women’s race where participants cover 5km first run, bike 19.98 km and another 2.5 km second run. Vivian Hiller was the top-ranked Kenyan in position five while Terry Kariuki finished ninth.
That event that was also being held in Namibia for the first time, attracted over 50 participants mostly from Kenya, Namibia and South Africa that had the highest entries.
The NTF is hoping to see at least 150 entries, while athletes from across Africa are expected to attend and compete for the title of African duathlon champion of 2021.
Kenya was making her duathlon debut at the continental stage.
For Kenyan athletes, attention will now shift to the African Cup National Championship (sprint) to be held in Mombasa on November 6.