The Kenya U-23 football team Wednesday left the country for Ethiopia to participate in the forthcoming CECAFA U-23 championship set for Sunday 18, July this year.
The team held their final training session on Tuesday 13, July 2021 with their Coach Stanley Okumbi finalising his selected team.
The tournament is set to kick off on Sunday, July 18 2021 with the draw of the competition placing teams in three groups, A, B and C.
The tally of the participating teams narrows to nine confirmed teams that will battle for the CECAFA cup.
The Kenyan U-23 team has been grouped in group C together with Djibouti and South Sudan U-23 teams. They open their match on Monday July 19, 2021 against Djibouti and they will finish their group stages matches on Thursday July 22, 2021 against South Sudan.
The winner of each group in the group stage qualifies to the next stages with the best runners up considered too for the next stage. The finals of the tournament are set on Friday, July 30, 2021.
In other sports news, the Football Kenya Federation has initiated the FKF Women Administrators course that will be offered at the Kenya School of Special Education (KISE) in Kasarani.
The Administration course is aimed at equipping FKF County Women Representatives with the necessary skills to actualize the recently launched FKF Women Football Strategy.
Speaking during the opening ceremony, Thursday, FKF Vice President, Doris Petra, elucidated more on the importance of the course in the actualization of the recently launched FKF Women Football Strategy.
“To set the ball rolling on the FKF Women Football Strategy that we launched, we have organized an Administrative course for FKF County Women Representatives to gain knowledge that will in the long run help actualize the Women Football Strategy,” said FKF Vice President.
FKF NEC Women Representative, Margaret Omondi, further echoed the words of FKF Vice President Doris Petra.
“In a bid to keep our promise of fully implementing the recently launched FKF Women Football Strategy, we have organized a course for our FKF County Women Representatives to help set the ball rolling,” said Omondi.
The course covers leadership skills, Sponsorship Management, Strategic Planning, Financial Planning, Project Management, Marketing, and Communication & Media management.
All Set For Caf Women’s Champions League Qualifiers In Nairobi
The inaugural CAF Women’s Champions League CECAFA Qualifiers is set to take center stage on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at the Nyayo National Stadium.
All of the eight clubs that had confirmed participation in the CAF Women Champions League CECAFA Qualifiers have checked into the capital, Nairobi, save for Zanzibari outfit New Generation, who are scheduled to jet in on Saturday morning, ahead of the tournament kick-off.
The teams will battle it out for a chance to represent the region at the CAF Champions League that will be played in Egypt, later this year.
In a press briefing held today at the Nyayo National Stadium, CECAFA Executive Director Auka Gacheo noted how the tournament will offer an opportunity to women teams, allowing them to play at the highest level.
“This tournament is the next level for the women’s game in the CECAFA region. It will provide our teams with the opportunity to play at the highest level of continental club competition available in Africa, which is the CAF Women’s Champions League,” said Mr. Gacheo.
Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Chairperson and FKF Deputy President Doris Petra echoed Mr. Gacheo’s words saying this opportunity will help raise the profile of the women’s game in the region.
“This will help raise the profile of the women’s game, attract more players, fans and lead to the creation of more clubs,” Mrs. Petra.
The matches are set to be played at the MISC Kasarani and the Nyayo National Stadium, in Nairobi.
Wanyama Seals Montreal Win In Stoppage Time
Victor Wanyama squeezed home a late penalty to aid CF Montreal to pick up a 2-1 win over New York Red Bulls at Saputo Stadium on Saturday night.
The match was filled with drama at the end when Carlos Miguel Coronel saved two penalties in stoppage time.
But then, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) offered Montreal the chance to take the same penalty three times as the Brazilian keeper was deemed to have stepped off his line before the ball was kicked.
Mason Toye had the first two penalties saved before the opportunity was shifted to the Harambee Stars captain.
Wanyama, making a return after sitting out of the previous match owing to suspension, took the third attempt and beat Coronel in the 98th minute to aid his side snap a five-match winless run.
A penalty was taken three times at CF Montreal vs New York Red Bulls with the match 1-1 in added time.
1st Saved. VAR rules encroachment
2nd Saved. VAR rules encroachment
3rd Victor Wanyama steps up and scores
FT CF Montreal 2-1 New York Red Bulls pic.twitter.com/RwHjQqt1wv
— ⚽🖤💛🔴⚪⚫ (@ElijahKyama) August 15, 2021
This was after Patryk Klimala had given the visitors the lead on the stroke of half-time with a penalty of his own before Nigeria’s Sunusi Ibrahim leveled the score midway through the second half.