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.
2022 World 7s: Kenya Sevens To Face USA In Dubai 7s Opener At 9am
Kenya Sevens are going to be hoping to come out in the 2022 World 7s Series season on a high note as they play USA at the Dubai Sevens on Friday from 9am East African time.
The World Sevens Series will commence with 12 teams set to require part within the Dubai opening leg tournament slated for Sevens Stadium.
Core sides New Zealand, Samoa are still missing while England, Wales, and Scotland will play the primary two tournaments as Great Britain. Fiji, Australia, and France are back after missing the shortened 2021 Series.
After facing USA within the morning, Shujaa will then face Argentina at 1:30 PM and their final match are at 4:02 PM against Spain as they seek to duplicate the 2021 performance that saw them achieve a podium finish within the shortened series.
The team finished third overall within the abridged 2021 Sevens playoff in Canada, reaching the final where they lost to African nation before securing a 3rd place finish at the second leg in Edmonton.
Olympic Gold Medalist Fiji return after missing the 2021 World 7s Series and are pooled alongside returning Australia, Canada and France.
The final Pool has 2021 Series Champions Republic of South Africa who will tackle Ireland, Great Britain and Japan, who were promoted as HSBC World Rugby Challenger Series champions in 2020.
Great Britain will participate within the opening two rounds of the Series in Dubai, as a part of the standing agreement to play the year 2021, before reverting to compete as national unions for the rest of the 2022 Series, with England, Scotland and Wales participating within the men’s Series and England within the women’s series.
The 16 men’s core teams after the Dubai events are Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, Republic of South Africa, Spain, USA and Wales.
The 11 core women’s teams after the Dubai events are Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Russia, Spain and USA.
Two men’s and one women’s teams are going to be relegated from the 2022 Series, to make sure a pathway for teams to be promoted from the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series.
Dubai 7s Fixtures
Kenya vs USA-9am
Kenya vs Argentina-1.30pm
Kenya vs Spain-4pm
Kipchoge Among Five Finalists For 2021 Male World Athlete Of The Year
Marathon world record holder and two-time Olympic Champion Eliud Kipchoge is among five finalists for the 2021 Male World Athlete of the Year.
On Monday evening, World Athletics announced the five male athletes, who are representing five different countries.
Kipchoge was named Male Athlete of the Year for two years in a row; in 2018, after setting the 2:01:39 World Record and in 2019 when he entered into the annals of history as the only human being to run under two hours in a marathon at the INEOS 1:59 challenge in Vienna.
He timed 1:59:40.
According to World Athletics, the male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced at the WA Awards 2021, which will take place virtually on December 1.
World Athletics also named 5000m Olympic champion and world record holder (in both 5000m and 10,000m) Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda.
Cheptegei also won 10,000m silver for his country at the Tokyo Olympics. He also recorded a world-leading 8:09.55 for two miles.
Pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis of Sweden who was named Male Athlete of 2020 has also been named as a 2021 finalist. He is an Olympic, Diamond League and European indoor pole vault champion.
“The five athletes, who represent five countries from three area associations, have produced some exceptional performances across a range of athletics disciplines in 2021, at the Tokyo Olympic Games, one-day meeting circuits and other events around the world,” WA said in a statement.
Other finalists are US shot put athlete Ryan Crouser, also an Olympic champion, and Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who won 400m hurdles at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
“The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family cast their votes by email, while fans voted online via the World Athletics social media platforms.
“The World Athletics Council’s vote counted for 50% of the result, while the World Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes each counted for 25% of the final result. Voting closed on 6 November,” WA said.