President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, June 25, 2021, turned up in style to flag off the World Rally Championships (WRC) Safari Rally in Nairobi.
The international sporting event was making a comeback to the Kenyan capital after two decades and President Kenyatta, who never shies away from showing his fashion style, chose to wear black Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37, a shoe designed by world Marathon holder Eliud Kipchoge.
The shoe boasts a thick sole that is white and a shade of Green at the front completing the colours on the Kenyan flag.
The shoes also feature the runner’s initials and 1:59:40 – a record time the Kenyan athlete ran in Vienna to become the first man to run the marathon in under two hours.
The Kipchoge line was released by Nike in November 2020 and features four different types of shoes.
The Nike Air Zoom 37 Eliud Kipchoge Running Shoe comes with different shoes for men and women.
This is also the case for Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% Eliud Kipchoge Men’s Racing shoe which Kipchoge, the world’s faster marathoner, wore in the 2020 London Marathon.
The Nike Air Zoom 37 Eliud Kipchoge Running Shoe is not available in black on any online store leading to speculation that President Uhuru’s pair was custom made.
The men’s running shoe is out of stock at the moment while the women’s equivalent retails at between Sh10,500 Sh30,000.
When speaking to Runner’s World in October about what the Kenyan colourway meant to him, Kipchoge said, “It’s really crucial.
It’s really important to me to wear a shoe on Sunday which has Kenyan colours.
I believe I represent Kenya around the clock and this shoe can do the same.
People can wear the flag all around the world. That’s how people can become one.”
Kenyatta, who is also the patron of the Safari Rally, was joined by FIA president Jean Todt, Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, and the WRC Safari Rally CEO Phineas Kimathi for the ceremonial flag off.
This marked a 19-year wait for the WRC event to return to the country and will have 58 crews.
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
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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.