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Respiratory Infection Continues To Affect Football

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Respiratory Infection Continues To Affect Football

The Football Kenya Federation matches were last weekend casualty of the ‘flu’ that has ravaged the country according to the government-  with numerous clubs missing key players due to the infection.

The government a week ago announced that what is being reported as flu is a respiratory infection.

Both KCB and City Stars players skipped Friday league action at Ruaraka.

KCB, missed the services of Captain Simon Abuko which was confirmed by the club tactician Zedekiah Otieno.

“Our captain Abuko was sick. The ‘flu’ is all over right now and he couldn’t make it for today’s match,” said Zico.

City Stars on the other hand missed Salim Abdallah, Kevin Okumu, and Kennedy Onyango, all starters at the back missed the match.

Midfield Peter Opiyo, who bagged a brace over the weekend, equally sat out of the game as well as Nicholas Kipkirui watched the game from the sidelines as their side went down.

City Stars head coach Nicholas Muyoti confirmed the two players missed the game- hoping to have them back before their next match scheduled for 30th December.

“The last team that won against Mathare, most of the players missed today’s game because of the ‘flu’ and it made a difference. The players who came in stepped up but we lacked that continuity, those who came in stepped up but that aspect of consistency missed. We are hoping to have them back after the break,” he stated.

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Juniors Intensify Training Ahead Of World Under-20 Championships

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Athletics Kenya (AK) is impressed with the progress made by inferior athletes at the ongoing vacation camp.

The camps are aimed at preparing athletes for the World Under-20 tournament in Cali, Colombia.

AK President Jack Tuwei who was speaking in Kapsumbeiywo All4Running youth camp which is headed by former world

800m champion Janeth Jepkosgei, said he was impressed by the turnout of the youth in colorful camps.

“We have 26 camps across the country and we are happy because they are training well thanks to the government who have helped in funding them. As a federation we shall do our part and make sure we get some of the best from these camps,” Tuwei said.

Kenya will be seeking to retain the title for the younger team for the third time in a row in the tournament set for August after winning in Tampere, Finland in 2018 and again last time in Nairobi.

AK youth head trainer Robert Ngiserei said the early medication will enable the country to present a strong platoon across the all events.

“At the Youth Sub Committee, we have embraced this program as it will help us improve more on the development of talent which will ensure our country remains as an athletics powerhouse,” Ngiserei said.

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Teenage Kenyan Basketballer Drafted Into Women’s NBA

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Teenage Kenyan Basketballer Drafted Into Women’s NBA

Olivia Nelson-Ododa, a Kenyan basketball player  has been drawn to the Los Angeles Sparks team for the 2022 Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

The former Kenya Morans player Sebastian Ododa’s daughter was picked 19th overall in the alternate round of the WNBA draft on Monday by the L.A. Sparks.

The youngster was hailed by Sparks’ General Manager and Head Coach Derek Fisher after she was chosen.

“Olivia Nelson-Ododa was a contributor on both ends of the floor for a UConn program that went to four consecutive Final Fours in her tenure,” Fisher said.

“We’re excited to see how her size, length, rebounding, and passing ability can translate at the next level.”

Olivia is formerly following in the steps of his father Sebastian Ododa represented Kenya during the 1987 All African Games in Nairobi.

The 6- bottom-5 forward/ centre equaled 9.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists for UConn this once season.

She led the Huskies with a59.5 chance firing clip from the field and was a 2022 All-Big East First Team selection.

The 20-year-old forward also equaled1.7 blocks per game in 2021-22.

Olivia, who’ll turn 22 on August 17, was named the Big EastCo-Defensive Player of the Time in 2020-21 and will look to establish herself in the WNBA with her prowess on that end of the bottom.

She has played basketball for Winder-Barrow High School in Georgia, where she was named Athens Banner-HeraldCo-Player of the Time after comprising 17 points and 10 rebounds per game.

She was named to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game during her high academy elderly time and was also named Miss Georgia Basketball

During the FIBA U17 World crown in 2016, she won citation with the USA and latterly dipped gold in 2018 at the FIBA Americas Under-18 crown.

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