Julius Yego has stepped down from his role as Team Kenya captain ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, a decision that points to a fallout between the star athlete and team officials.
The 32-year old athlete, who competes in the javelin throw made the announcement on July 5, 2021, 18 days before the start of the global sporting showpiece in Japan.
“I will disappoint you and renounce my captaincy for Team Kenya to Tokyo athletics team,” he explained in a statement on his social media pages.
Before adding: “The environment for me to be the captain arent favourable for me to lead this team.”
Yego also appeared to overstep his mandate by selecting his successor.
“We will choose a new captain in due course but Eunice Sum will lead us until we elect a new captain,” he suggested.
Yego’s decision comes on a day Team Kenya General Manager Baranaba Korir publicly accused him of engaging in’in too much activism’
“The same people he is accusing are the ones who ensured he got Sh400,000 funding from IOC (International Olympic Committee) so as to train in South Africa in preparation for the Olympic Games but he did not travel.
The government was ready to match the IOC funding for the athlete to prepare well for the Olympics,” Korir told the Standard.
The athlete has gone through poor form in the past year and will have to significantly improve to stand a chance of winning a medal in Tokyo.
Besides Tokyo, Kenya is expected to send a star-studded team to the Olympics including short, middle and long-distance athletes, the men and women national rugby team, plus the women volleyball team.
Despite emerging as the best African country at the 2016 Olympics in Rio with 16 medals, Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed says Kenya will be all out to better on both the medal haul and 15th position (out of 86 countries) attained in South America.
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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— ⚽🖤💛🔴⚪⚫ (@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.