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The second edition of the U16 Copa Coca-Cola Cup of Nations tournament will be held at the Mpesa Academy Foundation in Thika from December 2 to 5 with twelve nations set to feature at the annual youth fiesta.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will open the three-day event with organisers welcoming the youth fiesta as a marvelous platform to churn out new talent. Unlike last year the second edition will feature boy’s category only.

Kenya, who emerged winners in the inaugural edition held in Nakuru last year, are in Pool ‘A’ and will launch their title haunt against Zimbabwe before facing Mozambique in the final preliminary match.

The Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) Under-16 champions Serani Boys will carry a sense of duty for the hosts at the championship featuring countries from diverse Confederation of African Football (CAF) zones, including Cecafa, Wafu, Cosafa and Cosafa.

Speaking on Tuesday during the release of the draws, Coca-Cola (sponsors of the competition) Head of Marketing Reinaldo Padua said the tourney will play a key role in laying the foundation for future football stars.

“The first edition was successful and this is why we have given Kenya the hosting rights again. This is a good platform to churn out talent for our youth and we have seen the fruits as some of the stars who participated in Nakuru last year performed very well during this year’s Under-19 games in Arusha,” he said.

KSSSA assistant Secretary General Quinto Omusugu echoed Padua’s sentiments, noting such age group tournaments  has beautiful history of birthing global stars, right from secondary school level.

“We are happy to be associated with this tournament which is very important in shaping the footballers of tomorrow. Most of the senior successful players in this country have played in this tournament; we have the likes of McDonald Mariga, Michael Olunga and Victor Wanyama, who have passed through the tournament,” he averred.

Last year, Kenya claimed a eclean sweep after St. Anthony’s Boys Kitale and Moi Girls Nangili overcame Nigeria and Zimbabwe respectively in the finals to clinch the inaugural title.

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Other countries to feature in this year’s edition are; Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Ethiopia, Namibia, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Angola and Botswana.

Summarised Draws

Pool A

Kenya

Mozambique

Zimbabwe

Pool B

South Africa

Zambia

Tanzania

Pool C

Ethiopia

Namibia

Uganda

Pool D

Burkina Faso

Angola

Botswana




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COVID-19: KPL remains suspended indefinitely

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Gor Mahia fans cheer on their team during a past match. The fun will have to wait for now, as the country combats the spread of COVID-19. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 2 – The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) remains suspended indefinitely as the league managers continue to wait on government directives to resume owing to the continued spread of the coronavirus.

The
government announced the suspension of any gatherings while the ministry of
sports closed down all sporting facilities as a means of combating the spread
of the virus, essentially shutting down sports all over the country.

The Football
Kenya Federation had mid last month announced that all football in the country,
including the top tier, would be suspended until the first week of April, but
the situation currently does not allow for its return.

“We had a
brief talk on Friday with some members of the Governing Council and we decided
we will not have a formal meeting, virtual or in the office until we get more
directives from the government. As at that, the league remains suspended
indefinitely until we get a way forward,” KPL CEO Jaco Oguda told Capital Sport.

“As at now,
it is a wait and see game. At this point, football is secondary to anything.
Health comes first and football will only come back when that is taken care of,”
further stated Oguda.

The league
had been scheduled to conclude on May 23, but with three match weeks now lost,
the same is expected to be stretched.

Ideally,
Oguda had disclosed to Capital Sport that they aim to finish the league
by at least June 30. With projections stating that the next one month might be
crucial, the hope of finishing up by the end of June might be short lived.

Practically,
the league managers are now open to an extension of up to August. But, Oguda
says they remain committed to finishing the season.

Gor Mahia
are currently leading the standings with 54 points, seven ahead of second
placed Kakamega Homeboyz. On the opposite end of the standings, Sony Sugar are
already relegated and there will only be one team following them down.

Zoo
Kericho, Nzoia Sugar, Chemelil Sugar and Kisumu All Stars are all in the race
to avoid dropping into that one slot.

Twenty-three
rounds of matches have already been played and there are nine remaining. Gor just
need seven wins to mathematically confirm their status as record extending champions.

With
training grounds closed down, teams have now resorted to asking their players
to train from home as they maintain fitness with hope that the world will
resume normal programming soon.

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Harmonize’s side chick and wife get into Bitter exchange

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Tanzanian singer Rajab Abdul Kahali aka Harmonize is allegedly caught up in a love cycle after he allegedly cheated on his wife.

A spot check on social media revealed that the singer and his Italian wife Sarah Michelotti have unfollowed each other on Instagram, shortly after the cheating allegations surfaced online.

In a cryptic post shared by Sarah, she hinted that all may not be well in their relationship.

“She’s broken because she believed. He’s ok because he lied.” She wrote

Harmonize’s woes started after allegations that he cheated on his wife with the video vixen in his ‘bedroom’ song.

The lady identified as Nicole and Harmonize are said to have had ‘a little fun’ after their video shoot.

In a video that has been widely circulated by Tanzanian gossip sites a woman purported to be Sarah is heard shouting insults from outside a residence said to be that of Nicole Berry.

Tanzanian bloggers also claim that Harmonize has been staying with the socialite for the past one week at her place and it’s what prompted Sarah to storm the place.

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In what seems to be an online exchange, the socialite also lushed out at Harmonize’s wife telling her to learn how to be her man’s peace.

“𝗻𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟭 you CAN’T buy a man’s Love, 𝗻𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮 Be Your Man’s Peace, otherwise He will Go & Find 𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗲 somewhere Else!!!!! and Bitch please refer to “ Proverbs 14:1“ “am still enjoying Bedroom song lyrics in my bedroom, 😏😏”  she wrote

 

 

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Australian rugby league shutdown doesn’t stop sex scandal news

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Australian rugby league may be shut down due to Covid-19 but that didn’t spare the scandal-plagued sport more bad news as two Canterbury Bulldogs players were sacked over an escapade with “young females”.

New Zealand Test forward Corey Harawira-Naera, 24, and winger Jayden Okunbor, 23, were suspended in early March after taking the women back to their team hotel on a pre-season trip.

Australian media said they met the women, described by the club as “young females of a consensual age”, while visiting a school in the New South Wales beachside town of Port Macquarie.

The Bulldogs announced the pair had been deregistered by the National Rugby League on Wednesday and subsequently had their club contracts cancelled.

“The club fully supports the determination made by the NRL in defence of the reputation of our game and the conduct of the majority of players who represent their respective clubs in the right way,” the team said in a statement.

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“The conduct of the two players, on the eve of our final trial match, demonstrated an unacceptable lack of respect for their teammates, their coach and club officials, our hosts in Port Macquarie and fans of the game everywhere,” it said.

Rugby league in Australia has long been dogged by scandal and the National Rugby League has been working hard to improve its image.

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The build-up to the 2019 season was overshadowed when Panthers’ playmaker Tyrone May was suspended after being charged for allegedly filming and sharing images of sexual acts with two separate women without their knowledge.

It followed Bulldogs star Dylan Napa being fined 10 percent of his 2019 salary for appearing in several sex tapes.

After those incidents, the NRL introduced new rules where players charged with serious criminal offences are automatically suspended instead of being able to play while awaiting the outcome of their court cases.

The crackdown has been controversial within the sport, and the Bulldogs statement acknowledged that not everyone would be happy with the latest punishments.

“We know and accept that there will be conflicting views about the penalties handed out to these two players. Our united view as a club is that a firm line must be drawn in the sand to uphold the standards and values that define our club,” it said.

Like other team sports in Australia, the rugby league season was closed down last month due to the coronavirus pandemic, and is not currently due to resume until July 1.

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