The 2019-20 UEFA Champions League, European club football’s greatest tournament kicks off on Tuesday, September 16 as 32 teams face off in the group stages.
The best teams from the top tier leagues across the continent boasting the best players, battle for the chance at being crowned the best club in Europe.
Here are the top five games to watch;
Liverpool vs Napoli
Defending champions Liverpool, meet Napoli once again in group E after having faced one another last year.
Coincidentally, the two battled in 2018/19, with the Reds losing away to the Serie A giants.
Genk and Red Bull Salzburg complete group E.
Borussia Dortmund vs Barcelona
Both teams have loads to prove in Europe, with Dortmund plate much fuller than Barcelona after being eliminated in the group stage last year.
Barcelona will be hunting down three point in the knowledge that Inter Milan awaits them. Meanwhile Slavia Praha is no doubt a goat amongst wolves in group F.
PSG vs Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid vs Juventus
Chelsea vs Valencia
Bor, Chirchir win Kisumu 10km road race
Emmanuel Bor of Nandi County and Nakuru’s Everline Chirchir are the winners of this year’s Kisumu City 10 kilometre race.
Both athletes braved the Sunday heat at the lakeside city to beat a field of about 350 athletes who took part in the 13th edition of the race at Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground.
Bor led from gun to tape to win in 28 minutes 32.70 seconds. He was closely followed by Josephat Kipchirchir and Bethwel Kipkemboi also from Nandi who finished in 28:53.30 and 29:01.50 respectively.
Bor, who also won the 13th edition of Imenti South 15km race last Sunday, said the hot conditions made the race so difficult.
“This is the first time I am participating in a race in Kisumu and the heat posed a great challenge but I am glad I won,” said 26-year-old Bor who was using the race to prepare for the Corrida Château-Gontier 10km race in France slated for December 29.
In the women’s category, Chirchir clocked 32:30.10 to win ahead of Irene Kimahisi of Baringo County who timed 32:53.40. Judith Chepng’etich of Nandi finished third in 33:19.40.
“I did not expect to win this race because despite breaking from the first three at seven kilometers, fatigue almost took a toll on me in the latter stages,” said Chirchir.
In the junior men’s category, Siaya’s Vincent Otieno won the 8km race in 27:37:42. He was followed by Evans Omondi and Victor Otieno both from Kisumu County who finished in 28:13.12 and 28:16.94 respectively.
Brandly Adhiambo from Siaya finished first in the junior women’s category completing the 6km race in 27:37.42. She was followed by Busia’s Selpha Munara and Nandi’s Winnie Chepkirui who clocked 25:04.81 and 25:25.89 respectively.
In the veterans category, David Koech won the men master’s in 37:06.90. Julius Kiptanui and Francis Gature came second and third in 40:47.50 and 50:34.10 respectively.
Nancy Kimaiyo finished first in the women master’s category in 38:08.40 and was followed by Zipora Eleman and Leonida Opiyo who finished in 38:12.50 and 40:02.30 respectively.
1. Emmanuel Bor 28:32.70
2. Josephat Kipchirchir 28:53.30
3. Bethwel Kipkemboi 29:01.50
5. Alfred Ng’eno 29:03.20
1. Everline Chirchir 32:30.40
2. Irene Kimahisi 32:53.40
3. Judith Chepng’etich 33:19.40
4. Lilian Chemweno 33:33.40
5. Naomi Chepngeno 33:34.40
1. Vincent Odhiambo 27:37.50
3. Victor Otieno 28:17.00
1. Brandy Adhiambo 24:42.30
2. Selpha Munara 25:04.90
3. Winnie Chepkirui 25:25.90
Borr, Chirchir toast to Kisumu County Road Race titles
Emmanuel Borr and Everlyne Chirchir are the winners of the 14th edition of Safaricom Kisumu County Road Race held on Sunday December 15 at Kenyatta grounds in Kisumu City.
Borr, fresh from winning the 2019 Safaricom Imenti South 15km race clocked 28:32:70 to win the men race ahead of Nandi based Josphat Kipchirchir(28:53:30) and Bethwel Kipkemboi Ruto (29:01:50) who settled for second and third position respectively.
“The race today was okay but the humidity was very high as opposed to Nandi where I normally train. The course was however smooth, not hilly and it made me clinch the title easily.
I started behind but in the middle of the race that is 5km I sprinted and overtook my two main competitors to reach the finishing line first,” a delighted Borr told Citizen Digital in a post-race interview.
In the women category, Everlyne Chirchir who hails from Keringet and who won the 2019 Keringet Road Race two weeks ago as well as the 10km Dam tot Damloop in the Netherlands in September needed only 32 minutes 30:10 seconds to clinch the women title as Irene Kimahisi from Baringo(32:53:40) and Judith Chepngetich from Nandi(33:19:40) emerged second and third respectively.
“The race was very tough for me and the win came as a surprise to me because I didn’t expect it. It was very hot in Kisumu and the course was flat, since I am not used to a such a course. It was not a walk in the park for me,” Said Chirchir adding that her focus now shifts to Cross Country.
” I haven’t taken part in Safaricom Kisumu Road race before, this was my first time and the experience wasn’t that bad, I have now shifted my focus for the 2020 national cross country.”
Top three winners in both men and women 10km category walked away with Sh100,000, Sh50,000 and Sh25,000 respectively.
More than 348 participants took part in the event.
The sponsors (Safaricom) pumped Sh1 million to the race, Sh1.5 million short of the usual Sh 2.5 million annual sponsorship.
Joseph Ochieng, Nyanza North Athletics Kenya (AK) chair, in an interview with Citizen Digital, thanked all the participants who participated in the event hailing the huge turnout.
“I am very impressed by the turn up and how the preparations were done. We thought the numbers would go down after the course was reduced from 42km t but it was not the case,” noted Ochieng.
Other categories in the races today included 6km for the junior women, 8km for junior men, 2km for kids and Masters category for aged athletes.
In the Masters category, Nancy Kimaiyo emerged victorious followed by Zipporah Eleman and Lownida Opiyo while David Koech, Julius Kiptanui and Francis Gafule conquered men’s category.
Branly Adhiambo(24.42.23), Selpha Munara(25:04:81) and Winnie Chepkurui (25:25:81) swept top three slots in 6km girls while Vireest Odhiambo (27:37:42), Evans Omondi (28:13:12), Victor Otieno (28:16:54) replicated the same in 8KM Boys category.
Results In General
10km Men winners
Emmanuel Borr (28.32.70)
Josphat Kipchirchir (28.53.30)
Bethwel Kipkemboi Ruto (29.01.50)
10KM Women winners
Everlyne Chirchir (32:30:10)
Irene Kimahisi (32.53.40)
Judith Chepngetich (33:19:40)
Masters Category Men winners
Julius Kiptanui Pilat
Masters Category Women winners
Vireest Odhiambo (Siaya) – 27:37:42
Evans Omondi (Kisumu) – 28:13:12
Victor Otieno (Kisumu) – 28:16:54
Branly Adhiambo (Siaya) – 24:42:23
Selpha Munara (Busia) – 25:04:81
Winnie Chepkurui (Nandi) – 25:25:81
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NTSA summons Tahmeed Coach officials over safety record
The National Transport and Safety Authority has summoned officials of Tahmeed Coach Limited over the company’s safety record.
The authority says the decision to summon the company officials was taken after numerous complaints of recklessness were launched against the PSV operator by members of the public.
Tahmeed was served with the summon even as proprietors of Modern Coast Bus Company refuted claims that the fatal crash involving its fleet was caused by driver-fatigue.
Last week’s horrific accident along Mombasa-Nairobi highway involving two modern coast buses grabbed the headlines, 7 lives perishing in thursday morning’s crash.
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The National Transport and Safety Authority moved swiftly to suspend the bus operation license.
Speaking during NTSA’s vehicle inspection in its yard in Miritini, the company’s Operations Manager Juma Nyundo further noted that the company has been taking its fleet of buses for inspection as part of the conditions set by NTSA without failure.
In a meeting between NTSA and Modern Coast, the bus company was required to comply to several conditions such as compliance with all PSV Regulations, inspection of the 85 serviceable Modern Coast buses, subject its 182 drivers and 93 conductors to road safety training.
NTSA also asked the bus company to prepare and submit all existing road safety policies that govern the company, including a Fatigue Management Policy.
Modern Coast notes that it secured the Services of Tahmeed Coast Limited to cater for stranded travelers immediately after their license was suspended.
The company also says travelers who had booked with the company will have their monies refunded if the suspension of the license will not have been lifted by Monday
NTSA however says that Tahmeed Coach Limited safety record is on the spotlight following a barrage of public complaints and reports of near fatal crashes.
The fatal accident at Kiongwani in Makueni County left seven people dead and 60 others injured
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