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Nairobi News : November 22nd 2013
WILSHERE ‘S INJURY BIG BLOW TO country row after suffering an ankle injury against Germany. The decision to play ARSENAL J Wilshere on Tuesday night angered Arsenal because Arsene Wenger had requested his midfielder play in only one of the two internationals. But having started against Chile on Friday night, completing 71 minutes, Wilshere (below) then came on as a 64th-minute substitute as England chased the game against Germany. He took a hefty knock on his ankle, leaving Arsenal stunned that their plea was ignored. It is not the first time Wilshere’s fitness has been an issue between Arsenal and the FA. His availability for the European Under 21 Championship in 2011 was contentious and he eventually sat out. The 21-year-old has also expressed fears he could miss a place in England’s squad for the World Cup next summer and identified Ravel Morrison as serious competition. He said: “You have seen the talent there is over the last couple of months - even in the Under 21s with Ravel Morrison and all these players coming through. You are never guaranteed, and cannot rest on your laurels.” “You are only as good as your last game, I have to be on top form, and there will be a lot of players looking to be as well.” Wilshere said. Daily Mail London. ack Wilshere is involved in another club versus Ronaldo poised to win the Ballon d’Or C London. ristiano Ronaldo has emerged as the favourite to win Fifa’s prestig- ious Ballon d’Or award over rival Lionel Messi following the surprise decision to extend the voting deadline. But it is understood that Ronaldo, who enhanced his case with his superb hat-trick in Portugal’s World Cup play-off win over Sweden which was knocked out of the World Cup on Tuesday night, could boycott the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich on January 13 in protest at comments by Fifa president Sepp Blatter. The Fifa chief claimed the Real Madrid star ‘spends more time at the hairdresser’ when asked to compare 29 him with Messi, though the Fifa chief did later apologise. The move to put the voting deadline back to November 29 and allow previous votes to be recast has been taken as a result of a “low turnout of votes.” Ronaldos’ Barcelona rival Messi has won the trophy for the past four seasons, and had another stellar 2012/13, but it was the Treble-winning Franck Ribery who was favourite for the gong until Ronaldo’s display against Sweden. Ronaldo, who has scored three hat- tricks in the past month (two for Real Madrid and one for his country Portugal) is now in line to collect his second Ballon d’Or. Daily Mail Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring against Sweden during their 2014 World Cup play-off. Jonathan Nackstrand , AFP NAIROBI NEWS nairobinews.co.ke Friday, November 22 - Sunday, November 24, 2013 sport WITH A VIEW OF THE WORLD Derby craze that never dies Nostalgia. At a time when TV was a luxury, my father would take my brother and I to watch football matches INDIAZI AGADE, NairobiNews @iagade firstname.lastname@example.org remier League bedlam that so sed the present generation was rd of. only football people were con- S nt with was the Kenya Football ation National League. father was an Ingwe diehard KOao blood flowed freely in ’gl Ouma’s veins. He was our nextneighbour. s was the case with lowly neigh- urhoods, we did not have the vilege of toys and made some m any available unrecycled plasics and tins. My old man would occasion- ally take my elder brother and me to the City Stadium to watch matches. I vividly remember the likes of the bearded J Masiga, Wilberforce Mulamba, hamoud Abbas, John Arieno Josephat Murila et al. Ouma’s falso took his sons to ties involving nd other clubs. iolence father and Ouma’s were careful ke to us to games that only feaed unremarkable clubs like Stony hi, Scarlet, KTM, Motcom, Transm, Bata Bullets and others. The Gor -AFC matches were eserved for the two old men; and or a reason – the games almost ways ended in violence. I’m sure they wouldn’t want their sons ome years ago while growing up in Eastlands, TV was the stuff of fantasy. In fact, the Eng- caught up in stone throwing and tear gas filled post-match carnage. Because TV was out of question, we had to contend with Leonard Mambo Mbotela and Salim Manga’s blown-up accounts on the VoK radio. There is one derby though that will never escape my mind. It took place almost a year after the failed coup. During the day, we watched I sktuui troupes and the Green Army hollering and dancing themselves lame on their way to the stadium. Long after the game, neither my fa- ther nor Ouma’s had arrived home. My father was the first to turn up at 9pm with a swollen eye and the other bloodshot. He refused to talk. Baba Ouma did not return home that Saturday night, causing his family to panic. Sickening horror Alas! He came on Sunday at 10am in a friend’s car. The thrill that followed turned into sickening horror. His left leg was in plaster. It was my father with his bulging eye that took him to the house. Interestingly, Baba Ouma also refused say anything. It was only later that we came to know that the match had ended well but a section of the crowd began the stone-throwing ritual before the situation degenerated into a free for all. My father was one of the boulder casualties while Baba Ouma broke his leg as he jumped from the top of a wall. He was on his feet months later and never stopped attending the derbies. That was the beauty of the Gor-AFC matches. Unfortunately, the so called digital generation still goes to stadia harbouring such war-like mentality. You saw what happened last Sunday during the GOtv final. Anyway, congrats I nw g e. Now, I’m sure my old man has stopped being a dynamo in his grave. The Leopards have suffered countless defeats in their recent derbies. Prior to Sunday, the last they won was in 2011. perennial rivals K’Ogalo. Gor Mahia has won the Kenyan Premier League a record 14 times, including the 2013 edition which was their first title in 18 years. The team is the most successful Kenyan club in all competitions, as it is the only Kenyan club ever to win a continental cup following their 1987 successful campaign in the CAF Confederations Cup, then called the Nelson Mandela Cup. Gor have also won the Gotv Shield a ecord 10 times. Ingwe. AFC Leopards currently play second fiddle to Gor in terms of success. Ingwe have won the Kenya Premier League 13 times in their history, with their last title coming in 1998. The club has seemingly recov- Photos. File, NairobiNews ered from their slump in the 2000s to return to title contention and finished second in the 2013 premier league. AFC have won nine Gotv Shield titles, including the 2013 edition after beating arch-rivals Gor.
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