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Daily Nation : February 5th 2014
DAILY NATION Wednesday February 5, 2014 Ruto, Raila set to preside over Leopards’ harambee today BY JOHN ASHIHUNDU @JohnAshihundu firstname.lastname@example.org Deputy President William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga will help Kenyan Premier League side AFC Leopards to raise funds for their continental assignment. The club requires about Sh20million as it prepares to represent Kenya in this year’s Caf Confederation Cup. Leopards will be taking part in the championship courtesy of winning the 2013 GOtv Shield after beating Gor Mahia 1-0 in the final. Ingwe face Defence Force SC of Ethiopia in their first match on Sunday in Nairobi. Other leaders invited to the funds drive at Laico Regency this evening are Amani Coalition leader Musalia Mudavadi, Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula and club patron Cyrus Jirongo, among others. “We hope the Harambee will help us meet budgetary obligations, including flight tickets, accommodation and match officials fees,” Leopards chairman Allan Kasavuli said. Acts of hooliganism Meanwhile, Kasavuli has denounced the acts of hooliganism that marred the Kenya Power Charity Cup on Sunday at the Nyayo National Stadium. “Fans must mature and learn to accept results,” Kasuvuli said. “Losing, winning or drawing is part of the game and genuine fans must be prepared to accept results,” Kasavuli was quoted on the club’s website. AFC Leopards lost to Mathare United in the first match 2-3 on penalties. “We are cautioning the bad ele- ments masquerading as football fans only to cause mayhem in stadiums later. We will weed them out.” ATHLETICS | Fresh controversy could derail Kenyan team’s preparations for Bahamas event AK on the spot over World Relays Athletes are questioning body’s intention to hire foreign coaches ahead of inaugural championships BY AYUMBA AYODI @AyumbaAyodi email@example.com K enya could send a weak team to the inaugural World Relay Championships set for May 24-25 in Bahamas due to poor preparations. Some sprints and middle distance runners have decried inadequate preparations ahead of the event with most of them expressing displeasure at plans by Athletics Kenya to hire coaches from abroad. The coaches, who have quietly expressed their displeasure after AK boss Isaiah Kiplagat revived plans to recruit a Technical Director from abroad, have also complained about being ignored by the body. One of Kenya’s top sprinters, who sought anonymity for fear of victimisation, disclosed that AK should have shortlisted all the probables for the World Relay and perhaps put them in a camp or give them a programme under specific sprint and middle distance coaches. Trial and error “That should have happened as early as January before the start of Relays and Sprints Series,” said the athlete. “Right now, AK doesn’t even know where some of our top sprinters such as Mike Mokamba and Alphas Kishoyan are.” The athlete said the Relays and Sprints Series should mark the pinnacle of their performance and not a place for trial and error. “We should go into these series when we are on form,” said the sprinter. Another middle distance athlete said AK has no respect, especially for local sprint coaches and that is why nobody bothered to apply for the Technical Director’s job. “While it’s imper a qualified sprints AK done to improv of the current local the athlete. However, AK chief officer Isaac Mwan they are right on time far as preparations fo the World Relays are concerned. AK vice president David Okeyo said their programme rol out this weekend selections of the pr in five events that at Kenya Prisons gr Okeyo called on all athlet 2000m, 400m, 800 avail themselves for the e “We shall not run straight events,” said that the proper Relay tions will be held on the same venue. Mwangi said th process for a Tech well underway after applications from E States, Jamaica and Fr “We shall start the next week. Intereste can also apply,” Mw Okeyo said the T rector’s job was a pr President hence he talk about it. The AK said to be currentl country. Sport 65 Kiplagat wins Moscow race BY AYUMBA AYODI @AyumbaAyodi firstname.lastname@example.org The 2011 World 1,500 silver medal- ist Silas Kiplagat all but presented his case for a place in Kenya’s team for the World Indoors when he won his speciality at the Russian Winter Indoor Meeting in Moscow at the weekend. But it’s the performance of reign- ing World Indoor 800m champion Pamela Jelimo, who was making a comeback after nine months, that cast doubts whether she is ready to defend her title in a month’s time. Athletics Kenya vice president David Okeyo said they will name the teams for the World Indoor Championships slated for March 7-9 in Sopot, Poland and World Half Marathon scheduled for March 29 in Copenhagen, Denmark, next week. World leading time Kiplagat clocked 3:35.85 for a world leading time finishing ahead of his compatriot Bethwell Birgen posted a time of 3:36.10. Less than a second separated the first four finishers. Kiplagat’s time was only 0.66 seconds shy of Burundian Venuste Nyongabo’s meet record set way back in 1996. Kenya’s Collins Cheboi and Ethiopia’s Aman Wote were third and fourth with times of 3:36.41 and 3:36.45 respectively. Kiplagat finished sixth during the 2012 World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. The 2008 Olympic champion, Jelimo trailed in sixth out of eight runners in the ‘A’ race over four laps, finishing in a poor 2:11.29. The race was won by Marina Arzamasova of Belarus. EPL clinic for local coaches BY ISAAC SWILA @IsaacSwila email@example.com Several Kenyan coaches benefited We shall start vetting proces week. The loca interested can apply” Isaac Mwangi, AK Chief Executive Officer PHOTO | FILE Commonwealth Games 1,500m champion Silas Kiplagat during last year’s edition of the national trials at Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi. Kiplagat will take part in the 4 x 1,500m Relay team. Cameron: British pubs should open late for Cup London British pubs should stay open late to screen matches in the upcoming football World Cup finals in Brazil, Prime Minister David Cameron (left) said yesterday. “I have ordered a rethink on pub opening times for England’s World Cup games — will consult with pub trade, police and councils,” Cameron wrote on his Twitter account. The British Beer and Pubs Association (BBPA) had asked the interior ministry to push back closing time from 11.00pm to 01.00am to take account of the time difference for England’s opening game against Italy on June 14. It also asked for an extra two hours on July 11 and 12, the weekend of the final. Individual pubs But the department rejected the request, instead leaving individual pubs to apply for a one-off late licence at a cost of £21 (26 euros, $35 dollars). “It is right that we consult but, subject to that consultation, clearly our intention would be that pubs would be able to be open for the relevant games, reflecting the fact that it is a major national event,” said a spokesman from Cameron’s Downing Street office. A Home Office spokesman added: “Given the time difference between the UK and Brazil and the fact some matches kick off at 11pm, the consultation will cover late-night matches occurring on the opening weekend, the closing weekend of the World Cup 2014 and for England’s 11pm matches.” (AFP) from a football coaching clinic by English Premier League community tacticians yesterday at the Kenya School of Government in Kabete. The project, which is a brainchild of the EPL and the British Council and other local partners, saw several local top tier league coaches attend the day-long seminar. The training aspects involved the practical lessons where the tacticians are trained on the pitch as well as getting a chance to test their skills by replicating their lesson to a group of youth volunteers. Speaking at the event, EPL Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said: “This phase of Premier Skills is an exciting and important one for the coach educators as it prepares them to pass on what they have learnt to others and develop a new generation of football coaches in the country.” British Council Country Director Tony Reilly, also graced the occasion said the aim of the programme is to use the unique power of sport to develop leadership skills among the youth as well as address other challenges in the community. Mohammed Mwajirani, a Mom- basa based coach educator said he was thrilled to have benefited from the course as it will help him upgrade his skills.
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