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Daily Nation : February 6th 2014
DAILY NATION Thursday February 6, 2014 Blow for Leopards as Wanga ruled out of Confed match BY JOHN ASHIHUNDU @JohnAshihundu firstname.lastname@example.org AFC Leopards prolific striker Allan Wanga (left) will not play against Defence Force SC of Ethiopia in Sunday’s Confederation Cup match due to a knee injury. Leopards coach James Nandwa announced yesterday that his lead striker is still under doctor’s observation and will not be considered for the preliminary round clash at Nyayo Stadium. Wanga limped out last weekend during the Charity Cup semi-final match against Mathare United. Also on the big cat’s injury list are former AP striker Michael Khamati and defender Anthony Kimani who will be out for eight weeks after undergoing a knee operation. But Nandwa said he had options for the injured players. Meanwhile, defender Joseph Shikokoti is positive that Ingwe will start well in their African campaign. Shikokoti said the slip up in the Charity Cup over the weekend should not be used to gauge to measurer their preparedness for the game. “People should not judge us from that performance,” said Shikokoti. AFRICAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE | Kenya champs face big task of erasing a poor record in Africa Gor’s Williamson turns to video to gain the advantage K’Ogalo coach studies tapes of Gabonese opponents, US Britam, as he looks for the perfect game plan in their preliminary round clash that will be held on Saturday at Nyayo BY DAVID KWALIMWA @kwalimwadavid email@example.com anticipated date against Gabonese outfit US Bitam in their African Champions League preliminary round clash at the Nyayo Stadium on Saturday. “I’m watching some videos of our B opponents in action. They are a solid and organized outfit who play for each other, possibly with much more experience on this stage compared to our squad,” the Gor Mahia coach said. “On the contrary we are a team in pre-season, our target is to harness an advantage ahead of the return leg in West Africa,” Williamson added. The two sides have been paired against each other for the first time in history at the preliminary stage of obby Williamson is leaving nothing to chance as he prepares his team for an eagerly the competi- this season. T h i s encounter will however be concluded in the next 10 days, when the two teams meet in the return leg for the second time inside a week at the Stade Gaston Peyrille in Bitam town. The West African team was scheduled to arrive in the country yesterday evening, some 72 hours to the scheduled kick-off time. Gor qualified for the competi- tion after winning the Kenya Premier League last season. Unimpressive history K’Ogalo will be lining up for the clash on the back of an unimpressive recent history on the continental scene, and an unforgettable weekend where the side were humbled 3-1 by Sofapaka in the season opening Kenya Power Charity Cup competition. Exits to Rwanda’s APR, Egypt’s ENNPI and Mozambican outfit Ferroviaro de Maputoin the Confederations Cup in recent seasons doesn’t make a good reading for Gor’s enthusiasts. Williamson, who is set to parade I am watching some videos of our opponents in action. They are a solid and organized outfit who play for each other” Bobby Williamson, Gor Mahia coach his new signings including George “Blackberry” Odhiambo, Shaban Kenga, Geoffrey “Baba” Kizito and Godfrey Walusimbi for this clash together with the returning Rama Salim , believes this record will however count for nothing. Gor Mahia will feel destiny is on their side after winning the KPL for the first time in 18 years. Work on laying Moi Stadium artificial turf begins today BY ANITA CHEPKOECH firstname.lastname@example.org The process of laying of the artifi- cial turf at Moi Stadium in Kisumu will begin today after Fifa gave the stadium a go ahead to proceed witht the project. Fifa Technical Advisor Betemps Cyrille, while on a tour of the stadium on Wednesday, ascertained that the concrete levelling was complete to acceptable standards. “The stadium levels and the measurements have satisfied the Fifa standards and the drainage has finally come to shape. From tomorrow (Thursday) we will start laying the turf, a process that will take us two weeks after which we will hand over the stadium to the county for matches to be staged here,” said Cyrille. The Fifa official was accompanied by amongst others FKF Technical Committee chairman Elly Mukolwe, Executive Officer in Charge of Planning roads and infrastructure Engineer Vincent Kodera. MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION Rama Salim of Gor mahia vies for the ball during their Charity Cup match against Sofapaka at Nyayo stadium on Sunday. tion Sport 71 KPL bars five venues from hosting ties BY DAVID KWALIMWA email@example.com The Kenyan Premier League secretariat has temporarily banned five venues ahead of the 2014 league campaign that kicks off in less than a fortnight’s time. According to a detailed report by the league’s Stadia, Safety and Security Committee, Thika Stadium, Chemelil Sports Complex, Bukhungu Stadium, Kinoru Stadium and Embu Stadium will not be allowed to host games owing to varied deficiencies. These deficiencies range from poor state of the pitch, wrong sized goal posts, lack of washrooms and dressing rooms to ineffective perimeter fence. “We propose to the administra- tors of teams that have had their grounds suspended to seek alternative venues for the 2014 league matches until their facilities meet the recommended minimum standards” the report signed by the committee’s chairman Laban Jobita, whose team Western Stima ironically plays its home matches at the Bukhungu Stadium, read. In the meantime, the affected teams have reacted differently to this development. Thika United’s CEO Mike Muiruri has blamed the Kiambu County Government over delay in renovating the venue, and hinted that the team will move their We have several times asked the Thika SubCounty government to work on this surface but they are politicians who never say no” Mike Muiruri, Thika Utd CEO matches to Kasarani. “We have several times asked the Thika Sub-County government to work on this surface but they are politicians who never say no, but we have waited and things are not moving,” Muiruri told Nation Sport in an interview last month. Jobita meanwhile confirmed that his team will relocate to the Mumias Sports Complex. “It’s true we cant use Bukhungu for now, and Kisumu which is our second choice is also not ready, so we will be playing in Mumias in the meantime,” the Western Stima chairman said. Tusker CEO Charles Obiny however insisted that the Kinoru Stadium is ready to host the former league champions. “That venue is ready, the Meru Governor has done a lot of work and we have notified KPL and FKF of the same. We will be playing our home matches at the venue,” Obiny said All the stadiums in Nairobi and Mombasa have been cleared to host league matches, alongside the Afraha Stadium (Nakuru), Awendo, Muhoroni, Mumias Sports Complex and the refurbished Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos County. The 2014 Kenyan Premier League season kicks off on Febraury 15.
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