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Daily Nation : February 8th 2014
SATURDAY NATION February 8, 2014 VOLLEYBALL | Cape Verde Islands recover from opening match loss to teach Zambia a lesson Solid Egypt hurt Kenya’s dream North Africans thrash hosts to dent their chances of qualiyfing for world tourney BY DAVID KWALIMWA @kwalimwadavid firstname.lastname@example.org E gypt dented Kenya’s chances of qualifying for her first ever FIVB World Championships when they condemned the hosts to a 3-1 sets defeat of 25-21, 25-22, 20-25 and 25-22 in a Pool ‘U’ match at the Kasarani gymnasium yesterday. The result means Egypt will seize the sole qualification slot if they beat inferior sides Botswana, Zambia and Cape Verde Islands. Kenya hold an outside chance of claiming the same slot but only if they beat Zambia and Botswana and hope Egypt loses in their remaining three fixtures. “All is not lost. I don’t want to give hasty reactions over this loss. Lets sleep over it and see how the following results will reflect our position,” a visibly disappointed Kenya coach Gideon Chenje lamented. Tension could be sensed amongst the fans who had thronged the 5,000seater facility as both teams jogged onto the courts for the mandatory warm-up ahead of the 4:45pm tie. Slack reception And their fears were confirmed moments after kick-off as the North Africans started the brighter side, claiming an early 3-1 and 6-3 point advantage in the opening set. Egypt took full advantage of some slack reception and poor decision making from the Kenya’s rear guard. Kenya briefly recovered follow- ing the first technical time-out that ended 8-5 in favour of the guests, with captain Phillip Maiyo instigating a mini-renaissance with a couple of hard spikes that helped pegged the score line to 9-9. But the African champions, donning their trade mark white jerseys and red shorts, engaged a higher gear through Afifi Ahmed and Youssef Saleh who proved a constant menace. The duo was responsible for a couple of points gained by the Egyptians towards a 2521 lead at the end of the first set. Kenya returned a much more reju- venated in the following set but still trailed the North Africans both on the physical and technical fronts, despite an earlier substitution by coach Chenje, who brought in Japan-based Silas Makiso for Wesley Rono to beef up the rear guard. Proved costly Lack of communication between the Kenyan team also proved costly with Nour Eldin’s charges garnering a slim 8-6 advantage by the first time-out. A see-saw affair in the next quarter still ended with the Egyptians holding out a crucial 16-13 lead, that culminated in a crucial 25-22 margin. The hosts then begun assailing in the third set for a 8-5 lead that translated into a 16-13 advantage after the second technical time-out. The results sent the partisan crowd at the venue into a frenzy. Not even a brief stoppage in the dying moments of this set, occasioned by a dispute by Egypt over the number of points accumulated, could slow Kenya’s momentum, as the hosts strolled to their first set victory. But that was the only bright spot for Chenje’s charges, as the continent’s top-ranked team came all out to prove that statistic. Aided by a couple of substitution, All is not lost. I dont want to give hasty reactions over this loss. Let’s sleep over it and see how the following results will reflect our position” Gideon Chenje, national men’s volleyball team coach Egypt wore down the Kenyan defence by targeting libero John Ndung’u with a series of spikes before strolling to a 25-20 victory. In the other match of the day ear- lier at the same venue, Cape Verde recovered from an opening 3-0 loss to Kenya to defeat Zambia with a similar set victory of 25-21, 31-29 and 29-27 scores. TODAY’S FIXTURES 2pm: Zambia v Egypt 4pm: Botswana v Cape Verde MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION Michael Chemos of the national men’s volleyball team charges against Egypt during their 2014 FIVB World Championship qualifying match at Kasarani Stadium yesterday. Egypt won 3-1. Sport 43 Andersen struggles at Jo’burg Open BY LARY NGALA @LaryNgala email@example.com Birdies became very elusive in yesterday’s second round of the European Tour Johannesburg Open at Royal Johannesburg for Kenyan Stefan Andersen who was on the verge of missing his second European Tour cut. He paid dearly for the poor start in the opening round where he hit seven bogeys including a double in his three over par 75. The South African-based Ste- fan managed to list four birdies. Stefan birdied the second hole and it looked like a good day for him as he stayed on up to the seventh where he picked up a bogey to level the nine. Playing at the West course of the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, Andersen set off well for the back nine, managing to par the first four holes. However, a double bogey six picked up at the 14th made things worse for the 23-year-old. This put him far away from the projected cut. Kenya Air Force draw Today; Wines of The World Golf Day; 6.30 J. Mukono, Dr. Kaisha, B. Kiraithe, D.Kaburi; 6.40 N. Thuku, Capt. W. Thuku, Capt. Kamande, P. Chibole; 6.50 V. Gichuru,T. Awili,T. Mukuche, Dr. Wakaba; 7.00 P. Russo, J. M. Ndunda, H. Maingi; 7.10 Brig. Macharia, K. Mabele, F. Kageche; 7.20 J. B. Mwangi, B. Omondi, S.Engoji, E. Soy; 7.30 Maj Gen J. Otieno, Maj Gen M. Oyugi, Brig A. Mohammed; 7.30 M. Nyaga, M. Ndiki, R. Mbugua, J. Karienye; 7.40 Ruiru x4; 7.50 Dr. Onyino, A. Koech, A. Muhindi, W. Moturi; 8.00, E. Mudonge, C. Ndungu, R. Kibete, L. Kenduiwa; 8.10, col. Mwololo, G. Kihiu, C. J. Mwaura, J. Ngure; 8.20, J. Kahuko, P. Wanyeki, B. Omondi, C. Kanyi; 8.30, D. Martin, C. makau, A. K Muhindi, J. Mugo; 8.40, P. Odima, S. Wafula, G. Itegi, L. O. Owiti; 8.50 B. Nyamongo, J. Wangwe, C, Kiai, G. Gathu; 9.00, Railways x 4; 9.10, A, Kiiru, Brg. Ogolla, J. N. Kimotho, G. K. Muiruri; 9.20, A. Wambua, M. Kanyeria, S. Onyambu, R. Omanyo; 9.30, P. Mbatia, C. Njui, M. Kalekye, L. Wabwire; 9.40, Golf Park x4; 9.50 N. Kinuthia, C. Ndinge, R. Nderitu, M.Nderitu, D. Oyier, L. M. Kamba, S. K. Theuri; 10.10 B. Waititu, C. Ojiambo, J. Mbevi, E. G. Runo; 10.20, Machakos x 4; 10.30, Col. Mbithi, E. N. Kimotho, Col. Karungo, Maj. Chebosoon;10.40, J. Karingi, K. Kanyaura, R. Michuki, S. Njuguna; 10.50, Ruiru x 4, D. Milla, I. Chege, P. Wanyeki, B. Waititu; 11.00, G. Orora, K.S. Mworia, B. Kotonya, M. Mulandi; 11.10, Ole Pertet, J. Waweru, M. Muchiri, V. Laibuni; 11.20, Lt. col. D.N. Mwaura, N. IKua, L. Kimotho, E. Nyaga; 11.30, S. Njoki, J. Githinji, C. Omondi, J. Kamande;11.40. L.Kwenda, M.Mwai, N.Njiiri, R.Wainaina;11.50 Francis.K, Mugai. Erick, Githinji.D, K.Kimemia; 12.00, C. Gichobi, A. Mwangi, S. Wafula. M. Gitachu; 12.10, A. Kiiru, C. Kariuki, P.Mbatia, J. Karigi; 12.20, Muthaiga x 4; 12.30 W. Mugho, Lt. col. Mabango, Lt. col. Ayabei, P. Serem; 12.40. Dr. Okemwa, B. Orwako, C. Andrea, F. Munyua;12.50, Maj. Rtd. R Kamunge, G Wangwe, N. Otuke, S. Mwiti; 1.00. limuru x 4; 1.10.Barbra, Wamboi, M.Njoki, Post entries allowed. Inaugural Mau-Egerton Cross Country on tomorrow BY FRANCIS MUREITHI firstname.lastname@example.org The inaugural Mau-Egerton Cross Country Championships will be held tomorrow morning at the Egerton University’s Njoro campus. A Sh2million prize money will at stake with the first race expected to start at 7.30am. Egerton University Vice-Chancellor Prof James Tuitoek said preparations are complete. Registration will be open up to 6.45am tomorrow. Participants can register at Njoro Main Campus, Nakuru Town and Nairobi campuses. Athletes are also encouraged to pay through the M-Pesa using Egerton University pay bill No 334550. Primary and secondary school students wishing to take part in the in the championships which will be graced by the Olympics 3,000m steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi (left) will each pay a registration fee of Sh100, while adults will register with Sh300. Corporate teams will part with Sh10,000. Four groups The championships have been divided into four groups. There will be senior men and women’s 12km race, junior men’s 8km and 6km race for junior women. Corporate will participate in 2km race. Some 11 corporate sponsors led by the Nation Media Group, Kenya Commercial Bank, APA Insurance, Amaco Insurance, Cooperative Bank, Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Vision 2030 and Geothermal Development Company, Kenya Water Towers Agency and Nakuru County Government had registered by yesterday. “Children will feature in the fun race category while male participants above 45 and women above 35 will participate in special races,” Tuitoek said yesterday. The event will also be used by Children will feature in the fun race category while male participants aged above 45 and women aged above35 will participate in special races” James Tuitoek, Egerton University Vice Chancellor participating universities to select teams for the national championships planned for February 15 at the Ngong Racecourse. At least all the 31 public and private universities have confirmed their participation in the championships. The main objective of this event is to create environmental conservation awareness and raise funds for the rehabilitation of the Mau ecosystem as well as the Njoro river. Sponsors wishing to participate in this venture will pay Sh250 for a tree to be planted in the Mau forest.
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