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Daily Nation : February 11th 2014
World Sevens Series. 48 | Sport Treu-less national Sevens team returns home BY AYUMBA AYODI email@example.com The national Sevens team jetted back home without its head coach Paul Treu, who was reported to have travelled to Australia for a seminar. Kenya failed to qualify for the Main Cup Kenya Sevens coach Paul Treu quarters in Wellington but won the Bowl. Treu’s deputy, Felix Ochieng’, called for patience as the team continues to adapt to new style of coaching adding that the IRB World Sevens Series has become more competitive. “Obviously we didn’t achieve our targets and it’s easy to look at where we failed than what we gained. It has become very competitive out there,” said Ochieng’, who accepted that the team made many errors. “Sevens rugby is simple; you reduce the amount of errors and take your chances.” Ochieng’ said they will work on reduc- ing errors by building on the structures Treu is putting in place so as to enhance consistency. “We got goals to achieve in terms of ticking the boxes and improving our conditioning since we started late on this,” Ochieng’ said. “Tactically, we are moving in the right direction.” In USA, New Zealand and Wellington, Kenya collected 15 points for their total tally of 47 points to see them drop to eighth place. They lost to Fiji 0-35 in Bowl final at USA Sevens in Las Vegas before beating Scotland 24-14 in Bowl final at Wellington Sevens. Gen Munyao hits Bags ’n’ Envelopes target in Machakos Former military officer triumphs as Wafula the best player at Royal BY LARRY NGALA @LarryNgala firstname.lastname@example.org 2014 Bags and Envelopes golf tournament at the long and tough playing Machakos Golf Club course. The veteran golfer, currently R playing off handicap 24, carded 18 points in the first nine and an impressive 21 points at the back nine for a total of 39 points. “My body was just at ease and I also had a very good team. That is why I was able to play well,” said the retired Lieutenant General Munyao. He beat one of the club’s leading golfers Annest Mwanza by one point. Mwanza, playing off handicap three, posted 19 points in each nine for 38, to beat former Machakos Golf Club captain Collins Kaloki (20, 18) on countback. Finishing in third place was Willy Muvea on 37 and leading the guests with a score of 35 points was retired Lieutenant Colonel Julius Githiri who beat Timothy Kuria by two points. In the ladies’ section, Mercy Nderitu was the best guest with 28 points and, representing the local ladies, was lady captain Jennifer Ngure on 26. John Maingi etired senior military officer Jackson Munyao over the weekend captured the and S. P. Bett won the nines with 21 and 20 points and the longest drive (men) went to J. Maalu while Mercy Nderitu won the Ladies’ prize. Past captain, Steve Makau, won the nearest to pin as well as the Piga Mingi with 16 points. At Royal Nairobi, Kenya’s lead- ing female golfer Naomi Wafula, playing off handicap three, carded an excellent 40 points to lead her team of Lucy Awiti (36) and Sarah Khanyereri (34) to clinch the team title with a total of 110 points during the General Motors sponsored Ladies Invitation. Scroggie finished third The team of Fridah Shiroya (36), T. Gedlu (34) and S. Muraguri (38) was second on 108 points. Former Kenya Ladies Golf Union chairman Elizabeth Ilako posted 34 Points, same as Kanyiva Echaria while Shirley Scroggie carded 33 points to finish third on 101. Finishing fourth was the team of Sarah Hoare (35), Johana Maukonen (26) and Mwongeli Nzioka (32) on 93 points. Kim Choi took the individual GOLF | Second-placed Mwanza, playing off handicap three, beats former club captain Kaloki on countback CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION Naomi Wafula in a past tournament at the Sigona Golf Club. Playing off handicap three, Wafula carded an excellent 40 points to lead her team to victory during the Ladies Invitation at the Royal Golf Club at the weekend. title with 37 points for the home players, winning ahead of Kathleen Kihanya on 27 while Christine Kerubo topped the guests’ list with 37 points after beating Pat Odima on countback. The men guest winner was P. Macharia with 39 points which was two points better that of Ben Handa (37). Geofrey Mulandi won the staff prize on 30 points. RESULTS My body was at ease today. I was in very good shape. I also had a very good team and that is why I was able to play well and win” Jackson Munyao Nakuru; 4-club Golf Competition- winner Benjamin Birgen 40 points, Dr M S Malik 39 points, Raphael Kimani 37 points. Railway; Yogi 4 Steel Golf Day; Winner Ken Rintaugu 41 points, Michael Mbugua 39, Jonathan Mungai 38 cb Caleb Kositany 38, Nines; Tom Muriithi 21, Kaash Padam 20, Gross Anthony Mwaura 31, guest Kirit Shah 28, Best Effort Paul Semenye 16 points. Kitale; Monthly Mug; winner Solomon Kariuki 72 nett, Richard Kiptum 72, Clare Chesire 73, George Cheruiyot 76 cb G.B. Rutto. Stephen Malakwen 77 cb Ali Babuh, Eliud Weche 78, Jennifer Masis 79. Kiambu; Directors’ Golf Day - Winner Steve Karanja 68 nett; Sam Kiarie 69 cb John Gitau; Lady Winner Jane Njoroge 72; Guest winner David Muthungu 66; Nines; John Gachuchu 33, Charles Thube 31. Local pros now in Muthaiga BY NATION CORRESPONDENT email@example.com Kenyan professional golfers shift their Kenya Open preparation base to the par 71 Muthaiga Golf Club course this week, for the PGK Open. This is the fourth event the pros are playing to sharpen their skills in readiness for the European Challenge Tour sanctioned by the Kenya Open set for Karen Country Club next month. A field of 36 players, including five Kenyan amateurs who are also preparing for the Open, were drawn to tackle the quick Muthaiga greens in the 54-hole event where the pros will be battling it out for a purse of Sh350,000 courtesy of Dhanji Raghwani. The amateurs who confirmed participation are Nelson Simwa, Robinson Owiti both from Vet Lab, the Great Rift Valley Golf Resort’s Justus Madoya, Tony Omuli from Golf Park and Golfer of The Year 2013 John Karichu from Limuru. Among the pros who will be vying for the cash prizes are Anil Shah, Greg Snow, Nicholas Rokoine, Riz Charania, Nelson Mudanyi, Brian Njoroge and last year’s KCB Order Of Merit champion Dismas Indiza. DAILY NATION Tuesday February 11, 2014 Bahraini stars back ‘home’ for x-country BY ELIAS MAKORI firstname.lastname@example.org Celebrated Kenyan exports Belal Mansur Ali, Hassan Mahboob Ali and Tarek Mubarak Taher are among the foreign entries lined up for this Saturday’s IAAF Permit Cross Country Meeting at Nairobi’s Uhuru Gardens. The trio is among a quartet of Kenya-born athletes running in Bahraini colours at the competition that will double up as Kenya’s national championships and trials for next month’s Africa Cross Country Championships in Kampala. Mansur (John Yego), Mahboob (Silas Kirui) and Mubarak (Dennis Kipkurui Sang), along with Albert Rop, all switched allegiance to Bahrain and have been competing in the maroon and white colours of the Gulf State for the last decade, following in the footsteps of pioneer defector, world steeplechase record holder Saif Saeed Shaheen (Stephen Cherono). Requiring visas to enter their country of birth in an inevitable twist of fate, the Kenyan-Bahrainis spend most of the time in the north rift, training at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Kapsabet and also in Iten. More foreign entries Other notable entries in the 12 kilometres senior men’s race include the Eritrean pair of Nguse Amlesom and Letekidan Gebreamlak. Athletics Kenya was awaiting further foreign entries yesterday, notably from Ethiopia, Uganda and Sudan, for the competition that forms part of the IAAF cross country circuit that has already seen 12 races so far this season in Spain, Belgium, Great Britain, Italy, Portugal, Japan and Luxemburg. The association’s president, Isaiah Kiplagat, is scheduled to address a press conference today at which Kenya’s selection criteria for the Africa Championships will be announced, along with the prize money for the races. AK decided to shift the compe- tition from its traditional Ngong Racecourse venue to Uhuru Gardens to attract more spectator and also because of the latter’s improved running course. Kenya Prisons Service are the defending overall champions at the national championships and have set up camp at the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison grounds to prepare for their title defense this weekend. SportsPesa donates to boxing BY NATION CORRESPONDENT email@example.com Newly-established betting firm SportsPesa has announced plans to promote sports in the country. The announcement was made at the weekend by the firm’s CEO Guarassim Nikolov, at a function where Sh150,000 and sports equipment were donated by the organisation in aid of an upcoming boxing academy in Woodley. “This country is blessed with so Anil Shah much talent, we therefore need to put in place plans to invest, nurture and offer opportunities for talented youth. We are sports and sports is us,” Nikolov said. The academy’s patron Omar Ahmed Kasongo thanked SportsPesa for the imitative, and assured the young boxers of plans to register the academy, a development that will offer the athletes a platform to compete in local tournaments. “It is time to give back to the society and that is why Omar Kasongo Boxing Academy has a vision of becoming the best sporting facility in town,” the former boxer, who won Kenya a medal at the 1994 Commonwealth and the 1996 All Africa Games, said.
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