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Daily Nation : February 22nd 2014
SATURDAY NATION February 22, 2014 Sport FIVB WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Kenya, Tunisia in final clash Winner of today’s classic qualifies for women’s world competition in Italy BY AYUMBA AYODI @ayumbayodi email@example.com Lung’aho rallies her charges ahead of their grand battle with Tunisia in the decisive match of the FIVB World Championships qualifiers. The winner in today’s Group K “U” of the African qualifier will take home the only ticket to the world championships due for September 23 to October 12 in Italy. The conclusion of Kenya’s tournament will pave way for the next qualification round of Group “T” that has Algeria host Botswana, Ghana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Egypt from February 23 to March 2. Kenya is out to assert its dominance not only in the tournament over Tunisia enya women’s volleyball team camp is in an upbeat mood as David whom they beat on September 19 last year in Nairobi on their way to retaining the Africa Cup of Nations title. Kenya are eying a dream sixth consecutive appearance at the world championships, having represented Africa alongside Algeria at the 2010 championships in Japan. Tunisia are not only out for revenge but also end a 24-year wait since their last appearance at the worlds in 1986. Even though the two teams are unbeaten in four matches each, Kenya is on top with superior sets ratio of 1.66 against Tunisia’s 1.47. Last meeting During their last meeting, hosts Kenya beat Tunisia 3-0 sets of 25–17 25–20 25–23. “We have been working for this match for the last two weeks and the players have dedicated all their efforts,” said Lung’aho. “Tunisia is a good side but not better than us, and we’ll prove that again.” Lung’aho said the rest of the team has been encouraged by the stay of the bereaved attacker Mery Moim, who lost her mother on Wednesday. “It has not been easy for her. I gave her a break but she is declined,” Lung’aho said. Right attacker Ruth Tunisia is a good side but not better than us, and we will prove that once again” David Lung’aho, head coach Jepng’etich has been inspiration for the team with her classic displays. She will be out on the roll for the final push alongside another explosive centre attack skipper Brackcides Agala and Evelyne Makuto on the left. Eyes will also be on libero Elizabeth Wanyama, who has been clinical in reception. MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION Ruth Jepngetich serves the ball during their FIVB World Championships African qualifier against Uganda at the Kasarani Gymnasium last Sunday. Kenya face Tunisia in a decider today. GAME FISHING | Honey Lulu Marlin slow north of Mombasa but sailfish around The cloudy weather continues along the coast but without rain, and fishing is still slow, but what the cause is no one is sure. Marlin action is quite good from Diani to the Pemba Channel but the fish difficult to hook up, while in the rips off Watamu, marlin are few and far between, but more sailfish are appearing in widely spread out areas. The Malindi Billfish tourney was won by Simba, with angler Adam Webb tagging a black marlin estimated at 150kgs on the Saturday, and although they were unable to improve on this on the second day it was the only marlin caught to put them at the top of the board. Eclare came second with four sailfish, also all caught on the first day, with Snowgoose third with a single sail. Simba had also tagged a big black marlin, estimated at 230kgs, a couple of days previous to the tourney. B’s Nest, fishing with Faadi Abidi from Saudi Arabia, tried south from Watamu and ended up with six sail on Sunday, but they were not entered in the tournament. They also had a couple of wahoo and a barracuda so a good day for them! Next day, White Bear also found a couple of sail down south with visitors from Tanzania, while Ol Jogi went to the rips and tagged a black marlin for Nicola Roberto, a keen regular angler. Alleycat also had a black marlin on Monday, and a couple of sail as well while Snark had a pair of sail and Neptune and Castle Lager tagged single sailfish. The following day Unreel released a nice blue marlin while Sand Dollar was unlucky to lose a good black when the hook came out beside the boat, and Neptune also lost a black but caught a sail, to follow this on Wednesday with five sail and a good catch of several kingfish. At Shimoni, both Kamara II and Broadbill tagged a stripey, with the latter boat fighting but losing a big blue marlin, while Shuwari had a pair of sail. Tarka, visiting from Watamu, had a frustrating day with about nine marlin strikes but no fish caught, but made up for this the next day with a pair of striped marlin which they released. This weekend sees the Kilifi Classic fished by the Mnarani Fishing Club, with the Watamu SFC competition the following weekend, so lets hope the weather changes for the better. RUGBY The first phase of the Kenya Cup league ends today with little or no changes expected in the standings. P. 36 35 LeBron still unbeaten as Heat rip Thunder Oklahama City LeBron James (right) scored a game-high 33 points despite having his nose bloodied and being knocked to the floor in the fourth quarter of Miami’s 103-81 victory Thursday at Oklahoma City. The two-time defending champion Heat avenged a 112-95 loss to the Thunder last month in Miami, trailing only 66 seconds in the entire game but still having cause for worry when James went down. James, who made 15-of- 22 shots from the floor in 33 minutes, dribbled up the middle past a defensive double team midway into the fourth quarter when he was struck by Spanish big man Serge Ibaka of the Thunder. Beneath the basket Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James kept going, slamming the ball into the hoop before sprawling on the floor beneath the basket. Laying dazed for most of the next minute, blood was visible on the court and when James rolled over it became clear his nose had been bloodied. He was helped up and went to the locker room holding a towel on his nose with the Heat ahead 90-74. “He got hit pretty good,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. James passed a concussion test and a doctor examined James’ nose and found it was not broken. The doctor said X-rays were not needed but James will likely be examined again when Heat return to Miami ahead of tomorrow’s game against Chicago. Miami’s Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each scored 24 points, Wade adding 10 assists and Bosh contributing eight rebounds. James added seven re- bounds and four steals, sparking Miami to an early lead with solid offensive and defensive efforts. “LeBron set the tone with his game,” Bosh said. James dismissed the idea that NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant of the Thunder was going to be a runaway winner of this year’s MVP award. “It was flawless,” Wade said. “He was aggressive. Defensively he was able to be in the passing lanes. He played a great game, just what we needed.” (AFP) CRICKET Pietersen axed for England’s good England’s limited-overs captain Stuart Broad (above) said yesterday that he believes Kevin Pietersen was axed from the national set-up with the team’s best interests at heart. TENNIS Nadal rolls into Rio quarter-finals World number one Rafael Nadal (right) breezed into the quarter-finals of the $1.3 million ATP Rio Open on Thursday but admitted that he was still feeling the effects of a back injury. Nadal, in his first event since losing last month’s Australian Open final, needed only 74 minutes to rout Spanish compatriot Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-2 and book a date against Portugal’s 48th-ranked Joao Sousa, who eliminated 87th-rated Spaniard Albert Ramos 7-6 (8/6), 2-6, 6-3. Nadal wore elastic tape across his lower back during the match and said the injury he suffered in losing the championship match at Melbourne to Stanislas Wawrinka still nags him. “The back is still bothering me but I’m happy to be here,” he said. The England and Wales Cricket Broad (ECB) released Pietersen from his contract following the crushing 5-0 Ashes defeat in Australia, which also signalled the end of Andy Flower’s tenure as team director. The decision to end Pietersen’s international career created a storm of controversy, but while Broad played down his role in the talks about the South Africa-born batsman’s future, he said he supported the move. “I was aware of discussions towards the end of the Australia tour, but I was not deeply involved particularly,” he said.
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