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Daily Nation : February 23rd 2014
SUNDAY NATION February 23, 2014 VOLLEYBALL | We attacked but they defended well. It’s a wake up call, says coach Lung’aho Kenya stumble in final hurdle Sport 47 Indiza wins ‘Nation’ golf in Kisumu BY LARRY NGALA @LarryNgala firstname.lastname@example.org Despite double-bogeying the par three-fourth and a single bogey at the back nine, Mumias Sugar-sponsored Dismas Indiza still produced a brilliant eight under par to snatch a four-shot victory in the Nation Golf Circuit at the par-70 Nyanza Golf Club course yesterday. Indiza, who said his new driver did not hit the ball well, birdied seven holes and eagled two against three bogeys, including the double bogey at the fourth after hitting it heavy off the tee and over pitched the green to drop the day’s first two holes. “I hit it heavy then did not chip well back to the flag but generally my game off the tee and putting looks good and I hope to play well in the next event,” said Indiza. He started by picking up a birdie at the par five-first hole, birdied the third, but returned to level par after the five at the 223-yard fourth. He went up by one at the par five-fifth and two after picking up a birdie at the ninth. At the back nine, Indiza, one of MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION The national women’s volleyball team during their 2014 FIVB World Championships qualifier against Mozambique at the Safaricom Arena, Kasarani, on Tuesday. Below: Mercy Moim of Kenya spikes against Senegal on Wednesday. Kenya lost to Tunisia 2-3 in the deciding match yesterday. Hosts’ dream of playing in the World Championships shattered by tough Tunisia BY AYUMA AYODI @ayumbayodi email@example.com K enya’s dream for a sixth consecutive World Championships appearance came tumbling yesterday when they lost to a resilient Tunisia in 2-3 sets in an explosive decider of Africa Pool “U” qualifier at Safaricom Arena. The home team lacked the firepower in their attack and defence, losing 21-25, 27-24, 25-15, 26-28 and 10-15 to a highly technical Tunisia. Tunisia will now make their first appearance at September’s World Championships in Italy since 1986. Kenya and Egypt represented Africa at the previous 2010 Worlds in Japan. Kenya coach David Lung’aho was graceful in defeat. “We attacked but they defended well. We gave them a leeway to gain big lead hence it was difficult to chase,” Lung’aho said. “It was a wake up call for Kenya.” “We have taken part in the last five edi- tions of the World Championships and that might have removed our focus from some issues but its not the end of the world,” explained Lung’aho. Skiper Brackcides Agala said there are no short cuts to victory hence Kenya should re-examine its structures in developing the national team. “The government and the Kenya Volleyball Federation should realise that we can’t go places if we only train in Kenya,” said Agala. “Tunisia were all over Europe training and playing build up matches. Yet, we stayed here without any friendlies.” “The government and KVF must invest in the team if they really want better results in future. While KVF has tried, the government has been a big let-down. We have to beg to use the facilities at Kasarani yet this is a national duty,” Agala lamented. “On the contrary, the government of Tunisia catered for everything to ensure their team succeeded,” said Agala adding that the team did its best. Tunisia coach Mohammed Messelimani The government and KVF must invest in the team if they really want better results in future” Brackcides Agala, Kenya captain said he knew Kenya had fast attackers hence they focused on tightening our defence. “Thanks to Allah it worked well when the girls stepped up their blocking,” said Messelimani. Kenya lacked the oomph in the first set but good blocking at the centre by Ruth Jepng’etich saw Kenya lead 3-1. However, Tunisia levelled 3-3, 4-4 and 6-6. New-look Sri Lanka win to sweep Bangladesh series Dhaka, Bangladesh New-look Sri Lanka trounced Bang- ladesh by six wickets in the third and final one-day international in Dhaka yesterday to sweep the series 3-0. Seamer Dhammika Prasad claimed three wickets in his first match of the series as the tourists restricted Bangladesh to 240-8 after electing to field in the day-night match. Kusal Perera, a 23-year-old lefthanded opener, then hit a maiden one-day century as Sri Lanka surpassed the target with 15 deliveries to spare at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium. Chandimal scored 64 Perera hit a belligerent 106 off 124 balls with six boundaries and five sixes, sharing a third-wicket stand of 138 with Dinesh Chandimal, who scored 64. Sri Lanka ended the month-long tour on a high, having also won both the preceding Test and Twenty20 series. But the victory on Saturday was sweeter as Sri Lanka took the field without either of their three veterans, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan, for the first time in a one-dayer since 2000. Jayawardene and Dilshan were nursing injuries, while Sangakkara was rested ahead of the five-nation Asia Cup which opens in Bangladesh on Tuesday. The bowling was also depleted in the absence of pace spearhead Lasith Malinga, who was given a break, and the injured duo of seamer Nuwan Kulasekara and spinner Rangana Herath. Prasad was well-supported by new-ball partner Suranga Lakmal, who finished with two for 24 in 10 overs on the slow pitch. The hosts missed premier allrounder Shakib Al Hasan, who was handed a three-match ban for a lewd on-camera gesture during the second one-dayer on Thursday. (AFP) the longest hitters in East Africa, went three under par at the 10th after rolling in a birdie-putt which was followed by an eagle two at the par four-11th. He dropped a shot at the 470- yard 12th but eagled the 14th, added a birdie at the 15th and a final one at the 18th for a low 29 and a brilliant 62 which gave him a total of eight under par 132. Overnight leader Wakhu He won by four shots from overnight leader David Wakhu who shot three under par 67 for 136. Wakhu birdied five holes and eagled the par four-15th to collect the second prize of Sh30,000 while Indiza won Sh40,000. Golf Park’s David Opati was third on 141 after one over par 71 in the second round. Sullivan Muthugia, now based in Nanyuki, shot two over par 72 for 142. The big field of 100 amateurs was still battling out for the more than 14 prizes. “I am putting well now and all the other areas of my game is fine although I will know by next week during the Jamii Telecom how my game is likely to be during the Kenya Open. I am happy though with my two rounds this weekend,’’ said. Elsewhere, Sweden’s Anna Nor- dqvist stretched her lead to four shots in the third round of the $1.5 million Honda LPGA Thailand tournament yesterday with an impressive five-under 67. Nordqvist moved to 11-under for the tournament — four ahead of defending champion Park In-Bee of South Korea who also shot 67. LEADERBOARD 132 Dismas Indiza 136 David Wakhu 141 David Opati 70, 62 69, 67 70, 71 142 Sullivan Muthugia70, 72 144 Hesbon Kutwa 75, 69 144 David Odhiambo 74, 70 144 Kopan Timbe 145 Frank Matilo 147 Richard Ainley 148 James Lorum 149 Kelvin Mabele 73, 71 70, 75 75, 72 74, 74 72, 77.
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