After a gold laden first day, Kenyan athletes were brought down to earth on Day Two of the World under 20 championship in Tampere, Finland.In the girls 3000m final, Zenah Jemutai finished fifth after clocking a personal best of 9:00.76. Japan’s Nozomi Tanaka stunned the favourites by setting a killer pace and win gold in 8:54.01 with Ethiopia’s Meselu Berhe settling for silver in 8:56.39 with compatriot Tsige Gebreselama taking the bronze in 8:59.20. Yuna Wada of Japan finished fourth in 9:00.50. Kenya last won gold at the event in 2012 in Barcerlona courtesy of Mercy ChebwogenMeanwhile, world under 18 800m champion Jackline Wambui breezed through to the final of her specialty after finishing third in Heat One in a season’s best time of 2:03.44.Ethiopia’s Firewyeni Hailu won the races in 2:01.96 with Delia Sclabas of Switzerland second in 2:02.12. Samantha Watson of the United States came fourth came fourth in 2:03.95 as Joe Keane of Ireland notched a personal best of 2:06.91 for fifth.Lydia Lagat failed to qualify for the final after finishing fourth in Heat Two. She registered 2:04.59. Diribe Welteji of Ethiopia topped the Heat, clocking 2:01.89 as Great Britain’s Kathy McDonald came second in 2:03.20 with Ayano Shiomi third in 2:03.72.World U18 2,000 steeplechase champion Leonard Bett will hope to keep Kenya’s rich tradition in the 3,000m steeplecahse when he parades for the qualifying rounds today.Team Kenya have dominated the water and barrier event since inception of the junior event with the likes of World and Olympic champion Consenslus Kipruto, Jonathan Muia, Baranbas Kipyego and Amos Kirui in recent years and Bett to extend that feat.Bett will be under pressure to deliver but first, he must qualify for the final with the first five in each heat qualifying and the five fastest losers booking their spots in the final.Top athletes to watch out in the event include Albert Chemutai of Uganda, Tekele Nigate and Getnet Wale of Ethiopia, Mohammed Rachidi of Morocco and Ousama Basi of Algeria.Western Stima will tomorrow parade their six new signings against Kangemi All Stars as they seek to regain the top spot in the National Super League.The new signings include strikers Dennis Ochieng from Kisumu All Stars, Kevince Ochieng from Ushuru and free agent Charles Kibet, who were brought to put teeth to a blunt attack.Assistant team manager Moses Nyalik has also boosted their defence with the signing of John Oginga from Nairobi City Stars and Dennis Oduor from Sony Sugar. Berry Kote a midfielder has also joined from Nairobi Stars.The club parted ways with an equal number of players including Calvin Wekesa and Edwin Otieno who joined Kisumu Hot Stars, Frank Leon midfielder joined Kisumu All Stars and Valen Mahero. Stima also lost Salim Ondeka to Sony Sugar while Austine Ochieng who joined Kangemi All Stars.The game will be preceded by an encounter between Nairobi City Stars and Modern Coast Rangers at Camp Toyoyo.Ushuru lead the log with 42 points followed by Nairobi Stima with 41 while Western Stima are third with 40 points.Kisumu All Stars will be seeking their first win in several games at Moi Stadium in Kisumu when they host second placed Nairobi Stima while another struggling team, GFE 105 welcome Bidco United at Sudi Stadium on Saturday.Sixth-placed Kibera Black Stars and Administration Police will face off at Hope Center.It is unclear if cash-strapped Isibania FC will honour their home fixture against KCB at Sony Green Stadium in Awendo. Last week, the club dished out their second walkover of the season against Western Stima when they failed to travel for their game at Moi Stadium. In the first round, Isibania failed to travel to Nivasha for their fixture against Kibera Black Stars.Isibania team manager David Chacha said: “We are now thinking of disbanding this team. Some leaders including the Migori County Government who promised to support us in second leg have not done anything for the team. It is a sad state of affairs here.”On Sunday, Ushuru has a chance to regain the top spot. The taxmen travel to Karuturi in Naivasha to battle fifth placed Kenya Police seeking three points against the law enforcers. At Mbaraki Sports Club, Coast Stima hopes to return to winning ways against Talanta while Afraha Stadium will host a Nakuru Derby against St Joseph’s Youth and 18th placed Nakuru All Stars.Kenyan Albert Njogu eased to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Nairobi Junior Open 2 quarterfinals with a hard fought 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 win over Jan Koupil of Sweden at Nairobi Club.Arguably the most tough match of the tournament thus far, Njogu had to be clinical in the third set after his opponent threatened, coming from a set down.The homeboy served his quarter final quest brightly in the opening set where he broke the Swede twice and capitalised on a similar number of serves to take a massive four-game lead in what seemed to be like a training session. However, Koupil gathered steam and halved the deficit with two straight games after consistency in the rallies.Njogu replied in the subsequent game but could not keep the winning rhythm which saw him drop two more games to his opponent for a nervous 5-4 lead, setting a hotly contested tenth game of the set which ended in his favour.Fortune swung on the Swede’s side in the second set where he displayed his might and skills to replicate the first set result which rekindled his ambition of advancing to the last eight.Exasperated by the set loss, Njogu showed class in the third where his endurance worked miracles against a weary Koupil. The Form Three student at Mbagathi High School conceded just a game to punch his way to the quarters where he set a date with Udit Kaboj of India who saw off Jiri Krouzek of Czech Republic 7-6(2), 6-4.He said: “My dream remains to make it to the finals and possibly win the tournament. I am happy with the win and the ability to play under pressure especially after pushing the match to the third set.”Another Kenyan boy, Derrick Ominde, bitterly exited the tournament after going down 6-0, 6-3 to Arjun Honnappa of India in the third round. In the girls category, Sneha Kotecha extended her rich vein of form as she stormed the semifinals following a 6-0, 6-1 win over Faizy Ritage of Egypt in the quarters. Sneha comfortably ejected the Egyptian to keep her dream of winning her second ITF tournament after last week’s first ever U18 success.The 2019 Enterprise and Mwamba Cup tournaments have been expanded to accommodate 32 teams each.Traditionally, the Enterprise Cup was strictly a Kenya Cup affair but will now include 12 KRU Championship sides and eight from the Nationwide.The dates of the competition have also been changed. The knockout tournament starts immediately upon the completion of the Kenya Cup in May but next year’s competition will start on March 9.KRU Director of fixtures Sylvia Kamau expects a competitive tournament owing to the increased competition.“We will have 32 teams — 12 from Kenya Cup, 12 from the Championship and eight from the nationwide leagues from Enterprise Cup. This will be played within the season to maintain the competitiveness of the competition and also act as a break from the busy Kenya Cup and other leagues.”The semis and final of the same knockout tournament will be played on April 13, 2019, a weekend before the Kenya Cup and Championship Cup enters the pre-quarters. The finals of both events will be played on May 18. Homeboyz are the Enterprise Cup champions. Elsewhere, World Rugby has revealed that the HSBC World Sevens Series 2019 will double up as qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games. The world body, however, didn’t say whether the system used in 2014/15 season would still be in place. “The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 will be hotly contested as 15 core men’s teams and 11 core women’s teams compete for the title, and with the series acting as the principal route for qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, it promises to be once again highly competitive,” said World Rugby. In 2015/16 Sevens Series, the top four teams automatically qualified for Rio Olympics 7s while hosts men’s and women’s teams automatically qualified for the eventsKenya Sevens missed the 2015 automatic qualification and had to use the 2015 Africa 7s in South Africa as a route to Rio where they beat Zimbabwe 19-17 courtesy of a last minute try by Dennis Ombachi. Kenya Lionesses competed at the Olympics following South Africa’s withdrawal from the games. England, Wales and Scotland competed as Great Britain going ahead to win a silver medal. In Rio 2016, Kenya finished 11th after beating Brazil 24-0. The then Benjamin Ayimba coached side lost all her pool matches going down 31-7 to Great Britain, 28-5 to New Zealand and 31-7 to Japan. That was followed by a 14-12 defeat to Spain in the placing matches.Kenya Rugby Union Championship side Kisumu RFC has roped in former Kenya Sevens coach Benjamin Ayimba as a technical advisor ahead of the forthcoming national Sevens circuit.Team manager, Shellan Nyawira, also confirmed the recruitment of former Impala and Kabras team manager Phillip Mwenesi as their coach and will be assisted by Dick Osano. Anthony Muchiri has also joined the Kisumu technical bench from Kabras.“This technical bench will only handle the Sevens series. We have not decided on the 15’s KRU Championship league but a decision will be made later. However, we want a very strong technical bench,” said Nyawira. “If things go well, Ayimba will join us for the 15’s league as we push to return to Kenya Cup.” Ayimba participated in the recruitment of 25 new players for Kisumu two weeks ago.Nyawira confirmed that the Silverstone Air-sponsored team will participate in the entire Sevens series. “We are hoping to be invited for Prinsloo 7’s first division. If we are invited, we shall remain in the first division in the entire series,” Nyawira noted.In the recent Citam 7’s, Kisumu fielded their development side which finished third after edging relegated Championship outfit Moi University 17-5. In the semis, Kisumu lost 31-5 to fellow Championship side, Kisii.Defending champions Azam FC bundled Gor Mahia out of the ongoing Kagame Cup in a pulsating 120 minutes semi final clash at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.The match, a repeat of the 2015 final where Azam beat Gor 2-0, was headed for a penalty shootout after a barren draw in the regular time but Ditriam Nchimbi and Bruce Kangwa struck in the 92nd and 100th minutes of the extra time to deny Gor a spot in the final.The pre-match rituals was marred by controversy as Gor declined to use the dressing room reserved for them claiming their rivals had placed black magic paraphernalia.Influential midfielder Francis Kahata, who is rumoured to be following Meddie Kagere’s footsteps to Tanzanian league champions Simba, was mysteriously omitted from the starting 11, fueling more speculation on his exit despite reports that he sat out due to a slight knee knock.Dependable holding midfielder Ernest Wendo also missed the clash with an ankle injury picked against Vipers in the quarters.Quarter finals hero and new signing Francis Mustafa, who partnered Jacques Tuyisenge against Vipers FC was relegated to the bench for Bernard Ondiek, as head coach Dylan Kerr reverted to using speedy wingers — Ondiek and George Odhiambo on the right and left respectively.With Kahata absent, Kerr paired Humphrey Mieno and Philemon Otieno in the central midfield while Harun Shakava led a four-man defence alongside Innocent Wafula, Charles Momanyi and Godfrey Walusimbi with Boniface Oluoch in goal.The two sides struggled to break the deadlock in regular time, credit going to the goalkeepers who produced superb saves to keep their sides in the match.However, it was Gor who blinked first in extra time allowing in quick goals which sent their opponents to their second successive final. Gor last won the Cup in 1985, beating arch-rivals AFC Leopards 2-0 in Sudan, their third trophy since the tournament’s inception.
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