After seeing his side fail to win for a fifth successive time, Mathare United coach Francis kimanzi has laid his frustrations bare, pointing a finger of blame on their opponents’ tactics to stifle them.After a goalless draw with Bandari over the weekend, Kimanzi insists it was increasingly difficult to play against a side that was keen on avoiding defeat rather than taking the initiative to go for all three points.“Of course, it is the nature of our league here. Every team wants to stay behind and sometimes you have to look for a way to entertain the fans. I am happy that the fans saw some good football. I don’t care if they stay behind. They can stay behind the rest of the matches in the league. It’s their plan anyway,” lamented Kimanz on the Slum Boys official portal.The draw against Bandari means that Mathare have picked only three points from their last five matches and have seen their title aspirations torn part as they are now four points behind leaders Gor Mahia, who have three matches in hand.“I am not disappointed. We played marvelous football apart from getting the final goal. The process is still on. If you keep creating a lot of chances and you don’t score, then you know you are getting closer,” he pointed out.“We were playing against a team that is three points behind us and they are actually there by merit. We are happy with the point,” he added in mitigation.Despite the recent slump, Kimaniz will take confidence form the fact that his side are unbeaten in their last three outings, against with Kariobangi Sharks, Gor as well as Bandari.“We had a target which was to remain as competitive as possible in the first leg. We are still within that achievement. We don’t need to panic,” asserted Kimanzi.Next up for Kimanzi is a tricky away trip to face Kakamega Homeboyz in Bukhungu on Sunday.Click here for the latest political news Kakamega Homeboyz head coach Mike Mururi has expressed his desire to build a youthful team as he sets his sights on the future.Mururi fielded a team full of unheralded youngsters in their weekend win over his former employers, Chemelil Sugar, and said his gamble paid off handsomely and one which he is keen on sticking with.Mururi said: “We had to fiddle up with the line up a little after we lost to Gor Mahia and the players who stepped in have really impressed so much. This is very encouraging not only to the technical bench but the entire team as well.” He added that it will only be through hard work and high discipline that players will be guaranteed a starting place in his team as these are the only qualities that can bring good results.Mururi paid tribute to young and talented left back, Collins Odhiambo, who started in the place of veteran Collins Kisuya and Benson Mutonyi, who has been promoted to the first team, saying they were some of the best youngsters who have a great future in soccer.He also lauded veteran striker, Allan Wanga, who opened the scores against Chemelil as one the stars who have exhibited great commitment to the team and also a real role model to the upcoming players.Against Chemelil, Mururi opted to start Micheal Wanyika for David Juma in goal, left back Odhiambo while Hedmond Mauda took the right back position from Wilson Anakeya.Homeboyz’ win against Chemelil was their sixth from 15 matches and served as a great relief to a team that was under intense pressure from their demanding fans.Commonwealth Games 800m champion Wycliff Kinyamal has now set his sights on winning his specialty at the Diamond League meeting in Rome at the end of this month.Fresh from setting a new course record in Shanghai over the weekend where he clocked 1:43.91, the youngster will be seeking to prove that the win was not a fluke.Kinyamal faces a competitive field in the two-lap race that including compatriots medallist Kipyegon Bett, the world 800m bronze medallist and Ferguson Rotich as well as World 800m champion Pierre Ambroise of France and former Commonwealth Games champion Nijel Amos of Botswana.Others in the field are fast-rising Canadian, Brandon McBride and Adam Kszczot of Poland.The men’s 3,000 steeplechase race has strong Kenyan feel to it and includes Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Amos Kirui, former Africa senior champion Jairus Birech and Nicholas Kiptanui.They will face competition from veteran Frenchman Mahiedine Mekhissi, Ethiopian duo of Chala Beyo and Tesfaye Deriba as well as Yemane Haileselassie of Eritrea.Former world junior champion Celliphine Chespol leads a strong Kenyan contingent in the water jump event alongside Shanghai winner Beatrice Chepkoech, former world 3,000m steeplechase champion Hyving Kiyeng, Norah Jeruto, Daisy Jepkemei while world champion Emma Coburn will seek to upset the form-book again.World and Commonwealth Games champion Elijah Manangoi renews his rivalry with world silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot in a loaded field for the three and half-lap race.The duo will face former Commonwealth champion Silas Kiplagat, Djibouti’s Ayanleh Souleiman, Marcin Lewandoski of Poland, Ethiopia’s Aman Wote and Bahrain’s Sadik Mikhou.The men’s 400m hurdles line-up includes world champion Karsten Warholm, Olympic champion Kerron Clement, Diamond League champion Kyron McMaster, European champion Yasmani Copello and world leader Abderrahman Samba.World champions will line up against Olympic champions in all three of the men’s field events as Sam Kendricks and Thiago Braz clash in the pole vault, Luvo Manyonga and Jeff Henderson face off in the long jump and Andrius Gudzius and Christoph Harting duel in the discus.World champion Maria Lasitskene will face 2016 world indoor champion Vashti Cunningham, world silver medallist Yuliya Levchenko and world bronze medallist Alessia Trost in the high jump.The fields for the women’s hurdles events are led by the two US athletes who won Olympic gold in 2016: Brianna McNeal and Dalilah Muhammad. World indoor champion Courtney Okolo will take on world silver medallist Salwa Eid Naser and Italian record-holder Libania Grenot in the 400m.Commonwealth champion Isaac Makwala will contest the men’s 400m, double world silver medallist Marie-Josee Ta Lou will line up in the women’s 200m, and Sandra Perkovic headlines the discus field.Click here for the latest political news The Kenya Simbas are grappling with a Sh35m deficit as they head to South Africa for two build up matches next month.The Simbas are slated to play Boland and Western Province between June 9-16 a week before they start their Rugby World Cup qualifiers against Morocco in Casablanca on June 23.KRU are expecting funding from the trip from the government following the exit of the then sponsor SportPesa earlier this year which have left them in the red.The union held a board meeting on Monday where the proposed trip was discussed and confirmed with the aim of giving the Simbas the best possible preparations for the qualifiers.The Simbas are expected to undergo three-day high altitude camp in Nanyuki in conjunction with the British Army Training Unit (Batuk) before departing to Uganda for the first leg of the Elgon Cup which is slated for May 26 in Kampala.The team had intense training sessions under the watchful eye of head coaches Ian Snook and assistant Murry Roulston over the weekend at the Barclays Sports Club. Team manager Wangila Simiyu said they were working on fitness and conditioning, game strategy and tactics. “The players are confident and relishing the challenge. We have few days to tweak and work on our preparations before naming the team for the first international match against Uganda,” said Simiyu.Vice captain Darwin Mukidza said competition for places is high. “We are up to the task. Our preparations have gone well and the squad has been selected. The coaches want us to be fit since we want to play a fast-paced game,” said Mukidza.He observed that the players selected know what is at stake starting with the Elgon Cup in 10 days. “Its a big year for us. We came close to qualifying for the previous world cup and so we must be at our best in the upcoming matches to get a spot this time round,” added Mukidza.Elsewhere, Kenya has moved up one place in the World rugby ranking form 30 to 29 . The rise has been occasioned by South Korea’s loss to Hong Kong over the weekend. Kenya is now five places ahead of 34th placed Uganda whom they face in the Elgon Cup on Saturday 26 May in Kampala. Namibia and Zimbabwe maintained positions 24 and 44, respectively, as Morocco dropped one place to 40 while Tunisia moved one position up to 42.After a day of push and pull on the availability of Moi Stadium, Kasarani, the ministry of Sports have given Gor Mahia the green-light to stage their CAF Confederations Cup encounter against USM Alger of Algeria this evening.Sports Kenya, in a stern letter addressed to Gor Mahia secretariat, had imposed the sanctions after fans destroyed property at the facility during the SportPesa friendly match pitting Kenyan champions Gor Mahia and English Championship side Hull City on Sunday. Making the announcement the Principal Secretary for Sports Kirimi Kaberia said the government resolved in putting measures of curbing acts of hooliganism by introducing Anti-Hooliganism Policy. The policy was agreed between The Ministry of Sports, Sports Kenya and Football Kenya Federation(FKF). Kaberia said: “I can confirm that the match will be played at Kasarani and fans are welcome. 89 seats were destroyed during the match and that must be condemned. The government has introduced an Anti-Hooliganism Policy where FKF, the ministry and Sports Kenya will work towards eliminating the vice. We have resolved to train fans on effects of hooliganism, train more security personnel and boost surveillance on the facility so as to catch the few wrong doers.” Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier welcomed the lifting of the ban and pleaded with the club’s fans to observe decorum. “It’s a reprieve to us considering that CAF had approved the venue before the closure by Sports Kenya. We were exploring Ugandan and Tanzanian-based venues in case the ban remained and that would be a big shame to us and Kenyan football. I urge Gor Mahia fans and all Kenyan football enthusiasts to observe the right demeanor while using the available facilities.” At the same time Gor head coach Dylan Kerr expressed his confidence with his Ivorian striker Ephrem Guikan in filling in for the suspended Meddie Kagere. Kerr said: “Against Hull, I paired Jacques Tuyisenge with Guikan and it worked. I believe Guikan will rise to the occasion and fill in for Kagere. He is still adapting to the style of play and takes instructions well despite being a French speaking player.” Click here for the latest political news Athletics Kenya president Jackson Tuwei wants coaches and athletes to name individuals suspected of introducing Kenyans to doping.Tuwei told athletes and managers at the 35th annual inter-colleges championships in Tambach to help AK unravel the culprits.The AK boss dismissed accusations that the federation has been silent on doping allegations leveled against of some top Kenyan runners.He said there is need for thorough investigations on the allegations.“We don’t take action based on hearsay. It could be that it is done by one person in a training camp. Why is it that the coaches are not telling us the chemists and the people involved? asked Tuwei.“You are responsible for anything that enters your body. You should come out and tell us who is doing this [doping], where and when,” he told the athletes.Tuwei asked Kenyans with any information that will help get into the root of the vice in the country to volunteer it to the relevant authorities.He said the country has over 10,000 athletes and a majority of them are running clean.“It only less than 100 out of the over 10,000 athletes who have been suspected of engaging in unfair practices and this is a small percentage. It has attracted attention globally because those affected are high ranking athletes,” he said.He challenged teacher trainees who competed during the Tambach championships to spearhead efforts to fight doping when they complete their college studies. Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya, Tuwei said, has been carrying out adequate sensitisation in training camps.At the same time, Tuwei said AK is in talks with the ministry of education to alter primary and secondary school athletics calender to match AK’s calendar.Emmy Chemutai of Mosoriot Teachers Training College led her Rift Valley region to a clean podium sweep in the 10000m race at the annual inter-colleges championships yesterday.Chemutai clocked 37:01.7, breaking her 39:32.2 record at Thogoto TTC during last year’s championships.Compatriots Fancy Chesang of Tambach TTC and Lucy Jepkirui of Mosoriot took the second and third places after clocking 38:20.0 and 39:07.7 respectively.Stephen Nkaiwatei of Kigari TTC (Eastern region) took the 3000 metres steeple chase.Nkaiwatei clocked 9:35.6 to beat Robert Silgich (10:11.5) of Mosoriot and Hillary Kiprop (10:15.) of Kitui TTC to second and third positions respectively in the 3000m steeplechase race.Today, the men’s 10000m field will be seeking to lower Tambach TTC’s Samson Kimosop’s record 30:31.28.Another big clash is expected in the 5000m where competitors will be battling to outshine Eregi and Mosoriot, who scooped the men and women titles respectively last year.Tambach TTC principal Samson Komen said the college’s track and field facilities has been upgraded to host the national competitions themed ‘Sports for National Cohesion and Integration’.“With our humble facilities, we have put in place preparations to ensure that we meet the required standards to host this level of championships,” said Komen.Mosoriot topped the charts in last year’s competitions after bagging 134 points while Asumbi and Machakos TTCs scored 119 and 99 points to take the second and third positions respectively.Western was ranked the best region after recording 356 points ahead of Rift Valley and Central, who bagged 293 and 165 points respectively. Western region further emerged top most disciplined among the seven regions.Gareth Southgate is ready to signal the end of Joe Hart’s international career by axing the goalkeeper from his World Cup squad.The Manchester City keeper, who spent last season on loan at West Ham, was informed on Monday night that he would not be in the 23-man party for Russia.Southgate had planned to take Hart as his third-choice keeper behind Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland.Hart made his debut for the Three Lions back in 2008, having been a regular for the Under 21s for the past two seasons.Fabio Capello was the man in charge as Hart replaced David James at half-time in a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain. England were 2-0 up when he came on, and the game eventually finished 3-0.Hart has played in four major tournaments for England, starting at the 2010 World Cup and ending with Euro 2016 in France.Southgate said in March: “He’s been really good, I’ve been really straight with him throughout. I spoke to him three weeks ago before he was in West Ham’s team and told him he would be in the squad on the basis of what he’s done for us.”“He’s a good leader to have around and he’s understood everything completely. He’s played that role really well. He is everything you would hope a senior player would be.’But the England boss has appeared to change his mind on taking Hart, who started the World Cup qualification campaign as first choice.Hart has played sporadically at West Ham this season. And when he has played, his form has been unconvincing.And Hart has paid the price for a difficult season. At the age of 31 it is hard to see a way back into the England fold for the senior goalkeeper.Click here for the latest political news It’s no secret that Sony Sugar have been on the decline for the last couple of years.Now that they find themselves in the drop zone, four points clear of safety, the reality is starting to dawn on them that a place that they took for granted among the elite is seriously under threat.The 3-1 walloping handed to them by a lowly Thika United means that the Awendo-based sugar millers are winless in five matches.Only Nakumatt, who with their come from behind 2-2 draw against title challengers AFC Leopards continued to show some signs of improvement in recent weeks, are below them.With both sides on 11 points only goal difference separates Sony form the unenviable position at the bottom of the table.Despite their morale boosting win over Sony, Thika too are not out of the woods yet as they occupy the relegation/promotion playoff position they finished on last year.Zoo Kericho will feel hard done for not getting at least a point in their loss to Sofapaka.Zoo went ahead through Mike Madoya, who was set up by Isaac Kipyegon, before Sofapaka responded through Humphrey Okoti, who was picked in the area by Rogers Aloro. Steven Waruru then scored the winning goal in the 54th minute heading home a Teddy Osok cross.The defeat left Sammy Okoth’s men with 15 points, same as Thika. Okoth admitted that his side couldn’t keep with Sofapaka’s pace.Okoth said his side’s shape after taking the lead was bad leading to the two goals conceded.“We went ahead but our shape was bad after we scored and thus we conceded soon after. Sofapaka were fast and we couldn’t keep up with the pace of the game. We also made some individual mistakes and that’s what we are going to rectify before our next game,” said Okoth.Vihiga United’s resurgence continued as they pipped fellow new boys Wazito 2-1 to move a point and two paces above the dreaded zone.Click here for the latest political news
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