Kenya Police ‘Chafua Chafua’ team has named it’s squad for the 2018 season following the retirement of bantamweight Benson Gicharu.While naming the 2018 team, coach George ‘Foreman’ Onyango also said their sole signing this season, will be middleweight Cosby Odhiambo from Kisumu.The law enforcers have been working hard behind-the-scenes and coach Onyango admits everything is beginning to come together. Having been stripped off the title last season due allegations of cheating, the ‘Chafua Chafua’ team boxers will be hoping to reclaim their title back from holders Kenya Defence Forces.The national boxing league has over the past few decades revolved around Police and Army side with Kenya Prisons last winning the coveted title in 1999.“Our main focus this season will be to win back the league title from KDF and this is a feat we would like to savour after heavy training. Our team remains more or less the same as last year. We will indeed bring in Odhiambo as a second choice boxer to Frederick Ochieng at middleweight while Martin Oduor takes over the bantamweight slot following Gicharu’s exit. We have a squad system which we believe will steer us to greater heights,” said the coach.Shaffi Bakari, who played at the recent Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, retains his light flyweight position. Maurice Ochieng will be the main choice in flyweight while Joseph Shigali resumes his role in light welterweight division.Onyango said the first leg of the league has been postponed indefinitely as Boxing Association of Kenya seek to attract corporate sponsorship. The league was scheduled to start last weekend in Nakuru.Police squad: Shaffi Bakari (l/fly), Maurice Ochieng (fly), Martin Oduor (Bantam), Ethan Maina (light), Joseph Shigali (L/welter), Boniface Mugunde (welterweight), Frederick Ochieng to be deputised by new signing Cosby Odhiambo from Kisumu (middleweight), Elly Ajowi (L/heavyweight), David Njuguna (heavy) and Tobias Okeyo (super heavyweight).Click here for the latest political newsPlans are underway to have an East African Super Cup later in the year in Kampala, Uganda.The competition bring together Kenya Cup champions KCB, runners up Kabras and Ugandan sides Rhinos and Pirates.The tournament is slated for later in the year and according to event organiser, Edward Ochieng, the four clubs will meet on the sideline of the Elgon Cup first leg on May 26 in Uganda to set a date for the event.“The four clubs will sit down next week in Kampala and come up with a date. It will be good for the clubs to have the event before we start the Kenya Cup and the Uganda league sometime in October or November,” added Ochieng. He said having the tournament before the league starts will enable the clubs to gauge themselves in terms of their preparations for the 2018/2019 season. “It will be good for the four clubs to start their preparations and know where they are in terms of strategy, tactics as well as fitness and conditioning,” he added. Ochieng said the event will be annual as they seek to foster sporting links between the two nations. “It’s a good opportunity to foster cooperation between the two countries and bolster the rugby tradition that the two nations have had,” observed Ochieng.Elsewhere, Godwin Karuga and Victor Oduor will be in charge of Saturday’s KRU Championship relegation play-offs. Karuga will oversee the clash between Ngong Warriors and Eldoret at the Kibiko Secondary School in Ngong Town. He will be assisted by Motto Williams and Vincent Owino. Oduor will officiate the second clash between UoE and Swara and will be assisted by Noreen Liyosi and Abel Lagat.A lucky punter last weekend turned Sh10 into a million by making twelve correct football prediction on gaming site betPawa.The 25-year old Lawy Munene from Meru County won the inaugural jackpot on betPawa barely 24 hours after it was launched. Dubbed Sunday Million Jackpot’ where betPawa offers the lowest entry stake of just Sh10, Munene, a Business Administration graduate hit the jackpot at first attempt predicting all 12 matches correctly. With one match cancelled from the jackpot, he was lucky to get all his selections on point to claim the six figure pay out.Munene recalled how he placed his bets on Saturday afternoon, moments after the launch of the jackpot. “When I saw that betPawa had launched the new jackpot, and that they were also giving out free entry tickets, I immediately made my selections. I had missed out on their weekly jackpot, so I decided to give this Sunday Million Jackpot a try.”“On my first ticket, I missed out the big prize by just one match. However, on this second one, everything was on point. I received the dream call on Monday morning and I thought it was a hoax,” he explained, adding: “I decided to confirm the number first and indeed it was betPawa. I shared with my mother who was in the farm, and she ran into joy.”Speaking during the ceremony, betPawa country manager Dos Kariuki congratulated the winner and hailed betPawa’s innovative market products.“Over the years, our tag line has been ‘bet small win big’. As betPawa, our goal is to convert our clients passion for sports into money by them betting on their favourite teams and personalities for small amounts starting from one shilling,” he said.“betPawa continues to innovate new and exciting products and this time, we have launched two jackpots, The weekly 10 million and the ‘Sunday Million Jackpot’ that has Sunday matches only. For both jackpots, you play with just 10 shillings and could win either 1 million or 10 million,” added Dos.The ecstatic winner said that he would invest his winnings in a new Pharmacy shop, and also in agribusiness. He encouraged other bettors to also pick betPawa where they bet small and can win big just like him.Newly appointed AFC Leopards head coach Rodolfo Zapata has laid down his intentions of bringing in three new players in the June transfer period. The Argentine who has been at the helm for the last two weeks has taken a paltry three matches to identity the number of players he wants to recruit in June.After taking the leadership mantle from Dennis Kitambi on May 1, Zapata is yet to taste victory in the three matches he has overseen and believes bringing in three players would see the club take a positive turn.In the three duels he has overseen, Leopards lost 5-4 to Gor Mahia before playing Chemelil Sugar and Nakumatt to a barren and 2-2 draw respectively.The stylish tactician is keen on a proven goal poacher who would assist the over-burdened Ezekiel Odera in getting goals, an offensive midfielder who will create more competition in the star-studded midfield and an experienced defender in the forthcoming transfer window.Speaking after overseeing a training session at Gikambura Stadium where the senior team trained with the U-20 side, Zapata said he had forwarded his grievances to the Executive Committee for approval before purchasing the three whom he declined to name. He said: “I am barely two weeks old at the club and I am pleased with the qualities of the players I found here. They are coordinating well and their understanding of the game is good. I want to bring in three players in June with a top quality striker, an attacking midfielder and a defender as my priority. I have no problem with the goal-keeping department as the three custodians Ezekiel Owade, Jairus Adira and Gabriel Andika have shown top class displays.”The soft-spoken coach further revealed his intentions of roping in outstanding players from the U-20 side to he senior team as a way of creating more competition for starting roles.He said the move was in line with his short term goal of boosting the confidence of the budding players. “I have a short term mission of working with the junior side as I seek to elevate the outstanding ones to the senior team. This will bring more competition and ensure the future of the club is secure. I am happy the talents in the youthful side is increasingly becoming hard to ignore and I want them to grow professionally.”While acknowledging that the club has gone seven matches without winning, Zapata promised to turn the fortunes around and get wins which will catapult them from mid-table to title contenders. “I am aware we haven’t won in the last seven matches but I am pleased with the performance of the players. I am confident we will start getting results soon and rise to title contenders. The point difference is not big and I gauged leaders Gor Mahia during our friendly and realiased they are beatable. The Kenyan League has no favourites and we stand a chance of winning.”
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