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Kenya win 2019 CECAFA Senior Women’s Challenge Cup1 minute read

Both teams had gone into the final unbeaten and without conceding a goal.

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Kenya have defeated hosts Tanzania 2-0 to win the 2019 CECAFA Senior Women's Challenge Cup. Striker Jentrix Shikangwa came off the bench in the second half to score a brace to guide Kenya to victory. Both teams had gone into the final unbeaten and without conceding a goal. The defeat left Tanzanian fans disappointed after their side had won the previous two Cecafa Women's titles in 2016 and 2018. Earlier Uganda beat Burundi 2-0 to win the third-place play-off thank to goals from substitutes Shamira Nalujja and Amina Nababi. Kenya's Shikangwa won the top scorers' award with 10 goals, while the Golden Glove Award went to Kenyan goalkeeper Annedy Kundu who did not concede a single goal in the whole tournament. Tanzania's Omary Mwanahamisi was voted Most Valuable Player and Tanzania bagged the Fair Play Award.

Kenya have defeated hosts Tanzania 2-0 to win the 2019  CECAFA Senior Women’s Challenge Cup. Striker Jentrix Shikangwa came off the bench in the second half to score a brace to guide Kenya to victory.

Both teams had gone into the final unbeaten and without conceding a goal. The defeat left Tanzanian fans disappointed after their side had won the previous two Cecafa Women’s titles in 2016 and 2018.

Earlier Uganda beat Burundi 2-0 to win the third-place play-off thank to goals from substitutes Shamira Nalujja and Amina Nababi.

Kenya’s Shikangwa won the top scorers’ award with 10 goals, while the Golden Glove Award went to Kenyan goalkeeper Annedy Kundu who did not concede a single goal in the whole tournament.

Tanzania’s Omary Mwanahamisi was voted Most Valuable Player and Tanzania bagged the Fair Play Award.

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Kenya and Norway set for virtual athletics battle

All is set for a long-dsitance showdown between Kenya and Norway at the Impossible Games next month

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All is set for a long-dsitance showdown between Kenya and Norway at the Impossible Games taking place next month. The race will be held in the memory of the late Maurie Plant, who was one of the most significant figures in Australian and world athletics.

Plant died on January 19 this year at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne after being on life support for three weeks. He had suffered multiple strokes and kidney failure. The 66-year-old was a former agent, team manager and BBC broadcaster.

Team Cheruiyot will be led by middle-distance star and reigning 1500m Diamond League Champion Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya. He will be joined by 2017 world champion in the 1,500m and reigning African 1,500m champion Elijah Manang’oi as well as 800m specialist Edwin Meli.

Team Ingebrigsten is made up of three Norweigian brothers, Jakob, the European 1,500m and 5,000m champion and Henrik and Filip, who are currently training in Norway.

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sports Amina Mohammed disclosed that the virtual race that pits Kenya against Norway, will see the two teams battle it out in an innovative new format over 2000 metres at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi and the Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway respectively.

“The race will be staged simultaneously at the two cities with the two teams not getting to meet each other owing to the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Amina while unveiling Team Cheruiyot at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Oslo Diamond League meeting director Steinar Hoen has described the race as “the first virtual race at such a level in the history of athletics”. Both teams will start with five runners and end with three, and the winner will be the team with the best overall time from their top three runners.

A Wanda Diamond League exhibition event, the Impossible Games was conceived by Bislett Games organizers to allow this year’s Oslo Diamond League meeting go ahead under Norway’s coronavirus regulations.

Instead of the usual, elite-level hunt for Diamond League points, the Impossible Games will instead showcase the innovative spirit of athletics with a series of set-piece exhibition events.

Beyond the 2000m battle, the programme is taking shape for the Games, which will take place at Bislett Stadium on June 11.

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Kenyan Premier League players to receive COVID-19 stimulus package

Kenyan Premier League clubs to receive a token of Sh10,000 as part of a Sh20 million COVID-19 stimulus package from the Sports Fund for the next three months

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Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Heritage and Culture Amina Mohamed has announced that each player in 12 of the 18 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clubs will receive a token of Sh10,000 as part of a Sh20 million COVID-19 stimulus package from the Sports Fund for the next three months.

According to Mohammed, the Fund has a verified list of players from each club who will be entitled to receive the amount to help cushion the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are going to release 10,000 per month for 30 players and 5 technical officers for 12 most vulnerable KPL Clubs. This will be a total of 420 beneficiaries. The stimulus package will be for the next two months with a possibility of extension of a third month should we be able to mobilize more funds from well-wishers and our partners,” she said.

“We have agreed that we are starting with KPL because we know the difficulty they are going through. After verification, we have come up with a final list of those footballers suffering the most. We will begin with them and continue rolling out the program for the next 15 days while taking stock,

“We will begin with KPL players because of the distress they are going through and then continue from there. We have a verified list. Previously we had a list with exaggerated numbers before we verified and got the real numbers,” she added.

The news will serve as a tremendous and timely source of relief for players in the Kenyan Premier League after the majority of the clubs failed to pay salaries to players and technical staff on their payroll.

The Cabinet Secretary also revealed that the Fund is working with other Federations to spread the program further to include more disciplines.

“We are also releasing the same amount of money to our most vulnerable National Team athletes in all our active Sports Federations for the same period of time. This is to enable them continue training for upcoming global events,” she said.

The Sports Fund has so far given Sh50 million to the sports stimulus, in addition to an earlier Sh30 million handed to the Ministry. Mohammed also stated that they will continue distributing food packages to more sportsmen in distress.

“I am appealing to all corporates to come out and support our sportsmen and women. They bring pride to our country and we will be happy if more companies and well-wishers come out to contribute to support our athletes so that they come out of this pandemic stronger doing what they do best,” she said. “We are trying to do this for two or three months and that is why we need support.”

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Eliud Kipchoge inspires athletes worldwide through webinars

Kenya’s Olympic marathon champion urges fellow athletes to stay strong and keep hope alive as the world struggles to deal with the coronavirus pandemic

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Kenya’s Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge has urged his fellow athletes to stay strong and keep hope alive as the world struggles to deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Be patient, think positive and respect the authorities’ directives,” was the main thrust of the message given by Kipchoge during a series of webinars organized by Athlete365.

The world record-holder and Olympic champion in the marathon made history in October 2019 in Vienna, Austria by running the first sub-two-hour marathon.

After becoming 5,000m world champion in 2003, he won two Olympic medals at Athens 2004 (bronze) and Beijing 2008 (silver), before reaching the top of the podium at Rio 2016 with a dominant performance and recording the largest margin of victory at the Games for 44 years.

The 35-year-old Kenyan superstar was gearing up for Tokyo 2020 to defend his marathon title this summer before the coronavirus pandemic struck.

“When the pandemic started, personally I was in shock,” Kipchoge explained during the webinar. “Some events were postponed, including the London Marathon and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, followed by a general lockdown in Kenya.”

“I said to myself that this is a big challenge, but I am a marathoner, and the marathon is like life,” he continued. “We have many courses in the world – flat courses, uphill and downhill – and this period of COVID-19 is like an uphill course, where we need to live in a slow way, in a positive way, in order to finish the race well.”

Responding to questions about his training that came through during the webinar, moderated by Olympian and broadcaster Jeanette Kwakye, Kipchoge revealed that he has maintained a strict training regime during lockdown.

He has adjusted his programme to focus more on strength work and long runs rather than speed and tactics, as he continues to communicate with his coach, Patrick Sang, via WhatsApp.

Showcasing the power of athletes to be positive role models during this global health crisis, Kipchoge revealed that he has been working with the Kenyan government and enlisting his sponsors to deliver food packages to lower-level athletes in Kenya, who cannot earn any revenue by participating in races abroad.

Many questions came in from participants during the half-hour webinar about topics such as nutrition and mental strength, and also about the lessons Eliud has learned from living in lockdown.

“Lesson number one is that we can travel the whole world, but the most important thing is your family,” he responded. “You need to go back to your family and take care of your family. That’s one thing that lockdown has reminded me. They are still my motivation to go out at 5 a.m. for a run.”

“Secondly, we need to be patient. And thirdly, we need to respect the directives of our local governments, and of the whole world. Altogether, if we think positive then we can beat COVID-19 and the world will return to normal.

“My advice is simple: plan well, prepare well, and set your priorities right. Let’s think positive and live in a positive way,” he concluded.

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