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Kenyan punter hits jackpot with countryman’s goal

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | A lucky Kenyan gambler won a record-breaking 230 million shilling ($2.2 million) sports betting jackpot, thanks to an English Premier League goal from fellow countryman Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur. Gordon Opiyo, a 31-year-old shopkeeper in Nairobi’s sprawling, poor Kibera neighbourhood, took home the biggest …

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Kenyan coach wary of Rwanda, Libya firepower

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Kenya’s new coach Paul Put has warned his players to expect Rwanda and Libya to be at full strength when they meet in the group phase of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup. In his first game since taking over from Stanley Okumbi last month, the Belgian-born …

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Zimbabwe withdraw from Cecafa Cup over security

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Zimbabwe have pulled out of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup starting in Kenya this week, citing security concerns. Zimbabwe had been invited to take part in the December 3-17 tournament as one of two guest teams, along with Libya. “Following wide-ranging consultations with all stakeholders, …

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Belgian Paul Put named new Kenya coach

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Belgian Paul Put on Saturday signed a two-year contract to replace Stanley Okumbi as the new coach of the Kenya national team. Put, 61, has previously managed Burkina Faso and Gambia at international level and was unveiled at the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) annual general …

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Somalia, Sudan pull out of CECAFA Cup in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Somalia and Sudan have pulled out of next month’s CECAFA Challenge Cup in Kenya, reducing the field to only 10 teams from the central, northern and southern African zones. Organisers of the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) tournament said Somalia, which has …

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Kenyan marathon champion Sumgong gets four year drugs ban

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Kenya’s Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong has been suspended for four years for doping, Athletics Kenya said Tuesday. “Sumgong will serve the four-year ban as from (April 3) when she was provisionally suspended,” Athletics Kenya said in a statement. The 32-year-old tested positive for the …

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African tournament dedicated to Kenyan peace

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) will dedicate next month’s Challenge Cup in Kenya to peace following the post-election violence witnessed in parts of the country. The 12-nation tournament, which runs from November 25 to December 9, will be played in Nakuru, …

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Politics casts doubt on Kenya’s ‘Safari Sevens’

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Kenya’s annual ‘Safari Sevens’ rugby tournament is the latest sporting event to be postponed over political uncertainty ahead of a re-run presidential vote. The tournament, which attracts foreign, national and local sides, was due to start next month at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa …

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CECAFA confirms Kenya to host Challenge Cup

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) has named Kenya as host of its Senior Challenge Cup, two years since it was last held in Ethiopia. At an executive committee meeting held in Khartoum, Sudan the members expressed solidarity with Kenya over …

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Top trio threaten marathon record in Berlin

Berlin, Germany | AFP | The current top long-distance runners will clash in Germany’s capital on Sunday with a trio, spearheaded by Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge, threatening the world record at the Berlin Marathon. Kenya’s Kipchoge, 32, and Wilson Kipsang, 35, take on Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele, 35, in an elite line-up …

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