Favourites Kenya out to dispatch Rwanda in CECAFA tournament

Kenya international Francis Kahata

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Dec 01, 2017. 18:30

Kenya will bank on their home ground advantage as they host Rwanda in their Group A match of the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge encounter on Sunday.

The Harambee Stars are seen as favourites to retain the trophy and erase their disappointment after losing the rights to host the 2018 CAF African Nations Championship.

CAF took the hosting rights from the East African nation and handed them to Morocco after their failure to show readiness and provide the necessary infrastructure on time.

However, hosting Rwanda means coach Paul Put will hope to bring smiles back to their fans’ faces come Sunday as their mission is to reach the semi-finals.

Kenya have won the regional tournament six times and finished in the final on seven occasions – the mission for Put is start his tenure with a trophy.

Looking at Rwanda’s Amavubi, their mission is to stun their hosts and claim the full three points to boost their semi-final aspirations.

Rwanda have bagged the CECAFA trophy once and will want to register their second gold medal as they will meet Kenya.

On the other hand, the Antoine Hey-coached side will want to go all the way to the final and erase their disappointments after finishing as number two on six occasions.

The match will be staged at Moi Stadium in Kisumu and get underway at 15:00 (CAT).

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Kenya names 2017 CECAFA Challenge squad

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 23, 2017. 15:30

Kenyan national team coach Paul Put has named his squad for the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup scheduled to kick-off on December 3.

Put named his 25-man squad which is dominated by Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia.

The team will be in camp on Sunday ahead of their CECAFA crunch opener against the Amavubi Stars of Rwanda.

Fresh from bagging their record 16th Kenyan Premier League title, Gor has the highest number of players such as goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch, defenders Musa Mohammed, Harun Shakava and Wellington Ochieng, midfielders Ernest Wendo and Kenneth Muguna as well as striker George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo.

On the other hand, KPL top scorer Masud Juma leads the list of players from Kariobangi Sharks alongside midfielders Patillah Omotto and Ovellah Ochieng.


The Harambee Stars are drawn in Group A, also featuring Kilimanjaro Stars of Tanzania, the Zanzibar Heroes and guest team the Mediterranean Knights of Libya.

Kenya full squad


Boniface, Oluoch (Gor Mahia), Gabriel Andika (AFC Leopards), Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers)


Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Charles Momanyi (Kakamega Homeboyz), Dennis Shikhayi (AFC Leopards), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Harun Shakava (Gor Mahia), Wellington Ochieng (Gor Mahia), Benard Ochieng (Vihiga United), Omar Mbongi (Ulinzi Stars)


Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Whyvonne Issuza (AFC Leopards), Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia), Patillah Omotto (Kariobangi Sharks), Duncan Otieno (AFC Leopards), Ovellah Ochieng (Kariobangi Sharks), Lawrence Juma (Nzoia Sugar)


Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi Stars), Kepha Aswani (Nakumatt), George Odhiambo (Gor Mahia), Masoud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Vincent Oburu (AFC Leopards), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Benjamin Mosha (Sony Sugar)

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New Kenya national team coach Paul Put calls for support from fickle fans

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 23, 2017. 13:30

New Kenya national team coach Paul Put has appealed to the Harambee Stars supporters to rally behind the national side.

Put was appointed as the new manager on Sunday, replacing Stanley Okumbi who was demoted to the assistant’s role.

The 61-year-old manager has urged everyone associated with the national team to have confidence in him as he seeks to revive the national team.

“I have written history with small nations like Gambia and Jordan for the years I was with them. I believe that I am capable of steering Kenya achieve big things,” said Put.


“All I need is support from all quarters. I want to lead a team of 12 and not just 11. And that means that the 12th person must come from all corners of the Kenyan football scene.

“I want to see the stadium fully packed because that is the only way the players and I will know that we are working together.

Football is not just about technical knowledge, it is also about effort and sacrifice. We have quality players so with your support I know that I can deliver.”

Put’s immediate task will be to guide the team during the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge which will be hosted in Kenya next month.

Furthermore, his long term goals include leading Kenya to the 2019 CAF African Cup of Nations in Cameroon and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

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Belgian trainer Put appointed Kenya head coach

Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Nov 19, 2017. 11:00

Belgian coach Paul Put has been appointed Kenya senior national team head coach.

The announcement was made during the Football Kenya Federation’s fifth Annual General Meeting held in Mombasa on Saturday.

The Belgian tactician, who has coached Burkina Faso and Gambia, signed a two-year deal with the Football Kenya Federation.

“I am proud and pleased to be here,” Put said at the event.

“I have been in Africa for the last 12 years, written beautiful memories there and I am ready to write another chapter here in Kenya.

“I want to assure you all that you can count on me more than 100 per cent. I will do everything to raise the Kenyan flag high,” Put said during his unveiling.

The 61-year-old will be in charge of Kenya at the Cecafa Senior Challenge tournament which kicks off on December 3.

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Kenya, Zambia friendly has been called off – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Brian Mwila of Zambia Celebration after completing his brace against Algeria during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Zambia vs Algeria on September,2nd 2017 at National Heroes stadium,Lusaka in Zambia
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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 02, 2017. 18:00

Latest information regarding the friendly international between Kenya and Zambia is that it has been called off.

Media reports in the East African country reval that the match set for November 14 will not go ahead as planned.

This is after Football Kenya Federation CEO Robert Muthomi confirmed on Thursday the match had been called off due to logistical issues.

Coach Wedson Nyirenda is preparing his side to face the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in their final Group B match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers on November 11.


“It’s unfortunate that Zambia will not honour the friendly due to what we have understood to be logistical issues around the team’s travel,” said Muthomi in a statement.

The failure to see the encounter going on has left the FKF looking for an alternative after failing to secure a friendly against Rwanda.

It was reported that the pre-arranged game against Amavubi failed to materialise because they have an African Nations Championships play-off clash against Ethiopia to honour.

The news of Zambia’s cancellation comes a day after Harambee Stars coach Stanley Okumbi had named a provisional squad of 28-local based players for this assignment.

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‘It is a knife in the back of the players’ – Francis Kimanzi lashes at Kenya for failing to host 2018 CHAN

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 12:30

Kenya’s failure to host the 2018 CAF African Nations Championship has received huge criticism from the country’s football fraternity.

A former Harambee Stars coach Francis Kimanzi believes that Kenya’s failure to host the CHAN tournament is a knife in the back of the players.

He said the loss will have far reaching effects on local players who stood to benefit immensely from the experience.

“That is a serious matter and indeed a very big shame. Individuals build houses here in Kenya every day but the government cannot build stadiums?” said Kimanzi to the Nation website.


“Our players were really looking forward to that tournament and it is a huge blow and a big opportunity lost for them.

“Even those who weren’t in the national team squad would have drawn so much motivation from watching their teammates participate in such a competition. It is a knife in the back of the players.

“If we would have lost that chance because of unrest, like the kind that is currently affecting football development in Somalia, the pain would have been less.

“But we lost that chance because of lack of proper playing venues, yet even here where we are standing is a pitch.”

Kimanzi was reacting after Kenya was stripped of the 2018 Chan hosting rights due to lack of proper infrastructure and was replaced by Morocco as hosts.

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Mathias Kigonya confident Ugandan can defend CECAFA title in Kenya – FUFA Super League 2017/18

Scent ition

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 15:00

Sofapaka FC and Uganadan goalkeeper Mathias Kigonya is confident that the Cranes can defend the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup to be played in Kenya next month.

The regional tournament is set to make its return after a one-year absence following lack of sponsorship in 2016.

The diminutive goalkeeper has confused many sports journalists who profile him as a Kenyan citizen due to his body physique and name which is linked to a Luhya community from the Western part of Kenya.


However, the keeper is currently working hard and focusing on representing Uganda in upcoming tournaments like CECAFA and his wish is to play in Europe for Chelsea FC.

“I would really be happy to be part of Uganda Cranes team,” he said to Kawowo.

“Indeed hard work never stops paying and hope one day to play in Europe. Am focused and very positive mentally.”

The goalie featured for the CECAFA reigning champions in the 2016 CHAN finals held in Rwanda.

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President Kenyatta congratulates new Kenya champs GOR Mahia

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Oct 23, 2017. 11:00

Kenya State President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated newly crowned Kenyan champions GOR Mahia.

GOR Mahia secured a 1-0 win over Ulinzi thanks to Rwandese international Meddie Kagere’s goal at the Kericho Green Stadium on Saturday.

As a result, K’Ogalo cliniched the 2017 SportPesa Kenyan Premier League title and they also qualified for next year’s CAF Champions League.

This was the Nairobi-based giants’ 16th Premier League title and they are the most decorated Kenyan club in the history of the competition.

Kenyatta took to his facebook page to congratulate the newly crowned champions.

“Congratulations GOR Mahia FC on winning the 2017 (and a record 16th) Kenyan Premier League title with four games left to play in the season,” a statement read.

GOR Mahia are under the guidance of British coach Dylan Kerr.

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FKF: Kenya could still participate in 2018 CHAN

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Oct 02, 2017. 18:00

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) are keen to ensure that the Harambee Stars take part in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals.

Kenya were stripped of CHAN hosting rights over a week ago by a CAF executive meeting held in Accra, Ghana.

As a result, Kenya has been technically locked out after the country forfeited the chance to host the competition.

The FKF president Nick Mwendwa remains hopeful that Harambee Stars’ local-based players will participate in the continental tournament.

The Harambee Stars have been preparing for the games since August under the guidance of Stanley Okumbi, who is the head coach.

“We are banking on hopes that one of the teams that have already made it to the finals is going to bid and win,” Mwendwa told Goal Kenya.

“If that happens, therefore, what we intend to do through the secretariat, is to ask (CAF) for a play-off with a team that finished second in the group of the (new) host nation.”

The tournament is scheduled to take place between 12 January and 4 February, 2018. A new host nation will be announced by CAF this month.

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2018 CHAN: Ghana among favourites to replace Kenya

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 26, 2017. 17:00

Following Kenya’s loss of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), Ghana have emerged as one of the favourites to host the competition.

The East African country was stripped of its hosting rights for the continental tournament due to a lack of suitable facilities and concerns over political instability.

The CAF executive committee announced the decision this past weekend and confirmed that a new bidding process has been opened.

The usual suspects of Morocco and South Africa have been mooted as potential replacements for Kenya, but Ghana is also a strong competitor.

The West African country successfully staged the regional WAFU Nations Cup this month (which saw 24 matches played over 15 days), despite not using its main venues such as the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi or the Accra Sports Stadium.

Ghana won the tournament (which, like CHAN, allows only locally-based players) after defeating Nigeria 4-1 in the final on Sunday night.

Hosting CHAN would also see Ghana earn a place in the final field for 2018, after they were eliminated in the qualifiers by Burkina Faso back in August.

Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi, who is also CAF’s vice-president, is reportedly pushing for Ghana to host the tournament.

The 2018 CHAN is scheduled to take place from January 12 to February 4.

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Brian Mandela left out of Kenya squad – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Sep 26, 2017. 10:00

Kenya head coach Stanley Okumbi has excluded several foreign-based players from the squad that will travel to Asia for friendly matches next month.

The Harambee Stars are scheduled to lock horns with Iraq and Thailand on October 5 and October 8, 2017 respectively in Asia during the the FIFA international break.

Victor Wanyama, Ayub Timbe and Brian Mandela have all been left out of the squad as they are currently out injured, while Belgium-based Johanna Omollo misses out due to club commitments.

According to the Football Kenya Federation, (FKF) due to the KPL fixture congestion, local-based players are set to report to camp on the evening of October 1, 2017, at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies before departure on October 2, 2017. Foreign-based players will link up with the team in Iraq

Travelling Party


Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers), Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia)


Haron Shakava (Gor Mahia), Robinson Kamura (AFC Leopards), Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers), David Owino (Zesco FC), Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Dennis Sikhayi (AFC Leopards), Abud Omar (Slava Sofia), Erick Ouma (Kolkheti Poti)


Anthony Akumu (Zesco FC), Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Patilah Omoto (Kariobangi Sharks), Kenneth Muguna, (Gor Mahia), Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi FC), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Eric Johana Omondi (Vasalund’s FC), Boniface Muchiri (Tusker FC), Cliffton Miheso (Buildcon FC)


John Mark Makwata (Buildcon FC), Masud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Jesse Jackson Were (Zesco FC), Michael Olunga (Girona FC)

Technical Bench

Stanley Okumbi (First Coach), Musa Otieno (Assistant Coach), Frank Ouna (Assistant Coach), Haggai Azende (GoalKeepers Coach), Mikael Igendia (Strength and Conditioning), Wycliff Omom (Team Doctor), Benson Otieno (Kit Manager)

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Kenya to play friendly games in Asia – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 15, 2017. 15:00

Kenya’s Harambee Stars will play two international friendly matches in October, 2017.

The Harambee Stars will travel to Asia where they take on Iraq and Thailand during the FIFA international break.

Kenya, who are under the guidance of Stanley Okumbi, will be using the matches as preparation for the 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifiers and the 2018 Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) finals.

The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) made the announcement on their official website:

“The National Football team, Harambee Stars, is set to play two friendly matches away, against Iraq and Thailand on October 5 and October 8, 2017, respectively.

“The first match against Iraq is set to be played at the Basra Stadium in Iraq while the venue for the second match will be confirmed in due course.

“The friendly matches will be in preparation for the ongoing 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifiers and the 2018 Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) set to be hosted in Kenya.

“Stars coach Stanley Okumbi is set to name his squad for the two friendly matches when he jets into the country on September 24, 2017. The coach has been in Germany for a month long coaching course,” a statement read.

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Kenya captain Wanyama nursing a knee injury – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Sep 11, 2017. 16:00

English club Tottenham Hotspur have announced that Kenyan international Victor Wanyama has sustained a knee injury.

The central midfielder missed Spurs’ 3-0 victory over Everton FC in an English Premier League (EPL) encounter at the Goodison Park on Saturday.

Spurs released the following statement regarding their injured players:

A club statement read: “Erik Lamela (hips). Working outdoors and at an advanced stage of his rehabilitation.

“Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (foot). Has commenced outdoor training as he steps up his recovery from injury although will not be available this weekend.

“Danny Rose (knee). Rehabilitation continues in order to return to training in the coming weeks.

“Victor Wanyama (left knee). Likely to be out for a few weeks after sustaining injury in training prior to Burnley fixture.”

Wanyama is likely to miss Spurs’ UEFA Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday and the EPL clash with Swansea City on Saturday.

The 26-year-old player has featured in two EPL matches this season and he’s one of Spurs’ key central midfielders.

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Sports Secretary Peter Kaberia insists Kenya will host CHAN 2018 – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Sep 09, 2017. 09:00

Despite fears that the Confederation of African Football would take the 2018 CAF African Nations Championships hosting rights elsewhere, Kenya has been assured they will host the tournament.

According to a media report in the country, sports secretary Peter Kaberia has allayed fears that CAF was set to take the tournament to another country.

Kaberia was speaking while presiding over a function where the Kenyan Sports Ministry unveiled a one year partnership with Kenya Airways, making the national airline a official carrier of all national sports teams at the tournament.


The Daily Nation website reports that the year-long deal is reportedly worth Sh4 billion as Kaberia said CAF had so far given a thumbs up to the ongoing preparations.

“They (CAF) recently sent someone here to speak to us about our current political situation,” stated Kaberia.

“He wanted to understand what the Supreme Court ruling meant and if the electoral processes will in any way affect our preps and the games. They now are very satisfied and have soon promised to send an inspection team.”

Meanwhile, the tournament for local-based players is in its fifth year and will get underway on 12 January 2018.

Although none of the five stadiums earmarked to host the games meets the required threshold set by the tournament organisers, Kaberia insists they will host the showpiece.

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CAF to assess 2018 CHAN facilities in Kenya

Staff Reporter

Friday Sep 08, 2017. 14:00

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) inspection team are set to arrive in Kenya next week.

Kenya are scheduled to host the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals between 12 January and 4 February next year.

On Thursday, the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) released the following statement regarding the CAF team:

A statement read: “A high-level Confederation of African Football (CAF) delegation, led by CAF 2nd Vice president Constant Omari Selemani, is set to arrive in the Country on Monday, September 11, 2017, for a third and final inspection visit, ahead of the CHAN 2018 tournament scheduled to be hosted in Kenya early next year.

“CAF had earlier on deffered its intended inspection visit that was scheduled to begin on Thursday, September 7, 2017, owing to the political situation in the country, following the recent Supreme Court ruling that annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election victory in the just concluded Presidential elections.

“Consequently, the 2nd Vice president Constant Omari Selemani was in the country for three days to assess the political situation before returning to okay the inspection visit.

“The delegation will be in the country for eight days.”

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CAF’s Kenya visit for CHAN 2018 put on hold

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Sep 05, 2017. 15:30

Media reports coming from Kenya is that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has decided to postpone their visit to inspect the country’s readiness ahead of the 2018 CAF African Nations Championships.

Kenya is set to host the tournament set for local-based players and the inspection was scheduled to begin on Thursday 7 September.

However, Kenya’s Football Federation announced that the current political situation in Kenya has prompted CAF to take shelve the visit.

The BBC website reports that on Friday, a Supreme Court ruling annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election victory in the recent Presidential elections.

“We have just been informed that in light of the recent happenings, CAF will be sending its 2nd Vice president Mr. Constant Omari Selemani to assess the political and security situation of the country, before they can proceed with the inspection visit,” said FKF president Nick Mwendwa.

“Consequently, the planned inspection visit that was scheduled for next week has been shelved, with CAF informing us that they will only announce a new date after the assessment of the political situation in the country,” added the FKF president.

It is also reported that Omari was expected to arrive in Kenya on Sunday 3 September to engage the FKF about the tournament set to be staged between 12 January and 4 February 2018.

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Kenya star Origi acquires Norwegian citizenship

The Harambee Stars of Kenya

Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Aug 24, 2017. 10:00

Kenya’s Harambee Stars will be without experienced goalkeeper Arnold Origi when they face off with Mozambique next month.

The 33-year-old goalkeeper was named in the Kenya squad that will take on Mozambique in an international friendly on 2 September 2017.

However, Origi, who was born in Nairobi, Kenya, has now taken up Norwegian citizenship hence is ineligible to turn out for the Harambee Stars.

This was confirmed by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Robert Muthomi according to Goal Kenya.

“Origi will not be available for selection because of eligibility challenges,” Muthomi said.

“He has already acquired Norwegian citizenship and will hence not be eligible to turn out fort Kenya.”

Origi, who plays for Norwegian club Lillestrom, was one of the 11 foreign-based players named in the squad to face the Black Mambas in Maputo, Mozambique.

His cousin Divock plays for English Premier League (EPL) giants and Belgian national team.

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Gabon withdraw, Equatorial Guinea qualify for Kenya 2018

Graeme Jackson

Saturday Aug 12, 2017. 21:15

Equatorial Guinea have qualified for the 2018 African Nations Championship finals on a walkover after their opponents Gabon withdrew.

The teams were set to meet in a Central Zone qualifying tie, with the first leg in Malabo on Saturday evening and the return pencilled in for Libreville next weekend.

However, the Panthers have withdrawn for as yet unspecified reasons, allowing the National Thunder to progress directly into the CHAN finals.

They join hosts Kenya and a further 14 qualifiers in the 16-team field, with the tournament set to be held from January 11 to February 2 next year.

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