Kenya launches Youth tourney

KENYAN Premier League will inaugurate an Under-18 youth tournament during the April school holidays, setting in motion the proposed rule that all Premiership clubs must have a junior team.

Other tournaments will be taking place in the August and December school holidays. The KPL will cater for all expenses during the tournaments and all the clubs need is to recruit and train players at their home bases.  “All clubs will have a team in this programme. Club chairmen discussed this proposal which emanated from the secretariat and approved it. We expect all clubs to cope with the acquisition of under-18 teams. In any case, it is now mandatory,” says KPL Chief Executive Officer, Jack Oguda.

The youth programme will be financed by money raised during the SuperSport/Dstv Super Cup charity match and anticipated revenue from another brand new KPL event, the “KPL Top 8” tournament to run on Wednesday evenings from March 2 to June 11.

Registration will be on February 25– March 25for the two- week long competition. KPL has emphasized on high integrity on identification of the players’ ages and there will be zero tolerance on the wrong information about age.  The youth tournament innovation aims at creating playing depth in clubs as well as availing youngsters the opportunity to play in well structured competitions.

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ACBF Summit 2011 portends well for Africa

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) 20th Anniversary Summit in Kigali, Rwanda attracted prominent thinkers tackling the theme:  “The Future of Africa is Now: The Critical Role of Capacity Development”.

The meeting took stock of the content’s achievement in developing local capacity and explored strategies   for future development. Taking place four years ahead of the expiry of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target, the meeting addressed that issues that can enhance better social, economic and political progress in Africa.

Although Africa has faced the long-standing problem of brain drain, the speakers requested African governments to invest in skilled human capital that could actualize development policies and strategies.  ACBF has made tremendous contribution to strengthening capacity building in Africa. Under exemplary leadership of Dr.  Frannie A.  Leautier, it   has played pivotal role in both intellectual and academic advancement, a fact that can be attested from scholars who have immensely benefited from its resources.  

It has been at the forefront of strengthening indigenous capacity for development policy formulation, has deepened the interface between public sector, private sector and civil society and has contributed to reversal of the brain drain and effective utilization of existing capacity. Which is why the 20th Anniversary Summit in Kigali, Rwanda was a major milestone in the strategic vision of ACBF.

The summit was strong testament of ACDF desire to  rejuvenate and reinvigorate commitment to capacity building on the African continent at the highest level of policy making. Through the forum, ACBF shared lessons and best practices in capacity building and raised further awareness about its critical role in economic and social development  of Africa.

Over  500 delegates from all over the world  are attended  the Summit,  which was addressed by  eminent personalities including  President Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Prime Ministers Raila Odinga  (Kenya), Gilbert Houngbo (Togo), Bernard Makuza ( Rwanda), World Bank Managing Director  Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,  African Development Bank ( AfDB) President  Donald Kaberuka and  Dr Abdouyale Janne of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. In addition, several finance and planning ministers and development partners attended the event.

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Congo Boys raring to go in Kenya League

Promoted Congo United FC unveiled its   squad for 2011 Kenya Premier League, with Coach Gideon Ochieng’ promising fireworks when the 16 team league begin ate February.

The squad has goalkeepers Mwasiri Suleiman, Hassan Baloi and Jado Ochieng’. The  defenders  includes  Humphrey Oyando, Amon Mwambiri, Isaack Okoth, Billy Okiya, Boniface Ochieng’ , Mohamed Hassan, Nathan Munai , Nicholas Ochieng’ , Bernard Ouma and   Robert Indimuli.

The midfield has Musa Omra, Dennis Ochieng, Hussein Mohmaded, Allan Omondi, David Klaume, Rama Mbuggus, Sylvester Okwiri, Jude Kakan, Hillary Mwaloi and Zaki Naim. The strikers are Wycliffe Ochoma, Amar Salim, Ismael Musa, Alex Otieno, Ronald Okoth and Azix Mohmaded.

The Mombasa based team was formed in 2008 to fight drug abuse and take sports to Coast fans. It’s sponsored by Fadhil Bayusuf, a director of transport firm MA Bayusuf and Sons. Other former Premier league teams to have had come from Mombasa include Bandari and Alaskan FC.

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New tournament spices Kenyan football

A new Knock-out championship featuring eight best Kenya Premier League (KPL) clubs has been inaugurated, with KPL Chief Executive Officer Jack Oguda KPL saying it will be officially launched on February 23, 2011. Aptly named Kenyan Premier League’s “Top 8”, … Continue reading

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Bandari FC names KPL squad

By George Okore

The Mombasa based Bandari Football Club   named her squad for the 2011 Kenyan Premier League.

The team sponsored by Kenya Ports Authority returns to top flight football after a season in the lower league. The squad has Mohammed Musa, Abdulrahman Swaleh, Franklin Miyeso, Fred Ochieng, Michael Mataza, Mohammed Musa, Eric Oduor, Shariff Mayeye and Dennis Ochieng.

Other players are Raphael Okello, Dunacm Otewe, Chrispin Odula, Daddy Masafi, Victor Ochieng, Leroy Ambawata, Khamis Khalfan, Hussein Koka, Ayub Karoyo, Ali Juma, Shabban Kenga, Pter Musime, John Zambara, Abdulwahab Musa, Zuberi Kombo, Biringwa Matabishi, Simon King George Bernard Kahindi and Oliver Mtaita.

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Winners of the AU/EU photo contest announced

A rainbow over a southern African savannah, a man in a sharp red suit and a woman holding her prized sheep are among the wining photographs selected as part of first joint AU/EU professional photography competition.
“African Beauty in all its states” was jointly organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to the African Union as an illustration of the strong partnership between the two institutions.
There were five winners, one per each of the five regions of Africa. The five winners are Leila Ghandi for North Africa, Daniel Naude (Southern Africa), Mouanda Baudouin (Central Africa) , Nseabasi Akpan ( West Africa) and Michael Tsegaye for East Africa
The photographs are as varied as the regions they come from: a portrait of a cow; a close up of the checked pattern of the sock of a well dressed Sapeur in Congo; photos from the headstones in an Ethiopian grave yard; North African women, some in veils and some unveiled; a black and white action picture of young men playing football in an abandoned field. Each triptych of photographs gave a unique glimpse into the beauty of the continent going beyond the traditional stereotypes.

The winners will each receive 1000 Euros, photographic equipment and an invitation to participate in a three-day seminar on professional photographic development. The prizes will be distributed to during the 16th African Union Summit scheduled for 24 – 31 January 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Summit has the theme: “Towards Greater Unity and Integration through Shared Values”.In addition to the five regional winners, a grand prize winner was also selected and will be announced during the awards ceremony.
More than 200 entries were received for the competition, which closed in early December. The photos were selected by a jury comprised of eminent Malian photographer Mr. Malik Sidibe and Ms. Christine Barthe, curator of the photographic collection at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, France. The judges chose photos that showed the beauty of the African continent in unexpected and/or exceptional fashion.

The winning photos, along with some of the other entries, will be displayed in an exhibition during the upcoming Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU. The Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union will be held from 29-31 January 2011, at the United Nation Conference Center in Addis Ababa.

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Kenyan Women Lawyers raise red flag over Judicial Appointment

Kenyan women lawyers have raised a red flag over impeding key appointments to the country’s judiciary and want their members to be considered also male candidates when the key appointments will have been made eventually.

Under their flagship Federation of Women Lawyers of Kenya (FIDA- Kenya), they say Kenya is at a crucial point in its history and should recruit more women to influential positions in the judiciary. Among the key posts to be filled up under the country’s new constitution are the Chief Justice, Deputy Chief Justice, Attorney General and Director of Public Prosecutions.

FIDA Kenya chairperson Naomi Wagereka said at internal press conference that Kenyan women deserve to be given a chance to head the judiciary given that the country has never had a woman Chief justice since independent. She observed that there was glairing omission to include names of competent women lawyers for the se top judicial positions

She said FIDA KENYA has over 2000 members qualified, articulate and competent members to take up these positions, but the country’s leadership seem to favour their male counterparts.

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Thika United FC ready for 2011 Kenya Premier League Diadem

By George Okore:
Thika United Football Club started in 2000 as a local estate team under the name Beirut FC with the aim of engaging and keeping youths occupied.
A year later, the team gained promoted to the Nationwide League and a year later, gained promotion to the coveted Kenya Premier league. Thika United is a community-based team, which means that it is not owned by any corporate body, but occasionally gets sponsorship from several companies.
From 2001 -2003, the club was sponsored by Italian pharmaceutical company, Medisca Farmaceutici and Italian sports designers KAPPA. For the 2003-2006 seasons, Thika United was proud to play under the banner of Brookside Dairy Ltd and was dressed on and off the pitch by world renowned soccer designers UMBRO, courtesy the management of Brookside Dairy.
Thika United has produced players for senior national team Harambee Stars and national Under 17 team. Among its registered players for 2011 season are Joel Batoro, Hadji Mwachoki, David Okello, Lucas Indeche, Vincent Mogaka, Jefferson Omonde, Alfred Oduor, Crispin Olul, Yusuf Juma, Nawab Juma, Michael Bodo , Michael Luvutsi, Ocar Livondo , Francis Chege, Francis Kahata, John Mwangi , Jeff Simiyu, Keffa Aswani, Fahim Elmoge, Joseph Kuria, Ken Wendo and Moses Arita
Their coach Abdalla Juma Swaleh also handles national Under 21 ladies team. They play home games at the multipurpose Thika Municipal Stadium. Thika Town, often described as the Birmingham of Kenya due to many industries it has. The town had previously produced another team, the defunct Industry Kenya Taitex Mills (KTM).

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