January 23rd 2018


What does it take to thrive in elite sports?

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 04 Sep 2017 09:15 EAT

The researchers are not yet able to judge which single factor is the most potent, or to be able to assert confidently that altering some of the conditions or enablers of thriving could bring about a change in athlete performance, but both are the subject of Dr Brown's forthcoming research.

Marseille have depicted strong interest in making the France international part of a major recruitment drive which they hope will result in the club contesting for the French tittle next season and booking a return to the champion’s league. Giroud has hit behind the net 98 times in 225 appearances.

If Arsenal pockets all the remaining points and Pep draws or loses any of the few matches left for the season to come to be wrapped up, Man City would close the season at fifth place of the EPL table. Translating to the fact that Mr Pep Guardiola will have be ruled out of Champions League next seaso

Arsenal have lately been fighting to make it to the top four, which is out of their hands. All they can do is to win against Everton and Sunderland and hope that their rivals slip up. It may however not be enough to finish fourth as Manchester United might claim it by winning Europa League.

Kenya needs selfless sports administrators

David Jagongo | Tuesday, 09 May 2017 18:58 EAT

Corporate sponsors like SportPesa have also come on board, backing the federations through lucrative partnership deals. But it is disturbing to note that funds from state coffers, the taxpayers money, have been squandered by elected national federations officials.

The facelift made City Stadium to be the first and the only one at that time to have an artificial turf in the country. It also opened up doors for a better future in footballing prospects. But nothing has changed since then and the stadium is now banned from hosting Kenya Premier League matches.

Kioni, Randiek entry spices up NOCK polls

David Jagongo | Thursday, 27 Apr 2017 09:35 EAT

But they must be innovative, strong personalities, charming and have iinter-personal skills under their belt. Kioni too runs a sport that has done the country proud. Kenyan volleyballers, specifically women's teams have done the country proud at both national and club levels.

For Tergat, I hope that Kip's case is a lesson that he will take to heart even before he starts off. Firstly, by re-looking at his team - is each one of these people someone I can rely upon to do the correct thing, what is each one's track record like - warts and all, interrogate the grey areas.

Kenya to host FIFA Transfer System Conference

David Jagongo | Tuesday, 07 Mar 2017 16:19 EAT

The annual event, which is taking place in Kenya for the first time, aims to educate FIFA TMS user community (both associations and clubs) on the use of, and about any recent changes to, the FIFA TMS System.

Kenya must get out of IAAF 'dope' watch-list

David Jagongo | Tuesday, 07 Mar 2017 14:00 EAT

Top IAAF anti-doping officials Thomas Capdeville and Kyle Barber, held a closed-door meeting with Athletics Kenya (AK)  and Sports Arts and Culture ministry officials  in Nairobi and later addressed a press conference.

Is time up for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal?

Govan Okwero | Saturday, 18 Feb 2017 16:43 EAT

With Chelsea in total command of the domestic league, the only realistic chance for silverware for the Arsenal is the FA Cup, the only trophy the under-fire manager, Arsene Wenger, has been able to deliver for the last fourteen seasons.

Could Kimani's Saudi move rev local footballers' interest in Middle East?

Cecilia Karanja | Thursday, 09 Feb 2017 10:13 EAT

Notable stars like Jamal Mohamed and Patrick Osiako plied their trade in Israel but returned to Kenya disappointed. Others like George Blackberry Odhiambo and Rama Salim are back at Gor Mahia after a short stint in Armenia and Qatar respectively.

My lesson from Afcon 2017? Character and resilience are priceless

Thomas Matalanga | Wednesday, 08 Feb 2017 15:26 EAT

Cameroon's success at this tournament could not have gone without the notice of the relevant changes introduced into the squad by Belgian Tactician Hugo Broos.

It was a well-deserved honor for your selflessness and sacrifice for this country. But lately, how has NOCK performed? What is the image that comes to the mind of the world sporting fraternity when the name of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya is mentioned?

Africa Cup of Nations shaping up as a party of the underdogs

Thomas Matalanga | Monday, 16 Jan 2017 13:07 EAT

Senegal is the continent's top-ranked country and it showed against its opponents, with Liverpool's Sadio Mane putting his national side ahead from the penalty spot in the 10th minute. The lead was doubled on the half hour mark as Kara Mbodji rose high to head home the second.

Harambee Starlets show at Awcon carries lessons for women’s football

Thomas Matalanga | Thursday, 24 Nov 2016 19:27 EAT

Despite the setback at the Awcon they have got the potential to keep making progress in the standard of women’s football. With an optimistic attitude and actions to go with it, Women’ football will surely surpass its current standards.

Harambee Stars falters in tournaments only to flourish in friendlies

Thomas Matalanga | Thursday, 17 Nov 2016 17:21 EAT

Kenya not being a serious footballing nation is also a major factor as to why we have never ever qualified for the World Cup. The last time Harambee Stars took part in the Afcon was back in 2004 and even then we were eliminated in the group stages of the continental showpiece.

Current football leaders deserve credit for Starlets' turnaround

Thomas Matalanga | Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016 20:55 EAT

The journey to the current situation in the women's soccer in the Kenya was one that was rough and unpredictable.

Tusker could win the title regardless of what Gor achieves only if they garner maximum points form their three remaining matches. Gor on their part believe they can win the title for a fourth consecutive year if they register a win in the remaining three matches and Tusker F.C. drops points.

Africans captivated by Balotelli’s super start at Nice

John Moyi | Monday, 26 Sep 2016 13:46 EAT

His footballing talent was discovered early and he embarked on his football odyssey by playing in Italy’s Serie C at 15. His first and most distressing challenge were the racist chants from the stands. But credit to him he has weathered all these storms.

With any of the top eight teams capable of lifting the title and an influx of top managers into the Premier League, the season was already shaping up to be an exciting one. But the huge amounts spent by the clubs, which eclipsed the billion pounds mark, foretell an intriguing contest ahead.

“We asked the workers to take a rest until next week to allow us source for some building materials such as cement which we ordered but are yet to receive,” he said.

Euro 2016 has ended, and the legacy of black players has been massive

Thomas Matalanga | Monday, 11 Jul 2016 23:05 EAT

The Portuguese side that lifted the title boasts of six players of African descent. Luis Nani, Eliseu and teenage sensation Renato Sanches all have roots in the Cape Verde. Others like winning goal scorer Eder, and Danilo were born of parents from Guinea-Bissau.

Sports can be a powerful tool for social, tribal and religious integration

International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) head of events operations Carlo De Angeli was in Kenya last week to review the country’s preparations for hosting the under-18 athletics championships in June 2017

To grow African soccer, CAF should combat hooliganism as priority

Thomas Matalanga | Thursday, 16 Jun 2016 07:56 EAT

Comparing Africa’s governing body, CAF, to UEFA, Africa still has a long way to go and learn at the same time in order to reach the high levels of football Europe has attained.

As Kenyan athletes mark their calendars for the 2016 Summer Olympics, the clock is silently ticking.

When Arsene Wenger first arrived in England from Nagoya Grampus Eight, not many English football commentators had heard of him. The known Frenchman has revolutionised the game in England with his influence being felt beyond his club.

To grow football, Kenyans should wean our clubs from handouts

Govan Okwero | Friday, 20 May 2016 13:28 EAT

Gor Mahia who were 2015-2016 KPL winners received KSh3 million for their efforts. The amount doesn’t even remotely compare to the KSh13.5 billion (90 million pounds) Leicester City will be getting for topping the English Premier League table.