Harambe Stars coach Paul Put resigns over ‘personal reasons’

Harambe star’s coach Paul Put has resigned from his position.

It is not clear what prompted the resignation but the Football Kenya Federation released a statement saying, they “wish to inform the general public that Mr. Paul Put has officially resigned as the Kenya National Football Team, Harambee Stars Head Coach, citing personal reasons.”

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The statement continued, “The tactician’s resignation, though down to personal reasons is a setback to the country’s ongoing 2019 AFCON qualifiers as he was an integral member of the Technical bench.
In light of the foregoing, FKF has already begun the process of finding a suitable replacement to fill Mr. Put’s position, with Stanley Okumbi taking charge of the national team in the interim period.”

The federation then went ahead to thank “Mr. Put for his professional service and utmost commitment during his tenure with the Harambee Stars, this even as we wish him well in his future endeavors.”

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KPL: Gor Mahia Maintain Impresive Run With A 4-2 Win Over Zoo Kericho

Gor Mahia yesterday maintained their impressive run in the Kenyan Premier League with a 4-2 win over  Zoo Kericho in a Kenyan Premier League match played at Kericho Green Stadium.

The defending champions earned their goals through Jacques Tuyisenge, Boniface Omondi, Joachim Oluoch and Samuel Onyango.

Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr rested several key players ahead of the CAF champions league return leg match against Leone Vegeteranios in Equatorial Guinea.

Gor Mahia hold a two nil advantage from  the first leg.

Europa League: Arsenal Grab 3-goal Advantage Away In Sweden

Arsenal yesterday took huge strides towards qualifying for Europa League round of the last 16 with a comprehensive three nil victory over Sweden side Ostersunds.

Nacho Monreal’s goal and a Sotirios Papagiannopoulos own goal gave Gunners a two nil lead at the break before Mesut Ozil added the third goal in 58th minute.

Ostersunds could have grabbed a late consolation but captain David Ospina saved Tom Pettersson’s stoppage time penalty. The return leg will be played next week at the Emirates Stadium.

Defending Champions Real Madrid Recover From A Goal Down To Seal 3-1 Win Over PSG

Defending champions Real Madrid came from a goal down to beat Paris st. Germaine 3-1 in the first leg of the champions league round of sixteen at Santiago Bernabeu.

Adrien Rabiot opened scoring for the visitors in 33rd minute before Cristiano Ronaldo restored parity from the spot minutes later. Ronaldo doubled the lead with six minutes to stoppage time before Marcelo sealed the crucial win two minutes later.

During the match, Ronaldo became the first player to score hundred champions league goals for a single club. Elsewhere Sadio Mane scored a hat trick as Liverpool all but secured a place in the quarters with a five nil away win win over FC Porto.

 

Hull midfielder Ryan Mason quits football at just 26 after failing to recover from fractured skull

Hull midfielder Ryan Mason has been forced to retire from football, over a year after he fractured his skull in a Premier League match against Chelsea.

The 26-year-old collided with Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill at Stamford Bridge on January 22, 2017. He had to have emergency surgery and spent eight days at St Mary’s hospital before being released.

Mason explained in a statement on Tuesday that the decision was taken on medical grounds.

‘I can confirm that following specialist medical advice I am having to retire from playing professional football,’ Mason said. ‘I have worked tirelessly in order to be able to return to the pitch.

‘Unfortunately, having taken expert medical advice I now have no option but to retire due to the risks involved given the nature of my injury.

‘I am and always will be eternally grateful for the incredible network of people around me who have helped me to recover from what was a life-threatening injury in January 2017.

‘Thank you to my amazing fiance, Rachel, who has been by my side and lived every single day with me since the injury, helping to give me the strength I’ve needed no matter how tough things got. We are so lucky to have now become the proud parents of our perfect baby boy George.

‘To my Mum, Dad, sisters, and all of my family and close friends, thank you for everything. Despite how tough it’s been and the challenges I’ve faced along the way you’ve all been there supporting me and words will never truly do justice to how grateful I am for your love and support.

‘I would like to thank everyone at Hull City, especially The Doc Mark Waller and all of the medical team for helping me to recover. Thank you to the chairman and the board for being so patient with my recovery and sticking by me.

‘There are too many names to mention when it comes to talking about Tottenham Hotspur but I would like to say a special thank you to John McDermott, the Gaffer and everybody at Spurs for helping me to achieve my dreams.

‘I am so proud to have come through the ranks to play for my club, the club I love. To have had the honour of captaining the team fills me with immense pride. Thank you to all of my teammates over the years, there are too many to mention, it’s been a privilege to play alongside you all.

-dailymail

CECAFA Win Will Act As Morale Booster For The Likes Of Wanyama – Stanley Okumbi (VIDEO)

Harambee Stars assistant coach, Stanley Okumbi has expressed confidence in local based footballers ahead of the upcoming African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

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His sentiments comes after the local based players propelled the national soccer team to their 13th CECAFA triumph back in December.

Okumbi believes the team’s effort will only serve as a morale booster for the likes of Michael Olunga and Victor Wanyama and other foreign based players, to work harder in order to retain their first team spots.

The recent win will play a huge role in boosting the players morale especially the foreign based players since they saw what the local based players did and heading into the African Cup of Nations qualifiers fixtures and I am 100% confident they will give their best. Said Okumbi.

However, with Kenya scheduled to host Ghana, a footballing heavyweight in September, should we expect the team to take part in a few friendly matches?

We are still working on organizing a number of friendly matches with West African teams since we will be playing Ghana but it is not yet confirmed the team we will be facing but that will be finalized in the next one or two weeks.

The scheduled training camp in Europe is highly unlikely since it doesn’t seem realistic camping in Europe while the match we are preparing for will take place in Kenya, so chances of setting a camp in Europe are 30% to 70%. Added Okumbi.

Watch the video below.

 

CAF Confederation Cup: AFC Leopards Held At Home By Fosa Juniors

AFC Leopards’ chances of qualifying to the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup were dealt a major blow following a  1-1 draw against Fosa Juniors of Madagascar in the first leg match played at Bukhungu Stadium yesterday.

The result leaves Leopards with an awkward position as they must recover in time and beat Fosa Juniors or a draw with more than two goals away in the return match set to be played in one weeks’ time.

Leopards were lucky to open the scores after Prince Arko Papa flicked in a long ball from Yusuf Mainge to put the Robert Matano-led side ahead in the third minute to send Bukhungu into wild celebrations. However, the celebrations were short lived after Fosa Junior leveled the scores in the 17th minute through Rado Mbolasoa after he capitalized on Leopards’ defensive blunder to stab in passed Gabriel Andika.

Leopards struggled, playing disjointedly with many misplaced passes unlike their opponents who looked composed, dictating the terms in the midfield and cutting off any supply to Leopards attack.

Fosa looked hungrier for goals and Pierre Micheal should have put the visitors ahead in 23rd minute after he was put through by Andrian Hasina from the left side but his chipped ball went wide with Andika well beaten.

The pressure prompted Matano to throw in experienced Collins Okoth and pacey winger Baker Lukooya for Aziz Okaka and Henry Ifeanyi respectively in the 40th minute.

The changes brought in some freshness for the home team who raided the Madagascan side but their solid defence held on for 1-1draw that gives them advantage for the return match.

“My players were nervous and I believe they are at fault for allowing in a cheap equalizer that leaves us in awkward position in our return leg,” said Matano.

Fosa Juniors coach Bob Koofwijk said he expects a tough return match.

-CALISTUS LUCHETU

Jose Mourinho’s Winless Run At St. James Park Continues After Newcastle Defeat

Jose Mourinho win less streak at St. James Park continued yesterday as Manchester United were beaten one nil by Newcastle.

Matt Ritchie scored the important goal for the Toons in the second half from a close range. United were the better side and missed several clear cut chances including Alexis Sanchez glorious chance in the second half.

The Chilean failed to score despite rounding off two defenders and goalkeeper. Elsewhere, Liverpool secured a two nil win over Southampton thanks to goals from Mohammed Salah and Robert Firmino.

The win saw the Reds move back to third place in the league table with fifty four points,  two points behind United.

Arsenal Are On A Roll But I Don’t See Conte Surviving At Chelsea, Predicts Fred Arocho

The weekend is here! And well we know there’s no fun weekend without some bit of football action and it is an action packed weekend with a number of tantalizing fixtures in the English premier league.

Some of the fixtures will see Victor Wanyama welcome Arsenal to the Wembley stadium in a Saturday early kick off match before Manchester city tackle fast rising Leicester City in the evening.

In our bid to look for some detailed and unrivaled football predictions, we caught up with Radio Jambo presenter cum commentator, Fred Arocho who weighed on the up coming fixtures.

These are his sentiments

Well Arsenal are on a roll after they won confidently in their previous match. New signing Aubameyang has brought new life into the team and Mkhitaryan fits into Arsenal’s style of play. 

Looking at Tottenham are looking from a slumber after their 2-2 draw against Liverpool and you know a derby doesn’t depend on your last match or your current form, derbies basically depend on the way you wake up that day.

On Manchester City vs Leicester City match Arocho said. Manchester City are on a roll though the last two or three matches have not been convincing but they have been scrapping through so I see them getting the maximum points.

Another weekend fixture will see Manchester United travel to Newcastle FC after a scrappy 2-0 home win against Huddersfield which saw legendary Kenya footballer, Joe Kadenge watch the memorable match from the stands.

Newcastle are still struggling with ownership issues and that has seen them struggle on the pitch. United have not been performing that well so am not expecting many goals but I expect maybe a draw as a fair result.

In any case, United stars have woken up of late with the likes of Pogba, Lukaku and Sanchez has joined the fray so United have an upper hand but for me a draw with would be fair.

Listen to Arocho’s prediction below.

Philipe Coutinho Scores First Goal As Barcelona Cruise Into Copa Del Rey Final

Philippe Coutinho scored his first Barcelona goal as the Spanish side beat Valencia to reach a record fifth successive Copa del Rey final.

Coutinho, making his fifth appearance since a £142m move from Liverpool, came on in the second half and acrobatically steered home from Luis Suarez’s cross.

That put Barca, cup winners in the past three years, 2-0 up on aggregate in the semi-final second leg in Valencia, before Ivan Rakitic added another.

Barcelona will play Sevilla in the final as they seek to win their fourth consecutive title.