Ex Man City Star Robinho Sentenced To 9 Years In Prison For Sexual Assault

Brazilian footballer Robinho has reportedly been sentenced to nine years in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault.

Reports in Italy claim the former Manchester City and Real Madrid star, along with five others, was implicated for an attack on an Albanian girl in a Milan nightclub in January 2013.

The incident, which the player has insisted he played no part in, occurred when the 33-year-old was at AC Milan following his departure from the Etihad in 2010.

Marisa Alija Ramos, Robinho’s agent and lawyer, told Sportsmail: ‘With regards to the allegations surrounding Robinho, the alleged incident took place several years ago.

‘I clarify that my client has already defended himself against the charges and maintains he played no part in the incident.

‘All legal steps are already being taken in response to this decision.’

Robinho, 33, who currently plays in Brazil, pleaded not guilty via his lawyer and never appeared at any of the court hearings in northern Italy.

He has a right to two appeals and Italy would only launch extradition proceedings once this legal process is exhausted, a legal source said.

The Milan court ordered the victim to receive €60,000 (£53,000) as compensation for her suffering.


Harambee Stars Fall Nine Places iIn Latest Fifa Rankings

Kenya have slumped nine places from position 102 to 111 in the latest Fifa rankings released yesterday.

Stars failed to play any international friendly this month and have set their sights on reclaiming the Cecafa Senior Challenge crown next month on home soil.

Kenya are placed 25th on the continent. Tunisia are the top ranked African side at position 28 with North African rivals Egypt second on the continent and 30th globally.

Senegal are placed third while DR Congo are fourth with Nigeria closing the top five places.

Cameroon are sixth with World Cup-bound Morocco seventh. Ghana, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast round off the top 10 African Nations.

World champions Germany top the rankings with former holders Brazil second and European champions Portugal third. Argentina fourth and Belgium fifth.

Spain, Poland, Switzerland, France and Chile follow in that order. Elsewhere, Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Bandari head coach Paul Nkata has revealed that he will sign four strikers in the January transfer window.

The 2015 GOtv champions had a woeful run in the 2017 KPL season, finishing 10th on the log with 43 points.

Nkata acknowledges the team’s performance was below par and is particularly concerned with bolstering his attack, which he admitted was defective despite having signed household names such as Jacob Keli, Edwin Lavatsa and Enock Agwanda last season.

Attack is our major area of concern and we are going to sign four strikers; two center-forwards and two wingers. I think we are okay in other areas,” he said.

-William Njuguna

Harambee Stars Squad Unveiled Ahead Of Cecafa Tournament

The team tasked with replicating Harambee Stars triumph on home soil in the Cecafa Senior Challenge that kicks off next week has been named.

With new Stars coach Paul Put still assessing the situation, his assistant Stanley Okumbi has called up 25 players ahead of the 2017 Cecafa Senior Challenge set to begin on December 3.

AFC Leopards custodian Gabriel Andika has been handed the opportunity to earn his stripes as he was named among the three shot stoppers who will do duty for Kenya in the two-week tournament.

Kakamega Homeboyz’ defender Charles Momanyi is among a handful of players who will be in line to earn their first caps far the national team. Others are his Vihiga United counterpart Bernard Ochieng, who is the only player in the second tier league to have been called up for the regional tourney.

Sony Sugar star Benjamin Mosha, whose performances helped the sugar millers avert what looked to be a relegation tussle has also been named in the squad.

Gor Mahia’s right back Wellington Ochieng will also have the opportunity to impress for his country after a stellar season that earned him a first winners medal in the SportPesa Premier League.

The team is entirely made up of players, who feature in the local leagues. Part of the team that triumphed in the 2013 tourney in Nairobi—Boniface Oluoch, Musa Mohammed, Harun Shakava and Jockins Atudo are still in the team while previous campaigners Stephen Waruru and Partilla Omoto are also included in the experienced squad.

The tourney will be held at four different venues across the country thus —Moi Stadium Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega, Mumias Complex and Nakuru’s Afraha with Nairobi (Kasarani) and Machakos (Kenyatta Stadium) counties acting as stand-by venues.

Stars are in a tricky Group ‘A’ with former champion Rwanda, Tanzania, Zanzibar and  first time guest nation Libya. Defending champions, Uganda pulled a relatively easy Group ‘B’ alongside Burundi, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.

The team is scheduled to report to camp on Sunday.

Goalkeepers: Boniface Oluoch (Gor), Gabriel Andika (AFC), Patrick Matasi (Rangers);

Defenders: Musa Mohammed (Gor), Charles Momanyi (Homeboyz), Dennis Shikhayi (Leopards), Jockins Atudo (Rangers), Harun Shakava (Gor), Wellington Ochieng (Gor), Benard Ochieng (Vihiga) and Omar Mbongi (Ulinzi Stars);

Midfielders: Ernest Wendo (Gor), Whyvonne Issuza (Leopards), Kenneth Muguna (Gor), Patillah Omotto (Sharks), Duncan Otieno (Leopards), Ovellah Ochieng (Sharks), Lawrence Juma (Nzoia);

Strikers: Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi), Kepha Aswani (Nakumatt), George Odhiambo (Gor), Masoud Juma (Sharks), Vincent Oburu (AFC), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi), Benjamin Mosha (Sony).

-Francis Wadegu

Neymar Stars As PSG Smash Seven Past Celtic, Manchester United Lose To Basle

Manchester United yesterday failed to secure a place in the Champions League round of sixteen as they lost one nil to Basle in Switzerland. United dominated the first half of the game, with Marouane Fellaini and Marcos Rojo hitting the woodwork.

But, on the brink of securing the point they needed to reach the knockout stage, the visitors were undone by Michael Lang’s 89th-minute goal. United can still qualify as group winners if they beat or draw with CSKA Moscow in their final group stage match.

Elsewhere, Barcelona eased to round of sixteen after settling for a barren with Juventus, Chelsea also booked a place in the knock out stage after beating Qarabag four nil while Bayern Munich were 2-1 winners over Anderlecht.

PSG ran rout as they battered Celtic FC 7-1.

It’s now 39 matches since Monaco travelled to the Parc des Princes in March 2016 and became the last away team to win. Thirteen years since anyone won in the Champions League here.

In nine home league games this season, Unai Emery’s runaway train have scored 32 times, conceding just five. In the Champions League, they hadn’t conceded so much as a goal.


Barcelona Fans Believe Mesut Ozil Was Born To Play For Them

Mesut Ozil played one of the passes of his career at the Nou Camp, unfortunately for Barcelona supporters, Cristiano Ronaldo was the recipient and the Real Madrid forward scored from it to win the Clasico and practically wrap up the 2012 La Liga title.

Barca fans don’t usually warm to the idea of former Real Madrid players arriving at their club but there would be few objections in Ozil’s case – many will tell you he was born to play for them and not for Madrid anyway.

In 2010 that was so nearly the way things turned out with Barcelona talking to Werder Bremen only for Pep Guardiola to block the move believing that Andres Iniesta-Xavi-Sergio Busquets was a trinity too holy to tinker with.

Without Guardiola’s backing Ozil’s career was taken in another direction. Jose Mourinho had just arrived at Real Madrid and he snapped him up for €15million.

If Ozil signs now the Barca purists will have a midfield trio to rival the old Xavi- Iniesta-Busquets threesome. And when Iniesta is injured or less than 100 per cent there would be no creativity deficit – Ozil would be the perfect substitute.

He can play the Champions League, which is something he has over Philippe Coutinho and that is precisely why club president Josep Bartomeu admitted early in the week that the team need reinforcements. In the league they already have a 10-point advantage over Real Madrid and are four points clear of Valencia but Ozil would give them a major boost in Europe.


New Harambee Stars Coach, Pul Put Vows To Take Kenya To 2019 AFCON

Newly appointed Harambee Stars coach Paul Put has singled out qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations as his main agenda as he takes over the reigns at the national team.

The Belgian coach said he is determined to end Kenya’s 13-year absence from the continental football stage as he signed a his two-year renewable deal. Kenya has only featured in the Afcon five times— in 1972, 1988, 1990, 1992 and 2004 in the 60 years of the tournament’s existence.

Put has an impressive track record having steered Bukina Faso to 2013 Afcon final before losing to Nigeria.

“I believe in the project. There is a lot to do in Kenyan football and I will be working to restore the glory at the continental football stage. We have to harness top talent from the large pool of players in Kenya to get the best combinations for the national team,” Put said when he paid a courtesy call on the Sports Principal Secretary Kirimi Kaberia at the Ministry of Sports offices yesterday.

From Match Fixing Claims To AFCON Success Story, All You Need To Know About Paul Put

Put said he will also strive to bring back fans to the stadia to support the national teams whenever they have an assignment.

“I don’t want to play with 7,000 people in the stadium. I want to play with 60,000 spectators. I want to play 12 against 11,” he added, promising to work with the players and club coaches to offer coaching expertise when need be.

The coach was born on May 26, 1956 in Merksem. Put began his coaching career in 1988 to managing various Belgian clubs beginning with Tubantia Bogerhout, FC Nieukerken, Geel, Ingelmunster, Lokeren, Lierse and lastly Mouscron.

The highlight of his career remains the 2013 African Cup of Nations in which he led an unfancied Burkina Faso side to the finals of the African cup of nations losing to Nigeria.

Put has also been named coach of the year in Belgium and Africa in 2004 and 2013 respectively.

-Chris Mbaisi

Karibu Kenya: Everton Legend Leon Osman Set To Tour Kenya

Everton FC legend Leon Osman is expected in the country today for a three-day visit—in a tour aimed at establishing a foothold between the nine-time English champions and local football fans.

The retired midfielder, who enjoyed a successful 16-year career with the Toffees before hanging up his boots in June 2016 is scheduled to jet in for his second trip to East Africa after his ground-breaking tour to Tanzania in June.

Osman is the second Everton star after Nigerian international Daniel Amokachi, who played for the Toffees from 1994- 1996, to visit Kenya. He will be welcomed as a football icon owing to the massive popularity the English Premier League (EPL) has gained in the country since the turn of the century.

Osman, who spent most of his career at Everton, will add his name to the illustrious list in an action-packed itinerary that celebrates the shirt sponsorship between the club and bookmakers SportPesa.

Today, the former Blues midfielder, who earned two senior caps for England, is scheduled to visit the Ziwani Community Football grounds in Nairobi where he will meet organisers of the celebrated annual estate tournament, Koth Biro and interact with the players.

-The Star

Footballer Ryan Colclough Scored Twice Before Rushing To Hospital In Time To See Birth Of Son

As a professional footballer, there are few better feelings than scoring to help your team to victory… but Wigan’s Ryan Colclough may just have found one.

After netting not once, but twice in the Latics’ victory over Doncaster, the winger was substituted in order to make it to hospital just in time for the birth of his son.

Still in his full kit, a picture was shared on social media by Wigan chairman David Sharpe, with Colclough looking lovingly down at his newborn child.

The picture sent Twitter into a frenzy, with one user commenting: ‘Wondered why he absolutely legged it down the tunnel on being subbed! Lovely story!’

Colclough started the League One match for Wigan, netting his side’s second and third goals against Doncaster at the DW Stadium, before being subbed three minutes later.

Explaining the situation, assistant manager Leam Richardson said: ‘At half-time we got the message that his missus’ waters had broken, his second child.

‘As soon as he got his second goal he was off the pitch, because his head was somewhere else.


Real Madrid Destroy Apoel As Liverpool Throw Away Three Goal Lead To Draw With Sevilla

Liverpool yesterday gave away a three nil lead to settle for a three all draw with Sevilla in the champions League.

The Reds looked to be cruising into the knockout stage for the first time since 2009 as two goals from Roberto Firmino and one from Sadio Mane put them in total control at the break.

However Sevilla fought back and earned three goals through Ben Yedder who scored a brace and Guido Pizzaro.

Elsewhere, Manchester City maintained their impressive run with a one nil win over Feyenoord, Real Madrid booked a place in the last sixteen with a six nil win over Apoel Nicosia while Tottenham beat Borussia Dortmund one nil.

Ronaldo became the first player in history to score 18 Champions League goals in a calendar year.

From Ribery To Robben Here Are The Top 10 Players Set To Be Free Agents In Summer!

Lionel Messi has just seven months left to run on his Barcelona contract amid a shroud of mystery centering around whether he has actually penned a new deal.

Although no official statement from either the player or the club has surfaced about whether Messi has extended his stay at the Nou Camp, reports have long suggested it is a done deal.

But it begs the question, how much free talent is available around Europe for Premier League clubs next summer?

With players able to talk to clubs about pre-contract deals in January, Sportsmail looks at 10 players who could be targeted by England’s elite teams.

Mario Balotelli (Nice)

At 27, Mario Balotelli cannot still be labelled a ‘precocious talent’. Known to Premier League followers for his successful spell at Manchester City and categorically woeful stint at Liverpool, the Italian has rediscovered his best form in France.

Since moving to Nice last season, Balotelli has netted 26 times in 42 outings — an admirable return for any frontman.

His erratic streak reared its head again earlier this month, however, when he scored the winner for his side before getting sent off and punching the dugout on his exit from the field.

Leon Goretzka (Schalke)

Leon Goretzka, only 22, has already won 12 caps for Germany, netting six times from midfield already on the international stage.

He was part of the young Germany team that won this year’s Confederations Cup and has already scored two goals in his first eight appearances this season for Schalke.

Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli)

There have been conflicting reports about Faouzi Ghoulam penning a new deal at Napoli, but one thing is for certain — they want to tie him down.

With Premier League giants City and Liverpool circling, Napoli know they face the prospect of the left-sided defender leaving next summer.

Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)

The 34-year-old left winger has been among Europe’s best players for over a decade, enjoying the vast majority of his success at Bayern Munich.

An devastating knee ligament injury at the beginning of October has derailed his season and with just nine months left on his contract at the Allianz Arena — will the Bundesliga champions renew his deal?

Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)

The evergreen Arjen Robben continues to churn out the goods for Bayern Munich — still possessing the ability to grab a game by the scruff of the neck to turn it on its head.

After recently retiring from international football with Holland, Robben has given himself the best opportunity to extend his club career. But will it be at Bayern?

He penned a 12 month extension in January this year but talk of a further season at the Allianz Arena is quiet thus far.

Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)

A world-class centre back by anyone’s standards, Giorgio Chiellini embodies the much vaunted Italian art of defence.

His contract at Juventus, however, is up next summer and after 12 seasons and 447 appearances to date — could this be his last in Turin?

Hatem Ben Arfa (Paris Saint-Germain)

A winger whose trickery has fooled many a Premier League defender.

Hatem Ben Arfa’s ill-fated move to Paris Saint-Germain has seen him play just 626 minutes of Ligue 1 football since moving at the start of last season and will almost certainly eye a move away from the French capital next term.

Joao Moutinho (Monaco)

Joao Moutinho has 105 Portugal caps and 13 domestic trophies to his name, an impressive feat for a player of just 31 years.

Moutinho, who revealed last year he was minutes away from signing for Tottenham when compatriot Andre Villas-Boas was manager in 2012, has spoken of his desire to play in the Premier League and next summer may be his opportunity to do just that.

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