By John Kwoba NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Political uncertainty in Kenya has
forced the International Cricket Council (ICC) to
reschedule the World Cricket League Championship
qualifying match between leaders Netherlands and Kenya
to South Africa.
to host the sixth round match from Oct. 6-8 but with
repeat presidential election still standing in the way,
the global cricket body cannot risk sending foreign
players to Kenya for security reasons. Now the match
will be staged in East London in South Africa on the
held its general elections on Aug. 8, had the Supreme
Court, the highest court in the land annulled the
Presidential Poll results and a new date has been set
for Oct. 26. There is tension in the country and ICC is
not ready to gamble with the safety of its players.
Netherlands Cricket Board seems to have raised the issue
with the International Cricket Council (ICC), which have
informed us that the game will now be played at the
Buffalo Park cricket stadium in East London in South
Africa,” Cricket Kenya said in a statement.
It is the
second WCL Championship match Kenya is being forced to
play away from home. The country is currently placed
fifth in the standings.
decision to play the game in the colder climate of East
London may not favor our team which is playing the
catch-up to finish among the top four in the
championship,” said Cricket Kenya.
Netherlands head the eight-team championship with 16
points followed by Papua New Guinea, which are two
points behind in second place from 10 matches played.
Scotland are third on 13 points with Hong Kong in fourth
The top four
teams will join the lowest ranked four from ICC One Day
International (ODI) championships for the 2018 Cricket
World Cup qualifiers, which will decide who plays in the
2019 World Cup in England.
Kenya optimistic to
beat Ethiopia in next U-20 women’s WC qualifier
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s junior football team will carry
an advantage in their return leg match against Ethiopia
in their qualifier for the 2018 FIFA under 20 Women’s
With a 2-2
draw, Kenya hold a small edge over Ethiopia and will
require a 1-1 draw or a win of any margin to secure
their place in the next phase where the winner will have
to battle with either Algeria or Ghana in another
“It is not
easy to secure a draw away coming from two goals down.
It was unfortunate to concede early but the fighting
spirit the team showed has convinced me they are capable
of bigger challenges,” said Musa Otieno, who was part of
the team’s technical bench.
assignment against Ethiopia in the 2018 FIFA under 20
Women’s World Cup qualifiers will be played in Machakos
on Sept. 29.
Starlets fought their way up from goal down to draw 2-2
with Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on Sunday, meaning that
they carry two advantageous away goals heading into next
week’s return leg.
lauded the team work and focus the team showed when
pinned against all odds saying he is hopeful they will
record success in the return match.
now is on the second leg and hopefully, we will get
positive results and progress to the second round,” said
Starlets second game in the qualification process, as
they beat the Zebras of Botswana 7-1 in the opening
round of qualification away at the Lobatse Sports
Complex on July 21.
not honor the return leg match giving the Kenyan side a
through ticket to the next phase.