NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Chinese Super League side Beijing Renhe winger
Ayub Timbe Masika is one of the two players recalled by the
Kenyan football head coach Sebastien Migne in his squad for
their 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra
Timbe was handed a
three-match ban and fined 10,000 U.S. dollars by the continental
governing body CAF in May following an incident that occurred
during the opening round of the qualifiers last year where Kenya
In his absence,
Kenya stunned Group F side Ghana 1-0 before drawing 0-0 and then
beating Ethiopia 3-0 to take control of the pool with seven
points, three above the latter.
However, the return
tie against Sierra Leone in Nairobi scheduled for Nov. 18 hangs
in the balance following the suspension of Sierra Leone by FIFA
on May 5 over government interference.
The CAF subsequently
cancelled their double header against Ghana earlier this month,
but with no official word yet on their fate, Football Kenya
Federation (FKF) said they were not taking chances, giving Migne
the green light to name his squad.
“We are operating as
if Sierra Leone will come. It is stated nowhere that they have
been withdrawn from the competition. Until now, no one says they
are out,” FKF president Nick Mwendwa said in Nairobi on Tuesday.
“We know the ban is
still in place but what would happen if Sierra Leone shows up on
Nov.14? Kenya is ready for the AFCON, if they come, we (will)
beat them, if they don’t, we will take the points and move on,”
confirmed Kenya was lining up a friendly in the next FIFA
international window that will run from Nov. 12 to 20 against a
yet to be announced country.
Frenchman Migne also recalled striker Masoud Juma who recently
joined Dibba Al Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates following
the inglorious end of his stint at South African Premier Soccer
League side, Cape Town City FC.
England based duo,
Henry Ochieng and Jonah Ayunga earned their maiden call-ups in a
largely unchanged squad.
appointment in May, Migne has led Kenya to the brink of AFCON
qualification, winning two and drawing the other qualifier where
he was in charge.
His charges only
have to finish second in Group F to make the expanded finals
that will feature a 24-team tournament for the first time in
Olympiad Margaret Wambui plots
Semenya’s downfall of 800m dominance
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Olympic 800m bronze medalist Margaret Wambui
believes she will finally emerge from the shadow of South
Africa’s Caster Semenya and beat her at the World Championships
in Doha, Qatar in 2019.
Speaking in Nairobi
on Tuesday, Wambui says Semenya, who is both world and Olympic
champion, is beatable and believes she is the one who will
finally puncture the aura of invincibility that the South
African has over the two-lap race at international level.
about winning and losing and nobody is indispensible. Everyone
is beatable,” said Wambui, who was fourth at London World
Championships in 2017.
beatable. Her day will come but let her enjoy the moment. My
time is yet to come,” she added.
unbeaten since 2015 and a lack of serious competition has
prompted her to branch out into the 400m and 1,500m distances.
“It has always been
my dream to win a major competition and my target next year is
to win the World Championships in Doha and then we will see what
happens at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” Wambui said.
Also hoping to
compete at the Doha worlds is Francine Niyonsaba, who holds a
personal best of 1:55.47, run in Monaco in 2017.
Niyonsaba has largely played second fiddle to Semenya, finishing
second in both the 2017 worlds and the 2016 Olympics.
The trio will
relaunch their rivalry early next year, starting with the indoor
circuit before moving outdoors with the Diamond League series,
with the Doha worlds representing the culmination of the 2019
Kenyan hockey teams on war path
to recapture Africa Cup of Clubs titles
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Telkom hockey team head coach Jos Openda
is under pressure to recapture the African Cup of Clubs
Championship, which will be held in Abuja, Nigeria from Dec.
Speaking in Nairobi,
Openda said Telkom’s loss to Ghana Revenue Authority in Accra
last year was good for the sport as the Kenyan side had
dominated the competition in the last decade, winning nine out
of ten titles.
But he believes the
loss has awakened the giants in them and the players will go
all-out to stake claim to their title and restore the pecking
order as it is supposed to be.
“Telkom is hungrier
than before to win the Africa Club title. Maybe the players took
the rivals for granted and we paid dearly for the loss. Now we
have the chance to reclaim the title and bring competition back
to the continent events,” said the coach Tuesday in Nairobi.
Ghana and Nigeria
clubs will remain the real danger to the Kenyan charge at the
However, the coach
wants his players to focus on training hard and later enjoy
their time at the continental fiesta.
Kenya is parading
four clubs in the Africa competition, which has attracted over
there will also be United States International University-Africa
(USIU) Spartans in the women’s competition, while the men’s
teams will be the Kenya Police and Butali Sugar Warriors. The
men’s team skipped last year’s competition citing financial
Spartans team coach
Willis Okeyo says while the focus will be on Telkom, he intends
to creep up the ladder and stake claim to the title even as they
make their debut at the African Cup of Clubs Championship.
“There are a lot of
expectations. Our aim is to expose the players and at the same
time try to give a good account of ourselves,” said Okeyo.
With over 16 teams
getting ready or the women’s contest, the Africa club hockey
competition will be one of the top sports events in the
continent in 2018.
Alongside the Kenyan
teams, there will be Ghana Revenue Authority, Trustees from
Ghana, former champions Eastern Company Hockey Club and El
Sharkia from Egypt, along with Niger Flickers and Police Machine