"The AIU informed Jerono that her explanation did not account
for the presence of norandrosterone in her sample and charged
her with committing a second Anti-Doping Rule Violation," said
She now joins former Commonwealth 10,000m champion Joyce
Chepkirui and Hamburg Marathon bronze medalist Jacob Kendagor,
who have both been suspended for failing anti-doping tests.
The number of elite Kenyan athletes who have been reprimanded
by the AIU for use of banned substances in the last three months
alone now stands at six.
Others are world half marathon record holder Abraham Kiptum,
Cyrus Rutto and Felix Kirwa.
Athletics Integrity Unit action in the case Of Ms Salome
Kenya women facing Malawi
in quest for Olympic football ticket
by John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s failure to secure
qualification to the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON)
tournament will inspire the team to navigate through the
elimination qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, head
coach David Ouma said on Tuesday.
Ouma believes that with better preparations, Kenya will
easily overcome Malawi in their first hurdle in the
qualification process on August 28 away in Blantyre, before the
return leg in Nairobi on August 31.
A victory against Malawi will then set Kenya up for a tie
against either Gabon or Ghana.
"The team is promising and ready for the tussle ahead. Winnie
Kanyotu, Elizabeth Wambui and Wincate Kaari have been ruled out
of this week’s camp as they are carrying knocks and bruises from
the local league," Ouma said.
African football’s governing body CAF has lined up 25 teams
to compete in the qualification process for the 2020 Tokyo
Olympics. The qualification campaign will be played across the
first two weeks of April.
Along with Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Zimbabwe
and Equatorial Guinea, Kenya was given a bye in the first round
and only joined the qualification process in August.
Round one will present a number of highly-anticipated
fixtures, with Mali taking on Morocco before Zambia square off
with Angola. Uganda will also be up against Ethiopia, with both
teams having showed well at the last edition of the CECAFA Cup
Kenya will, however, miss the services of veterans like Esse
Mbeyu Akida, Neddy Atieno and the Sweden-based duo of Mary
Kinuthia and Christine Nafula.
"We have our veterans who haven’t joined our camp, like Esse
who has other commitments, and Mary Kinuthia and Nafula who are
still in Sweden, but they will join us later to boost the team
ahead of the crucial match," said Ouma.
Ouma, however, rued missing out on the 2018 AWCON tournament
in Ghana, and is focused on erasing those memories by qualifying
"It was indeed sad on how we did not take part in the last
AWCON edition in Accra.
"This time round we want to be in the Olympics, and I believe
we shall achieve it."
Steeplechase record holder
faces mile hurdle in Monaco Diamond League quest
by John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s 3000m steeplechase specialist
Beatrice Chepkoech will return to Monaco on Friday, on a track
she broke the world record two years ago, eyeing another win.
Chepkoech will be running her fifth race in the Diamond
League circuit this year coming up against some of the world’s
fastest talent over the mile race in Monte Carlo.
"It may not be my specialty, but I have proved to be tough to
beat before and I will want to take my chance and exploit it.
The ultimate goal is to be at the peak level to run a world lead
and win the gold at the World Championships in October," said
Chepkoech on Thursday.
Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba, who set the current world record
of three minutes 50.07 seconds four years ago, will need to be
at her best to withstand the challenge of the Dutch European
5,000m champion Sifan Hassan and Chepkoech.
In the 800m, Kenya’s Ferguson Cheruyiot Rotich, who has
clocked 1:43.93 this year will seek to stop Bostwana’s Nijel
Amos and European champion Adam Kszczot.
For France’s world champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse, seeking a
return to top form, this race offers a great opportunity to earn
an IAAF World Championship qualifying mark of 1:45.50. Other
Kenyans in the race are Jonathan Kitilit and Michael Saruni.
However, the focus will be on the vintage race, the 1,500m,
which brings together the six top performers of the year, most
notably Timothy Cheruiyot, the defending champion and world
With world champion Elijah Manangoi out with a hamstring
injury, Cheruiyot will step up to fill the void and win his
fourth race in the circuit after Stockholm, Prefontaine Classic,
Doha and Oslo.
Kenya’s world silver medalist took almost a second off the
Lausanne meeting record at last Friday’s Diamond League meeting,
clocking 3:28.77, the fastest recorded this season.
He also set a then personal best of 3:28.41 in winning last
year’s 1500m in Monaco.
Facing him again will be Norwegian brothers Filip and
18-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen, European champions at this
distance in 2016 and 2018 respectively. The latter clocked
3:30.16 in Lausanne, a pending world U20 record.
Others in the field include Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera, who set
a world indoor record of 3:31.39 earlier this year, Djibouti’s
Ayanleh Souleiman, who has run 3:30.79 this season, and Ronald
Musagala of Uganda, who has clocked 3:31.33.
In the men’s 3000m steeplechase, Kenya’s contingent will
include Nicholas Bett, Leonard Bett, Abraham Kibiwot, Benjamin
Kigen, Lawrence Kipsang na Barnabas Kipyego.
Kenya not to sack French
coach Migne despite Africa Nations Cup loss
by John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Frenchman Sebastian Migne will not be relieved of
his duties as Kenya’s Harambee Stars head coach despite his team
failing to get past the group stage of the Africa Cup of Nations
Football Federation of Kenya president Nick Mwendwa said in
Nairobi on Tuesday they will honor the Frenchman’s three-year
contract with demands he guides the team to qualify for the 2021
AFCON in Cameroon and the World Cup.
Kenya picked only three points after beating neighbors
Tanzania in Cairo in the ongoing AFCON.
However, they lost to Algeria and Senegal to bow out.
"We never tasked Migne with the demand to win the 2019 AFCON.
His task is to help Kenya secure qualification to AFCON in 2021
and see if he can guide us to 2022 World Cup," Mwendwa said.
"Remember Migne only took over in May 2018 from Belgian Paul
Put after we had lost our first qualifying match to Sierra
Then we were not certain of even qualifying for the AFCON.
His main task is to ensure that we qualify for the 2021 and get
the team past the group stage."
Egypt’s coach Javier Aguirre became the first causality to
lose his job after the infamous loss to South Africa in the
round of 16 match last Sunday.
Already, Tanzania’s coach Emmanuel Amunike, an ex-Super
Eagles coach, has also been send packing after Taifa Stars
failed to sparkle in Egypt. Amunike has been coach of Tanzania
since 6 August 2018.
Uganda who were eliminated by Senegal in the round of 16 have
also parted ways with their French coach Sebastien Desabre
through mutually agreement.
"The reasons for termination of the employment contract are
for the benefit and growth of both parties," said Federation of
Kenya hopes to rebuild from scratch ahead of the World Cup
qualification while Migne, who is in France on holiday, is
expected to return to Nairobi to steer the country’s team to the
Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) qualifiers, with match
against Tanzania in August.
"We have to start somewhere to build Kenyan football. Uganda
Cranes went to the 2017 event in Gabon and failed to win a
single match, this time they reached the last 16, that kind of
progress is what we are eyeing and the ongoing championship was
a good learning opportunity," said Mwendwa.
Kenya team pitched camp in France prior to their assignment
in Egypt, but still failed to tilt the scales to their advantage
at the AFCON.
Kenya turns focus to
Africa Nations Championships after AFCON exit
by John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will shift focus to the upcoming African
Nations Championships (CHAN) qualifiers after exiting the Africa
Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa said
Wednesday that the team did its best despite failing on the
first test and being eliminated in the AFCON group stage.
Kenya’s team Harambee Stars is due to arrive in Nairobi on
Thursday morning from Cairo, Egypt.
Harambee Stars picked up just one win and suffered two losses
in Group C, finishing third behind Algeria and Senegal.
Tanzania was the last team in the group having lost all its
The first eight teams to be bundled out of the AFCON are
Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania,
Namibia and Zimbabwe.
"Our focus now shifts to the upcoming African Nations
Championships qualifiers where Harambee Stars takes on Tanzania
in the first round set to be played on July 28 in Dar es
Salaam," said Mwendwa.
The second leg of CHAN is slated for August 4 in Nairobi.
Kenya captain Victor Wanyama, who plays for Tottenham Hotspur
in the English Premier League, said he is proud of the country’s
performance as Kenya returned to the AFCON after 15 years’
"I am proud of the players and staff because everyone gave
"Sometimes we do mistakes but we are only human and the most
important thing for us is to learn from the mistakes.
"I am proud of everyone because we gave our best and we
fought in every match," said Wanyama.
"We have learnt a lot and I know we will have another
qualification and the lessons we have taken from here will help
us come back.
"We will sure be a better side when we return," said Wanyama.
Kenya to play Tanzania
again in CHAN qualifiers
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Tanzania and Kenya will see no love lost between
them when the two east African countries renew their rivalry
after battling out at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The two have been paired together for the first round of the
2020 African Nations Championships (CHAN) qualifiers set for
Kenya’s Harambee Stars will launch their title campaign with
an away match in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on July 27, with the
second leg set to be played in Nairobi on Aug 4.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa said
on Tuesday that Confederation of African Football (CAF) has
opted to re-draw the pools for the qualifiers.
"Kenya was scheduled to face Burundi in fixtures released by
CAF early this year.
"However, Kenya now has a new opponent in the Taifa Stars
following CAF’s decision to include Djibouti and tournament
hosts Ethiopia in the qualification phase," said Mwendwa on
The aggregate winner of the two-legged qualifier will face
off with either Ethiopia or Djibouti in the second and final
qualifying round, to be played on a date set to be announced in
The final tournament, reserved for players actively featuring
in their respective national championships, has been scheduled
for January 2020 in Ethiopia.
It will be Kenya’s re-match against Tanzania, which comes
after the Harambee Stars beat their east African neighbors 3-2
in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations Group C match played on
June 27 in Cairo, Egypt.
The win consequently boosted Kenya’s chances of earning a
place in the round of 16 of the continent’s premier competition.
Coach Sebastian Migne has already named a 34-man squad of
home-based players for the assignment.