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12 modern football legends who hang their boots in 2019 ▷ Kenya News

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The year 2019 has been another one which has been filled with magical moments in football but with all the magic also comes some inevitable goodbyes.

Just as we have seen some rising stars this year including Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham , Barcelona’s Ansu Fati and Real Madrid wonderkid Rdorygo, we have also had to endure the pain of seeing some legends hang up their boots.

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TUKO.co.ke highlights just some of the football players everyone found it difficult to accept their retirement, despite the inevitability.

1. Tim Howard

Nicknamed the secretary general of defence of the US. Howard hang his boots after a fairly successful spell with Colorado Rapids in his native USA.

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He will largely be remembered for his time with Manchester United where he scooped several premier league titles before moving to Everton.

2. Claudio Marchisio

When broke hearts when he announced his retirement aged only 33 when everyone tipped him for a sensational move to the premier league or at least China to see out the rest of his career.

Regardless, Marchisio will go down as one of Juventus’ greats in the midfield.

3. Xavi

Xavi Hernandez is the modern midfield machine and was an integral part of the Barcelona side which has gone on to redefine football with the infamous Tiki Taka style of play.

The maestro ended his career in Saudi Arabia with Al Sadd FC where he instantly transitioned into management with the same team

4. Fernando Torres

The list would not make any sense without including the famous El Nino, who decided to end his career with his boyhood club Atletico Madrid.

Torres in his prime was one of the most lethal strikers in the world and despite the fact that his unpopular move to Chelsea did not match the hype, he will be remembered for “that goal” against Barcelona in the Champions League in 2012.

5. Arjen Robben

The former Bayern Munich winger also hang his boots in July 2019 in what will arguably be the football heartbreak of the year.

35-year old Robben might have gone on playing had it not been for his consistent injuries which was a clear indication his body was ready to give in.

6. Wesley Sneidjer

Another lethal Dutchman who hang his boots was Sneidjer who will also go down in history as a true great of the game.

Fortunately or unfortunately for the 35-year old, people instantly forgot the tears that came with his retirement and were left in stitches at how fast he gained weight only a month after retiring.

7. Samuel Eto’o

Many football fans had a strong belief Eto’o could play well into his 40s but the African star decided to hang his boots in 2019 and focus on other ventures.

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Regardless, no one can forget his prowess in front of goal and overall ability to place Africa on the map using his football alone.

8. Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole was part of the golden Chelsea generation which began a superb run of winning titles with manager Jose Mourinho.

Although the twilight years in his career were fairly quiet, there is no denying the fans will miss Ashley Cole dearly.

9. Bastian Schweinsteiger

The German international also called it quits in 2019 after a successful stint with Bayern Munich, Manchester United and the national team.

Notably, the 35-year old will go down in history as one of the players to lift the coveted World Cup back in 2014.

10. Robin Van Persie

This is one retirement that hit millennials more as Van Persie is one of the more contemporary legends of the game.

The former Arsenal striker ended his career in his boyhood club Feyenoord and while his trophy cabinet might not be as glittery, Van Persie has definitely had his moments with his Flying Dutchman moment in the 2010 World Cup arguably top of the pile.

11. Petr Cech

Another former Arsenal man to hang his boots is Petr Cech who, despite hope from fans that he would go on, decided to take on other sports.

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Cech moved on to ice hockey where he played as a goaltender for Guildford Phoenix. He is also a technical and performance advisor at Chelsea

12. David Villa

Spain’s all time goal scorer David Villa also bid farewell to football as recently as Tuesday, November 12 after a successful stint at Valencia, Barcelona and in the MLS.

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Sewage Menace in Pipeline, Residents Cry For Help

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By Milo George

Residents of Pipeline Transami area are decrying poor drainage system that has caused sewage water to overflow in their area of residence.

The residents claim that the overflowing sewage is not only putting their lives at risk but also causing air pollution.

They have called on Nairobi Metropolitan Services and Nairobi City Water and Sewage Company to come on board and expand the sewer lines before more areas are flooded with raw human wastes coming from the blocked pipes.
“We want Major Badi and our leaders to resolve this menace immediately. It’s terrible many have been forced to shift their businesses because of the foul smell,” they said.
Pastor Joe Ndivoh of Word Evangelistic Explosion Ministries says that they have been forced to call off the Sunday School Service to protect the children from the smelly sewage.
‘‘We now fear that if prompt action is not taken then we will have a bigger health problem than this because we fear there could be an outbreak of water-borne disease anytime,’’ Pastor Ndivoh added.


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Solberg Jnr replaces Pierre-Louis for WRC Safari – KBC

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Hyundai Motorsport World Rally Team has made a change to it’s WRC2 team for Safari replacing Pierre-Louis Loubet with 19 year old Oliver Solberg.

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The change of crew hands young Solberg an opportunity to resume his family dream on the fabled Safari which was first held from 27 May to 1 June 1953 as the East African Coronation Safari in Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika as a celebration of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Solberg Senior finished the WRC Safari 5th on the 1999 and 2000 editions driving a Ford Focus and navigated by his eventual Championship- winning navigator Phil Mills. In 200 and 2002, Petter retired on Safari after he lost a wheel and suffering engine gremlins on both occasions.

Oliver was forced to withdraw from last week’s Rally Italia Sardegna after his father, 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg, tested positive for coronavirus.

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Oliver was gearing up for his second top flight World Rally Championship outing with Hyundai at last weekend’s s Italian event.

However having been in contact with his father, Oliver was compelled to remain in quarantine in a hotel in Porto for 14 days as per the FIA Appendix S regulations.

The FIA’s Appendix S COVID-19 protocol and national government regulations offer clear quarantine instructions for those in close contact.

“You can imagine, I am more than disappointed by this news. I am a little bit devastated,” The 19-year-old Solberg told www.motorsport.com last week.

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WRC Safari Rally Event Secretary Helen Shiri confirmed Oliver’s Safari participation saying: “Hyundai WRC 2 team car number 7 has changed the crew from Driver Pierre-Lous and co-driver Florian Haut-labourdette both from France to Oliver Solberg (Swedish) and  Co-driver Aaron Johnston (Ireland). The car, a Hyundai i20 Coupé, remains intact.”

Meanwhile, it’s been a meteoric rise for the son of world champion Petter.

Less than two years after his maiden rally in a four-wheel drive car, the teenage sensation was competing at the WRC’s top level.

Aged just 17, Oliver became the youngest winner of a European Championship rally in 2019.

With a father and a mother from a well-known Swedish motorsport family and a former Production WRC competitor in her own right, there was a sense of inevitability that a career at the wheel was inevitable for Oliver Solberg. 

Solberg’s early years were spent racing in crosskarts.

In 2012 he won the Norwegian Championship before a step up to a higher class brought consecutive title wins in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

In 2019 Solberg stepped into R5 machinery, driving a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 in the Latvian/Estonian/Baltic Rally Championship. He took to the increased power immediately and racked up five class wins on his way to the championship title.

He also followed in his father’s footsteps to join Subaru Motorsports USA. He drove a latest-spec Impreza STI, winning three of the six rounds

After making his WRC debut at the 2019 Rally GB, Solberg stepped into a full WRC campaign in 2020, driving his own Polo R5 alongside a partial campaign with Skoda Motorsport.

The WRC returns to Africa for the first time since 2002. The Safari of old has evolved to fit the modern-day WRC, but its character remains with challenging closed dirt roads, stunning picture-postcard scenery and exotic wildlife.

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Three more suspected robbers arrested along Southern by-pass – KBC

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Three more suspects have been arrested in connection with the recent spate of robberies targeting motorists along the Southern by-pass.

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The three were arrested in Kibra by detectives based in Langata.

Their arrest follows a detailed analysis and investigations of the robberies, with detectives employing cyber and forensic analysis techniques to identify the beneficiaries of the crimes.

Boniface Winjira Unganyi, the proprietor of Basement Crew mobile shop within Lindi in Kibra, was arrested as the key suspect after a total of 102 mobile phones suspected to have been stolen from victims were recovered from his shop.

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Also arrested were 35-year-old Alex Mboya, who was found in possession of a victim’s phone, and a 16-year-old minor, studying at a secondary school in Langata.

Five other suspects have been arraigned in recent weeks in connection with the violent robberies.

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