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Here are five sporting highlights many Kenyans will remember about the year 2018.

The year 2018 offered Kenyans several sporting events and highlights, some of which will probably be etched in their minds for a lifetime.

Here is to a few of them that stood out:

1. France crowned world champions

Football world’s governing body Fifa reported in December a record 3.5 billion people – including millions of Kenyans – watched the 2018 Fifa World Cup which was held between June and July in Russia. France lifted the coveted trophy with a 4-2 win over a stubborn Croatia in the final. In total, 32 nations, including five from Africa, participated in the competition. Croatia’s inspirational captain Luka Modric was named the best player. Kenya’s Harambee Stars are hoping to qualify for the next edition of the tournament in Qatar, in 2022.

France captain Hugo Lloris (centre) smiles while holding the Fifa World Cup trophy surrounded by his team mates when they arrived for a reception at the Elysee Presidential Palace on July 16, 2018 in Paris. AFP PHOTO
France captain Hugo Lloris (centre) smiles while holding the Fifa World Cup trophy surrounded by his team mates when they arrived for a reception at the Elysee Presidential Palace on July 16, 2018 in Paris. AFP PHOTO

2. Kenya qualifies for 2019 Afcon – Harambee Stars ended its long awaited return to Africa’s ultimate football tournament after 15 years in the fringes. A 1-0 victory over the highly rated Ghana in Nairobi on September 8 paved way for Kenya’s return to the biennial tournament. Kenya, under the tutelage of Frenchman Sebastian Migne, followed it up with an emphatic 3-0 thrashing of Ethiopia in Nairobi but also hugely benefited from the suspension of Sierra Leone to confirm qualification with a game to spare.

3. Olunga La Liga hat-trick – On January 13, 2018, Kenyan striker Michael Olunga became the first ever Kenyan to score a hat trick in the Spanish top tier. The 24-year-old struck thrice as Girona thrashed Las Palmas on that memorable match. His goals in the 57th, 70th and 79th minutes at the 13,500 capacity stadium, sent Kenyan football fans home and abroad into delirium.

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Kenya's Michael Olunga celebrates with the autographed match ball he was awarded after scoring a hat-trick for Girona against Las Palmas in the Spanish League on January 13, 2018. PHOTO | GIRONA
Kenya’s Michael Olunga celebrates with the autographed match ball he was awarded after scoring a hat-trick for Girona against Las Palmas in the Spanish League on January 13, 2018. PHOTO | GIRONA

4. Eliud Kipchoge smashes marathon world record – On September 16, 2018 Eliud Kipchoge stunned the world by obliterating the marathon world record with an astonishing time of 2:01.39 in Berlin, Germany. Kipchoge didn’t merely break the record, he sliced a massive 78 seconds off the old mark set by compatriot Dennis Kimetto on the same fast course in 2014. That stunning victory was the 10th win in 11 marathons for the 33-year-old, who is also a three-time London marathon champion and the reigning Olympics marathon champion.

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge celebrates winning the Berlin Marathon setting a new world record on September 16, 2018 in Berlin. AFP PHOTO
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge celebrates winning the Berlin Marathon setting a new world record on September 16, 2018 in Berlin. AFP PHOTO

5. Gor Mahia’s continental romp – Kenyan champions Gor Mahia dared to dream and achieved the same, with victories over Equatorial Guinea side Vegetarinos and South Africa’s SuperSport United to became the first Kenyan club to progress to the money-spinning group stage of the Caf Confederation Cup. The team’s impressive run also ensured it retained the Kenyan Premier League title and finished third at the Cecafa Kagame Cup in Tanzania.

Gor Mahia fans celebrating a goal scored by Ephrem Guikan when the team played against Yanga of Tanzania in a Caf Confederation Cup at Moi International Sports Stadium Kasarani, Nairobi on July 18, 2018. PHOTO | KANYIRI WAHITO
Gor Mahia fans celebrate a goal scored by Ephrem Guikan when the team played against Yanga of Tanzania in a Caf Confederation Cup at Moi International Sports Stadium Kasarani, Nairobi on July 18, 2018. PHOTO | KANYIRI WAHITO

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Singer speaks after attacking lover at WCB signee Zuchu’s star-studded concert

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Controversial singer Gigy Money turned WCB signee Zuchu’s concert into a fight club, hurling shoes at her lover.

On 18 July, there was fanfare at the Mlimani City Hall in Dar es Salaam as WCB signee Zuchu held a thanksgiving concert months after her debut EP, I Am Zuchu. The event dubbed ‘Ahsante Nashukuru’ mainly featured performances by artistes from the WCB stable and attracted the whos-who in the Tanzanian entertainment and political scenes. 

READ ALSO: I’m not behind Diamond, Tanasha split- WCB’s Zuchu sets record straight

However, singer Gigy Money who also performed made the headlines for the wrong reasons after getting into a scuffle with her lover during the much-publicised concert.

READ ALSO: I was bewitched by a friend – Gigy Money

Peaceful arrival, later chaos

Moments earlier, Gigy and her Nigerian man were seen arriving arm in arm at the event whose highlight featured Zuchu receiving a brand new car from WCB head honcho Diamond Platnumz. Donning matching outfits, the couple was spotted on the red carpet as the paparazzi scrambled to capture the moment.  However, all hell breaks loose later and viral videos depict the visibly angered Nigerian arguing with a bouncer at the entrance. After a tense confrontation, Gigy’s man is seen being led by the screaming bouncer towards the exit. Shortly after, a similarly irritated Gigy emerges and follows the pair.

“Gigy! Wewe Gigy wewe!” a woman in the background is heard dissuading the singer from pursuing them but the singer pays no heed and heads for the pair.

“You want to beat me?” the boyfriend is heard asking an approaching Gigy as the bouncer acts as a barrier between them. The bouncer manages to steer the incensed man towards the exit as Gigy follows behind, hurling obscenities.

READ ALSO: I will get a baby with your eldest son – Gigy Money warns Zari

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At some point, a barefoot Gigy turns into a sprint before throwing one of her shoes which hits the man who then responds with an insult. Another bouncer finally intervenes and the two are separated. Gigy then asks for her vehicle so she can head home before warning the press against sharing videos of the incident.

Addresses incident

Though the cause of their tiff is still unknown Gigy later made reference to the shocking incident in a social media post, hinting that alcohol had a part to play in the fracas.  In another post, Gigy shared a photo alongside her estranged lover writing: “My mad man looked handsome before his demons arose and mine arose too.”

‘Running over Ali Kiba’

Gigy is not new controversy and recently said she’d run over her ex, singer Ali Kiba for breaking her heart.

“I will knock all of them down, I mean I will kill them. In fact, I will flatten them like chapatis. The first person I will knock down and kill is Ali Kiba.  Actually, I don’t need a weak car, I need a Fuso so that when I knock him down I will be sure he doesn’t survive,” Gigy told Ayo TV.

READ ALSO: Gigy Money under fire for dirty-dancing with married singer

Dating Kiba brothers

Gigy had in the past admitted to dating both Ali Kiba and his younger brother, Abdu Kiba. She solely laid the blame on Chekecha singer for pursuing her despite knowing that she’d been with his younger brother. Abdu expressed being heartbroken after learning the two had a fling, prompting him to marry.

“I was very hurt on hearing that Ali was dating Gigy Money because I dated her first before she became famous. But it’s alleged that Ali didn’t know. It hurt me for a while till when I married,” said Abdu.

 

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Why Jahmby Kokai is happy her TV anchor dream never came true

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Jahmby Koikai is glad her dream of being a TV anchor never came true.

Popular media personality Jahmby Koikai narrated how her first attempt at auditioning as a TV host backfired and she was sent home on the first day of the audition. Reliving her prime days, Jahmby narrated how she was determined to follow her dream of becoming a news anchor after completing her degree.

“There was a reality show that was running on one major TV channel here in Kenya, searching for the next top news anchor. I’ve always had the knack for news. At the time, I was working at Metro FM. Walked to my boss and asked him if he was ok with me participating in this competition. He agreed to it.

“Auditions were at Film Studios. The queue stretched all the way to the showground. I was at the back kabisa. Imagine 300 people before you. Then we got the briefing paper and it indicated, ‘no persons with experience in a media house allowed to participate in this audition’. Mimi Jahmby Koikai, nirudi home after watu 300 kukuwa mbele yangu?” she posed.

READ ALSO: Jahmby Koikai back in Kenya after a year of treatment abroad

According to the endometriosis survivor, she went ahead to audition for the position despite the warning and was the first contestant to be sent packing.

“So I stayed in line until I got to the audition room. The judges were a few people I was in campus with. I felt a wave of despair. Like I’m here auditioning, yet my classmates will be judging me? I did my thing and I was considered. We got into the house and we were assigned to different groups. I was the group leader and we won the challenge. Later that evening, we were driven back to Film Studios for a briefing. The presenter of the show said some of us have to go home.

“My name was called out first amongst other great people. We were dropped home. I cried. It felt like I’d lost such a great opportunity. My mom and late grandma were so sad cos they loved to watch me do the news,” she narrated.

READ ALSO: Why I’m walking around with a mask- Jahmby Koikai

Second audition

Later, Jahmby auditioned for another TV opportunity only to miss out as well.

“Then came another opportunity over 10 years ago, I saw a TV ad and decided to apply for the news anchor position. I didn’t get the job.”

However, due to endometriosis, Jahmby was forced to put her dreams on hold and concentrate on getting better. According to her, it is as though God had better plans for her and is grateful to not have gotten the jobs.

“I battled severe endometriosis in silence for over 19 years. I think of how engaging the newsroom is and I’m grateful I wasn’t in that space. I’d have utilized all my sick-leaves and off-days and just declared redundant.”

 

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There was a reality show that was running on one major TV channel here in Kenya, searching for the next top news anchor. I’ve always had the knack for news. At the time, I was working at Metro Fm. Walked to my boss and asked him if he was ok with me participating in this competition. He agreed to it. Auditions were at Film Studios. The queue stretched all the way to the showground. I was at the back kabisa. Imagine 300 people before you. Then we got the briefing paper and it indicated, ‘no persons with experience in a media house allowed to participate in this audition’. Mimi Jahmby Koikai, nirudi home after watu 300 kukuwa mbele yangu? Nikasema zi. So I stayed in line until I got to the audition room. The judges were a few people I was in campus with. I felt a wave of despair. Like I’m here auditioning, yet my classmates will be judging me? I did my thing and I was considered. We got into the house and we were assigned to different groups. I was the group leader and we won the challenge. Later that evening, we were driven back to Film Studios for a briefing. The presenter of the show said, some of us have to go home. My name was called out first amongst other great people. We were dropped home. I cried. It felt like I’d lost such a great opportunity. My mom and late grandma were so sad cos they loved to watch me do the news. Then came another opportunity over 10years ago, I saw a TV ad and decided to apply for the news anchor position. As you see in this pic, I got my hair done at Ralph’s Hair Salon, new suit etc. I didn’t get the job. After KBC, I never got to anchor the news again. I’m grateful I did not get the job even though I felt dejected at the time. I battled severe Endometriosis in silence for over 19years. I think of how engaging the newsroom is and I’m grateful I wasn’t in that space. I’d have utilised all my sick-leaves and off-days and just declared redundant. There are many people like me who are bound by chronic illness and cannot do the things they love. I share your pain. But there’s hope. I’m grateful to God for His reminder that He will restore to you all the years that the locusts have eaten. Also Jer 29:11

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