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Amputee side eye regional glory in Dar tournament

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The national amputee football team has landed an invitation to the Cup of the Confederation of East and Central Africa Amputee Football (CECAAF) to be held in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania from June 22-30.

The Kenyan team, under the tutelage of Willis Odhiambo and David Akhonya, has been in non-residential training at Parklands Sports Club for the last one month in anticipation of the first edition of the event.

Speaking after conducting a training session, Odhiambo exuded confidence in Kenya performing well especially given it is the most experienced among the six entrants.

According to Kenya Amputee Football Federation treasurer Polycarp Mboya, the tournament has attracted hosts Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Kenya will be going into the event with the advantage of having previously featured in high-profile tournaments like the 2014 and 2018 World Cup in Mexico during which time the team was bailed out financially by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

The team, which leaves for Dar tomorrow, needs Sh600,000 to cater for transport and uniform and is seeking another bailout from the Nairobi county government.

In the meantime, the regional cup will be conducted under the statutes of the World Amputee Football Federation (WAFF) and each participating nation has the liberty to send at least 15 players, five officials and one referee.

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Aubameyang’s double sends Arsenal to FA Cup final

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LONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 18 – Arsenal reached a record 21st FA Cup final as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s double clinched a shock 2-0 win over holders Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta out-witted City manager Pep Guardiola with an astute counter-attacking scheme and Aubameyang struck in each half as Arsenal executed the plan to perfection.

Arsenal will face Chelsea or Manchester United, who meet in the other semi-final on Sunday, in the final at Wembley on August 1.

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Kenya’s Covid-19 cases soar amid concerns over tests

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By Nasibo Kabale

Concerns have been raised about the long time it is now taking to release coronavirus test results, considering the increasing risk of spreading the virus.

From a turnaround of 24 hours when the virus first struck in Kenya in March, it is now taking more than seven days to get results. Meanwhile, those tested go on with their lives and may infect others.

The lack of testing kits, staff and closure of testing centres has exacerbated the situation.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that testing is the first key step to stemming the spread of the virus.

The government is facing a crisis over a shortage of testing kits and reagents at a time when the numbers of positive cases are rising.

Kenya recorded the highest number of Covid-19 infections on Saturday, when Health minister Mutahi Kagwe announced 688 infections in a single day. 

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Only 4,522 samples were tested, he said, and reported that the number of infections since Kenya’s first case in March had increased to 12,750.

CENTRES CLOSED

By Friday, only 233,641 people had been tested against a target of one million. The situation has been worsened by the closure of testing centres.

The Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) and Kenyatta National Hospital’s Infectious Diseases Unit at Mbagathi are no longer testing the public, an issue that has left many with no idea of where they can get tested.

Dr Mamo Umuro, head of National Public Health Laboratory, said they do not serve walk-in patients but instead send rapid response teams to people in quarantine and those identified as contacts of those who have the coronavirus.

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“We also sent the response teams to organisations that have requested testing of their employees,” he said.

Dr Simon Kigondu, a gynaecologist in Murang’ a County who is the secretary-general of the Kenya Medical Association, said that since the labs stopped testing, most Kenyans do not know where to get tested.

“The cornerstone of our response to Covid-19 has always been testing capacity and it’s hard for Kenyans to access these testing sites now,” said Dr Kigondu.

20 LABORATORIES

Kenya now has 20 operational laboratories approved by the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board.

The labs include Kemri Wellcome Trust Kilifi, Kemri Kisumu, the parastatal’s Nairobi labs in its HIV lab, Centres for Disease Control ane its headquarters and Aga Khan University Hospital.

Others are Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi Hospital, Walter Reed in Kericho, Lancet, Coast General Hospital, and the National Public Health Laboratories Services.

But even with 20 laboratories testing for coronavirus, Kenya has not kept up pace with other countries. Notably, South Africa has tested 2.2million people while neighbouring Uganda as of July 14, had tested 232,608 compared with Kenya’s 230,096.

Kenya’s testing has not been consistent. For example, this week the country has tested 17,505 samples, with the highest number of tests (7,050) conducted on Sunday and the lowest, 1,205, conducted on Monday.

This means that there is a backlog of unprocessed tests, a result of the shortage caused by a worldwide race to acquire test kits.

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My score card can speak for itself, says FKF president aspirant Alila

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 18 – Veteran football administrator Tom Alila who is vying for the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) top seat has urged stakeholders to respect the Sports Dispute Tribunal that is enshrined in the Kenyan constitution.

Speaking in an interview with Capital FM’s Saturday Music and Sports Show, Alila, a former FKF National Executive Member for Nyanza South, was disappointed by a court case filed by a FKF Coast National Executive Committee Member arguing that the Sports Dispute Tribunal (SDT) has no jurisdiction to rule on matters sports.

However, a High Court in Mombasa ruled that the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) has jurisdiction to determine sports matters and cases against FKF.

“The Sports Dispute Tribunal is enshrined the constitution of Kenya, therefore it should be respected. Whatever decisions they make that is their job. The STD can not only be good when they rule in your favor, but when it’s against it’s a bad thing,” Alila said.

On his vision for football in Kenya, Alila said he has a good record when he oversaw the game in Nyanza South under the reign of the then president Sam Nyamweya, promoting grassroot football.

His mission is to grow talent from the grassroots that will form a strong youth team, strengthen the already excising women’s football and take care of the welfare of players, coaches and referees.

“I have a good score card when it comes to matters football, when I was in charge of football in Nyanza North, I did a lot in promoting the game from the grassroots. Palos FC now Kisumu All-Stars and former KPL side Muhoroni Youth were successful under my watchful eyes. I’m behind the success of those teams. That’s the drive that has motivated me to run for the FKF top seat,” Alila stated.

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“We need to give credit where its due, women’s football has been doing very well, it has to be strengthened alongside this plans that I have from grassroot so that we can encourage girls to play football, but we must get it right from the base.”

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On the matter that has been a thorn in the fresh which is the management of the Kenyan Premier League, Alila said that if elected he will not interfere with their affairs but will be the oversight authority.

“KPL is a limited company, it can seek sponsorship on their own, but it is oversighted by FKF. KPL is an independent company, FKF is only a regulator, their mandate is to regulated football,” Alila underscored.

He however, called on the incumbent Nick Mwendwa to call for a stakeholders meeting to decide on the date of elections as well as the rules and regulations.

“The president (Mwendwa) should call for a stakeholders meeting and agree on a date of elections. It’s unfortunate the president is elected by 72 delegates, sub-branches need to be brought in as well.”

Apart from Mwendwa, Alila will face his former boss Sam Nyamweya, former CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye, Ex-FKF vice-president and retired footballer Sammy Shollei as well as former FKF Coast NEC member Twaha Mbarak.

FKF is waiting for a communication from FIFA who will call a meeting between them, the Ministry of Sports and the SDT to discuss the way forward.

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