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Harambee Stars clip Sudan, storm to CECAFA semis

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Jacob Icia in Kampala

Harambee Stars needed two second half goals to sink a stubborn Sudan 2-1 and seal a semi final ticket in the ongoing CECAFA Senior Challenge championship in Uganda, at the KCCA Lugogo Stadium.

Substitute Hassan Abdallah and Oscar Wamalwa were on target, to cancel Mohammed Abbas Namir’s first half goal with the Bandari FC man netting his second for the tournament.

“It was unfortunate that we conceded first and Sudan were keen to sit back seeking to hit us on counter attacks. I was therefore always directing from the touchline the boys to show more urgency, which really paid off in the second half,” Kenya’s assistant coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno said in the post-match interview.

His Sudan counterpart Mohammed Moussa Dawoud felt his team was unfairly treated.

“We were denied a penalty in the first half that would have made a major difference by the time we were coming to the second half. It is however done, and I congratulate Kenya.”

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In the seventh minute, Sudan’s Bakhit Khamis came close after finding acres of space from the centre, but shot off target. Mudavadi had his chance a minute later, having been found near the area by Kenneth Muguna but his effort was blocked for corner.

The proceedings were relatively cold, with neither Stars nor Sudan making serious threats, a lot of caution hampering flawless expression on both ends.

Just at the half hour mark, Abbas Namir broke the deadlock with a simple finish having lost his markers, an exposed Samuel Odhiambo doing little to deny.

Isuza had a chance in the 39th having turned swiftly in the box only to slide forth a poor feeble shot direct to Sudan’s keeper Mohamed Abdulla.

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Having watched a quite uninspiring first stanza, Stars coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno, taking the role of suspended head coach Francis Kiamnzi introduced Abdallah Hassan and Tusker FC’s Timothy Otieno in the 50th, resting Mudavadi and Isuza respectively.

As if Abadallah was the man carrying  the team, he perfectly headed in Muguna’s free kick in the 64th past Abdulla consequently restoring calm in Stars nerves who were hitherto quite unsettled.

Four minutes later, Wamalwa thought he had fired Kenya ahead after powering past Ahmed Ibrahim Ahmed from a Muguna pass, but the flag was up by the time he buried the ball into the net.

But he kept on knocking, and his efforts were rewarded in the 76th, connecting substitute Otieno’s cross to make it 2-1.

With eight minutes on the clock, Wamalwa was in prime position to seal a brace from Kevin Kimani’s cross on the right but could not beat a fast Abdulla oin the six yard box.

Kimani was rested for Daniel Sakari at the death, as Zico tossed his last dice looking to avoid a last minute mistake.




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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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