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Wincate Kendi, a missing child whose plight was highlighted among others during the last Mashemeji derby pitting AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia at Kasarani has been found.

K’Ogalo and Ingwe momentarily set aside their rivalry to reunite for a common cause during their KPL clash played on Sunday, May 19.

At the time, players from the two sets of teams entered the pitching carrying posters bearing images of missing kids.

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KPL said in a statement the gesture was aimed at supporting a human-interest initiative which involved informing the public about the predicament facing the missing children and their families.

“The players’ carrying posters of the missing children was also a tribute to the worldwide practice of footballers being accompanied to the pitch by child mascots,” the statement said.

Kendi now becomes the fourth child to be traced weeks after the incredible gesture that saw the two Kenya Premier League clubs create awareness about their disappearance.

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Missing Child Kenya, a community platform that shares timely information about missing people in the country confirmed the reunion of the 15-year-old girl with her family.

“Good news!! One more child whose plight was highlighted during Mashemeji Derby in May 2019 has been found safe and reunited with family. Thank you KPL, Gor Mahia & AFC Leopards,” a tweet by the organisation said.

The reunion now ends the family’s three-month agonising search for her whereabouts.

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Source: Tuko.co.ke

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‘Rabbit’ Sein to wave magic wand in virtual race

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By AYUMBA AYODI

Timothy Sein’s work in the virtual Maurie Plant Memorial Race on Thursday will be simple: Take the pack through the fast two laps of the 2,000 metres race in 56 to 57 seconds, and drop out after 1,000m.

He is rabbit charged with taking “Team Cheruiyot” through the pace before dropping out at the 1,000m mark as the Kenyans battle “Team Ingebrigtsen.”

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Sein’s “Team Cheruiyot”  has the reigning world 1,500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot, the 2017 world 1,500m champion Elijah Manang’oi who is also the reigning Commonwealth champion,  Africa Under-18 1,500m champion Vincent Keter and Edwin Melly.

“Team Ingebrigtsen” will comprise of Ingebrigtsen brothers, and will run at the Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway. “Team Cheruiyot” will be at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.

European 1,500m and 5,000m champion Jakob, Henrik and Filip form “Team Ingebrigtsen.”

They will be joined by two other athletes to make a team of five. “I need to take the pack through the fast two laps of the race at an average time of 56 to 57 seconds before going out after 1,000m.

“It’s not easy but we are ready for the task,” said Sein, who has personal best of two minutes, 17.60 seconds over 1,000 metres.

The 32-year-old Sein said his team matesmay have resumed training just a month ago, having been kept out of competition by the Covid-19 pandemic, but he is confident that they will carry the day. “The situation has been different in Oslo. I am told the Ingebrigtsens have been training all through and are in top form,” Sein, who is yet to make a breakthrough on the international scene, said.

Sein has predicted a winning time of 4:50 or below, owing to the training they have so far received. Sein has twice participated at the national trials — for the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics — but fell short in the 800m.
World 800m record holder, David Rudisha, went on to win gold in both editions of the Summer Olympic Games.

“I sustained an injury after the 2012 London Olympic trials, which locked me out for three years.  The injury recurred after the 2016 Rio Olympic trials in Eldoret,” said Sein, who went to Eldoret with one of the fastest times that season of 1:45.48. The time still remains his personal best.

Sein still habours hopes of representing Kenya for the first time. He has trained his sights on qualifying for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, and the Africa Championships.

“I am not yet done. I consider myself wine that grows better with age,” said Sein.

SEIN’S PROFILE

Name: Timothy Sein

Date of Birth: February 1, 1988

Club: Rongai Athletics Club

Personal Best: 800m (1:45.48), 1,000m (2:17.60)

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Lewandowski reaches 30-goal mark in six-goal thriller

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BERLIN

Robert Lewandowski scored his 30th league goal of the season on Saturday as Bayern Munich came from behind to claim a 4-2 victory at Bayer Leverkusen and move a step closer to the Bundesliga title.

After Lucas Alario secured an early lead for the home side, Bayern struck twice in quick succession just before half-time to turn the game in their favour after Kingsley Coman’s equaliser.

Lewandowski netted in the second half as Bayern established a 10-point lead over title rivals Borussia Dortmund, who host Hertha Berlin later on Saturday, although Leverkusen teenager Florian Wirtz’s strike late on made him the Bundesliga’s youngest-ever scorer.

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The game also saw Bayern lend their support to protests over the death of black American man George Floyd, with all their players wearing armbands bearing the slogan “Black Lives Matter”.

With their talisman and Bayern transfer target Kai Havertz ruled out with a muscle injury, Leverkusen turned to Alario to lead the line against the champions.

The Argentine delivered after just nine minutes, beating the offside trap after a throw-in to slot the ball past Manuel Neuer.

A mistake from Moussa Diaby allowed Coman to curl in the equaliser, before a fizzing shot from Leon Goretzka and an elegant lob from Serge Gnabry saw Bayern take a two-goal lead before half-time.

Lewandowski finished the job with a well-placed header after the break, equalling his most prolific Bundesliga season, but there was still time for Wirtz to curl in a consolation goal for Leverkusen before the final whistle.

Wirtz set the new record for youngest scorer in the German top flight, aged 17 years and 34 days, beating the record set by Nuri Sahin for Borussia Dortmund in November 2005 by 48 days.

Elsewhere, a late equaliser from Christian Strohdiek gave bottom-of-the-table Paderborn a faint glimmer of hope in the race for survival, as they snatched a 1-1 draw away to RB Leipzig.

LEIPZIG HELD

Chelsea-bound Leipzig striker Timo Werner set up Patrik Schick on 27 minutes to give Leipzig the lead, but they were forced to defend it with 10 men after Dayot Upamecano was booked twice in the first half.

Strohdiek’s last-minute strike gave Paderborn their fourth draw in five games, though Steffen Baumgart’s side remain eight points off Fortuna Duesseldorf who occupy the relegation play-off place.

Duesseldorf themselves missed the chance to move towards safety, as they battled to a dramatic 2-2 draw against 10-man Hoffenheim.

A headed opener from Rouwen Hennings and a red card for Hoffenheim’s Benjamin Huebner put the home side in pole position, but the visitors struck back with goals from Munas Dabbur and Steven Zuber before Hennings saved a point with a late penalty.

Uwe Roesler’s side remain three points adrift of survival, after goals from Moussa Niakhate and Pierre Kunde Malong gave fellow strugglers Mainz a rare 2-0 win over local rivals Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Bayern show support for Black Lives Matter movement

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LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich showed their support for the Black Lives Matter protests on Saturday, following the death of black American man George Floyd last month.

As thousands assembled in Berlin and Munich to demonstrate against police brutality and for racial equality, Bayern became the highest-profile German club to support the protests.

Prior to their clash with Bayer Leverkusen, players warmed up in t-shirts bearing both the Black Lives Matter hashtag and the slogan of the club’s official “Reds Against Racism” campaign.

“FC Bayern stands for a world in which racism, discrimination, hate, injustice and violence have no place. The death of George Floyd and the images from the USA have shocked us all,” said club president Herbert Hainer in a statement.

“It’s a matter of actively and loudly showing our colours. Black Lives Matter and Reds Against Racism. We stand for togetherness that goes far beyond sports.”

During the game, all Bayern players also wore black armbands bearing the words “Black Lives Matter”.

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