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Kabras maintain lead as Top Fry climb off the table in Kenya Cup

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Top Fry Nakuru climbed off the bottom of the table in style, scoring four unanswered second half tries at the Nakuru Athletic Club for the 25-18 bonus point win over Kenya Harlequins who remain winless after four rounds of the season.

Monate Akuei’s early penalty gave the hosts a 3-0 lead after twenty minutes of play but Quins responded in stylish fashion, brilliant interplay between Lyle Asiligwa and Patrice Agunda setting up Patrice Agunda for the first try of the game, Asiligwa converting to give the visitors a 7-3 lead four minutes later.

Quins went 10-3 up through Asiligwa’s drop goal on the half hour before Brian Onyiego took them 15-3 up with an unconverted try two minutes later, another Asiligwa penalty gave them an 18-3 lead at the interval.

Nakuru were gun blazing after the restart, cutting the deficit to five points through quick-fire tries from Hannington Wabwire and John Okoth, the score board reading 18-13 in Quins favor.

They then drew level when Jenkins Kipruto barged over the whitewash, the game all square, 18-18 with roughly twenty five minutes of the second half to play.

Collins Onyango then sliced through the Quins defense to land the go ahead try for Nakuru, Akuei’s conversion taking Nakuru 25-18 up, a lead that they held to full time.

Despite the loss, Quins got a bonus point for losing by seven points.

Elsewhere, Kabras Sugar stayed top with a 40-15 win over hosts Nondescripts at the Jamhuri Park while champions KCB built on a 17-10 half time lead to blow away hosts Menengai Oilers 43-13 at Nakuru’s Moi Showground, staying unbeaten and level on points with Kabras Sugar.

Resolution Impala Saracens needed a last gasp converted try to edge Stanbic Mwamba 26-24 at the Impala Club after trailing for virtually the entire game.

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Hosts Blak Blad overcame visiting Kisumu 31-3 at the Kenyatta University while Western Bulls were unable to repeat last weekend’s exploits against Quins, losing 36-17 to Menengai Cream Homeboyz at the RFUEA ground.

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Stars youngster Marcelo set to be out for six weeks after breaking ankle

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NAIROBI, Kenya, May 29 – Harambee Stars left back Erick ‘Marcelo’Ouma will be out for up to six weeks after suffering an ankle fracture in training with his Swedish club AIK on Friday morning and is set to undergo surgery on Saturday.

Ouma’s AIK were into the second month of full training as they geared up for the start of the Swedish top tier, and Marcelo was looking forward to his first top flight match after joining the side from third tier club Vassalund.

“It’s a setback but I believe I will be back stronger. I had really looked forward to getting my season started at AIK. This is not a heart-breaking moment for me but a moment to build my mental strength,” Marcelo told Capital Sport from his Stockholm base.

Harambee Stars defender Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma during a previous training session. PHOTO/AIK

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He added; “I am looking forward to the recovery period and rehabilitation. Hopefully I’ll be back on the pitch soon. I had built up very well in pre-season but now it’s time to face another challenge that is inevitable for us as sportsmen.”

The strong-willed Ouma had joined AIK after an impressive two seasons with Vasalund and his explosive performances at left back for both club and country earned him a contract with the high flying top flight side.

In a previous interview with Capital Sport, Marcelo had expressed his excitement getting back to the pitch after the stoppage occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sweden was among the first European countries to get back to full training after world football was brought to a halt by the virus.

Despite the set-back, Ouma states his determination and dreams with AIK will not be shattered and he will work on them upon return.

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H.Stars Ace ‘Marcelo’ out for six weeks after breaking ankle

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NAIROBI, Kenya, May 29 – Harambee Stars left-back Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma will be out for up to six weeks after suffering an ankle fracture in training with his Swedish club AIK on Friday morning.

The defender is set to undergo surgery on Saturday.

Ouma’s AIK were into the second month of full training as they geared up for the start of the Swedish top tier, and Ouma was looking forward to his first top flight match after joining the side from third tier club Vassalund.

“It’s a setback but I believe I will be back stronger. I had really looked forward to getting my season started at AIK. This is not a heart-breaking moment for me but a moment to build my mental strength,” Ouma told Capital Sport from his Stockholm base.

Harambee Stars defender Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma during a previous training session. PHOTO/AIK

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He added; “I am looking forward to the recovery period and rehabilitation. Hopefully I’ll be back on the pitch soon. I had built up very well in pre-season but now it’s time to face another challenge that is inevitable for us as sportsmen.”

The strong-willed Ouma had joined AIK after an impressive two seasons with Vasalund and his explosive performances at left-back for both club and country earned him a contract with the high flying top flight side.

In a previous interview with Capital Sport, Marcelo had expressed his excitement getting back to the pitch after the stoppage occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sweden was among the first European countries to get back to full training after world football was brought to a halt by the virus.

Despite the set-back, Ouma states his determination and dreams with AIK will not be shattered and he will work on them upon return.

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British Police want at least six Premier League matches and any Liverpool title clincher to be played at neutral venues when the season resumes in a bid to avoid supporters gathering outside stadiums.

Premier League chiefs have set June 17 as the date for the top flight to restart following the coronavirus delay.

They hope to play the majority of the matches behind closed doors on a home and away basis at clubs’ usual stadiums.

However, police are concerned about the issue of hardcore fans potentially flouting social distancing rules by congregating wherever their team play.

With Liverpool two wins away from clinching their first English title for 30 years and other relegation and European qualification issues to be decided in the remaining 92 fixtures, there is potential for police resources to be stretched if matches draw crowds outside grounds.

Police bosses have spoken to the Premier League about games they consider especially tricky and the matches they requested to take place at neutral grounds are Manchester City v Liverpool, Manchester City v Newcastle, Manchester United v Sheffield United, Newcastle v Liverpool and Everton v Liverpool.

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“Our discussions with the Premier League throughout this process have been positive, with a shared focus on the priority of public health,” said Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts of South Yorkshire Police.

CONSENSUS

“As such we have reached a consensus that balances the needs of football, while also minimising the demand on policing.

“The majority of remaining matches will be played, at home and away as scheduled, with a small number of fixtures taking place at neutral venues, which, contrary to some reports, have yet to be agreed.”

Liverpool could even clinch the title as early as the first weekend of the restart if Manchester City lose to Arsenal and they beat Everton.

The police statement added that “the game in which Liverpool could secure the league title” should also be moved, although that may end up needing to be more than one match if the Reds did not clinch it at the first attempt.

“The Premier League’s ambition is to complete all of our remaining fixtures this season home and away, where possible,” a Premier League statement said.

“We are working with our clubs to ensure risks are assessed and minimised, while co-operating with the police at a local and national level.

“Discussions with the National Police Chiefs’ Council and UK Football Policing Unit have been positive and are continuing. We are prepared for all outcomes and have a neutral venue contingency.”

NEUTRAL VENUES

There had been complaints from some clubs towards the bottom of the table, including Brighton, about the impact of playing at neutral venues on sporting integrity.

Brighton chief executive Paul Barber is confident his relegation-threatened side’s matches will not be at neutral venues.

“Obviously the majority of home games we expect to be at home for everybody,” he said.

“And I understand there are some small number of games where the police do need to look more carefully at the operations for those games.

“But we don’t know which games they are, we haven’t been given that information so, as far as we’re aware of this side, it doesn’t affect our club.”

Individual police forces were asked which games concerned them and clubs will hold further discussions on whether to proceed with the season on this basis when they meet again on June 4.

It has not yet been decided where neutral games would be staged.

“The views and agreement of forces which host Premier League clubs have been sought and where there were concerns, the Premier League has been supportive in providing flexibility in arranging alternative venues where requested,” Roberts said.

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