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Why Mwalala blasted his Bandari charges

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By PHILIP ONYANGO
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Bandari Football Club coach Bernard Mwalala read the riot act on his players as they resumed training on Thursday for their next Kenyan Premier league fixture against AFC Leopards in Mombasa on Thursday.

Mwalala, who also refuted claims that he is in talks with Tanzanian side Young Africans, said it will not be business of usual at Bandari and asked his players to shape up after back to back losses.

“We don’t have any further excuses on our poor run in the league in the recent past. We are now out of continental football and should start winning our league games beginning with our home fixture against AFC Leopards,” said Mwalala after a club training session at their KPA Mbaraki base.

According to him, the international break this weekend has been a godsend since his players have had enough resting time and can now focus on the domestic league.

Bandari have not won any match after losing by a solitary goal to Horoya FC from Guinea on November 3 in Nairobi in their Caf Confederation Cup play-off match-up.

The loss saw them bundled out of the competition 5-2 goal aggregate after losing 4-2 in the first leg match way in Conakry.

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Bandari travelled to Kisumu immediately after their African assignment and lost 3-1 to Western Stima on November 6 before being edged out 1-0 to Ulinzi Stars in another league match in Nakuru three days later.

“We can easily attribute this back to back losses to fatigue due to our engagements in international fixtures which are now over, meaning we have to return to our winning ways,” he said.

Earlier, the club had dismissed claims that Mwalala was on his way out of the club following interest from Yanga saying the youthful tactician is at Bandari to stay.

This followed rumours that Mwalala was headed to Young Africans as a permanent replacement for Congolese tactician Mwinyi Zahera who was shown the door after the Tanzania club lost to Pyramids FC of Egypt at the play-off stage of the Confederations Cup.

Bandari Chief Executive Officer Edward Oduor said Mwalala was focused on helping the club win the Premier League title in his third attempt and would not be distracted by talk of joining Young Africans.

“It is true that Young Africans have put Mwalala on their priority list as a replacement for Zahera but the tactician has assured us that he is going nowhere at least for now and is fully committed to Bandari FC”, Oduor said.

Reports from Tanzania last week indicated that Young Africans chairman Mshindo Msolla was determined to hire Mwalala, who played for Young Africans between 2006 and 2010, as a permanent replacement for Zahera who was sacked last week.

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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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