Arsenal’s Battering No Surprise

By ADONGO Moses

It was predicted and it came to pass. Arsenal flew to Munchen and they were spanked. Many would say it was an embarrassment and in a way it was. It reminded me of the early days in Champions League when Arsenal could lose to Dynamo Kyiv. A 4-0 defeat against Barcelona at Wembley is still fresh in our memories as an awful night

Over recent years we have gotten used to systematically being battered by clubs in the Champions League; Barcelona so many times, Bayern so many times and AC Milan a few times. Results that have always questioned the Gunners’ merit in Europe’s football, they have all been embarrassing night outs on the pitch.

So for me 5-1 doesn’t change anything. I knew we would lose, I expected us to depend on Bayern’s win against Olympiakos in their next meeting. I expected us to sketch on beating Olympiakos probably with two clear goals in Greece to proceed for the round of sixteen. Of course also these factored our win over Zagreb as a constant dynamic. That didn’t change after Wednesday.

Whereas Wednesday’s result in Allianz Arena sent shock across Europe, it is one that the Gunners should not be worried about. We went there and did what was within our means. This season alone Bayern have had similar results against Europe’s best; Dortmund 5-1, Wolfsburg 5-1, Hamburg 5-0 and Dinamo Zagreb 5-0.

Considering Dortmund and Wolfsburg seat pretty second and third respectively in the Bundesliga, you can comfortably pronounce that Bayern is the best team in Europe. In the previous Champions League, they put 7 past Roma in a group stage match, another 7 past Shakhtar Donetsk in the knock out and 6 past Porto in the Quarter Final. They scored 4 or more in 10 league games. Including one 8-0 victory and two 6-0 victories.

Only a few have forgotten the season the spanked Barcelona 7 over two legs. So this Munich team is really capable of doing to any team what they did to Arsenal. No matter what team they were playing against on Wednesday, it was possible that they would have scored a couple of goals. At times it is just prudent that you take off your hat and say well done.

The Bavarrians are drilled with world class players who are able to produce goals from all corners of the pitch. Arsenal just need to dust themselves down and take the result as nothing. They should instead focus on the next games and surely I tell you, that battering in Germany will be forgotten when they thrash Tottenham on Sunday. Go Arsenal Go!

 

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The Invisible Gor

By ADONGO Moses

There is no sweet moment for a player than receiving a trophy on a podium and taking photos of them unstoppably. This was the rare chance that Gor Mahia players got on Sunday as they celebrated their third consecutive win of the Kenya Premier League trophy. Unlike the previous seasons, the Green Army loyals have usually invaded the pitch and disrupted the celebrations, the Green Army fans yesterday stayed calm allowing the players together with their families to have memorable moments with the trophy. This was after wide calls from different stakeholders within the Gor Mahia ranks requesting the fans to keep away from invading into the pitch.
K’Ogalo on Sunday beat spirited Muhoroni Youth 2-0 to finish the Sportpesa Premier League unbeaten with an impressive 78 points, 20 points ahead of second placed Ulinzi Stars. Goals from Ali Abondo and Michael OIunga made sure that Gor Mahia finished a season unbeaten for the second time, being the only club to have ever held that record in the history of the Kenyan league. The first time G or won a league unbeaten was back in 1976 under coach- player Allan Thigo, being the first local coach to win such a feat.
In a ceremony graced by Siaya senator, James Orengo and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the invisibles were presented with a glittering 12kg SPL trophy measuring 90cm high and 60cm wide. The 1M Italian made trophy embodies the iconic logos of Sportpesa and KPL Companies. Gor Mahia now focuses on winning KPL Top Eight and GoTV trophies to add to the yesterday won feat.
Despite the glory, K’Ogallo who have played the entire season without a sponsor, are worried still as they may be faced with a financial challenge to hold onto some of their best players. Meddie Kagere, Michael Olunga and Geoffrey Walusimbi have their contracts ending this season and Gor Mahia may be faced with a challenge of finding their replacement. However, Gor have always managed to attract the best players in spite of the constraints.

Leopards Thwarted By ADONGO Moses

AFC Leopards were yesterday slapped with a fine of 500,000 following acts of hooliganism by their fans in the semifinals of the GOTV Shield Cup, at the Nairobi City Stadium against KPL title contenders Sofapaka.

Ingwe fans turned violent attacking the match officials, Sofapaka players and fans as it became apparent that their club would not mount a successful defense of the Shield Cup they won last season. Leopards went down 0-2 to Batoto Ba Mungu in the clash following Tony Ndolo’s goal for Sofapaka resulting to violence by the disappointed Ingwe fans.

The first incident of hooliganism came four minutes before Sofapaka’s opener as Austin Ikenna was rightly flagged offside. Fans from the Russia end hurled stones and bottles on the pitch occasioning a stoppage for about three times before calm was restored.

On the 85thminute,Sofapaka won a free kick at the edge of the Ingwe box after James Situma was adjudged to have stuck foot to Agwanda’s face and from the resulting delivery, Antony Kimani’s kick deflected off the Ingwe wall and Ndolo was well positioned to turn it in past a helpless Ingwe’s stopper. That is when trouble started with Ndolo being pelted by Ingwe fans before all hell broke loose.

Sanctions

In a statement from the federation, AFC Leopards were directed to play their remaining 2014 season matches in an empty stadium and compensate the home team for loss of revenue in case they are playing away from home.

The club will also foot medical expenses incurred by people injured as a result of the chaos that were caused by their unruly fans in the Shield Cup clash.

The club has also been directed to identify their security personnel who attacked match officials causing the halt of the game on the 87th minute and will also forfeit the chances to face off with West Kenya Sugar in the Shield Cup 3rd place playoff as well as any benefits that could have accrued from the same.Arising from the abandonment, the federation has therefore awarded the match to Sofapaka FC who will face Rangers FC in the finals of the Shield Cup.

The federation, however, did not state whether AFC Leopards had room to appeal the sanctions but called on all clubs in the country to help them curb hooliganism in the games.

Ingwe had turned their misfortunes in the league to fortunes in the Shield Cup after having good runs against the country’s other fierce clubs. The revelation by the federation has therefore added to the woes the Leopards have had in the league so far.

The Monday abandoned match just added to a previous one that pitted Tusker FC and Muhoroni Youth in an astonishing mix up that saw the brewersfield12men against Muhoroni Youth.

Tusker were leading 2-1 and the match was approaching the 75th minute when the watchful Abbas Akinyemi realized that the brewers had fielded an extra man on the night of Sunday 19th. The midfielder had flung his hands to draw the attention of the center referee who upon doing a headcount noticed that in deed the brewers had an extra man on the pitch.

After a disciplinary action by the match master, Tusker returned to the pitch in readiness for the resumption of the game, but Muhoroni players refused to get on with the play, leaving the referee with no choice but to end the match.

Can The BLues Hold On For Ten Days ¬ By RONO Nathan

The Barclays Premier League has come a long way this season and we are only remaining with a few games ton wrap it up.  With the two teams from Manchester(champions Manchester united and their noisy neighbors ) having sealed their positions for a champions league spot next season, the other positions are up for grabs; the contenders being Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur football clubs.

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Too Many Basic Errors; Duly Punished ~ By ANANDA Laban

Last weekend goes down as the most fateful to the Kenya Sevens team. It was the only time it failed to win a single match in the group stages. During the just concluded Glasgow IRB Sevens Series, Kenya fell to the beating of South Africa, Canada and the most humiliating one against Samoa where they lost 26 – 0. Continue reading

The Latest Sport-Speed Skating ~ By KORIO Geoffrey

ALL work and no play makes Jack a dull boy; and students are always looking for avenues to escape boredom and mellow out. In relation to this, many students have engaged themselves in various outdoor games including the new, eye appealing sports of speed skating. Internationally known as outdoor inline speed skating, this sport has captivated the many students of Moi University. Speed skating offers myriad health and recreational perks. Due to its eco friendly nature, speed skaters can also employ it for transportation purposes. There is no need paying KShs.20 to go to Kesses if you know how to skate.

In Moi University, speed skating is offered by the Wareng-Moi Main Speed Skating Club. It is a fully fledged club that provides skating opportunities for professionals and amateurs. Albeit it is recently formed, the club has registered many students and even staff personnel. Those who are passionate the thrills and adventure of speed skating can join the club by paying a membership fee of KShs.500. Most of the members; including the patron, are renowned national skaters. In addition to this, it also registers and trains children.

Having the appropriate gears and accessories in speed skating is paramount. To begin with, one must have rollers skates – are available in two designs: the inline skates and the quad roller skates. The inline skates have three to five wheels in a single line while the quad roller skates got four wheels. Some inline skates are incorporated with rear brakes. Just like any sport, speed skating is risky and one must have protective equipment. They include: helmets, face masks and goggles for eye protection, knee pads, shin pads, cut-resistant gloves, neck guard and elbow pads. It is also important to consider the type of clothing. Novice skaters are advised to wear warm and stretchy clothes. Track suits are recommended for those in the beginning/ development phase. However, long sleeves are mandatory at all stages. The equipment ensures that the skaters have a memorable and surreal skating experience.

Speed skating offers a variety of competitions. You have the liberty of participating in all of them; provided you have the passion and endurance of doing so. However, one should remember that you can’t be a jack of all trades and a master to none. Some of these competitions include: time trials, sprints, elimination races, points races, points-elimination races, relays, criterium races, distance races, marathons and ultra-marathons.

Skating time commences at 9.00am to 5.00pm on weekdays and 8.00am to 5.00 pm on weekends. On the weekdays, skaters converge at the pavilion to practice and on weekends they capitalize the Academic Highway along the Administration Block. Despite being a risk prone place, they (skaters) have the permission to practice around the Administration Block on weekends. Some of them have also ventured around the ICDC compound in an effort to satisfy their daring antics.

And finally, thanks to the skating exposure, avid student skaters have the opportunity of emulating inline pros like Chad Hedrick and Daniel Jansen. They also have the chance to showcase their talents and prowess in some of the national tournaments.  Speed skating captain, Mr. Nicholas “Nico” Kirui revealed that there are plans to host a skating tournament in Moi University Main Campus.

Liverpool, Chelsea na Arsenal zashindwa Kuwika {na Na NDONE James}

RIGHT from the “racine” of the world God created man, then woman! A woman is a helper, man being responsible for all. World has since then reversed but man has just got to do all with changing times. From simplicity to complexity, dear man, you got to do your role. His partner (woman) has grown wild grounding her health to risks. Famously, they have grown to waft men’s advice for forfeiture to fashion innocently falling victims of the innocent health related complications. Now who’s to blame for this health ignorance right from head to toe?
Wearing high heels on a daily basis could be bad news for our health. They affect our posture, put pressure on joints, and can lead to a range of conditions including arthritis, hammer toes, back pain and tendon injuries and that’s before you take into account any heel-related accidents! To minimize damage, limit your heels to 1.5 inches
Heavy handbag. With the rising number of gadgets and accessories the majority of women haul around, many carrying around several pounds of weight on shoulders every day. As a result, lots are also putting our long term health at risk. While you may not feel the effects right now, lugging around a heavy handbag can lead to serious back problems and neck pain as well as poor posture. Don’t wait until the damage is done to health, do yourself a favor and try clearing out all non-essential items and switching to a smaller bag.
Make-ups. Most ladies have succumbed to the temptation to sleep in post-party makeup at some point. However, leaving makeup on overnight along with the dirt and oil that naturally accumulates on skin throughout the day is a quick route to clogged pores, congested skin and spots. Sleeping with mascara and eye makeup on cause eye irritation, bloodshot eyes or even infection.
Furaha-curse!!! Matching men drink for drink – From networking drinks to first dates and social events, there are many instances when women may feel compelled to keep up with the drinking habits of the opposite sex. However, they not only tend to weigh less than men but they have less body water to dilute the alcohol, which means they tend to get more drunk more quickly. Turn over alcohol-logged body as per oppotunistic sniff dogs in the cage, fall victims of Rape!
Not only can lack of sleep make us look and feel at our worst, but insufficient shut-eye can also lead to increased accidents, calorie consumption and heart disease risk. Statistics indicate that sleep problems affect more women than men, while a study by the University of Michigan found that women are more than twice as likely to give up sleep to care for others (children, husbands and chores). At night, for a phrase, namalizia hii series, ni poa…!!! To avoid running yourself into the ground, learn to sometimes say no to those requests and commitments that are less than essential, and make sure you set aside some time each week to do something enjoyable just for you.
Freeze and shine. Pity! With the weather around rarely do our boys risk no matter how shaggy they shine but look at my sister right over there in a light lingerie fashion V-tops plus the lightest ever mini-mini-skirts. No question hovers around my head but a rhetorical ever buzzes around me “….where is your outskirts to your nudity my “lovely looking” sister in this freezing weather?”Maybe woolen their skins are. That aside, when do we have to take ice-cream? Definitely you got the answer. Should I see my sister bed-ridden for malaria? Pneumonia? Or at long last bear me the asthmatic children? To forfeit for the happiness of tomorrow lets embrace and appreciate the presence of coffee Nescafe or majani chai in our reach not forgetful of letting ksh50 go for the cheapest pullovers or jumpers at MABS. Just take a walk down the site on Saturdays and save the doctors of hectic days and the your-young ones of such filthy complications.
For fun and leisure let’s cheer up for the chai moto or uji in the evenings and retire early to bed clean of makeup and movies. Dear women let’s like and appreciate how God spared some time to rib us out of men.