World Cup bound juniors meet Kenyan stars

first_img0Shares0000World 5000m champion Hellen Obiri sandwiched by Football for Friendship ambassadors Jadidi Ndambuki and Myles Muriuki. Photo/AMOS ABUGANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 31 – As team Kenya for Gold Coast braved the chilly morning weather for their mandatory training session at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, two future stars watched awe-struck, perhaps so because of the proximity with the stars of the day.Vigilant  of their surroundings, Myles Muriuki and Jadidi Ndambuki followed amazed as the athletes put emphasis on pace and speed work in their final official training session before representing Kenya at the quadrennial  Club Games that runs from April 4-15 in Australia. “Tv makes them look really big the lively,” Jadidi weighed in as reigning World 5000m champion Helen Obiri breezed by.Well with the exception of that one, Myles while consulting with his English teacher Shadrack Mwangi, pointed to the centre of the field, at the figure of a hulking Javelin-wielding man, the 2016 Rio Olympics Silver Medalist, Julius Yego, better known as the ‘YouTube man’.Olympics Javelin silver medalist Julius Yego sharing tips with Myles Muriuki and Jadidi Ndambuki at the Kasarani Stadium. Photo/AMOS ABUGAThe youngsters were reaching out to the celebrities to briefly share with them about forthcoming Football for Friendship (F4F) tournament in which they will be the Kenyan ambassadors.The Parklands Baptist Primary school pupils will be part of the sixth edition of the F4F tourney that will precede the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Jadidi as a young footballer and Myles as the young journalist.The International Children’s Social Programme implemented by Gazprom company – official partner of FIFA  and the World Cup, is an Initiative that involves the young generation around the globe in promoting the most important human values among them, friendship, equality, peace and respect  for different cultures and national intrigues.The tournament will bring together 32 International Teams of Friendship will run from  8-15 June 2018 and the youngsters will have  the opportunity to watch the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and  the first match pitting  host Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki, Stadium in Moscow.World 3000m steeplachase champion Conseslus Kipruto encouraging Jadidi Ndambuki (left) and Myles Muruiki when the two visited the athletes at the Kasarani stadium. Photo/AMOS ABUGA“Are you sure you can beat me in football?”Jokes 3000m steeplechase world champion Consensus Kipruto, who is aiming to add a Commonwealth accolade to his bloated medal cabinet“I wish you well in Russia, make sure you represent the country well, you will be our ambassadors out there,” Kipruto, the Rio, Olympics silver medalist added.Yego, who has vivid memories of Russia, having won Kenya her first field Gold Medal in Moscow in 2015, urged the Myles and Jadidi to maintain high level of discipline is great success will be achived.“I wish you guys well, It feels good to know there are stars coming to take our places once we exit the scene,” the CID officer  who will be leaving for Gold Coast on March 31st shared with the youngsters.Myles Muriuki (left) and Jadidi Ndambuki posing for a photograph. The two will be Kenya’s ambassodors at the 2018 Football for Friendship Tournament in Russia. Photo/AMOS ABUGAThere was also a rare sight of team Kenya Marathoners led by coach Joseph Kirwa, who was taking them through speed work before they two leave for Australia.“I know the perspective is marathoners can only be found training in the bush, Kirwa who is optimistic for top medal honours noted.“Being the final training session, we thought it wise to work on speed work,” the coach who was flanked by among others Kenneth Mburu, Nicholas Kamakya and Julius Karinga for the Male team and Sheila Jerotichm Shelmith Muriuki and Hellen Nzembi disclosed.Kenya will be seeking to better her performance from the 20th edition of the Club Games that was held in Glasgow, Scotland, were they collected a total of 25 medals.-By Amos Abuga- 0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Barcelona fight back to win Spanish Supercup

first_img0Shares0000Wall game: Lionel Messi tries for goal from a free-kick © AFPTANGIERS, Morocco, Aug 13 – Barcelona battled back to defeat Sevilla 2-1 and win the Spanish Supercup on Sunday with French World Cup winner Ousmane Dembele hitting a sensational winner to help give Lionel Messi a winning start as captain.It was Barcelona’s 13th Supercup and sixth in the last nine seasons. However, Sevilla squandered a golden chance to send the match into extra-time when Wissam Ben Yedder missed a last-minute penalty.Pablo Sarabia gave Sevilla the lead after just nine minutes on a counter-attack.Gerard Pique, who announced his international retirement with Spain on Saturday, levelled three minutes before the interval for Barcelona after he was fastest to respond to a loose ball following a Messi free-kick.That set the stage for French star Dembele to take the headlines with a 78th minute screamer from 25 yards and again Messi played a crucial role with the key pass.There was still time for late drama when Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen brought down Aleix Vidal in the area as the Sevilla youngster closed in on an equaliser.But Ben Yedder hit a weak penalty which was easily saved by Ter Stegen.The match had endured a controversial build-up when Sevilla threatened to file a complaint against Barcelona if the La Liga champions fielded more than three non-EU players.The Spanish football federation (RFEF) said on Saturday that there would be no restrictions on players from outside the EU for the Supercup, despite only three being allowed in squads for league matches.Sevilla said they could file a complaint if Barca name an “improper lineup” in Tangier.New signings Malcom, Arturo Vidal and Arthur were expected to be Barca’s three non-EU players on Sunday, although Brazilian centre-back Marlon also travelled with the squad.In the end, 21-year-old winger Malcom, signed from Bordeaux in the summer, was left out of the match day line-up.Philippe Coutinho has reportedly acquired a Portuguese passport through his wife in the last week, while his fellow South Americans Messi and Luis Suarez are already EU citizens.Sevilla qualified for Sunday’s match as last season’s Copa del Rey runners-up, after Barcelona won the league and cup double.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more