Kenya co-opts two women on rugby board

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Wangui Kibe (L) and Peris Mukoko(R) with Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Gangla Oduor.courtesy PiX

The Kenya Rugby Union -KRU has co-opted two women – Wangui Kibe and Peris Mukoko, into the Board of Directors.

KRU chairman Oduor Gangla cited the need for equality and cementing of the spirit of rugby as one of the reason the two women come on board for a year period.

“We are keen to have a Board that reflects the spirit of rugby as a sport for all men and women. The two ladies have the quality of their Rugby contribution and enduring commitment proven that they will add value to the governance of the sport,” KRU boss.

He explained that Kui (Wangui), for instance, has been involved in the management of most of the Safari 7s tournaments since inception in 1996, 23 years later. Peris was the first woman World Rugby Match Officials’ Educator and is a former Kenya international”

The chairman added that there was room yet to co-opt people in the various Board committees. For instance, former Kenya Lioness international forward, Angela Olum, has been co-opted to the Women Rugby Committee.

Kui, in addition to the involvement in the first Safari 7s, managed the KRU office when it was initially set up, handling fixtures, referees, media and national teams for a period of 2 years. She was the first Kenyan woman to attain the KRU Rugby Level 1 Coaching Award.

She has a business degree from Daystar University, as well as a Diploma in Professional Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Kui is currently employed at Safaricom in enterprise digital marketing. She joined Safaricom in 2010 to manage sponsorships, and worked closely with KRU during the Safaricom 7s. Other sporting associations she handled include Athletics Kenya and Kenya Lawn Tennis Association.

She has served as chairperson of Ungana (The Young Friends of AMREF), a non-profit organization. Ungana is a Kenyan youth volunteer and empowerment organization, under the auspices of AMREF – Africa’s largest health NGO.

Peris, beyond being the first Kenyan female World Rugby Match Officials’ Educator and former test player, is an accredited member of the Kenya Rugby Referees Association (KRRA). She began playing at St. Mary’s School before joining Kenya Harlequin and then moving to Stanbic Mwamba.

She has various Rugby technical qualifications in her in-depth involvement of over a decade.

Peris has been a government officer, for the last 5 years. She also has had some experience at ICON Sports Marketing. There, she handled premier sports events such as the Barclays Kenya Open and “Road to Anfield” competition. The latter was a partnership between Liverpool FC and Standard Chartered Bank.

Peris is a graduate of Catholic University of Eastern Africa where she was a founder member of the Catholic Monks RFC. She is currently pursuing an MBA in Strategic Management at the University of Nairobi.

Uganda a game to All Africa Games

By Kinthan Media

1st game results

Uganda 28 Kenya 24

Monday at Namboole

Kenya v Uganda

It was a tight and mouth-watering battle as the national women handball team took on Kenya in the Africa Zone V elimination tournament  that will see the winner qualify for the all Africa Games due August in Rabat Morocco.

Coach Jimmy Orotin’s girls took an early 5-0 lead and maintained it till the last five minutes when Kenya fought back and levelled 23-23.

Orotin called for a technical time-out to brief his charges to reduce the pressure and in indeed it worked.

On return Shakira Bako managed four scores while Lilian Achola a point to seal the score 28-24.

The two sides meet again on Monday April 29, 2019 at Mandela National stadium Namboole in a return leg that will see the team with best average score qualify for the All Africa games.

Youngster Lilian Achola was the match maker as she controlled the temple of the game while Goal keeper Amina Ajema and Proscovia Nakiyingi played a bigger role in Uganda’s victory having managed several saves.

 Kenya tactician Jack Herbert promised to return on the drawing board and return for bigger win.

“Uganda played well and utilised their chances by scoring which was not the case with us, but we are going to correct our mistakes and come for a win on Monday,” Jack noted.

His Uganda counterpart jimmy Orotin also attributed the fewer score to panic and basic mistakes which he is going to correct ahead of Monday game.

“I think we need to stick to our game plan of a fast game and then execute our opportunities,” Orotin said.

The two teams face-off   in the return leg on Monday at Namboole stadium for the decider game.


Rally driver Kalule laid to rest

By Kinthan Media

Rally driver and 2018 2WD champion Edwin Kalule will be missed by the motorsport family.

Kalule who suffered serious injuries after an accident in Masaka passed on, on Easter Monday at Nsambya hospital and was laid to rest yesterday at his ancestral area in Mpambire Mpigi district:

Kalule, the 2018 2WD champion was a darling of many and got an accident in the Tavern Kick SMC Challenge Rally in Masaka on April 14.

He was rushed to Masaka Hospital and later transferred Nsambya Hospital but could not overcome the injuries sustained.

Justin Mungoma a navigator and vice president of UMOSPOC club described Kalule as a humble, disciplined character that was a darling of many.

“We do not have the power over accidents, but if we had then we could save our brother. We shall miss him. ”Mungoma said.

Suzan Muwonge resting after section three. PHOTO BY JOHNSON WERE

His words were echoed further by the vice-president of Uganda Sports Press Association (Uspa) Leon Ssenyange who is also a navigator for Ronald Ssebuguzi.

 “Kalule was an old friend whom I came to know in the 90s when we were in high school at St. Henry’s College Kitovu in Nyendo in Masaka and I will miss him,” Ssenyange said.

“Every individual that crossed his path definitely has something nice to say about the social-able man with a big heart to help and earn every little success in his youthful life,” added Ssenyange.


Masaka rally kick

By USPA media

The SMC Masaka rally started this morning at Kako with a super Special stage on a slippery track after the morning heavy rains.

However, a mammoth of crowd braved the cold weather to come and watch the event.

Over fourty drivers will battle out in the two-day event that is the third round of the National Rally championship and end tomorrow Sunday in Kyotera district

Fans watching the rally cars in Masak PHOTO BY johnson WERE

Kenya to represent Africa in rugby World Cup

By our correspondent

Kenya U-20 rugby side, the Chipu beat defending champions Namibia 21-18 to lift the Barthes Trophy Cup at the final held at the Kenya Commercial Bank Sports ground in Nairobi on Sunday April 7,2019.

The victory handed Kenya the slot to represent Africa in the Junior World Rugby Trophy in Brazil from July 9th to 21st July.

Delron Brandt gave Namibia 6-0 lead by drilling in two penalty kicks in the first ten minutes but Kenya replied with a try courtesy of Brian Amaitsa aggression on attack saw him fend off two defenders and head for the in goal area

 Exactly 24 minutes after Amaitsa’s try and off a break down, flyhalf Michele Brighetti send the ball wide to land in Beldad Ogeta’s hands and he dashed for the try box extending Chipu’s lead to 10-6 at the breather.

In the second half, Chipu’s infringement in their 5M resulted in Namibia’s Shaun Van Wyk landing their first try and they took the 11-10 lead.  A repeated offense by Chipu saw them reduced to eleven played but they kept their cool and earned themselves a penalty at the opponents 22. Andrew Matoka split the posts beautifully, Chipu taking the 13-1 lead with 20 minutes left on the clock.

Namibia added seven points through Brandt’s try in the 67th minute and a conversion, Namibia now holding the 18-13 lead over Chipu. Bonface Ochieng, Chipu’s Captain landed the try that leveled the scores to 18 a piece off a rolling maul, Dominic Coulson’s kick sailing wide.

With three minutes left on the clock, full back and man of the match Andrew Matoka drilled in the winning penalty kick 40Ms off Namibia’s try line. Chipu taking the 21-18 lead.

Namibia’s attempt at scoring a try while deep in Chipu’s half was unsuccessful as Chipu won the turnover. They’d then kick the ball out claiming their first win ever over Namibia. END.

Kenya U-20 are world cup material. PHOTO KENYA MEDIA

Nine qualify for World Championships

By USPA media team

Nine Ugandan athletes have qualified for the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha Qatar due September 27 to October 6, 2019.

The athletes including Rachael Zena Chebet, Peruth Chemutai, Juliet Chekwel and Esther Chebet (women), Jacob Kiplimo, Thomas Ayeko, Joel Ayeko and Albert Chemutai (Men) heat the qualifying mark during the fourth round of the national trials at Mandela National stadium.

 The national track and field trials at Namboole were also targeting qualifiers for the All Africa Games due in Morocco on August 20, 2019.

The international Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) approved in December 2018 that the top 15 finishers at the 2019 World Cross Country Championships are considered to have achieved the entry standard in the 10,000 meters for the World Championships.

Consequently, the nine Ugandan runners led by Golden boy Joshua Cheptegei who finished among the top 15 in Aarhus World Cross Country in Aarhus, Denmark two weeks ago are covered by the qualification system.

The qualifying window for the World Championships in Doha runs from March 7, 2018, to September 6, 2019, for the 10,000m, marathon and relays (4 x 100m/4 x 400m).

For all other events on track, the window goes from September 7, 2018, to September 6, 2019.

Athletes battle it out at the national trials at Namboole. PHOTO KINTHAN IMAGES

Nsubuga is the boy to watch in 65cc class

By Kinthan media

Youngster Kreidah Nsubuga will be the boy to watch in 65cc category during the first round of the FIM Central Africa motocross Championship on Easter Weekend in Busiika Luwero district.

Nsubuga riding HUSQVARNA 2019model started motocross last year, but due to hard training he has proved a threat to many riders last month when he beat Alon Orland in the whole short challenge during the second round of the national motocross championship.  

The 10 year old, pupil at St.Agnes Primary school Muyenga be part of team Uganda that will battle the Kenyans.

“We are training hard and focused to better performance which am confidence we shall do,” Peter Ndiwalana Nsubuga’s manager said.

Alon Orland, Gift Ssebuguzi, Daryl Muhindo, Markus Bukenya and Isabella Blick are the other Ugandan riders that will give Nsubuga hard times as they battle the Kenyans.


Kreidah Nsubuga in action. PHOTO BY KINTHAN MEDIA