NAIROBI, Kenya- Shattered dreams for England at the World Cup and Gor Mahia FC at the Cecafa Kagame Cup hogged headlines on Wednesday on a day football captivated the planet.
Football is not ‘coming home’ after Croatia recovered from an early setback to punch their ticket for the Russia 2018 World Cup final against France on Sunday when Mario Mandzukic scored in the second half of extra time to inspire his side to a 2-1 victory over the Three Lions on Wednesday night.
Home side and title holders, Azam FC also waited for extra time to land the knockout blow to jaded SportPesa Premier League champions Gor in a 2-0 victory that propelled them to the Kagame Cup regional final on Wednesday afternoon.
Away from heartbreak, there was plenty for Nairobi football fans to cheer about when the SportPesa viewing and display truck pitched tent at the Central Business District for the first World Cup semi final between France and Belgium.
Also on Wednesday, Everton FC veteran, Phil Jagielka explained why new manager, Marco Silva has the Tofees buzzing ahead of the 2018/19 English Premier League season.
Enough of football? Fret not, action entered Day 2 at the Tampere 2018 IAAF World Under 20 Championships in Finland on Wednesday where sprinter Mary Moraa qualified for the women 400m final to keep her dream of winning a medal in memory of her late mother alive.
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Mandzukic Sinks England As Croatia Reach First Final
MOSCOW, Russia- Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal deep in extra time as Croatia beat England 2-1 in an utterly gripping World Cup semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday night to set up a final date with France. The Juventus forward netted in the 109th minute to complete a remarkable comeback from a shattered Croatian team and take the small nation of little more than four million people into the World Cup final for the first time in their short history. READ MORE
Gor Kagame Cup Dream Ended By Azam Extra Time Blows
DAR-ES-SALAAM, Tanzania- SportPesa Premier League (SPL) champions, Gor Mahia FC were dumped out of the ongoing Cecafa Kagame Cup at the semi-finals after losing 0-2 to Tanzanian titleholders, Azam FC on Wednesday afternoon at the National Stadium in Dar-es-Salaam. It was a repeat of the final score in 2015- the last time the regional club competition was held-where K’Ogalo surrendered the trophy to Azam. READ MORE
Moraa WU20 Medal Charge Alive, Japan’s Tanaka Stuns
TAMPERE, Finland- After a barnstorming opening to the Tampere 2018 IAAF World Under 20 (WU20) Championships that saw Kenya bag two gold medals, Wednesday finished off in a lull for the East African distance running giants. Japan’s Nozomi Tanaka produced a stunning upset in the only distance final of the day when she ran out of the ball park, took the initiative, and eventually women 3000m gold, in 8:54.01 ahead of Ethiopian pair Meselu Berhe, who was second in 8:56.39 while Thige Gebreselema took bronze with 8:59.20. READ MORE
Nairobians Brave Cold To Experience Stadium On Wheels
NAIROBI, Kenya- Nairobi football fans braved the cold weather and thronged the city center on Tuesday night as they were once again treated to the free and ultimate viewing experience during the first semi final of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup courtesy of the SportPesa viewing and display truck. With most in the crowd supporting France, cheers and screams as Les Bleus powered their way past Belgium into the final in a 1-0 victory were deafening to say the least. READ MORE
Jagielka: Marco Silva Has Everton Excited For New Season
LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom- Phil Jagielka has revealed Marco Silva “has already got his ideas across quickly” to Everton’s players and that the new boss’s positive work on the training pitch has “everyone feeling excited” about the upcoming season. The Blues skipper – who along with the rest of the first-team squad is currently on a week-long pre-season training camp in Austria – says Silva has taken little time in implementing his ideas. READ MORE