NAIROBI, Kenya- The battle lines for the first Russia 2018 World Cup semi final were drawn on Monday when France claimed their hero and 1998 hero, Thierry Henry- now the Belgium assistant head coach- was in the ‘wrong camp’ ahead of their Tuesday clash.
With a World Cup full of drama drawing to its conclusion, the Croatia camp was rocked by the second expulsion of a member of the squad in Russia when former international Ognjen Vukojevic was sent home on Monday after posting a pro-Ukraine clip that caused a political row. The 1998 semi finalists face England on Wednesday in the other last four tie.
Football Kenya Federation President, Nick Mwendwa, announced on Monday that it was not in their interest to appeal the life time ban slapped on the country’s top referee, Aden Range Marwa, who missed out on the World Cup after being caught in a bribery sting operation.
Besides the Mundial, other stories that made headlines on Monday were the appointment of retired Kenya 7s legend, Humphrey Kayange as the Chef-de-Mission of the country’s squad for the forthcoming Africa Youth Games in Algiers, Algeria.
Fortune favoured Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo at the weekend’s KMSC Rally in Machakos after his main rival, Baldev Chager blew his engine to hand him his third victory on the bounce and in the process, opened a 29 point lead at the summit of the 2018 Kenya National Rally Championship standings. Here are the top five stories on SportPesa News you must read today.
Henry Eating With The ‘Enemy’ In World Cup Semi- France
ISTRA, Russia- When France line up for their World Cup semi-final French great Thierry Henry will stare back at them from the Belgium bench — and Les Bleus can’t stop talking about it. Henry, who was part of the France squad that won the 1998 World Cup on home soil, has been assistant manager to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez since 2016 and has helped guide the Red Devils to the last four of a World Cup for just the second time. READ MORE
Croatia Official Sent Home Over Ukraine Video
ZAGREB, Croatia- Former Croatia international Ognjen Vukojevic has been kicked out of the World Cup semi-finalists’ delegation after posting a pro-Ukraine clip that caused a political row. The Croatian football association (HNS) said Monday Vukojevic had been “relieved from his duties as an expert associate of the Croatia squad and is no longer a member of the Croatian delegation at the World Cup”. READ MORE
FKF Will Not Appeal Referee Marwa Life Ban
NAIROBI, Kenya- The Football Kenya Federation will not appeal against a life ban on its top national football referee Aden Marwa by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for accepting bribes. Marwa, 41, who had been shortlisted as one of 63 assistant referees for the World Cup in Russia, was on Saturday banned for life by CAF for accepting a 600,000 shilling ($600) bribe during the 2018 African Nations Championships (CHAN) in Morocco in January. READ MORE
Kayange Named Team Kenya Africa Youth Games Boss
NAIROBI, Kenya- Retired Shujaa star, Humphrey Kayange, has been appointed by the National Olympics Committee-Kenya (NOCK) to be the Chef-de-Mission of the country’s team for the third Africa Youth Games. Kayange, who announced his retirement from the sport on June 1, will be in charge of the squad that will represent the country in six sporting disciplines- athletics, beach volleyball, hockey, tennis and swimming at the continental Youth Games that run from July 18 to 28 in Algiers, Algeria. READ MORE
Tundo Revs Up KNRC Title Chase After Machakos Win
MACHAKOS, Kenya- Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo revved up his 2018 Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) title charge after opening a 29 point lead at the top over nearest challenger, Baldev Chager with victory at the KMSC Rally in Machakos over the weekend. Tundo- the five-time winner of the legendary Safari Rally- claimed the top honours despite hitting a wildebeest and damaging the front left of his Mitsubishi Evolution X for his third successive KNRC win on the bounce. READ MORE