NAIROBI, Kenya-The Government threw its weight behind Harambee Stars head coach Paul Put on Thursday as the Belgian seeks to have new staff to assist him in the national team technical bench.
Having captured the hearts of a nation when she won the brutal battle against Catherine Phiri to defend her title, World Boxing Council Super Bantamweight champion, Fatuma Zarika, appealed for sponsorship on Thursday to bring her next defence home.
Still at home, female distance running star, Hellen Obiri, the Olympics silver medallist and world champion in 5000m has trained her guns on winning the women 10km senior title at the AK National Cross Country Championships in Nairobi.
The future of Tusker FC assistant head coach, Francis Baraza, became hazy on Thursday with reports he has been shunted out of the team after allegedly falling out with his boss, Sam Timbe.
Further afield, LeBron ‘King’ James came through for battered Cleveland Cavaliers with the winning basket on the buzzer against Minnesota Timberwolves.
Here are the top five stories from Thursday on SportPesa News to get your Friday started.
Government Support For Put’s Call, Nyayo On Schedule
NAIROBI, Kenya- The Government is willing to support Harambee Stars head coach, Paul Put’s request to have his own technical bench as long as results are delivered. At the same time, the State is satisfied with the ongoing renovations at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium that is racing to meet the April deadline to be ready for use after an inspection tour of the facility on Thursday led by the Principal Secretary for Sports in the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts, Kirimi Kaberia. READ MORE
Zarika Begs For Sponsors To Bring Title Defence Home
NAIROBI, Kenya- World Boxing Council (WBC) Super bantamweight women champion, Fatuma ‘Iron Fist’ Zarika is unsure of where she will defend her title in May saying it all depends on whether she can raise finances to bring the bout to Nairobi. She was speaking on Thursday afternoon after being honoured by the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) and pay television station, StarTimes in Nairobi. READ MORE
Obiri Relishing Strong National Cross Competition
NAIROBI, Kenya-Olympics silver medallist and women world 5000m champion, Helen Obiri, is going for nothing less than the senior 10km title at Saturday’s AK National Cross Country Championship at Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi. Speaking ahead of the Athletics Kenya/Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya seminar for all athletes, the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) runner noted the race for the title was wide open in the absence of champion Irene Cheptai who is attending to maternal duties. READ MORE
Reports: Francis Baraza On The Brink Of Tusker FC Exit
NAIROBI, Kenya- The future of Tusker FC assistant head coach, Francis Baraza remains shrouded in mystery with the club chairman, Dan Aduda denying reports claiming he has been booted out of the first team. Baraza, who was named the SJAK/LG October Coach of the Month is said to have clashed with his Ugandan boss, Sam Timbe who is accusing him of sabotaging his work among the first team. READ MORE
King James Saves Cavs With Buzzer-Beater, Rockets Soar
LOS ANGELES, United States- LeBron James drained a buzzer-beating game-winner on Wednesday night as the Cleveland Cavaliers set aside their troubles with a 140-138 overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. A Cavs team in free-fall got a desperately needed win thanks to “King” James. With a second remaining in overtime he swatted away a shot by Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler. READ MORE