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Premier League clubs not to release players for upcoming internationals in red-list countries

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English Premier League clubs have jointly released a statement that they will not release players whose countries have been marked in the red-list by the United Kingdom Government in the upcoming international break.

“Premier league clubs have today reluctantly, but unanimously decided not to release players for the international matches played in the red-list countries,” the Tuesday statement read.

The decision was taken due to the 10 days quarantine requirement when one returns to England from the red-list countries.

Premier League players. Image/ Sky Sports

This decision will apply to nearly 60 players from 19 premier league clubs who were due to travel to 26 red-list countries in the September international window.

“Premier league clubs have always supported their players’ desires to represent their countries, however, clubs have reluctantly but rightly come to a conclusion that it would be entirely unreasonable to release players under these new circumstances,” Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive Officer, said.

Premier League CEO Richard Masters. Image/ Euro Sport

The clubs also said these quarantine requirements would interfere with their players fitness and welfare and this would make them unavailable for crucial league and cup matches scheduled after the international break.

Notable countries in the UK government red-list include; Argentina, Egypt, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, South Africa, Uruguay, Turkey, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Tunisia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Cuba.

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A lot is happening in a short span of time. Therefore we thought to fill you in on happenings that may have skipped your timeline.

Nikita Kering got nominated for AFRIMAWARDS 

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Recently, Nikita Kering, a Kenyan RnB artist was nominated for the All Africa Music Awards in three categories 1. Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa 2. Songwriter of the year 3. Best Artiste, duo, or group in African RnB Soul. Voting is ongoing on afrima.org Vote for her!

Kevin Hart launched a clothing line

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The line which is dubbed ‘the Hart collection’ is produced in collaboration with fabletics, Kevin Hart and his wife Eniko Hart. The collection comprises mostly sporting gear, hats and sweaters.

 

Venessa Mdee welcomed a baby girl

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The Tanzanian artist who is engaged to power actor Rotimi recently welcomed their first child. The superstar who currently resides in Nigeria with her fiancé announced her pregnancy with a picture on her social accounts. She followed that recently with the hand of a newborn and a caption bearing the name Seven Adeoluwa Akinosho. Kenyan celebrities who flooded her timeline with congratulatory messages include Tallia Oyando, Akothee, and Sarah Hassan.

 

Vybz Kartel bought his family property

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After 10 years of incarceration, Vybz Kartel, the famous dancehall artiste is now investing in property for his family. In an Instagram post, he announced that he had procured land for his son who was now a father, and bought a house for his aging mother and father.

Kenyans vote Otile Brown, the biggest artist in Kenya See the source image

Nairobi Gossip Club hosted an opinion poll where they asked Kenya to mention the biggest Kenyan artist. As usual, fans took to commenting where most comments indicated that they considered Otile Brown the biggest artist in Kenya. Otile Brown must have impressed his fans by his work ethic, strategic collaborations and his relentless urge to rise as a star.

Other honourable mentions included Nyashinski, Sauti Sol, Khaligraph Jones and Nikita.

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Victor Wanyama retires from international duty

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Kenyan Midfielder and former Harambee Stars’ captain has announced his retirement from international football. In a statement, the 30-year-old acknowledged that he has lived his dream by being able to represent his country.

Yesterday’s announcement via his social media pages comes just weeks after he was left out of the squad that went on to play the World Cup qualifier games.

The former Celtic, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspurs man made his Harambee Stars debut in May 2007 and has since scored 7 goals in 64 outings. Currently playing for Major League Soccer club CF Montreal, Wanyama hopes to return to help Kenyan football off the pitch, adding that he will continue cheering from the sidelines.

Victor Wanyama with his national team players

“The time has come to hand over the team to the next generation so that the too can make their mark and help our country reach even greater heights,” read part of the statement.

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Hamilton claims his 100th win in Formula One

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It was set to be a thrilling race day yesterday at Sochi, during the Russian F1 Grand Prix. McLaren and British driver Lando Norris began on pole ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Williams’ George Russel. Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton could only manage to qualify at P4, with Max Verstappen and Valterri Bottas beginning at the back of the grid.

The race began with eye-catching action as Lando lost his place to Carlos, while Hamilton lost 3 positions.

By lap 23, Lando had reclaimed his position with Hamilton at P2. Meanwhile, Verstappen and Bottas continued to gain positions; at 5th and 10th respectively, as the pit window opened.

At lap 47/53, rain signs began to show on track, as Hamilton battled Lando for P1. Two laps later, Hamilton pitted for intermediate tyres as the rain increased, while Lando decided to stay out on the slick tyres. This decision later cost him a grand prix win as he span off the track with just two laps to go, due to lack of grip on the wet track.

Lewis Hamilton picked up P1 and drove to the chequered flag to claim his 100th F1 career win, as the first ever driver to reach such a milestone. Max Verstappen finished P2 as Carlos Sainz rounded off the podium positions at P3.

“It is a magical moment. I could only have dreamed of still being here, to have this opportunity to win these races, and to drive with such phenomenal talents this late on in my career. I am so proud of everything we have done with Mercedes, on and off the track, and this is a special moment for everyone that has been part of it,” the ‘centurion’ said.

 

Mercedes F1 Team boss, also congratulated Hamilton saying,” I think we are witnesses of a career that is just amazing. The 100th race victory is just mind-blowing.”

Yesterday’s event means that Hamilton goes 2 points clear of Verstappen, with Bottas and Lando at positions 3 and 4 respectively, at the drivers’ championship standings.

The Turkish Grand Prix is up next!

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