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Argentina’s Messi too good for Bolivia

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It was a good day in the office for Argentinian players, as they beat Bolivia 3-0 during their World Cup Qualifier match at Buenos Aires, Argentina. In a match played at the Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Argentina dominated the game from start to finish, with Bolivia pretty much defending in the game.

In 14th minute, Leandro Paredes made a clean pass to Messi, who after successfully dribbling past a Bolivian player, curled a shot with his famous left foot, propelling the ball past the goalkeeper.

 

 

Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martinez continued to cause problems for the Bolivian defence, however they were unable to score again in the first half, due to missed chances.

However, in the second half, the duo teamed up again and Messi scored his second goal of the match in the 64th minute.

In the dying minutes of the game, Leandros Paredes’ shot was saved by the Bolivian goalkeeper, however it was not enough as the ball fell on Messi’s path who tapped the ball into the near-post, sealing his hat-trick.

The result puts Argentina second, in the South American CONMEBOL standings, behind Brazil, who have won all their 8 matches so far.

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Rio Olympics scandal sends Wario to prison

Magistrate Juma found that the additional names were included after accreditation was closed, which indicated that they were not part of team Kenya and yet their expenses were paid by the government.

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Anti-corruption Magistrate Elizabeth Juma has today handed Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario a 6- year imprisonment sentence or pay a fine of Ksh 3.6 million over the misappropriation of funds during the 2016 Rio Olympics. Wario and his co-accused were on Wednesday, 15 September found guilty of corruption, abuse of office, and misuse of public funds.

His co-accused Stephen Soi, a former official of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya(NOCK) has been sentenced to a ten-year jail term or to alternatively pay a fine of Ksh 103 million over the misuse of public funds.

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The decision by Wario to send three undeserving people to Rio for the 2016 Olympic games is what made the court find him guilty of abuse of office. The three were Adan Enow, Richard Abura, and Monica Sairo. Their improper travel to the games resulted in the loss of public funds.

Magistrate Juma found that the additional names were included after accreditation was closed, which indicated that they were not part of team Kenya and yet their expenses were paid by the government.

The court found that Soi failed to disclose that there was a double payment made to NOCK officials despite being part of the steering committee. He also authorized the cancellation of flight tickets which resulted in the loss of Ksh 9.7 million.

The two have 14 days to appeal the court’s decision.

 

 

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FKF and Harambee Stars coach ‘Ghost’ Mulee part ways

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On Wednesday night, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) announced that they had agreed to part ways with Harambee Stars coach, Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee. The press statement stated that the head coach, his assistant Twahir Muhidin and goalkeeping coach Haggai Azende had reached a decision to part ways on mutual consent.

Assistant coaches Ken Odhiambo and William Muluya will however, remain in the team as FKF seeks to reconstruct the national team’s technical bench. The shocking move comes weeks before a crucial world cup qualifier match against Mali, to be played on October 6th (home) and 12th (away).

In the statement, FKF expressed their gratitude towards Mulee and his departing members of staff for ‘their dedicated service and workmanship’; wishing them well in their future endeavors. The federation also revealed that the search for a new National Team Head Coach is underway and that an announcement would be made soon.

The Kenyan tactician is leaving the national side after a win-less run in the recent matches against Uganda(the Cranes) and Rwanda (Amavubi); 0-0 and 1-1 respectively.

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Brace up Kenya

The surge in petrol will also cause a spike in basic commodity prices

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Kenyans are going to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for fuel after the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) announced the new pricing on Tuesday. The EPRA statement said that the price hike was a result of the removal of a government subsidy.

The surge comes after a period of constant petrol prices in Kenya courtesy of the government’s subsidy to cushion Kenyans in the tough pandemic times.

Super petrol will now retail at  Kshs. 134.72 per Litre up by Ksh 7.58 while diesel will retail at  Kshs. 115.60 per Litre up by Ksh 7.94. Kerosene had the biggest spike and will retail at Kshs.110.82  per Litre an increase of Ksh 12.97 in Nairobi.

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The new prices are inclusive of the 8% Value Added Tax(VAT) which is in line with the provisions of the Finance Act of 2018, the Tax Laws Act of 2020, and the revised rates for exercise duty adjusted for inflation as per the Legal Notice No 194 of 2020.

Kenyans have expressed their distress on the new prices with many motorists on social media calling on their fellow motorists to park their cars on major roads and highways to protest the new price guidelines.

The surge in petrol will also hurt Kenyans since the cost of living is also going to rise. The new rates will be effective for a month starting from September 15, 2021.

 

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