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Kerr Reiterates Kogalo Commitment, Picks Coach Award

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Title winning coach Dylan Kerr of Gor Mahia has crowned his splendid tenure at Kogalo with the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month Award for September.

The Briton led Gor Mahia to five victories and a draw in September, powering the club to an unprecedented 16th league title with 14 goals during that month. Gor powered past Bandari (3-1), Sofapaka (2-1), Tusker (2-0), Chemelil (3-0), and Nzoia Sugar (4-0), only dropping points in a scoreless draw with minnows Thika United.

Kerr was nominated alongside Kakamega Homeboyz tactician Mike Mururi but the Kogalo coach triumphed in a landslide vote carried out by football writers. Upon confirming his first ever league victory, Kerr emblazoned Gor Mahia’s crest on his left leg in a permanent tattoo and reaffirmed his commitment to the club.

“I’m not going anywhere. I have a commitment to Gor Mahia and my focus is on building the team for next year’s CAF Champions League and another premier league medal. We have worked hard this season and will definitely put in more effort to perform better,” Said the jubilant tactician.

“It has taken combined effort from the players, staff and club officials for Gor Mahia to play how it did and we can only get better. We have identified players and areas to strengthen so we are due to sit down as a club and make decisions, the right ones for next season’s busy schedule,” He added.

Season ender

Kerr has promised to wrap the league title with a good display against Sony Sugar in their last match of the season this Saturday in Kisumu. Besides playing for maximum points in that tie, Kerr wants to give the fans a good season ender. 

“The Kenyan league is big and should be supported more. The league organizers and federation should do more to market the league to bring fans to stadium. It’s really disheartening to see 22 fans in the stadium and thousands of empty seats yet the football served is of high quality. Something must be done to rectify that.”

“Our last game should be thrilling and we have worked on it without any complacency of having won the title. We want to play well and win for our fans. That way lifting the title feels good. Losing a match then walking to collect winners’ medals does not feel right so we have to win that game.” He added

Kerr has only lost one game since taking charge at Kogalo midway through the season and attributes his success to the playing unit. “They are a responsive lot willing to learn new things and implement game plans. They have won me this award,” Kerr said.

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Cecafa 2017: Kenya Draw Rwanda, Cranes Face Zim

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The draw for the 2017 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup saw hosts Kenya drawn in Group A alongside four other teams including last edition's losing finalists Rwanda.

Kenya, who last won the trophy as hosts in 2013, will also face invited side Libya and neighbours Tanzania and Zanzibar. Stanley Okumbi's side were stunned 3-1 by Zanzibar in 2013 before they were bundled out in the quarterfinals by Rwanda who won a penalty shootout 5-3 following a barren stalemate in normal time.

Reigning and record champions Uganda headline Group B which also has Zimbabwe who will be making their fifth appearance as a guest team. The Cranes, who beat Rwanda 1-0 to win the 2015 title, will be going for their 15th crown in the competition's history. The group also has South Sudan, four-time winners Ethiopia and Burundi.

Kenya will face Rwanda in the opening match set for December 3 at a venue yet to be decided, but likely to be one of Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega, Moi Stadium Kisumu or Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.

The competition will kick off on December 3 with the finals slated for December 17.

Group A: Kenya, Libya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zanzibar

Group B: Uganda, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Ethiopia, South Sudan

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Dubai 7s: Kenya Draw African Rivals SA, Uganda

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The draw for the first round of the men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series was made in London.

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Leopards Ripple Zoo as Resurgence Continues

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AFC Leopards' resurgence under coach Robert Matano continued as they picked an emphatic 3-1 victory on the road against Zoo Kericho at the Kericho Green Stadium, Sunday (10) afternoon.

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Jepkosgei Smashes World 10k Record

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Joyciline Jepkosgei broke the world 10km record* at the Birell Prague Grand Prix, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Saturday (9).

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Aguero becomes Premier League´s top-scoring non-European

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Sergio Aguero became the Premier League's all-time leading non-European goalscorer with his effort against Liverpool on Saturday.

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