first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, November 21 – Harambee Stars head coach, Adel Amrouche will be given a new long-term contract, Football Kenya Federation boss, Sam Nyamweya has confirmed.The Belgian national has been in charge of the side since February and is preparing to lead the team at this year’s Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup that kicks-off on Wednesday in Nairobi. Speaking during the unveiling of the title sponsors for the tournament, Nyamweya exuded confidence that Amrouche would lead the team to attain a respectable placing in the continental map.“I have a lot of faith in the coach and as a federation we are giving him all the support he needs,” the FKF boss confirmed.During the function, MultiChoice Kenya through its product GOtv injected Sh10.7 m (USD 125,000) towards the regional tournament that Kenya last hosted in 2009.This is in addition to Sh5.1m (USD 600,000) worth of broadcast partnership, where its satellite television SuperSport will air all the 26 matches.Speaking during the official launch of the competition, Cecafa Secretary General, Nicholas Musonye, said the money will be ploughed back to the hosts for preparations of the event.“We are going to name this competition GOtv Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup 2013 and with less than five days towards the games, I want to urge Kenyans to attend the matches.“FKF cannot run this tournament without supporters going to the stadium, that’s why we have spread it to Nairobi, Machakos, Mombasa and Kisumu,” Musonye added.“The success of this event will depend on the performance of Harambee Stars, so it’s important we rally behind our national team and motivate them to win the title.“We are going to commit Sh8.6m (USD 100,000) that will go back to the host country to support specific items we have identified,” he disclosed.The Nairobi and Kisumu governors gave Sh10m (USD115,830) with their Machakos counterpart Dr. Alfred Mutua providing Sh5m (USD57,915).According to Nyamweya, gate charges will be friendly as tickets for the terraces will sell at Sh200 (USD 2.32) while VIP will retail at Sh500 (USD5.79)Other corporate that came on board include Coca-Cola and UAP Insurance who will cover all the players and officials during the tournament.Kenya will kick-off her campaign against Ethiopia on November 27 at Nyayo National Stadium with all the quarterfinals set to be played in Mombasa while the semis will be staged in Kisumu. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>As ever, the toss will be a massive moment ahead of the Cricket World Cup opener on Thursday at the sold-out Oval with hosts England taking on South Africa.Looking at the weather forecast and the fact that the Oval is usually a fast scoring wicket which allows free flowing cricket to be played – I’d definitely choose to bat first and set a decent target.England are my outright picks (see outright preview – click here) so I’m obviously all over them getting off to a perfect start but I’m also full of respect for this young South African side – although they were dealt a late blow with the news that Dale Steyn will miss his country’s first two matches due to a shoulder injury. Steyn’s absence will leave South Africa’s attack in the capable hands of Rabada and Lungi Ngidi.Adil Rashid, 3/1 with to be England’s top wicket taker plans to play through the pain barrierEngland are not without their share of injury niggles as well.  Mark Wood is a question mark due to an ankle problem and Adil Rashid has admitted he will need painkillers to get through the tournament because of his own shoulder problems.The current form and big match experience however points firmly to England and there’s a few bets I’m keen on with – don’t forget play starts at 10.30am.TOP ENGLAND BATSMANJASON ROY (7/2) will come into this full of confidence having hit a not out 89 here at the Oval in England’s warm-up match last week against Afghanistan. I also can’t ignore BEN STOKES (6/1). He’s just coming back into form at the right time after a disappointing IPL campaign but has the experience to be a match winner.ENGLAND TOP WICKET TAKERADIL RASHID (3/1) and LIAM PLUNKETT (4/1) make most appeal in this market and not just because of Yorkshire connections! Rashid always makes a decent contribution and Plunkett is always solid and a reliable wicket taker in the middle overs.UNDER/OVER MARKETSMATCH SIXES UNDER 11.5 (20/21)ENGLAND MATCH SIXES OVER 6.5 (5/6)ENGLAND FIRST WICKET UNDER 33.5 (5/6)Switching sports I’m looking forward to the Europa League Final tonight. I’m a Man U fan – how could I be anything else given that Dad played for them ? So I can look at this as a neutral. If forced, I just favour Arsenal who might just want this a bit more with the carrot of Champions League football next season dangling.After the match – one more sleep until the Cricket World Cup.Be LuckyRYANRECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)3 pts win JASON ROY (Top England Batsman) at around 7/2 with starsports.bet2 pts win BEN STOKES (Top England Batsman) at around 6/1 with starsports.bet2.5 pts win ADIL RASHID (Top England Wicket Taker) at around 3/1 with starsports.bet2.5 pts win LIAM PLUNKETT (Top England Wicket Taker) at around 4/1 with starsports.bet7 pts win MATCH SIXES UNDER 11.5 at around 20/21 with starsports.bet7 pts win ENGLAND MATCH SIXES OVER 6.5 at around 5/6 with starsports.bet5 pts win ENGLAND FIRST WICKET UNDER 33.5 RUNS at around 5/6 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 221.20 points(excluding Cricket World Cup ante-post, Memorial golf, Chelsea v Arsenal)last_img read more