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Kenyan Olympic Champion Ezekiel Kemboi charged with assaulting woman

June 28, 2012 Leave a comment

World and Olympics 3,000m steeplechase gold medalist, Ezekiel Kemboi has been accused of stabbing a 26-year-old woman in athletics town of Eldoret
Ezekiel Kemboi has been charged with assault after a woman said he stabbed her on Wednesday night.

World and Olympic 3,000m steeplechase gold medalist, Ezekiel Kemboi has been accused of stabbing the 26-year-old woman in athletics town of Eldoret allegedly after a drinking spree.

Police in Eldoret investigating the incident where world champion Kemboi is accused of stabbing a hotelier, Ann Njeri Otieno on Thursday interviewed the athlete for more than 6 hours before deciding to charge him with assault.

Earlier:

Rift Valley Provincial Police chief Francis Munyambu has confirmed the incident but says they have not established all the relevant facts about it.

A witness, Millicent Otieno said that she heard screams from the entrance of their home and on reaching there, “I met the guy who stabbed my sister but he drove off in a vehicle that was parked by the gate side”.

The victim claims she was drinking with the athlete until around midnight on 27th June.
“We left and as he was dropping me home, he made sexual advances to me and I declined. He locked the vehicle and started demanding it,” she said.

Speaking from her hospital bed at Mediheal Hospital in Eldoret, Njeri said, she managed to reach the unlock button in the car and stormed out.

“But as I was hurriedly opening our gate, he ran and caught up with me. A scuffle ensued and he threatened to kill me. He reached for a knife and stabbed me,” she said.

Njeri remebered she screamed for help before passing out.

The athlete sped off from the scene and drove to the Eldoret Police Station where he recorded a statement claiming he had been attacked by thugs.

As he left the scene, Kemboi allegedly dropped his personal documents that included a wallet, passport and money in both local and foreign currency which are in the custody of the woman’s family.

Athletics Kenya have not yet commented on the report.

On Thursday Kemboi was at the Eldoret police station recording a statement. He is still reported to be at the station at 2.30 PM Kenyan time.

Olympic marathon champion charged with attempting to kill wife over alleged affair

December 31, 2010 Leave a comment

Olympic marathon champion Samwel Wanjiru was charged in a Kenyan court with threatening to kill his wife.

Mr Samuel Wanjiru denied the charges of using an illegal firearm and threatening to kill his wife. The two-time Boston marathon winner was also charged with threatening to kill their housemaid, Nancy Njoki, and causing grievous harm to a security guard, William Masinde.

He was released on a bond of Sh300,000 with a similar surety.

He is said to have been committed the offenses on Wednesday at his Muthaiga estate home in Nyahururu town. Prosecutor John Ruto told the court that the renowned athlete hit Mr Masinde with a rifle butt on the cheek and on the right hand.

The court heard that investigations were complete and five witnesses would testify.

Lewis-Francis powers England to 100m relay win

October 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Mark Lewis-Francis run a blistering anchor leg to cruise to a dramatic win for England in the 4*100m men’s relay in the ongoing Commonwealth games in Delhi. The English women had earlier taken gold in the relays.
India also produced a great performance to take the bronze while Jamaica took home the silver.

Langat wins commonwealth 800m gold

October 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Nancy Jebet Langat of Kenya has won the women’s 800m at the commonwealth games in Delhi. The race started at a furious pace with the athletes covering the first 400 metres in 57.73 seconds.

Nancy only decided to compete in the 1500m, 800 metres double a few days ago after her compatriot Janet Jepkosgei withdrew from the games. She becomes the second runner to win the middle distance double in 24 years.

In the 4*100m relays India stunned pre-race favorites Nigeria and Trinidad and Tobago by running a blistering 39.00 seconds to win their heat.
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Prince Charles, Indian president may open Commonwealth Games

September 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Indian President Pratibha Patil and British Prince Charles might together open the ceremony for the Commonwealth Games here, said officials on Tuesday.

Traditionally, the British monarch, who heads the Commonwealth, inaugurates the Games.

But with Queen Elizabeth skipping the event, Prince Charles will do the honors.

It is learnt from highly placed sources that Prince Charles will declare the Games open while the President will say “let the Games begin.”

Prince Charles’ office had previously stated that he will declare the Commonwealth Games open, but the Indian government wanted President Pratibha Patil to do the honors.

The Indian side was keen that Patil should inaugurate the Games since she ranked higher in protocol to the Prince.

The office of the Prince Charles said that he will read the message from the Queen and end it by “declaring the Games open”.

“There is no row. Both The Prince of Wales and the President of India will have a prominent role in the opening ceremony in Delhi. The Queen has asked The Prince of Wales to represent her at the opening of the Commonwealth Games,” a statement from Prince Charles office said.

“We cannot be specific about the choreography but The Prince will read out the Queen’s baton message, ending by declaring the Games open,” it stated.

Early this year, the Queen decided to skip the Games and instead send Prince Charles as her representative.

Young talents most needed for S. African soccer future

September 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Soccer in South Africa backdates to Aug. 23, 1862, with a match between soldiers of the British battalion and employees of the colonial administration, including John X Merriman who later became prime minister of the Southern colony Colony. Since that time through apartheid international football in South Africa remained for the whites only

“Catch them young and mold them big”, these are the words of wisdom from South Africa Apartheid era soccer legend Zachariah Lamola who has devoted his lifetime to volunteer armature soccer training in Soweto.

Soweto is South Africa’s oldest township South East of Johannesburg with a population of approximately 3.8 million.

Zachariah, 60, affectionately known in his yore days as “The Computer” because “I was able to calculate the game and could read the situation to beat the enemy” spends most of his daytime in the streets of Soweto spotting best talents. He then drags them to bare grounds in Diepkloof and Orlando for organised training till nightfall.

Zachariah who started playing soccer in the streets of Soweto 44 years back says the world cup games in South Africa turned Soweto to a soccer crazy township. Kids are molding plastic bags into soccer balls setting on teams in alleys, streets and on every open space. They are competing from a very tender age of 5 years.

“Before the world cup the spirit of soccer was low in Soweto, you couldn’t see kids kicking ball out there. The world cup came to revive the spirit of soccer among our little ones,” Zachariah told ziarra. “I want to peruse the momentum before it drops,” he added.

“I want them to go far with soccer,” thus stated Zachariah who is currently training 40 under 12, 14 and 16 boys in Diepkloof and Orlando plus 30 disadvantaged kids some of them street kids in down town Johannesburg.

“I don’t care about there background what I see is South Africa’s lost talent, talent being neglected. And I am there to bridge the gap and mentor them to the right direction,” Zachariah told ziarra.

When Ziarra correspondent visited the former apartheid player soon before training Friday evening in down town Johannesburg, as he opened the door of his car one could not tell whether he was a story teller or soccer tutor. Kids were all over his body. Talk with him during training session was a waste of time. Kids kept screaming from all directions “Coach, coach! Coach look! Coach look my pass, look I can do it”

“The best way of destroying the nation is neglecting its youth. If they are trained young it means the country has a bright future,” Zachariah said. “I have been in many countries, South Africa has the best young talents not utilized. I tell you guys like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi they are nothing compared to what we have in this nation. It’ s like a seed on the bad soil.”

Zachariah who player number eight during the first national official multi-racial soccer team that thrashed the all star Argentina team 5-0 at Rand stadium few weeks before the 1976 Soweto youth upraising believe the township can generate unsurpassed national players in the next ten years if government intervene at amateur level.

“Soweto is recognised international. Soweto is a country on its own. We need government support in Soweto on grassroots level. We are practicing on bump stone grounds, grounds without flood lights. Best facilities must be brought to Soweto, brought closer to people not far there to the up-markets areas,” said former South Africa Premier top team, Kaizer Chiefs midfielder.

“We call on the government not to focus on PSL and world cups alone but also on grass roots soccer which is the backbone of football in the country.” he added.

Zachariah, the father of four who played in the early 1970s alongside stars like Patson Banda “The Black Cat”, Matsilela Ephraim “the Black Prince”, Ephraim Mashaba ‘Shakes’ and Rodney Kitchin says apartheid soccer stars are critical assets to soccer development but taken as liability.

“Former players are important assets to the nation. They can plough back wisdom and experience. They are coming out to be used to the fullest for the good of the nation but those in authority are saying you guys are over bye-bye,” said the Soweto soccer hero who recently referred Nakhone Bude 17 and Tebogo Mhlongo the Football School of Excellence.

According to “The Computer” in order to return best goalkeepers like “The Black Cat” and strikers like “Black Prince” South Africa must go back to the roots and maintain its identity by dedicating more time to townships players.

“We have lost our identity in football we are now copycats of other people. Our style is not inferior but unique we must build than ignore it. This can only be achieve by honoring and supporting old players to meet with coachers, players and soccer administrators,” said Zachariah who is fully behind the appointment of Pitso Mosimane as national soccer team coach.

Sunderland’s Titus Bramble arrested over rape claim

September 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Sunderland footballer Titus Bramble has been arrested after a woman was raped in a Newcastle hotel.

The Premier League defender and a second man were arrested at the Vermont Hotel early on Wednesday and are being questioned by detectives.

The 29-year-old was arrested on suspicion of rape after a call was made to the police by a woman in her 20s.

Sunderland Football Club has so far not commented. Bramble joined the club from Wigan in the summer.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said two men, aged 29 and 30, were arrested on suspicion of rape.

Bramble has also played for Newcastle United and Ipswich.