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The Kenya Simbas will face Hong Kong on Saturday in the repechage tournament whose winner will qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan The Kenya Simbas will face Hong Kong on Saturday in the repechage tournament whose winner will qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan (1) APO Group – Africa-Newsroom: latest news releases related to Africa

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa, November 16, 2018/APO Group/ —

Rugby Africa (www.RugbyAfrique.com) Chairman, Abdelaziz Bougja, will attend Saturday’s match and support the Kenya Simbas for this crucial game. “Kenya qualifying for the World Cup would change the face of rugby in the country and be such a massive boost for African rugby in general. I am really proud of the boys, their commitment and their skills.”

Former Captain Wilson K’opondo, Elkeans Musonye, Felix Ayage, Nelson Oyoo are in the starting line up as Simbas brace for Hong Kong this Saturday.  Ephraim Oduor and Dalmus Chituyi will start the match off the bench.

Captain Davis Chenge sits this match out owing to a shoulder injury he picked during the Canada match but the technical bench expects to have him back in the playing squad by the time the team is playing Germany on Friday 23rd. This sees K’opondo lead the team as the Captain, a title that is not new to him.

Mohammed Omollo, Moses Amusala, Oliver Mang’eni and Darwin Mukidza have been rested this weekend

Simbas Squad Facing Hong Kong on 17th November

1- Patrick Ouko  2- Colman Were 3- Joseph Odero 4- Wilson K’opondo (c) 5- Malcolm Onsando  6- Andrew Amonde 7- Elkeans Musonye  8- Joshua Chisanga  9- Felix Ayange 10- Sammy Oliech  11- Willy Ambaka 12- Leo Seje Owade 13- Collins Injera  14- Nelson Oyoo 15- Tony Onyango

Reserves: 16- Philip Ikambili 17- Ephraim Oduor 18- Hilary Mwanjilwa 19- George Nyambua  20- Martin Owilah 21- Samson Onsomu 22- William Reeve 23- Dalmus Chituyi

Watch on Supersport :

Saturday 17 November

South Africa:

13:50 – 16:00     SS12                       Hong Kong vs Kenya

16:50 – 19:00     SS12                       Canada vs Germany

Rest of Africa:

13:50 – 16:00     SS8 / SS12            Hong Kong vs Kenya

16:50 – 19:00     SS8 / SS12            Canada vs Germany

Friday 23 November

South Africa:

18:50 – 21:00     SS2                         Kenya vs Germany

21:50 – 00:00     SS2                         Hong Kong vs Canada

Rest of Africa:

18:50 – 21:00     SS8                         Kenya vs Germany

21:50 – 00:00     SS8                         Hong Kong vs Canada

***All timings in CAT which = GMT+2***



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Buhari appoints Amokachi as SA on sports

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Former Super Eagles player and Nigerian Football Ambassador, Daniel Amokachi, has been appointed as Special Assistant on Sports to President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I am pleased to inform you that Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved your appointment as Special Assistant on Sports,” the appointment letter dated August 17, 2020, and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha, reads in part.

As special assistant on sports, Amokachi is expected to advise the President on all sports matters.

The former Everton of England forward, who was earlier in the year named Nigeria’s Football Ambassador, is expected to mentor youngsters and promote the game at the grassroots.

Nicknamed “The Bull”, Amokachi began his career in Kaduna with Ranchers Bees Football Club of Kaduna, played for Club Brugge of Belgium, Besiktas of Turkey, Everton of England and Colorado Rapids.

He played in two World Cup finals, USA 1994 and France 1998. He was a member of Nigeria’s 1994 African Cup of Nations winning team and won the 2013 edition in South Africa as assistant to the late Coach Stephen Keshi.

Amockachi also won Gold with team Nigeria in the Football event of the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.

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Tennis: Djokovic confirms US Open participation

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Novak Djokovic confirmed on Thursday he will play at the US Open, ending speculation about his presence at the first Grand Slam tournament since the season restarted following the coronavirus-enforced shutdown.

“I’m happy to confirm that I’ll participate at #CincyTennis and #USOpen this year,” the 33-year-old world number one tweeted.

“It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides, but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited,” added the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

The US Open gets underway behind closed doors in New York on Monday August 31, with Djokovic arriving in the United States on Saturday to tune up in the Western and Southern Open, which is normally played in Cincinnati but has been moved to New York this year.

His decision to take part is a major boost for the US Open after a host of headline names pulled out.

Djokovic makes his competitive return after being heavily criticized for hosting a charity tennis event in the Balkans in June at which he and a raft of players tested positive for COVID-19.

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Sam Okwaraji: NFF begins process to retire Eagles No.6 jersey

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The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) is pondering a move to retire the Super Eagles No.6 jersey previously worn by the late Sam Okwaraji, The PUNCH reports.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick made this known during an interview on a radio programme Sports Salsa, which was aired on Kennis 104.1 FM on Wednesday.

Okwaraji died of congestive heart failure minutes after he slumped during a 1990 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Angola on August 12, 1989, inside the main-bowl of the National Stadium, Lagos.

The game ended 1-0 in favour of the Eagles.

“Someone made a proposal about retiring the jersey (No.6) at the start of the year and I think it is not too much for us to do that,” Pinnick said.

“I will forward the proposal to the executive committee for implementation because it has been said already. So, we will see how we can retire that shirt in honour of a great patriot (Samuel) Okwaraji.

“His (Okwaraji) death was very tragic because he was a player who showed dexterity, professionalism and maturity each time he played for the Eagles.”

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