Top Five Stories From Monday You Must Read Today

Mar 12 - by Mutwiri Mutuota for SportPesa News

Hussein Swaleh mourned, Eugene Mukangula spells out the true meaning of wearing the AFC Leopards shirt

Kenya's Charles Omondi charges through the Australia defense on day two of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Vancouver on 10 March, 2019. PHOTO/Mike Lee/KLC fotos for World Rugby

  • SportPesa Premier League (SPL) side AFC Leopards SC were in the news for the right reasons on Monday when they announced the signing of Kenya international defender, David 'Cheche' Ochieng' but do you know what it means to pull on the Ingwe shirt?
  • As is the norm, Louis Kalinga rolled out his SPL Team of the Week following Round 17 of action that saw leaders Bandari FC drop three crucial points after going down to Ulinzi Stars FC on Sunday
  • To round off the top five stories on SportPesa News from Monday you must read today, the IAAF Council Meeting in Doha maintained Russia was still banned for international competition


NAIROBI, Kenya- 'A football administrator par excellence', that is how former Harambee Stars head coach, Jacob 'Ghost' Mulee eulogised Hussein Swaleh, the Football Kenya Federation Lower Eastern Branch chairman who perished in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 disaster on Monday as the grim picture of the tragedy where 32 Kenyans lost their lives emerged.

SportPesa Premier League (SPL) side AFC Leopards SC were in the news for the right reasons on Monday when they announced the signing of Kenya international defender, David 'Cheche' Ochieng' but do you know what it means to pull on the Ingwe shirt?

If you do not, Eugene Mukangula, is here to explain the pride of running out with the famed blue and white kit in the latest installment of our exclusive series, The Shirt With.

As is the norm, Louis Kalinga rolled out his SPL Team of the Week following Round 17 of action that saw leaders Bandari FC drop three crucial points after going down to Ulinzi Stars FC on Sunday.

Away from football, the free-falling Kenya 7s side Shujaa will return home with only a point in their bag from the sixth round of the HSBC World Sevens Series in Vancouver, Canada as they continue flirt with relegation as a Core Status side.

To round off the top five stories on SportPesa News from Monday you must read today, the IAAF Council Meeting in Doha maintained Russia was still banned for international competition.

Mourning Hussein Swaleh: 'A Football Administrator Par Excellence'

NAIROBI, Kenya- "He was a football administrator par excellence."

That is how former Harambee Stars head coach turned radio personality, Jacob 'Ghost' Mulee eulogised the man who was instrumental in crafting his finest hour with the national senior men's football team following the tragic demise of Hussein Swaleh, who was the secretary general of the Kenya Football Federation (KFF) from 2000 to 2004. READ MORE

The Shirt With: AFC Leopards Winger Eugene Mukangula

NAIROBI, Kenya- It is not every day that a young African boy gets to realize his dreams of playing professional football and if that sort of opportunity lands on one, the pressure to make it count is overwhelming.

Born 42 kilometers (km) outside Kenya’s capital in the industrial town of Thika, AFC Leopards SC fast-growing sensation Eugene Mukangula remembers always wanting to play football from a tender age. READ MORE

SPL Round 17: Here Is The SportPesa News Team Of The Week

NAIROBI, Kenya- Last season’s runners-up Bandari FC suffered only their second defeat of the 2018/19 SportPesa Premier League (SPL) campaign at the hands of Ulinzi Stars FC on Sunday but held on to top spot after round 17 of the increasingly tight top division.

Joint SPL top scorer Enosh Ochieng’ and Ezekiel Okare were on target for Ulinzi as they battled to a 2-1 victory over the Bernard Mwalala side at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru. READ MORE

Limping Shujaa Face Relegation Threat, South Africa Thrive In Vancouver

NAIROBI, Kenya- With only 18 points from the opening six legs of the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens Series, free-falling Shujaa face the real threat of being stripped of their Core Status unless their performances drastically improve at the Hong Kong (April 5 to 7) and Singapore (April 13 to 14) legs next month.

Traditionally, Shujaa has hit top gear at the Asian leg of the series but following limp performances in Dubai, Cape Town, Hamilton, Sydney, Las Vegas and now Vancouver where Paul Murunga's team left with a paltry point, local fans will approach the seventh and eighth rounds of the series with trepidation. READ MORE

IAAF: Russia Doping Ban Still In Force, Tokyo 2020 Entry Standards Out

DOHA, Qatar- The IAAF Council announced Monday that there had been no change in status of the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) that remains banned from international competition over doping.

The Taskforce chairman Rune Andersen reported to the IAAF Council meeting in Doha that two key issues remain outstanding for reinstatement of RusAF that include payment of the outstanding costs. RusAF has raised some logistical issues about payment. The IAAF will get these resolved shortly. READ MORE