Gor Mahia F.C.
Gor Mahia Football Club, commonly also known as KOgalo, is a football club based in Nairobi, Kenya. They have won the Kenyan Premier League a record 15 times, Leopards, and have also won the FKF Presidents Cup a record 10 times. They are the team from Kenya and the CECAFA region to win an African continental title to date. The club was established in February 17,1968 as a merger of Luo Union and Luo Sports Club. Some of its leaders were politicians Tom Mboya and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga. However the club was founded earlier, in the 1910s. Various groups used this name at different times, the club plays its home games at the Nairobi City Stadium. Alternatively they also play their games at the Moi International Sports Centre. It has been proposed that the club some of its home matches at its alternate stadiums in its earlier days, the renovated Kisumu County Stadium. The club won the Kenya National Football league in 1968, having been founded only in February of the same year. In 1976, Gor Mahia won the league unbeaten. Towards the end of the 2000s, Gor started bouncing back to fame steadily bringing back Kenyan football fans back to the pitch, the club returned to silverware in 2008 when it won the KFF Cup after a thirteen-year drought of any major trophies. Gor proceeded to win the Kenya DSTV Super Cup against the defending champs. Gor Mahia Football Club was formally established on 17 February 1968 after the merging of Luo Union, the club was named after a legendary medicineman from Kanyamwa, Ndhiwa, Homa Bay in Luo mythology, whose nickname was Gor Mahia because he was famous for performing magic. Several prominent Luos from all walks of life met in Nairobi to christen the club, in 1976, Gor Mahia became the first Kenyan football club to win the National League unbeaten thanks to the exploits of playmaker Allan Thigo who also acted as coach. Goalkeeper George Ayuka was in form throughout the season. Maurice Ochieng finished as leading scorer in the league with 20 goals, the 1976 is one of the strongest the club had ever fielded. It included such stars as Masanta Osoro, Paul Cobra Oduwa, Festus Nyakota, Duncan Aluko and Duncan Migan, current Roads Minister in the Kenyan Cabinet Chris Obure also played for Gor in the 1970s
Kenya national football team
The Kenya national football team represents Kenya in international football. The team is known as the Harambee Stars and plays its home games primarily at the Nyayo National Stadium in the countrys capital. The team has never qualified for a FIFA World Cup finals, Kenya has appeared in five Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, never reaching second round. The team entered its first FIFA World Cup qualification in 1974, as of 2016, they have not qualified for the final tournament. FIFA suspended Kenya from all activities for three months in 2004, due to the interference of the government in football activities. The ban was reversed after the agreed to create new statutes. On October 25,2006, Kenya was suspended again from football for failing to fulfill a January 2006 agreement made to resolve recurrent problems in their football federation. FIFA announced that the suspension would be in force until the federation complies with the previously reached. Kenya are currently coached by Stanley Okumbi, Kenya has not qualified for a major international tournament since the 2004 AFCON. The current head coach Stanley Okumbi was appointed in February 2016 since his appointment Kenya has climbed back into the top 100 FIFA ranked nations, the following players have been called up to the Kenya squad within the past 12 months. Source, RSSSF Kenya at FIFA. com FoStats. com – Database of all Kenyan players and coaches Futaa. com – Kenyan Football Portal
SoNy Sugar F.C.
SoNy Sugar Football Club, alternatively spelled SoNy SuGaR FoOtBaLl ClUb, is an association football club based in Awendo, Kenya. It currently competes in the Kenyan Premier League, the top tier of the Kenyan football league system, in the 2005–06 season, the club clinched its first league title with a record that included over 20 wins. Formed in 1982, the club is owned by South Nyanza Sugar Company, Kenyan Premier League,12006 Kenya Premier League
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies making it the worlds most popular sport, the game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by getting the ball into the opposing goal, players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play, unless they are goalkeepers. Other players mainly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, the team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is level at the end of the game, the Laws of the Game were originally codified in England by The Football Association in 1863. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, the first written reference to the inflated ball used in the game was in the mid-14th century, Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe. The Online Etymology Dictionary states that the word soccer was split off in 1863, according to Partha Mazumdar, the term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford -er abbreviation of the word association. Within the English-speaking world, association football is now usually called football in the United Kingdom and mainly soccer in Canada and the United States. People in Australia, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand use either or both terms, although national associations in Australia and New Zealand now primarily use football for the formal name. According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju is the earliest form of football for which there is scientific evidence, cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net. It was remarkably similar to football, though similarities to rugby occurred. During the Han Dynasty, cuju games were standardised and rules were established, phaininda and episkyros were Greek ball games. An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup, athenaeus, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda, episkyros and harpastum were played involving hands and violence and they all appear to have resembled rugby football, wrestling and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football. As with pre-codified mob football, the antecedent of all football codes. Non-competitive games included kemari in Japan, chuk-guk in Korea and woggabaliri in Australia, Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other games played around the world FIFA have recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe. The modern rules of football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the widely varying forms of football played in the public schools of England
Kenyan Premier League
The Kenyan Premier League, also known as the SportPesa Premier League for sponsorship reasons, is a professional league for mens association football clubs in Kenya. Standing at the top of the Kenyan football league system, the league was formed in 1963 under the Kenya Football Federation but is now controlled by the Football Kenya Federation. It is contested by 16 clubs and operates on a promotion and relegation system with the Kenyan National Super League, Gor Mahia are the leagues current champions and most successful club, with a record 15 titles to their name. The league was stable until the late 1990s and since then its performance had been considered below average. This saw the level of competition compared to past periods. The league was known as the Kenya National Football League from its creation in 1963 to 1996, the Kenyan Super League in 1973 and 1997 and, from 1998, the Kenyan Premier League. The Kenyan Premier League is operated and run as a limited company incorporated in October 2003 under the Companies Act of Kenya. It is fully owned and managed by the 18 member clubs with each club being a shareholder and it is affiliated to Football Kenya Federation, which is also a shareholder and voting member of the KPL Board of directors. Non-voting members include the Kenya Football Coaches Association and the Kenya Football Referees Association, the current CEO is Jack Oguda and Frank Okoth is the current COO and LNO. Okoth is also in charge of logistics, the improved level of competition and eventual attention given to the league by the fans has seen major companies in Kenya lining up to partner with clubs. At the moment, the league does not have a title sponsorship, umbro is the official referee kit supplier and is also the official ball provider. On 18 October 2012 the league signed a Ksh.10 million deal with Puma, the trophy was manufactured in Italy, weighs 12 kg and is made of brass. There are 16 clubs in the Kenyan Premier League, during the course of a season, usually from February to November, each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 30 games. Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw, no points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by points, then goal difference. At the end of season, the club with the most points is crowned champion. If points are equal, the difference and then goals scored determine the winner. If still equal, the ordering is determined by their head-to-head records, if there is a tie for the championship, for relegation, or for qualification to other competitions, a play-off match at a neutral venue decides rank
1994 FIFA World Cup
The 1994 FIFA World Cup was the 15th FIFA World Cup, held in nine cities across the United States from 17 June to 17 July 1994. The United States was chosen as the host by FIFA on 4 July 1988. The total attendance of nearly 3.6 million for the tournament remains the highest in World Cup history. Brazil beat Italy 3–2 in a penalty shootout after the game ended 0–0 after extra time and this made Brazil the first nation to win four World Cup titles. Greece, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia made their appearances in the finals, Norway made its first appearance since 1938. Bulgaria, Morocco and Mexico returned after missing the 1990 tournament, Greece, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time. Russia, competing independently for the first time after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the defending champions West Germany were united with their East German counterparts, representing the unified Germany for the first time since the 1938 World Cup. As a result of the performances by African teams in 1990. Norway qualified for the first time since 1938, Bolivia for the first time since 1950, the qualification campaigns of both Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia were affected by political events. The nation of Czechoslovakia dissolved in 1992, and the team completed its qualifying group under the name Representation of Czechs and Slovaks, Yugoslavia was suspended from international competition in 1992 as part of United Nations sanctions against the country as a result of the Yugoslav Wars. The sanctions were not lifted until 1994, by time it was no longer possible for the team to qualify. Chiles suspension from the 1990 FIFA World Cup, following the interruption of their qualification game against Brazil. Japan failed to qualify after the Agony of Doha against Iraq, losing out to Saudi Arabia, among other teams who failed to qualify were Uruguay and England- the latter being semi-finalists, and finishing in fourth place in 1990. Denmark, Portugal, Hungary, and France failed to qualify for the second successive tournament and this was the only World Cup finals since 1938, for which neither England nor Scotland qualified. The Republic of Ireland qualified for a second successive World Cup finals tournament, as of 2016, this was the last time that Bolivia qualified for a FIFA World Cup finals. Three nations bid for host duties, United States, Brazil, the vote was held in Zurich on 4 July 1988, and only took one round with the United States bid receiving a little over half of the votes by the Exco members. FIFA hoped that by staging the worlds most prestigious tournament there, one condition FIFA imposed was the creation of a professional soccer league, Major League Soccer was founded in 1993 and began operating in 1996. Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Belgium, Italy and the United States were seeded for the draw that took place in Las Vegas, Nevada
Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya. It is famous for having the Nairobi National Park, the only game reserve found within a major city. The city and its surrounding area also form Nairobi County, whose current governor is Evans Kidero, the name Nairobi comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nairobi, which translates to cool water. The phrase is also the Maasai name of the Nairobi river, however, it is popularly known as the Green City in the Sun, and is surrounded by several expanding villa suburbs. Nairobi was founded in 1899 by the authorities in British East Africa. The town quickly grew to replace Machakos as the capital of Kenya in 1907, after independence in 1963, Nairobi became the capital of the Republic of Kenya. During Kenyas colonial period, the city became a centre for the coffee, tea. The city lies on the River Athi in the part of the country. With a population of 3.36 million in 2011, Nairobi is the second-largest city by population in the African Great Lakes region after Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. According to the 2009 census, in the area of Nairobi,3,138,295 inhabitants lived within 696 km2. Nairobi is the 14th-largest city in Africa, including the population of its suburbs, the Nairobi Securities Exchange is one of the largest in Africa and the second-oldest exchange on the continent. It is Africas fourth-largest exchange in terms of trading volume, capable of making 10 million trades a day, Nairobi is found within the Greater Nairobi Metropolitan region, which consists of 4 out of 47 counties in Kenya, which generates about 60% of the entire nations wealth. The city was named after a water hole known in Maasai as Enkare Nairobi and it was completely rebuilt in the early 1900s after an outbreak of plague and the burning of the original town. The location of the Nairobi railway camp was due to its central position between Mombasa and Kampala. It was also chosen because its network of rivers could supply the camp with water, however, malaria was a serious problem, leading to at least one attempt to have the town moved. In 1905, Nairobi replaced Mombasa as capital of the British protectorate, as the British occupiers started to explore the region, they started using Nairobi as their first port of call. This prompted the government to build several spectacular grand hotels in the city. The main occupants were British game hunters, Nairobi continued to grow under the British and many British subjects settled within the citys suburbs