Sport & Festivals

  • Samuel Eto’o, Mikel Obi, Kanu Nwankwo & Okocha make Africa’s top 10 richest footballers of all time [See the full list]


    Nigeria’s Mikel Obi alongside retired players Jay Jay Okocha and Kanu Nwankwo are among the top 10 highest earning African players of all time according to a study conducted & published by French publication, Footendirect. With a cumulative take-home of $50 million, John Mikel Obi is now the best paid among the current generation of Nigerian players.

    According to Footendirect, Mikel who earns about £75,000 per week at Chelsea has a total earnings estimate of $50m while Kanu Nwankwo and Jay Jay Okocha who have since retired made $100m and $150m respectively from their career. See the full list below

    1. Samuel Eto’o/Antalyaspor : 202 millions de dollars
    2. Yaya Touré/Manchester City : 170 millions de dollars
    3. Didier Drogba/Montreal : 155 millions de dollars
    4. Jay-Jay Okocha : 150 millions de dollars
    5. Nwankwo Kanu : 100 millions de dollars
    6. Michaël Essien/Panathinaïkos : 70 millions de dollars
    7. Emmanuel Adebayor/Libre : 57 millions de dollars
    8. Obi Mikel/Chelsea : 50 millions de dollars
    9. Kolo Touré/Liverpool : 43 millions de dollars
    10. Sulley Muntari/Al-Ittihad : 40 millions de dollars


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  • Ethiopian, Kenyans to Vie for Boston Marathon Title

    Buzunesh Deba

    Buzunesh Deba will be joined on the line by 2012 Olympic gold medalist and Ethiopian national record holder Tiki Gelana, who set the mark of 2:18:58 at Rotterdam the same year.

    Boston―Fame, fortune and love of country will fuel a clash of elite African runners in the women’s race of the 120th Boston Marathon.

    Defending champion Caroline Rotich of Kenya can anticipate some rough and tumble team tactics from the half-dozen Ethiopian runners capable of dethroning her.

    A Kenyan woman has won the past five Boston Marathons, a fact that doesn’t sit well with the proud and plentiful contingent from Ethiopia. Rotich, who won the 2010 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, will be wearing a lime green and white bull’s eye on her back when the field assembles at the starting line this morning in Hopkinton Center.

    “Everyone is trying to get the best race out of themselves and I, too, have to expect that from all of them,” said Rotich, who lives and trains in Santa Fe, N.M. “But at the same time that is what I’m doing and everyone else is doing and they (Ethiopians) are very strong.”

    The race is a de facto all-African affair because the top three Americans — Shalane Flanagan, Des Linden and Amy Cragg — are not running. They will represent the United States in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

    Flanagan has placed in the top 10 in the last three Boston Marathons, so she understands the unique challenges of pack running with world savvy athletes from Ethiopia and Kenya.

    “You have all these women from the different countries and they are all so well prepared with the common thread of running and the desire to win the Boston Marathon,” said Flanagan, who will be competing in her fourth Olympic Games. “Just think of all the languages that are being spoken out there in that pack. It is a fun place to be in the middle of that pack, but you are in there with your eyes wide open. You are constantly looking at their form and how they are breathing and trying to decipher who is hurting and not hurting.”

    Rotich will not be an island in an Ethiopian sea. The Kenyan group will be bolstered by marathon veterans Joyce Chepkirui, Flomena Cheyech Daniel and Valentine Kipketer.

    Ethiopia sent its deepest and strongest team to Boston in this century. The contingent is led by Boston veteran Buzunesh Deba, who owns the second fastest time on the course and was the 2010 Grandma’s Marathon champion. Kenyan Rita Jeptoo (2:18:57) and Buzunesh Deba (2:19:59) became the only women to break the 2:20:00 barrier on April 21, 2014.

    Buzunesh Deba will be joined on the line by 2012 Olympic gold medalist and Ethiopian national record holder Tiki Gelana, who set the mark of 2:18:58 at Rotterdam the same year. Tirfi Tsegaye is coming off a spectacular first-place finish at Dubai (2:19:41) on Jan. 22.

    “I love this course for its up and downs and I am training on a same type course in Albuquerque (N.M.),” Deba said. “This is a challenging course and all the ladies on our team are big and strong and fast.

    “I think we have a strong team. My training is going good and I’m looking for a fast time.”

    The Kenyans and the Ethiopians arrived in Boston with a common goal beyond securing the $150,000 purse for winning the race. The Boston Marathon will serve as a time trial to qualify for the Kenyan and Ethiopian Olympic teams that will compete in Brazil. Despite her recent success, Rotich needs a strong showing in Boston to attain Kenyan eligibility.

    “Right now I can only focus on this one and wait for it to be selected,” she said. “I know I have to run well here, but I don’t know how it is going to be chosen for the team.

    “But yes I would love to represent Kenya (in the Olympics) and I’m going for it here. I’m going to do the best I can.”

    ● On the men’s side, defending champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia returns to seek a third title in an evenly matched field with no clear favorite.

    Desisa has raced in only nine marathons and won three, including victories in Boston last year and in 2013 when a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs ripped through the crowd at the finish line, killing three people and injuring about 260.

    Known as a tactical racer with an ability to sprint at the end, Desisa posted a personal best of 2:04:45 in Dubai in 2013 and won Boston in 2:09:17 last year.

    Fellow Ethiopian Lemi Berhanu Hayle, who notched a personal best of 2:04:33 in Dubai in January, has a similarly strong record, having run just five marathons and won three.

    Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai enters the race with the fastest personal time of 2:03:02, a course record he set with his 2011 Boston win. Kenyan Wesley Korir whose personal best is 2:06:13 is returning for a fourth time after having won in 2012.

    Kenyan Stephen Chebogut, who won Eindhoven in 2:05:52 last year when he took two minutes off his personal best, is also considered a strong contender.


    Source: Reuters

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  • Thai Buddhist monks responsible for club's fine form///ከሌስተር ሲቲ ውጤት ጅርባ ያለው ሚስጢር

    ባለፉት ሳምንታት ስፖርት ሲክዳ ዶት ኮም ዋቢ አድርጎ በድህረ ገፁ ይዞት የወጣው መረጃ ከሌስተር ሲቲ ውጤት ጀርባ ያለውን ሚስጢር የገለጠ ሆኗል። ድህረ ገፁ እንደሚለው ከሆነ ሌስተር ሲቲ የፕሪምየር ሊጉን ዋንጫ ለማንሳት ጫፍ የደረሰው በአንደ የቡደሃ መነኩሴ ጸሎት መሆኑን ገለፀ። መነኩሴው ፕሮማንጋላቻን ተብለው የሚጠሩ ሲሆኑ የ64 ዕድሜ ባለቤት ናቸው። ላለፉት ሶስት አመታት ከሚኖሩበት ታይላንድ አገር ወደ ኢንግሊዝ እየተመላለሱ የሌስተር ሲቲን ሜዳ እንደ ሚባሩኩና ብሎም ለተጫዋቾቹ የእድል ስጦታ እንደ ሚያበረክቱላቸው መነኩሴው ተናገሩ። "የተለያዩ የእድል ስጦታዎችን ወስጄ ለተጫዋቾቹ አንገታቸው ላይ አጠልቅላቸዋለሁ ፣ ሜዳቸውን እባርከዋለሁ ፣ ተጫዋቾቹ ነገሩ ይግባቸው አይግባቸው በኔ ምክንያት እድለኛ እንደሆኑ የሚያስቡ ይመስለኛል" ካሉ በኋላ አያይዘውም "እመኑኝ ዋንጫው የሌስተር ሲቲ ይሆናል" ሲሉ አክለውበታል። በነገራችን ላይ የሌስተር ሲቲ ክለብ ባለቤት የ58 ዕድሜ ያለው ቪቻሂ ሳርቫዳሃናፕራብሃ የታይላድ ቢልዮነር ሲሆን ዘር ግንዱም ከቻይና ቤተሰብ የሚመዘዝ ይሆናል።


    Source: Sportskeeda.com

    Life plays better!!

    መልካም ቆይታ ይሁንላችሁ!!

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  • President Kabila rewards Chan champs to DR congo National team

    DR Congo President Joseph Kabila caused a stir yesterday when he rewarded the African Nations Championship winners DR Congo players and the entire technical bench.

    The players who had made a courtesy call to the white house to present the trophy to the Preside r were Socked beyond belief when each one of them was rewarded with a brand new Toyota Prado four wheel drive cars.

    Speaking to supersport.com exclusively in a telephone interview team captain Joel Kimwaki said they were thrilled by the great gesture from the president

    "It's unbelievable what the President has done for the team it was indeed a sweet suprise to the entire team for the recognition of our good work in Rwanda.We thank him a team for rewarding us with great gifts that have shocked everyone in the team "he said

    DR Congo beat Mali 3-0 to win their second Chan tournament since last winning the inaugural 2009 tournament.


    source supersport.com

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  • Imane take Campaccio titles in San Giorgio su Legnano


    Ethiopia's Imane Merga won at the Campaccio meeting on Wednesday (6), the first IAAF Cross Country Permit competition of 2016 held in Italy.

    Imane, the 2011 world cross-country champion, won in the final sprint, crossing the finish-line in 28:50 and sharing the same time as second-place finisher Yasin Haji, the world junior cross-country champion.

     "It was an easy race," said  Imane. "My tactic was very simple as I decided to stay in the group for most of the race until the last lap when I launched my attack."

    Source: IAAF

    Life plays better!!

      መልካም ቆይታ ይሁንላችሁ!!

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