Commonwealth Games 800m champion Wycliff Kinyamal has now set his sights on winning his specialty at the Diamond League meeting in Rome at the end of this month.
Fresh from setting a new course record in Shanghai over the weekend where he clocked 1:43.91, the youngster will be seeking to prove that the win was not a fluke.
Kinyamal faces Kipyegon Bett,Ferguson Rotich,Pierre Ambroise of France and former Commonwealth Games champion Nijel Amos of Botswana.
In other news;
– Mathare United coach Francis kimanzi has laid his frustrations bare, after seeing his side fail to win for a fifth successive time,pointing a finger of blame on their opponents’ tactics to stifle them.After a goalless draw with Bandari over the weekend, Kimanzi insists it was increasingly difficult to play against a side that was keen on avoiding defeat rather than taking the initiative to go for all three points.Next up for Kimanzi is a tricky away trip to face Kakamega Homeboyz in Bukhungu on Sunday.
– The Kenya Simbas are grappling with a Sh35m deficit as they head to South Africa for two build up matches next month.The Simbas are slated to play Boland and Western Province between June 9-16 a week before they start their Rugby World Cup qualifiers against Morocco in Casablanca on June 23.KRU are expecting funding from the trip from the government following the exit of the then sponsor SportPesa earlier this year which have left them in the red.
– Gareth Southgate is ready to signal the end of Joe Hart’s international career by axing the goalkeeper from his World Cup squad.The Manchester City keeper, who spent last season on loan at West Ham, was informed on Monday night that he would not be in the 23-man party for Russia.Southgate had planned to take Hart as his third-choice keeper behind Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland.Hart made his debut for the Three Lions back in 2008, having been a regular for the Under 21s for the past two seasons.
– African club giants Al Ahly of Egypt suffered a shock 2-0 defeat away to Kampala Capital City Authority of Uganda on Tuesday in the Caf Champions League group phase.Ibrahim Saddam Juma put the east African club ahead after 74 minutes at Nelson Mandela National Stadium in Namboole near Kampala.Timothy Awany clinched a famous victory for the Ugandan outfit in the second Group A matchday when he converted a penalty one minute from time.
– Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been named the League Managers Association manager of the year.Spaniard Guardiola led City to the Premier League title with a record 100 points, scoring 106 goals and dropping just 14 points all season.His side also claimed the League Cup, beating Arsenal 3-0 in the final at Wembley.Ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola beat off competition from five other managers to win the prize.
– World Cup-winning goalscorer Mario Gotze has been left out of Germany’s squad for June’s tournament in Russia.The Borussia Dortmund striker scored in extra time against Argentina in 2014 to seal Germany’s fourth World Cup.Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been named in the provisional squad, despite being out of action since breaking his foot in September.It has also been announced that manager Joachim Low has extended his contract until 2022.