EAC strikes economic partnership deal to join EU

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 21 – The East African Community (EAC) has reached a common position on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) which it intends to sign with the European Union. The agreement was reached following a two-day Ministerial meeting held in Arusha on Friday and Saturday, according to Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed. […]

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Chelsea denied City win by Ex Lampard

LAMPARD-SCORES LONDON, September 21- Frank Lampard stepped off the substitutes’ bench to score against his former club and salvage a 1-1 draw for Manchester City at home to Chelsea.


The eagerly-awaited showdown at the Etihad Stadium provided few clear chances as defences dominated, but it sprang to life in the second half after Pablo Zabaleta was red carded for a second bookable offence in the 66th minute.

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Andre Schurrle tapped in an Eden Hazard cross five minutes later to set Chelsea on course for a fifth successive Premier League win, but they were denied by Lampard.


The midfielder steered an excellent finish into the bottom corner from James Milner’s pass and, although he did not celebrate, his team-mates and fans were jubilant as City stayed within five points of the leaders.


City gave a debut to Eliaquim Mangala, their £32million signing from Porto brought in to add greater depth at centre-back, but his job was made much easier playing alongside his irrepressible captain Vincent Kompany.


Diego Costa, over whom fitness doubts still persist after he was rested for the midweek Champions League draw with Schalke, arrived at the Etihad Stadium as the Premier League’s hottest striker with seven goals in four matches.


But with the greatest respect to the likes of Everton’s Phil Jagielka, Swansea’s Ashley Williams, Leicester’s Wes Morgan or Burnley’s Michael Duff, the Spain international found himself facing a whole different class of opponent.


As City dominated possession and territory it took until midway through the first half for their first real one-to-one but with Costa looking to drive into the left of the penalty area he was comfortably muscled off the ball by Kompany.


Aside from an optimistic handball shout against Yaya Youre from Cesc Fabregas’s free-kick it was the closest Chelsea came to threatening.


In fact Costa’s most significant first-half intervention saw him tangle with Edin Dzeko which could have resulted in a penalty but only led to a corner, which was easily repelled.


It was virtually one-way traffic in the first 45 minutes as Dzeko and Toure both failed to convert early headers, setting a dismal precedent for some mediocre set-piece play from City.


With Milner enjoying a bright start down the right-hand side City stroked the ball about confidently but found, like in their 1-0 home defeat by Chelsea last season, they were smothered as soon as they got within 10 yards of the penalty area.


Fernandinho sliced wide from outside area and Sergio Aguero, whom had earlier been left in a heap when John Terry went through the back of him unnoticed by referee Mike Dean, hooked over.


Toure almost unlocked Chelsea’s watertight defence from a looping ball with outside of his right foot but it dropped agonisingly out of Aguero’s reach.


City’s pressure continued after the break as Fernandinho blazed wide and Aguero forced Thibaut Courtois to fumble a snap-shot before the advantage swung in Chelsea’s favour with Zabaleta’s dismissal.


Having already been booked for a first-half foul on Eden Hazard the Argentinian rashly dived in at Costa and the Chelsea striker reacted aggressively and Dean showed both yellow cards – which meant a premature departure for the City defender.


Manuel Pellegrini had no option but to shore up the right-back spot by sacrificing Aguero for Bacary Sagna but having got City where they wanted them, Chelsea applied what appeared to be the finishing blow as Hazard curled an inviting, low, cross to the far post where Schurrle tapped home.


Costa had chances to put the game beyond City with a header straight at Joe Hart and then shooting against the post before Lampard, of all people, made him and his former employers pay.


He made a special effort to applaud the Chelsea fans at the final whistle but their club idol may have lost a little of his sheen in their eyes now.


-By Sky News




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Balotelli racially abused after United tweet

BALOTELLI-TWITTER LIVERPOOL, September 21- Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli was the victim of racial abuse on Twitter on Sunday following his reaction to Manchester United’s shock defeat to Leicester.


Balotelli, part of the Reds side which lost 3-1 at West Ham on Saturday, tweeted: “Man Utd…LOL” in response to United’s 5-3 loss at the King Power Stadium.


His tweet was met by a string of racist messages, including one from an account called @CraigSainsbury which read: “F*** you Mario you f****** n*****. Got eat some bananas and get ebola you dirty monkey.”


He was heckled by Italy supporters during a pre-World Cup training camp in May and was on the receiving end of numerous instances of racist abuse during his time at Inter Milan and, more recently, AC Milan.


Balotelli spoke about the abuse directed at him in an interview with GQ magazine in July.


“I think what the ignorant people don’t like is that people who are different are allowed to act that way. These stupid people, they get angry with me, they say horrible things, but I haven’t done anything different from other people.


“I have made mistakes, like everyone does and I have always paid for my mistakes. I think that if I was white maybe some people would still find me irritating or annoying but it wouldn’t be the same. Absolutely not.


“Jealousy is a horrible thing, but when this jealousy is towards people who are different from the majority, and who maybe also have more than you, then it becomes anger, it becomes rage, and that’s the overt racism.”


-By Daily Mail




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Wenger never doubted Ozil class

OZIL-CELEBRATE LONDON, September 21- Arsene Wenger insists he never thought about dropping Mesut Ozil after the Germany midfielder finally delivered a dominant display in Arsenal’s 3-0 victory against Aston Villa.


Ozil produced a fine finish to open the scoring from Danny Welbeck’s pass and then the England striker scored his first Arsenal goal two minutes later after his team-mate had returned the favour.


Aly Cissokho’s own goal made it three goals in four minutes for the rampant Gunners, but it was the influential Ozil who stole the spotlight at the end of a week in which Wenger had to field questions about the former Real


Madrid star’s poor form following a 2-0 defeat at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.


Ozil has been well below his best for much of his first year with Arsenal following his club record £42 million ($68 million) switch from Real, but Gunners boss Wenger was adamant he was always certain the playmaker would come good.


“I never considered leaving Ozil out,” said Wenger, as Arsenal won for only the second time in the Premier League this season.


“I have many offensive players and we look to always find the right balance, it’s not always easy. I gave (Alexis) Sanchez a rest as he has played many games.


“We have plenty of experienced players who do not play at the moment who are at top quality.


“But it was the point where we had to show Ozil confidence was there. He showed as well he can perform when under scrutiny.


“It’s always a very sensitive point if you leave them out, you never know how they will respond. Ozil wants to play in the middle but I have 10 others who want to play there.”


- Big price tag -


Welbeck has arrived at the Emirates Stadium with a big price tag following a £16 million move from Manchester United and Wenger was delighted to see him open his account.


“It was a similar goal to the one Danny scored for England in Switzerland, cross from the left and pushed it in following good timing,” said Wenger.


“It was a very good performance, he kept the ball well. His all-round performance was very good for a centre forward.


“I was very pleased he’s scored a goal as quickly as people. Knowing the media, it was very important for him to score.


“It was the response we needed after Tuesday. Aston Villa started quite well and had one or two danger situations. But after that we were in control and scored three goals in three minutes.


“In the second half it was a possession game and we controlled it.”


Wenger’s opposite number Paul Lambert announced he intends to shut Villa’s training ground after a sickness bug robbed him of Nathan Baker, Darren Bent and Ashley Westwood, with Andreas Weimann forced off at half-time.


Fabian Delph and Brad Guzan were also ill this week.


“We have had so much bad luck,” Lambert said. “Fabian’s had a bug, Guzan’s had a bug. The virus has gone around and we will have to shut the training ground.


“Nathan and Darren pulled out this morning. Westy was sick during the warm-up and Andi was sick at half-time.


“Fabian was not well for the Liverpool game, Guzan’s had it this week. I don’t feel 100 per cent and I will probably shut the training ground for a couple of days.


“I thought the start we had was pretty good. When you are not feeling great it is difficult.


“We were running on empty. At 3-0 the game became empty but I can’t be critical of the team. Arsenal were clinical but it was tough.”


On a positive note, Lambert announced Belgium striker Christian Benteke has returned to training and will be available soon.




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Roma to Man U: Strootman not for sale

KEVIN-STROOTMAN ROME, September 15- Roma officials on Sunday slapped a not-for-sale tag on Kevin Strootman amid reports that Manchester United are still pursuing the Dutch midfielder.


Reports in the English media claim United manager Louis van Gaal is determined to sign Strootman, who is still recovering from a long injury lay-off, despite Roma placing a 75 million euro (£60m) price tag on the 24-year-old.


Speaking to Sky Sport Italia prior to the Giallorossi’s home game against Cagliari, Roma director general Mauro Baldissoni said Strootman was not for sale.


“We can’t wait to have him back playing because we miss him, he’ll be back soon,” said Baldissoni when asked about United’s interest.


“We’re proud to have him in the squad and he’s not for sale.”


Roma, last season’s runners-up, have returned to the Champions League for the first time since the 2010/2011 season and began their Group E campaign with a 5-1 rout of CSKA Moscow in midweek.


Baldissoni added: “The Champions League was our objective, we’re happy to be back in the competition playing against the big teams. Thankfully, we’ve had a positive start.”




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Real negotiating Bernabeu naming rights

RONALDO-RODRIGUEZ MADRID, September 21-Real Madrid president Florentino Perez admitted on Sunday that the club are in negotiations with 10 companies for the naming rights of their Santiago Bernabeu stadium.


The European champions are looking for a sponsor to cover the cost of a planned 400 million euro ($513 million, £315 million) redevelopment of the stadium.


“We are looking for a sponsor,” Perez said as Real’s accounts for last season were approved by the club’s members.


“At the moment we are negotiating with 10 companies to see if one is capable of uniting their name with that of the Bernabeu for this great stadium.”


Madrid sports daily Marca reported on Sunday that Real are on the verge of sealing a deal with Abu Dhabi government-owned investment company IPIC for a 20-year deal worth between 450 and 500 million euros.

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Sad memories of the deadly Westgate attack

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 21 – They came to light candles to recall the fateful day when lives of their loved ones were shattered by terrorists’ bullets. They came to lay down red and white roses outside the Westgate mall where they sang and shed tears freely. And Queen Kere, a Customer Care Officer with Barclays, […]

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Emotional ceremony as Kenyans honour Westgate victims

NAIROBI Kenya, Sept 21- It was an emotional moment in Karura forest when hundreds of Westgate victims and family members converged on Sunday to commemorate the first anniversary of the Westgate terror attack. Tears flowed freely when the family members were given a chance to recall the last memories with their loved ones who were […]

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