Monday, 4 June 2007

Kenya's Greatest Sports Teams of our times !

I'm looking out to keep this positive vibe going. As I had gone down sometime back,noting that we have neglected and relegated our athletes to the doldrums, I came across an interesting spot that highlights some of Kenya's greatest sport teams of our times.
I know some of these might not ring a bell especially to those who are not sporty buffs. But am sure you'll identify one or two of those on the list;
a)1972:- 4x400m men's relay team (won gold medal in the final 4x400m race).
b)1987/88:-Kenya boxing team "Hit Squad"(won overall team title All-Africa Games & a couple of gold at then-prestigious King's Cup Thailand.
c)Mid-80s:-Kenya hockey team (won All-Africa Games gold and represented Africa in Olympic Games in 1988.)
d)1987:-Kenya's football team 'Harambee Stars' ( won silver medal All-Africa Games and qualified for Africa Cup of Nations in 1988& 1992.)
e)Early 1980s:-Kenya's football club AFC Leopards dominated the regional tourneys and won the club championship at least 4 times.
f)1987-89:- Another football club, Gor Mahia won the Africa Cup Winners'Cup(renamed Mandela Cup) in 87 -first Eastern African club to do so.
g)1990s-2000s:-Kenya's volleyball women's team (has won the African title more than 3 times and represented Africa at the last 2 Olympic Games)
h)1990s-2000s:-Kenya's cricket team-one of the best non-Test playing teams and a regular at the Cricket World Cup, has caused upsets in the tourney becoming one of the teams to watch.
i)Mean Machine:- Kenya's rugby 15-aside team mainly composed of University of Nairobi students,one of the best squads assembled in the late 80s and early 90s.

I have also added a few of my own......(see whether we can have some more for the list)

j)1995: Kenya Breweries-finalist in the Mandela Cup -lost to DC Motema Pembe in the final.
k)Athletics: World Cross-Country team(s)
l)2000s: Rugby Sevens team
m)2000s: Kenya Pipeline women's volleyball team.

On a positive note, I have been notified that Henry Rono has been appointed as part of the coaching management for a top athletics team of some university in the USA. I am also made to understand that he is preparing for some seniors Mile race and hoping to break the record. This will be confirmed though.

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