UGANDAN Kiprotich to lead Great South Sudan Run
Ugandan Olympic Marathon Champion Stephen Kiprotich,
By Mandela Nelson Denis
Ugandan Olympic Marathon Champion Stephen Kiprotich is the chief runner of the second Great South Sudan Run that will take place on the 7th of April in Juba.
The Run organized under the theme “let’s run for peace, reconciliation and healing” will take place at Dr. John Garang Mausoleum and around the city. The run will also feature athletes from other countries like Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan, the host country.
According to Ayalew Teshome, the Secretary-General of the Run told Juba Monitor that President Salva Kiir Mayardit is also expected to grace the event alongside other top government officials and members of the international community.
More than 10 million Pounds were raised from Great Run Marathon that was held in Juba in April last year, 2017.
The Great South Sudan Run was an initiative of an Ethiopian businessman, AyesheshimTeka to raise funds to help those in famine affected areas.
He also won gold at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics. He is the second person, after Gezahegne Abera, to follow an Olympic marathon gold medal with a world championship gold medal for the same event. He clinched the Olympic gold 2012 Olympic champion with a winning time of 2:08:01 in hot, sunny, and humid conditions.
This was the first Olympic medal for Uganda since 1996, the first Olympic gold medal for the country since 1972, and the country’s first ever in the marathon.
He won the Moscow IAAF championship marathon on 17 August 2013.
From 2004 to 2006, he quit athletics to concentrate on school. Then, at the age of 17, he quit school and moved to the Eldoret region of Kenya, in the Rift Valley, to train for the marathon with Eliud Kipchoge. He was assisted by A Running Start, a non-profit foundation based in New York.
He finished third in the 2012 Tokyo Marathon with a time of 2:07:50.
In 2012, Kiprotich won the Nile Special-Uspa Sports Personality of the Year award, the Ugandan sports award.
In 2013, Kiprotich won the IAAF Moscow 2013 Marathon in 2:09:51 to grab the Gold Medal.
In February 2015, he ran a new personal best in the marathon of 2:06:33 in finishing second at the Tokyo Marathon.
South Sudan field over-aged players in AFCON under 20
By David Mono Danga
The Bright Stars of South Sudan were humiliated in Kampala when they lost 5-1 to the Uganda Hippos during the first leg of the AFCON U-20 qualifiers played at the Star Times Stadium, Lugogo on Saturday.
According to reports, South Sudan had 13 eligible players (those who were 20 years and below) and substitute goalkeeper Tutu Kuwer was forced to play upfront after the others were thrown out for being over age.
Atlabara’s striker Lual Gum Thon said the CAF officials used the passports to tell the right age of the players and some were above 20 years leading to their being left out.
The Bright Stars’ team captain Lokudu said the team lost due to the exhaustion in the second half as they were tired due to lack of substitutions.
“In the second half we didn’t have substitutes that was why our team was beaten as we all know playing for ninety minutes is not an easy task,” Lokudu told Juba Monitor in Kampala.
The South Sudan Football Association is holding a press conference today, it is probably one of the issues the association will tackle.
The return leg will be played on 22nd April 2018 in Juba.
The Radio Netherlands Worlwide (RNW) quoted media officer of the Egyptian Football Association said;
“Age cheating has become a cancer to African football,” said Medhat Shalaby, media officer of the Egyptian Football Association. “Junior tournaments are running the risk of being inconsequential to the development of African football. Countries like Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon were fond of fielding over aged players in international youth tournaments.”
“Age cheating is destroying football development in Africa. It makes tournaments useless because some players must not be playing because they are too old.”
In their bid to curb age cheating in football, Football’s world governing body (FIFA) introduced MRI testing to determine the true age of players representing their various nations at the current Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria. In a trial run, 15 out of the Nigerian team’s 32 players failed the test, causing a major controversy.
Arnold Pannenborg, a Dutch journalist and commentator on African football, agrees with FIFA policy:
“Many, if not all African countries ‘cheat’ with the age of their youth players. We don’t have to pretend that it doesn’t happen because really, it does. And a lot too.
Several high-placed officials within the various associations and the ministries have acknowledged that they are deliberately creating ‘football ages’, so that older players are still eligible for the U-20 and U-17 teams.”
Mr. Pannenborg adds that “The tests are currently the only reliable means of determining the ages of players. The recent proposal by the Nigerian NFFs Chairman Sani Lulu to call the parents of the players to ask them the players’ ages is ridiculous.”
“Nobody will ever believe that. We live in an age of technology and we should make use of it. Otherwise, what’s the point of playing such tournaments if older playing are taking part?”
Football administrators believe age cheating took a leap after the commercialisation of the game in Africa. Clubs and footballers’ agents have been accused of encouraging players alter their age so that it becomes less hard to obtain contracts with European clubs looking out for young talents.