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The Hayer One Star Field Youth Cricket League 2019 Attracts 34 Teams From East Africa Region

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The Uganda national under-19 cricket team return to Nairobi this week to defend their title in the 2019 edition of The Hayer One Star Field Youth Cricket League.

The third edition of this annual tournament starts Wednesday 21 August 2019 and will be played at various venues throughout the city, culminating in the finals on Sunday, 25 August at Nairobi Gymkhana.

Building on the success of 2018, a total of 34 teams and a total of 450 young players have entered the Under-9, Under-11, Under-13, Under-15 in addition to the Under-19 category drawn from Uganda, Nairobi, Nakuru and Mombasa covering national, provincial, clubs and school teams. Both boys and girls are playing in each of the categories.

Title sponsor Hayer One is joined by Co-sponsor Crown Paints Kenya this year with additional sponsorship from Executive Healthcare Solutions, MacCoffee, Muthaiga Travel and All Pack.

Star Field Sports, organisers of this youth cricket bonanza recently formed a strategic partnership with Gary Kirsten Cricket (GKC) of South Africa. The Hayer One Star Field Youth Cricket League 2019 will be a showcase of their efforts, having hosted a High Performance Coaching Camp with GKC in April this year.

Star Field Sports Director, Karan Kaulsaid, “We expect the standard to be very high this year, especially after the successful High Performance Camp which attracted 105 children. We are delighted the defending champions, Uganda Under-19s are in Nairobi this week. Budding cricketers are also expected from Cricket Kenya Development sides from Homa Bay, Nairobi, Nakuru Counties. Cricket associations from Uganda, Coast and the East Africa Cricket and Development Foundation have also sent teams”.

Clubs and schools hosting the youth league and putting their facilities to good use this week include: Nairobi Gymkhana, Sikh Union Sports Club, Ruaraka Sports Club, Sir Ali Muslim Club, Nairobi Jaffrey’s Sports Club, Peponi Secondary School and Jamhuri High School.

The Finals on Sunday will be open to all, and the organisers have put on a Festival of Cricket including entertainment and catering for all ages taking place at Nairobi Gymkhana. Grounds open at 9 am. The medal ceremony is scheduled for 6 pm. Entry is free.

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Manchester United Debts Soars by 55%, Fans Protests Against the Glazers

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Manchester United is counting increase in debt by £140 m, which debt rising from £247.2m to £384.5 m which accounts to arise of 55%. A rise which has caused a displeasure to fans more especially with how its run by Glazer family, the owners, and Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

In the financial quarter year of 2019/20, they posted a revenue of £135 m an increase of approximately £400,000 from the previous financial year.

This can be greatly attributed with drop due to not having the club in the Champions League Football for this season. According to some of the United’s fans supporters, the administration of the club is controversial thus has led to major declines in the games at the field and the debt increase.

The commercial revenue increased by a merge of 5.9% accounting for £80.4m from the previous year. But a lot of its revenue seems to head to the development structure like academies. Out of their academies they brag to having produced the best players with global outsourcing skills having an A game.

Executive vice-chairman, Mr. woodman says “We have a clear vision in terms of football philosophy and recruitment. “This can be attest by the significant investment they have made in recruitment infrastructure, transfers and analytics.

A brief history into the raining years of increasing debt, it began in 2005 right after the Glazer family took over and then paying the team approximately £790 million. One of the greatest tragedy is when the family took the club private. They had to deal with huge debt that caused them to having opening its doors to initial public offering(IPO) in 2010.Having such information will explain great details of their coming strategic position in the world map of debt.

This announced debt if not sorted, will lead them in the same position that prompted them to offer IPO. If not so, it will cause an uproar calling for public outcry from its huge fan base that will be more effective now? Manchester united still steps out in the shadows of its former glory.

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Liverpool Stunning Showcase in Bid To Bringing The Title To Anfield

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool is challenged by Fernandinho of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool FC at the Etihad Stadium on January 3, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Before the match between Liverpool and Manchester City on Sunday, the City had a high 29 team alterations this season with much promises of more coming results.

Analysis before the match showed that Manchester City faced with injury problems had a mere chance of winning. The match would decide the results of the Premier League and the champions head. Pep Guardiola expressed confidence of victory on their side even though they had major challenges for instance left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko had injury. His side had several injury worries as they looked to close with six-point gap on the unbeaten league leaders. This very well translated to a tragic halt of the dream.

Liverpool clenched a 3-1 victory after the match that was played at 4:00pm GMT with the goal from Fabinho (6), M Salah (13) and S Mane’ (51) while Man City goal assistance was from B Silva (78). Jürgen Klopp’s side put down an exemplary mark in Premier League title race. This was a major boost as they moved nine points by beating Man city at Anfield.

Liverpool have won 11 of their first 12 Premier League games this season while last season they decamped with a 10-points lead to City. In the sixth minute after Fabinho drilled the ball past Claudio Bravo to scoring, it was followed with disagreement as City felt they needed the penalty when Alexander-Arnolds arm was struck with the ball.

The VAR outcome brought a huge sigh of relief as the ball appeared to struck the arm in the penalty area before the Res broke to score the opening goal. The VAR ruled it as handball. Andrew Robertson’ brilliant cross led to double the hosts and Sadio Mane’s victory goal six minutes after half time. Bernardo Silvia’s low shot found the bottom corner which ensured the City a goal even though it was too late.

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South Africa ’s Gary Kirsten Cricket to Partner with Kenya’s Star Field Sports

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Nairobi, 13 February 2019 …Kenya’s leading sports development company Star Field Sports has formed a strategic partnership with Gary Kirsten Cricket (GKC) of South Africa to spearhead the development of cricket in the East African region through a series of high profile sports events: High Performance Coaching Camps, Coach Education Courses and private academies.

Gary Kirsten is the iconic South African cricket legend, and India’s World Cup winning coach in 2011. He played 101 Test matches and 185 One Day Internationals for South Africa between 1993 and 2004, mainly as an opening batsman.

His vision is to develop an internationally renowned cricket services business to develop the game and help spread his coaching legacy globally. His state-of-the-art facility in Centurion, Gauteng Province provides coaching for cricketers from around the world.

Speaking at the conclusion of the negotiations, Director of Star Field Sports, Karan Kaul said “We believe this partnership will double down on the strengths of each organization – Gary Kirsten Cricket’s expertise, experience and reputation combined with Star Field’s market knowledge, work ethic and drive is a perfect fit to take over the East African market and develop the game of Cricket.”

The partnership with Star Field Sports in Kenya will aim to support cricket development, starting in April 2019 with a High-Performance Camp and Coach Education Workshop run byGKC at The Nairobi Gymkhana. The camp is open to both professional cricketers in East Africa and young aspiring cricketers. Kirsten’s foray into East Africa is a first for his organisation.

Star Field has in the past, organized highly successful Youth Cricket Tournaments that attract players from East Africa, India and South Africa – the most recent of which was the Hayer One Starfield Youth League in August 2018.

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