NAIROBI, Kenya, July 9 – Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) demolished their Tanzanian counterparts 5-1 in the men’s football competition to mark the World Sports Journalists Day in Nairobi on Saturday.
In connection with the Day, which is a global professional observance, sponsored by Kenya’s official Rio Olympics partner Tusker, the day in Kenya was marked with a football tournament at Railways Club.
SJAK skippered by Capital FM’s Alex Isaboke, won the men’s match as their corresponding women’s team suffered 4-3 on post match penalties in the hands of Tanzania Sports Writers Association (TASWA) after the match ended to a barren draw in regulation time.
SJAK treasurer Evelyne Watta and Standard Newspaper’s reporter Elizabeth Mburugu failed to convert after Taswa custodian Somoe Njitu stopped their shots.
Taswa scored through captain Lightenes Sirikwa, Anjela Musanji, Asha Muhaji and Esther Zelamula as SJAK managed to score via Consolata Makokha, Mercy Njue and Rebecca Magoma.
In the men’s showdown, 4-4-2 Media’s Steve Ayoo and Brian Ndung’u scored a brace each and Standard News Paper writer Eric Ochieng’s goal were enough for SJAK to exert revenge on Taswa’s men’s team with an emphatic win.
Ochieng’ attempts of also grabbing a brace were thwarted after he had a goal disallowed.
SJAK chairman Chris Mbaisi said they invited Tanzanian sports journalists to celebrate together with Kenyan counterparts with a view of enhancing the East African Community (EAC) partnerships among the member states by bringing on board professionals in the sporting arena of journalists.
World Sports Journalists Day was created in 1994 to commemorate the creation of International Sports Press Association (Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive, AIPS) to mark the 70th anniversary of its foundation.
It is also aimed at celebrating the achievements of members of the sporting media. It aims at encouraging sports journalists to strive for excellence in their work and to set an example not only to the world of sport, but to the world at large.
AIPS was founded on July 2, 1924 during the Summer Olympics in Paris. It comprises continental sub-associations and national associations.