NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 14 – Capital FM retained the football title as Mediamax Network Limited were crowned the 2019 Betway Sports Journalists Association of (SJAK) Sports Day champions held at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Saturday.
In the annual fun day that was graced Sports Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohamed, brought together 13 teams from various media houses that competed in 4X100m relay, 5-aside football tournament, egg race, sack race and the tug of war.
Mediamax who were third last year, dethroned overall defending champions Capital FM to take the title and pocket Ksh 100,000 cash prize.
MediaMax amassed 104 points to secure the coveted silverware, Mount Kenya TV finished second after collecting 100 points while Switch TV closed the podium after garnering 88 points.
Capital FM successfully retained the football title by piping Mount Kenya TV 2-1 through post-match penalties after a 1-1 stalemate during normal regulation time.
Apart from dominating football, Capital FM also won the egg race anchored by sassy newscaster Angela Wambui to finish fifth on 78 points overall.
Nation Media Group, who reached the final of tug of war, losing 2-1 to Metropolitan TV garnered 86 points to come home fourth.
Interestingly, MediaMax did not win in any category but managed four third place finishes in athletics, football, egg race and sack race coupled with being sixth finisher in tug of war.
The event, which was sponsored by main sponsors Betway, co-sponsored by Coca Cola and Safaricom attracted 13 media houses which was used to by SJAK to belatedly mark the World Sports Journalists Day.
However, the Chief Guest, Amina Mohammed won the egg race in the executive’s category which also included Betway Country Manager, Leon Kiptum, Safaricom Sales representative Peris Nduta and Sports Kenya Chief Executive Officer Pius Metto.
Nation won the 4X100m while the sack race belonged to Ebru TV.
Sports CS Amina Mohammed lauded the initiative and said her ministry was committed to working with the media in improving service delivery and sporting standards.
“It is commendable that media houses consistently allocate adequate airtime and at least five pages in newspapers to Sports. As a key stakeholder, the media plays a pivotal role in Sports through dissemination of all information in the sector. The Ministry’s staff will join the Journalists in next year’s events in the spirit of collaboration and partnership,” the CS said.
The Betway Country Manager Leon Kiptum said they were impressed with the event and hoping for more collaborations with SJAK.
“We are very happy to be part of SJAK, the journalists are doing a commendable job, next year we hope to continue with the partnership,” Kiptum stated.
The Sports Journalist Association of Kenya (SJAK) chairman and International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Africa vice president Chris Mbaisi thanked the sponsors and the participating teams for making the event possible.
“We thank our sponsors for making this happen, its always good to see Sports Journalists mingle and compete. As Sports Journalists, we are used to report and criticize, today we are on the other end. It was exciting to see the fun and competitiveness, we promise to make it better next year,” Mbaisi underscored.
The purpose of the day is to encouraged sports journalists to strive for excellence in their work and to set an example to the world – not only to the world of sport, but to the world at large.