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Mikel Arteta finds Arsenal formula

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This felt like the first game in recent memory that Arteta had a near-full squad to choose from, and having made a Premier League high 14 starting XI changes in the four games before the Burnley win last week, he’s made only three since. In truth, it feels like the first time since Arteta joined that he has enjoyed this kind of steadiness in personnel.

Three weeks ago, after starting the season with three defeats, nine goals conceded, none scored and two dozen players used, it felt like the first move Mikel Arteta needed to make to save this season was to find consistency in selection. The criticism thrown at him during his time at the Emirates was that he didn’t know his best XI.

This felt like the first game in recent memory that Arteta had a near-full squad to choose from, and having made a Premier League high 14 starting XI changes in the four games before the Burnley win last week, he’s made only three since. In truth, it feels like the first time since Arteta joined that he has enjoyed this kind of steadiness in personnel.

The narrative around goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has now completely changed, and the £30m move makes sense: he’s their No 1, and a very good one on early viewing.

The back-four look settled – right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu looks like he’s had years of Premier League football under his belt, not 242 minutes, and Ben White is silencing the criticism from that horrid opening-night defeat at Brentford.

If he avoids injury, Thomas Partey is the key anchor, Arteta still has huge faith in Granit Xhaka next to him, and the exuberance of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Marten Odegaard is infectious in the front line. Even Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks happy.

This was Arteta’s best day as manager at the Emirates – “It was one of the nicest feelings I had, certainly in this stadium” he said afterwards – but he’ll be hoping it’s the start of many, and not the false-start we’ve seen before.

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Wasafibet – Diamond Platinumz launches new betting company, partners with Odibets

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Diamond has officially launched the new betting company dubbed WasafiBet at a ceremony that brought Bongo elites together.

Through his Instagram he launched WasafiBet on Friday, November 26, and captioned it “Pesa lipo.

Due to his massive following, it was established shortly after unveiling the product with over 10K followers in hours.

The betting company’s Instagram page and Twitter handle gained more than 10,000 followers in less than one hour after Diamond’s launching.

WasafiBet Instagram page hints that the company have an association with a Kenyan betting company Odibets.

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Court Closes Case Against FKF President Nick Mwendwa

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Beleaguered Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa is a free man after the state dropped all the corruption charges against him.

On Thursday 25th November, a court ruling was issued, that ordered Nick Mwenda be refunded Ksh 4 million he deposited to secure his release.

On Wednesday, November 16 the government was given an ultimatum of one week to prosecute Mwendwa, failure to which his case would be closed.

“We seek to close the file as we proceed with investigations at our own pace before we prefer charges against him,” the prosecution said.

“Police arrested and detained Mwendwa irregularly which exhibited bad faith. They brought him to the court without a holding charge even after detaining him for a whole weekend,” Nyamu said.

The court granted the prosecution 7days to prefer charges against Mwendwa after a request to detain him for 14 days was declined.

“I, therefore, order this matter closed as prayed by the DPP, ” Wandia said.

Friday, November 12th, 2021 Nick Mwendwa was allegedly arrested over the misuse of funds while visiting the Harambee Stars camp at the Nyayo National Stadium.

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Rugby: Unvaccinated players will not be allowed to compete in Kenya Cup

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Unvaccinated rugby players on several teams such as the Mwamba, Homeboyz, and Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) will not be allowed to take part in this year’s Kenya Cup.

“NO team will be allowed to field players not yet fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and all team managers to compile vaccination certificates and send to KRU on or before Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

Unvaccinated players shall also be considered ineligible.”Kenya Rugby Union (KRU0 said

There are six matches on the cards as the 2021/22 Kenya Cup season kicks off on Saturday, November 27, 2021.

The season will again be played on a one-off, round-robin basis with the top four teams qualifying for the semifinal playoffs with the final slated for Saturday, March 5 2022.

Strathmore Leos get the new season underway when they host Topfry Nakuru in the day’s early kick-off at the RFUEA Ground.

This match will pave the way for the Ngong Road derby when hosts Kenya Harlequin and Resolution Impala Saracens face off in the subsequent fixture at the RFUEA.

Last season’s runners-up Kabras Sugar will be at home to Kenyatta University’s Blak Blad at the Moi Showground, Kakamega with Masinde Muliro hosting Nondescripts at the MMUST Campus in Lurambi, Kakamega.

Menengai Oilers welcome Mwamba to the Moi Showground, Nakuru while defending champions KCB host Homeboyz at the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka, Nairobi.

This year’s league season will also incorporate women’s action. There will be three fixtures this weekend starting with the early kick-off between Mwamba and Topfry Nakuru at the RFUEA.

Ruckit and Yamananshi Impala will duel at the Impala Club with Homeboyz and Northern Suburbs facing off in Ruaraka.

Match Day 1, Saturday, November 27 2021

Kenya Cup

Strathmore Leos v Topfry Nakuru, 1.00pm, RFUEA, Nairobi (live)

Kenya Harlequin v Resolution Impala Saracens, 3.00pm, RFUEA, Nairobi (live)

Kabras Sugar v Blak Blad, 3.00pm, Moi Showground, Kakamega

Masinde Muliro v Nondescripts, 3.00pm, MMUST, Kakamega

Menengai Oilers v Mwamba, 3.00pm,Moi Showground, Nakuru

KCB v Homeboyz, 3.00pm, KCB Sports Club, Ruaraka

Women’s Kenya Cup

Mwamba v Topfry Nakuru, 11.00am, RFUEA, Nairobi

Ruckit v Yamanashi Impala Saracens, 1.00pm, Impala Club, Nairobi

Homeboyz v Northern Suburbs, 1.00pm, KCB Sports Club, Ruaraka

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