Project #1853

The African Child Sport & Education Fund Needs You

by Sadili Oval Sports Academy
Fitness session with Dan
Fitness session with Dan

Undaunted by the heavy rains that fell for the better part of December this year, athletes at Sadili couldn’t miss an opportunity of taking advantage of training with visiting volunteer trainer, Mr. Dan Limbago who is the national manager of National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL), at the United States Tennis Association (USTA), assisted by Sadili Oval’s own; Dr. Elizabeth Odera, (Director of Sadili Oval Sports Academy). Dan brought with him valuable learning materials on life skills from the NJTL programs, which he was keen to share with the young trainers to include in their daily sessions. He also got a chance to visit the African Sport and Eduation Fund-sponsored students in their homes in Kibera, and was very impressed with their determination to work hard, as well as their committment to assisting each other.

From the Basketball court, volunteer coach and former US college star player, Mr. Nick-Caro O’Neil Golding (from Chicago, USA), an Instructor with MPAC Sports in the U.A.E Dubai had intense sessions with students who were eager to fill their curiosity and skill on the game. Their determination written all over their faces was a clear indication of how well they would like to excel. Speaking to Sadili Oval’s Evelyne Guchura, Mr. Nick-Caro said that he had seen a lot of potential in the Kenyan youth training at Sadili Oval Sports Academy. ‘We need to tap this talent at a young age for the fundamental basics so as to grow the talent in the game with time.’ said Nick. He hopes that during his stay in Kenya, he is going to offer some innovative developments in sports especially starting from the primary schools level, while working together with various partners involved


Davis Matanda
Davis Matanda

Davis Matanda powered his way through to the Boys U12 singles quarterfinals of the ITF/CAT KIA Motors Junior Competitions in Mahe, Seychelles, trouncing Denzel Laporte 6-0 6-0. His team mate, Antony Hoka followed suite, easily flying past Arnold Mein (Seychelles) 6-1 6-1 to set up a quarterfinal match against Reunion Number 2 and third seed, Samuel Verbard, where he lost 6-0 6-0.

Matanda later played against Seychelles number 2 and fourth seed Shaun Andriamaro, losing in a long tough quarterfinal match that was not reflected in the final scores, 1-6, 1-6. Both boys finally settled on position 7 (David) and 8 (Antony).
Davis and Antony partnered to beat Noah Jean-Louis/Christian Payet (Seychelles) 6-3 6-2 to reach the boys doubles semi-finals, where they met Damien/Shaun (Sey), losing 1-6, 3-6. They then went on to overpower Seychelles to win Kenya their first bronze medal of the boys under 12s this year.

The boys singles champion was Damien Laporte (Sey), who neat favourite Cement Esparon  6-1, 6-2, while Samuel Verbard (Reunion) dispensed of Shaun Andriamaro (Sey) 6-0 6-1 to life the bronze medal. Both boys are beneficiaries of the Sport and Education Fund.


Jamin Luvembe in training
Jamin Luvembe in training

Jamin Luvembe becomes the first tennis olayer from Kibera, Africa"s largest slum, to play Davis Cup when he joins the Kenya team in Tunisia on the 1st of July 2012. Jamin was called in at the last minute to play trials at Nairobi. Club, started out as the underdog, but rallied to win all his group-stage matches, qualifying for the semifinals as a firm candidate, and ending up as the runnerup, and 4th player for the team after Ibrahim Kibet. Other other two positions were not contested for, as KLTA had already selected  Faiz and Ishmael Changawa of Mombasa. Ishmael is currently the best ranked junior and has posted impressive results in ITF tournaments. 

Jamin, who is a student at Malezi School, started playing tennis at 8 years, when his brother, Francis Isiaho, introduced him to Sadili Oval Sports Academy. His sponsor and coach, Dr. Liz Odera says "this is Jamin's dream starting to come true. He has proved that committment and hard work pays. He still has a lot to do to become the player we hope to see, but this is a great step ib gaining experience, and we are very proud of him". Jamin has been put on standby, as funds are awaited for from the government, according to KLTA, so Kenyans may have to wait a little longer if he doesn't travel. 

Kenya will be play against some great teams, including Ghana, Nigeria, Tunisia, Benin, Zimbabwe, and Cote d'Ivoire. Kenya has barely managed to stay in Group 3 and it is hoped that, by exposing juniors like Ishmael and Jamin, the experience will pay off in a few years.


Sponsored student, Malezi Captain and Sadili Talent Training Academy student, Zack Okong'o Basil, was recently selected by the Kenya Basketball Federation as one of two players to represent Kenya at the Basketball Without Borders Training Camp to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 30th August to 2nd September 2012. Says 6ft 4' Zack, who plays Shooting Guard, "This is a great opportunity for me, I promise to do my best to prepare and be able to represent myself, my school and my country to the best of my ability". Zack's Coach Joseph Amoko, was very pleased with the selection and said, "Zack is within the right age bracket required for this camp, and has already proved himself, leading his team to the Provincial Play-offs in March".



Malezi School edged out Alliance B 23-17 to set up a shock defeat of favorites, UNICEF-sponsored Upperhill “A” 28-15 in the semi-finals, at the season’s Nairobi Secondary Schools Sports Association’s Basketball Season Opener held on the 21st and 22nd of January 2012 at Upperhill School. Although losing against Upperhill “B” in the finals 34-48, Malezi showed that they will be a serious team to reckon with, as schools prepare to compete to reach the finals of the national ball games this term. Malezi Captain, Zack Okong’o Basil, was voted Most Promising Player, with 13 points to his credit
DATE:            21st -22nd January`2012
VENUE:             Upper Hill School & Railway Club
FORMAT:     -    Four Pools, Two proceed to Quarter Finals
-        Winners in the Quarters proceed to the semis
-        Winners in semis, plays in the Final
POOL A                                             POOL B
1. Upper Hill ‘A’                                1. Sunshine Secondary
2. Shimba Hills                                   2. Queen of Apostles
3. Mang`u `B’                                     3. Upper Hill `B’
4. Our Lay of Fatma                           4. Malezi School
5. Blue Hills Academy                       5. Eastleigh High
6. Kayole South 
POOL C                                                         POOL D
1.     Mang`u `A’                                       1. Thika High
2.     Makini                                               2. Kenya Muslim
3.     Muhuri Muchiri                                  3. St. Marys School
4.     St. Marys Educational Centre             4. Lenana School
5.     Alliance`A’                                         5. Alliance `B’
RESULTS:     For Pool B, Quarters, Semis And Involving Malezi School.
TEAMS                                                          DATE
Game 1           Upper Hill `B’ vs Malezi                               21st /1/2012
                        09/09               06/08
                        Final Score     28-14
Game 2           Queen of Apostles vs Malezi                         21st /1/2012
                        00/08                           12/10
                        Final Score:                08-22
Game 3           Sunshine         vs Malezi                                21st /1/2012
                        01/02               04/09
                        Final Score     03- 13
Game 4           Malezi vs Eastleigh                                        22nd / 1/2012
                        16/17               02/10
Game 5           Quarters Finals
                        Alliance `B’ vs Malezi                                   22nd /1/2012
                        08/09               13/10
                        Final Score 17-23
Game 6           Semi Finals
                        Upper Hill `A’ vs Malezi                               22nd /1/2012
                        02/11                           13/15
                        Final Score 15 – 28
Game 7           Finals
                        Upper Hill `B’ vs Malezi                               22nd /1/2012
                        15/09/14/10                09/12/07/06
                        Final Score: 48           -           34
            Our scores in the Finals.
            Zack Okong`o - 13 points
            Lino Manyiel – 6 points
            Emmanuel Atega – 2 points
Individual Awards
            Zack Okong`o – voted the most promising player
Awards: Winners & Runner up were given Trophies and Medals.



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Sadili Oval Sports Academy

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
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Sadili Oval Sports Academy
Project Leader:
Dr. Elizabeth Odera
Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya

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