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Kenyan midfielder shares coronavirus experience

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Kenyan midfielder Paul “Zizou” Thiong’o is a sad man.

His friend, Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, Thursday became the first Serie A player to test positive for coronavirus.

Rugani is the first top-flight footballer to fall victim to the virus which has killed 827 in Italy and infected 12,000 people, including several Serie C players.

Thiong’o, currently attached to Promozione League side Rocchese, played with Rugani at the youth ranks of Italian Serie B side Empoli between 2008 and 2012. While Thiong’o was born in Mombasa to Kenyan parents, Rugani was born in Lucca, Italy.

It’s at Empoli that the pair met with Rugani joining the academy as a six-year-old in 2000 while Thiong’o moved to Tuscany in 2007 aged 12 after impressing during the Danone Nations Cup, an international youth tournament, while turning out for Mombasa FC. His exploits earned him a trial at Empoli which turned out successful and he got a place in their academy.

Both players followed different paths upon graduation from Empoli with Rugani earning a place in the senior team while the diminutive Thiong’o moved to lower league sides.

“Rugani is like a brother to me. We still remain close friends even after leaving Empoli. He is a great guy with a big heart. He was a year ahead of me in the academy but we played together severally since their coach used to invite me to play for their team,” Thiong’o told Nation Sport on phone from his base in Napoli, south of Italy where around 10 coronavirus cases have now been reported.

“He is a very intelligent defender, very good tactically. He taught me what hard work and dedication to the game is all about. We could play a match on Sunday and on Monday morning he was on the training ground alone working on his technique. It’s no surprise that a big club like Juventus signed him.”

Rugani has spent the last seven years at Juventus, apart from a two-year loan spell at Empoli, winning four Serie A titles and three Coppa Italia trophies. He has played just three league games this season, most recently against Brescia on February 16 and SPAL on February 22.

He was on the bench in Lyon for the Champions League last 16, first leg clash on February 26 in France and the team’s last game against Inter Milan in Serie A on March 8.

“It’s so unfortunate that he has tested positive. It goes to show that bad things happen to people with good hearts. I texted him today morning and he told me that doctors are doing their best. No cure has been found so we can only hope that he recovers,” said Thiong’o. “I feel so bad because he has always been motivating me not to give up. That one day my talent will be noticed and I’ll also play at the top level.”

The 24-year-old Thiong’o narrated how his life has been ground to a halt with the virus having stopped all sports activities in Italy. Their league has been suspended until April 5.

“It’s crazy, people here are living in fear. The other day people our local leaders were going round announcing on megaphones that we should not go out of our houses. Every social amenity has been closed down from parks, stadiums, malls and restaurants.”

“It’s so risky to step out. If you have to go out, you have to wear face masks and gloves. People are even avoiding to go to work. At our club we cannot train as a team, I am lucky I have access to a gym so I am just doing personal training hoping that by April 5 everything will be okay,” said Thiong’o.

Thiong’o urged the Kenyan government to take tight precautionary measures to avoid the entry of coronavirus in the country terming it a “killer disease”.

“I have seen people online making jokes about it but this is a killer disease. It spreads very fast and that’s why the whole of Italy is in panic mode since it’s very difficult to contain it. The Kenyan government should take it seriously and do their best to ensure it doesn’t reach home,” explained Thiong’o, who in 2013 was called up to Harambee Stars by Adel Amrouche.

By Nation.co.ke


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Female client smashed my windscreen with a gun – Bolt driver

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A Bolt driver was on Wednesday night left with a broken windscreen after a female client allegedly smashed it with a firearm in a row over Sh320 fare.

According to the driver, Brown Mwangi who posted his predicament on the Uber drivers Facebook page, his client was being dropped in Karen’s Kwarara road when the incident happened.

The driver added that the lady asked him to leave her premises immediately after dropping her off.

He said she told him that the money she owed him would be sent to him by her boyfriend later.

“Upon arrival she told me to go eti her boyfriend will send me money 320. I insisted I will pack outside the gate till my money is sent,” Mwangi wrote.

It is then that the client reportedly left for the house and returned with a gun and smashed the car windscreen.

She further bragged to the driver that she was the daughter of a big shot lawyer.

“She later went inside came with gun and smashed my car windscreen saying her father is a big lawyer and I will take her nowhere. I managed to drive all the way to Hardy police station,” Mwangi added.

On Thursday Mwangi mentioned that the matter was being handled by his lawyers.

“I had to go see my lawyers for advice. Now heading to Hardy police station meeting the OCS,” he added.

He also said he had received another windscreen from well-wishers to replace his smashed one.

“Abt wind screen I have already received new windscreen to be fix tomorrow from some well wishers free of change,” he said.

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Ditch fancy hairstyles, makeup police boss orders female officers

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The National Police Service (NPS) has been asked to ensure that female police officers are not violating the service’s prescribed dress code.

In a communication circular made on Wednesday, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Edward Mbugua said it had been observed that female officers were wearing their hair in unacceptable styles which violate the dress code.

Mr Mbugua asked female cops to ensure they have proper inconspicuous hairstyles that do not interfere with the wearing of headgear and avoid unnatural makeup.

“I draw your attention on service standing orders Chapter 11 dress-code regulations which stipulates clearly on how officers should wear their hair,” reads part of the circular.

The regulations require female police officers to style their hair in a way that does not extend beyond the collar of their blouse, interfere with wearing of all official headgear and not fall over the ears or on the forehead.

According to the code, officers’ hair should not be dyed in conspicuous unnatural colors, and where accessories are used to secure the hair, they should be plain in design and of a color that blends with the hair.

For female officers using make-up, Mbugua indicated that it should be subtle, discreet, and only natural and clear polish may be used.

Nail extensions are prohibited while tattoos shall be covered at all times.

The police boss also ordered all regional commanders to ensure the dress code is strictly observed by their juniors, with action to be taken against those who violate.

In August, Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai asked all officers to observe high etiquette, especially on social media, in circular dated August 4, 2020 and titled ‘Dress Code Regulations’.

The IG pointed out that disregard of the dress code violates regulations as provided under Chapter 31 of the Service Standing Orders (SSO).

“Police uniforms should not be worn with any visible article of civilian clothing, articles or anything that is not police uniform. Mixing of uniform will not be allowed,” Mutyambai said in the letter.

He also cautioned officers against uploading videos on social media while dancing or uttering obscene words while in police uniform.

Mutyambai further directed police bosses to ensure compliance of these guidelines by officers under their command.

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