Kenyans love sports. You know this because if you went to school, chances are you were given opportunities to participate in sportive activities. You competed against neighboring schools. Did you even know sports are part of the Kenyan syllabus?
Kenyans are definitely known worldwide for their prowess in athletics. Have you ever heard that Kenyans in the diaspora, once they identify themselves as Kenyans the next question after whether they have killed lions before is ‘so do you run?’ (Or so I hear, hahaha).
As much as it is athletics that has put us as Kenyans on the world map, even heroes like Eliud Kipchoge getting honorary degrees for breaking world athletic records, the most popular sport in Kenya is football.
Kenyan rugby players are also popular in the world. Remember Safari Sevens? These people beat other international teams.
Go to any pubs and social places and you’ll find huge screens showing football. See how all roads lead to Kasarani when there’s a match between Gor Mahia Kogalo and AFC. Most Kenyans are just lovers of football. It is said that our national team hardly ever makes it to big games (We love you Harambee Stars!).
Kenyans being lovers of sports went to google search sportive events that took place in the year 2019, and below are some of the sports events that trended on google in 2019.
The Africa Cup of Nations, abbreviated as AFCON took place between 21st June and 19th July 2019 and was hosted in Egypt’s capital, Cairo.
It was the first AFCON to have 24 African teams participating since it was expanded from 16 teams.
UEFA Nations League was an inaugural tournament that happened between 5th June and 9th June in Portugal.
Four countries Portugal, England, Switzerland and the Netherlands participated.
The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup was the 12th Cricket World Cup.
It was hosted between 30 May to 14 July across eleven venues in England and Wales with the tournament being the fifth time that England had hosted the World Cup while for Wales it was their third.
Rugby World Cup is a men’s tournament that happens every four years. Rugby WC 2019 was the ninth edition and was hosted in Japan from 20th September to 2nd November 2019.
This is definitely one of Kenya’s favorite. Whenever there is a match, Kenyans everywhere support their favorite teams and one can feel it even on social media.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 which was hosted by France from 7th June and ended on 7th July 2019 was one of the most searched sports items by Kenyans.
The Women’s World Cup was contested by 24 women’s national teams in the member associations of FIFA with matches staged in nine cities in France.
The friendly match between Kariobangi sharks and Everton took place on 7th July at Kasarani stadium.
Kariobangi Sharks won the match against Everton 4-3. The two teams had at first had a 1-1 draw after which the match was to be decided through penalties.
Kariobangi’s Brian Bwire saved two penalty kicks.
The boxing match between Kenya’s Fatuma Zarika also known as ‘Iron Fist’ and Zambia’s Catherine Phiri took place in March.
Zarika won to retain the World Boxing Council (WBC) world super-bantamweight title for the third consecutive time.
The match was characterized by a war of words between the two boxers, after which it spread to becoming an online war between Kenya and Zambia.