Plane carrying Saudi Arabia’s football team to world cup 2018 catches fire after take off

Saudi Arabian football team were left shaken after their plane caught fire after take off in Russia during this years world cup.

According to Daily Mail Flames were spotted coming out of the engine before the plane safely landed in Rostov leaving no one harmed.

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The team are set to play Uruguay there on Wednesday. An official statement from the football association said:

‘The Saudi Football Federation wishes to reassure everyone about the safety of all members of the mission of the national team after a minor technical malfunction in an engine.

‘The plane landed a few minutes ago at Rostov on Don Airport, and UNOMIG personnel are now safely heading to their residence.’

This comes weeks after a Kenyan aircraft Fly-Sax Cessna C208 aircraft, crushed into the Aberdares killing 10 people on the spot among them the pilot Barbara Kamau and her co-pilot Jean Mureithi.

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The ill fated aircraft was flying from Kitale to Nairobi crashed at the Aberdares. Another aircraft accident that caught attention in Kenya is when a helicopter crashed into Lake Nakuru in 2017.

Five people among them Apollo Malowo (the captain), bloggers; Anthony Kipyegon, John Mapozi, Sam Gitau and a woman identified as Veronica Muthoni lost their life.

The bodies were later retraced with some retraced weeks after the accident took place.

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The late Apollo Malowo captain of the helicopter that crashed in lake Nakuru

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REVEALED: Popular National Teams Most Kenyan Fathers Are Supporting In 2018 World Cup

Just four days into the much anticipated 2018 Fifa World Cup tournament, it is fair to say that the fever is real and it is escalating by every match that passes.

As the world marks international father’s day, we take a look at the popular teams which most of them (aged over half a century) will be rallying behind.

  1. Brazil

Brazil is one of the most popular teams in the 2018 world ccup tournament, which is staged in Russia.

This is because the Selecao (team’s nickname) are the only team to have taken part in every single World Cup since 1930, with this year’s event becoming their 21st appearance in as many tournaments.

Hence why many dads would support them since they have been following the yellow blues for as long as they can remember and they know the danger they pose, given that they are regarded as one of the favorites to win the 2018 world cup.

Brazil are also the most successful team in the world with 5 World Cup trophies.

2. Germany

Speaking of successful teams, Germany is the second most successful nation with four golden trophies and this puts them as one of the most supported teams by Kenyan dads.

Having won the trophy in; 2014, 1990, 1974 and 1954, it is easy to tell that they would rather support a team which they saw tearing others apart than risk with newbies.


Having won the world cup in 1978 and 1986, Kenyan dads know very well that Diego Maradona won’t be there to do his thing for the current generation, but they know that he has already inspired the likes of Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain to better their results from 2014 where they lost in the finals against Germany.


Uruguay might be one of the most hated national teams by Kenyans and Africans as a whole after Luis Suarez’s dirty tricks stopped Ghana from becoming the first African team to make into World Cup semi finals in 2010.

With the wound yet to heal, it’s safe to say they still have attracted a number of Kenyan dads thanks to their array of talent in; Luis Suarez, Diego Godin and Edison Cavani who are proven winners.


The three lions might have won the tournament just once in 1966, but many dads are behind the men whom they follow in the English premier league every weekend.

Well which team is your dad supporting?


Where is president Vladimir Putin?

Rumours are swirling in Moscow over the health of Vladimir Putin after the Russian president disappeared from view and put off a foreign visit. Mr Putin has not been seen in public for a week and an official in Kazakhstan told reporters that he postponed a visit to the central Asian country on Wednesday because he had fallen ill. He will also not appear at an annual meeting of high-ranking officers from the

Federal Security Service on Thursday, which he has attended in past years. Reporters last saw the president when he met Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, on March 5. Photographs of Mr Putin meeting officials one-on-one have been put on the Kremlin website since then but his gathering with a group of women for International Women’s Day on March 8 actually took place three days earlier, according to one participant.

Dmitry Peskov, the president’s spokesman, moved to scotch speculation about his boss’s health on Thursday, referring to another rumour that Igor Sechin, the powerful head of the state-owned Rosneft oil company, was about to be sacked. “As soon as the sun comes and it starts to smell of spring, these things flare up,” he said. “Someone imagines Sechin’s resigning, someone the government, and someone doesn’t see the president on the television for a few days.”

Mr Peskov said that Mr Putin was “absolutely” healthy and that he was conducting meetings “constantly, but they are not all public”. Asked if the president’s handshake was strong, he told the Ekho Moskvy radio station: “He’s breaking hands. There’s no need to worry,” Mr Peskov added. “Everything is fine.” It is not the first time that questions have been asked about Mr Putin’s health.


S.Africa repatriates anti-apartheid heroes’ remains from Russia

The remains of two prominent anti-apartheid activists who were among the mentors of Nelson Mandela were flown back home Sunday nearly 40 years after they died in Russia.

President Jacob Zuma led an official ceremony to receive the bodies of Moses Kotane and John Beaver Marks, whose bodies were exhumed from Russia’s prestigious Novodevichy cemetery in Moscow.

Kotane, ex-general secretary of the South African Communist Party and a former executive committee member of the African National Congress (ANC), was one of 156 defendants in the notorious 1956 treason trial.

The group, which included Mandela, was arrested in a raid and charged with treason by the apartheid regime. All the accused were found not guilty by the time the trial ended in 1961.

Kotane is credited with bringing the communists and the ANC together into an alliance that still remains solid. The two parties are part of a political tripartite alliance together with the labour federation, Cosatu.

“Our very own icon Nelson Mandela is a product of these two,” said Zuma. “They are the fathers of our revolution”.

Born in 1905, Kotane fled the country into exile to Tanzania in 1963 where he helped coordinate the setting up of the ANC military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe.

In 1968, Kotane suffered a stroke and was flown to Moscow for treatment where he died in 1978.

Kotane’s reburial on home soil will fulfil the wishes of his wife, Rebecca, who is 103 years old and wanted her husband back home while “I am still alive,” according to Zuma.

Zuma secured the repatriation from his counterpart Vladimir Putin during a visit to Russia last year.

“A valiant, courageous and stubborn fighter has fallen at his post, on the battlefield,” is how former ANC president Oliver Tambo described Kotane in a eulogy.

Fellow veteran activist Marks was banned from the country by the apartheid regime and sought asylum in Russia. He also died after suffering a stroke in Moscow in 1972.

South Africa’s Culture Minister Nathi Mthetwa said the two “giants in the struggle for the freedom of democracy” were at the “forefront of popularising the struggle” and made the 1994 democracy “breakthrough possible”.

They will be buried at state-assisted funerals later this month.

Last year the remains of prominent anti-apartheid journalist and writer, Nat Nakasa, were repatriated from the United States of America, nearly 50 years after he committed suicide while in exile.

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