Duo called for Stars duty

Dunson Kago has been called to the national team squad that are preparing for the Africa Nations Championship (Chan) qualifying return leg against Ethiopia in Nairobi this weekend.

The player, who recently joined Tusker, replaces Jacob Keli. Keli moved to Zambian side Nkana which rules him out of this Chan tournament, which is only for local-based players.

Thika United captain Dennis Ochiambo was also recalled to the Harambee Stars to help bolster the defence, which was porous in the 2-0 first leg loss in Barhir Dar.

“We had a lot of gaping holes in defence that is why (maybe) Odhiambo was recalled to help,” Harambee Stars captain Musa Otieno told supersport.com.

The team have been training at Saturday’s match venue, Nyayo Stadium, twice a day. Kenya need to score three times without reply if they are to progress to the next round ahead of Ethiopia. Ethiopia are expected to arrive in Nairobi on Thursday.

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Vargas double takes Chile into Copa final

Chile took another step towards their dream of winning a first Copa America on home soil with a 2-1 over Peru on Monday but Eduardo Vargas’ match-winning double was overshadowed by an early refereeing decision that turned the game the hosts’ way.

Carlos Zambrano’s harsh sending off for a high tackle after 20 minutes was the second game in a row that Chile’s rivals have been hit with controversial red cards.

The decision was a hard one to swallow for Peru, who in spite of being underdogs had started well in front of a capacity crowd at Santiago’s National Stadium.

“I think Zambrano’s expulsion was a bit tough,” Peru striker Paolo Guerrero told television cameras.

“I don’t want to complain about the refereeing but there were a lot of unexpected decisions. If it had been 11 against 11 it would have been a different story.”

Chile’s opponents in last week’s quarterfinal, Uruguay, were reduced to nine men in controversial fashion with Edinson Cavani and Jorge Fucile being sent off in Santiago.

Cavani’s red card came after Chile defender Gonzalo Jara stuck his finger up the striker’s backside and when he responded with the slightest of touches Jara fell to the ground theatrically, prompting the referee to send the Uruguayan off.

Chile got the decisive goal shortly after.

Jara later had a three-game ban for provoking Cavani cut to two by the governing body of South American football.

Peru refused to cave in after Zambrano’s dismissal and matched their hosts in a pulsating first half.

But just when it looked like the teams would go in all square at halftime Chile took the lead when striker Vargas poked the ball home from three yards after an Alexis Sanchez cross had come back off the post.

Television replays showed Vargas was marginally offside, but justice seemed to be done seconds into the second half when he had what looked like a legitimate goal chalked off for offside.

Peru came back into the game and equalised on the hour mark when Guerrero split the Chilean defence with a pass for Luis Advincula. He whipped in a cross from the right that Gary Medel turned into his own net.

Peru’s lead lasted just four minutes, however, and again it was Vargas who did the damage as he picked up the ball in midfield and lashed home an unstoppable strike from 30 yards.

Chile, who have never won the Copa America in its 99-year existence, will play the winners of Tuesday’s semifinal between Argentina and Paraguay.

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Manchester United bid £28.6m for Sergio Ramos, according to Sky sources

Manchester United have made a bid of £28.6m for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, according to Sky sources.

Sky sources also understand that Ramos has told Madrid he wants to leave the club and join Louis van Gaal’s side.

Widespread reports in the British and Spanish media have linked the defender, who has two years left on his contract at the Bernabeu, with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks.