Idah Waringa's NTV Exposé Wins Global Award

The feature, aired on NTV in July 2020, exposed the rot of match-fixing in Kenya. It revealed several alleged key players in the intricate web that includes football players, referees, and 'money men' from as far away as Singapore.

Idah Waringa's NTV Exposé Wins Global Award

NTV anchor Idah Waringa's investigative documentary dubbed “The Football Con” earned global recognition as the best in the investigative reporting category in the 2020 International Sports Press Association (AIPS) awards for Africa.

The feature, aired on NTV in July 2020, exposed the rot of match-fixing in Kenya. It revealed several alleged key players in the intricate web that includes football players, referees, and 'money men' from as far away as Singapore.

Alongside Nation Media Group sports correspondent Jeff Kinyanjui, the exposé was a joint print and TV production that revealed the match-fixing decisions based on the outcome made before kick-off.

“We feel honoured, having received just incredible input from many people, and also thank Nation Media Group that gave us the platform for exposing this,” Waringa told AIPS on March 22, 2021 after receiving the award.

“Match fixing does not stop, it is still going on”, added Kinyanjui.

The expose came second in Africa under the video documentary category of the awards.

Waringa was also feted under the Video Short Feature category with her story Blades of hope: From a double amputation to a world record being ranked eighth in Africa.

The list of top ranked submissions in Africa was released on Thursday evening, April 1 with Nation Media Group reaping big. The media house's sports desk dominated the AIPS awards for Africa, despite the COVID-19 pandemic bringing sports activities across the world to a halt.

Under the guidance of Managing Editor Elias Makori, the print, online and TV desks worked hard to deliver unique stories and their efforts were duly recognised.

Elias Makori led the print department by example, emerging second in Africa in Writing Best Colour Piececategory with his story Behind the scenes in the making of a Shujaa on the streets of Vienna.

This was a first-hand account of world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge’s historic INEOS 1:59 run in Vienna in October, 2019, in which he became the first human being to run a sub-two-hour marathon.

The print version of Football Con done by Kinyanjui also ranked ninth under the same category.

Another investigative story was jointly done by Samuel Gacharira and Cellestine Olilo dubbed Shame of FKF’s ‘joyriders’ to Afcon tourney and new Ksh240m scandal. It was ranked fifth in Africa under Writing Best Column category.

Gacharira’s feature story – Barrack Ochieng: From grisly accident to reunion with game that changed his life – was ranked tenth in Young Reporters Writing category.

Eldoret-based NTV reporter Stephen Keter emerged third in Africa in the Young Reporters Broadcasting with his story From Olympian to ‘Mama Mboga’.

Daily Nation photographer Sila Kiplagat crowned a wonderful day for the Sports desk with two awards. He emerged top in Africa in Young Reporters Photography category and third in Photography Sport Action.

List of 2020 Africa Sports Journalism Awards from Nation Media Group:

  1. NTV: Idah Waringa, Jeff Kinyanjui (The Football con) – Winners, Best Investigative story globally;
  2. NTV: Idah Waringa (The football con) – Number 2 in Africa, Video Documentary category;
  3. NTV: Idah Waringa (Blades of hope – From a double amputation to a world record) – Number 8 in Africa, Video Short Feature category;
  4. Daily Nation: Elias Makori (Behind the scenes in the making of a Shujaa on the streets of Vienna) – Number 2 in Africa, Writing Best Colour category;
  5. Daily Nation: Jeff Kinyanjui (The Football con) – Number 9 in Africa, Writing Best Colour category;
  6. Daily Nation: Cellestine Olilo and Samuel Gacharira (Shame of FKF’s ‘joyriders’ to Afcon tourney and new Sh240m scandal) – Number 5 in Africa, Writing Best Column category;
  7. Daily Nation: Samuel Gacharira (Barrack Ochieng: From grisly accident to reunion with game that changed his life) – Number 10 in Africa in Young Reporters Writing category;
  8. Daily Nation: Sila Kiplagat (What it takes to save a shot) – Winner in Africa, Young Reporters Photography!
  9. Daily Nation: Sila Kiplagat (Sports and COVID-19) – Number 2 in Africa, Photography Sport Action;
  10. NTV: Steve Keter (From Olympian to ‘Mama Mboga’) – Number 3 in Africa, Young Reporters Broadcasting.