Top Five Stories From Friday You Must Read Today

Dec 22 - by Mutwiri Mutuota for sportpesa news

Everton to return to East Africa, Kenyan sides Gor and Sharks face their moment of truth in CAF action

Beatrice Chepkoech poses next to the clock displaying her new world record in the 3000m steeplechase women at the 2018 IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco. PHOTO/File

  • The Best of 2018 series continued with a look back at how the finest Kenyan talent performed in the annual IAAF Diamond League
  • Mathare United FC are out to extend their perfect start to three wins on the bounce when they host Ulinzi Stars FC as wounded Sofapaka FC and AFC Leopards SC lock horns in Machakos in the third round of the SPL
  • Liverpool FC will spend Christmas atop the English Premier League having beaten tricky Wolves 2-0 on Friday night where Mo Salah and Virjil van Dijk were on target

NAIROBI, Kenya- Everton FC announced on Friday they will return to East Africa in the summer to play the winner of the 2019 SportPesa Cup that will be played in Tanzania next month in one of the headlines stories of the day.

The Best of 2018 series continued with a look back at how the finest Kenyan talent performed in the annual IAAF Diamond League with SportPesa Premier League (SPL) winners Gor Mahia FC and Kariobangi Sharks FC on the hunt for places in the group stages of the CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup in that order.

Back home, Mathare United FC are out to extend their perfect start to three wins on the bounce when they host Ulinzi Stars FC as wounded Sofapaka FC and AFC Leopards SC lock horns in Machakos in the third round of the SPL.

Liverpool FC will spend Christmas atop the English Premier League having beaten tricky Wolves 2-0 on Friday night where Mo Salah and Virjil van Dijk were on target.

To round off the top five stories from Friday you must read today on SportPesa News, Miami Heat cooled off Houston Rocket's fove game winning streak in the USA.

Everton To Make Africa Return For SportPesa Trophy Clash

MERSEYSIDE, United Kingdom- Marco Silva will take his Everton squad to Africa next summer to play a showpiece friendly against the next winners of the SportPesa Cup.

The Blues became the first Premier League club in 2017 to play a friendly match in East Africa, beating Kenyan SportPesa Premier League champions Gor Mahia FC 2-1 in front of a crowd of more than 40,000 in Tanzania. READ MORE

Best of 2018: Kenyan Stars Shone Bright In IAAF Diamond League

NAIROBI, Kenya- The measure of any professional sportsperson is to test their talent against the best in the world.

Since 2010, the IAAF Diamond League (DL) has been the official global circuit competition where the best in track and field gather across 14 leading meetings scattered across Asia, Africa, Europe and America to vie for honours. READ MORE

SPL Frontrunners Mathare In Testing Ulinzi Showdown

NAIROBI, Kenya-  Mathare United FC are looking forward to extend their perfect start to the season to three victories on the trot when they host Ulinzi Stars FC in a headline SportPesa Premier League (SPL) tie at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Nairobi on Saturday afternoon.

The slum boys top the standings on goal differences following their 2-0 and 0-3 victories against Chemelil Sugar FC and Nzoia Sugar FC in their opening two outings and face a side that opened their account last weekend with a 3-1 victory over KCB FC. READ MORE

Christmas Crackers Liverpool Beat Wolverhampton

WOLVERHAMPTON, United Kingdom- Liverpool passed another stringent test of their Premier League title credentials as Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk gave them a 2-0 victory at Wolverhampton on Friday that guarantees top spot at Christmas. 

Salah's 11th goal of the season was a classy one and helped subdue a dangerous Wolves side who had made a lively start. READ MORE

Heat Stop Rockets Five-Game NBA Winning Streak

LOS ANGELES, United States- The Miami Heat snapped Houston's five-game NBA winning streak with a 101-99 victory on Thursday in a game that saw Rockets point guard Chris Paul injured again.

The Rockets, coming off an 18-point victory over Washington on Wednesday in which they set a single-game record with 26 three-pointers, were leading 45-37 in the second quarter when Paul, diving to regain control of the ball, clutched his left thigh and quickly left the game. READ MORE