Top Five Stories From Friday You Must Read Today

Jan 05 - by Mutwiri Mutuota for sportpesa news

Gor ready for stern Mathare test, Soya Awards get KSh3.7m financial boost

Venus Williams of USA reacts after losing a game during her quarter final match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada on January 04, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand.PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES

  • Manchester City FC's victory over leaders Liverpool FC in the English Premier League wrapped up a busy festive season and on Friday, a run down of the five things we learned was rolled out
  • Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu stunned multiple female Grand Slam winner, Venus Williams at the WTA Auckland Classic as James Harden starred once more as the Houston Rockets floored NBA champions Golden State Warriors in the wrap of the top five stories on SportPesa News from Friday you must read today

NAIROBI, Kenya- The build-up to the biggest game of the SportPesa Premier League weekend on Sunday where champions Gor Mahia FC face leaders Mathare United FC topped the headlines on Friday with head coach Hassan Oktay declaring the record domestic title winners are ready for the stern test.

At the same time, the countdown to the January 11 Sports Personality of the Year Awards continued with organisers announcing they had received KSh3.7m in sponsorship as former world marathon champion, Douglas Wakiihuri, urged more companies to come forward in support of the annual event.

Manchester City FC's victory over leaders Liverpool FC in the English Premier League wrapped up a busy festive season and on Friday, a run down of the five things we learned was rolled out.

Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu stunned multiple female Grand Slam winner, Venus Williams at the WTA Auckland Classic as James Harden starred once more as the Houston Rockets floored NBA champions Golden State Warriors in the wrap of the top five stories on SportPesa News from Friday you must read today.

Oktay Says Gor Mahia Are Prepared For Tough Mathare Test

NAIROBI, Kenya- Gor Mahia FC coach Hassan Oktay insists that despite their being a lot of work to be done, his team is prepared to battle it out against league leaders Mathare United FC on Sunday.

Mathare sit at the top of the SportPesa Premier League (SPL) with 13 points, seven ahead of ninth-place Gor as the two sides prepare to lock horns at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi. READ MORE

SOYAS 2018: Wakiihuri Grateful As Annual Event Get KSh3.7m (USD37,000) Boost

NAIROBI, Kenya- Former world marathon champion,Douglas Wakiihuri, has urged corporate to come forward and support various sports disciplines to help local athletes realise their dreams.

The former Commonwealth Games champion has also appreciated the work being done by Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYAS) organisers to help recognise athletes who have excelled in their categories. READ MORE

Five Things We Learned From The Premier League's Festive Period

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom- Liverpool emerged from the Premier League's packed festive season with a four-point lead at the top of the table, despite slipping to a first defeat of the campaign to Manchester City on Thursday.

That huge win puts City back in the title race after a shocking start to the four-game run squeezed into the holiday season and keeps Spurs on the fringes of the chase just six points behind. READ MORE

Williams Bundled Out Of WTA Auckland Classic By Andreescu

AUCKLAND, New Zealand- Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu stunned Venus Williams in the WTA Auckland Classic quarter-finals to continue her giantkilling run Friday, while defending champion Julia Goerges survived a match-point scare.

The 18-year-old Andreescu, ranked 152nd in the world, beat Williams, 20 years her senior and a seven-times Grand-Slam winner, 6-7 (1/7), 6-1, 6-3. READ MORE

Harden's Late Three Sinks Warriors, Triple Double For DeRozan

LOS ANGELES, United States- James Harden showed once again that he is at the top of his game, rattling in the winning basket with two seconds left in overtime to lift the Houston Rockets to a 135-134 win over Golden State.

The reigning NBA MVP drained the three pointer despite being double teammed as the Rockets rallied from a 20-point second half deficit to beat the two-time defending champion Warriors on Thursday. READ MORE