Top Five Stories From Friday You Must Read Today

Jan 19 - by Erick Ochieng for SportPesa News

Kenya fall to Argentina in India polo, Kipchoge to battle Laureus Award against global icons Modric, Mbappe, Djokovic and Hamilton

Kenyan athlete Eliud Kipchoge reacts after receing the Male athlete of the year award during the IAAF athlete of the year awards ceremony, on December 4, 2018 in Monaco. PHOTO/AFP

  • The Laureus World Sports Awards, recognise sporting achievement during 2018, are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar
  • Established as a tribute to the intense rivalry between the two nations that started in back in the 1920s when the Gossage Cup-the front-runner to the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup- the invitational eight-team knockout competition has grown to be a key date in the regional calendar
  • Before tackling Kenya Argentina beat Manipur 5-3 on Thursday and in other results, Canada thumped India Polo Association (IPA) team 7-4 before they were whitewashed 8-1 by USA

NAIROBI, Kenya-  Champions Kenya fell to Argentina as they started their title defence for the fourth edition of India Women Polo Tournament in Manipur, India on Friday.

Team captain Rowena Stichbury was optimistic the East Africans will rise in their second match against the hosts slated for Saturday afternoon.

World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge was on the day listed among seven global stars nominated for the hotly contested Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award.

Here are the top five stories from Friday compiled by SportPesa News that you must read today:

SportPesa Cup Magic Moments: Allan Wanga Stuns Yanga

NAIROBI, Kenya- The previous two editions of the SportPesa Cup- formerly known as the SportPesa Super Cup- gave local football talent from Tanzania and Kenya a chance to shine at the East African stage.Established as a tribute to the intense rivalry between the two nations that started in back in the 1920s when the Gossage Cup-the front-runner to the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup- the invitational eight-team knockout competition has grown to be a key date in the regional calendar.READ MORE

Kipchoge Up Against Global Superstars For Laureus Sportsman Award

NAIROBI, Kenya- Award-laden Olympic champion world marathon record holder, Eliud Kipchoge, is among seven global stars nominated for the hotly contested Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award.The pre-eminent international sports awards will be awarded during the February 18 gala in Monaco, the Principality of Monaco where Kipchoge was honoured as the 2018 IAAF World Male Athlete of the Year on December 4.READ MORE

Champions Kenya Fall To Argentina In India Women Polo Defence

MANIPUR,India- Kenya started their title defence at the fourth edition of India Statehood Day Women’s Polo Tournament on wrong footing by going down 3-7 against Argentina at Kangjeibung Grounds in Manipur, India on Friday afternoon.Despite the poor start, team captain Rowena Stichbury is optimistic they will rise in their second fixture against Manipur at the venue on Saturday.READ MORE

Keane Backs Ademola Lookman To Flourish For Everton

LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom- Everton FC defender Michael Keane has hailed the quality of in-form winger Ademola Lookman, insisting “the world is his oyster” if he continues his impressive development.Lookman followed up his goalscoring performance in the FA Cup victory over Lincoln City on 5 January with another dynamic display in Everton’s 2-0 Premier League success against Bournemouth on Sunday. READ MORE

Aussie Open: Federer Marches On, Sharapova Ousts Champ Wozniacki

MELBOURNE, Australia- Ice man Roger Federer clinically swept into the Australian Open last 16 Friday as in-form Ashleigh Barty rallied home hopes by setting up a clash with Caroline Wozniacki or Maria Sharapova.The Swiss great tamed big-serving American Taylor Fritz 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 with the roof closed on Rod Laver Arena to stay on track for a third successive title at Melbourne Park and a 21st Grand Slam crown.READ MORE