Top Five Stories From Friday You Must Read Today

Feb 23 - by Louis Kalinga for SportPesa News

Mathare's Francis Kimanzi bags January coach of the month award, Arsenal to face Rennes in Europa Last 16

Mathare United Coach Francis Kimanzi (left) is presented with the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month gong by the company's Marketing Manager Nicholas Malesi at Goan institute. PHOTO/SJAK

  • Mathare United FC coach Francis Kimanzi expressed his gratitude to the players and club after bagging his third Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK)/Fidelity Insurance coach of the month award on Thursday morning
  • Premier League club Chelsea have been banned from signing new players in the next two transfer windows as punishment for breaking rules on registering under-age players, FIFA said on Friday
  • Arsenal will face French side Rennes in the last 16 of the Europa League, while Chelsea were paired with Dynamo Kiev in Friday's draw

NAIROBI, Kenya- Mathare United FC coach Francis Kimanzi expressed his gratitude to the players and club after bagging his third Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK)/Fidelity Insurance coach of the month award on Thursday morning.

In international football, Real Madrid and Barcelona face two Clasicos in four days next week but La Liga's greatest rivals are not so much revving up for the double-header but crawling reluctantly towards it.

Premier League club Chelsea have been banned from signing new players in the next two transfer windows as punishment for breaking rules on registering under-age players, FIFA said on Friday.

In Basketball, James Harden passed Wilt Chamberlain for the second longest 30-point-plus streak in NBA history, but the Houston star fouled out in the fourth quarter and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Houston Rockets 111-106 on Thursday.

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

Mathare Coach Kimanzi Grateful After Scooping Third SPL Monthly Award

NAIROBI, Kenya- Mathare United FC coach Francis Kimanzi expressed his gratitude to the players and club after bagging his third Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK)/Fidelity Insurance coach of the month award on Thursday morning. The former Harambee Stars coach scooped the award for his teams exceptional performance in January, to add onto the first ever award in March 2016 and another the following year. READ MORE

Fatigued Real Madrid, Barcelona Prepare For Back To Back El Clasicos

MADRID, Spain- Real Madrid and Barcelona face two Clasicos in four days next week but La Liga's greatest rivals are not so much revving up for the double-header but crawling reluctantly towards it. This weekend, Barca travel to fourth-placed Sevilla on Saturday and Madrid to Levante on Sunday, when priorities, rest and rotation will all be high on the agenda again. READ MORE

Record-Breaking Harden Stars In Rockets Loss, Bucks Edge Celtics

LOS ANGELES, United States- James Harden passed Wilt Chamberlain for the second longest 30-point-plus streak in NBA history, but the Houston star fouled out in the fourth quarter and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Houston Rockets 111-106 on Thursday. Harden has now scored 30 points or more in 32 consecutive games but his early exit was followed moments later by Chris Paul's sixth foul of the game as the Rockets imploded down the stretch to hand the Lakers the win. READ MORE

Chelsea Banned From Signing Players For Two Transfer Windows, Fined $600,000

LONDON, United Kingdom- Premier League club Chelsea have been banned from signing new players in the next two transfer windows as punishment for breaking rules on registering under-age players, FIFA said on Friday. It means the club will be unable to make signings until the end of January next year. READ MORE

Europa League: Arsenal To Battle Rennes, Chelsea Draw Dynamo Kiev

PARIS, France- Arsenal will face French side Rennes in the last 16 of the Europa League, while Chelsea were paired with Dynamo Kiev in Friday's draw. Both Premier League clubs will be at home in the first leg on Thursday, March 7, with the return matches scheduled for March 14. READ MORE