Top Five Stories From Monday You Must Read Today

Jan 15 - by Erick Ochieng for SportPesa News

Kipchoge to defend title at London Marathon,Mbao warn Gor to expect a tough match in their SportPesa Cup clash

In this file photo taken on September 16, 2018 Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge stands in front of a clock displaying his time after winning the Berlin Marathon setting a new world record with 2h01m39s in Berlin. PHOTO/AFP

  • Every tournament has an underdog and for the 2019 SportPesa Cup, Mbao FC qualify to carry that tag as they feature for the first time ever in the invitational eight-team knockout competition that kicks off Tuesday week (January 22)
  • Kipchoge will face Mo Farah of Great Britain, who was previously announced. Farah set the European record over the distance in Chicago last October when he clocked 2:05:11 to collect his first major marathon victory
  • A battling Andy Murray bowed out of the Australian Open at the first hurdle Monday, but it was business as usual for ruthless Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who joined Caroline Wozniacki in round two

NAIROBI, Kenya- World record holder,Eliud Kipchoge,indicated on Monday that he will defend his title at the Virgin Money London Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race, on Sunday April 28.

Among the rivals the 2018 World Athlete of the Year will battle include Mo Farah of Great Britain who set the European record over the distance in Chicago last October when he clocked 2:05:11 to collect his first major marathon victory.

Mwanza-based Tanzania Premier League (TPL) side, Mbao FC, also announced on the day, through their prolific striker Said Khamis, that they are eyeing the scalp of two time holders,Gor Mahia FC in the third edition of SportPesa Cup that gets underway in Dar es Salaam ,Tanzania  from January 22.

Here are the top five stories from Monday compiled by that you must read today:

Eliud Kipchoge To Defend London Crown, Ready For Farah Test

LONDON, England- World record holder Eliud Kipchoge will defend his title at the Virgin Money London Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race, on Sunday April 28.Kipchoge, the 2018 World Athlete of the Year, broke the world record in the marathon in Berlin last September, clocking 2:01:39. The 34-year-old Kenyan won his third London marathon title last year, clocking 2:04:17.READ MORE

Mbao Hot Shot Striker Khamis Puts Gor On SportPesa Cup Notice

DAR-ES-SALAAM, Tanzania- Every tournament has an underdog and for the 2019 SportPesa Cup, Mbao FC qualify to carry that tag as they feature for the first time ever in the invitational eight-team knockout competition that kicks off Tuesday week (January 22) in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.Despite enjoying home advantage of sorts, the Mwanza-based Tanzania Premier League (TPL) side were thrown to the deep end when they were drawn to face two-time SP Cup champions, Gor Mahia FC in the third quarterfinal on January 23, starting at 2pm (+3GMT) local time.READ MORE

Aussie Open: Struggling Murray Crashes Out As Nadal, Federer Cruise

MELBOURNE, Australia- A battling Andy Murray bowed out of the Australian Open at the first hurdle Monday, but it was business as usual for ruthless Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who joined Caroline Wozniacki in round two.The Scottish five-time Melbourne Park finalist gave it everything he had and showed glimpses of the form that won him three Grand Slams, but his ailing body let him down during a gutsy 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (4/7) defeat to 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut.READ MORE

Leopards First Kenyan Team To Check In For 2019 SportPesa Cup In Dar

DAR-ES-SALAAM, Tanzania- AFC Leopards SC will be the first Kenyan team to check in for the 2019 SportPesa Cup in Tanzania on Saturday (January 19) according to tournament organisers.Leopards who are the beaten 2017 finalists are scheduled to arrive at the Julius Nyerere International Airport at 10am local time (+3GMT) and will be followed by 2018 SportPesa Shield winners, Kariobangi Sharks expected in the Tanzania capital at 15:15pm for their maiden visit to the country.READ MORE

Zouma: Everton Must Build On Crucial Bournemouth Win

LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom- France international defender Kurt Zouma wants Everton to use Sunday's win over AFC Bournemouth as a launchpad to rediscover their best form. Zouma headed his first Blues goal as Marco Silva's men bounced back from successive Premier League defeats against Brighton and Leicester with a 2-0 victory that moved them into the top half of the table. READ MORE