Top Five Stories From Monday You Must Read Today

Feb 19 - by Erick Ochieng for SportPesa News

Gor Mahia tactician Hassan Oktay admits he is proud of his players for silencing Sofapaka, Manchester United beat Chelsea to sail into FA Cup quarterfinal

Kenya’s Barnabus Kiptum breaks the record for the men’s marathon in Hong Kong. PHOTO/Nora Tam/South China Morning Post

  • It was the first time in Hong Kong for the women’s champion – Volha Mazuronak of Belarus – who finished nearly four minutes ahead of her closest rival in a time of 2:26:13
  • Gor still have two games in hand and are only three points behind leaders Bandari FC, who were also victorious on the weekend, edging Kariobangi Sharks FC 1-0 in a repeat of the 2019 SportPesa Cup final
  • Paul Pogba drove Manchester United into the FA Cup quarter-finals and pushed Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri closer to the sack as the troubled holders crashed to a 2-0 defeat on Monday



NAIROBI, Kenya- Gor Mahia FC coach Hassan Oktay admitted on Monday that he is proud of his players but still not pleased despite a good show to silence Sofapaka FC 1-0 at the Afraha Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The 24th minute goal by Sammy Onyango moved the SportPesa Premier League defending champions to third with 25, three shy of leaders Bandari FC.

It was also a day that Kenyan Barnabus Kiptum was hailed by many after he finished far a head of the chasing pack in Sunday’s Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon that runner-up Dawit Wolde of Ethiopia thought he had won.

The 32-year-old Kiptum was out of sight and out of mind as he blazed to a new course record in the contest.

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

Hong Kong Winner Barnabas Kiptum Was So Far Ahead Rivals Never Saw Him

HONG KONG, Hong Kong- Kenyan Barnabus Kiptum was so far ahead of the chasing pack in Sunday’s Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon that runner-up Dawit Wolde of Ethiopia thought he had won. After finishing third in last year’s race, 32-year-old Kiptum was out of sight and out of mind as he blazed to a new course record. READ MORE

I Am Proud Not Pleased! Oktay Says After Slim Gor Mahia Victory

NAIROBI, Kenya- Gor Mahia FC coach Hassan Oktay admitted to being proud of his players but still not pleased despite a good show to silence Sofapaka FC 1-0 at the Afraha Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Sammy Onyango was the hero on the day with a 24th minute goal, after fantastic build up play by the record league champions, to move them up to third on the log with 25 points. READ MORE

Meddie Kagere Dar Derby Heroics Catapults Striker To Simba Folklore

NAIROBI, Kenya- He simply cannot stop scoring crucial goals and earning the undying adulation of Dar-es-Salaam football giants, Simba SC passionate supporters. The man they affectionately call 'MK14'or 'Terminator Kagere'- striker Meddie Kagere- once again popped up with the winning goal to settle the fierce Dar derby in favour of Simba in a 1-0 victory over the old enemy Yanga SC at the National Main Stadium in front of a capacity-packed stadium last Saturday. READ MORE

Monday Blues: Sarri On The Edge As Pogba Fires United Into FA Cup Quarters

LONDON, United Kingdom- Paul Pogba drove Manchester United into the FA Cup quarter-finals and pushed Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri closer to the sack as the troubled holders crashed to a 2-0 defeat on Monday. Pogba set up United's opening goal for Ander Herrera with a majestic cross and the France star added the second himself as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side produced a commanding display at Stamford Bridge. READ MORE

MVP Durant Ignites Team LeBron Comeback In Thrilling All-Star Game

LOS ANGELES, United States- Kevin Durant scored 31 points and picked up the MVP award as Team LeBron rallied from a 20-point deficit to outgun Team Giannis 178-164 in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday. Durant, who also won the MVP award in 2012, got his team untracked in the second half in a game that at one stage threatened to turn into an overblown three-point shooting contest. READ MORE