Top Five Stories From Saturday You Must Read Today

Dec 09 - by Mutwiri Mutuota for SportPesa News

Bandari floor Gor in Mombasa in SPL opener, Man City fall for the first time in EPL

Chelsea's French midfielder N'Golo Kante (C) celebrates with Chelsea's Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta afer scoring during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in London on December 8, 2018.PHOTO / AFP

  • FC Barcelona smashed Espanyol 4-0 in their local derby in the Spanish La Liga
  • CAF bosses announced Congo Brazzaville had thrown their hats into the ring as rank 2019 AFCON hosts contenders
  • To round off the top five stories on SportPesa News from Saturday you must read today, the World Boxing Council has rubber-stamped the Wilder versus Fury rematch

NAIROBI, Kenya- The 2018/19 SportPesa Premier League season kicked off on Saturday with champions Gor Mahia FC going down 1-2 to Bandari FC in Mombasa in a case of de javu.

Football action heated up overseas with English Premier League champions Manchester City FC losing their first game of the season when Chelsea FC stunned them 2-0 as FC Barcelona smashed Espanyol 4-0 in their local derby in the Spanis La Liga.

With South Africa, Morocco and Egypt being touted as favourites to land the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hosting rights, CAF bosses announced Congo Brazzaville had thrown their hats into the ring as rank contenders.

To round off the top five stories on SportPesa News from Saturday you must read today, the World Boxing Council has rubber-stamped the Wilder versus Fury rematch. 

Bandari Battle To Slim SPL Victory Over Champions Gor

MOMBASA, Kenya- The 2018 SportPesa Premier League (SPL) runners up, Bandari FC, began the new season in style with a 2-1 victory over Gor Mahia FC at Mbaraki Stadium in Mombasa on Saturday afternoon.

William Wadri put the dockers ahead on the stroke of halftime before David King’atua made it 2-0 shortly after the restart. READ MORE

Man City's Cookie Finally Crumbles At Chelsea

LONDON, United Kingdom- Chelsea inflicted champions Manchester City's first Premier League defeat of the season as goals from N'Golo Kante and David Luiz handed the hosts a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge and sent Liverpool top of the table. Kante's goal just before half-time came against the run of play as the visitors dominated the first 45 minutes, but without the injured Sergio Aguero, City lacked a cutting edge up front and Luiz's header 12 minutes from time sealed a huge win for Chelsea. READ MORE

Deontay Wilder Rematch With Tyson Fury Sanctioned By WBC

LOS ANGELES, United States- The World Boxing Council gave the go-ahead Friday for a "direct rematch" between their heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, who battled to a draw in Los Angeles last Saturday. "Wilder and Fury gave boxing one of the best fights in the heavyweight division in a long time, which has created tremendous popular demand for the fans to see a rematch," the  WBC said in a statement on Friday, adding that it had conducted voting through the board of governors "which resulted in unanimous agreement" READ MORE

Congo Brazzaville Strong Contender To Host CAF’s 2019 AFCON

PARIS, France- Congo Brazzaville has emerged as a strong contender to host next year's rearranged Africa Cup of Nations, according to a senior official in the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Constant Omari, a vice-president of CAF, also said that the dossier of Guinea, hosts-designate of the 2023 edition, does not exist. READ MORE

Messi Stars As Barcelona Wallop Espanyol In LaLiga Face-off

MADRID, Spain- Lionel Messi stole the show with two free-kick goals in a blistering display as Barcelona maintained their lead at the top of La Liga with a thumping 4-0 derby win over Catalan rivals Espanyol. The Argentine superstar curled hom two sensational set-pieces and set up another goal as he and his teammates romped to victory at the RCDE Stadium and made sure Barca kept chasing Atletico Madrid and Sevilla at bay. READ MORE