Top Five Stories From Saturday You Must Read Today

Dec 23 - by Mutwiri Mutuota for sportpesa news

Gor, Sharks suffer CAF heartache, good old times return to Manchester United in 5-1 Cardiff romp

Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard (2nd L) celebrates with teammates after scoring their fourth goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match between between Cardiff City and Manchester United at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales on December 22, 2018. PHOTO/AFP

  • At home, promoted Western Stima FC took sole charge of the SPL standings when they turned around a 0-1 deficit into a 2-1 victory for their third win on the trot as Mathare United FC, Bandari FC and Homeboyz who fell to the Powermen in Kisumu dropping their first points of the season
  • Athletics governing body, the IAAF is detailing the next generation of stars of track and field and in Celliphine Chespol, Kenya has a talent tipped to dominate distance running in future
  • The English Premier League (EPL) served up a shocker on Saturday when Crystal Palace FC and Leicester City FC wrecked the Christmas mood at the Etihad and Stamford Bridge 

NAIROBI, Kenya- It was a bumper Christmas package of sports action on Saturday that ended in heartache for SportPesa Premier League (SPL) sides Gor Mahia FC and Kariobangi Sharks FC following their battling exits from the CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup at the first round stage of the continental competitions.

At home, promoted Western Stima FC took sole charge of the SPL standings when they turned around a 0-1 deficit into a 2-1 victory for their third win on the trot as Mathare United FC, Bandari FC and Homeboyz who fell to the Powermen in Kisumu dropping their first points of the season.

Athletics governing body, the IAAF is detailing the next generation of stars of track and field and in Celliphine Chespol, Kenya has a talent tipped to dominate distance running in future.

The English Premier League (EPL) served up a shocker on Saturday when Crystal Palace FC and Leicester City FC wrecked the Christmas mood at the Etihad and Stamford Bridge when they pick-pocketed maximum points from champions Manchester City FC and high-flying Chelsea FC.

However, the biggest story of the EPL was the debut of Manchester United FC legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at his former club Cardiff City FC in Wales and at the end of it al, his side put in a five star performance to blow the home side away for the most perfect of starts. 

To round off the top five stories on SportPesa News from Saturday you must read today, World Under 20 champion, Edward Zakayo and Harambee Starlets Teresa Engesha front the nominees lists for the Most Promising Boy and Girl at the 2018 Soyas.

Lobi Stars Dump Gor On Away Goals, Kotoko Break Fighting Sharks

ENUGU, Nigeria- SportPesa Premier League (SPL) champions Gor Mahia FC bowed out of the CAF Champions League on Saturday after losing 0-2 to Lobi Stars FC in Enugu, Nigeria.

Later in the evening, Kariobangi Sharks FC's maiden foray in the CAF Confederations Cup ended in a dispiriting 1-2 loss to Ghanaian titans Asante Kotoko that saw the home side progress to the group stages of the second tier tournament by the same score on aggregate. READ MORE

Stima Charge To The Top, Sofapaka Deny Leopards First SPL Victory

NAIROBI, Kenya- Promoted Western Stima FC shot to the outright lead of the SportPesa Premier League on Saturday as new AFC Leopards SC head coach, Marko Vesiljevic was denied victory away to Sofapaka FC.

Stima recovered from a goal down at the Moi Stadium, Kisumu to beat Kakamega Homeboyz FC 2-1 with super sub Kennedy Otieno notching a brace to take his team top with maximum nine points from three victories on the bounce. READ MORE

Celliphine Chespol: Kenya's Generation 10 Barrier Breaker

MONACO, Principality of Monaco- Celliphine Chespol made a splash – both figuratively and literally – when she made her international debut in 2015.

Little was known of the Kenyan 16-year-old before the IAAF World U18 Championships Cali 2015. Indeed, she wasn’t tipped as a likely gold medallist because she had finished a distant second at the Kenyan trials, eight seconds behind teammate Sandrafelis Tuwei. READ MORE

Good 'Ole' Times Return For Five-Star Man United In Cardiff

CARDIFF, United Kingdom- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made an instant impact as Manchester United caretaker manager with Paul Pogba to the fore in a transformed performance from the final days of Jose Mourinho's reign in a 5-1 thumping of Cardiff on Saturday.

Solskjaer has been put in charge until the end of the season after Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday and could not have asked for a better start in the Welsh capital thanks to Marcus Rashford's third-minute free-kick. READ MORE

Soyas 2018: Zakayo, Engesha Front Most Promising Nominees

NAIROBI, Kenya-World Under-20 champion Edward Zakayo and Harambee Starlets forward Teresa Engesha the nominees in the Most Promising category for the 2018 Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year (SOYA) Awards to be hosted in Mombasa on January 11.

In the boys category, Zakayo will battle it out with judoka Carlos Ochieng, world Under-20 champion in 10,000m Rhonex Kipruto, Sofapaka and Harambee Stars forward Piston Mutamba as well as athlete Jackson Kavesa. READ MORE