Top Five Stories From Sunday You Must Read Today

Mar 11 - by Mutwiri Mutuota for SportPesa News

Ex-KFF boss Swaleh perishes in Flight 302 disaster, Gor sent packing by Zamalek in Confed Cup

Former Kenya football federation general secretary, Hussein Swaleh. PHOTO/Courtesy

  • In the English Premier League (EPL), Liverpool FC kept in touch with champions Manchester City FC when they downed Burnley 4-2 in Anfield before Eden Hazard came to the rescue once again when Chelsea rescued a 1-1 draw at the death at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
  • On the home front, SportPesa Premier League (SPL) leaders Bandari FC suffered only their second defeat of the season when they came unstuck 1-2 at Ulinzi Stars FC while Vihiga United FC forced Zoo Kericho FC to swap places with them at the foot of the standings with a 2-0 win
  • Kenyans stayed up late on Sunday night to will on their beloved Gor Mahia FC attempt to nail a ticket to the quarterfinals of the CAF Confederations Cup by beating Cairo giants, Zamalek FC in Egypt but it all went pear shaped

NAIROBI, Kenya- The tragedy of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 clash shortly after take off from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi was the biggest story in the world on Sunday and the disaster hit the local football fraternity hard with the news former Kenya Football Federation secretary general, Hussein Swaleh, had perished in the accident.

In the English Premier League (EPL), Liverpool FC kept in touch with champions Manchester City FC when they downed Burnley 4-2 in Anfield before Eden Hazard came to the rescue once again when Chelsea rescued a 1-1 draw at the death at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.

There was no doubt however, that the showstopper was the 200th league meeting of arch rivals Arsenal FC and Manchester United FC at the Emirates and it was the home side who inflicted a first EPL defeat on interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when the Gunners ran 2-0 winners to leapfrog the visitors into fourth place.

On the home front, SportPesa Premier League (SPL) leaders Bandari FC suffered only their second defeat of the season when they came unstuck 1-2 at Ulinzi Stars FC while Vihiga United FC forced Zoo Kericho FC to swap places with them at the foot of the standings with a 2-0 win.

Kenyans stayed up late on Sunday night to will on their beloved Gor Mahia FC attempt to nail a ticket to the quarterfinals of the CAF Confederations Cup by beating Cairo giants, Zamalek FC in Egypt but it all went pear shaped when the hosts exacted revenge for their stunning 2-4 loss in Nairobi with a clinical 4-0 thumping of the SPL champions in a Group D showdown.

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Ex-Football Kenya Secretary General Hussein Swaleh Dies In Ethiopian Air Crash

NAIROBI, Kenya- Former secretary general of the national federation and high-ranking football official, Hussein Swaleh is among the 32 Kenyans who perished on Sunday morning on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302/10 March that was on its way from Addis Ababa, bringing a tragic end to one of the longest administrative careers in local football.

Swaleh was returning home after serving as the Match Commissioner in the CAF Champions League match between Ismaily SC of Egypt and TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo played on Friday in Alexandria with Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President, Nick Mwendwa, confirming the sad news to the local football fraternity. READ MORE

Two Good Arsenal Sink Man United To End Unbeaten Streak

LONDON, United Kingdom- Arsenal inflicted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first domestic defeat as Manchester United caretaker manager to leapfrog their opponents into the Premier League's top four with a vital 2-0 victory at the Emirates on Sunday night.

Granit Xhaka's early strike and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang's penalty 21 minutes from time moved the Gunners into fourth, two points above United in fifth. READ MORE

CAF Confed Cup: Zamalek Avenge Gor Loss To Go Top Of Group D

CAIRO, Egypt- Egyptian giants Zamalek SC got their revenge against Gor Mahia FC as they retaliated with a 4-0 victory in their CAF Confederations Cup Group D encounter at the Borg El Arab Stadium on Sunday night.

The result meant that Zamalek shot to the top of the table with eight points, one ahead of Petro de Atletico and NA Hussein Dey whilst Gor are at the bottom with six. READ MORE

Bett, Jepkorir Top Beyond Zero Half, Uhuru Promises To Run Next Year

NAIROBI, Kenya- Former world 10000m under 20 champion, Josphat Bett and Brilliant Jepkorir soared to the top honours in Sunday's Beyond Zero Half Marathon men and women elite races in Nairobi.

The winners tookhome KSh250,000 with those filling the minor podium positions taking home KSh125,000 and KSh75,000 in that order. READ MORE

Ulinzi Barrack Bandari, Vihiga Edge Battle Of SPL Strugglers

NAIROBI, Kenya- The race for the SportPesa Premier League (SPL) title took another twist on Sunday when leaders Bandari FC came unstuck at 2010 champions Ulinzi Stars FC as Vihiga United FC held off Zoo Kericho FC in the battle of the strugglers on Sunday.

Elsewhere, resurgent KCB FC are up to 12th after silencing the side immediately above them, Nzoia Sugar FC 2-0. READ MORE