Top Five Stories From Thursday You Must Read Today

Jan 04 - by Erick Ochieng for sportpesa news

Gor, Harambee Stars nominated for Men’s Team of the Year Award at SOYAS,City edge Liverpool to open up EPL title race

Gor Mahia FC celebrate lifting the 2018 SportPesa Cup on June 10, 2018. PHOTO/File

  • A run of nine straight league wins had given Liverpool a commanding lead at the top of the table as they edged towards a first top flight title since 1989/90, particularly after City suffered back-to-back shock defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester to begin the festive season
  • Gor lifted the 2015 Team of the Year crown following a season where they went the entire domestic top flight campaign unbeaten under Scottish boss, Frank Nutall besides returning to the Cecafa Kagame finals for the first time in almost two decades
  • Baryan is looking forward to defend the continental title for the second time in a row after gauging himself in the Guru Nanak leg of the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) series in Athi River, Machakos County last November

NAIROBI, Kenya- SportPesa Premier League (SPL) champions, Gor Mahia FC, were on Thursday among the five teams nominated for the Men’s Team of the Year at the 2018 Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYAS) slated for Mombasa on January 11.

K’Ogalo will battle for the crown against national football team Harambee Stars, Davis Cup Tennis team, Kanbis Cricket Sports Club and the Kenya Deaf Handball.

It was also the day that Manchester City FC inflicted Liverpool's first Premier League defeat of the season to breathe new life into their title defence with a 2-1 victory at the Etihad.

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

We Have A Title Race! Man City's Sane Ends Unbeaten Liverpool Run

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom- Manchester City inflicted Liverpool's first Premier League defeat of the season to breathe new life into their title defence with a 2-1 victory at the Etihad on Thursday.City now trail Jurgen Klopp's men by just four points thanks to Leroy Sane's winner 18 minutes from time after Roberto Firmino had cancelled out Sergio Aguero's first-half opener for the hosts.READ MORE

SOYAS 2018: Gor Headline Team Of The Year Nominee List

NAIROBI, Kenya- After a phenomenal year where they extended their domestic league championship-winning record to 17, SportPesa Premier League (SPL) holders Gor Mahia FC lead the nomination list for the Men’s Team of the Year at the 2018 Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYAS).The 2015 SOYAS Team of the Year K’Ogalo will battle for the accolade against fellow football side and national outfit Harambee Stars, Davis Cup Tennis team, Kanbis Cricket Sports Club and the Kenya Deaf Handball squad for the coveted accolade at the January 11 gala in Mombasa.READ MORE

Ex-Arsenal Star Carzola Double Dents Real Madrid La Liga Return

MADRID, Spain- Former Arsenal star Santi Cazorla scored twice as Villarreal drew 2-2 with Real Madrid in La Liga on Thursday night, with the pint-sized midfielder producing a late header for a share of the spoils.This was Madrid''s first game since winning the World Club Cup in Doha in December and the draw leaves Santiago Solari's outfit seven points off top placed Barcelona, four behind Atletico Madrid and two adrift of Seville.READ MORE

Kenya's Baryan To Battle Norway Ace Ostberg For Africa Rally Title

NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenya’s Manvir Baryan will be the man to beat in the 2019 FIA African Rally Championship whose first round revs off in Bandama, Ivory Coast, on February 23.Baryan is looking forward to defend the continental title for the second time in a row after gauging himself in the Guru Nanak leg of the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) series in Athi River, Machakos County last November.READ MORE

AK Moves To Curtail Rogue Road Race Organisers Yet Again

NAIROBI, Kenya- Anyone organising a road race in the country will need a permit from Athletics Kenya (AK) after the federation moved on Thursday to ban all such events organised without its approval.In a press statement, AK stated it would consider prize money, security, medical cover and standardised officiating before permitting any road race with organisers required to ensure their events are in line with its calendar.READ MORE