Top Five Stories From Thursday You Must Read Today

Jan 11 - by Louis Kalinga for sportpesa news

Harun Shakava and Joash Onyango to miss out on Gor Mahia CAF tie, Serena Williams drawn against Tatjana Maria in Australian Open first round

Gor Mahia FC captain, Harun Shakava, in action during their SportPesa Premier League Mashemeji Derby against AFC Leopards SC on July 22, 2018 at the MISC Kasarani. PHOTO/SPN

  • Team captain, Harun Shakava and Joash Onyango, will miss the tie over disciplinary issues that arose in their CAF Champions League knock-out game against Lobi Stars FC in Enugu, Nigeria last month
  • Holders Manchester City can look forward to defending the League Cup in next month's final at Wembley as Gabriel Jesus struck four goals in a 9-0 thrashing of Burton Albion
  • Milwaukee's NBA Most Valuable Player contender Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points to lead the Bucks to a hard-fought 116-109 victory Wednesday over reigning MVP James Harden and the Houston Rockets

NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenya’s champions, Gor Mahia FC will face New Star de Douala of Cameroon in their CAF Confederation Cup play-off first leg fixture at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on Sunday without two key center backs who have been suspended.

Holders Manchester City can look forward to defending the League Cup in next month's final at Wembley as Gabriel Jesus struck four goals in a 9-0 thrashing of Burton Albion in their semi-final, first leg on Wednesday.

Paris Saint-Germain saw their 43-match winning run in domestic cup competitions come to an end as Thomas Tuchel's men suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat by Ligue 1 bottom club Guingamp in the French League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Serena Williams has been handed a challenging draw in her quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, starting with Germany's Tatjana Maria in the first round.

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

Gor Aces Shakava, Onyango Out Of New Star Confed Cup Tie

NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenya’s champions, Gor Mahia FC will face New Star de Douala of Cameroon in their CAF Confederation Cup play-off first leg fixture at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on Sunday without two key center backs who have been suspended by the continental football governing body. Team captain, Harun Shakava and Joash Onyango, will miss the tie over disciplinary issues that arose in their CAF Champions League knock-out game against Lobi Stars FC in Enugu, Nigeria last month. READ MORE

Williams In Challenging Draw For 24th Grand Slam Title

MELBOURNE, Australia- Serena Williams has been handed a challenging draw in her quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, starting with Germany's Tatjana Maria in the first round. The American, seeded 16, is gunning to match Margaret Court's record of singles majors and claim an eighth Australian Open crown. READ MORE

No Mercy As Nine-Star Manchester City Batter Burton

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom- Holders Manchester City can look forward to defending the League Cup in next month's final at Wembley as Gabriel Jesus struck four goals in a 9-0 thrashing of Burton Albion in their semi-final, first leg on Wednesday. Kevin de Bruyne, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Phil Foden, Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez were also on target against Nigel Clough's League One side as City ensured their visit to the Pirelli Stadium on January 23 is a mere formality. READ MORE

PSG Stunned By Guingamp In French League Cup Quarter-finals

PARIS, France- Paris Saint-Germain saw their 43-match winning run in domestic cup competitions come to an end as Thomas Tuchel's men suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat by Ligue 1 bottom club Guingamp in the French League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday. The visitors were awarded three penalties at the Parc des Princes in a dramatic second half, as PSG failed in their bid for a sixth straight League Cup title. READ MORE

Antetokounmpo Guides Bucks Over Rockets, Wizards Bewitch 76ers

LOS ANGELES, United States- Milwaukee's NBA Most Valuable Player contender Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points to lead the Bucks to a hard-fought 116-109 victory Wednesday over reigning MVP James Harden and the Houston Rockets. Antetokounmpo added 21 rebounds and was a physical presence on both ends of the floor as the Bucks battled back from a 60-54 halftime deficit to end the Rockets' 10-game home winning streak. READ MORE