Top Five Stories From Wednesday You Must Read Today

Feb 07 - by Mutwiri Mutuota for SportPesa News

SPL champions Gor move up to third, Zarika issues warning to Zambian rival Phiri ahead of WBC Super bantamweight re-match

SportPesa Digital Executive Triza Akoth (left) presents the award to Kakamega Homeboyz FC midfielder Peter Thiong'o after he was named the December SPL Player of the Month on Wednesday, February 6 at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega. PHOTO/SPN

  • Kenya's World Boxing Council women's Super bantamweight champion, sounded a warning to Zambia challenger, Catherine Phiri as she departed to the UK to train for their March 23 re-match in Nairobi
  • Fresh from winning the December SportPesa/SJAK Player of the Month, SPL side Kakamega Homeboyz FC midfielder, Peter Thiong'o has set his sights on playing at the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations final with Harambee Stars later this year
  • Across the borders, the first El Clasico Copa del Rey semifinal produced a 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night to leave the tie evenly poised ahead of the return leg in Madrid

NAIROBI, Kenya- Midweek home and international football action offered the main talking points of Wednesday where SportPesa Premier League champions, Gor Mahia FC moved up to third with a narrow 1-0 victory over Vihiga United FC.

Kenya's World Boxing Council women's Super bantamweight champion, sounded a warning to Zambia challenger, Catherine Phiri as she departed to the UK to train for their March 23 re-match in Nairobi.

Fresh from winning the December SportPesa/SJAK Player of the Month, SPL side Kakamega Homeboyz FC midfielder, Peter Thiong'o has set his sights on playing at the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations final with Harambee Stars later this year.

Across the borders, the first El Clasico Copa del Rey semifinal produced a 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night to leave the tie evenly poised ahead of the return leg in Madrid as LeBron James notched his 32,000 career point mark despite his Los Angeles Lakers going down to a lop sided defeat to the Indiana Pacers in the NBA basketball league.

Here is the sumptous offering of the top five stories on SportPesa News from Wednesday you must read today.

'Your Whole Body Will Hurt,' Zarika Promises Phiri In Rematch Fight

NAIROBI, Kenya- “I promise Catherine Phiri that after our bout, her whole body will hurt. She will not eat meat for a week.”

That was the stern warning Kenya’s World Boxing Council (WBC) female Super bantamweight champion, Fatuma ‘Iron Fist’ Zarika delivered to her Zambian challenger as she flew out to the United Kingdom on Tuesday night to prepare for their eagerly awaited March 23 re-match in Nairobi. READ MORE

I'm Ready For AFCON: Thiong'o Declares After Scooping December SportPesa Award

KAKAMEGA, Kenya- Kakamega Homeboyz FC midfielder Peter Thiong’o stated his desire to represent Kenya at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after being feted with the SportPesa/SJAK monthly player award for December.

Thiong’o was unlucky not to get a contract with Nzoia Sugar FC but his fortunes turned around as he penned a contract with Homeboyz a few days to the start of the 2018/19 SportPesa Premier League (SPL) season. READ MORE

Gor Mahia, Stima Record Slim SPL Wins As Mt. Kenya Slay Leopards

NAIROBI, Kenya- Nicholas Kipkirui was the hero for SportPesa Premier League (SPL) champions Gor Mahia FC as they edged Vihiga United FC 1-0 on Wednesday afternoon at the Bukhungu Stadium.

Kipkirui made it two goals in as many games with a goal a minute before the end of the first half, to add onto his debut international goal in Gor’s 4-2 rout of Egyptian giants Zamalek SC last Sunday. READ MORE

El Clasico: Barca, Madrid Share Spoils In Cop Del Rey First Leg

BARCELONA, Spain- Real Madrid gained a measure of redemption at the Camp Nou by holding Barcelona to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday and taking the upper-hand in the semi-final of Copa del Rey. 

Neither Lionel Messi nor Gareth Bale were named in the starting line-ups for this first leg but their replacements filled the void as Malcom's curling shot cancelled out an early opener from Lucas Vazquez. READ MORE

LeBron James Hits 32,000 Career Points In Heavy Lakers Defeat

LOS ANGELES, United States- LeBron James joined a select group of NBA players to score 32,000 career points but nevertheless endured the most lopsided defeat of his career Tuesday as the Indiana Pacers routed the Los Angeles Lakers 136-94.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points for the Pacers, who tied a franchise record with 19 three-pointers. READ MORE