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Top Five Stories From Friday You Must Read Today

UEFA Champions League winner, McDonald Mariga pictured in the gym at his Spanish Segunda team, Real Oviedo. PHOTO/File

NAIROBI, Kenya- Ahead of a bumper weekend of sports, the football game on everyone’s lips on Friday is the Old Trafford clash between archenemies Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC in the English Premier League.

Domestically, it was a busy ending of the week when organisers of the 2018 Safari Rally announced the scrutineering has been shifted from the traditional Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) to the cathedral of Kenya’s sport, the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Guess who is back? National football team Harambee Stars interim boss, Stanley Okumbi, sprung a surprise on Friday when he recalled seasoned midfielder and UEFA Champions League winner, McDonald Mariga to his squad ahead of friendlies against Comoros and Central Africa Republic.

Kenya’s representatives at the CAVB Africa Club Volleyball Championships Prisons and Pipeline notched their second successive victories to top their pools as Shujaa rugby 7s boss, Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu issued a rallying call on Friday to break the Main Cup semi-finals jinx at the Canada 7s.

Here are the five stories that stole the headlines of SportPesa News on Friday that will set the sporting mood today.

Battle For Supremacy As Man United Host Liverpool

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom- The bitter rivalry between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC is now played out on a global stage but the origins of the divide are deeply rooted in the battle for supremacy in England’s northwest. United and Liverpool, who both play in red, have a combined tally of 38 English league titles and eight European Cups and both enjoy a vast following throughout Britain and around the world. READ MORE

Safari Rally Scrutineering Moved From KICC To Kasarani

NAIROBI, Kenya- The scrutineering of this year’s Safari Rally will be done at the Moi International Sports Complex, Kasarani next Thursday (March 15) on the eve of the test event of the 2019 World Rally Championship (WRC). Organisers are leaving nothing to chance in a bid to readmit the Safari back to the WRC roster after 15 years in the international cold, informing their decision to change the inspection venue for competing cars. READ MORE

Mariga Surprise In Harambee Stars Friendlies Squad

NAIROBI, Kenya- Veteran midfielder and Real Oviedo player, McDonald Mariga, has been recalled to the national team Harambee Stars for a series of friendly matches. The former Inter Milan ace was called up by interim coach, Stanley Okumbi, in Nairobi on Friday in the squad that will engage Comoros and Central Africa Republic in international friendly games set for Morocco later this month. READ MORE

Kenya's Oscar Ouma attacks against Fiji on day two of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Las Vegas on 3rd March, 2018. PHOTO/Mike Lee/KLC fotos/World Rugby

Kenya’s Oscar Ouma attacks against Fiji on day two of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Las Vegas on 3rd March, 2018. PHOTO/Mike Lee/KLC fotos/World Rugby

Simiyu Calls For Consistency To Break 7s Semi-Final Jinx

NAIROBI, Kenya- Shujaa Head Coach Innocent Simiyu has called for consistency in performance ahead of their sixth round in the ongoing 2017/18 HSBC Sevens World Series at the BC Place in Vancouver, Canada on March 10 and 11. The Shujaa 7s who were knocked out of cup contention on Sunday by Argentina during the fifth leg of HSBC Sevens held in USA, Las Vegas will be keen on breaking the semi-final hoodoo with coach Simiyu eager to see how the boys will perform. READ MORE

Pipeline, Prisons Top Pools At Africa Club Championships

NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenya’s representatives, Pipeline and Prisons, triumphed in their second matches at the ongoing Africa Women Club Volleyball Championships at the Ahly Hall in Cairo, Egypt. Seven-time champions, Pipeline, beat Vision from Uganda 3-1 in a four-set thriller while Prisons, who have won the tournament five times, outclassed Asec Mimosa from Ivory Coast 3-0. READ MORE

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