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NAIROBI, Kenya- SportPesa Premier League (SPL) champions, Gor Mahia FC are on a mission as their fans started travelling to Rwanda as the Asbel Kiprop doping bombshell took a new twist on Friday.

Fresh from winning the Hull City ChallengeK’Ogalo will travel to Rwanda to take on Rayon Sport FC in their 2018 CAF Confederations Cup group opener and SportPesa resident Gor nerd, Tom Bwana, felt inspired to offer his take on the clash.

Domestic rivals, Mathare United FC who have played two games more than the domestic titleholders, are hoping to go level on points with the absent champions when they face Kariobangi Sharks FC in a tasty SPL clash.

The other story that caused waves locally and abroad on Friday is the doping woes facing Beijing 2018 Olympics champion, Asbel Kiprop, with the Athletics Integrity Unit of the IAAF confirming the damning news he tested positive for banned blood booster, rEPO.

Switching to more uplifting matters, Resolution Impala Saracens RFC hope to turn the tables on Menengai Cream Homeboyz RFC to clinch their 12th Enterprise Cup title, with both sides laying down their intent on Friday.

Fancy some number crunching? Well, delve in on all the stats you need to know as Everton FC welcome Southampton FC at Goodison Park in one of the English Premier League encounters of the weekend.

Here are the top five picks on SportPesa News gathered from Friday that you need to read as a pre-amble to a rich day in local and international sports. Have a fulfilling weekend.

Gor Mahia Heading To Rwanda A Better Unit Than 2009

NAIROBI, Kenya- Eight years ago, a Rwandan team strutted our streets and smacked our faces with gargantuan proportions of embarrassment. They came here, ate our food, drunk our water and beat the strongest of our teams. Football. What a thankless sport! That was APR. The football unit of Rwanda’s armed forces. They beat Gor Mahia FC 5-0 in Nairobi then 1-0 in Kigali. READ MORE

Integrity Unit Confirms Kiprop Tested Positive For EPO

NAIROBI, Kenya- The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on Friday confirmed middle distance super star, Asbel Kiprop, tested positive for banned blood booster, rEPO. The organisation inside world governing body, the IAAF, charged with enforcing its substance abuse programme also admitted their ‘disappointment’ that their Doping Control Officers (DCOs) had informed Kiprop of their visit a day before they arrived to collect two urine samples in Iten last November. READ MORE

Morocco's Abdalaati Iguider, Poland's Marcin Lewandowski, Kenya's Asbel Kiprop, Kenya's Elijah Motonei Manangoi, Ethiopia's Samuel Tefera and Djibouti's Ayanleh Souleiman compete in the men's 1500m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 10, 2017. PHOTO/AFP

Morocco’s Abdalaati Iguider, Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski, Kenya’s Asbel Kiprop, Kenya’s Elijah Motonei Manangoi, Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera and Djibouti’s Ayanleh Souleiman compete in the men’s 1500m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 10, 2017. PHOTO/AFP

Mathare Seeking To Go Level On Points With Absent Gor

NAIROBI, Kenya- Mathare United FC will be out to go level on points with SportPesa Premier League (SPL) leaders Gor Mahia FC when they face Kariobangi Sharks FC on Sunday. Second place Mathare (24) are without a win in their last three games after a stellar start to the 2018 SPL campaign that saw them top the standings for six weeks. READ MORE

Homeboyz, Impala Gear Up For Enterprise Cup Final

NAIROBI, Kenya- Eleven-time Enterprise Cup Winners Resolution Impala Saracens RFC will square off against two-time finalists Menengai Cream Homeboyz RFC at RFUEA Grounds on Saturday, May 5. The 10-time Kenya Cup winners overcame 2016 Champions Kabras Sugar RFC 15-10 in the first semi-final duel played in Kakamega, after both teams finished in position four and three respectively in the just concluded 2018 season. READ MORE

Must-Know Numbers Ahead Of Everton, Southampton Clash

LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom- Everton FC take on Southampton FC in their final home game of the campaign on Saturday, aiming to stretch their unbeaten Premier League record to five matches. The Blues secured a 2-0 victory at Huddersfield Town last time out and have won 17 points from the past 24 available as they have risen to eighth in the table. READ MORE

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