NAIROBI, Kenya- The curtain raiser to the 2018 Kenya Premier League (KPL) season pitting KPL champions Gor Mahia FC and AFC Leopards SC at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru, brought with it lots of celebration and pomp as thousands of fans made their way to the venue from different parts of the country.
Also, we dig deep into the 2018 KPL Super Cup and discuss the five things we learnt from the fixture ahead of the new season.
In England, former Arsenal FC forward Alexis Sanchez is set to make his premier league debut for Manchester United FC against Tottenham Hotspur FC on Wednesday night whilst Henrik Mkhitaryan who left United in a swap deal is also poised to make his league debut for Arsene Wenger’s side.
In other transfer news, Gabon International Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s move to the Emirates has almost been sealed according to German and British reports.
Russian athletes have been banned from the Paralympic Winter Games but individual athletes will be allowed to compete under a neutral flag, the International Paralympics Committee said on Monday.
Here are the top five stories from Monday compiled by SportPesa News that you must read today:
Jubilation As Mashemeji Derby Breathes Life To Nakuru
NAKURU, Kenya- As fate would have it, the curtain raiser to the 2018 Kenya Premier League (KPL) season was the biggest match in local football, setting the pace for a riveting season. Record KPL champions, Gor Mahia FC took on their oldest rivals AFC Leopards SC in the 2018 KPL Super Cup at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru, in a game that always brings out the colour, pomp and deep passions among thousands of loyal supporters who take over the town regardless of the venue. READ MORE
Aubameyang Closing In On Arsenal Move- Reports
LONDON, United Kingdom- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is closing on a switch from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal FC as Arsene Wenger looks to boost his forward options, reports in Germany and Britain said on Monday. German magazine Kicker reported the clubs had agreed on a 63-million-euro ($78 million, £55 million) fee for the player and that as part of the deal Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud could move to Germany on loan until the end of the season. READ MORE
Sanchez Set For League Bow, Klopp Feels The Heat
LONDON, England- Alexis Sanchez is poised to make his Premier League debut for Manchester United against Spurs on Wednesday as Liverpool seek to halt a mini-slump after their spectacular win against Manchester City. Elsewhere in a full set of midweek fixtures Chelsea host Bournemouth, runaway leaders Manchester City take on West Brom and Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to make his debut for Arsenal against Swansea. READ MORE
Five Things We Learnt From The 2018 KPL Super Cup
NAIROBI, Kenya- League champions, Gor Mahia FC fired the first salvo in their enduring rivalry with AFC Leopards SC ahead of the new season when they beat cup holders, AFC Leopards SC 1-0 on Sunday. Victory handed K’Ogalo their fifth KPL Super Cup in nine seasons and underlined theirs status as the team to beat ahead of the 2018 domestic campaign. READ MORE
Team Russia, Except Neutrals In Winter Paralympics Ban
BONN, Germany- Russia’s team will be suspended from the Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, but individual athletes will be allowed to compete under a neutral flag, the International Paralympics Committee said on Monday. The agreement is similar to that put in place to allow able-bodied Russian competitors to take part in next month’s Winter Olympics that precede the Paralympics. READ MORE