NAIROBI, Kenya- A dramatic Saturday in local and international sport saw Kenya’s Fatuma ‘Iron Fist’ Zarika defend her World Boxing Council Super bantamweight crown as Manchester United FC pinched a 3-1 victory at Arsenal FC in a thriller at The Emirates stadium.
Improved Kenya Shujaa completed their 2017 Emirates Dubai 7s charge on Saturday by losing in the 5th-place play-off semi final to Australia having suffered a heartbreaking 12-14 slim loss to rugby giants, New Zealand All Blacks 7s in the Main Cup quarters.
Elsewhere in the English Premier League on a goal-fest Saturday, new Everton FC manager, Sam Allardyce got off to a dream start when the Blues beat Huddersfield Town FC 2-0 at Goodison Park.
Still on football, it was an epic Biblical case of David slaying Goliath when promoted minnows, Strasbourg stunned world most expensive player, Neymar and his star-studded Paris Saint-Germain teammates in the French Ligue 1.
Here is the pick of top five stories on SportPesa News from Saturday which deserve another read today, while you can click here for many more riveting updates.
Kenyan Pride ‘Iron Fist’ Zarika Beats Phiri To Retain WBC Title
NAIROBI, Kenya-Fatuma ‘Iron Fist’ Zarika rose to the occasion to beat Zambian Catherine Phiri to retain her World Boxing Council (WBC) Super bantamweight title at the Carnivore Grounds in Nairobi on Saturday night. Zarika won the brutal bout on unanimous points decision after she scored 97-92, 98-91 and 99-92 from the three international judges who presided over the fight. READ MORE
Dream Debut For Allardyce As Everton Hit Huddersfield
LIVERPOOL, England- Sam Allardyce’s reign at Everton got off to a winning start thanks to second-half strikes from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The Icelander finished a well-worked move two minutes after half-time to break the deadlock following an even opening 45 minutes at Goodison Park on Saturday (December 2). READ MORE
Not Their Day: United Edge Arsenal In Thriller
LONDON, England- Manchester United blitzed Arsenal with two quick-fire goals in a breathless encounter to close the gap on Manchester City on Saturday. With Pep Guardiola’s Premier League pacesetters not in action until Sunday, United’s 3-1 victory took them to within five points of the Premier League summit following emphatic wins for Chelsea and Liverpool earlier in the day. READ MORE
Promising Shujaa Dubai 7s Run Ends In Australia Defeat
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates- Kenya Shujaa went down 12-19 to Australia on Saturday afternoon to wrap up a promising start to their 2017/18 HSBC World Sevens Series campaign at the Emirates Dubai 7s. Having suffered a heart-breaking 12-14 loss to rugby giants, New Zealand All Blacks Sevens earlier in the day, the injury-hit Shujaa found themselves trailing to an early Australian try. READ MORE
David Slays Goliath! Strasbourg Stun Neymar’s PSG
PARIS, France- Newly-promoted Strasbourg stunned Neymar’s Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 on Saturday to inflict the first defeat of the season on the runaway Ligue 1 leaders. The exhausted Strasbourg players charged over to their gobsmacked fans at the final whistle of a breathless encounter which saw the lowly hosts hold off a bombardment from their all-star guests that lasted right to the end of the nine minutes of stoppage time. READ MORE