NAIROBI, Kenya- As both the local and the international January transfer windows came to a close, a total of 17 players from the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) left for greener pastures abroad whilst 210 others were traded locally.
In the English Premier League, clubs spent £430 million in the January transfer window, a new league record.
French striker Olivier Giroud on Thursday declared how a return to champions league football since his move to London rivals Chelsea FC was a major factor to his switch.
Elsewhere, Light flyweight, Shaffi Bakari, the remaining Kenyan ‘Hit Squad’ fighter in the running at India Open Boxing Championships bowed out on unanimous decision to home boxer, Sharma Himanshu, in the quarters.
Here are the top five stories from Thursday compiled by SportPesa News:
KPL Transfer Summary: 17 Leave For Abroad, 210 Traded
NAIROBI, Kenya- Seventeen players left domestic football for pastures abroad as the latest domestic top-flight transfer window slammed shut on midnight, Wednesday. According to figures released by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) through their website on Thursday, 210 players switched sides during the December 2017/January 2018 window. READ MORE
Everton Boss Allardyce Hails Mangala Power, Strength
LIVERPOOL, England- Eliaquim Mangala adds “power and strength” and will help balance Everton’s defence, says boss Sam Allardyce. The Blues beat the January transfer deadline to sign the France defender on loan from Manchester City for the rest of the 2017/18 campaign. READ MORE
Champions League Challenge At Chelsea Excites Giroud
LONDON, England- Olivier Giroud pinpointed a return to Champions League football as a key factor in his decision to join Chelsea from Arsenal on the final day of the January transfer window. Giroud was a helpless spectator as Chelsea crashed to a 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth on Wednesday to harm their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League. READ MORE
Premier League In Record £430m January Window Splash
LONDON, England- Premier League clubs spent a record £430 million in the January transfer window as top sides scrambled to boost their squads in the race to secure lucrative Champions League spots, according to analysis by Deloitte. The sum spent was nearly double the previous record of £225 million, with deadline day alone, January 31, seeing clubs complete deals totalling £150 million ($214 million, 172 million euros), also a new record for the winter window. READ MORE
‘Hit Squad’ Bow Out Of India Boxing Championships
DELHI, India- Light flyweight, Shaffi Bakari, the remaining Kenyan ‘Hit Squad’ fighter in the running at India Open Boxing Championships bowed out on unanimous decision to home boxer, Sharma Himanshu, in the quarters. Bakari’s exit ended the interest of Kenya at the tournament that has attracted over 20 countries at Thyagaraj Stadium, New Delhi with questions raised on the team that is preparing to represent the country at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. READ MORE