NAIROBI, Kenya- Local and international football took centre stage on Wednesday on a busy day of CAF and UEFA Champions League action across Africa and Europe.
Domestic champions, Gor Mahia FC played their hearts out but could not breach the rearguard wall mounted by Tunisian giants, Esperance de Tunis as their opening leg of their CAF Champions League first round tie in Machakos ended goalless.
Despite a second-string side slumping to a shock 1-2 defeat to FC Basel, Manchester City FC became the first English side to book their place in the UEFA Champions League last eight but the real drama was at the iconic Wembley Stadium where Italian giants Juventus crushed the dreams of Tottenham Hotspur by fashioning a gritty 2-1 victory on the road on Wednesday night.
Away from knockout football, Anthony Wambani has set sights on succeeding Spurs midfield star, Victor Wanyama, in the fulcrum role of the national team Harambee Stars after becoming the first player to receive the SportPesa/SJAK Player of the Month award this season after shining in February.
In athletics, world governing body, IAAF announced sweeping changes in rules governing the sport where a new set of Hyperandrogenism Regulations were agreed on and will be presented to the Court of Arbitration for Sports to seek the approval of their enforcement.
Elsewhere, national volleyball champions, Kenya Pipeline got their continental campaign off to a flier and here is a collection of the top five stories from Wednesday from SportPesa News you must read today.
Gor Fail To Crack Esperance In CAF Champions League Draw
MACHAKOS, Kenya- Hosts Gor Mahia FC failed to press on their home advantage after being forced to a barren stalemate by continental football aristocrats, Esperance de Tunis in the opening game of their CAF Champions League first round clash on Wednesday afternoon.The Tunisian side are now favourites to progress through to the second round of Africa’s elite club competition after the lively encounter played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos before a partisan crowd ended 0-0. READ MORE
IAAF Announces New Rules To Deal With Cases Like Semenya
NAIROBI, Kenya- World athletics governing body- the IAAF- on Wednesday announced revised Hyperandrogenism Regulations could come to effect in November if approved by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). The revised rules were adopted on the second day of the 213th meeting of the IAAF Council, the supreme decision making organ of the sport which took place in Birmingham City’s Council House and shared by President Sebastian Coe. READ MORE
KPL February’s Best Wambani Keen On Succeeding Wanyama
MOMBASA, Kenya-Bandari FC hotshot teenage midfielder, Anthony Wambani, has stated his intent to eventually succeed captain and Tottenham Hotspur FC star, Victor Wanyama at the heart of the Harambee Stars midfield. The 18 year-old was speaking on Wednesday when he was rewarded for his roaring start to the 2018 Kenyan Premier League season (KPL) by being feted with the SportPesa/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Player of the Month for February. READ MORE
Dybala Kills Spurs Dream In Juve Stunning Fightback
LONDON, England- Juventus staged a stunning fightback against Tottenham to reach the Champions League quarter-finals 4-3 on aggregate after Paulo Dybala sealed a dramatic 2-1 win in the last 16, second leg on Wednesday. Massimiliano Allegri’s side were on the brink of elimination after Son Heung-Min’s first-half strike put Tottenham ahead at Wembley. READ MORE
Pipeline Flatten Hosts El Shams In Africa Club Opener
NAIROBI, Kenya- National league champions, Kenya Pipeline got their 2018 Africa Club Women Volleyball Championships off to a flier by shocking hosts El Shams 3-0 at the Ahly Club Hall in Cairo on Tuesday night. Led by team captain, Triza Atuka, the seven time continental champions registered victory in straight sets of 23-25, 22-25, 21-25 against El Shams who were tournament runners-up in 2017. READ MORE