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NAIROBI, Kenya- Tusker FC started life without George ‘Best’ Nsimbe with a slim victory over Nakumatt FC in the SportPesa Premier League as Lionel Messi chalked his 100th European goal in FC Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Olympiakos in the UEFA Champions League.

National rugby sevens team, Shujaa, suffered a huge blow while their men volleyball counterparts, Mfalme Strikers have been urged to emulate- wait for it- the female side, Malkia Strikers and qualify for the FIVB World Championships. Here are the top five stories on SportPesa News from Wednesday you must read on Thursday to get your fix for the day going.

Substitute Muchiri Buys Victory For Tusker At Nakumatt

NAIROBI, Kenya- SportPesa Premier League (SPL) champions, Tusker FC started life without suspended head coach, George ‘Best’ Nsimbe, with a laboured 1-0 victory over Nakumatt FC at Ruaraka Grounds in Nairobi on Wednesday. Boniface Muchiri came off the bench to bury the winner in the 76th minute as Francis Baraza enjoyed a winning start since being named caretaker coach until the end of the campaign. READ MORE

Messi Hits 100 As 10-Man Barca Whip Olympiakos

BARCELONA, Spain- Barcelona shrugged off an early Gerard Pique red card and the distractions of a first match at the Camp Nou since a violent crackdown of an independence referendum in Catalonia to beat Olympiakos 3-1 on Wednesday. A Dimitrios Nikolaou own goal and second-half strikes from Lionel Messi and Lucas Digne ensured a comfortable evening for the Barca on the field, while the political tension sweeping across Catalonia was seen in the stands despite a low turnout due to torrential rain. READ MORE

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) and Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez celebrate Barcelona's French defender Lucas Digne's goal during the UEFA Champions League group D football match FC Barcelona vs Olympiacos FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on Ocotber 18, 2017. PHOTO/AFP

Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) and Barcelona’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez celebrate Barcelona’s French defender Lucas Digne’s goal during the UEFA Champions League group D football match FC Barcelona vs Olympiacos FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on Ocotber 18, 2017. PHOTO/AFP

Cairo-Bound Mfalme Strikers Rallied To Emulate Malkia

NAIROBI, Kenya- National men’s volleyball team, Mfalme Strikers, were on Wednesday challenged to emulate their female counterparts and qualify for the 2018 FIVB World Championships. Kenya Prisons outside hitter, Jairus Kipkosgei, will once again lead Mfalme to the 2017 CAVB African Nations Cup/ World Championships qualifiers that serve off on Sunday in Cairo, Egypt. READ MORE

Injured Shujaa Skipper Amonde Out of Dubai, Cape Town 7s

NAIROBI, Kenya- National sevens team Shujaa will have to do without injured captain, Andrew Amonde for the opening two legs of the HSBC World Sevens Series in Dubai and Cape Town. This comes after the KCB RFC player suffered a hernia injury during last weekend’s Christie 7s with the seasoned player confirming he underwent a successful surgery. READ MORE

Four-Time Champions Italy Confident Of 2018 World Cup

PARIS, France- Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura insisted on Tuesday the four-time world champions could overcome a tricky play-off draw against Sweden to reach the 2018 World Cup finals. Italy will travel to Stockholm on November 9 and play at home at the San Siro in Milan three days later as they look to avoid missing out on the World Cup for the first time in 50 years. READ MORE

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