Talk about major injuries comeback and more injuries setback here in Kenya and Internationally , to Defending Champions exiting three competition on Birthday week, then Big teams worrying about The Underdogs and Coaches getting banned.
Here are your daily top sport stories;
Michael Olunga Delights Fans with two Goals on his injury Return
Lethal Kenyan international striker made his injury comeback with a match winning brace of goals for his Japanese club Kashiwa Reysol.
Olunga scored two quickfire second half goals to overturn to ensure Reysol bagged all the three points against FC Tokyo in a J-League Group B match.
After his maiden season in the Japan’s J1 League, Olunga found himself in the second tier after Kashiwa Reysol was relegated. This season Olunga has played for 44 minutes in the League against Machida Zelvia.
He is recovering from an injury and the gain in form will be welcome news to Coach Sebastian Migne who is having sleepless nights selecting the team to represent Kenya in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Double Tragedy Hits Gor Mahia Camp in Egypt Ahead of CAF Assignment
Gor Mahia FC will lack the services of striker Dennis Oliech and Ugandan defender Shafik Batambuze when they take on Egypt’s Zamalek in a Group ‘D’ CAF Confederations Cup match this Sunday.
‘Kogallo’ are in Cairo to face the Egyptian giants in a must-win match but Coach Hassan Oktay will be without Dennis Oliech who is out injured and Ugandan defender Shafik Batambuze who is serving a ban.
The 1-0 defeat in the hands of Hussein Dey at the Juillet stadium, saw Gor Mahia lose their spot at the top of the Group while Zamalek’s 1-0 away win over Petro Atletico of Angola, threw the group’s qualification for the quarter-finals wide open with two matches to go.
The top two teams in the group will progress to the next round.
PSG Have Four Big Worries Before Manchester United
PSG are looking to knock Man United out of the Champions League tonight.
But PSG wont be counting their chickens following previous experience in this competition.
Who can forget the 6-5 aggregate loss to Barcelona?
Yet the Parisians should feel confident before Wednesday’s second leg.
PSG beat United 2-0 at Old Trafford to take a commanding lead in the tie.
PSG have four big worries
Thomas Tuchel has to negotiate a tricky selection dilemma.
Four of PSG’s players come into the Man United game on a suspension tightrope.
One more yellow card to any of these players will rule them out of the quarterfinal first leg.
Perhaps the biggest fear surrounds Marco Verratti.
The Italian has picked up cautions against Napoli and Liverpool.
Defenders Juan Bernat and Thilo Kehrer are also a booking away from a ban.
German playmaker Julian Draxler is also walking on eggshells before the Man United match.
How PSG & Man United may line up
Le Parisien have published the following predicted line ups.
For the record, PSG’s four players on a tightrope are all included in the likely XI.
Edinson Cavani latest
South American forward Edinson Cavani isn’t expected to start for PSG against United.
Cavani is on the comeback trail following a hip injury.
Neymar is also missing tonight as the Brazilian has a fractured foot.
Real Madrid’s Unhappy Birthday Sees Club With Nothing Left To Play For
Today is 6 March, Real Madrid’s birthday, but there is nothing to celebrate. This week has been the worst in their 117-year history: three home defeats, eight goals conceded and just one scored, all three competitions gone, one after the other – knocked out of the Copa del Rey, the La Liga title race, and the Champions League. The 4-1 humbling at the Bernabéu by Ajax on Tuesday night saw Real lose their grip on a trophy they have held for three years. The predominance over their greatest rivals held for 87 years is also gone.
For the first time since 1932, Barcelona have won more clásicos than Madrid, two victories in four days last week leaving the all-time record at 96-95. For the first time too, a team holding a 2-1 first-leg victory went out of the Champions League. Madrid are used to breaking records, but not like this. Four home defeats in a row – before Barcelona beat them twice came Girona – equals their worst run. Six times they have been beaten at the Bernabéu, a fortress now easily stormed.
“We’re sad, we feel bad,” Real’s coach Santiago Solari said quietly in the aftermath. There was little else he could say and if he lamented those things that went against his team, from posts to injuries to the VAR verdicts, there was no escaping reality: Madrid were not good enough. “We lost it all,” Dani Carvajal said, bewildered on the touchline. He paused, trying to find the words, on the verge of tears, and added: “We lost it all at home. Our season is practically over.”
This point in March is too soon for it to end: Madrid will not play a game that really matters for almost six months. “Here lies the team that made history,” said a funereal Marca. Three consecutive Champions Leagues, four in the last five years, make the era that closed here against Ajax the second greatest in European Cup history, after Madrid’s own between 1956 and 1960. “What we did will be remembered for a long time,” said the centre-back Nacho, and he was right. But perhaps that was part of the problem. Madrid’s collapse began amid the celebrations.
Why Argentine Spurs boss couldn’t speak after Champions League victory against Dortmund
Tottenham boss, Mauricio Pochettino has been given a two-match touchline ban and £10,000 fine for his post-match row with referee Mike Dean after Tottenham’s Premier League defeat at Burnley.
The Spurs boss was charged with improper conduct by the FA after he lost his temper with the official following their 2-1 defeat at Turf Moor on February 23.
Pochettino, who accepted the charge and apologised for the incident last week, will be in the stands for this month’s league games at Southampton on March 9 and Liverpool on March 31, live on Sky Sports.
An FA statement read: “Mauricio Pochettino has been fined £10,000 and will serve a two-match touchline ban following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.
“The Tottenham Hotspur manager accepted an improper conduct charge from The FA, which resulted from his language and/or behaviour – both on the pitch and in or around the tunnel area – at the end of the game against Burnley on 23 February.”
Pochettino appeared to inadvertently reveal he would receive a touchline ban for his confrontation with Dean, after he misunderstood a question from Sky Sports News’ Jamie Weir following Spurs’ Champions League victory against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.
“I am very disappointed, I don’t think that is going to change but I don’t care, we are going to be strong,” he said to a question about whether he expected to play the Champions League quarter-final in their new stadium.