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Guardiola and Messi meet again as PSG take on Man City

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Man city announced the £100 million ($139m) signing of Grealish from Aston Villa on August 5, the same day Barcelona revealed Messi would not be staying at the Camp Nou.

A year ago, when Messi tried to force his departure from Catalonia, City appeared the most likely destination.

In the end Barcelona prevented the six-time Ballon d’Or winner from leaving then and 12 months later Messi was prepared to stay put until it became clear the financial mess at the Camp Nou meant he could not.

If City had anticipated Messi becoming available, they might have moved for him. But instead they focused their sights on Grealish and were trying to sign Harry Kane, a move that ultimately didn’t happen.

There was a time when a reunion between Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola looked distinctly possible, but on Tuesday they will be on opposite sides again when Paris Saint-Germain play Manchester City in the Champions League.

Had it not been for Jack Grealish, perhaps things would have turned out differently.

The only other time the duo have come up against each other was in the group stage in 2016, just after Guardiola arrived at City.

Messi scored a hat-trick as Barca won 4-0 at the Camp Nou and he then put his side ahead in Manchester, but City won 3-1.

This time the expectation is both City and PSG will progress from their group and both men are desperate to win the Champions League again –- the last of Messi’s four titles came in 2015, while Guardiola has not lifted the trophy since Messi inspired Barcelona to a 3-1 win over Manchester United in the 2011 final.

While the world waits to see how Messi’s move to Paris turns out, Guardiola continues to regret the absence of a prolific centre-forward as the final piece of his jigsaw at City.

Messi will fancy opening his account in Paris on such an occasion, and Guardiola has already been on the receiving end of the Argentine’s genius in Europe.

After Guardiola left Barcelona in 2012 at the end of four glorious years in which he oversaw Messi’s transition from superstar in the making to the best in the world, he faced his old club for the first time in the Champions League semi-finals in 2015.

Barcelona beat Guardiola’s Bayern 5-3 on aggregate on the way to winning the trophy. Messi produced a sublime performance to score two late goals in a 3-0 first-leg win at the Camp Nou that effectively killed the tie.

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Wasafibet – Diamond Platinumz launches new betting company, partners with Odibets

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Diamond has officially launched the new betting company dubbed WasafiBet at a ceremony that brought Bongo elites together.

Through his Instagram he launched WasafiBet on Friday, November 26, and captioned it “Pesa lipo.

Due to his massive following, it was established shortly after unveiling the product with over 10K followers in hours.

The betting company’s Instagram page and Twitter handle gained more than 10,000 followers in less than one hour after Diamond’s launching.

WasafiBet Instagram page hints that the company have an association with a Kenyan betting company Odibets.

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Court Closes Case Against FKF President Nick Mwendwa

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Beleaguered Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa is a free man after the state dropped all the corruption charges against him.

On Thursday 25th November, a court ruling was issued, that ordered Nick Mwenda be refunded Ksh 4 million he deposited to secure his release.

On Wednesday, November 16 the government was given an ultimatum of one week to prosecute Mwendwa, failure to which his case would be closed.

“We seek to close the file as we proceed with investigations at our own pace before we prefer charges against him,” the prosecution said.

“Police arrested and detained Mwendwa irregularly which exhibited bad faith. They brought him to the court without a holding charge even after detaining him for a whole weekend,” Nyamu said.

The court granted the prosecution 7days to prefer charges against Mwendwa after a request to detain him for 14 days was declined.

“I, therefore, order this matter closed as prayed by the DPP, ” Wandia said.

Friday, November 12th, 2021 Nick Mwendwa was allegedly arrested over the misuse of funds while visiting the Harambee Stars camp at the Nyayo National Stadium.

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Rugby: Unvaccinated players will not be allowed to compete in Kenya Cup

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Unvaccinated rugby players on several teams such as the Mwamba, Homeboyz, and Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) will not be allowed to take part in this year’s Kenya Cup.

“NO team will be allowed to field players not yet fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and all team managers to compile vaccination certificates and send to KRU on or before Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

Unvaccinated players shall also be considered ineligible.”Kenya Rugby Union (KRU0 said

There are six matches on the cards as the 2021/22 Kenya Cup season kicks off on Saturday, November 27, 2021.

The season will again be played on a one-off, round-robin basis with the top four teams qualifying for the semifinal playoffs with the final slated for Saturday, March 5 2022.

Strathmore Leos get the new season underway when they host Topfry Nakuru in the day’s early kick-off at the RFUEA Ground.

This match will pave the way for the Ngong Road derby when hosts Kenya Harlequin and Resolution Impala Saracens face off in the subsequent fixture at the RFUEA.

Last season’s runners-up Kabras Sugar will be at home to Kenyatta University’s Blak Blad at the Moi Showground, Kakamega with Masinde Muliro hosting Nondescripts at the MMUST Campus in Lurambi, Kakamega.

Menengai Oilers welcome Mwamba to the Moi Showground, Nakuru while defending champions KCB host Homeboyz at the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka, Nairobi.

This year’s league season will also incorporate women’s action. There will be three fixtures this weekend starting with the early kick-off between Mwamba and Topfry Nakuru at the RFUEA.

Ruckit and Yamananshi Impala will duel at the Impala Club with Homeboyz and Northern Suburbs facing off in Ruaraka.

Match Day 1, Saturday, November 27 2021

Kenya Cup

Strathmore Leos v Topfry Nakuru, 1.00pm, RFUEA, Nairobi (live)

Kenya Harlequin v Resolution Impala Saracens, 3.00pm, RFUEA, Nairobi (live)

Kabras Sugar v Blak Blad, 3.00pm, Moi Showground, Kakamega

Masinde Muliro v Nondescripts, 3.00pm, MMUST, Kakamega

Menengai Oilers v Mwamba, 3.00pm,Moi Showground, Nakuru

KCB v Homeboyz, 3.00pm, KCB Sports Club, Ruaraka

Women’s Kenya Cup

Mwamba v Topfry Nakuru, 11.00am, RFUEA, Nairobi

Ruckit v Yamanashi Impala Saracens, 1.00pm, Impala Club, Nairobi

Homeboyz v Northern Suburbs, 1.00pm, KCB Sports Club, Ruaraka

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