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Muhoroni Youth will on Saturday 29 April be at home to face reigning Premier League champions Tusker FC at Muhoroni Stadium, with the kick-off time at 15:00. Tusker FC came from behind to snatch a 2-1 win over Nakumatt FC on Wednesday while Muhoroni were held to a 1-1 draw by bottom placed Zoo Kericho.
The two sides have met six times in the last three seasons, Tusker thrashing Muhoroni thrice, drawing twice and Muhoroni registering one win. After seven matches, Muhoroni lie in 12th position with nine points after recording two wins, two draws and three losses. Tusker are one place above Muhoroni, settling for 11th position with nine points after two wins, three draws and two losses.
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Premier League leaders face a daunting task of maintaining their unbeaten streak when they face AFC Leopards in round 8 of the Kenya Premier League on Saturday 15:00 at Afraha Stadium. Rangers, who are unbeaten this season, will look to preserve their impressive form and retain the top spot with a win against Ingwe. Leopards on the other side will head into the game hungry for a win, especially after their mid-week 1-0 loss to Sofapaka where Stewart Hall blasted his players’ non-quality performance.
The two sides met twice last season, with no one able to snatch a win after both matches ended in draws. They have met six times in five years, Leopards coming out on top two times while all the other four ended in draws. Posta Rangers currently sit at the summit of the Premier League table with seventeen points while Leopards are fourth with thirteen points from seven matches.
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Chemelil Sugar and Kariobangi Sharks face off in round 8 of the Kenya Premier League fixtures on Saturday 29 April at 15:00. Chemelil, who have registered wins in all games that they have played at home this season, will be looking to do exactly that and bag all three points. Sharks will also come into the match with a winning mentality, especially after overcoming Thika United in their mid-week clash.
Chemelil are sixth in the table standings, having registered three wins, three draws and only one loss so far. Sharks on the other hand are 10th on the log with three wins, zero draws and four losses
Premier League new boys Nzoia United are scheduled to play their eight game of the season against Sony Sugar on Saturday 29 April at Sudi Stadium from 15:00. Nzoia, who are so far the best performers among all promoted teams, will be expecting to come out victorious especially after winning two of their last three matches, with the other one ending in a draw. Sony Sugar are winless in their last four matches and will be looking to overturn that disastrous form.
This will be the first premier league duel between the two teams. Nzoia United are currently in an impressive 7th position with eleven points, having garnered three wins, two draws and two losses. Sony Sugar have registered two wins, one draw and four losses which puts them in the 14th position with seven points.
Kenyan Edwin Rotich and 2016 Olympic marathon silver medallist Eunice Kirwa lead their respective fields at the Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (30).
Rotich ran his personal best of 59:32 in Valencia in October last year, and hasn’t competed in a half marathon since. However, the Kenyan showed good form when finishing in 46:46 at the Cherry Blossom 10 Miles in Washington DC earlier this month. He will start as one of the favourites in Istanbul in a field that includes six men who have broken the event’s one-hour barrier.
Evans Kiplagat of Azerbaijan returns to run the city’s major half marathon for the third year in a row. His winning time of 1:00:13 from 2015 stands as the race record, though it is 17 seconds shy of his career best.
Adugna Takele, the fastest Ethiopian over the distance in 2016 with 59:40, is another outstanding name in the field. The 28-year-old crossed the finish line in 1:01:14 at the RAK Half Marathon in Ras al-Khaimah in February.
There were to be two more fast Ethiopians on the starting line, however, both Tamirat Tola and Guye Adola withdrew from the race due to injury and illness respectively.
Other leading names include Kenya’s Vincent Kipsegechi Yator, who has a best of 59:55 from 2015, and Morocco’s national record holder Aziz Lahbabi with 59:25.
Peter Kwemoi Ndorobo is not to be written off in the battle for victory on Sunday. The Kenyan ran exactly the same time in Ostia in 2016 and 2017, 1:00:13, which stands as his best.
Also lining up will be Tanzania’s Ismail Juma, who was ninth in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Guiyang 2015.
The women’s race will host Kirwa, the Rio 2016 Olympic marathon silver medallist, who also took bronze in the event at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015. The 32-year-old Bahraini clocked 1:08:07 in Marugame in February, her only half marathon this year.
However, the fastest woman on paper is Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia. The 27-year-old finished in a time of 1:06:14 in Prague last year to become the world all-time number 10 over the distance.
Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich has been a fast improver this year. Starting the year with 1:09:06 in Adana, she shaved off nearly a minute from that time to win in 1:08:08 in Paris in early March, following with an impressive 1:07:42 in Milan, another victory within the same month. The next target for Chepngetich would the fourth win of the year with another improvement.
Hiwot Gebrekidan will also be setting her sights on a podium finish after she won her first ever half marathon, clocking 1:08:00 in Copenhagen last September. The Ethiopian, who will celebrate her 22nd birthday two weeks after her second race over the distance, is one of the youngest elite women to run in Istanbul on Sunday.
The chairperson of Athletics Kenya (AK) has revealed that another "high-profile athlete" has failed a doping test, just weeks after it emerged Rio Olympics marathon champion Jemima Sumgong tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.
Jackson Tuwei said that the IAAF, the sport's global governing body, had found the positive test but said the identity of the athlete could not yet be revealed.
Kenya's middle and long distance success has been marred by doping cases involving elite athletes. Officials estimate the number of positive tests at about 50 in the past four years.
"There is another high-profile athlete who has also failed a doping test but we have to wait for legal procedures to be followed," Tuwei told Reuters in an interview on Thursday.
"Obviously we cannot say who the athlete is."
News of the test comes after Sumgong, who last year became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic gold in the marathon, tested positive for the banned blood-booster EPO (erythropoietin) in an out-of-competition test carried out by IAAF.
Doping was made a criminal offence in Kenya in June 2016.
Tuwei said the IAAF had rejected Sumgong's explanation about the circumstances that led to her positive test.
"Her explanation has been rejected and she has been ordered to send a more convincing explanation before further action is taken," Tuwei said.
Sumgong's positive test came in the wake of a four-year ban handed to Kenya's multi-marathon champion Rita Jeptoo, Sumgong's former training partner, after she tested positive for EPO in 2014.
“We also wish to send a very strong message to athletes representatives, doctors, coaches and all athletes support personnel that those found culpable or proved to be encouraging our athletes in this line of sporting subterfuge will be charged as prescribed by the law of the land,” AK said in a separate statement on Thursday.
Sumgong, 32, was among the six Kenyan gold medallists in Rio, which was the country's best performance at an Olympics.
Two-time Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha will make his 1000m debut at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on 28 June.
"I'm really looking forward to my race in Ostrava," Rudisha said. "It will be my third race of the season but most interestingly for me it's my first time to run 1000 metres!"
Testing himself in off distances isn't anything new for Rudisha who last season in his run-up to a successful Olympic 800m title defence, broke the African record over 600m at the Birmingham leg of the IAAF Diamond League, clocking 1:13.10.
But going up in distance is uncharted territory for the 28-year-old, who famously broke his own 800m world record in the 2012 Olympic final.
"I'm excited to try this race. People are always asking me how would I run at 1500. I always say that's too far to run against the miler guys! But 1000m is of course shorter and closer to my racing distance.
"I've got no time or plan in mind but I'm excited to test myself and see what I can do," added Rudisha, who will be competing in the Czech city for the fifth time.
One publicly unstated goal could be the meeting record of 2:15.08 set by Ilham Tanui Ozbilen of Turkey in 2014, the fastest time that year over the rarely-run distance.
Rudisha is the latest Olympic champion announced for the meeting's 56th edition. Previously announced were 400m world record holder and Rio winner Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa who'll contest the 300m, double world and Olympic champion Mo Farah of Great Britain, who'll compete in the 10,000m, Thomas Rohler of Germany, who'll contest the javelin, and Christian Taylor of the US in the triple jump.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) board has voted for changes to its governance and financial model.
Cricket's global governing body will reverse reforms made in 2014, which gave more political and financial power to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Cricket Australia, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The new changes will create a more equitable distribution of revenues from ICC global events and partnerships but will not revert to the equal share among Test-playing full members that existed until three years ago. The 14-member board voted at the end of its meeting this week at the ICC headquarters in Dubai.
The BCCI, however, is believed to have been the sole opponent to the financial changes, which must be ratified by the ICC council in June. Rumours emanating from India suggest that the board will consider pulling out of the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales, having already missed the deadline for submitting a squad.
The changes will be seen as a blow to India's increasingly dominant position in the international game, with the ICC known to be aiming to decrease its financial and cultural dependence on the sub-continental market through its efforts to further globalise the sport.
Over the current eight-year cycle to 2023, the BCCI would now stand to earn US$293 million rather than US$570 million, the ECB would take US$143 million, and Zimbabwe Cricket would receive US$94 million. The remaining seven full member boards - from Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, West Indies, New Zealand, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka - will receive US$132 apiece, with second-tier Associate members set to share US$280 million.
Revisions to the ICC constitution were also approved by 12 votes to two. These include measures to add full members to the organisation subject to meeting key requirements, with a new membership committee established to consider applications. The third-tier Affiliate level of membership is also set to be scrapped, with the lower two tiers consolidated under the Associate banner.
There will be a host of matches in the Kenya National Classic League this Saturday across the Country.
Three Premier matches will play at Nyayo stadium on Saturday.
Blades v KCA University 1pm
Equity v Zetech University 2pm
Lions v KPA 4pm
Before the men matches start it will be the women that first take on the court at Nyayo Stadium.
Zetech University v Eagle Wings 10am
Storm v KPA 11.30am
In the Men Divisuon One there will be two matches that play across the country. Lakeside take on Strathmore in Kisumu Sports Ground at 10.30am while Nakuru Clun take on Terror in Menengai High School at 11.00am.
Matches in Division two in the men category will line up as follows:
Little Prince v Blazers at 8.30am in Nyayo
Riara University v NIBS at 1.00pm in Upperhill
4-Christ v Neosasa at 2.30pm in Upperhill
JKUAT v Emyba at 4.00pm in Upperhill
There will also be two Women Divison One matches playing tomorrow. Daystar take on JKUAT at 10.30am in Upperhill while Kisumu Lady Bucks play Strathmore at 9.00am in Kisumu Sports Ground.
It's going to be an action packed Saturday as hockey lovers will be served with the following enticing fixtures:
Men Premier League
Nakuru Athletic v Kenya Police
Kenya Police will be looking to keep their 100 percent record intact when they sqaure it off with Nakuru Athletic. Police, who are the overwhelming favourites both in the match and to clinch the title, would want to back their status as giants with a win that will take them to the top. Currently, they occupy the second spot with 12 points after 4 games.
Dolean Mugaisi will however give Nakuru Athletic some hope as he has been in good goal scoring form having registered 3 goals so far. They are however lower in the pecking order at 11th with only a win in 4 matches.
The match will kick off at 6pm at the City Park Stadium in Parklands.
Ladies Premier League
JKUAT v Sliders
The race to catch up with Telkom Orange is on as two of the closest teams go head to head. JKUAT are second with 2 points and two places above their matchday rivals although Sliders have a game in hand. The match is a must win for both sides as any other result will see them lose track of Telkom who already seem to be running away with it.
This too close to call match will kick off at 12pm at the City Park Stadium in Parklands.
National 'A' League
The second division will also have mouth-watering encounters as follows:
Mvita XI v Wazalendo Masters 4pm
Mombasa West v Thika Rovers 4pm
MSC v Impala 5pm
National 'B' League
Kimathi v UON 2pm
The fourth round of the National Sevens Series will be hosted at the Ngong Hills Sports Resort for a period of two years starting with the 2017 edition which takes place on 9/10 September.This decision was arrived at by the Kenya Rugby Union following the submission of hosting bids by interested clubs and entities.
Menengai Cream Homeboyz topped the bidding,earning the right to host the event at their proposed venue in 2017 and 2018.
A joint bid by Western Bulls and Kabras Sugar RFC was second overall in the bidding process, granting them the rights to host this round of the NSS in 2019 and 2020.
The National Sevens Series is Kenya Rugby's premier club sevens competition and is played over six rounds, the team accumulating the most points at the close of the series crowned club sevens champions of Kenya
Coach Jos Openda of the Telkom Orange Ladies Hockey team has revealed to Kenyanstar the two players he would have loved to include in his Orange team. Speaking exclusively to Kenyanstar for the Kenyan Star of The week Column, Coach Openda revealed that he had actually tried to sign one while the other was currently unavailable for him.
"I look at a player like Yvonne Karanja of strathmore, she's a very fast player, forward oriented. She plays more like we play at Orange. she's one player that I won't mind her coming Over but i also wouldn't like to kill the other team."
"There is also Pauline Naise of Amiras. She's a very talented player, I believe that her talent is still not being natured the way it is supposed to be. I believe that she's still playing more of social hockey instead of Competitive Hockey."
"I think if she moves to Orange she will be able to get a taste of this club championships more frequently and her maturity of the game will come up."
But did coach Openda try getting any of these players?
"Yvonne Karanja is still in school so let's not even discuss her because i didn't make an attempt..."
"Pauline Naise I tried. There was a time she stopped playing hockey and I sent emissaries out for her but when she came back i was shocked she joined Amiras. Maybe her friends are there she feels comfortable there but I told her the best place to be is in Orange."
The full transcript of the Interview with coach Jos Openda will be published next week on the Kenyan Star of The week Column.
Sofapaka FC coach Sam Ssimbwa hinted that he highly rates Ugandan-born player Kennedy Oduor. Speaking after their match against AFC Leopards on Wednesday where they won 1-0, Ssimbwa gave a definite answer when asked about his comments on Oduor, who produced a convincing performance against Ingwe. "Oduor? He has been outstanding, that is a Ugandan...he is tested, I came with him.’’
Ssimbwa expressed his side’s eagerness to improve, but was coy when asked if he thinks his side can be considered as title competitors this season. "We shall improve, time by time…but you know the bad thing you have already told me that I have experienced old players and with the time frame, two or three days doesn’t work for us….it doesn’t work to our advantage but we shall try to see that we win as many games as possible to be real competitors. We have started (being real competitors)….I think we are now second or third on the table.’’
On improving his side by buying players, the coach was confident that they will gave get positive additions come the transfer window. "If I am to be among the best and I put in players I want… I have seen very many good Kenyan players. Now we have the money, I will just take it on.’’
Speaking after the match on Wednesday where his side lost 1-0 to Sofapaka, AFC Leopards coach Stewart Hall explained Gilbert Fiamenyo’s frustrations in recent games where he has been spotted flinging his arms to his teammates on several occasions.
Hall denied having any concerns over Fiamenyo’s aggravations, attributing them to injuries that that the player is currently playing with. "No (I have no concern) Gilbert is injured….Gilbert is playing with an injury, he is playing with painkillers and if everybody was fit and the squad was a little bit stronger, he wouldn’t be playing. So it’s a little bit hard, you can’t be critically Gilbert because he’s playing in a lot of pain.’’
The coach also addressed concerns that Allan Katerrega was holding the ball too much during the game, asserting that that is what comes with gifted players while giving an example with Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.
"That’s what you from gifted players, if Messi sometimes holds the ball too long what do you tell him?. Gifted players sometimes hold the ball to great effect and sometimes they hold the ball to lesser effect, that’s gifted players and that’s something you have to live with…so there is nothing you can say really."
He went on to give his assessment of Katerrega’s performance in the game, saying that he (Katerrega) played well. "I feel Katerrega did okay…he worked really hard and at the end he was still trying to work and get us a goal.’’
AFC Leopards coach Stewart Hall blasted his players’ performance in Wednesdays’ match against Sofapaka, where they lost 1-0 in a match played at the Kenyatta Stadium. Hall, speaking after the match, was quick to dissect the performance stating that it was in his view the worst performance of the season.
"No quality…no quality at all about everything we’ve done (vs Sofapaka). The passing, the movement, the crossing had no quality so you don’t deserve to win football matches when you play like that.’’ When asked about what might have gone wrong in the match, he said that it was hard to tell, ``well, you don’t know….you can’t say. Training yesterday was excellent but today we didn’t put the training into the game and that was the worst performance of the season.’’
Contentious refereeing decisions…
Hall was also keen to point out several mistakes from the refereeing point, but refused to blame the loss on that factor. "I don’t think the referee helped because there were two good penalty shouts, he didn’t play the full amount of extra time when we were well on top and some of the off-side decisions were very dubious. But that’s football; you can’t blame it (the loss) on that…that is just a factor. The fact is we didn’t play well. If you blame the officials you are giving the players an excuse for losing.’’
Be Patient with the team, we are re-building.
The coach called for patience with the team, insisting that it was a young team with no KPL experience who should be willing to learn from defeats. He also added that he would need one more transfer window to create the squad that he really wants.
"We are building the team; you know it’s a young team so sometimes you learn a lot from defeats, so we have to learn from the defeat today because we didn’t play well. I said that the squad is very young and a lot of these boys don’t have KPL experience, I said that at the start of the season. I also said that it would take two transfer windows to get the squad that I really want to and we have had only one transfer window.
On whether he feels any pressure owing to fans’ frustrations after the game, Hall refuted that saying he does not yet feel any pressure. ``No, there is no thing such as pressure…the fans went home very happy for the last two games so that’s football, we’re building the team. They should look at that and say that AFC Leopards is rebuilding, the whole club is being rebuilt…the National Executive Committee, the technical bench, the playing turf; so everything is being rebuilt so you have to have a little bit of patience with that.’’
On Leopards’ next match against Posta Rangers…
Stewart Hall asserted that he will not give any motivations to the team ahead of their next match against Premier League leaders Posta Rangers, insisting that the players will motivate themselves since it is a big match, ``You don’t have to (motivate) because it’s a big game so the players will motivate themselves…it’s the small games like today where you have to motivate the players, the big games the players motivate themselves because they know it is a big game,.’’
The English man also said that not much can be done in terms of change in personnel in the squad ahead of their next match because of injuries sustained by his side, "With the injuries we’ve got and the players not available, there is not much we can do. If you look at the striking today we’ve tried three different options: we’ve tried Gilbert with Katerrega and then we tried Gilbert with Ingotse so unless Kiongera is fit for Saturday that is really what we have.’’
AFC Leopards fell for the first time at home this season, losing 1-0 to Sofapaka on Wednesday 26 April 26, 2017 at the Kenyatta Stadium.
The lone goal was scored four minutes into the second half by Charles Okwemba, who is a former Leopards player, who met Paul Odhiambo’s oncoming pass to slot home his second goal of the season. In the final fifteen minutes, Leopards tried hard to find an equalizer but were unsuccessful in their attempt. Sofapaka now move to the third position on the table with fourteen points, one place above Leopards who are fourth with thirteen points.
In Mombasa, Walusimbi and Wafula’s goals were enough to hand Gor Mahia a 2-1 win over Bandari FC at the Mbaraki Stadium. Innocent Wafula took the visitors ahead in the 11th minute, connecting Walusimbi’s cross past Joseph Okoth and into the net.
Bandari were level in the 53rd minute, Noah Abich scoring from the spot after Musa Mohammed fouled Shaban Kenga inside the box. Fourteen minutes later, K’ogalo were back in the lead after Walusimbi tucked in a Maloba cross. The result takes Gor’s points tally to sixteen and they remain second on the log while Bandari go to eighth position with ten points from seven matches.
In another match, Nzoia Sugar thrashed Western Stima 2-0 to go to 7th position on the Premier League table. They had a chance to go ahead in 14th minute, but Edgar Nzano missed the penalty. They however got the lead in the 38th minute courtesy of a Bonface Omondi goal. Nzoia doubled their lead through Joachim Oluoch in the 64th minute. They have now amassed eleven points from seven games. Western Stima lie in 17th after collecting only five points from their seven games
Her illustrious career on the volleyball court was abruptly cut short by a deadly heart condition which has seen her survive three major hear operations. Despite the numerous health challenges punctuated by several trips to the hospital, Roseline Odhiambo, a former National team centre blocker and 2010 and 2012 Africa’s best blocker and server still has a big heart of helping the needy with the little resources she should ordinary be sharing with her two young sons.
Tusker FC came from a goal down to snatch a 2-1 win against Nakumatt FC in a match played at Afraha Stadium on Wednesday 26 April.
Hundreds of young Kenyans are benefiting from the Kenya Youth Hockey Development program that is supported Dutch Business and the Dutch Hockey Community and facilitated by the Kenya Hockey Union.
This program sees coaches from Netherlands, UK, Germany and Kenya train young Kenyans in the Under 8, Under 14 and Under 16 categories every Saturday morning from 8am to 11am at the City Park Stadium. Erik van der Dussen, one of the project initiators and manager, told Kenyanstar on Tuesday that the Dutch Hockey community also extends their support to initiatives like the Wazalendo Young Players Development program, Shelter Children’s Home (Ngong) and Kerugoya girls Hockey Team.
"The program is free for all willing kids who would like to learn some hockey" said Erik.
"We teach the basics of the game, we also teach things like how to come from losing 1-0 to win 2-1, how to handle a defeat and other mental aspects of the game."
"The Dutch support goes all the way to providing funds for transport, bottled water, fresh fruit and warm meals at the Saturday morning program. We have (hungry) kids coming all the way from Kibera, so the support is very relevant. If we get more and more people to support this in any form, it will be really great."
"Numbers wise we have at least a constant of 60 kids both boys and girls coming here every Saturday though sometimes it could go high or low because of understandably various circumstances."
Commenting on the program, Orange Telkom Ladies Hockey team Coach, Jos Openda, who is also the Vice Chairman of Hockey Nairobi hailed it saying it was a step in the right direction in the development of Hockey in the country.
"Most of our players start playing hockey at high school level so it is a good thing for us to get a chance to introduce the game at a very young age" Said Openda.
Kariobangi Sharks condemned Thika United to their third loss in a row and a fifth this season with a 1-0 victory on Wednesday 26 April at the Kenyatta Stadium.
Sharks were also fresh from a 1-0 loss in the hands of Posta Rangers and Rodgers Omondi proved his worth in the team, netting the all-important goal in the 63rd minute to secure three points for Muluya’s side.
They were also missing Pascal Ogweno, who is an important member for the side, after the defender was given marching orders in their game against Posta Rangers.
The result leaves Thika United lying in position 14 with six points while Kariobangi Sharks move up eleventh with nine points from seven games
Kenyan national team captain Victor Wanyama, was on Monday, April 24, awarded the prestigious Best of Africa role model Award (BOA) for his continued charity work back on the African soil.
Wanyama received his prize at a pompous ceremony, attended by several African football greats, inside the Rosewood Hotel, central Londo
The list for candidates ahead of the National Olympic committee elections (NOCK) has been released in readiness for the elections to be held on May 5. Paul Tergat is unopposed for the presidency of the post as well as Humphrey Kayange and Hellen Obiri in the athletes representatives positions.
Full list of the candidates:
Paul Tergat (Athletics)- unopposed
First Vice president
Shadrack Maluki (Judo)
Nahashon Randiak (Hockey)
Second Vice president
Waithaka Kioni (Volleyball)
Jackson Tuwei (Athletics)
F.K Paul (Handball)
Andrew Mudibo (Table Tennis)
John Kilonzo (Rugby)
Deputy Secretary General
James Chacha (Taekwondo)
Francis Mutuku (Tennis)
Timothy Nabea ((Football)
John Ogolla (Weightlifting)
Elynah Shiveka (Hockey)
Ann Njambi (Badminton)
Eliud Kariuki (Wrestling)
Stephen Soi (Taekwondo)
Charles Mose (Cycling)
Dr Paul Rwambo (Golf)
John Kameta (Boxing)
Catherine Ndereba (Athletics)
Julius Mwangi (Cycling)
Paul Otula (Basketball)
Suleiman Sumba (Taekwondo)
Mohammed Shuaib (Shooting)
Tegla Loroupe (Athletics)
Paurvi Rawal (Tennis)
Roselyn Njeri (Swimming)
Peter Muchiri (Badminton)
Humphrey Kayange (Rugby)- Unopposed
Hellen Obiri (Athletics)- Unopposed
Humphrey Kayange and Hellen Obiri Obiri have earned themselves athletes representatives positions in the National Olympic committee of Kenya unopposed ahead of the scheduled lections set to be held in May.
Bandari FC vs Gor Mahia (Mbaraki Stadium)
Former KPL Champions Gor Mahia head to Mombasa where they will play against Bandari FC on Wednesday 26 April, 2017 at 15:00 at the Mbaraki Stadium.
Gor will be looking for a way back to the summit of the Premier League table after being dislodged by Posta Rangers during the weekend, and a win against Bandari will go a long way in doing that. The Dockers will however not go down that easily, especially knowing that they did not get any point from their last fixture after losing to Chemelil Sugar.
The two sides have met six times in the last three years, with Gor Mahia emerging victorious on three occasions, drawing twice and Bandari winning once.
In the last six games, K’ogalo have registered four wins, one draw and one loss compared to Bandari’s three wins, one draw and two losses. Gor Mahia are currently 3rd on the table standings with thirteen points, three points more than Bandari are 7th with ten points from six games.
Kariobangi Sharks vs Thika United (Kenyatta Stadium)
The Thika-based side will be looking to revive themselves after back-to-back defeats in the Premier League against Bandari and AFC Leopards. Kariobangi Sharks also lost their last match, and will bank on home advantage to thrust them to a win.
Thika United are currently 14th on the log, one place behind Kariobangi Sharks who are in position 13. After six games, they have two wins, zero draws and four losses. Kariobangi Sharks have also performed similarly, registering two wins, zero draws and four losses but boast of a greater goal difference.
AFC Leopards vs Sofapaka (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos)
AFC Leopards and Sofapaka face off on Wednesday at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos in a mouth-watering clash that is almost certain to guarantee goals. Sofapaka have had a good start to the season compared to the previous one, with only one defeat to their name. The other five games have resulted into three wins and two draws for them. Leopards on the other hand have recorded four wins, one draw and one loss.
Sofapaka are currently on a good goal-scoring form, netting ten times in their opening six fixtures compared to Leopards’ eight goals in the same number of games. In terms of goals conceded, Sofapaka have let in five goals compared to Ingwe’s four. Both teams have failed to score in only two out of the six games played.
In the last six meetings between Sofapaka and AFC Leopards, both teams have won twice and drawn twice. Heading into the match, Sofapaka will also be encouraged by their recent away form, with all three wins registered from away matches.
AFC Leopards are currently second on the log with thirteen points while Sofapaka are fifth with eleven points. The match will start at 16:15.
Nzoia Sugar FC coach Bernard Mwalala, escaped unscathed after he was involved in a road accident along Bungoma-Webuye on Tuesday night.
Mathare United midfielders Harrison Mwendwa and Alphonce Ndonye were left out the team’s squad to face Chemelil Sugar on Wednesday.
Ndonye is out due to a knock he picked during their last match against Ulinzi Stars. John Mwangi has since taken up one place, while Cliff Nyakeya makes a return to the squad after missing Ulinzi’s match as a result of a minor injury.
Levis Opiyo, Wycliffe Kasaya, Lennox Ogutu, Andrew Juma, George Owino (C), Martin Ongori, David Mwangi, Tyson Odhiambo, Abubakar Keya, Roy Okal, Chrispin Oduor, David Owino, Tyson Otieno, Daniel Mwaura, Cliff Nyakeya, John Mwangi, Ronald Okoth, Derrick Onyango.
Mid-week hockey action will be underway today in the Men Premier division as Sikh Union take on Parkroad Badgers at 6pm in City Park Stadium in Parklands.
Both teams will be hoping for a win to propel them to the top have of the table as they are languishing dangerously close to the base.
Sikh Union are 10th win three points after three games, they have won one and lost two and have a goal difference of one. Parkroad also has three points after three games with one win and two losses but their goal difference of negative one leaves them at 12th.
Sikh forward Francis Eshikuri is expected to make an impact for Sikh as he already has scored two goals
Western Stima welcome Nzoia United on Wednesday afternoon in round 7 of the Kenya Premier League.
The match, which kicks off at 15:00 will involve the two teams who are only separated by three points. The three points are however massive, with Nzoia United currently placed in position eight with eight points while Western Stima are a distant 16th with five points.
The two teams have so far conceded eight goals each, with Nzoia United scoring nine while Western Stima have only scored four goals. The two teams have never met in the league
Mathare United vs Chemelil Sugar ( Thika Municipal Stadium)
Mathare United who are fresh from a 5-1 embarrassing defeat in the hands of Ulinzi Stars over the weekend, will on Wednesday afternoon host Chemelil,.
Chemelil have only lost one match so far this season and will give all they can to avoid a second one. Mathare United United also head to Thika Stadium looking to overcome their recent slump in form which has seen them win less in the last five league matches.
Mathare currently languish in the 17th position, with five points from the last six games where they have conceded ten goals and scored only five goals.
Chemelil on the other hand are in positions six with eleven points, having scored six and conceded only two goals so far. In the last six meetings between the two, both teams have won once and drawn our times. The match will kick off at 15:00.
Tusker FC vs Nakumatt (Afraha Stadium)
Premier League new boys Nakumatt FC face a daunting trip to the Afraha to face reigning champions Tusker FC. The match will start at 15:00 on Wednesday 26 April, 2017. Tusker have recorded draws in three recent games that they have played and will go into the game hungry for a win. Nakumatt will also go into the game heads high, especially after thrashing Western Stima in their last match.
Tusker are one of the sides that have conceded the most goals this season, letting in ten goals against the six that they have scored.
Nakumatt have scored four goals and conceded five, keeping three clean sheets in the process. The Brewers currently lie in 15th position with six points in as many games while Nakumatt are 9th after amassing seven points. The two sides have not met before.
Sony Sugar vs Posta Rangers (Green Stadium)
Premier League leaders Posta Rangers FC will on Wednesday afternoon seek to maintain their lead when the play Sony Sugar, who have also recently discovered their winning form. Sony Sugar have emerged victorious in the last two matches after a series of disappointing results and will look to inflict the first loss for Sammy Omollo’s side.
Posta Rangers boast of four wins, two draws and have no loss in their first six games of the season. Sony Sugar on the other side have picked up two wins, one draw and three losses. Rangers are also the side that has conceded least goals in the league, with only one goal conceded hence recording five clean sheets. The millers conceded six goals and scored only three.
In their last six duels, Posta Rangers have clinched three wins, one draw while Sony Sugar have won twice. Rangers are currently at the summit of the table with fourteen points, Sony Sugar settling for eleventh position with seven points. The match will kick off at 15:00