Nzoia Sugar will be without five first team players when they take on struggling side Thika United in a Premier League match on Saturday August 19, 2017. The match will be staged at the Thika Sub-County Stadium from 15:00.
Dependable striker Elvis Rupia, defender Ronack Otieno and midfielder Peter Gin Juma will be out through injuries for the important match. Dennis Ongeri and Geoffrey Kariuki are also unavailable owing to personal matters.
The Mwalala-coached side will be seeking a win that might propel them to the top five positions in the Kenyan Premier League.
Six AFC Leopards players have been ruled out of Sunday's Gotv Shield quarterfinal match against National Super League side Wazito FC. Leopards will be battling out for a semifinal spot with the NSL side at the Nyayo Stadium from 15:15.
Keziron Kizito has a fractured metatarsal while Marcus Abwao has an torn meniscus which requires surgery. Centre back Joshua Mawira has a knee injury he'll need an MRI scan as well as Abdallah Salim who's ankle is injured.
Alfred Wekesa is still out on rehabilitation after undergoing an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery last year. Vincent Oburu is also out on rehabilitation after a groin injury kept him out of Ingwe's last KPL match against Bandari FC.
Robinson Kamura has however fully recovered after missing the last three matches and will be available for selection. Also available is midfielder Allan Kateregga.
Information on the ticketing details for Sofapaka's league match against Nakumatt FC on Saturday August 19th at the Narok Stadium has been released. The match will start at 15:00.
Tickets for the day will sell at Kshs. 200 as announced by ticketing firm Big Brother Events and will retail on Saturday outside the stadium.
Sofapaka are currently 4th on the league table with 31 points while Nakumatt are six points adrift of them at 10th.
Kenyan Premier League leaders Gor Mahia will be travelling to Kisumu to face bottom-placed Muhoroni Youth on Saturday August 19 at the Moi Stadium. The match is set to kick off at 15:00.
For those willing to go and watch the match, VIP tickets will be retailed at Kshs. 500 while those for the terraces go for Kshs. 300. Tickets will be on sale outside the Moi Stadium on Saturday from morning.
A 19-man squad made up of local players has been named by Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi ahead of a friendly match against Mozambique in Maputo on Friday September2, 2017.
The most notable returnee is Gor Mahia forward George 'Black Berry' Odhiambo who has been in fine form in recent times, netting two times in his last three appearances for Ko'galo. Other players making their way back into the team are Nakumatt striker Kepha Aswani and Ulinzi Stars defender Omar Mbongi.
Gor have the highest number of players called into camp for the friendly, producing five players while Ulinzi come in second with four players. National Super League players Bernard Ochieng’ of Vihiga United and Wazito's Joe Waithera have also made the cut.
Goalkeepers: Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia), Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers)
Defenders: Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers), Omar Mbongi (Ulinzi Stars), Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Harun Shakava (Gor Mahia), Bernard Ochieng’ (Vihiga United)
Midfielders: Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Victor Majid (AFC Leopards), Jackson Macharia (Tusker), Boniface Muchiri (Tusker), Daniel Waweru (Ulinzi Stars)
Forwards: Kepha Aswani (Nakumatt), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Masud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Joe Waithera (Wazito), Chris Ochieng’ (Mathare United),George Odhiambo (Gor Mahia), Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi Stars)
After a stellar performance against Sony Sugar, Mathare United youngster John Mwangi is aiming for the best young player award once the season comes to a close.
Mwangi began from scratch, first making it into the 18-man squad before being given little playing time against Thika United, Kakamega Homeboyz, Sony Sugar and Chemelil Sugar.
When he was finally handed his first start of the season against SoNy Sugar, the 17-year old did not disappoint, creating constant danger to their wing backs Bernard Omondi and Samuel Olare and was unlucky not to get into the score sheet after coming close twice.
“I am happy with the progress that I have made because I started by making it to the 18 man squad then being among the substitutes. I have enjoyed every moment and this has made it easier for me to settle in the team. I want to keep working hard and hopefully I will get more starts,” said Mwangi.
“The coach has shown faith in me and this has motivated me to give my best in every game that I have been fielded. I want to build on what I have achieved so far and start scoring goals. My target is to be awarded the best young player at the end of the season,” he added.
Despite this being his first season in the top tier, the academy graduate is not short of ambition. He has set his sights on bagging an award at the end of the season.
Mathare United's next assignment is against Zoo Kericho on Saturday August 19th at the Ruaraka Grounds.
The match pitting league leaders Gor Mahia against Muhoroni Youth is among five Kenyan Premier League matches that are set to be played this weekend in different parts of the country. The fixtures were slotted to this weekend after being deferred due to political uncertainty that was facing the country after the General Elections.
Gor Mahia will be seeking to further tighten the grip at the summit of the league table when they face bottom-placed Muhoroni Youth on Saturday August 20 at the Moi Stadium from 15:00.
Second-placed Posta Rangers will however be on Ko'galo's tails trying to pressure them when they visit Chemelil Sugar on the same day at the Chemelil Sports Complex. Football fans in Narok will have a wonderful afternoon with all eyes at the Narok Stadium when Sofapaka take on Nakumatt FC from 15:00.
Also in action on Saturday will be Mathare United against Zoo Kericho while a struggling Thika United side host Nzoia Sugar at the Thika Sub-County Stadium. Both matches kick off at 15:00.
Saturday August 19th
15:00- Muhoroni Youth vs Gor Mahia (Moi Stadium)
15:00- Chemelil Sugar vs Posta Rangers (Chemelil Sports Complex)
15:00- Sofapaka vs Nakumatt (Narok Stadium)
15:00- Mathare United vs Zoo Kericho (Ruaraka Grounds)
15:00- Thika United vs Nzoia Sugar (Thika Sub-County Stadium)
Broadcasting firm Gotv will offer live coverage for the quarterfinals of the Gotv Shield tournament that are set to get underway this weekend. All the four matches will be staged at the Nyayo Stadium.
The first match to be televised live will be between last year's semifinalists Kariobangi Sharks and Division one side Eldoret Youth on Saturday August 19 from 13:00. The second match of the day will see SoNy Sugar lock horns with Bandari from 15:15 and the match will also be live.
On Sunday August 20th, defending Champions Tusker FC will face Nationals Super League leaders Vihiga United FC from 13:00 before AFC Leopards entertaining Wazito FC from 15:15. Both matches will also be live.
The Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee has slapped Muhoroni Youth chairman Moses Adagala with a personal fine of KSh200,000 and banned him from attending any Kenyan Premier League matches for 60 days.
The disciplinary body has also fined Muhoroni Youth KSh400,000.
Adagala and Muhoroni supporters were found guilty of of invading the pitch as charged by the Kenyan Premier League during their match against Kakamega Homeboyz on 26th March. The invasion caused the match to be stopped and later abandoned contrary to Rules 3.3, 3.4(a) and 6.1 of the Rules of Kenya Football.
The abandoned match was awarded to Kakamega Homeboyz in an earlier case and the tribunal has upheld this award as proper and effective.
Said the IDCC ruling: “ The tribunal finds and holds as follows: The chairman of Muhoroni, Mr. Moses Adagala and the supporters of Muhoroni breached the rules of Kenyan Football. Rule 3.3 of the rules provides that ‘Members and spectators are only allowed to attend or participate in the matches on condition that they observe the rules. Anyone who violates the rules can be ordered to leave the venue of the match. If they refuse to leave they can be removed by force and will face additional penalties and sanctions'.
“Rule 3.4 (a) stipulates the responsibility of clubs for the conduct of their members and supporters. The facts relayed above and in the oral hearing, confirm that Mr. Moses Adagala and Muhoroni Youth Football Club are guilty of the charges laid against them.”
The Independent Disciplinary & Complaining Committee (IDCC) is the Tribunal for solving disputes in the game of football managed under the auspices of the Kenyan Premier League Limited.
Zoo Kericho were handed a major boost in their maiden top flight race after The Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC) awarded the three points for their match against Tusker.
The committee ruled that Tusker surrender their match against the Kericho-based side for fielding players without valid Football Kenya Federation cards.
The Brewers had been indicted before the IDCC for failing to produce valid FKF cards for 18 of their players on 10th May 2017 where they won the match 2-0 at the Kericho Green Stadium. Zoo Kericho have therefore been handed the match on a 2-0 basis.
“It is beyond conjecture that Tusker FC did not comply with the rules regarding presentation of valid FKF Cards,” IDCC said in its ruling.
“The disciplinary body further stated: “Rule 3.5 (g) of the Rules of Kenyan Football provides inter alia that the referee and assistant referees must inspect and confirm that the players have valid FKF cards. Rule 3.5(h) states that ‘every player must present their FKF card to the referee before kick off of every match…..’. It goes further to prescribe that a player cannot be fielded without a valid card approved by the referee. It is thus clear that fielding of a player without a valid FKF card renders such player(s) ineligible players.”
The Independent Disciplinary & Complaining Committee (IDCC) is the Tribunal for solving disputes in the game of football managed under the auspices of the Kenyan Premier League Limited.
The Gotv Shield Tournament resumes this weekend, with eight teams battling for four spots in the semifinals of this year's tournament.
At stake is a place in the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup and a cash prize of Kshs 2 Million for the winners of the trophy while the runners-up will have earned themselves Kshs 1 Million. There is also a prize of Kshs 750000 for the third best team.
This year's quarterfinals will be played at the Nyayo Stadium, with Saturday and Sunday accomodating two games each.
The first match on Saturday will see last year's second runners up Kariobangi Sharks take on Division one side Eldoret Youth from 13:00 before paving way for the match between Bandari FC and SoNy Sugar which is expected to start at 15:15.
On Sunday, defending champions Tusker FC will be hoping to edge closer to defending the title when they face National Super League leaders Vihiga United FC from 13:00.
The last quarterfinal match will see AFC Leopards clash with another National Super League side Wazito FC from 15:15, with the winner securing a place in the semifinals.
The Football Kenya Federation has postponed National Super League, Division One League, Women Premier League and Women Division One League matches scheduled for this weekend due to the political situation in the country.
The decision was arrived at following a consultative meeting between the National Leagues and Competitions Committee and the Referees Appointment Committee.
“It’s unfortunate that the political situation as currently is has made it impossible for most clubs to train and/or for officials to travel,” said FKF CEO Robert Muthomi.
“In light of the aforementioned and as a precaution we have decided to postpone this weekend’s matches to a date that will be communicated in due course,” he added.
Tusker FC left it late to register a 4-2 win over Nairobi Stima in a friendly match played on Wednesday August 16 the Stima club.
The match for the Brewers served as preparation for their Gotv Shield semifinal fixture against Vihiga United FC which is due this weekend.
Stima were first to score through Ivan Anguyo from the penalty spot in the 12th minute before Stephen Owusu leveled matters in the 40th minute after connecting with Ndolo's cross. Three minutes later, Stima were back ahead, this time former Sofapaka winger Patrick Mugendi finding the back of the net to take his team leading into the break.
Tusker brought in a new team in the second half and the changes seemed to work for them as Michael Khamati scored in the 57th minute to cancel Stima's lead.
Shortly after coming on for Allan Wanga, Victor Ndinya took the Brewers ahead for the first time in the game before Paul Odhiambo registered a late goal to seal a 4-2 win for Tusker.
The Kenyan Premier League match pitting AFC Leopards against Tusker has had a change in date, as revealed by Leopards on their social media platforms.
The match was supposed to be played on Tuesday August 22, 2017 but has been pushed to Thursday August 24, 2017.
Before that mouth-watering clash, AFC Leopards will first take on Wazito FC in the quarterfinals of the Gotv Shield tournament on Sunday August 20, 2017 at the Nyayo Stadium. The match which is expected to kick off at 15:15 will also be aired live on Go TV. The Brewers on the other hand will entertain Vihiga United FC as they seek a spot in the semifinals of the competition.
Tusker FC are currently third on the table standings with 32 points from 19 matches while Leopards lie 13th on the log with 20 points, having won only one match in their last six league fixtures.
Our match against Tusker FC has been moved from Tuesday 22nd August 2017 to Thursday 24th August 2017,'' read the notification on Leopards' official website.
Former Muhoroni Youth head coach Gilbert Selebwa was appointed as AFC Leopards' new team manager and is expected to commence his duties at the club from 1st September, 2017 as communicated by the club.
Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and the Arts Dr. Hassan Wario has revealed that the government plans to build three big stadiums in Nairobi, Mombasa and Eldoret and seven additional new ones in other parts of the country.
In a letter addressed to media houses, the Kenyan Premier League has released new dates for Round 20 and Round 21 fixtures that were postponed due to uncertainty following the General Elections.
Some of the matches have been slotted to dates within the two FIFA weeks so as to ease congestion of fixtures. The league governing body has however not included three fixtures, indicating that the three will be rescheduled on Monday August 21 after the GoTV matches which might as well affect the scheduling of other matches. These are Bandari vs Tusker, Kariobangi Sharks vs AFC Leopards and Tusker vs Kariobangi Sharks.
Below are the new dates for the abandoned matches:
Saturday August 19, 2017
15:00- Chmelil Sugar vs Posta Rangers (Chemelil Sports Complex)
15:00- Mathare United vs Zoo Kericho (Ruaraka Grounds)
Sunday August 20, 2017
15:00- Sofapaka vs Nakumatt (Nyayo Stadium)
15:00- Thika United vs Nzoia Sugar (Thika Sub-County Stadium)
Saturday September 2, 2017
15:00- Kakamega Homeboyz vs Sony Sugar ( Mumias Sports Complex)
15:00- Muhoroni Youth vs Western Stima (Muhoroni Grounds)
15:00- Nzoia Sugar vs Chemelil Sugar ( Sudi Stadium)
15:00- Nakumatt vs Muhoroni Youth (Ruaraka Grounds)
Wednesday September 27, 2017
14:00- Mathare United vs AFC Leopards (Afraha Stadium)
15:00- Gor Mahia vs Sofapaka ( Moi Stadium)
Saturday October 7, 2017
15:00- Sony Sugar vs Ulinzi Stars (Awendo Green Stadium)
15:00- Western Stima vs Bandari ( Moi Stadium)
15:00- Zoo Kercho vs Kakamega Homeboyz (Kericho Green Stadium)
Wednesday October 25, 2017
15:00- Ulinzi Stars vs Gor Mahia (Afraha Stadium)
15:00- Posta Rangers vs Thika United (Ruaraka Grounds)
Two matches into the second leg of this season's Kenyan Premier League campaign, the league table is further stiffening up, with only six points separating the top four teams.
Club coaches, players and the technical benches are doing their best to ensure that maximum points are grabbed per game so as to end the season in the best position possible. The top positions are however a no man's land, with several teams interchanging places after every match, a result which might set up a tough duel towards the end of the campaign similar to 2012 when Tusker FC snatched the title from Gor Mahia on the last day of competition following the latter's draw with Thika United in their final match.
Posta Rangers, who are currently second on the log standings, are one of the teams who are very optimistic of claiming this year's title glory. The feat will however not come easily judging from how the league table presently is and their coach Sammy `Pamzo' Omollo is well aware of the competition that they will have undergo to fulfill their ambitions.
Speaking to KS, Pamzo expressed his views on the team that are likely to be crowned champions this year, listing four possible clubs that are strong title contenders.
``According to me, this year's title contenders are Tusker who are the defending champions, Posta Rangers, Ulinzi Stars and Gor Mahia. These are the four strong teams that are capable of lifting the trophy.''
``So if you want to win the league, you must pick points from these teams that are title contenders. On our side (Posta Rangers), we are aiming to pick maximum points against these teams so that we can be in a better position and atleast finish among the top places,'' he added.
Gor Mahia are currently at the top of the league table with 37 points, having played a match less than their closest rivals. Posta Rangers come in second with 33 points while defending champions Tusker FC sit third with 32 points.
Sofapaka are fourth with 31 points, two more than Bandari who wrap up the top five positions. Ulinzi, who were also named by Pamzo as one of this year's title contenders, lie sixth overall with 29 points from 19 games.
Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya is in no doubt that his team will rework back winning ways despite recent under-par performances which have seen them drop to eighth place in the league table.
The Kariobangi-based side is currently on a three-match winless streak, having drawn their last match against Zoo Kercho before losing 3-2 to the same side in a reverse fixture and then going down 2-1 to Kakamega Homeboyz in their last assignment. Muluya has however come to the protection of his players, insisting that losing is part of the game and they will do everything they can to return to winning ways.
“No one can be on top forever, and losing is part of the game. In football you win some games and you lose some. That is normal. I think, so far my, team has performed beyond expectation. Losing just two consecutive matches shouldn’t be a matter of concern. We shall bounce back. Watch us,” he said.
Before the 3-2 loss to Zoo Kericho in their first second-leg match, Sharks had recorded an arguably best run in the league this season, going an impressive eleven matches without losing a single game. The loss to Zoo broke that run but Muluya is confident that they have picked vital lessons from the two losses and will be keen to improve on their mistakes.
“In both matches we were punished for our own mistakes, and we have picked lessons. That is more important. I don’t think you will see the boys wasting the kind of chances they wasted against Zoo for example. We know what we have to do and we will do it,” Muluya said. “The ferocious Shark will be back.”
Kariobangi Sharks' next league match is against Western Stima on Wednesday August 23 at Kenyatta Stadium.
All matches for Round 20 of the Kenyan Premier League have been called off indefinitely by the League governing council after consultations with club chairmen.
This decision was reached following the ongoing General Elections in which players, coaches, officials and technical staff had also travelled to various parts of the country to participate in the voting process. This in turn depleted the time that clubs were supposed to train for weekend matches that were scheduled to be played on 12th and 13th August.
The Kenyan Premier League governing body took to its official website to inform Kenyans of the decisions, affirming that the abandoned matches will be rescheduled to later days. Below is their full statement on the postponement of week 20 matches:
Press release: Postponement of 2017 SportPesa Premier League round 20 matches
Following consultations with Chairmen of SportPesa Premier League Clubs, the 2017 SportPesa Premier League Season Round 20 matches have been postponed.
This is due to clubs lacking ample time to prepare and train for the matches as members of their technical staff and players had travelled to various parts of the country to vote during the General Elections which were held on Tuesday, 08 August 2017.
SportPesa Premier League matches will resume on Wednesday, 16 August 2017 with Round 21 matches.
The Round 20 matches will be rescheduled to new dates that will be communicated by the end of the week.
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Zoo Kericho tactician Sammy Okoth has revealed that Chemelil Sugar tried overpowering with aerial balls due to their disadvantage in height during Sunday's 1-1 draw at the Chemelil Sports Complex.
Okoth also slammed the playing surface in Chemelil which was not very good according to him, choosing to applaud his players for the point they earned.
``This was quite a difficult match for us especially because Chemelil kept tormenting us with long balls because they knew we had a bit of challenge with height The playing surface was also not very good. However, I would like to congratulate my boys for the hard earned point.”
The draw too Zoo Kericho's point tally to 23, sitting 12th on the log after nineteen matches.
Assistant coach Francis Baraza has said that Sofapaka will know how far they can go in the league this season in the next four games. Baraza, who is taking charge of the team in the absence of head coach Sam Ssimbwa, said this after their big 3-0 victory over Thika United on Sunday August 2 at the Afraha Stadium.
"This is the second victory in a row and I am happy the boys are picking valuable points as the league progresses. We are now gelling and in another three to four games we will be able to tell how far we can go in the league this season."
The win is Sofapaka's second in a row and takes them to 4th place in the league standings with 31 points from 19 matches.
Nakumatt FC pulled up perhaps the most surprise win of the weekend, overcoming strong title contenders Ulinzi Stars 1-0 in a match played on Sunday at the Afraha Stadium.
The win comes as a relief to Nakumatt , who prior to the victory were handed two straight defeats by league leaders Gor Mahia.
The win was much welcomed by head coach Anthony Mwangi, who stated that it will serve as a morale booster especially with the hardships that the team is going through such as unpaid allowances.
“We have been undergoing financial challenges as a team and players have not been paid their allowances for the last two months, so things are tough for us. This victory is big morale booster for us and will keep us going under this difficult times," said Mwangi.
Nakumatt are currently 10th on the table standings with 25 points from eighteen matches.
Bandari FC head coach Paul Nkata has expressed his delight after seeing his side snatch a 1-0 victory over AFC Leopards on Sunday August 2 at the Afraha Stadium.
Hamisi Abdalla's second half goal was enough to inflict revenge on Leopards after they had downed Bandari 1-0 in the first leg fixture. This win was well received by Nkata, who said that he enjoys avenging defeats.
“There is nothing sweeter in football as avenging defeat and I am happy we have beaten them. They surprised us in Mombasa in a match we had expected to win, so this victory is enjoyable."
Sunday's win takes Bandari's point tally to 29, sitting 5th on the league table after 19 games.
AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano was left fuming at the number of chances that his side wasted in Sunday's 1-0 loss over Bandari FC in a match that was played in Afraha.
Hamisi Abdalla's second half goal exalted Bandari's revenge over Leopards, with the first leg match also ending with the same score line but in favour of Ingwe. It is however missed opportunities that left Matano reeling over the loss. “This is a very bad feeling for me because we had a share of good chances but wasted them.''
Justifying Kateregga's substitution
Matano also came open to disclose his decision of withdrawing Allan Kateregga shortly after he had entered the pitch. The midfielder, who had been out with an injury for more than a month, was hopeful of more playing time following his introduction in the second half but that was not to be as he was again substituted for Andrew Tololwa towards the end of the match.
This prompted the Ugandan international to head straight to Matano questioning his substitution and sensing that the situation might turn ugly, reserve goalkeeper Ian Otieno stepped in to calm the situation.
Matano has defended his actions, stating that Kateregga did not perform as expected especially being a goal down and that is why he was withdrawn. “ Kateregga was a non-performer and his passes were inaccurate and I had to make a decision to replace him."
The loss is Leopards' 9th of the season and they stagnate at 13th on the log with 20 points.
Tusker finally got back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Western Stima courtesy of Stephen Owusu’s double on Sunday August 6 at the Kinoru Stadium.
Owusu opened Tusker’s account in the 25th minute from the penalty spot following Ezekiel Otuoma’s foul on Jackson Macharia.
It then took him only five minutes to complete his brace, his second also coming from the spot and he did not disappoint. Samuel Odhiambo pulled one back for Stima halfway into the second half but his goal could not salvage anything for his side, the match ending 2-1 in favour of Tusker.
SoNy Sugar vs Mathare United
At the Awendo Green Stadium, SoNy Sugar and Mathare United played out to a 1-1 draw on Sunday August 2.
Former Kibera Black Stars youngster Ronald Reagan scored his first goal in a Mathare United shirt in the 15th minute, cleverly tapping in the ball from Derrick Nzosi’s cross to give the Slum Boys the lead.
His goal was however canceled out by Amos Asembeka, who leveled matters through a penalty after George Owino had handled the ball inside the box. The match ended 1-1.
Sofapaka condemned Thika United to their first loss in eight matches after flogging them 3-0 in a match played at the Afraha Stadium on Sunday August 3.
Ezekiel Okare’s poor first touch spoilt a good display by Sofapaka in the 10th minute before Sammy Mejja blocked Willis Ouma’s shot minute later to keep them at bay. Thika United on the opposite end struggled to get past Sofapaka’s defenders who stood firmly on ground. Umaru Kasumba was then denied by Allan Owiny towards halftime to take the teams level into the break.
Kasumba however finally got Sofapaka running in the 53rd minute, finding Ouma’s cross to put the ball into the net.
The opening goal seemed to have revitalized Batoto Ba Mungu as they notched a second one four minutes later through midfielder Hillary Echesa before Rodger Aloro scoring from a free kick in the 76th minute to give Sofapaka a deserved 3-0 win.
Samuel Ndungú has been drafted into Leopards starting lineup to replace Vincent Oburu who is out with an injury as Matano released the squad to face Bandari FC on Sunday August 2. The match will be staged at the Afraha Stadium from 16:15.
Andika will start in goal with protection from the defensive quartet of Sikhayi Denis, Mudde Musa, Mawira Joshua and Abdalla Salim. Victor Majid and Duncan Otieno will man the midfield while Ndung’u and Okaka attack from the flanks. Alexis Kitenge will be the striker for the day.
AFC Leopards XI: Andika Gabriel, Sikhayi Denis, Mudde Musa, Mawira Joshua, Abdalla Salim, Majid Victor, Otieno Duncan, Okaka Aziz, Omondi Ray, Kitenge Alexis, Samuel Ndung'u
Subs: Otieno Ian Allan Katerrega Ingosti Marcellus Andrew Tololwa Kibwage Micheal Nyakha Haroun Wanami Lewis
Kelvin Thairu came on as a substitute to score a late goal gave Nakumatt a 1-0 win over Ulinzi Stars on Sunday August 2 at the Afraha Stadium.
Less than fifteen minutes after replacing the injure Victor Okullo, Thairu latched on to a rebound after Jacktone Odhiambo had inaccurately punched Jack Bruno’s free kick in the 87th minute to give Nakumatt all three available points.
Ulinzi will however have theirselves to blame for the loss after squandering several goal-scoring opportunities. The home team was dominant from the early stages of the game but failed to make full use of the chances they got.
Stephen Waruru and his assist right man Daniel Waweru could not make anything meaningful out of the two chances that each got in the first twenty minutes of the match. Waruru then set up Samwel Onyango shortly afterwards but the latter failed in crafting a way to get the ball past keeper Sammy Okinda. Kelvin Omondi also has an opportunity for Nakumatt but his effort was easily saved by Jacktone.
Sensing sloppiness in the midfield, Nyangweso brought in Enosh Ochieng in place of Benson Sande in an effort to try and solidify the central area. Okinda was forced to work by the substitute almost immediately, punching away Ochieng’s header to deny him a goal.
Cliff Kasuti, Omar Mbogi and Waweru also had their efforts saved by Okinda, setting them up for their third straight loss. Thairu’s 87th minute goal earned Nakumatt three valuable points away from home, a relief for head coach Anthony Mwangi especially after back to back losses against Gor Mahia.
The loss continues denting Ulinzi’s title hopes, being the third defeat after two consecutive losses in the hands of Nzoia Sugar.
Sofapaka and Thika United have largely maintained their respective sides that notched midweek wins for Sunday’s match. The two teams face off at the Afraha, with the match expected to start at 14:00.
Nicholas Muyoti has maintained the same starting lineup that snatched a 1-0 win over Chemelil Sugar, with that victory being his first since being elevated to the head coach role.
Allan Owiny will start in goal and will be protected in defense by Sammy Meja, Christopher Oruchum, Suleiman Ngotho and Wycliffe Anekeya. The midfield will be made up of Dennis Odhiambo and Michael Mutinda while Onwoudi Chibueze leads the attack.
On his side, assistant coach John Baraza, who is standing in for Sam Ssimbwa, has also maintained the side that registered a 3-2 win over Muhoroni Youth on Wednesday August 2.
Kigonya retains his place his place in between the sticks while Willis Ouma, Maurice Odipo , Rodgers Aloro and Jonathan Mugabi partner in defense. The midfield will be marshaled by Kennedy Oduor and Mohammed Kilume while Umar Kasumba leads the attack.
Sofapaka Starting XI: Mathias Kigonya (GK), Willis Ouma, Maurice Odipo (c), Rodgers Aloro, Jonathan Mugabi, Mohammed Kilume, Kennedy Oduor, Umaru Kasumba, Ali Feni, Morven Otinya
Reserves: Juma Reuben (GK), Brian Dayo Magonya, Humphrey Okoti, Hillary Echesa, Meshack Karani, Wesley Onguso, Bernard Mang'oli
Thika United Starting XI:Allan Owiny, Sammy Meja, Christopher Oruchum, Suleiman Ngotho, Wycliffe Anekeya, Dennis Odhiambo (Capt), Michael Mutinda, Dennis Lewa,Eugene Mukangula, Shami Kibwana, Onwoudi Chibueze
Reserves: Emase Eluid, Samuel Mwanje, Musa, Said Tsuma, Sosthenes Idah, Edmond Adem and Francis Muturi
Zoo Kericho keeper Vincent Misikhu has been drafted back into the starting lineup that is expected to play against Chemeli Sugar on Sunday August 6 at the Chemelil Sports Complex.
Misikhu was among the substitutes in Zoo’s 3-2 win over Kariobangi Sharks on Wednesday but now replaces Samwel Koko infront of goal as they seek to bag maximum points from their 19th match of the season.
Misikhu will be covered in defense by Johnstone Ligare, Sindani Sabiri, Hamidi Kwizera and Akiya Stanlaus while the dangerous duo of Nicholas Kipkirui and Bernard Odhiambo lead the attack.
Zoo Kericho claimed maximum points in their first leg encounter against Chemelil with a 2-0 win.
Starting XI: 9. Vincent Misikhu, 6.Johnstone Ligare, 13. Sindani Sabiri, 44. Hamidu Kwizera, 31. Akiya Stanlaus, 28. Dennis Otieno, 18. Geofrey Gichana, 5. Michael Madoya, 16. Namasaka Danson, 10. Bernard Odhiambo, 22. Nicholas Kipkirui.
Reserves:1. Samwel Koko, 30. Andrew Ongwae, 39. Ouma Dominic 26. Kepha Ondati, 20. Selenga Mangili, 15. Kelvin Oduor, 4. Leonard Mmata
Nakumatt FC have released their matchday squad to face Ulinzi Stars on Sunday August 6 at the Afraha Stadium.
Sammy Okinda maintains his usual place infront of goal and will be shielded in defense by the quartet of Nicholas Meja, Christopher Wekesa, Kennedy Onyango and Eugene Ambulwa. Kelvin Omondi and David Gateri also make it into the starting lineup.
Starting XI: Sammy Okinda, Nicholas Meja, Christopher Wekesa, Kennedy Onyango, Eugene Ambulwa, Kelvin Omondi, Boniface Akenga, Victor Okullu, Kepha Aswani, Peter Nzuki, David Gateri,
Subs: Ezekiel Owade, Donald Mosoti, John Njoroge, David Naftali, Kelvin Thairu, Jack Kiyai, Edmond Murai
Matchday ticketing information for the two games that will be played at the Afraha Stadium on Sunday August 6 has been released.
The first match will see Sofapaka entertain Thika United from 14:00 before paving way for the match pitting AFC Leopards against Bandari which is expected to kick off at 16:15. Both matches will also be aired live on Bamba Sports.
Big Brother Events will be the ones handling all the ticketing errands and have disclosed that tickets for the day will retail at Ksh. 500 for the VIP section and Ksh. 200 for the normal terrace section.
It is not all good for Leopards even after two key players recovered from injuries to get back into the squad. This is because as the two returned, two others were unfortunately ruled out of the Bandari match because of different issues.
Leopards have been handed a boost in midfield by the return of influential player Allan Kateregga, who has been on the sidelines for more than a month with an ankle injury. The 23-year old last featured for Leopards in the SportPesa Super Cup tournament which was in Tanzania.
Another player who also makes a return into the squad is Andrew Tololwa who has be unwell and last played for Ingwe in their match against Bandari three weeks ago.
The return of the two key players has however been cancelled out by another two who will not be available against Bandari owing to various reasons.
One of the players who will not be available for Sunday’s match is striker Vincent Oburu, who was substituted midway through Leopards’ match against Western Stima due to a groin injury. This is a blow to Ingwe given the role that the young lad has been very vital in the team’s striking force.
Also sitting out with Oburu is Whyvonne Isuzza, who will not be travelling with the team due to personal reasons as revealed by the club.
Kariobangi Sharks suffered their second successive defeat after losing 2-1 to Kakamega Homeboyz on Saturday August 5 at the Mumias Sports Complex.
Homeboyz were first to score through Wycliffe Kopondo in the 24th minute, the attacker reacting quickest to the ball following a mix up in the visitors’ defense.
Sharks however got an equalizer in the 33rd minute courtesy of Masoud Juma who finished off a superb counter attack to cancel out Kopondo’s opener. The striker who came back from trials in South Africa has the chance to take Sharks infront for the first time in the match minutes later but his effort missed the goal narrowly.
Kakamega Homeboyz had the last laugh with a goal in the 87th minute that sealed all the three points for them. Jeremiah Wanjala connected to Ali Bhai’s free kick to head the ball past Sharks’ keeper, enabling Homeboyz to bounce back from midweek’s defeat.
Gor Mahia continued their dominance over fellow league side Muhoroni Youth with a 2-0 victory on Saturday August 5 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.
Gor, who had emerged winners in the last nine meetings against Muhoroni, set clear their intentions of extending the lead at the top of the table.
Four minutes into the match, Meddie Kagere thought that he had put the Green Army ahead after scoring but his goal was ruled offside. The first substitution of the match came as early as the 30th minute, with Kerr bringing off Anthony Mbugua for Kenneth Muguna who did not feature in the side’s 1-0 win over Nakumatt on Wednesday.
Gor continued pressing Muhoroni to their own hald and their efforts paid off in the 41st minute, Tuyisenge heading home Walusimbi’s cross to notch his second goal in as many games.
Kerr then sought to kill the game early in the second half and as a result brought in pacy winger Boniface Omondi for Timothy Otieno. It is however George Odhiambo who sealed the win for the league leaders with an 88th minute goal, confirming a rebound after his first attempt had been blocked.
The last substitution for Gor saw the goal scorer withdrawn for Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza but the score line remained 2-0 in Ko’galo’s favour till the last whistle.
Gor’s point tally now moves to 37, four ahead of second placed Posta Rangers who face Nzoia Sugar on Sunday.
Wycliffe Otieno will step in for the suspended Pascal Ogweno in Kariobangi Sharks Saturday’s match against Kakamega Homeboyz in Mumias.
Maoud Juma who is back from trials in South Africa will lead the attack while Sven Yedah and Patillah Omoto man the midfield. The defense will be made up of Michael Bodo, Paul Kamau, Wycliffe Otieno an Geoffrey Shiveka.
Starting XI: Jeff Oyemba, Michael Bodo, Paul Kamau, Wycliffe Otieno, Geoffrey Shiveka (C), Sven Yidah, Patillah Omoto, Duke Abuya, Masoud Juma, Elli Asieche, Mathew Odongo.
Subs: Robert Mboya, Newton Kamau, Stephen Obiero, Christopher Kimathi, Rodgers Omondi, Francis Manoa, Ovella Ochieng
Bliss Kityo is one of the players who have been replaced in Muhoroni’s starting lineup to face Gor Mahia on Saturday August 5 at the Moi Stadium.
Sowedi starts in goal and will be covered in defense by Jacob.Odhiambo, Yusuf Mohammed, Faina Jacobs and Paul Muchika. Hassan Kiyoyo and Mudoola Faruk have been selected to lead the attack.
Starting XI: Salim Sowedi, Jacob.Odhiambo, Yusuf Mohammed, Faina Jacobs,Paul Muchika, Collins Agade, Ambrose Ayoyi, Fred Ochieng,Maxwell Onyango, Hassan Kiyoyo , Mudoola Faruk
Subs: Ochieng Gradus, Daniel, Robert Indimuli, John Mark, Francis Oduor, Bliss Kityo, Kennedy Rono
Two Kenyan Premier League matches have been pushed to Sunday owing to various reasons.
One of them is the match pitting Posta Rangers against Nzoia Sugar which was scheduled for Saturday August 5 at the Sudi Stadium. The match will be played on Sunday at 15:00.
Ulinzi versus Nakumatt was also slated for Saturday but has been pushed to Sunday due to inaccessibility of Afraha Stadium because of political rallies. The match will therefore be played on Sunday from 11:00.
Muhoroni Youth will be seeking to slow down Gor Mahia’s title ambitions when the two sides clash on Saturday August 5, 2017 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.
Masterminding a win against the league leaders will however not be an easy thing to do as only three teams have managed to do that this season.
Gor will be eyeing a four-point gap lead at the top of the table with a win today as they await for their closest rivals to play on Sunday.
Kerr’s charges are slowly discovering their lost form, registering two successive wins over Nakumatt in their last league matches. The performance is an improvement from a six-match winless run plus an exit from the Gotv Shield after being bundled out by Bandari FC.
Gor Mahia will also be boosted by the return of influential midfielder Kenneth Muguna who missed their second game against Nakumatt owing to a minor injury. They are currently at the summit of the log with 34 points, one ahead of second placed Posta Rangers.
Coming from a 3-2 defeat in the hands of Sofapaka, Muhoroni will be hopeful of bouncing back with a better result in Saturday’s fixture against Gor Mahia. It will however not be easy especially against a side they have not been able to beat in their last nine meetings in the league.
Gilbert Selebwa’s side can choose to draw motivation from last year’s performance in the Top8 tournament where they eliminated Gor Mahia in a 1-0 victory on their way to lifting the trophy.
The side is currently struggling at the bottom of the table standings with 15 points from 16 matches.
The two sides have met ten times in the last four seasons, with Got Mahia having the majority share of wins. Ko'galo have won an impressive nine times compared to Muhoroni's one.
The Kenyan Premier League continues this weekend with nine matches slated to be played in week 19 of the campaign across the country.
Two matches will be played on Saturday August 5, with the other seven being played on Sunday August 6.
Gor vs Muhoroni
League leaders Gor Mahia will be seeking to further cement their place at the summit of the table when they host Muhoroni Youth at the Moi Stadium from 15:00. Gor, who won their last two league matches that were against Nakumatt, currently have 34 points which is one more than second placed Posta Rangers and also have a game in hand.
The game in hand is also against Muhoroni as they did not face each other in the first leg, with the match being postponed due to Ko'galo's commitment in their friendly match against Everton in Tanzania.
Homeboyz vs Sharks
The other match of the day will see Kariobangi Sharks visit Mumias to face Kakamega Homeboyz, with the kick off time also at 15:00. The two sides settled for a 0-0 draw in their first leg meeting.
15:00- Gor Mahia vs Muhoroni Youth (Moi Stadium)
15:00- Kakamega Homeboyz vs Kariobangi Sharks (Mumias Sports Complex)