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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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Zoo Kericho and Muhoroni Youth FC played out to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday in round 7 of the Kenyan Premier League.
Zoo Kericho suffered an early setback nine minutes into the game after Isaac Kipyegon came off with an injury, and was replaced by Dominic Ouma. In the 23rd minute, they were awarded a penalty which Mike Madoya duly converted to give them an early lead.
Zoo Kericho were on course to their first win this season but Muhoroni Youth equalized eight minutes from time through Robert Ouma to deny them three points. This was Zoo’s second point in seven games and they remain at the bottom of the table with two points. Muhoroni Youth go to ninth with eight points.
Jacques Tuyisenge was born 25 years ago on 22nd September 1991 in Rwanda. He is a Rwandan professional football player who plies his trade in Kenya for Premier League side Gor Mahia. At 180 cm in height, he is an ideal striker who plays the forward role, but is also efficient as a left winger.
Tuyisenge started his football career at Kiyovu Sports Club, where he harnessed his prowess in the attacking role and other clubs started scouting and hunting for his signature. He played for Kiyovu until July 2011, when he joined Rwandese side Police FC who compete in the National Soccer League. He instantly became a regular starter for the club and in his first season playing for Police FC, he went on to score 11 goals. During his time there, Tuyisenge was well known for his powerful header which always found the back of the net. He played for the Rwandese outfit from 2011 to 2015, where he had a fruitful time there and was loved by all Police faithfuls, while being dreaded by other teams’ defenders.
Tuyisenge decided that it was time to explore other leagues and in January 2016, Gor Mahia acquired his services for a club record fee of 4 million shillings. He announced his arrival to the Kenyan Premier league with a goal on his debut against Kakamega Homeboyz. Tuyisenge went on to play 24 league matches in the season for K’ogalo, netting 10 goals. In the 2017 season, he so far has two league goals to his name and it is his goal that handed Gor Mahia the Super Cup against Tusker FC.
Jacques Tuyisenge has represented the Rwanda National Team 33 times, scoring 9 international goals.
Kenyan football governing bodies KPL and FKF have confirmed that SuperSport’s decision to pull out of the deal of broadcasting Kenyan Premier League will not be revised after the sports channel company categorically reiterated the decision. The South African company has been sponsoring the Kenyan League for almost ten years but recently decided to terminate its relationship with Kenyan football
FKF had tried negotiations to see if SuperSport will change their decision but according to capital fm, they confirmed that SuperSport is gone for good. ``Yes, we got a response from SuperSport and the long and short story of it is that they are not coming back,’’ asserted FKF Chief Executive Officer Robert Muthomi on Monday morning.
KPL CEO Jack Oguda backed Muthomi’s words, who also said that there are other suitors eyeing the broadcasting deal. `` It’s an unfortunate event for Kenyan football but that doesn’t mark the end of football in our country. In the late 2000s, we didn’t have a broadcast sponsor but we still played football. For us, it’s a big challenge but what we are working on is to try and value the product properly to get more partners on board.’’
SuperSport’s decision had other effects apart from the league, with several people becoming jobless and the clubs’ monthly grants are also set to be reduced.
Muthomi said that they will be holding a Joint Executive Committee (JEC) meeting and also an FKF National Executive meeting to discuss the way forward and also discuss on some interests that have arisen. Oguda on his part suggested that they are trying to move forward with the issue. ``Our main focus at the moment is to see that we are back on TV and we get a good deal from whoever partner will come in,’’ he said.
After a victorious weekend, AFC Leopards is back on the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Ingwe, started the season brightly and have shaken off a couple of off pitch issues to ensure they remain in contention for the title. One highlight before the 2017 season kickoff was the issue of kitting. Reliable sources informed Kenyanstar that the club officials were torn between different kit suppliers, with the club settling on a key supplier just days to the start of the new season.
When asked about his analysis of Gilbert Fiamenyo, AFC Leopards head coach Stewart Hall expressed his admiration for his side’s forward. ``That’s Gilbert….He’s injured, not 100% fit but he keeps playing and he does that thing for you where everybody thinks he’s going to cross it…he sees the goalkeeper come for the cross so he slides it in the near post.’’
When asked if he blames Katerrega for goal they conceded, this is what he said. "I do, I just told him…..we are overplayed here and lost possession here. But Katerrega played well today….he got one red-carded, made one goal and so he played very well.’’
Hall also said that losing players to injury at this time of the season is a concern to him. `` It is a concern because we’ve got one game on Wednesday and then another game on Sunday. I also think that Duncan, Otieno and Kamura were a bit leggy today because they played 90 minutes for Harambee Stars on Tuesday. You have to take all those things into account.’’
He also revealed that Kiongera is back in training for the Leopards. ``The good thing is he[Kiongera] started training last week, he did three or four days of rehab with the doctors and the fitness coach…..so I don’t think he will be ready for Wednesday but there is a 50-50 chance that he might play on Sunday
AFC Leopards bagged three points on sunday afternoon after a 2-1 win against Thika United at the Thika United Stadium.AFC were up in the 36th minute through Gilbert Fiamenyo, whose excellent dribbling skills left Thika United's defenders down and easily beat the keeper.
Ingwe were 2-0 up in the 61st minute, this time Whyvonne Isuza finding the back of the net. Salim Mzee reduced the deficit for the hosts late in the game but they were unable to find their way back into the game.The result takes AFC Leopard's point tally to 13,same as their rivals Gor Mahia
In Afraha, Ulinzi Stars mauled Mathare United 5-1 in a relatively one-sided match in what could be an indicator of things to come in the next few matches that Mathare will play without coach Francis Kimanzi who has been slapped with a six-match ban. Samuel Onyango opened the scoring spree for Ulinzi in the fifth minute, before Stephen Waruru scoring a brace to take the hosts 3-0 up.
Onyango got one for the Slum Boys in the 24th minute and the first half ended with that score line. Daniel Waweru's penalty and Enosh Ochieng's goal all but sealed the victory for Ulinzi Stars on matchday six of the Kenyan Premier League.
AFC Leopards head coach Stewart Hall has decried the state of the Thika Municipal stadium terming it 'unfair' to ask players to play in such a field. Hall was speaking shortly after his team collected maximum points with a 2-1 win against Thika United.
"The pitch is a disgrace, I wouldn't keep goats on this pitch." Said Hall. "How can you ask players to play football on this pitch?" He posed.
Hall went ahead to explain how his boys coped with the 'terrible pitch'.
"The pitch is terrible so you have to keep the ball in the air. It is not enjoyable for the players. i'm very disappointed. All you can do when you get on a pitch like this is fight. you have to get the ball to the opponents area and fight." He said.
Main stadia, Nyayo stadium and Moi Sports Center Kasarani were closed for renovation at the start of the the 2017 league season and they remain closed to-date forcing traditionally Nairobi based teams to opt for other stadia close to the city. KPL last week approved camp Toyoyo for premier league matches the first having been Sofapaka vs Kakamega Homeboyz.
AFC Leopards coach Stewart Hall was in a happy mood after his team won 2-1 vs Thika United in Thika on Sunday Evening. He spoke about the match, the field, Gilbert Fiamenyo, Allan Katerrega and preparations for the next match. here is what he had to say ...
On the tactics that won the match ...
We started with 3-4-3, that wasn't working, I felt that Thika were on top so i changed to 3-5-2 and that worked better. We got an extra man in midfield and we got on top of them and scored a couple of goals from counter attacks. However one criticism i think we switched off a bit when they were reduced to 10 men. We probably thought its going to be easy but when you are reduced to ten men sometimes the team gets inspired because then everybody wants to fight. I think that happened for Thika today and credit to them because when they went to 10 men they fought harder and got a goal. I'm very disappointed that we conceded the goal. But overall I'm pleased with my players, in the way that we have approached the game and I'm happy we are enjoying a good spell currently.
On Gilbert Fiamenyo and the goal...
That's him. He enjoys himself, he is not 100% fit but he keeps fighting and he's very intelligent. Everybody waits for the cross, including the goalkeeper but he just slides it in.
On katerrega's role for Thika's goal...
Yes he takes the blame. We overplayed in our area and we lost possession and they scored so yes he takes his share of the blame but overall he played very well. He assisted one goal and he got one of them red carded so i think he really played well katerrega.
On the fixtures...
Yes it is a concern because we played today and we have another on Wednesday and a third one on Sunday so yes it is a big concern and i also think Duncan Otieno and Kamura were a bit leggy today because they played 90 minutes on Tuesday with the Harambee stars.
On Ndung'u's clearance by FKF ...
It is very important for us that he has been cleared and is available. I nearly included him today but all our tactical training over the week he was not part of that because i didn't think he will be available to play that soon. But now that he's available he is definitely in contention for a place in the team.
On the next match Vs sofapaka ...
They are are an experienced side. I did sent my assistant to watch them yesterday when they were playing Homeboyz. He has submitted a full report which we will study and use it for our training.
He is very important for us. We would like to have him back and the good thing is that he started training on Monday, i don't think he'll be ready for Wednesday but he has a 50-50 chance of being available on Sunday.
On the teams performance so far...
I'm happy with them because they are fighting for me, whatever the circumstances they are fighting on.
Gor Mahia and Tusker FC played out to a barren draw in round six of the Kenyan Premier League on Saturday at the Afraha Stadium.The game's intensity was low at the start but tempers started flaring up as the game progressed,with Harun Shakava and Hashim Sempala given yellow cards after an altercation on the pitch.
Chances then started presenting themselves, with Kenneth Muguna and Meddie Kagere missing chances for K'ogalo while James Situma and Allan Wanga failed to find the back of the net for the Brewers.
Tusker enjoyed a bigger share of the possession in the first half but were dealt a major blow after Hashim Sempala was shown a second yellow card and Tusker had to play with ten men for the remainder of the game.They were however able to hold on to the draw and went home with one deserved point.
In Machakos, Nakumatt FC thrashed Western Stima 2-0 to bag all three points at stake. Kepha Aswani gave Nakumatt the lead in the38th minute with a beautiful goal.Three minutes into the second half, Western Stima were awarded a penalty but failed to capitalize on it.Nakumatt captain Nzuki doubled his side's lead in the 61st minute to assure them three points.
Muhoroni Youth also registered a 2-0 win over Sony Sugar on Saturday.Robert Ouma and Bliss Kityo scored in the first half and that was enough to hand Muhoroni the victoty.In other matches,Zoo Kericho got their first point in top-flight football after condemning Nzoia United to a 1-1 draw.Sofapaka and Kakamega Homeboyz' match also ended in a draw, with no side finding the back of the net.
Nakumatt host Western Stima at the Kenyatta Stadium on Saturday in a must win match for both teams. Nakumatt will be looking to bounce back from to successive losses in the Premier League while Western Stima have started the season on a low note, picking only one win in their last five league games. Nakumatt are currently third last in the table, with Western Stima only two places above them.
On Saturday, Posta Rangers will host Kariobangi Sharks at Afraha Stadium in a Kenyan Premier League match. Posta Rangers have not lost a match since the start of the season and will look to continue with that momentum. Kariobangi Sharks, on the other hand, have generated a winning momentum and will aim to sustain that.
AFC Leopards CEO, Mr. Ronald Namai, has called for a two seasons ban from transfer business for arch rivals Gor-Mahia for their involvement in the Vincent Oburu Saga.
Through a statement on the official club website www.afcleopards.co.ke, Mr. Namai indicated that AFC Leopards will not rest until justice is done.
"It is clear that Gor Mahia went against the rules by tapping the player. We are therefore going to insist that the federation imposes a very stiff penalty on the club including banning them from player transfers for 2 seasons as has been done elsewhere." Said the statement in part.
"Further, we expect such behavior to be penalized under the club licensing regulations. This behavior can only be equated to hooliganism which has to be clamped down heavily." Continues the statement.
The CEO non the less expressed his satisfaction that the matter had finally been brought to rest.
AFC Leopards youngster, Vincent Oburu, will have to wait until June 2017 to play football. AFC Leopards have been told. Football Kenya Federation on 21st April upheld Oburu's suspension and de-registration until the June transfer window when he can register again.
Oburu has been penalized for double signing with football giants Gor-Mahia and AFC Leopards engaging in tussle to acquire his services. AFC Leopards in a statement on their official website have blamed Gor-mahia for approaching Oburu against regulations and have demanded hefty penalties to Gor.
Photo: Oburu on the left ... Courtesy of soka.co.ke
Gor Mahia will face Tusker for the second time this season after their 1-0 win over the brewers in the Kenya Super Cup finals. K’ogalo are currently on top of the league standings while KPL champions Tusker’s slow start to the season has placed them 15th on the log.
Sofapaka have started the season very well, with three win from five matches and will be looking to ascertain their winning form after losing their previous game. They play on Saturday against Kakamega Homeboyz, who have only managed one win this campaign but are known to upset big teams in the league. The sides have met four times, each with one win and two draws.
Sony Sugar travel to Muhoroni Stadium seeking to overcome a lackluster Muhoroni Youth in Saturday’s KPL fixture. Muhoroni Youth on the other hand will not give away the points easily, after a dismal start to the season, having only one win which positions them in second last of the Premier league table. The match between these two teams is however always one to look forward to, with only one win in their previous six meetings. The other five have all ended in a draw.
Premier league new boys Nzoia United and Zoo Kericho face off in what is likely to be an enticing match. Since their introduction to the Kenyan Premier League, both teams have had contrasting fortunes, with Nzoia United currently placed at the top half of the table while Zoo Kericho are languishing in bottom place and are without a win.
After five matches played in the Sportpesa Premier League, here's a look at who tops the assists charts.
Assists only counts when a player completes a pass to a teammate without the shot taking any deflection. It also counts as an assist when an on target shots spilled by goalkeepers and then the rebound scored by an attacking player, it is important to note that shots that hit the post count as off-target shots. It’s also an assist when a player wins a penalty or free-kick which is later scored by a teammate.
Bandari FC has three players leading in assists with 2 each; Shaban Keng’a, Musa Mudde and Anthony Wambani. Those three together with Michael Luvutsi have contributed to the 8 goals scored by Bandari translating to the superior goal difference of +6 that puts them above Sofapaka and AFC Leopards even though they all have 10 points.
Other players with 2 assists include;
Paul Odhiambo and Charles Okwemba (Sofapaka)
Willis Ouma (Chemelil Sugar FC)
Whyvonne Kinyangi Isuza (AFC Leopards)
Lawrence Juma (Nzoia Sugar FC)
Hubert Kopany (Western Stima)
Karim Nizigiyimana (Gor Mahia)
Cavin Odong’o (Kariobangi Sharks)
Daniel Waweru (Ulinzi Stars)
Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi has been suspended by the League’s Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC) for refusing to leave the technical area after being ordered so by the match official during their game against Sofapaka.
Kimanzi will face a 6 match suspension and is set to miss matches against the following teams:
Ulinzi Stars at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru
Chemelil Sugar at Thika Sub-county Stadium
Gor Mahia- To be announced.
Bandari at Thika Sub-county Stadium
Kariobangi Sharks at Thika Sub-county Stadium
Westerhn Stima at Moi Stadium, Kisumu
With no wins in their last four games Mathare United’s woes don’t seem to be ending anytime soon, but as for now they are at 13th with 5 points.
The journey to the 5th edition of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) Kenya 2018 starts this weekend with the first leg matches of the first round of the qualifiers.
The first part of the qualifying phase involves six of the 49 teams engaged in the battle for the 15 tickets to join host Kenya for the final tournament of the fifth edition of the championship designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues.
The six teams are drawn from the Central-East and Southern Zones, with the latter having four teams, of which two will progress to the next round.
The only match in the Central-East Zone is between Somalia and South Sudan, which will take place at the Gouled Stadium in Djibouti, due to Somalia’s inability to host matches in their territory.
The Gouled Stadium is a familiar terrain for the South Sudanese, who suffered a 2-0 loss to Djibouti in a preliminary qualifier of the Total Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2019 last month. But the Bright Stars responded in grand style in the return leg at home with a 6-0 win to go through, a performance which should serve a source worry for the Ocean Stars.
This is the maiden participation of South Sudan in the qualifying phase following their admittance into international football in 2012 but Coach Bilal Felix and his charges are looking forward to scaling the initial hurdle.
Felix has included Kator FC striker James Moga, who scored a brace in the 6-0 drubbing of Djibouti in his 18-man squad for the trip to Djibouti. Also in the squad is veteran defender Thomas Atir, formerly on the books of Sudanese giants, El Hilal.
New Malawi coach Ronny Van Geneugden will have his first competitive taste of African football in the Southern Zone qualifiers as the Flames travel to Antananarivo as guests of Madagascar.
The Flames played out a barren draw against Kenya in a test match last Tuesday in Nairobi, a result that the Belgium-born trainer is convinced has gauged his side’s readiness for the test in the Indian Ocean island.
“I am very proud of the performance of the team. I think we gave a good performance. At half time we made some changes tactically and I think second half was much better. The substitutions changed the game and we were a better team,” Van Geneugden was quoted by the Football Association of Malawi website.
Mauritius will face Seychelles in the other Southern Zone clash in Belle Vue.
The return leg matches will take place next weekend, with the winners advancing to the next round in their respective zones.
Meanwhile, the final tournament is scheduled for 12 January to 4 February 2018 in Kenya.
22.04.2017 Somalia vs South Sudan
22.04.2017 Madagascar vs Malawi
22.04.2017 Mauritius vs Seychelles