KPL Betting Tips and Stats: Top trends for Match Day 18

The Kenyan Premier League served us with a host of surprises last weekend. A total of 19 goals were scored with only four teams not conceding. Notably, Leopards evaded a catastrophe and dug deep to avoid setting a new record of winless run

We look forward to Match Day 18,here are the top trends and statistics ahead of our betting preview for the weekend.

Ushuru FC - Gor Mahia 17/7/2016 13:00

Gor Mahia haven't lost in 44 of their last 46 matches in Premier League

Gor Mahia have been winning at half time their last 3 Premier League matches

Kakamega Homeboyz - Sofapaka Nairobi 17/7/2016 13:00

Sofapaka Nairobi have won just 3 of their last 26 matches in Premier League

Sofapaka Nairobi are on a run of 6 consecutive defeats in their domestic league

Tusker FC - Chemelil Sugar 16/7/2016 13:00

Tusker FC are undefeated in their last 7 home league games
Tusker FC haven't lost any of their last 7 matches in Premier League

Sony Sugar FC - Bandari FC 16/7/2016 13:00

Sony Sugar FC have managed to keep a clean sheet in their last 5 home league games

Sony Sugar FC are on a run of 4 consecutive home HT/FT wins in Premier League

Mathare United - AFC Leopards 16/7/2016 13:00

AFC Leopards have lost their last 4 away league games

Muhoroni FC - Posta Rangers 16/7/2016 13:00

Posta Rangers have failed to score a goal in each of their last 3 Premier League games

The former coach to sisters Serena and Venus Williams is set to tour Kenya.

Ahly Egypt claimed the African Club Championship trophy following their victory over Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel on Monday

Esperance of Tunisia claimed the 5th position at the African Club Championship after they downed Kenya Prisons 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-19) at Ben Arous Hall in Tunis, Tunisia on Monday.

His name stood out boldly on the Harambee Stars starting lineup raising silent murmurs and grumbles among Harambee Stars fans. He certainly was a new and largely unknown figure in the Kenyan football circles.

It doesn't matter if you support his team or not. He is that player that you must just watch. His discipline and commitment to the game is unmatched. A quite figure off the pitch, with so much skill, potential and commitment on the pitch.

He has played for the best, and he says he just got started. There is no better person to tell his story, than himself. Kenyanstar caught up with Zesco and Harambee Stars midfielder  Antony Akumu for an exciting interview, where he relives his time at Gor Mahia, life outside Kenya and his personality.

This is Antony 'Teddy' Akumu's story.

Kenyanstar: Akumu, in brief what has been your story like from Kenya to Zambia?

Antony Akumu: First of all I thank God for every chance and step He has taken me through. It hasn't been easy. There have been challenges but again, challenges makes us grow to be better and get us to where we want if we persevere.

KS: You were part of a very solid Gor Mahia squad some years back. What worked for you as a team then?

AA: I think it was because of the respect which was there among us. We had different age groups in the team. It was about working, ...err, playing for each other.

KS: Which coach do you owe your success to while in Kenya?

AA: Every coach played his role for my development as a player. I thank them all... they believed in me and gave me a chance. So, they are all important and may God bless them a lot. I learnt different things from each of them.

KS: After Gor Mahia, you left for Sudan. How was it playing there and also how was it working with coach Kwesi?

AA: At first it was a challenge because of the different styles of play. However, with patience and being ready to learn, I found myself in the first team within a month.  Working with Kwesi again was another milestone in my football career because he was and still is a big coach. He gave me a chance and believed in me a lot. He was approachable. We were very close.  The only challenge for me in Sudan was language barrier and food. But in football we speak one language. I thank God for giving me that chance to play in Sudan because it takes a strong heart to play in such a country. Playing there made me tough, I think.

KS: What was your relationship like with the assistant coach? Is he the reason why you left?

AA: I don't want to talk about what happened between myself  and the coach. But also I wanted a new challenge that’s why I left.

KS: Zesco- You have been doing well so far. What’s the secret for you at Zesco?

AA: (Laughs). Thank you. I don't think there is any secret in football. It's all about hard work, and taking time off to rest too.  While here, you also need to work twice than the locals. It's also all about full concentration knowing that you are a foreigner. It's about passion for the game. It's also about strong desire to achieve something at the end of the day. 

KS: Tactically - What would you say makes a good midfielder like you?

AA: (Pauses and thinks..) No secret again because football is played in broad daylight. A good midfielder is one who is ready to accept his mistakes and be ready to learn. One who follows instructions and takes every chance given.

KS: You have been said to be so humble and down to earth. Fans say that fame hasn't gotten to your head and you hardly have any off pitch issues. Kindly tell us about this bit of your life.

AA: I don't brag about that, but most people have told me about that bit of my life. I am one person who doesn't like sideshows or scandals. I don't go out. I am  always indoors if not training or playing. I think that could be a reason. I also don't like people calling me a  celebrity because I  am not. I am normal just like them. If fame comes into your head, you'll start being arrogant and proud. It’s wiser not to allow it get to your head.

KS: How different is the Zambian League from the Kenyan Premier League?

AA: The Zambian league is more developed than the Kenyan league because football here is taken seriously and footballers are respected everywhere. Players also get good money which is good for them.  If in Kenya we can keep politics out of soccer and start acting on the small issues that hinders soccer development, I think we can start moving from point A to B. Stakeholders and football directors should know that football is a career just like any other office job. The only difference is that, football is a short career.

KS: Harambee Stars - You are a regular face there. How is it playing in the national team?

AA: I thank God. He is the reason why I am there. I got one chance, and I  proved that I can give something. Representing your country is the best feeling in any industry. However, in football it's more enjoyable because you wear the national team colours and  people are watching and cheering you.God has been faithful.

KS: You are in good form plus age is on your side. Where are we likely to see in the next couple of years?

AA: I can't reveal it for sure because I  am still contracted to Zesco. If a good offer comes, be it in Africa, Europe or Asia, why not? I believe something better will present itself at the right time. But as per now, my full concentration is to give my best each and everyday and help Zesco achieve its objectives.

KS: Any closing words?

AA: To my loyal fans, I wish to thank them  a lot for their  support and encouragement. May the Almighty give you good health and prosperity in your endeavours.  

KS: Thanks Antony! Have a great time ahead in Zambia!

Peter Shilton roared big with a game-high 37 points to help Strathmore Blades beat Lions Basketball Club 78-65 on Sunday and register their second straight win. He successfully shot seven times at the three-point line for 21 points.

In the first quarter, Shilton scored 19 points as Strathmore Blades won 28-15 with a record five three-pointers. Strathmore Blades led 45-32 at halftime after the second quarter tied 17-17.

The students maintained their lead in the third quarter with a 17-12 win before the  Lions won the fourth 21-16. John Ocholla scored 24 points for Lions while Dennis Opiyo made three three-pointers to add 18 points.

In another game, United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) finally had the win after beating Trailblazers 84-68. USIU-A are without dependable big-man Kevin Kigotho who joined Co-operative Bank and struggled only to come alive in the fourth quarter.

Fredrick Onono came off the bench to inspire the students in a big way. Despite scoring six points only, the points were critical in helping a turnaround for USIU-A.

He sunk a three-point shot with the buzzer at the close of the third quarter to give USIU-A a deserved 58-57 lead going to the last quarter.

They had played second-fiddle to Trailblazers for a long period. His second three-pointer was a carbon-copy of the first one coming with the fulltime buzzer much to the delight of fans who had pressured for his fielding.

In the first quarter, USIU-A won 21-18 after taking the lead with few minutes to the whistle.

Trailblazers had opened up a 7-point lead of 13-6 but Alvin Nyangweso made a three-pointer for 14-13 to the students. He added another three-pointer and a second from Alex Ramazani for the comeback as they went 17-13.

Before that, Trailblazers had led 2-0, 4-2 and 6-4 with ties of 2-2 and 4-4. The second quarter was a contest enough as Trailblazers fought back their way to the lead.

With 4:03 on the clock, Chris Katimbwa made a basket to tie 30-30 and Brian Oyoo gave them the lead with a basket 3:30 to play. Trailblazers went on to claim the quarter 22-17.

When play resumed, they went eight points clear leading 55-47 but USIU-A kept the chase until Onono brought in his magic and eventually won 20-17.

The fourth quarter was for USIU-A and they pressed hard to deny Trailblazers possession. They opened up a lead of 16 points at 81-65 which they held onto the final whistle.

Alex Ramazani top scored for USIU-A with 29 points while Alvin Nyangweso made 13 free shots to finish with 25 points. Katimbwa scored 15 points for Trailblazers, Present Orengo added 14 and Alex Oguso finished with 12.

USIU-A lost 66-74 to Co-op Bank on Saturday while Trailblazers beat KCA-U 76-72.

Other results of the weekend saw Nairobi City Thunder beat Equity Bank 78-65. University of Nairobi’s Terrorist was awarded a 20-0 walkover against Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) who failed to turn up for the men’s Division I game.

In the women’s Premier League, Eagle Wings beat Storms 54-51 while Equity Bank won 60-37 away to Western Delight.

In the women’s Division I, JKUAT won 42-36 against Gladiators and Strathmore University beat KCA-U 42-21.

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Bale and Ronaldo both played as Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 yesterday. Goals from Karim Benzema and Casemiro strengthened their grip on the La Liga title.

However, despite the victory, all is not well at the Santiago Bernabeu. Spanish outlet Diario Gol claimed yesterday that Ronaldo was fuming with Zinedine Zidane for substituting him late on.

The former Manchester United star provided the assist for Benzema's goal but was replaced by Isco in the 79th minute. It was said that Ronaldo believed Bale should have been substituted instead after an abject display.

But Diario Gol claim Bale was also angry after the game. The former Tottenham star's stock is rising in Spain after helping Madrid win the Champions League twice in the past three years. And the Wales international reportedly believes Ronaldo is preventing him from becoming the club's main man.

Bale has to play on the left wing due to Ronaldo's desire to play further up the field. He feels that Zidane is making a mistake by deploying him in that position as he prefers to play on the right, where he can cut inside.

Club chief Florentino Perez is now monitoring the situation as Madrid's two biggest stars aim to do outdo the other. 

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France’s national railway company, SNCF, and professional and financial services group Deloitte have signed up as official supporters of France’s bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023.

SNCF will advise the French Rugby Federation (FFR) on transport and sustainable mobility options, and support the implementation of a ticketing strategy for the World Cup.

The company will also provide logistical support to the FFR during different stages of the application process while promoting the bid both nationally and internationally.

Deloitte’s French division will work with the FFR on drafting budgets and financing plans for the event.

FFR president Bernard Laporte said: “(We are) very pleased to be able to count on the expertise of these two companies with world-renowned know-how to help us in our application. This support again illustrates the strong mobilisation of the economic world behind #France2023.”

France faces competition from Ireland and South Africa in its bid to stage the 2023 World Cup. The World Rugby Council will select the winning bid on November 15.