Big Brother Events and Ticketing firm has released ticketing information for the Gotv Shield semifinal double header scheduled for Sunday September 24, 2017 at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.
VIP tickets will retail at Kshs. 300 while the terrace ones cost only Kshs. 100, with the tickets being available outside the stadium on matchday.
In the early kickoff, last year's second runners-up Kariobangi Sharks will take on SoNy Sugar from 12:00 before AFC Leopards get into the pitch to face Vihiga United.
The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) governing council has formally released a statement confirming the suspension of Nakumatt FC and Zoo Kericho from top flight football with immediate effect.
The decision was reached upon following a KPL Governing Council meeting held on Friday September 22 after the High Court's ruling which ordered that the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) be composed of 16 teams, and Football Kenya Federation’s (FKF) promotion of four teams from the National Super League is null and void.
Nakumatt and Zoo Kericho now find themselves in uncertainty as they will not feature anymore in the top flight league which is only nine matches to the end. The two sides have performed fairly well so far, Nakumatt sitting 12th on the table standings with 31 points while Zoo are 14th with 29 points.
It is also waited to be seen how the league council will handle the other teams given that Nzoia Sugar and Western Stima were scheduled to play against the two sides during the weekend.
In November last year, world’s football governing body FIFA upheld Football Kenya Federation’s idea of having 18 teams in KPL
KPL official statement
Following service of the High Court Ruling issued on Thursday, 21 September 2017 in the matter of, Petition No. 59 of 2017, Sports Tribunal between Sam Nyamweya (Petitioner) and Sports Dispute Tribunal (1st Respondent), Football Kenya Federation (2nd Respondent), and Kenyan Premier League (3rd Respondent), as well as the KPL Governing Council meeting held today, Friday, 22 September 2017, it is wished to be confirmed that in compliance to the court’s decision, Nakumatt Football Club and Zoo Football Club have been suspended from participating in the SportPesa Premier League.
Kenyan Premier League is committed to respecting the Rule of Law and the decision to suspend the two Clubs has been taken following review of article 28 (d) of the ruling received, which states, “A declaration be and is hereby issued that Kenyan Premier League shall have a maximum of 16 teams during the 2017 season, consisting of the fourteen (14) Kenyan Premier League teams which qualified for sporting merit on the field during the 2016 plus the two (2) highest ranked clubs at the end of the 2016 season in the Football Kenya Federation’s National Super League.
Coach Stanley Okumbi has named Harambee Stars travelling party ahead of two FIFA International Friendly matches against Iraq and Thailand slated for October 5 and October 8, 2017, respectively
Notable omissions from the team are Captain Victor Wanyama, Ayub Timbe and Brian Mandela who are out injured, while Belgium based Johanna Omollo misses out due to club commitments. Defender David Ochieng will not make it in time for the trip due to issues with his travel documents
Due to the KPL fixture congestion, local-based players are set to report to camp on the evening of October 1, 2017, at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies before departure on October 2, 2017
“We have decided to name the final list without necessarily having to call players to camp due to the fixture congestion being experienced at the moment,” said Harambee Stars first coach Stanley Okumbi
“This, we believe, will not only allow clubs adequate time with the players but will also avert a crisis occasioned by the disruption of the league during this crucial period when most teams are battling to accrue crucial points vital in deciding where they sit at the end of the season,” added the coach
Foreign-based players will link up with the team in Iraq.
Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers), Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia)
Haron Shakava (Gor Mahia), Robinson Kamura (AFC Leopards), Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers), David Owino (Zesco FC), Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Dennis Sikhayi (AFC Leopards), Abud Omar (Slava Sofia), Erick Ouma (Kolkheti Poti)
Anthony Akumu (Zesco FC), Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Patilah Omoto (Kariobangi Sharks), Kenneth Muguna, (Gor Mahia), Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi FC), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Eric Johana Omondi (Vasalund’s FC), Boniface Muchiri (Tusker FC), Cliffton Miheso (Buildcon FC)
John Mark Makwata (Buildcon FC), Masud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Jesse Jackson Were (Zesco FC), Michael Olunga (Girona FC)
Stanley Okumbi (First Coach), Musa Otieno (Assistant Coach), Frank Ouna (Assistant Coach), Haggai Azende (GoalKeepers Coach), Ismail Hussein (Team Manager), Mikael Igendia (Strength and Conditioning), Wycliff Omom (Team Doctor), Benson Kennedy Otieno (Kit Manager)
Kenyan Premier League's official broadcasting partner Bamba Sports are set to beam live two matches that will be played at the Ruaraka Grounds on Saturday September 23, 2017.
The first match will be between Posta Rangers and Thika United which will kick off at 14:00. The match will then give way for another league encounter between Mathare United and Ulinzi Stars from 16:15.
Since its unveiling as the as the new broadcast partners for the Kenyan Premier League in June, Bamba Sports has been airing at least two matches every weekend.
Saturday live matches (All at the Ruaraka Grounds)
Posta Rangers 14:00 Thika United
Mathare United 16:15 Ulinzi Stars
Chemelil Sugar will have to cope without Kennedy Odhiambo when they visit Bandari FC on Sunday September 24 at the Mbaraki Sports Club. This is after the defender received a one match suspension due to accumulation of five yellow cards.
The millers will be looking to build on their 2-0 win over Nakumatt a fortnight ago which saw them move out of the relegation zones. The team is currently 13th on the log with 31 points from 26 games.
Mathare United have been handed a major fitness boost by the return of two key players ahead of their match against Ulinzi Stars on Saturday September 23, 2017.
Daniel Mwaura has made a return to training together with Samuel Olwande, who picked up an injury in their 1-1 draw against Kakamega Homeboyz back in August. The two join the likes of Alphonce Ndonye, Ahmed Ahmad, Martin Ongori and Derrick Onyango who have recently made full recoveries. Custodian Wycliffe Kasaya and long term absentee Roy Syamba are the only players currently sidelined with injuries for the Slum Boys.
Mathare will be seeking to get back to winning ways after losing to successive games against Kariobangi Sharks and Tusker respectively. The Kimanzi coached side is currently 15th on the table standings and face Ulinzi Stars on Saturday September 23 at the Ruaraka Grounds from 16:15.
Posta Rangers are set to miss first choice keeper Patrick Matasi in their next two matches. The keeper will be unavailable after accumulating five yellow cards and one red card.
Harambee Starlets coach Richard Kanyi has revealed that his side could not sustain the pressure that was around them in their 4-0 loss to hosts Zimbabwe in the semifinals of the ongoing COSAFA Women's Cup.
The tournament visitors had gone into the semifinals with a 100% winning record but were shocked by Zimbabwe who left no space for them. In a day that Starlets were confident of a victory, Zimbabwe came into the match more organized and `man-marked' the lethal likes of Neddy Atieno and Mwanahalima Dogo throughout the match.
An early goal by top scorer Rutendo Makore initiated the thrashing before Barita Kabwe added a second one just before halftime to give Zimbabwe a 2-0 lead into the break. Marjory Nyaumwe and Privilege Mupeti then found the net in the second half to put the game beyond reach for Kenya.
Admitting to being mentally poor during the game, Kanyi acknowledged that the team had achieved their target of reaching the semifinals and stated that they will now start preparing for CECAFA tournament which is due in November.
``We lost this game because we were mentally poor. We could not sustain the pressure and we ended up making many mistakes. But I am happy with how we fared in the tournament because our target was to get to the semi-finals. We pick the lessons and begin preparations for CECAFA now,'' said Kanyi
Starlets will now battle it out with Zambia for third place on Saturday September 23 before the finals of the competition take place on Sunday September 24.
Round 27 of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL ) 2017 season goes down this weekend, with seven fixtures scheduled to be played on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September in various stadiums acroos the country.
Ruaraka Grounds will hosts two league matches which will both be aired live by Bamba Sports. The early kick off will see Posta Rangers, who were held to a 2-2 draw by Kariobangi Sharks on Wednesday lock horns with Thika United from 14:00. The match will then be followed by a clash between Mathare United and Ulinzi Stars from 16:15.
At the Green Stadium, league leaders Gor Mahia will be gunning for their 16th win of the season when they face a recovering Tusker side from 15:00. Second placed Sofapaka will also be in action on Saturday against Kakamega Homeboyz who are closely trailing them on the table standings at third placee.
On Sunday, Bandari FC invite Chemelil Sugar at the Mbaraki Stadium while Nakumatt FC take a trip to Kisumu for a date with Western Stima. Nzoia Sugar will meanwhilebe seeking an entry into the top five positions when they take on Zoo Kericho at the Kericho Green Stadium. All Sunday matches kick off at 15:00.
Saturday September 23
14:00- Posta Rangers vs Thika United (Ruaraka Grounds)
15:00- Kakamega Homeboyz vs Sofapaka (Mumias Sports Complex)
15:00- Tusker vs Gor Mahia (Kericho Green Stadium)
16:15- Mathare United vs Ulinzi Stars ( Ruaraka Grounds)
Sunday September 24
15:00- Bandari vs Chemelil Sugar (Mbaraki Sports Club)
15:00- Western Stima vs Nakumatt FC (Moi Stadium, Kisumu)
15:00- Nzoia Sugar vs Zoo Kericho (Kericho Green Stadium)
NOTE: Nakumatt FC and Zoo Kericho have been suspended from taking part in the Kenyan Premier League following the High Court ruling on Thursday September 21, 2017
First things first, who is a defender in a football match?. In the sport of association football, a defender is an outfield player whose primary role is to prevent the opposing team from scoring goals.
The first priority of the defender should be to prohibit the ball from reaching the attacker or stopping the attacker from turning goal-side with the ball. If that fails, the defender should contain the offensive player and force them to give up the ball away from the goal or risk being tackled as they turn. Final strategies include maneuvering the attacker into a less dangerous space or getting into position to deflect the attacker's shot or pass.
The defender's role in stopping forward movement by the offense is not limited to overpowering the attacker. They must work to rush, pressure and confuse the attacker, thus causing them to make mistakes. Taking advantage of your opponent's errors makes it easier for you to win the ball and deny penetration toward your goal. A solid defense is a crucial part of a successful soccer team.
Back to the 2017 Kenyan Premier League, various partnerships have been made defensively in all teams but some have been more effective in preventing the opponents from scoring goals.
The number of goals conceded is crucial when it comes to determining the goal difference. When teams are in the table on an equal number of points, the most common method of determining who goes higher than the other is goal difference. Simply the number of goals scored minus the number of goals conceded. In theory, the better team of the two should have a bigger goal difference meaning they're winning games in a bigger.
Below are some of the meanest teams in the league this season.
1. Gor Mahia, Kakamega Homeboyz (14 Goals conceded)
League leaders Gor Mahia and third placed Kakamega Homeboyz are the two teams that have conceded the least number of goals so far.
Gor Mahia, under the defensive partnership of captain Musa Mohammed, Harun Shakava, Karim Nizigiyimana and the rotating duo of Godfrey Walusimbi and Wellington Ochieng have surely made life difficult for strikers in opposing teams this season.
Most people attribute Gor's top position to the efficiency of their strikers, but some of the extolment should be directed to the defenders who have worked effortlessly to preserve 13 clean sheets in 24 matches.
Kógalo's biggest defeat was 2-0 loss against Sofapaka back in June. The 15-time champions are not only formidable at the back but also at the front where they have managed to score a total 36 goals, only second to Sofapaka.
On their part, Kakamega Homeboyz are on the road to bettering their 8th place finish last season as they currently sit 3rd overall with 39 points from 25 matches.
Through the central defense partnership of Erick Ambunya and George Odiwuor, Homeboyz have only conceded 14 goals while scoring 19 goals, a feat that has largely influenced by their ranking.
The Mike Mururi coached side has managed six clean sheets with their biggest defeat being a 2-1 loss in the hands of Nzoia United back in April.
2. Kariobangi Sharks (17 Goals conceded)
In their maiden season at top flight football, Kariobangi Sharks have astonished lots of football faithfuls with their performances which have been more than what many expected. The team is currently 4th on the league table after accruing ten wins, nine draws and six losses.
The quartet of Harambee Stars trialist Pascal Ogweno, Geoffrey Shiveka, Michael Bodo and Bolton Omwenga have more often than not been at the heart of Sharks' impressive displays with their defending skills and partnership.
The Nairobi based club has managed 14 clean sheets, the most of any club so far.
Posta Rangers (18 Goals conceded)
As much as they have seen a sharp plunge in form in recent matches, Posta Rangers are still among the clubs that have conceded the least goals. The mailmen have been aided by their results at the start of the season where they went for eleven matches without a loss and conceded only three goals in those fixtures.
The man at the heart of the defense is former Harambee Stars defender Jockins Atudo who doubles up as the team captain. He has in most games partnered with Simon Mbugua, Luke Ochieng and Jerry Santos.
Head coach Sammy `Pamzo' Omollo's idea of collaborating the four defenders every weekend perhaps explains how they comprehend each other on the pitch with minimal miscommunications.
Rangers have kept 11 clean sheets with their biggest loss being 1-0.
SoNy Sugar (20 Goals conceded)
Placed 10th on the league table, SoNy Sugar is another team which is looking to better the position they finished in last season.
The side has managed to keep 10 clean sheets in 25 matches and have only conceded twenty goals. The sugar millers are however not that effective in terms of scoring as they have so far scored only 18 goals. Their biggest defeats were 2-0 losses against Muhoroni, Kariobangi Sharks and Chemelil Sugar.
Harambee Starlets coach Richard Kanyi has unleashed a strong starting lineup that will take on hosts Zimbabwe in the semifinals of the COSAFA Women's Cup on Thursday September 21 from 17:00.
Making her way back into the starting team is lethal striker Neddy Atieno who has so far netted seven goals in three matches for the visiting side. Mwanahalima Dogo, who was rested in the last Group B match against Swaziland has also been included in the starting lineup alongside captain Wendy Achieng who missed the previous match through suspension.
Starlets will be seeking to maintain their perfect winning record when they face Zimbabwe who have only recorded one win in their three group stage fixtures. A win today will take Kenya into the finals of the competition where they will face the winner of the second semifinal game between Zambia and South Africa.
Starting XI: Pauline Atieno, Mwanahalima Adam, Juliet Auma, Dorcas Shikobe, Neddy Atieno, Caroline Anyango, Pauline Musungu, Carolyne Chepkoech, Lucy Mukhwana, Wendy Achieng, Dorris Anyango
Subs: Esther Nandika, Lilian Adera, Cheris Avilia, Janet Bundi, Phoebe Owiti, Monicah Karambu, Florence Awino, Jenipher Adhiambo, Mercy Achieng
Kenya's Group stage results.
Kenya 5-2 Mozambique
Kenya 11-0 Mautius
Kenya 1-0 Swaziland
Zimbabwe's Group Stage results.
Zimbabwe 4-0 Madagascar
Zimbabwe 1-1 Zambia
Zimbabwe 3-3 Malawi
After weeks of uncertainty about his future with AFC Leopards, midfielder Allan Kateregga has finally completed a loan switch to Ugandan side KCCA until the end of the season.
Kateregga, who joined Leopards in 2016 on a one-year deal, made 13 appearances for the club this season clocking 873 minutes scoring 2 goals.
The Ugandan international fell out with head coach Robert Matano during his side's 1-0 loss to Bandari FC after he was withdrawn just minutes after being introduced as a substitute. The 23-year old then headed straight to Matano to question his substitution and sensing that the situation might turn ugly, reserve goalkeeper Ian Otieno stepped in to calm the situation.
``CLUB UPDATE: We have today completed a loan transfer for Allan Kateregga to join KCCA of Uganda until the end of season. We wish him well at his new club,'' announced Leopards on their official social media account.
Four catch-up matches of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) will be played on Wednesday September 20 in different stadiums around the country.
Kariobangi Sharks vs Posta Rangers (Moi International Sports Center Kasarani, 15:00)
On-form debutants Kariobangi Sharks will be seeking an entry into the top three positions of the league table when they face Posta Rangers on Wednesday afternoon.
The match will pit two sides who have of late been recording contrasting results. Sharks are currently enjoying a five-match unbeaten run, having won three and drawn two. Rangers on the other hand have gone for seven matches without a single win, dropping to 7th place on the log with 37 points.
AFC Leopards vs Thika United (Thika Sub-County Stadium, 15:00)
AFC Leopards entertain Thika United on Wednesday, with both sides on the lookout for better results than what they posted during the weekend. Leopards were held to a barren draw by Kakamega Homeboyz while Thika United shared spoils with leaders Gor Mahia for the second time this season.
Bandari vs Tusker FC (Mbaraki Sports Club, 15:00)
Fresh from disciplining Zoo Kericho 3-0 at the same venue, Bandari welcome defending champions Tusker FC hoping for similar results. They will however have to dig deep to overcome the Brewers who are currently on the up- rise with two consecutive victories. Both sides are following each other on the table, Tusker in position eight and Bandari at 9th.
The Dockers recorded a 1-0 victory in the first leg meeting.
Muhoroni Youth vs Nakumatt FC (Muhoroni Sports Complex, 15:00)
Bottom-placed Muhoroni Youth will be eyeing an exit from the relegation spots when they host cash-strapped Nakumatt FC at the Muhoroni Sports Complex.
Both sides lost their respective games during the weekend, Muhoroni falling 3-1 to Nzoia United while Nakumatt lost 2-0 to Chemelil Sugar.
Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa has showered Kariobangi Sharks with praise after they held them to a barren draw on Saturday September 16 at the Kenyatta stadium.
Sofapaka were eager to reduce the gap between them and leaders Gor Mahia but unfortunately could not break the Sharks defense, settling for one point as they did in the first leg encounter.
Even as he praised Sharks' resiliency, Ssimbwa was not happy with losing two points but insisted that they will continue fighting as the title race is still far from over.
``Sharks are a good. They have talented players, at times tricky to beat, but the draw was not my wish because I wanted to reduce the gap between us and Gor Mahia. We created more chances in the second half but we were just unlucky. We still have nine matches to go. We have to continue fighting until the end. The title race is far from over,” said Ssimbwa.
Having not won in their last two matches, Sofapaka will be hungry for three points when they visit Kakamega Homeboyz on Saturday September 23, 2017. The 2009 league champions are currently second on the log with 42 points while Kakamega Homeboyz trail them closely behind with 39 points.
Zoo Kericho head coach Sammy Okoth has blamed Sunday's 3-0 loss to Bandari to hot weather and the absence of Nicholas Kipkirui.
Fred Cosmas' first half brace and substitute Noah Abich's goal in the 91st minute secured the vital win for Nkata's men, which took Zoo's losing streak to three consecutive games.
Speaking after the match, Okoth said that the hot weather at the Mbaraki Stadium negatively affected his players. He also attributed the lack of goals to the absence of Nicholas Kipkirui. Kipkirui is the club's joint top scorer with seven goals and has also managed four assists.
“We played in very hot weather and this affected my players .That is why we conceded two simple goals early in the match, and this forced the players to use even more energy as they struggled to correct the mistake. We were also missing one key player, Nicholas Kipkurui. Kipkurui is a playmaker who is also very good with dead balls, and his absence was really felt in the game.”
Zoo Kericho have only picked four points in their last seven fixtures, dropping to 14th place in the table standings as a result. They however have a chance to make amends when they face a high flying Nzoia United side in their next match.
Nzoia United head coach Bernard Mwalala has set his sight on Zoo Kericho after guiding his side to a 3-1 win over Muhoroni Youth on Sunday September 17 at the Sudi Stadium.
Luke Namanda capitalized on keeper Salim Sowedi's poor punch early on in the game to tap the ball home his third goal of the season. The goal scorer's time on the pitch was however forcefully cut short seven minutes after suffering an injury, with his spot being filled by Victor Omondi.
From the edge of the opponent's box, Lawrence Juma then doubled Nzoia's lead with a sublime free kick that not even Sowedi could stop. Muhoroni reduced the deficit in the 78th minute courtesy of Maxwell Onyango but substitute Victor Omondi restored Nzoia's two goal-cushion three minutes to secure a 3-1 victory for the Millers.
Back to the drawing board
Despite the win, Mwalala says that his side did not play very well but got the win due to well-taken chances. He however stated that they will head back into the drawing board in readiness for their next match which is against Zoo Kericho.
“We may have won, but we did not play well. I am not sure if it is exhaustion after also playing on Wednesday but they looked quite lethargic. The good thing is that we made use of the chances we created but generally our performance wasn’t the best. I am, however, happy that we managed the three points. We shall now recover and re-strategize ahead of our next match against Zoo Kericho,” said Mwalala.
Nzoia are currently placed 6th on the log, joint in points with Ulinzi Stars and Posta Rangers who all have 37 points.
After sealing their place in the semifinals of the 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championships with a 1-0 win over Swaziland on Monday September 18, Kenya will now face hosts Zimbabwe in the semifinals of the competition.
Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has urged the trio of Karim Nizigiyimana, Godffrey Walusimbi and Meddie Kagere to up their game as the 15-time champions continue chasing the dream of lifting this year's title.
The three who all started in weekend's 0-0 draw with Thika United were not in their usual best as Gor Mahia missed out on a chance to extend their lead at the helm by twelve points.
Kerr is however adamant that the team is still trying to figure out the formation that works best for them, saying that it will take time to identify that.
“I can see the light at the end of the tunnel in some way, but I am not thinking about the title. Right now it's about winning games and getting to know the formation that works best for the team. I have only been here two months and it takes time to know these things,'' said Kerr.
“Such results are a reminder that it will not be an easy walk to the finish line, and I want to see more from Karim Nizigiyimana, I want to see more from Walusimbi and Meddie Kagere. They are international players,” he added.
Gor Mahia currently top the league table with 51 points, ten ahead of second placed Sofapaka and face defending champions Tusker FC in their next match.
After being held to a barren draw by Ulinzi Stars on Sunday September 17, Posta Rangers coach Sammy `Pamzo' Omollo has admitted that his side are currently going through tough times.
The draw stretched Rangers' winless run to seven matches and the side which started the season as the strongest now lie 7th on the league table with 37 points. Their failure to pick points in recent matches has also seen their hopes of lifting this year's title fade fast, trailing leaders Gor Mahia by 14 points.
Speaking after the match, Pamzo rued early missed chances for the draw but also insisted that luck was not on their side despite attempting different tactics.
“We should have killed the game in the first three minutes. (John) Nairuka had a one-against-one chance and later created two more chances that we couldn’t bury. It’s tough going seven games without a win. Today I thought I tried something different in the second half with the changes, but unfortunately, luck wasn’t on our side,” said Pamzo.
Rangers however have a chance to put all their woes aside when they take on Kariobangi Sharks on Saturday September 23, 2017 in what will be their 26th league game of the season. The mailmen will have to sweat for a win as Sharks are currently placed above them on the log at position five.
Bandari FC exacted their 3-2 first leg defeat against Zoo Kericho with an emphatic 3-0 victory on Sunday September 17 at the Mbaraki Stadium in Mombasa.
Bandari, who were fresh from a 1-0 loss to Kariobangi Sharks on Wednesday, opened the scoring in the 17th minute through Fred Cosmas whose impressive finish was too much for keeper Samuel Koko.
Cosmas was at it again few minutes before the break , this time exploiting Samuel Koko's rebound to smash the ball home after the keeper had punched Hamisi Abdalla's long range strike.
Substitute Noah Abich all but wrapped a 3-0 win for the Dockers in the 91st minute after seeing his free kick punched into the net by Koko.
The win takes Bandari to 9th place on the league table with 33 points while remain 12th with 29 points.
Thika United vs Gor Mahia
At the Thika Sub-County Stadium, Gor Mahia's plans to open a twelve-point gap were frustrated by Thika United who managed to hold them to a barren draw in the entire ninety minutes.
Gor had several chances through Meeedie Kagere, George Odhiambo and substitute Jacques Tuyisenge but were unable to find the back of the net, this being for the first time since head coach Dylan Kerr took charge of the team.
Gor however remain firmly at the helm of the table with 51 points from 24 points while Thika slip out of the relegation spots to settle in position 16 with 22 points.
Thika United Starting XI: Allan Owiny, Musa Asad, Benson Iregi, Dennis Odhiambo, Christopher Orumchun, Suleiman Ngotho, Wilson Anekeya, Eugene Mukangula, Samuel Mwanje, Shami Kibwana, Said Tsuma.
Subs: Eliud Emase, Michael Mutinda, Francis Muturi, Dennis Lewa, Stephen Odhiambo, Dennis Matasi, James Kinyanjui.
Gor Mahia Starting XI: 29. Boniface Oluoch, 14. Karim Niziyimana, 5. Musa Mohammed, 18. Haron Shakava, 20. Ernest Wendo, Godfrey Walusimbi, 10. Kenneth Muguna, 30. Philemon Otieno, 22. Meddie Kagere, 25. George Odhiambo, 17. Timothy Otieno.
Subs:16. Shaban Odhoji, 4.Wellington Ochieng, 8. Francis Kahata, 7. Jean Baptiste, 28. Oliver Maloba, 21. John Ndirangu, 9. Jacques Tuyisenge.
Nzoia United moved up to 6th place in the table standings following a 3-1 win over Muhoroni Youth on Sunday September 17 at the Sudi Stadium.
Nzoia started the game as the clear favorites and needed only ten minutes to grab the lead, Luke Namanda capitalizing on keeper Salim Sowedi's poor punch to tap the ball home his third goal of the season. The goal scorer's time on the pitch was however forcefully cut short seven minutes after suffering an injury, with his spot being filled by Victor Omondi.
From the edge of the opponent's box, Lawrence Juma then doubled Nzoia's lead with a sublime free kick that not even Sowedi could stop. Muhoroni reduced the deficit in the 78th minute courtesy of Maxwell Onyango but substitute Victor Omondi restored Nzoia's two goal-cushion three minutes to secure a 3-1 victory for the Millers.
AFC Leopards vs Kakamega Homeboyz
At the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, third-placed Kakamega Homeboyz held AFC Leopards to a 0-0 draw to take their point tally to 38.
The result was fair to Homeboyz who have now harvested four points from Leopards this season, having beaten them 1-0 in the first leg encounter.
Leopards stagnate in 13th place after collecting their seventh draw of the season.
Leopards Starting XI: Gabriel Andika, Michael Kibwage, Dennis Shikhayi, Abdallah Salim Robinson Kamura, Victor Majid, Samwel Ndungu. Musa Mudde, Alexis Kitenge, Vincent Oburu Whyvonne Isuza
Subs: Ian Otieno, Yakubu Ramadhan, Marsellus Ingotsi, Ray Omondi, Lewis Wanami, Harun Nyakha, Duncan Otieno
Homeboyz Starting XI: David Juma , Eric Ambunya, Collins Kisuya, Charles Momanyi , George Odiwuor, Moses Chikati, Moses Mudavi, Estone Esiye, Jeremiah Wanjala, Wycliffe Opondo , Edmond Mauda
Subs: Michael Wanyika, Wycliffe Ochomo, Mike Khaduli, Francis Nambute, John Avire, Andrew Kulecho, Francis Ochola
Lloyd Wahome's goal late in the second half rallied Tusker FC to a 1-0 victory over Mathare United on Sunday September 17 at the Ruaraka Grounds.
Custodian Levis Opiyo denied the defending champions from taking the lead in the 5th minute after clasping onto the ball to thwart Allan Wanga's attempt of connecting to Odhiambo's cross. Wanga then saw is header miss the target narrowly five minutes later before his side failed to capitalize on two quick corners shortly afterwards.
In the 15th minute, Chrsipin Oduor's goal was disallowed after Seda was adjudged to have fouled David Okello who came off his line to gather Derrick Nzosi's cross on the right. Paul Odhiambo and Wanga had other unsuccessful attempts to preserve the scores still 0-0 at halftime.
Mathare came into the second half more composed and stronger as they tried searching for a goal and sensing missing links on the offensive side, Tusker coach George Nsimbe introduced Danson Kago for Jackson Macharia to try and solidify the midfield.
The Brewers finally got the all important goal in the 75th minute through Lloyd Wahome, who rose highest to head home Kago's cross amid Mathare United's defenders for his first goal of the season.
The win takes Tusker's point tally to 36, jumping to 8th position on the league table.
Posta Rangers vs Ulinzi Stars
In an early kick off at the same venue, Posta Rangers and Ulinzi Stars played out to a 0-0 draw, with none of the struggling sides managing to find the back of the net.
Tusker FC Starting XI:David Okello Collins Shivachi, Lloyd Wahome James Situma, Eugene Asike, Hashim Sempala, Humphey Mieno, Paul Odhiambo (Stephen Owusu), Muchiri Boniface, Macharia Jackson, Allan Wanga.
Unused subs: Ochieng Duncan, Martin Kizza, Abdul Hassan, Osumba Brian Michael Khamati, Moses Ndawula.
Mathare United Starting XI: 30. Levis Opiyo (GK) 16.David Owino 21. Derrick Nzosi 6. George Owino (C) 23. Lennox Ogutu 22. Roy Okal 4.Edward Seda ( Tyson Otieno) 29. Chrispin Oduor 9. Chris Ochieng’ ( Brian Nyakan) 13. John Mwangi 15. Ronald Reagan ( Elijah Mwanzia).
Unused subs: 1. Mark Kioko (GK) 20.Martin Ongori, 7. Harrison Mwendwa, 14.Derrick Onyang
Gor Mahia top scorer Jacques Tuyisenge is not in the starting lineup that will take on Thika United on Sunday September 17 at the Thika Sub-County Stadium from 16:15.
Tuyisenge is out with an injury he sustained during Thursday's win over Chemelil Sugar. Timothy Otieno take his place in the starting lineup.
Below is Gor Mahia's squad that will take on Thika United.
Starting XI: B Oluoch, G Walusimbi, M Mohammed, H Shakava, K Nizigiyimana, P Otieno, K Muguna, E Wendo, M Kagere, T Otieno
Subs: S Odhoji, W Ochieng, J Uyoga, J Baptiste, F Kahata, O Maloba, J Ndirangu
Defending champions Tusker FC and Mathare United have both named their starting lineup that will clash on Sunday September 17 at the Ruaraka Grounds.
For Mathare, Ronald Reagan and John Mwangi form the frontline while Edward Seda and Chrispin Oduor pull strings in midfield.
For the Brewers, David Okello has been handed a rare start in goal, with Allan Wanga starting for his second consecutive match.
Mathare United Starting XI: 30. Levis Opiyo (GK) 16.David Owino 21. Derrick Nzosi 6. George Owino (C) 23. Lennox Ogutu 22. Roy Okal 4.Edward Seda 29. Chrispin Oduor 9. Chris Ochieng’ 13. John Mwangi 15. Ronald Reagan.
Subs: 1. Mark Kioko (GK) 20.Martin Ongori 27.Tyson Otieno 7. Harrison Mwendwa 17. Elijah Mwanzia 19. Brian Nyakan 14.Derrick Onyango.
Tusker Starting XI: Okello David, Lloyd Wahome, Collins Shivachi, James Situma, Eugene Asike, Hashim Sempala, Humphrey Mieno, Paul Odhiambo, Muchiri Boniface, Macharia Jackson, Allan Wanga.
Subs: David Ochieng, Kiiza Martin, Abdul Hassan, Osumba Brian Michael Khamati, Stephen Owusu, Moses Ndawula
Ray Omondi, who started in Leopards' last two matches, will start from the bench as head coach Robert Matano named his starting lineup to take on Kakamega Homeboyz on Sunday September 17 at the Kenyatta Stadium.
Leopards will be looking to bounce back from their 1-0 loss to SoNy Sugar on Wednesday, with Homeboyz also keen to maintain their six-match unbeaten run.
Below is how Ingwe will lineup in Sunday's match which kicks off at 15:00
Starting XI: Gabriel Andika, Michael Kibwage, Dennis Shikhayi, Abdallah Salim Robinson Kamura, Victor Majid, Samwel Ndungu. Musa Mudde, Alexis Kitenge, Vincent Oburu, Whyvonne Isuza
Reserves: Ian Otieno, Yakubu Ramadhan, Marsellus Ingotsi, Ray Omondi, Lewis Wanami, Harun Nyakha, Duncan Otieno
Goalkeeper James Saruni and midfielder Daniel Waweru have both been left out of the matchday squad as Ulinzi Stars paraded their starting lineup to face Posta Rangers on Sunday September 17 at the Thika Sub-County Stadium.
The Soldiers will be eyeing a double over Rangers, having dispatched them 1-0 in the first leg fixture.
Below is how Ulinzi will line up for Sunday's match which kicks off at 14:00.
Starting XI: Jacktone Odhiambo, Brian Birgen, Oliver Rutto, Mohamed Hassan, Geofrey Kokoyo, Boniface Onyango, Cliff Kasuti, John Kago, Stephen Waruru, Churchil Muloma, Samuel Onyango.
Subs: Timothy Odhiambo, Sande Benson, Justin Onwoga, Bernard Ongoma, Oscar Wamalwa, Cylus Shitote, Michael Otieno.
Posta Rangers head coach Sammy `Pamzo' Omollo has named his starting lineup that will take on Ulinzi Stars on Sunday September 17 at the Thika Sub-County Stadium from 14:00.
The mailmen will be seeking to avenge the 1-0 they suffered in the hands of Ulinzi in their first leg encounter.
Simon Mbugua, Atudo Jockins, Luke Ochieng and Jerry Santos will shield Matasi who has been retained in goal while Achesa and Likonoh man the midfield. Mwaura and Nairuka will attack from the flanks, with Mukaisi given the striker's role for Sunday's match.
Starting XI: Patrick Matasi, Simon Mbugua, Atudo Jockins, Luke Ochieng, Jerry Santos, Dennis Mukaisi, Joseph Mbugi, Titus Achesa Edwin Mwaura, John Nairuka, Gershon Likonoh
Subs: Farouk Shikhalo, Odette Charles, Jared Obwoge, Erick Kibiru, Joseph Nyagah, Rodgers Ochieng
Western Stima head coach Richard Mukambi has announced his starting lineup that will take on a troublesome SoNy Sugar side on Sunday September 17 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.
Mukambi will be gunning for a win in his first match in charge of the club after he was appointed in place of Henry Omino took the Technical Director's role.
The coach has handed Samwel Odhiambo a starting place in goal with Junior Mukisa, Geoffrey Ochieng, Vitalis Akumu and Salim Odeka making up the defense. Kiwanuka and Ondiek will run the midfield duties while Oromchan and Achema lead the team in search of goals.
Starting XI: Samwel Odhiambo, Junior Mukisa, Geoffrey Ochieng., Vitalis Akumu, Salim Odeka, Evans Kiwanuka, Benard Ondiek, Dan Masinde, Brian Marita, Robert Achema, Villa Oromchan.
Subs: Kepha Okoth, Fredrick Nyarombo, Victor Oduor, David Okello, Mbumba Hamadi, Gad Mathew (GK), Sula Bagala.
Both started the season very well but have recently experienced a sharp decline in form. But the question is who will walk away with three vital points in Sunday's clash at the Thika Sub-County Stadium?.
Sofapaka's quest of lifting this year's Kenyan Premier League title suffered another blow after they were held to a barren draw on Saturday September 16 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.
Sofapaka, who came into the match fresh from a 2-1 defeat by Ulinzi, started the match brightly but almost found themselves behind in the 7th minute after Mathew Odongo successful held off a defender only to see his attempt go way off target. Patillah Omotto, Ebrimma Sanneh and Duke Abuya had their efforts saved by keeper George Opiyo who had a busy day in office trying to contain Sharks' attacks.
Ugandan international Umaru Kasumba and felow forward Ali Feni also had unproductive chances on the opposite end to see out the match 0-0 at full time.
The draw means that Sofapaka, who are chasing after league leaders Gor Mahia, have dropped five points in their last two games. This complicates their quest to catch up with Gor who have now left them with eight points and might stretch that gap to eleven points with a win over Thika United on Sunday.
Sharks on the other hand leapfrog Kakamega Homeboyz to settle in 3rd place with 38 points from 24 matches.
Kariobangi Sharks XI: Robert Mboya, Paul Kamau, Geoffrey Shiveka, Wycliffe Otieno, Michael Bodo, Sven Yidah, Elli Asieche, Patillah Omoto, Mathew Odongo, Duke Abuya and Ebrimma Sanneh.
Subs: Jeff Oyemba, Hillary Otieno, Christopher Kimathi, Cavin Odongo, Ovella Ochieng, Francis Manoa and Rogers Omondi.
Sofapaka XI: George Opiyo, Willis Ouma, Wesley Onguso, Aloro Rodgers, Jonathan Mugambi, Mike Kilume, Mike Oduor, Hillary Echesa, Umaru Kasumba, Ali Feni and Meshack Karani.
Subs: Reuben Juma, Okoti Humphrey, Kwanya Edmond, Oduor Kennedy, Ezekiel Okare, Mang'oli Bernard and Brian Magonya.
Round of 26 of the Kenyan Premier League continues on Sunday September 17, with a total of eight matches set to be played in various venues across the country.
AFC Leopards v Kakamega Homeboyz (Kenyatta Stadium, 3pm)
AFC Leopards’ attempts at rejuvenation were abruptly cut short on Wednesday after suffering a 1-0 loss to Sony Sugar in Kericho.
This match therefore presents an immediate opportunity for coach Robert Matano to steer Ingwe back on track with a win over their Kakamega-based opponent. Homeboyz are enjoying terrific form, and are perched at an impressive fourth position on the SPL table with a six-match unbeaten ran.
Homeboyz beat Leopards 1-0 in their first leg encounter on May 20.
Bandari v Zoo Kericho (Mbaraki Sports Club, 3pm)
Bandari find themselves in a disappointing ninth position in the SPL table having failed to win in five consecutive games.
Zoo Kericho striker Nicholas Kipkurui is suspended from this clash for having accumulated five yellow cards. The two teams met four months ago, the league debutants stunning the dockers 3-2.
Chemelil Sugar v Nakumatt (Chemelil Sports Complex, 3pm)
Kepha Aswani and Boniface Akenga seem to have found their rhythm, albeit erratically, at Nakumatt and are the danger men. Despite their underdog status, Nakumatt beat Posta Rangers 2-0 and drew 2-2 with Thika United to rise to their current tenth position on the SPL table.
Chemelil will benefit from the return of Jairus Adira, John Mwita and Amani Kyata who have now been given a clean bill of health from illness and knee injuries respectively.
Nakumatt won the first leg tie 2-1.
Tusker v Mathare United (Ruaraka Ground, 3pm)
Limping defending champions Tusker achieved their first win in four games on Wednesday against Zoo Kericho, and they will be looking to provide a good follow up on Sunday.
Super sub Stephen Owusu has scored the winning goal for Tusker twice this season, and will be itching for action at his team’s base.
Mathare United, who are enduring perhaps their worst season in half a decade, looked to be on the mend before suffering a stinging 3-0 loss to upstarts Kariobangi Sharks on Wednesday, and will likely be carrying confidence that is as strong as wet tissue paper.
The Slum Boys suffered a 2-0 loss to the defending champions in their first leg match played on May 20.
Nzoia Sugar v Muhoroni Youth (Sudi Stadium, 3pm)
Muhoroni Youth have managed only 20 points from 23 games, and have recorded the highest losses (11) in the league so far.
They face a Nzoia Sugar side that recovered from Saturday’s 4-0 loss to Gor Mahia by beating Bandari 3-0 in their midweek fixture.
Lawrence Juma, who managed a brace for Nzoia on Wednesday, is a sure starter in this game, as Bliss Kityo and Kennedy Rono lead the Muhoroni front line. Home side Nzoia can take confidence from the fact they thumped Muhoroni 3-0 away in their first leg tie.
Posta Rangers v Ulinzi Stars (Thika Stadium, 2pm)
Early season pace setters Posta Rangers are decidedly on a slump. They are yet to taste victory in their last six matches.
If Ulinzi’s previous match against Sofapaka is anything to go by, midfielder Samuel Onyango may be finally returning to good form, and his link play with league top scorer Stephen Waruru could decide this match.
The soldiers recorded a 1-0 win over the postmen when the two teams met in the first leg.
Thika United v Gor Mahia (Thika Stadium, 4.15pm)
With a nine-point gap at the summit of the SPL table charging Gor Mahia will be eager to extend their lead as they push to recapture the title.
Thika Uited held Gor to a 1-1 draw in their first leg match and have been a troublesome team for K’Ogalo to deal with.
Lanky center back Harun Shakava returns from injury for Gor after missing their midweek clash against Chemelil Sugar, and is sure to replace Joash Onyango in the starting lineup.
Watch out for the sizzling Rwandan striker Jacques Tuyisenge, who has scored a brace in two consecutive matches, and could be looking to notch that rare hat trick of doubles.
Western Stima v Sony Sugar (Moi Stadium, 3pm)
Western Stima’s new coach Richard Makumbi will be looking to record a wining start when they welcome Sony Sugar in Kisumu.
Team captain John Mukisa delivered a man-of-the-match performance in Stima’s barren draw against Kakamega Homeboyz three days ago, and is a sure starter in Makumbi’s lineup.
The power men will benefit from the return of goalkeeper John Wau, who has completed his one match suspension, and is therefore eligible to play this match.
It won’t however be a walk in the park for Stima, as the sugar millers will come motivated by their 1-0 victory over AFC Leopards three days ago. Also, Sony comfortably beat Stima 2-0 in their first leg clash played in Awendo on May 21.
Big Brother Events and Ticketing firm have released ticketing information for the match between Gor Mahia and Thika United which is scheduled for Sunday September 17 at the Thika Sub - County Stadium.
Tickets for the match will be sold at a flat rate of Kshs. 300 from 10am on matchday, with the game expected to kick off at 16:15.
Gor top the league standings with 50 points from 23 matches while Thika are second from bottom with 21 points.
Ticketing information for the Kenyan Premier League match pitting AFC Leopards against Kakamega Homeboyz slated for Sunday September 17 at the Kenyatta Stadium has been released.
Tickets for the VIP section will retail at Kshs. 400 while those for the terraces go for Kshs. 200.
Leopards will be seeking to bounce back from their 1-0 loss to SoNy Sugar on Wednesday September 13 while Homeboyz look to build on their barren draw with Western Stima.
Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa has named his starting lineup that will take on Kariobangi Sharks on Saturday September 16 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.
Batoto Ba Mungu will once again bank on the attacking duo of Umaru Kasumba and Ali Feni to hunt for goals while Hillary Echesa and Mike Kilume man the midfield are. Willis Ouma, Wesley Onguso, Aloro Rodgers and Jonathan Mugabi continue with their partnership in defense with George Opiyo tasked with stopping Sharks attacks in goal.
Starting XI: George Opiyo, Willis Ouma, Wesley Onguso, Aloro Rodgers, Jonathan Mugabi, Mike Kilume, Mike Oduor, Hillary Echesa, Umaru Kasumba, Ali Feni, Meshack Karani
Substitutes: Reuben Juma, Okoti Humphrey, Kwanya Edmond, Oduor Kennedy, Ezekiel Okare, Mang'oli Bernard, Brian Magonya
Neddy Atieno followed up Thursday's hattrick with four goals as Harambee Starlets mauled Mauritius 11-0 in the ongoing COSAFA Women's Cup in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
The onslaught started on the 9th minute, Mwanahalima Adam unleashing a curling shot at the edge of the box for Starlets' first goal before Neddy Atieno capitalized on a rebound to bundle the ball home in the 25th minute for the team's second goal.
Four minutes later, Neddy Atieno was at it again, this time tapping in from close range after a well-swinged cross from the left flank. Lucy Mukhwana then made it four for Kenya just two minutes later with a loop on an onrushing keeper Betty. Neddy's diving header in the 45th minute ensured that Starlets went into the break with a five-goal lead, taking her goal tally to three in the process.
Mauritius made an early change in the second half, bringing in Salano for Asol while Florence Awino and Lilian Adera replaced Pauline Musungu and Omondi for Kenya.
Mukhwana then completed her brace in the 49th minute after connecting with Neddy's pass to tap the ball into the net before Neddy took her tournament tally to seven goals with a goal placed at the right top corner of the post. Maurititus had a chance to score their first goal of the competitition at the half hour mark, but will have themelves to blame after a miscommunication between three players denied them a simple tap in from a rebound.
Substitute Cheris Avilia joined the onslaught with a cool composed finished against an oncoming keeper in the 51st minute before Dorcas Shikobe's long range strike made it 9-0 for Starlets.
In the 84th minute, Mwanahalima produced a fine solo run in the left flank, getting past three defenders in emphatic fashion before slotting the ball into the bottom left corner for her second goal of the match to make the scores 10-0. An unfortunate own goal by Rassoie in additional time finally completed the 11-0 convincing win for the Kenyan ladies.
Starlets face Swaziland in their last Group B match on Monday September 18 from 17:00.
Stalets Starting XI: Mwanahalima Adam, Juliet Auma, Dorcas Shikobe, Neddy Atieno, Caroline Anyango, Pauline Musungu, Caroline Chepkoech, Lucy Mukhwana, Wendy Achieng, Monicah Karambu, Dorris Anyango
Substitutes: Esther Nandika, Lilian Adera, Cheris Avilia, Janet Bundi, Phoebe Owiti, Florence Awino, Jennipher Adhiambo, Mercy Achieng
Mauritius Starting XI: M Betty, M Anthony, M Sylvie, M Rassoie, M Jerome, C Aliphon, M Bidias, A Edouard, M David, M Sadien, M Ste Marie.
Kariobangi Sharks have been handed a boost by the return of three key players as coach William Muluya announced his starting lineup to face Sofapaka on Saturday September 16 at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.
Goalkeeper Jeff Oyemba who had been ruled out for two weeks following an injury he sustained in Sharks' match against Bandari makes an early return to the squad but will start from the bench.
Sven Yidah also makes a return after serving his one match suspension and passes the suspension baton to Masoud Juma who received his fifth booking of the season in Sharks' last match.
Sven Yidah and Ebrimma Sanneh replace Christopher Kimathi and Masoud Juma respectively in the squad that started against Mathare United in midweek.
Sharks will be seeking to complete a double over Batoto Ba Mungu, having dispatched them 3-1 in the first leg encounter. A win for them will also see them jump to third place in the table standings, only one point shy of their today's opponents.
Starting XI: Robert Mboya, Paul Kamau, Geoffrey Shiveka (c), Wycliffe Otieno, Michael Bodo, Sven Yidah, Elli Asieche, Patilla Omoto, Mathew Odongo, Duke Abuya, Ebrimma Sanneh
Reserves: Jeff Oyemba, Hillary Otieno, Christopher Kimathi, Cavin Odongo, Ovella Ochieng, Francis Manoa, Rogers Omondi
Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title contenders Sofapaka will on Saturday seek recovery from Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Ulinzi when they take on Kariobangi Sharks at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.
The loss to Ulinzi derailed Sofapaka's chances of catching up with league leaders Gor Mahia who were routinely on the winning end against Chemelil Sugar to open a nine-point gap. The chance to restore the gap back to six points is here today but will not come easily given Kariobangi Sharks' impressive displays in their debut season.
Sharks are currently placed 4th on the table standings after garnering ten wins, sevens draws and six losses. They also head into the match as slight favorites having dispatched Sofapaka 3-1 in the first leg encounter.
The William Muluya coached side will once again bank on the lethal trio of Ovellah Ochieng’, Duke Abuya and Patillah Omotto to steer them past the 2009 KPL champions. They will however have to do without the services of Harambee Stars forward Masoud Juma who picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in their last outing. Bolton Omwenga, Mike Misigo, Eric Juma and John Oyemba will also miss the tie after they all were ruled out of the match due to nagging injuries.
The Nairobi-based side will also be keen to build on to their four-match unbeaten run which they have accrued after losing two straight fixtures. A win for them today will see them go third, just one point behind Sofapaka.
On their part, Sofapaka will count on Ugandan international Umaru Kasumba to continue with his goal scoring prowess that has seen him net nine times in the last seven matches. Kasumba is currently the third joint top scorer with nine goals, two shy of topman Stephen Waruru who has stagnated at the eleven-goal mark.
Batoto Ba Mungu also want to use this opportunity to avenge the 3-1 loss to Sharks in the first leg, as told by their Technical Director Martin Ndagano.
“Although it will be a match like any other, losing to Sharks for the second time in the season will be unacceptable. I’m glad that we are meeting Kariobangi Sharks at a time when we are in an alluring form and God-willing, we will dispatch them (Sharks) and increase our chances of lifting the title,” said Ndagano who once served as the club's coach.
The Ssimbwa led side has managed to collect 41 points with eleven wins, eight draws and five losses. They have so far scored an impressive 38 times, conceded 21 goals and kept eight clan sheetes.
Harambee Starlets head coach Richard Kanyi has ringed two changes in the starting lineup ahead of their second COSAFA Women Championships Group B match against Mauritius scheduled for Saturday September 16 from 11:30am EAT.
The race for this year's Golden Boot has of late become more aggressive, with Stephen Waruru's time at the helm of the top scorer's charts seems to be coming to an end after being surrounded by a handful of players who have recently been on a scoring spree.
After leading the charts for about twenty one weeks, Waruru's time at the top is slowly clocking following the striker's go-slow in netting goals. The 26-year old has been stagnated at the 11-goal mark since Round of 17 and the other players have made full use of that opportunity to edge closer to him.
The Harambee Stars forward however has a chance to end his five-match goal drown when Ulinzi lock horns with Posta Rangers on Sunday September 17, 2017.
The closest rival is Nakumatt FC striker Kepha Aswani who has so far netted 10 goals, one shy Waruru. Aswani's most recent goals came a fortnight ago when he came on as a substitute to score a brace in Nakumatt’s 2-0 win against Post Rangers.
Umaru Kasumba (Sofapaka), Jacques Tuyisenge (Gor Mahia) and Crispin Oduor (Mathare United) come in third with nine goals each. The trio have of late been on fine form with each of them trying to outscore each other. Despite joining Sofapaka after half of the season had elapsed, Kasumba has scored nine goals in only seven appearances and re-affirmed his intentions of scooping the top scorer's award. Tuyisenge's brace against Chemelil Sugar on Thursday also placed him among the contenders, although it is waited to be seen whether the Rwandan international will get involved In Gor's next match after limpinng off with an injury. Mathare's Oduor is another player who has been in excellent form with nine goals to his name.
Veteran Ezekiel Oduor comes in fourth with eight goals while Zoo Kericho duo of Michael Madoya and Nicholas Kipkirui join Gor Mahia's Meddie Kagere at the seven-goal mark. Masoud Juma (Sharks), Shami Kibwan (Thika), Amos Asembeka (SoNy) and Dennis Mukaisi (Posta) all have six goals.
Top scorer's list
11 Goals- Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars)
10 Goals- Kepha Aswani (Nakumatt)
9 Goals- Umaru Kasumba (Sofapaka), Jacques Tuyisenge (Gor Mahia), Crispin Oduor (Mathare United)
8 Goals- Ezekiel Okare (Sofapaka)
7 Goals- Michael Madoya (Zoo Kericho), Nicholas Kipkirui (Zoo Kericho), Meddie Kagere (Gor Mahia)
6 Goals- Dennis Mukaisi (Posta Rangers), Shami Kibwana (Thika United), Masoud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Amos Asembeka (SoNy Sugar)
The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) action continues this weekend, with three of nine Round of 26 fixtures scheduled for Saturday September 16, 2017.
In Narok, Kariobangi Sharks will be seeking to edge closer to second-placed Sofapaka when the two sides clash at the Narok Stadium from 15:00. Sharks are currently fourth on the table standings and a win on Saturday will take them one point shy of Batoto Ba Mungu who have 41 points. Sofapaka on their side will also be gunning for a victory after falling 2-1 to Ulinzi Stars on Wednesday which saw the gap between them and leaders Gor Mahia stretch to nine points.
Bandari FC host Zoo Kericho at the Mbaraki Stadium from 15:00, with the Coastal side plotting to avenge their 3-2 loss to the league debutants in the first leg encounter. Both teams were on the losing end in midweek, Zoo falling 2-1 to Tusker while The Dockers received a 3-0 thrashing by Nzoia United.
At the Chemelil Sports Complex, cash-strapped Nakumatt FC will lock horns with Chemelil Sugar, with both sides trailing each other closely in the table standings.
Saturday September 16
15:00- Kariobangi Sharks vs Sofapaka (Narok Stadium)
15:00- Bandari FC vs Zoo Kericho (Mbaraki Stadium)
15:00- Chemelil Sugar vs Nakumatt FC (Chemelil Sports Complex)