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
Cabinet Secretary for Sports and Arts Dr. Hassan Wario has dismissed the possibility of SuperSport coming back to the Kenyan football domain. According to Daily Nation, Wario was speaking after he unveiled the Anti- Doping Agency of Kenya‘s Plan.
"I don’t think there is any chance of them (SuperSport) coming back. They spoke to me before leaving and explained their decision to quit was majorly influenced by poor working conditions caused by a breakdown in relationship with the Kenya Premier League Limited.’’
Wario alternatively urged other troupes to come in and fill the gap left by SuperSport.
Ulinzi Stars and Western Stima played out to a 1-1 draw at the Afraha Stadium on Wednesday April 19, 2017. Stima were first to score through Raymond Murugi in the 33rd minute but the hosts were quick to reply, with Stephen Waruru getting the equalizer two minutes later.
Each team took home one point and the result takes Ulinzi Stars to 6th position with nine points from five games, with Western Stima jumping to 14th position with five points after the same number of games.
Gor Mahia head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira is the Fidelity Insurance coach of the month for March. Ze Maria becomes the first tactician to win the award this season.
He was unanimously voted for by the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) after collecting all six available points in March. His side are currently at the helm of the Premier League table with 12 points from five games.
Harambee Stars played out to a barren draw in a friendly match with Malawi at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.
The match was characterised with little goal mouth action as both teams struggled to score. However, the Stars coach Stanley Okumbi gave 17 players a run in, something that will boost their confidence.
This was a chance for coach Okumbi to try out the local players as they prepare to host the CHAN competition set to be held next year.
The Flames on the other hand were using the match to prepare for the CHAN qualifiers against Madagascar on 23rd April.
A promising season for KPL giants AFC Leopards, may not be as glossy as it looks on the surface. Leopards who recently beat Muhoroni 1-0 in Mombasa, have had to contend with power hungry officials, who have currently absconded duty.
Over the years, Leopards has attracted leaders who midway through the job, left for greener pastures in the political side. Just a couple of seasons ago, AFC Leopards secretary general George Aladwa absconded duty to undertake various political responsibilities, forcing the then deputy secretary general Asava Kadima to take over. Aladwa stepped out and never returned.
After the club held successful elections last year, Stazo Omung’ala and Oscar Igaida were elected into the club as deputy secretary general and secretary general respectively. Months later, the two have reportedly put forward political ambitions, each going for Member of County Assembly seats in different parts of Nairobi.
Oscar, probably the most visible and most tasked member of the AFC Leopards National Executive Committee, has shied away from various club functions in recent weeks, as a result of his political engagements. With the electioneering period here, fans of the clubs have raised the red flag on whether the two officials could join the list of Ingwe officials who have gone AWOL from the club and joined the political bandwagon
Posta Rangers FC scrapped past Mathare United in a 1-0 victory on Monday to leap to second position in the Kenya Premier League table. Rangers, who are unbeaten this season, got the all-important goal in the 2oth minute of the game courtesy of Dennis Mukaisi and that was enough to earn them three points. They have so far amassed eleven points from five games, one point short of league leaders Gor Mahia. The loss was Mathare United’s second of the season, which leaves them in 13th position with five points.
In another match, Kariobangi Sharks got their second win of the season after overcoming fellow Premier League new boys Nakumatt FC 1-0. Ellie Asieche scored in the 70th minute to give the hosts the lead and they were able to hold on to that goal until the final whistle of the game. The result takes Sharks to 10th position on the log while Nakumatt settle for 16th position with four points.
Tanzania National main Stadium’s playing surface is on course for major renovations. The stadium’s renovation is part of preparations for English Premier League side Everton’s visit to Tanzania between July and August this year.
According to soka360.tz, Kenyan betting firm SportPesa will be responsible for planning and footing all expenses incurred during the English Premier League side’s visit. SportPesa are in the final stages of entering the betting market in the country and Everton’s tour is one of the major ways to announce their arrival.
The betting firm, whose headquarters are based in Kenya, will also be responsible for the cost of changing the stadium’s grass and other repairs in the field. The repairs are for creating a better playing surface for Everton.
The stadium has been in use since 2007 and is one of the biggest stadiums in Africa, with a capacity of 60,000 seats.
Mathare United line up against Posta Rangers
Starting XI: Levis Opiyo (GK), David Mwangi, Martin Ongori, Lennox Ogutu, Andrew Juma, George Owino (C), Abubakar Keya, Chrispin Oduor, Daniel Mwaura, Cliff Nyakeya, Derrick Onyango
Subs : Wycliffe Kasaya (GK), Derrick Nzosi, Harrison Mwendwa, David Owino, Ahmad Ahmed, David Owino, Ronald Okoth
A total of seven matches were played over the Easter weekend for Match Day 5 of the Kenyan Premier League.
Tusker 1 – 1 Ulinzi Stars
Tusker FC and Ulinzi Stars settled for a point each after a 1-1 draw in their first meeting of the season. Ulinzi drew first blood after Stephen Waruru scored on the 77th minute but were not able to hold on to the lead as Tusker equalized late in the second half through a Hassan Abdalla 89th minute goal. Ulinzi are now sixth on the log with eight points while Tusker are 13th with five points from five games.
Sony Sugar 1 -2 Gor Mahia
Gor Mahia scrapped past Sony Sugar in a 2-1 win to maintain top spot. Ernest Wendo scored the first goal of the match before George Abege equalized for the hosts in the 36th minute. Meddie Kagere then scored the winner a minute into the second half to give K’ogalo three vital points. The results make sure that Gor maintain the lead at the summit with twelve points while Sony Sugar drop to 9th with seven points.
Bandari 3 – 0 Thika United
A goal from Darius Msagha and a Dan Sserunkuma brace condemned Thika United to their third loss of the season. The Dockers highly dominated the entire match and got three deserved points. The result takes Bandari to second position on the table with ten points. Thika United lie in 10th position with seven points.
Western Stima 0 – 0 Chemelil
The match between Western Stima and Chemelil ended in a stalemate draw after none of the sides were able to find the back of the net. The match had numerous chances that were not utilized and the teams had to walk away with one point apiece. Western Stima are now 15th on the League table with four points while Chemelil are in position 5 with eight points from five matches.
Homeboyz 1 -2 Nzoia United
A goal each from Lawrence Juma and Edwin Wafula handed Nzoia United three points which propelled them to 8th position in the Premier League Table. Kakamega Homeboyz were the first to score through Charles Momanyi two minutes into the game but did not capitalize on their lead, with Nzoia restoring parity through Lawrence Juma in the 38th minute and Edwin Wafula guaranteed them three points after scoring in the 68th minute. Kakamega United are 12th on the log five points.
Zoo Kericho 0 – 3 Sofapaka
Sofapaka continued their fine start of the season after mauling Zoo Kericho 3-0 in a match played on Sunday 16th April, 2017. Sofapaka got the lead just three minutes into the game with a goal from Ezekiel Okare. A brace from Paul Odhiambo then assured them of three points which took them to 3rd position with ten points. Zoo Kericho languish in the bottom of the table, without a point since the start of the season.
AFC Leopards 1 – 0 Muhoroni Youth
AFC Leopards came back to winning ways after slipping past Muhoroni Youth courtesy of an Allan Katerrega goal in the35th minute. Muhoroni then tried to equalize but were futile in their quest, a result that placed them in 16th position, above only two teams. AFC Leopards got to 4th with ten points from five games.
Samuel ‘Daddy’ Onyango and skipper James Saruni have been feted as players of the month for February and March respectively by Ulinzi Stars
Onyango scored three goals during the CAF Confederations Cup matches against Al Hilal Benghazi and Smouha as well as earning his first ever call up to the national teams, picking up two caps in the process.
Saruni has also been outstanding not only in the CAF Confederations Cup but in the opening games of the league as well where he has only conceded two goals in four matches so far.
“I am happy to get this award and I want to thank the management for the recognition,” Saruni said.
Mathare United have named their 18 man squad for the the match against Posta Rangers this afternoon in Machakos.
2. Levis Opiyo
3. George Owino
4. Derrick Nzosi
5. David Mwangi
6. Abubakar Keya
7. Alphonce Ndonye
8. Chrispin Oduor
9. David Owino
10. Daniel Mwaura
11. Harrison Mwendwa
12. Andrew Juma
13. Abdallah Ahmed
14. Cliff Nyakeya
15. Derrick Onyango
16. Ronald Okoth
17. Martin Ongori
18. Lennox Ogutu
Tyson Otieno and Tyson Odhiambo have been dropped from the side
AFC Leopards starting line up against Muhoroni Youth at Mbaraki, Mombasa.
Starting XI: Ian Otieno, Robinson Kamura, Joshua Mawira, Marcus Abwao, Abdalla Shittu, Bernard Mang'oli, Duncan Otieno, Andrew Tololwa, Whyvonne Isuza, Allan Kateregga, Gilbert Fiamenyo
Sofapaka team that will be taking on Zoo Kericho in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clash on Sunday 16th April at Kericho Green Stadium starting at 3pm.
Augustine Etemesi will be in the squad for the first time in the season and starts from the bench.
Starting XI: Mathias Kigonya (GK), George Maelo, Jaffar Gichuki, Jonathan Mugabi, Kennedy Oduor, Maurice Odipo (c), Paul Odhiambo, Moses Odhiambo, Okare Ezekiel, Charles Okwemba, Wanok Pate.
Subs: George Opiyo (GK) Mohamed Kilume, Johnson Bagoole, Michael Oduor, Charles Melubo, Edmond Kwanya, Augustine Etemesi.
Victor Wanyama returned from injury to make an appearance in the second half to join the party as goals from Mousa Dembele, Heung-Min Son, Harry Kane and substitute Vincent Janssen secured the points and gave Tottenham Hotspurs a seventh straight win in the Premier League, the first time they have achieved that feat in the top division. That was the side's 12th successive home league game to equal the second-best record in the club’s history.
The imperious Dembele opened the scoring in the 16th minute for his first goal of the season and just three minutes later Son doubled the lead with his 19th of the campaign,his eighth in his last six games in all competitions.
In the 48th minute, Kane marked his return from injury with the third goal and it was a significant one for the England forward as it was his 20th league strike of the season, the third campaign running he has reached that tally. He’s the first Spurs player to do that since Jimmy Greaves between 1966-69 and only the fourth player in Premier League history, following Ruud van Nistelrooy, Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry.
The cherry on the cake came in stoppage time as Janssen poked home from close range to the delight of the Spurs faithful, rounding off the perfect afternoon at the Lane.
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Son, Dele (Sissoko 83), Eriksen (Janssen 86), Kane (Wanyama 78). Substitutes (not used): Pau Lopez, Trippier, Wimmer, Onomah.
Bournemouth (4-4-2): Boruc, Smith, Francis (c), S Cook, Daniels, Stanislas (Fraser 69), Arter, Wilshere (L Cook 56), Pugh, King, Afobe (Mousset 76). Substitutes (not used): Allsop, Gradel, Mings, Cargill.
Goals: Spurs – Dembele 16, Son 19, Kane 48, Janssen 90+2
Goals from Ernest Wendo and Meddie Kagere handed Gor Mahia three points as the league leaders recorded their fourth win in five matches to strengthen their grip on the log.
FULL TIME - SoNy 1 Gor Mahia 2
(George Abege 36')
(Ernest Wendo 21' , Kagere 49')
AFC Leopards coach Stewart Hall has said four of his side's players will miss the side's tie against Muhoroni Youth in Mombasa .
Hall told kpl.co.ke “Four of the players in the first team are out with injury. Marcus Abwao, Dennis Sikhayi, Paul Kiongera and Salim Abdalla can’t play this next game. That only means that we have to change both our strategy and formation. We shall fly to Mombasa so that the players don’t suffer from fatigue like they did when we played Chemelil in Kisumu last weekend (Leopards travelled by road for that match). I know Muhoroni Youth like to keep the ball and then torment their opponents with it so it is not going to be an easy match. I hope the Plan B will work.”
Former Harambee Stars midfielder Salim Taabu is dead. Also known as Sammy Taabu during his playing days, Salim died in his car at the Riftvalley Training Institute (RTI) in South B area of Nairobi.
Sources say that he is likely to have died of a heart attack.
Sammy is regarded as the best anchor in the midfield in the history of the game and was a star performer in the dominant Stars' squad of the 1980s.
Salim played for KTM and AFC Leopards and also served as a Leopards assistant coach.
Sofapaka coach Sam Ssimbwa has confirmed that defender Augustine Etemesi will replace James Kasibante, who will miss out for the first time as Sofapaka head to Kericho to face Zoo Fc in the Kenya Premier League.
The former AFC Leopards defender will be the only change made by Ssimbwa to the team that travelled to Thika last time out to face Tusker FC.
This will be the first time Etemesi makes the team this season.
Other notable absentee will be defender Humphrey Okoti who has recovered from his hamstring injury but the coach still feels he lacks match fitness.
Sam Ssimbwa has named his squad that will be making the trip to Kericho to play Zoo FC in the fifth round of the Kenyan Premier League on Sunday 16th April.
1. Kigonya Mathias (GK)
2. Opiyo George (GK)
3. George Maelo (C)
4. Bagoole Johnson
5. Mugabi Jonathan
6. Mohammed Kilume
7. Paul Odhiambo
8. Okwemba Charles
9. Wanok Pate
10. Moses Odhiambo
11. Augustine Etemesi
12. Maurice Odipo
13. Charles Pilipli Melubo
14. Ezekiel Okare
15. Jaffar Gichuki Salim
16. Kennedy Odour
17. Edmond Kwanya
18. Micheal Odour
AFC Leopards has named their travelling side to face Muhoroni Youth home away from home in Mombasa.
Former Gor-Mahia Secretary General, George Bwana, has for the first time spoken about the famous, rather infamous, Sprint at the Kasarani Stadium where he was forced to take off to avoid a mob of angry Gor-Mahia Fans.
Despite having addressed a press conference on the incidence the next day after it happened, Bwana insists that it was a small issue that was blown of proportion and that he ran away from hooligans and not Gor-Mahia Fans.
"See, during the week the coach, Logarusic, had informed me that two of our best players then had gone missing. I later found out that Rama[Salim] and Danny[Sserenkuma] had gone for trials in Qatar and Oman respectively without the clubs permission"
"So come the match-day we played without them and unfortunately it ended in a goalless draw. Our fans were so angry and after the match they were demanding for answers, they also wanted to know why we played without Rama and Danny."
"As I leaned on my car attempting to explain, the crowd grew and all over sudden it was like I was addressing a political rally"
"At that point some goons took advantage, some were roughing me up while others were inserting their hands in my pockets"
"I knew it wouldn't end well so I had to take off and run for my dear life. They were not just hooligans, they were a bunch of unfit lazy ones because they could not even catch up with me"
"The truth is most of the fans genuinely wanted an explanation but a few hooligans in the club's jerseys tried to take advantage of the situation"
"The matter was blown out of proportion to a point it depressed my Mum having watched it on news. She called my little brother, Tom, to find out whether I was ok and he didn't make matters any better. he told him 'Huyo tumekimbiza yeye sana' "
"But I later held a press conference the next day and clarified the matter"
George Bwana, alias Mandes, has spoken to Kenyanstar in an exclusive interview on his life, journalism career, football administration and now a football agent. The interview will be published on the Kenyanstar of the week column next week.
AFC Leopards SC membership renewal came to a close two weeks ago with Club members seeking eligibility to participate in the Club's annual general meeting renewing their membership by March 31st deadline.
Kenyanstar has learnt that the Club has less than four hundred and fifty membership at the end of the deadline making a sharp decline from the over five thousand members who participated in the Club's general elections in 2016.
With the constitution being restored and the political season two years away, the Club membership plummeted to lowest figures.
The Club's membership is currently set at KES 1200 as per the Club's constitution adopted in 2013 but was somehow suspended by the Sports and Disputes Tribunal in 2016 when the Club was under the reign of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) which saw fees lowered to KES 500.
On Thursday, the Club released a list of complied branches with only seventeen cleared.