Kenyan Premier League broadcasting partners Bamba Sports will beam live two matches on Wednesday August 23, 2017. Both matches will be staged at the Moi International Sports Center (MISC), Kasarani.

The first match to be aired live will be at 14:00 where Sofapaka will be facing 7th placed Nzoia United. The match will then be followed by another mouth-watering clash between league leaders Gor Mahia and Posta Rangers who are six points adrift of their opponents.

Live Matches Wednesday 23rd August:

14:00- Sofapaka vs Nzoia United ( MISC, Kasarani)

16:15- Gor Mahia vs Posta Rangers (MISC, Kasarani )

 

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A first half penalty converted by midfielder Daniel Waweru enabled Ulinzi Stars to a 1-0 win over Chemelil Sugar on Tuesday August 22, 2017 at the Afraha Stadium.

Waweru converted the penalty midway throught the first half following Yusuf Juma's handball inside the box to take the Soldiers ahead. The Millers almost found themselves further behind minutes later but custodian Jairus Adira came to their rescue by blocking Cliff Kasuti's effort.

In the second half, Ulinzi coach Benjamin Nyangweso opted to bring in league top scorer Stephen Waruru who had been benched in search of another goal but the latter could not manage a goal for himself in his team's 21st game of the season.

The match ended 1-0 in favour of Ulinzi Stars and the result is a huge boost to the Soldiers in their quest for the title especially after a three-match losing streak. On Chemelil's end, the loss is painful as an opposite result would have seen them rise to the top ten places in the league table.

Ulinzi Stars Starting XI: James Saruni, Oliver Ruto, Geofrey Kokoyo, Omar Mbongi, Boniface Onyango, Cliff Kasuti, Churchil Muloma, Enosh Ochieng, Daniel Waweru, Samwel Onyango,

Subs: Jacktone Ochieng, Michael Otieno, Abdalla Hamisi, Onwonga Justine, Stephen Waruru.

Chemelil Sugar Starting XI: Jarius Adira, Smith Ouko, Juma Yussuf, Omino James, Oketch Benjamin, Omondi Clifford, Arita Moses, Otieno Apollo, Muchuma Philip, Odenyi Faraj, Neto Collins.

Subs: Aimo Richard, Odhiambo Kennedy, Wawu John, Siwa Saphan , Erastus Mwaniki, Adebayo Mustapha, Moses Osure

 

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Round of 21 of the Kenyan Premier League is scheduled to be played from 22nd-24th August, with all teams being involved in venues across the country.

On Tuesday, there will be only one match as Chemelil Sugar travel to the Afraha Stadium to face 6th placed Ulinzi Stars.

Wednesday will then see seven matches played, with an early kick off pitting 2nd placed Sofapaka against Nzoia Sugar from 14:00 at the Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani. The match will then pave way for another clash at the same venue between league leaders Gor Mahia and Posta Rangers. 

The last match of week 21 will be on Thursday 24th August at the Nyayo Stadium where AFC Leopards will entertain defending champions Tusker FC from 16:00.

Wednesday 23rd August

Sofapaka vs Nzoia United (Kasarani)

Gor Mahia vs Posta Rangers (Kasarani)

Kakamega Homeboyz vs Bandari FC (Mumias Sports Complex)

Kariobangi Sharks vs Western Stima (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos)

Mathare United vs Nakumatt FC (Ruaraka Grounds)

Muhoroni Youth vs Thika United (Muhoroni Grounds)

SoNy Sugar vs Zoo Kericho (Awendo Green Stadium)

 

Thursday 24th August

AFC Leopards vs Tusker FC (Nyayo Stadium)

 

 

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Ticketing Information for the match pitting AFC Leopards against defending champions Tusker FC on Thursday 24th August at the Nyayo Stadium has been revealed.

Tickets for the match will retail at an all-round price of Kshs. 200 and will be on sale on matchday outside the stadium.

Tusker FC bagged maximum points in their first leg encounter thanks to a 1-0 win back in May 2017.

 

 

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The match pitting AFC Leoprds and defending champions Tusker FC has been moved from the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani to the Nyayo Stadium. The match will be played on Thursday 24 August from 16:00.

The change in venue has been caused by the unavailability of Kasarani Stadium as revealed by the home team, which is AFC Leopards.

Tusker FC bagged maximum points in their first leg encounter thanks to a 1-0 win back in May 2017.

 

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Four Ulinzi Stars players who were among local-based players summoned by Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi for the upcoming friendlies have withdrawn from the squad. This is due to the upcoming 11th edition of the East Africa Military games which are set to be held in Bujumbura, Burundi from 24 August to 6 September, 2017. The four are Stephen Waruru, Samuel Onyango, Mohammed Hassan and Omar Mbongi.

In a letter to the  Football Kenya Federation (FKF), Ulinzi Officer in Charge G. B Wanjala excused the said players so that they can be available for the Millitary Games. 

“Please note that we had earlier indicated that Ulinzi will represent Kenya in the 11th edition of the East Africa Military Games and Cultural events to be held in Bujumbura, Burundi. Ulinzi will be departing to Bujumbura, Burundi on 24 Aug 17,'' part of the letter read.

“Cognizant to the above, Ulinzi Stars FC players selected for the national team will not be able to report to camp for they will be preparing for the above mentioned duties. Kindly note that, Ulinzi Stars FC is at the forefront in supporting the national team when available and when not engaged in any other national duty tasks,” the letter further read.

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Okumbi has however called up eleven more players as he seeks to beef up the squad. Among those summoned are unsettled Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth Muguna and AFC Leopards duo of  Marcelus Ingotsi and Gabriel Andika.

Added Players:

Goalkeepers: Peter Odhiambo (Gor Mahia),  Farouk Shikhalo (Posta Rangers), Gabriel Andika (AFC Leopards)

Defenders: Robinson Kamura, Wesley Onguso (Sofapaka), Pascal Ogweno (Kariobangi Sharks), Joackins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Dennis Shikayi ( AFC Leopards)

Midfielders:  Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia),  Peter Nganga (Nakuru AllStars), Patillah Omoto (Kariobangi Sharks),  Marcelus Ingotsi ( AFC Leopards)

Read Also: Marcelo Missing As Okumbi Names Foreign-Based Players For Friendlies

 

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Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi has named 15 foreign-based players that will be joining Stars' camp ion readiness for the upcoming friendly games.

Missing in the list is former Gor Mahia left-back Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma who currently plies his trade in Georgia. Okumbi has however recalled Lillestroem goalkeeper Arnold Origi whose last match for the national team was in March 2016 against Guinea Bissau in an Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier.

Also making the cut is  Zesco United trio of  Anthony Akumu, Jesse Were and David Owino together with Cliff Miheso and John Makwatta who play for Buildcon FC in Zambia.

The team will be led by captain Victor Wanyama.

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David Ochieng’ (New York Cosmos, USA), Abud Omar (Slavia Sofia, Bulgaria), Anthony Akumu, Jesse Were and David Owino (Zesco United, Zambia), Cliff Miheso and John Makwatta (Buildcon FC, Zambia), Johanna Omolo (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Michael Olunga (Guizhou Zhicheng, China), Eric Johanna (Vasalund IF, Sweden), Jonah Ayunga (Galway United, Ireland), Ayub Timbe (Beijing Renhe, China), Brian Mandela (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Victor Wanyama (Tottenham HotSpur, England) and Arnold Origi (Lillestroem SK, Norway).

Read Also: Black berry, Mbongi Back As Okumbi Calls 19 Players For Mozambique Friendly

 

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Ulinzi Stars will be seeking to end a series of bad results that they have posted recently when they face Chemelil Sugar on Tuesday August 22 at the Afraha Stadium.

The Soldiers have lost all three of their last league matches and boast of only one win in their last seven games, a result which has seen them fall to a distant sixth place in the table standings and as a result complicated their quest to lift this year's title.

 On Tuesday, they have a chance to redeem themselves when they entertain Chemelil Sugar at home. The match will however not be easy considering that they lost 2-1 to the Millers in their first leg encounter.

On their side, Chemelil are currently recording good progress since putting their six-match winless run behind. The Millers have racked up seven points in their last three games to climb up to 11th place on the table and a win on Tuesday might take them two places up.

They will however have to do without dependable midfielder David Ojuang who is out for Ulinzi's match due to an injury.

The two teams have met seven times in the last three seasons, with Ulinzi claiming three wins compared to Chemelil's two. Two matches have ended in a draw.

Chemelil's last five games:

Chemelil 0-1 Sofapaka

Nakumatt 2-1 Chemelil

Chemelil 2-1 Ulinzi Stars

Chemelil 2-1 Nzoia United

Posta Rangers 1-1 Chemelil

Ulinzi Stars' last five matches:

Gor Mahia 2-2 Ulinzi Stars

Nakumatt 1-2 Ulinzi Stars

Ulinzi Stars 1-2 Nzoia United

Nzoia United 1-0 Ulinzi Stars

Ulinzi Stars 0-1 Nakumatt

 

 

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Jackson Saleh was the last player to score a winning goal for AFC Leopards against rivals Tusker in 2014.

Then coached by Abdalla Juma, Leopards won the match 1-0 at Machakos Stadium.

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AFC Leopards booked the last spot of the semifinals of the Gotv Shield after a 7-1 rout on National Super League side Wazito FC ON Sunday August 20 at the Nyayo Stadium.

Alexis Kitenge opened account for Ingwe eight minutes into the match from the penalty spot following a handball by Wazito defender. The Burundian did not take long to double his tally minutes later in the same fashion after another handball offence.

With Leopards having a two-goal advantage, Wazito attempted pressing them hard to their own half but they fell further behind in the 18th minute, this time Marcelus Ingotsi finding the back of the net with a header.

Leopards had a chance to add another goal towards the end of the first half but Duncan Otieno could not find the target despite a nice combination with Aziz Okaka.

In the second half, Matano decided to execute an early change, bringing in the fresh legs of Andrew Tololwa for Harun Nyakha in the 49th minute. Michael Kibwage then produced a stellar show shortly afterwards, the defender getting past two defenders to unleash a superb strike that not even custodian Steve Njuge could stop from going in.

Dennis Gicheru scored a consolation goal for Wazitop four minutes later from the spot after Dennis Sikhayi was adjudged to have brought down Mutamba in the box.

Ingotsi completed his brace in the 61st minute, directing home Samuel Ndung'u’s cross before the Ndung’u turned into the scorer six minutes from time to give Leopards a 6-1 lead.

Kitenge wrapped up things for Ingwe late on in the game, converting another penalty to complete a brace and give his side a comfortable 7-1 win.

Tusker vs Wazito FC

In an early kick off, National Super League (NSL) side Vihiga United shocked defending champions Tusker FC, emerging 2-0 winners to dash the Brewers’ hopes of retaining the title.

Charles Okwemba gave Vihiga the lead in the 24th minute from the spot following Marlon Tangauzi’s handball. Dennis Lugalia then slayed the game three minutes from the final whistle with a goal of his own to send Vihiga through to the semifinals of the competition courtesy of a 2-0 win. This is despite their coach Manoah being sent to the stands due to unending protests.

 

 

 

 

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A 3-1 win over Bandari on Saturday August 19 was enough to hand Sony Sugar a semifinal place in this year's Gotv Shield tournament.

Sony went ahead in the 14th minute through  Yemi Mwana who finished off a rebound by goalkeeper Wilson Obungu after the latter had failed to get a firm grip on Fredrick Onyango's shot.

Sony were 2-0 up in the 31st minute, Amos Asembeka converting from the penalty spot following Felly Mulumba foul on Yemi Mwana inside the box. Asembeka then completed his brace and Sony's third goal again from the spot in the 49th minute, Mulumba again committing the same mistake on Yemi Mwana.

Baron Oketch reduced the deficit for the Dockers with a goal in the 75th minute but his effort could not salvage anything for Bandari. The last six minutes were however intense especially after  Jessy Obora was shown a red card in the 84th minute of the game.

The match ended 3-1 in favour of SoNy Sugar and they will now face Kariobangi Sharks who were 5-0 winners over Eldoret Youth in an earlier match.

 

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Gor Mahia forward Timothy Otieno scored two goals to help his side to a 2-0 win over Muhoroni Youth on Saturday August 19 at the Moi Stadium.

His first goal came in the 22nd minute after linking to a cross that Tuyisenge had provided to put the ball past Gradus Ochieng. Six minutes later, Otieno was at it again, capitalizing on a one on one situation with Gradius to complete his brace and ensure a 2-0 win for Gor Mahia.

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Gor Mahia Starting XI: 1. Fredrick Odhiambo, 3. Karim Nizigiyimana, 18. Haroun Shakava, 5. Musa Mohamed, 4. Wellington Ochieng’, 7. Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza, 30. Philemon Otieno 17. Otieno Timothy, 8. Francis Kahata [20. Ernest Wendo] 11. Boniface Omondi [10. Kenneth Muguna], 9. Jacques Tuyisenge [22. Meddie Kagere].

Unused Subs: 29. Boniface Olouch, 14. Wafula Innocent, 25. George Odhiambo, 27. Anthony Mbugua

Muhoroni Youth Starting XI: 32. Ochieng Gradus, 24. Robert Mundenyu, 17. Jacob.Odhiambo, 3. Robert Indimuli, 26. Bliss Kityo [13. Daniel Otieno], 7. Yusuf Mohammed, 5. Faina Jacobs, 12. Paul Muchika, 19. Collins Agade, 14. Ambrose Ayoyi, 6. Fred Ochieng, 16. Maxwell Onyango 27. Hassan Kiyoyo [20. Venval Thomas], 11. Mudoola Faruk [28. Francis Oduor]

Unused Subs: 1. Salim Sowedi, 29. John Mark Ochieng', 8. Kennedy Rono, 25. Ogendo Jeconea, 15. Eric Baki

 

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Mathare United registered the biggest KPL win of this season after downing Zoo Kericho 6-0 on Saturday August 19th at the Ruaraka Grounds.

Mathare bossed the proceedings of the game from the first whistle and had a chance in the third minute when Chris Ochieng sent a header at goal after Roy Okal found him with a pin point cross from the left but his effort was too feeble to trouble the goalkeeper.

The Slum Boys however went ahead one minute later, Chrispin Oduor cleverly lobbing the ball over an oncoming Vincent Misikhu to make the score 1-0. Ochieng the found Ronald Reagan with a dipping cross in the 12th minute but the latter could not keep his effort down.

Sabiri Sindani had a chance to reduce the deficit for Zoo after connecting to Kingston's delivery from the right but his header is gathered comfortably by Opiyo, who was standing in for an injured Wycliffe Kasaya. Play was momentarily stopped in the 36th minute following  Andrew Juma's aerial collision with Kipkurui. With Juma unable to continue, Francis Kimanzi was forced to slot in David Owino at left back to replace him.

In the 45th minute, Oduor doubled his tally after capitalizing on a poor clearance from Zoo to fire a low shot past Misikhu. Mathare as a result went into the break leading 2-0.

Opiyo was forced to make a fingertip save three minutes after the restart, denying Kipyegon from a free kick on the left that was awarded after Ogutu had tripped Kipkurui on the right.Zoo then made their first substitution in the 53rd minute, Namasakha replacing Kipkoech as they sought to find a goal. Edwin Seda made it 3-0 four minutes later after showing fine composure to slot the ball home past Misikhu. Mathare then made a second substitution at the half hour mark replacing Reagan with Derrick Onyango.

Zoo thought that they had pulled one goal back in the 62nd minute after Johnstone Ligare had sneaked behind Mathare's defense to nod in Kipyegon's delivery but the goal was disallowed for offside.

The Slum Boys were 4-0 up in the 74th minute courtesy of substitute Derrick Onyango who made a telling contribution to the scoreline with a goal of his own.

Chrispin Oduor finally completed his hattrick in the 82nd minute before Derrick Onyango grabbing another goal late on to complete the 6-0 rout. 

 

 

 

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Kariobangi Sharks became the first team to enter the semifinals of the Gotv Shield tournament after thrashing Division One side Eldoret Youth 5-0 on Saturday August 19th at the Nyayo Stadium.

Kevin Cheti has the first chance for Eldoret Youth in the 3rd minute but could only shoot wide even with only the keeper to beat. Kenyan international Masoud Juma showed him how it is done in the 15th minute, capitalizing on a rebound to send the ball past keeper Reagan Wanjala. Sharks would have further added their tally but Paul Kamau and Ebrimmah Saneh failed to find the target.

Duke Abuya cleverly beat the offside trap in the 57th minute to double his side's lead before Masoud Juma completed his brace three minutes later with a fine finish. As if not enough, Sven Yiddah added himself into the score sheet before Ebrimah Sanneh scoring a late goal to seal a 5-0 win for Sharks and a place in the semifinals of the Gotv Shield tournament.

Kariobangi Sharks Starting XI: Robert Mboya, Paul Kamau, Wycliffe Otieno, Geoffrey Shiveka (c), Michael Bodo, Sven Yidah, Patilla Omoto, Duke Abuya, Mathew Odongo, Ebrimma Sanneh, Masoud Juma

Subs:Jeff Oyemba, Hillary Omondi, Stephen Odhiambo, Christopher Kimathi, Erick Kipkurui, Francis Manoa, Rogers Omondi

Eldoret Youth Starting XI:Reagan Wanjala,Dennis Injendi, Brian Manaseh, Samuel Karonya, Philex Kwemoi, Jecton Siwa, Kevin Mwanzi, Rodgers Kimeli, Joseph Oyugi, Kevin Cheti, Abraham Koech

 

Subs Simon Wafula, Kevin Otieno, Robeert Omuhambe, Allan Kibet, Kelvin Wanyama, Hussein Abullahi, Okoth Phi

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Chemelil Sugar have released their starting lineup to face Posta Rangers on Saturday August 19 at the Chemelil Sports Complex. The two teams settled for a 1-1 draw in their first leg match.

Jarius Adira starts in goal with the defense being made up of Smith Ouko, Juma Yussuf, Omino James and Oketch Benjamin. Collins Neto and Faraj Odenyi will lead the attack.

Starting XI: Jarius Adira, Smith Ouko, Juma Yussuf, Omino James, Oketch Benjamin, Omondi Clifford, Arita Moses, Otieno Apollo, Muchuma Philip, Odenyi Faraj, Neto Collins.

Subs:  Aimo Richard, Odhiambo Kennedy, Wawu John, Siwa Saphan , Erastus Mwaniki, Adebayo Mustapha, Moses Osure

 

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Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa has organized his troops and is going for nothing short of victory. Sofapaka take on Nakumatt on Saturday August 19 at Narok municipal stadium in the return leg of the Kenyan top tier league.

The shoppers were 2-1 winners over Batoto Ba Mungu in the first leg however Ssimbwa believes it will not be same case this time round.

"We are heading into this game with our heads up for victory. Prior to all matches every coach always expects to win even if he is going to play Barcelona, however this time we have prepared adequetly and expect a win" Ssimbwa told sofapaka.co.ke

Both teams go into this match following victories in the previous round of matches after Nakumatt stunned Ulinzi stars 1-0 while Sofapaka beat Thika united 3-0.

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Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa has named youngster Hansel Ochieng in Sofapaka's starting eleven that is set to take on Nakumattn FC on Saturday August 19 at the Narok Stadium.

Ochieng, 22, will be making his first ever appearance for Sofapaka and also in the Kenyan top flight league since being signed from Jericho AllStars in the June transfer window.

Kigonya starts in goal and will be protected at the back by Willis Ouma,  Maurice Odipo,  Rodgers Aloro and  Jonathan Mugabi. The midfield will have Kennedy Odour, Ali Feni and captain Hillary Echesa while Umaru Kasumba operates as the sole striker. 

Hansel Ochienge and Morven Otinya will play from the flanks in the match that kicks off at 15:00.

Starting XI: 1. Mathias Kigonya (G), 2. Willis Ouma, 3. Maurice Odipo, 4. Rodgers Aloro, 5. Jonathan Mugabi, 6. Kennedy Odour, 7. Hansel Ochieng, 8. Ali Feni, 9. Umaru Kasumba, 10. Hillary Echesa (cpt), 11. Morven Otinya 

Subs: 1. Juma Reuben, 2. Humphrey Okoti, 3. Michael Odour, 4. Samuel Mutiria, 5. Francis Ochola, 6. Brian Dayo Magonya, 7. Mohammed Kilume

 

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Francis Muturi and Tsuma Said have been included in Thika United's starting lineup to face Nzoia Sugar on Saturday August 19 at the Thika Sub-County Stadium.

The two replace Shami Kibwana and Dennis Lewa who were present in the team's last outing against Sofapaka. 

Allan Owiny has maintained his place in front of goal while Meja, Christopher Oruchum, Suleiman Ngotho and  Wycliffe Anekeya pair up in defense. The striking role has been handed to Onwoudi Chibueze and will be assisted from the flanks by Eugene Mukangula and Francis Muturi.

The match will start at 15:00.

Starting XI: Allan Owiny, Sammy Meja, Christopher Oruchum, Suleiman Ngotho, Wycliffe Anekeya, Dennis Odhiambo (C),Tsuma Said, Michael Mutinda, Eugene Mukangula, Francis Muturi, , Onwoudi Chibueze

Reserves: Emase Eluid, Samuel Mwanje, Sosthenes Idah, Dennis Lewa, Edmond Adem, James Kinyanjui, Benson Iregi

 

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Kariobangi Sharks coach William Muluya has not hesitated parading his best squad for Saturday's Gotv Shield quarterfinal match against Division one side Eldoret Youth. The match will be played at the Nyayo Stadium from 13:00.

Included in the team is youngster Erick Kipkurui who was signed during the June transfer window and made his debut in the GOtv shield Tournament against  Kenpoly FC.

Robert Mboya has been handed a starting berth in between the sticks and will be covered in defense by Paul Kamau, Wycliffe Otieno, Geoffrey Shiveka and Michael Bodo. Sven Yidah and Patillah Omoto will pair up in midfield as usual while Ebrimma Sanneh and Masoud Juma lead the team in the hunt for goals.

Starting XI: Robert Mboya, Paul Kamau, Wycliffe Otieno, Geoffrey Shiveka (c), Michael Bodo, Sven Yidah, Patilla Omoto, Duke Abuya, Mathew Odongo, Ebrimma Sanneh, Masoud Juma

Reserves: Jeff Oyemba, Hillary Omondi, Stephen Odhiambo, Christopher Kimathi, Erick Kipkurui, Francis Manoa, Rogers Omondi.

 

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Nzoia United coach Bernard Mwalala has released a relatively strong squad that will take on Thika United on Saturday August 19 at the Thika Sub-County Stadium.

Brian Yakhama and Luke Namanda will continue partnering upfront while Masita Masuta plays just behind them. Victor Omondi has been brought on to replace the injured Elvis Rupia in midfield. The defense will be manned by Edwin Wafula, Hillary Wandera, Brian Otieno and Vincent Ngesa who is the captain.

Starting XI: 23.Mustapha Oduor ,14.Edwin Wafula, 16.Hillary Wandera, 28. Brian Otieno ,34. Vincent Ngesa (C), 02. Stephen Wakanya  ,24.Lawrence Juma. 32. Victor Omondi, 20.Masita Masuta 21.Brian Yakhama  12.Luke Namanda

 

Subs: 15. Humphrey Katasi, 26. Okiring Festus,  8. Edgar Nzano, 17. Jonathan Lokadet, 07.Collins Wakhungu  06.Benjamin Muchuma 18.Patrick Kwitonda.

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After watching their last match against Kariobangi Sharks from the bench, Zoo Kericho forward Ernest Kipkoech has been drafted back to the starting lineup that is set to face Mathare United. The match will be on Saturday August 19 at the Ruaraka Grounds from 15:00.

Vincent Misikhu starts in goal and will be covered by the defensive quartet of Johnstone Ligare, Sindani Sabiri, Ouma Dominic and Kipyegon Isaac. Bernard Odhiambo and Nicholas Kipkirui will lead the attack.

Starting XI: 9. Vincent Misikhu, 6.Johnstone Ligare, 13. Sindani Sabiri, 39. Ouma Dominic, 12. Kipyegon Isaac, 4. Leonard Mmata, 18. Geofrey Gichana, 5. Michael Madoya, 35. Ernest Kipkoech, 10. Bernard Odhiambo, 22. Nicholas Kipkirui.

Subs:1. Samwel Koko, 44. Kwizera Hamidu, 26. Ondati Kepha, 16. Namasaka Danson, 24. Kibet Gideon 17. Omondi Dennis, 15. Kelvin Oduor

 

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Nzoia Sugar will be without five first team players when they take on struggling side Thika United in a Premier League match on Saturday August 19, 2017. The match will be staged at the Thika Sub-County Stadium from 15:00.

Dependable striker Elvis Rupia, defender Ronack Otieno and midfielder Peter Gin Juma will be out through injuries for the important match. Dennis Ongeri and Geoffrey Kariuki are also unavailable owing to personal matters.

The Mwalala-coached side will be seeking a win that might propel them to the top five positions in the Kenyan Premier League.

 

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Six AFC Leopards players have been ruled out of Sunday's Gotv Shield quarterfinal match against National Super League side Wazito FC. Leopards will be battling out for a semifinal spot with the NSL side at the Nyayo Stadium from 15:15.

Keziron Kizito has a fractured metatarsal while Marcus Abwao has an torn meniscus which requires surgery. Centre back Joshua Mawira has a knee injury he'll need an MRI scan as well as Abdallah Salim who's ankle is injured.

Alfred Wekesa is still out on rehabilitation after undergoing an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery last year. Vincent Oburu is also out on rehabilitation after a groin injury kept him out of Ingwe's last KPL match against Bandari FC.

Robinson Kamura has however fully recovered after missing the last three matches and will be available for selection. Also available is midfielder Allan Kateregga.

 

 

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Information on the ticketing details for Sofapaka's league match against Nakumatt FC on Saturday August 19th at the Narok Stadium has been released. The match will start at 15:00.

Tickets for the day will sell at Kshs. 200 as announced by ticketing firm Big Brother Events and will retail on Saturday outside the stadium.

Sofapaka are currently 4th on the league table with 31 points while Nakumatt are six points adrift of them at 10th. 

 

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Kenyan Premier League leaders Gor Mahia will be travelling to Kisumu to face bottom-placed Muhoroni Youth on Saturday August 19 at the Moi Stadium. The match is set to kick off at 15:00.

For those willing to go and watch the match, VIP tickets will be retailed at Kshs. 500 while those for the terraces go for Kshs. 300. Tickets will be on sale outside the Moi Stadium on Saturday from morning.

 

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A 19-man squad made up of local players has been named by Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi ahead of a friendly match against Mozambique in Maputo on Friday September2, 2017.

The most notable returnee is Gor Mahia forward George 'Black Berry' Odhiambo who has been in fine form in recent times, netting two times in his last three appearances for Ko'galo. Other players making their way back into the team are Nakumatt striker Kepha Aswani and Ulinzi Stars defender Omar Mbongi. 

Gor have the highest number of players called into camp for the friendly, producing five players while Ulinzi come in second with four players. National Super League players Bernard Ochieng’ of Vihiga United and Wazito's Joe Waithera have also made the cut.

Full squad 

Goalkeepers: Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia), Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers)

Defenders: Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers), Omar Mbongi (Ulinzi Stars), Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Harun Shakava (Gor Mahia), Bernard Ochieng’ (Vihiga United)

Midfielders: Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Victor Majid (AFC Leopards), Jackson Macharia (Tusker), Boniface Muchiri (Tusker), Daniel Waweru (Ulinzi Stars)

Forwards: Kepha Aswani (Nakumatt), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Masud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Joe Waithera (Wazito), Chris Ochieng’ (Mathare United),George Odhiambo (Gor Mahia), Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi Stars)

 

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After a stellar performance against Sony Sugar, Mathare United youngster John Mwangi is aiming for the best young player award once the season comes to a close.

Mwangi began from scratch, first making it into the 18-man squad before being given little playing time against Thika United, Kakamega Homeboyz, Sony Sugar and Chemelil Sugar.

When he was finally handed his first start of the season against SoNy Sugar, the 17-year old did not disappoint, creating constant danger to their wing backs Bernard Omondi and Samuel Olare and was unlucky not to get into the score sheet after coming close twice. 

“I am happy with the progress that I have made because I started by making it to the 18 man squad then being among the substitutes. I have enjoyed every moment and this has made it easier for me to settle in the team. I want to keep working hard and hopefully I will get more starts,” said Mwangi.

“The coach has shown faith in me and this has motivated me to give my best in every game that I have been fielded. I want to build on what I have achieved so far and start scoring goals. My target is to be awarded the best young player at the end of the season,” he added.

Despite this being his first season in the top tier, the academy graduate is not short of ambition. He has set his sights on bagging an award at the end of the season.

Mathare United's next assignment is against Zoo Kericho on Saturday August 19th at the Ruaraka Grounds.

 

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The match pitting league leaders Gor Mahia against Muhoroni Youth is among five Kenyan Premier League matches that are set to be played this weekend in different parts of the country. The fixtures were slotted to this weekend after being deferred due to political uncertainty that was facing the country after the General Elections.

Gor Mahia will be seeking to further tighten the grip at the summit of the league table when they face bottom-placed Muhoroni Youth on Saturday August 20 at the Moi Stadium from 15:00. 

Second-placed Posta Rangers will however be on Ko'galo's tails trying to pressure them when they visit Chemelil Sugar on the same day at the Chemelil Sports Complex. Football fans in Narok will have a wonderful afternoon with all eyes at the Narok Stadium when Sofapaka take on Nakumatt FC from 15:00.

Also in action on Saturday will be Mathare United against Zoo Kericho while a struggling Thika United side host Nzoia Sugar at the Thika Sub-County Stadium. Both matches kick off at 15:00.

 

Saturday August 19th

15:00- Muhoroni Youth vs Gor Mahia (Moi Stadium)

15:00- Chemelil Sugar vs Posta Rangers (Chemelil Sports Complex)

15:00- Sofapaka vs Nakumatt (Narok Stadium)

15:00- Mathare United vs Zoo Kericho (Ruaraka Grounds)

15:00- Thika United vs Nzoia Sugar (Thika Sub-County Stadium)

 

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Broadcasting firm Gotv will offer live coverage for the quarterfinals of the Gotv Shield tournament that are set to get underway this weekend. All the four matches will be staged at the Nyayo Stadium.

The first match to be televised live will be between last year's semifinalists Kariobangi Sharks and Division one side Eldoret Youth on Saturday August 19 from 13:00. The second match of the day will see SoNy Sugar lock horns with Bandari from 15:15 and the match will also be live.

On Sunday August 20th, defending Champions Tusker FC will face Nationals Super League leaders Vihiga United FC from 13:00 before AFC Leopards entertaining Wazito FC from 15:15. Both matches will also be live.

 

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The Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee has slapped Muhoroni Youth chairman Moses Adagala with a personal fine of KSh200,000 and banned him from attending any Kenyan Premier League matches for 60 days.

The disciplinary body has also fined Muhoroni Youth KSh400,000.

Adagala and Muhoroni supporters were found guilty of of invading the pitch as charged by the Kenyan Premier League during their match against Kakamega Homeboyz on 26th March. The invasion caused the match to be stopped and later abandoned contrary to Rules 3.3, 3.4(a) and 6.1 of the Rules of Kenya Football.

The abandoned match was awarded to Kakamega Homeboyz in an earlier case and the tribunal has upheld this award as proper and effective.

Said the IDCC ruling: “ The tribunal finds and holds as follows: The chairman of Muhoroni, Mr. Moses Adagala and the supporters of Muhoroni breached the rules of Kenyan Football. Rule 3.3 of the rules provides that ‘Members and spectators are only allowed to attend or participate in the matches on condition that they observe the rules. Anyone who violates the rules can be ordered to leave the venue of the match. If they refuse to leave they can be removed by force and will face additional penalties and sanctions'.

“Rule 3.4 (a) stipulates the responsibility of clubs for the conduct of their members and supporters. The facts relayed above and in the oral hearing, confirm that Mr. Moses Adagala and Muhoroni Youth Football Club are guilty of the charges laid against them.”

The Independent Disciplinary & Complaining Committee (IDCC) is the Tribunal for solving disputes in the game of football managed under the auspices of the Kenyan Premier League Limited.

 

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Zoo Kericho were handed a major boost in their maiden top flight race after The Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC) awarded the three points for their match against Tusker. 

The committee ruled that Tusker surrender their match against the Kericho-based side for fielding players without valid Football Kenya Federation cards.

The Brewers had been indicted before the IDCC for failing to produce valid FKF cards for 18 of their players on 10th May 2017 where they won the match 2-0 at the Kericho Green Stadium. Zoo Kericho have therefore been handed the match on a 2-0 basis.

“It is beyond conjecture that Tusker FC did not comply with the rules regarding presentation of valid FKF Cards,” IDCC said in its ruling.

The disciplinary body further stated: “Rule 3.5 (g) of the Rules of Kenyan Football provides inter alia that the referee and assistant referees must inspect and confirm that the players have valid FKF cards. Rule 3.5(h) states that ‘every player must present their FKF card to the referee before kick off of every match…..’. It goes further to prescribe that a player cannot be fielded without a valid card approved by the referee. It is thus clear that fielding of a player without a valid FKF card renders such player(s) ineligible players.”

The Independent Disciplinary & Complaining Committee (IDCC) is the Tribunal for solving disputes in the game of football managed under the auspices of the Kenyan Premier League Limited.

 

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The Gotv Shield Tournament resumes this weekend, with eight teams battling for  four spots in the semifinals of this year's tournament.

At stake is a place in the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup and a cash prize of Kshs 2 Million for the winners of the trophy while the runners-up will have earned themselves Kshs 1 Million. There is also a prize of  Kshs 750000 for the third best team.

This year's quarterfinals will be played at the Nyayo Stadium, with Saturday and Sunday accomodating two games each.

The first match on Saturday will see last year's second runners up Kariobangi Sharks take on Division one side Eldoret Youth from 13:00 before paving way for the match between Bandari  FC and SoNy Sugar which is expected to start at 15:15.

On Sunday, defending champions Tusker FC will be hoping to edge closer to defending the title when they face National Super League leaders Vihiga United FC from 13:00.

The last quarterfinal match will see AFC Leopards clash with another National Super League side Wazito FC from 15:15, with the winner securing a place in the semifinals.

 

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The Football Kenya Federation has postponed National Super League, Division One League, Women Premier League and Women Division One League matches scheduled for this weekend due to the political situation in the country.

The decision was arrived at following a consultative meeting between the National Leagues and Competitions Committee and the Referees Appointment Committee.

“It’s unfortunate that the political situation as currently is has made it impossible for most clubs to train and/or for officials to travel,” said FKF CEO Robert Muthomi.

“In light of the aforementioned and as a precaution we have decided to postpone this weekend’s matches to a date that will be communicated in due course,” he added.

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Tusker FC left it late to register a 4-2 win over Nairobi Stima in a friendly match played on Wednesday August 16 the Stima club.

The match for the Brewers served as preparation for their Gotv Shield semifinal fixture against Vihiga United FC which is due this weekend.

Stima were first to score through Ivan Anguyo from the penalty spot in the 12th minute before Stephen Owusu leveled matters in the 40th minute after connecting with Ndolo's cross. Three minutes later, Stima were back ahead, this time former Sofapaka winger Patrick Mugendi finding the back of the net to take his team leading into the break.

Tusker brought in a new team in the second half and the changes seemed to work for them as Michael Khamati scored in the 57th minute to cancel Stima's lead.

Shortly after coming on for Allan Wanga, Victor Ndinya took the Brewers ahead for the first time in the game before Paul Odhiambo registered a late goal to seal a 4-2 win for Tusker.

 

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The Kenyan Premier League match pitting AFC Leopards against Tusker has had a change in date, as revealed by Leopards on their social media platforms.

The match was supposed to be played on Tuesday August 22, 2017 but has been pushed to Thursday August 24, 2017.

Before that mouth-watering clash, AFC Leopards will first take on Wazito FC in the quarterfinals of the Gotv Shield tournament on Sunday August 20, 2017 at the Nyayo Stadium. The match which is expected to kick off at 15:15 will also be aired live on Go TV. The Brewers on the other hand will entertain Vihiga United FC as they seek a spot in the semifinals of the competition.

Tusker FC are currently third on the table standings with 32 points from 19 matches while Leopards lie 13th on the log with 20 points, having won only one match in their last six league fixtures. 

``MATCH UPDATE

Our match against Tusker FC has been moved from Tuesday 22nd August 2017 to Thursday 24th August 2017,'' read the notification on Leopards' official website.

 

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Former Muhoroni Youth head coach Gilbert Selebwa was appointed as AFC Leopards' new team manager and is expected to commence his duties at the club from 1st September, 2017 as communicated by the club.

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Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and the Arts Dr. Hassan Wario has revealed that the government plans to build three big stadiums in Nairobi, Mombasa and Eldoret and seven additional new ones in other parts of the country.

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Gilbert Selebwa has officially stepped down as the head coach of Muhoroni Youth after only three games with the KPL side.

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In a letter addressed to media houses, the Kenyan Premier League has released new dates for Round 20 and Round 21 fixtures that were postponed due to uncertainty following the General Elections.

Some of the matches have been slotted to dates within the two FIFA weeks so as to ease congestion of fixtures. The league governing body has however not included three fixtures, indicating that the three will be rescheduled on Monday August 21 after the GoTV matches which might as well affect the scheduling of other matches. These are Bandari vs Tusker, Kariobangi Sharks vs AFC Leopards and Tusker vs Kariobangi Sharks.

Below are the new dates for the abandoned matches:

Saturday August 19, 2017

15:00- Chmelil Sugar vs Posta Rangers (Chemelil Sports Complex)

15:00- Mathare United vs Zoo Kericho (Ruaraka Grounds)

Sunday August 20, 2017

15:00- Sofapaka vs Nakumatt (Nyayo Stadium)

15:00- Thika United vs Nzoia Sugar (Thika Sub-County Stadium)

Saturday September 2, 2017

15:00- Kakamega Homeboyz vs Sony Sugar ( Mumias Sports Complex)

15:00- Muhoroni Youth vs Western Stima (Muhoroni Grounds)

15:00- Nzoia Sugar vs Chemelil Sugar ( Sudi Stadium)

15:00- Nakumatt vs Muhoroni Youth (Ruaraka Grounds)

Wednesday September 27, 2017

14:00- Mathare United vs AFC Leopards (Afraha Stadium)

15:00- Gor Mahia vs Sofapaka ( Moi Stadium)

Saturday October 7, 2017

15:00- Sony Sugar vs Ulinzi Stars (Awendo Green Stadium)

15:00- Western Stima vs Bandari ( Moi Stadium)

15:00- Zoo Kercho vs Kakamega Homeboyz (Kericho Green Stadium)

Wednesday October 25, 2017

15:00- Ulinzi Stars vs Gor Mahia (Afraha Stadium)

15:00- Posta Rangers vs Thika United (Ruaraka Grounds)

 

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Two matches into the second leg of this season's Kenyan Premier League campaign, the league table is further stiffening up, with only six points separating the top four teams.

Club coaches, players and the technical benches are doing their best to ensure that maximum points are grabbed per game so as to end the season in the best position possible. The top positions are however a no man's land, with several teams interchanging places after every match, a result which might set up a tough duel towards the end of the campaign similar to 2012 when Tusker FC snatched the title from Gor Mahia on the last day of competition following the latter's draw with Thika United in their final match.

Posta Rangers, who are currently second on the log standings, are one of the teams who are very optimistic of claiming this year's title glory. The feat will however not come easily judging from how the league table presently is and their coach Sammy `Pamzo' Omollo is well aware of the competition that they will have undergo to fulfill their ambitions.

Speaking to KS, Pamzo expressed his views on the team that are likely to be crowned champions this year, listing four possible clubs that are strong title contenders.

``According to me, this year's title contenders are Tusker who are the defending champions, Posta Rangers, Ulinzi Stars and Gor Mahia. These are the four strong teams that are capable of lifting the trophy.''

``So if you want to win the league, you must pick points from these teams that are title contenders. On our side (Posta Rangers), we are aiming to pick maximum points against these teams so that we can be in a better position and atleast finish among the top places,'' he added.

Gor Mahia are currently at the top of the league table with 37 points, having played a match less than their closest rivals. Posta Rangers come in second with 33 points while defending champions Tusker FC sit third with 32 points. 

Sofapaka are fourth with 31 points, two more than Bandari who wrap up the top five positions. Ulinzi, who were also named by Pamzo as one of this year's title contenders, lie sixth overall with 29 points from 19 games.

 

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Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya is in no doubt that his team will rework back winning ways despite recent under-par performances which have seen them drop to eighth place in the league table.

The Kariobangi-based side is currently on a three-match winless streak, having drawn their last match against Zoo Kercho before losing 3-2 to the same side in a reverse fixture and then going down 2-1 to Kakamega Homeboyz in their last assignment. Muluya has however come to the protection of his players, insisting that losing is part of the game and they will do everything they can to return to winning ways. 

“No one can be on top forever, and losing is part of the game. In football you win some games and you lose some. That is normal. I think, so far my, team has performed beyond expectation. Losing just two consecutive matches shouldn’t be a matter of concern. We shall bounce back. Watch us,” he said.

Before the 3-2 loss to Zoo Kericho in their first second-leg match, Sharks had recorded an arguably best run in the league this season, going an impressive eleven matches without losing a single game. The loss to Zoo broke that run but Muluya is confident that they have picked vital lessons from the two losses and will be keen to improve on their mistakes. 

 “In both matches we were punished for our own mistakes, and we have picked lessons. That is more important. I don’t think you will see the boys wasting the kind of chances they wasted against Zoo for example. We know what we have to do and we will do it,” Muluya said. “The ferocious Shark will be back.”

Kariobangi Sharks' next league match is against Western Stima on Wednesday August 23 at Kenyatta Stadium.

 

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All matches for Round 20 of the Kenyan Premier League have been called off indefinitely by the  League governing council after consultations with club chairmen.

This decision was reached following the ongoing General Elections in which players, coaches, officials and technical staff had also travelled to various parts of the country to participate in the voting process. This in turn depleted the time that clubs were supposed to train for weekend matches that were scheduled to be played on 12th and 13th August.

The Kenyan Premier League governing  body took to its official website to inform Kenyans of the decisions, affirming that the abandoned matches will be rescheduled to later days. Below is their full statement on the postponement of week 20 matches:

Press release: Postponement of 2017 SportPesa Premier League round 20 matches

Following consultations with Chairmen of SportPesa Premier League Clubs, the 2017 SportPesa Premier League Season Round 20 matches have been postponed.

This is due to clubs lacking ample time to prepare and train for the matches as members of their technical staff and players had travelled to various parts of the country to vote during the General Elections which were held on Tuesday, 08 August 2017.

SportPesa Premier League matches will resume on Wednesday, 16 August 2017 with Round 21 matches.

The Round 20 matches will be rescheduled to new dates that will be communicated by the end of the week.

KENYAN PREMIER LEAGUE LIMITED

 

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