Dorian Marian will be the new AFC Leopards tactician replacing Briton Stewart Hall who has decided to part ways with the club.
The Romanian, Marian, has had stints in Uganda and also Ghana at club level. Besides that, the 56 year old tactician has overseen a number of national football teams among them Eritrea.
Kenyanstar has exclusively learnt that Stewart Hall had a hand in the appointment of the Romanian who was a front runner for the Sofapaka FC job in 2012. Besides that he was also one of 4 finalists who were set to take over the Egyptian national team job.
Marian is expected to continue with Stewart Hall's project at the club and hence the transition should be smooth.
Marian is further expected into the country anytime this week.
Multiple reliable sources within the club have told Kenyanstar that AFC Leopards is in the process of finalizing its transfer business that include among others Wesley Onguso and two highly rated internationals.
Indiscipline and suspect officiating continues to rock the Kenya premier League, and the man at the top continues to give the incidences a blind eye. Players and clubs have continued to display unbecoming conduct, and the trend is growing by the day.
The exit of broadcaster Supersport has delivered a mountain of issues to contend with, both on and off the pitch. Of key concern has been the decline in officiating standards and the fast rise of indiscipline cases.
Few weeks back, AFC Leopards tactician Stewart Hall was embroiled in a bitter exchange with Thika United players, and would exchange nasty words with a section of Thika players. The incident would then boil over to a nasty exchange between Hall and Thika player Sosthenes Idah. The two, would later mend fences with Hall giving the player Ksh.400 for ‘a beer.’ questions still linger; Why didn't the ref issue any caution or dismiss the coach? Did the match commissioner report the incidence? If so, why has KPL not acted?
In another contest, as Gor Mahia faced off with Kakamega Homeboyz, Gor Mahia shot stopper cynically tagged striker Wycliffe Ochomo who was headed for goal. The referee, Andrew Juma never acted on the same. No One was sent off, nor was a penalty awarded. Whether KPL reviewed the same or not, remains a mystery.
In Afraha, Joseph Mbugi was making the headlines for the wrong reasons. The Posta Rangers player had an agricultural tackle on AFC Leopards' Allan Katerega, and he rightfully got dismissed by referee George Mwai. The player, would walk off the field, but still remain close to the touchline and not the dressing room.
It only gets worse. Kariobangi Sharks defender Pascal Ogweno made the most of this filthy show, when after getting sent off, the player snatched the referee's card, and threw it. Michael Bodo, his teammate, tried to pick up the ref’s card, probably trying to cover up for Ogweno’s sins. The referee Moses Simiyu almost seemed overpowered on the scene, forcing Ogweno’s teammates to intervene. While KPL talked tough, the football federation and the national team selectors looked the other way. Less than a month after his actions, Ogweno was rewarded handsomely with a national team call up leaving the nation in shock.`
The trouble grew on. Muhoroni Youth and their chairman Moses Adagala were at the centre of controversy. After going down to a massive defeat at the hands of Nzoia, goons at Muhoroni Youth descended on a section of the Nzoia team, seriously injuring some of them. FKF through president Nick Mwendwa opted to ban the stadium. KPL in a quick rejoinder decided to ‘overrule’ FKF’s decision saying that the venue would still be used until the match report was assessed.
Just last weekend again, Gor Mahia and Thika United were caught in a tempered match, where both sides even traded blows. Interestingly, a player like Wellington Ochieng’ who clearly deserved a sent off, was just shown the yellow card.
These incidences continue to pile up, and although both KPL and FKF have expressed strong interest and desire to ensure discipline, the lack of match reviews, the national team call-up to Pascal Ogweno and the reign of a seemingly untouchable Moses Adagala, say otherwise.
He is a man of many faces. One of the continent’s most elite coaches, and a man worth his salt. His best exploits in Africa have probably been with Tanzania moneybags Azam, where he set up a fantastic team that gave bigwigs Simba and Yanga a challenge for their dominance.
After parting ways with Belgian Ivan Minnaert, and a disastrous season remainder overseen by Ezekiel Akwana, AFC Leopards set up a committee to interview and recommend the best tactician for the club ahead of the 2017 season. Speculation was rife that the club would go for experienced African coaches either from West Africa or Burundi. After running through various contracts and interviewing several applicants, the AFC Leopards committee settled on Stewart Hall.
On 19th October 2016, the club officially announced that Briton Stewart Hall would take over the reigns. The football nation, and the Den itself was thrown back in awe and wonder. Prior to Hall’s appointment, everyone would have put their head to Stewart Hall ever coaching the club. Not after a failed season, where they flirted with relegation. Hall arrived just in time to get everything flowing right.
Stewart Hall got to the Den, and set out his priorities. The management gave the tactician a free hand. The AFC Leopards Executive Committee further set out targets for the coach, which included a top three finish and a good run in the league cup..The coach recommended a bunch of players to the club and also picked his assistant, Dennis Kitambi a man with whom they had worked with at Azam.
In his plans for the season, Stewart Hall stated that he would be targeting a top five finish by end of June, and ensure that his side finished six points adrift the log leaders, as the worst case scenario. Hall further noted that an additional striker would bolster Leopard's run in the second Leg.
Then the season started brightly, with a 3-0 soaking of newbies Nakumatt. The Den got into a frenzy, everyone thought that the title was in sight, and Leopards were celebrating. The entire club got carried away. Stewart Hall remained cautious, murmuring loudly, “We are still way below the league’s big boys.”
After two or so rounds of wins, things started going south. To date, Leopards is yet to taste a victory in six outings.
Things started heading south for the Leopards when two of its key players Paul Kiongera and Dennis Sikhayi were injured. Having opted for a 3-5-2 formation at the start of the season, the absence of the duo hit Hall’s plan hard. He was left exposed with no proper backup. Defeats started flowing in.
In an interview with Kenyanstar after his side fell to Sofapaka in Machakos, Stewart Hall then admitted that his side had not planned for the injuries and there was need to give the boys time to develop. That was never music to the AFC Leopards fans. The sweet relationship with Hall, was getting bitter.
The derby against Gor Mahia was fast approaching. In an exclusive interview with Kenyanstar, Hall stated that his side was doing their best to win the match. He however, famously said that the derby would not really count much. “Kelele mingi sana.(Too much noise). It’s just any other three match with three points,” he said then.
His side was however, caught totally flat footed, played like amateurs, panicked under the crowd and picked the ball thrice from the net against Gor Mahia on derby day. The Leopard was subdued totally. Stewart Hall was agitated. In his post match address he blasted his players infamously referring to them as ‘scared rabbits.’ His side was battered on the pitch and psychologically. Although the run of defeats served to prepare Hall’s coffin, the Gor Mahia defeat hammered the last nail on it. Hall has suffered the greatest defeat in his career, and he could no take it anymore.
Defeats ran on. Hall would later inform the AFC Leopards Executive Committee that he would leave the club in June.
The big question however, lingers; - Was Stewart Hall always ready to leave Leopards the day he was appointed?
In his first address of the season in Limuru with Kenyanstar, Stewart Hall was asked if he was at Ingwe to stay. The tactician noted that, “I have principles and every time my principles are threatened, I leave,” adding, “Sometimes I have left jobs because they haven't been able to match the basic principles. I once signed a three- year contract as national team coach for a Caribbean country. I Left after six months. I did the qualifiers for the World Cup in South Africa 2010 and as soon as we were eliminated, I quit. I sat down with the president of the FA and he wondered why I was leaving, and I told him they were wasting their money. I can't do anything here. The players and facilities are not good enough. Why are you paying me when I cannot work with these facilities and players. You are wasting your money paying me big salaries yet you need to invest in balls and facilities? I Told them they were wasting their money. He thought I was crazy. If ever your philosophies and principles don't match mine, I leave.”
Hall’s statement at the start of the season, would be taken lightly by the fans. However, those words would seem to be fulfilled.
The Caribbean country Hall was referring to was St Vincent of Grenadine currently ranked 177th in the world. He quit the nation despite signing a three year contract.
Hall would then take up a job at Zanzibar, signing a 5-year contract. His stay there never went beyond a year, as he quit to join Azam.
At club level, he also had quit Pune FC of India, where he left saying, “When I came here, the club had already signed most of the players. I could only sign two foreign players and another Indian player. But I was not happy with the players I had and told the club so.”
Again, Hall would join Sofapaka. Then, Sofapaka was doing well and had deep pockets. Many expected he would transform the club a great deal. However, Azam came knocking again, with bigger offers, and he left. Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa told the Standard, “Azam have doubled his salary and other incentives apart from offering him a three-year contract. After consultations with the club’s leadership, it was agreed that he leaves by mutual consent. We do not intend to stand in his way as he seeks a better life elsewhere and wish him well.”
“We have agreed not to demand anything from him despite the fact that he is leaving in the middle of his contract.”
It is at Sofapaka, where he had his shortest stint as coach.
He even quit Azam. At the end of the 2015/2016 Vodacom Premier League season, which was his third spell in Tanzania, Hall stepped down as the Azam FC head coach, for failing to meet targets. He laid considerable blame on the football federation for always favouring Yanga and Simba.
Having suffered his greatest career defeat at Leopards and with the club not ready to invest heavily to get him the top players he wanted, Hall certainly felt that this was not his place. Interestingly, in an interview with Kenyanstar earlier, Hall had noted that his salary at Leopards was not even half of what he earned as bonus in Azam FC. In his own words, he was at Leopards to test his abilities and try succeed where there was little resources and no money. That statement left many questions lingering.
Weeks before that, Hall had been caught in the middle of tight places, where news filtered in that Tanzania giants Yanga were after his signature. The coach turned down the reports. However, Kenyanstar would speak to Hall’s agent George Bwana on the reported interest. George confirmed that indeed Hall was prime target for big clubs.
“I brought Stewart Hall to AFC Leopards late last year and he is on a two-year contract and want him to succeed at Leopards. While i was away in Zambia, I read the reports on the press that I was trying to destabilize Leopards .The truth is I got inquiries for Stewart Hall from a Tanzania club. That is very true. The contract that we have with AFC Leopards for Stewart Hall is such that, there is an exit clause. That goes for every contract. When that club made inquiries, I explained to them that they shouldn't talk to the coach because he has a contract and a job to do. Having had a good start, I told Hall that we wouldn't wish to antagonize his stay at Leopards. The coach will stay because he has a contract with AFC Leopards. However, if whoever wants Hall can meet the release clauses that are agreeable to the AFC management, then we will deal. For now, Stewart Hall is an AFC Leopards coach. He has interests not just from Tanzanian clubs, but also outside Tanzania. There are several other inquiries. Stewart is a big coach,” he said.
Again, George’s statements put a question mark on Hall’s future.
In another exclusive interview with Kenyanstar, three days to the derby against Gor Mahia, Stewart Hall shockingly admitted that he had massive interest from outside the country, and that he had received immense pressure from his family.
“When I came to Leopards, my wife was so agitated and that she almost divorced me. She thought I was crazy,” he said, adding, “Yes, there is massive interest from all around the world, not just Africa. Infact, I currently have an offer from North America and my wife would pack my suitcase now if she heard I am going there. She is excited about moving there too. However, I currently love Nairobi. My home is fantastic, it’s a cool place and I love the weather too,” When pressed further to comment on his future, he smiled away. Probably, this meant that it was no longer a matter of if, but when. Eventually, when was June.
Finally, Hall is set to exit the club, six months into his two-year contract. What now? Kenyanstar has reliably learnt that Hall has indicated that the Tusker tie in Meru will be his final match in charge, and that he has already advised the club on what areas to boost, ahead of the second leg as he ends his short stay in Nairobi and departs to move with his family. That’s it.
AFC Leopards will stick to their short and long term objectives set late last year despite the impending exit of main architect, Coach Stewart Hall.
Highly placed Sources at the club have intimated that Leopards will still target a top five finish in the current season while developing a squad to compete in subsequent league seasons. This is in fact informing the process to replace Hall with the felines preferring a candidate who will make no recruitment demands out of a carefully crafted two year plan.
Ingwe is targeting to recruit a maximum of four more players in the June transfer window to beef up their squad for a top five finish.
Leopards had a good start to the league with four wins and a draw in the first six matches but has seen their fortunes dwindle with no win in the last six matches.
Speculation is rife that the impending departure of the English Man might have gotten to the players head but Hall will still be in charge when Leopards play Champions, Tusker FC this weekend.
Gor Mahia coach Marcelo `Ze Maria’ Ferreira has criticized Thika United for their time wasting tactics in the second half of their match which ended in a 1-1 draw on Sunday 21 May at the Stadium. Thika were leading for a better part of the game until the final minutes when Godfrey Walusimbi earned a point for Ko’galo with a sublime free kick.
In Ze Maria’s view, Thika United wasted a lot of time in the second half and he felt that the referee should have added more than five minutes at the end of the match. ``I feel that the referee should have added more than just five minutes at the end of regular time. Thika were always on the ground during the second half. They didn’t play at all, just wasting time. I think we played only 35 minutes in the second half.’’
Ze Maria also believed that his team should have killed the match in the first half but his strikers were unlucky to get a goal. ``We created many chances and should have won the match in the first half, but the strikers were not lucky.’’
Gor Mahia are at the summit of the table standings with twenty six points, two more than second-placed Ulinzi Stars. They have so far won eight, drawn and lost two apiece in the twelve matches that they have played.
AFC Leopards head coach Stewart Hall blamed his side’s missed chances in their 1-0 defeat to Kakamega Homeboyz on Saturday 20 May. A solitary goal by former Leopards striker Mohammed Dialo was enough to condemn Hall’s charges to their fifth loss of the season.
The loss also took Ingwe’s winless streak to six matches, one of the worst runs from any team this season. Speaking after the match, Hall said that his side did not deserve to lose and blamed it on the numerous goal-scoring chances that were missed.
``We played well, but as usual, we missed many scoring chances. We deserved to have scored at least a goal, maybe more. We did not deserve to lose.’’
Leopards had started the season remarkably, winning four of their first six league fixtures and were widely seen as this year’s title competitors. A dip in form has however seen Stewart Hall linked with an exit from the club, with numerous clubs said to be interested in the former Azam tactician. Ingwe are currently 11th on the log with fifteen points from twelve matches.
Nzoia United coach Bernard Mwalala was elated that his boys finally got a much-needed win after thrashing Muhoroni Youth 3-0 on Saturday 20 May.
The win comes a week after the coach had lamented on his side’s 1-0 loss to Gor Mahia, alleging that they had lost unfairly to the league leaders. ``Against Gor Mahia we lost unfairly and the players were very disheartened by that, which is why I am very happy that they won this time.’’
Mwalala also praised his team’s overall performance in their match against Muhoroni, particularly the strikers who he termed as exceptional. ``Every department played according to instructions and the strikers were exceptional.
Although he was satisfied by the number of goals that they scored, he noted that they had the chance and capability to score even more goals. ``I think we could easily have scored five goals but the 3-0 result is still satisfactory.’’
Nzoia United are currently in 9th position after gathering sixteen points from twelve matches and their next match is against Sofapaka.
Mathare United coach Francis Kimanzi had mixed reactions after seeing his side fall 2-0 to Tusker on Saturday 20 May. Although he expressed his frustration from losing three consecutive matches, he believed that they created a number of chances but it was just not their day.
``This is the third consecutive loss and it is not good at all. The players created chances…It was just not our day,’’ said the former Tusker tactician.
Mathare United have actually lost four matches in a row and have only registered two wins in the twelve matches they have played since the start of the season. They sit 17th on the table with nine points, one place above the last position of the league.
Tusker FC coach George Nsimbe has appreciated his players’ efforts and commitment in their recent games, which has seen them rise rapidly in the table standings of the Kenyan Premier League. The Brewers started this season unexpectedly, losing two of their first league matches including a 5-2 thumping by new boys Nzoia United.
They however picked up from there and have not lost a match since, winning all six of their last matches. They have also moved from the bottom positions to 3rd in the table, locked on points with second place Ulinzi Stars and two adrift of leaders Gor Mahia.
``We are in a good place right now. The players have been very dedicated and the results are there to be seen. We kept a clean sheet today…Good,’’ said Nsimbe after their 2-0 win against Mathare United. Up next for them is a match against a struggling AFC Leopards side, who have not won six matches.
Posta Rangers tasted defeat for the first time this season after going down 1-0 in the hands of Ulinzi Stars on Saturday 20 May. Rangers coach Sammy `Pamzo’ Omollo was however not fazed at all by the defeat, saying that he knew that their unbeaten run would obviously come to an end along the road.
``I don’t know why people are surprised (by Ulinzi’s 1-0 loss). I knew that our unbeaten run would come to an end at one point this season.’’
Pamzo however chose to dwell on the positives from the match and look forward to their next assignment, which is a game against league leaders Gor Mahia.
``It has happened but it is not the end of the road. Infact, the defeat may be a blessing in disguise because it has exposed our weaknesses and mistakes, which we will work on before we meet Gor Mahia in our next match.”
Rangers weekend’s loss means that they have now gone three matches without a win, having drawn two matches prior to the defeat. They are currently in 4th position in the league table with twenty three points.
Thika United coach Nicholas Muyoti is delighted with the recent performance of his side’s defense. Speaking after the match against Gor Mahia, Muyoti was quick to note improvements in Thika United’s backline especially in the last two games, where they drew 0-0 with Kakamega Homeboyz before a 1-1 draw with league leaders Gor Mahia.
``We are doing very well in defense. We have conceded just one goal in two games and it was from a free kick (against Gor Mahia). We are now becoming hard to break down.’’
The coach, who has only been at the helm for three matches since being promoted to the head coach role, was also satisfied with his team’s draw against Gor Mahia on Sunday 21 May.
`` I don’t think we have dropped two points today. While we had a good chance to win the game, it is also important to note that we were away from home and coming out with a point is good. All the players did extremely well today.’’ Muyoti also singled out Mwinyi Kibwana for his contribution and goal, and even went on to name him as his man-of-the-match. ``Mwinyi Kibwana was my man-of-the-match and I admire the confidence he had when he was scoring our goal.’’
Thika United are currently on an eight-game winless run, the most of any team in the Premier League this season. In the eight matches, they have drawn three and lost a massive five. Since Muyoti took charge, the team has lost once and recorded two consecutive draws.
They currently lie 16th on the table after collecting nine points from twelve games and up next for them is a game against Muhoroni Youth.
Nakumatt FC registered their fourth win of the Kenyan Premier League after overcoming Chemelil Sugar 2-1 on Sunday 21 May in Ruaraka.
Nakumatt had the first chance in the 10th minute, Aswani setting up Kiasavuki but the latter was already in an offside position. Ten minutes later, Kepha Aswani gave Nakumatt the lead after he headed home a corner. Chemelil then had two corners in quick succession shortly afterwards but were futile.
Just one minute into the second half, Eugene Ambulwa doubled the lead for Nakumatt, heading home a Nzuki free kick. In the 65th minute, Chemelil got a consolation goal, Mwita and Echesa combining very well for Mwita to tap in the ball. Chemelil then pressed hard in search of an equalizer but were unable to find one. The result takes Chemelil’s number of losses this season to four and they now sit 12th in the table standings while Nakumatt move to 10th with sixteen points.
Sony Sugar vs Western Stima
At the Awendo Stadium, Sony Sugar made the most out their home advantage to thrash Western Stima 2-0. Sony lost a good chance in the 14th minute, Marwa shooting into the hands of the goalkeeper after receiving a good pass from Boniface Muchiri. He however compensated for the miss in the 26th minute to give Sony the lead.
Sony were awarded a penalty in the 62nd minute after Muchiri was broth down by Victor Oduor and Amos Asambeka duly converted from the spot to duple the hosts’ lead. Western Stima were unable to pressure Sony Sugar and the match ended 2-0. Sony Sugar are now in 13th place with fourteen points Western Stima now occupy thre last place of the table with nine points
Gor Mahia missed the chance to go four points clear at the top of the table after they were forced to a 1-1 draw by Thika United on Sunday 21 May at the Nyayo Stadium.
Gor Mahia was confident coming into the match following three consecutive wins while Thika United were hungry to get something out of the clash. Gor Mahia started the match on a high note and Wellington Ochiend had a chance inside the box in the 12th minute but his shot was blocked by Christopher Oruchum. For minutes later, Thika had their first chance of the game through Shami Kibwana but his shot was forced out of play by Boniface Oluoch. Gor Mahia were dominating the game but it is Thika who were first to find the back of the net in the 28th minute, Shami Kibwana racind down the left flank and beating two Gor defenders to finish the ball into an empty net with Oluoch out of his line. The goal took Thika to the break leading 1-0.
Ze Maria was forced to ring changes early in the second half, bringing in Jacques Tuyisenge, Anthony Mbugua and Godfrey Walusimbi for Francis Kahata, Meddie Kagere and Jean Baptiste respectively. Tuyisenge almost made an immediate impact in the 50th minute but his shot was way over the bar. Gor were now dominating the game, Oruchum and Anthony Mbugua having chances in quick succession. Saad Musa had the chance to double Thika’s lead shortly before the hour mark after being teed up by Kibwana who had beaten several defenders but Musa shot directly at goal.
Gor Mahia were given a penalty in the 63rd minute after a foul on Timothy Otieno inside the box but he was denied by the goalkeeper, maintaining the scores at 1-0. Ko’galo finally got an equalizer in the 83rd minute, substitute Walusimbi curling in a beautiful free kick from the right flank. There was drama in the 87th minute after the game was stopped following protests from both teams, with Wellington Ochiendg and Sammy Mejja earning yellow cards for their scuffle. After resumption, Boniface produced a good save once again to deny Shamiwinyi a goal.
The match ended in a 1-1 draw and the result takes Gor Mahia’s point tally to twenty six, maintain the top spot of the table. Thika United on the other hand move from bottom place to 16th with nine points.
Stephen Wauru’s lone goal was enough to condemn Posta Rangers to their first loss of the season in a match played on Sunday 21 May at the Afraha Stadium.
Ulinzi had come into on a good run, having won three back to back fixtures while Rangers had drawn in two of their last league matches. Ulinzi had intent from the first minutes of the game, with Rangers defense being forced to clear the danger off the line after Samwel Onyango had headed Kipruto’s cross. In the 42nd minute, Mike Otieno picked the ball from a weak Matasi punch but could only manage to shoot over the bar. Ulinzi keeper Jacktone Odhiambo produced a superb save to deny the mailmen a goal after Obwoge’s shot was deflected. The two teams went into the break level.
Five minutes into the second half, Stephen Waruru was the man to give Ulinzi the lead once again after Rangers defended an Ulinzi corner very poorly. The cleared ball found Kokoyo, whose effort hit the upright and found Waruru to nod home his seventh goal of the season. Rangers were almost on the receiving end once again in the 55th minute after Daniel Waweru’s free kick found Kokoyo, who wasted no time in heading the ball towards Waruru but the latter was adjudged to be offside.
Waweru had the chance to get Ulinzi’s second goal in the 70th minute but his shot went wide. After that, none of the teams produced a clear chance and after the final whistle, Ulinzi went home with three crucial points. They now move to 2nd position in the Premier league table with twenty four points while Posta Rangers slide to 4th with twenty three points.
Gor Mahia and Thika United clash on Sunday 21 May, 2017 at the Nyayo Stadium from 16:00 . The league leaders will be eyeing the three points at stake so as to cement the top spot.
The two teams have had contrasting fortunes this season, Gor Mahia sitting at the summit of the Premier League table while Thika United are languishing in bottom place. Ko’glao have won all three of their last fixtures while Thika United are winless in their last six matches. Thika United will however give all in their power as they try finding a way to get out of the last position.
Speaking to the club, Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria said that they are going into the match with only one aim as always; bag all the three points. He however noted that Thika will not be an easy side especially given the uncomfortable position they are in, but insisted that Ko’galo is very ready for them. The two sides have met six times in the last year, Gor winning four of them and drawing twice. Gor Mahia have scored a massive twenty one goals this season, conceding nine in the process. Thika on the other hand have recorded the exact opposite, scoring nine and conceding twenty one goals.
Ulinzi Stars welcome unbeaten Posta Rangers at the Afraha Stadium on Sunday 21 May 2017, and will seek nothing short of a win from the tricky fixture. Ulinzi will however be without Brian Birgen, who was red carded in their last match.
A win for the Soldiers will see them leapfrog Posta to second place, which is momentarily held by Tusker. The win will also inflict the first loss of the season to Posta, who have not lost since the start of the season. It will however be one of the toughest fixture they have played in this season, as scoring against Rangers has been a rare thing to do. Rangers have only conceded three goals in eleven matches. Ulinzi are however up to the task and are one of the high scoring teams so far, having netted an impressive seventeen goals. They also have the league’s current top scorer Stephen Waruru, who has six goals to his name and will be looking to add to his tally today.
Both teams have recorded six wins so far, Rangers with five draws and Ulinzi with three draws and two losses. Both teams have also equally shared the wins, three victories coming at home while the other three have been won away. The teams have met six times in the last five years, with Ulinzi coming out on top on three occasions while Rangers have only won once. Two matches have ended in a draw.
Ulinzi Starting XI: Jacktone Odhiambo, Cyrus Shitote, Geofrey Kokoyo, Hassan Mohammed, Oliver Ruto, Boniface Onyango, Churchill Muloma, Daniel Waweru, Mike Otieno, Stephen Waruru, Samuel Onyango
Subs: James Saruni, Alex Masinde, Hamisi Abdalla, John Kago, Evans Amwoka, Enosh Ochieng Oscar Wamalwa
Sofapaka were held to a goalless draw by Kariobangi Sharks on Saturday May 20 at the Narok Stadium. This was their first match in the stadium, which they intend on using it for their home games.
Michael Bado saved Sharks from going down in the 12th minute by clearing a Sofapaka corner that seemed to be going in and in the 43rd minute, Sofapaka’s free kick on goal was punched to safety by Oyiemba. None of the teams were able to hit the target in the second half and the result leaves Sofapaka in 6th place with nineteen points while Sharks are 5th with twenty points.
At the Kericho Green Stadium, Zoo Kericho striker Bernard Odhiambo produced a stellar performance to ensure a 3-2 victory against Bandari.
Odhiambo got his first goal of the day on the 20th minute, before netting his second five minutes later with a well taken strike. Enock Agwanda pulled one back for the visitors to make the scores 2-1 at half time. Three minutes into the second half, Odhiambo all but confirmed his hat-trick with a third goal for Zoo to make the scores 3-1. Shaban Kenga reduced the deficit for Bandari with a goal in the 73rd minute, but the visitors were unable to find an equalizer. This is Zoo’s third win of the campaign which takes them to 13th position with twelve points. The loss is Bandaris second in a row and they go to 7th place with seventeen points.
Mohammed Dialo’s second half goal was enough to hand Leopards their fifth loss of the season on Saturday May 20 at the Mumias Sports Complex.
Homeboyz showed that they meant business from the start of the game, Meshack Karani trying from long range in the 2nd minute but his effort was off target. The hosts had a clear chance to go ahead in the 21st minute after a mix up in the Leopards defense but Bai shot the ball over the bar.
Hall then made a huge decision four minutes later to take off Kiongera and brought in Marcellus Ingotsi. Karani was on the wasteful end again at the half hour mark shooting over the bar and three minutes later, Leopards had their first chance but Isuza and Fiamenyo made very little out of it.
Ingwe started settling into the game and in the 35th minute, Mangoli’s free kick was saved by Juma. Shortly afterwards, Robinson Kamura unleashed a long range strike but Juma was equal to the task, punching it out for a corner.
Two minutes into the second half, Leopards almost went ahead but Isuza’s header hit the crossbar, with Homeboyz keeper well beaten. Mohammed Dialo came in for Wycliffe Ochomo in the 57th minute and showed the coach that he had made the right choice by scoring the all-important goal in the 79th minute.
The goal was enough to give the hosts all three points and enable Homeboyz leapfrog their rivals in the Premier league table, going to 8th position with seventeen points while Leopards slide to 10th with fifteen points. They however could go further down depending on Sunday’s results. The loss takes Leopards’ winless streak to six matches.
Nzoia United downed Muhoroni Youth by three goals in Round 12 of the Kenyan Premier League on Saturday 20 May at the Muhoroni Sports Complex.
Muhoroni’s problems started in the 23rd minute after keeper Gradus Ochieng was booked for handling the ball outside the penalty box, with Nzoia being given the free kick.
Boniface Omondi had the first chance for Nzoia in the 28th minute but his attempt went over the bar. Eight minutes later, the visitors went ahead courtesy of an own goal from Tom Adwar who directed Omondi’s e=shot into his own net.
Nzoia got their second goal of the day at the half hour mark after Masita Masuta beat the off-side trap set by Muhoroni’s defenders to put the ball past Gradus. Ten minutes later, play was stopped briefly after the fans were involved in a scuffle.
After match resumption, Boniface O mondi all but sealed the win for Nzoia with a goal in the 87th minute. The result takes Nzoia’s point tally to sixteen, while
AFC Leopards will undoubtedly have to work extra hard in match day twelve to turn around the bad results they have been registering in their last five matches. They face rivals Kakamega Homeboyz on Saturday 20 May 2017, at the Mumias Sports Complex from 15:00.
AFC Leopards have only picked two out of a possible fifteen points from their last five matches, an outcome that has not been taken well by their supporters. They hope to pick all three points in Mumias but it will not be a walk in the park, judging from their last visit there where they were thumped 4-1 by Homeboyz. They are currently placed eighth on the table standings and their previous form has seen coach Stewart Hall linked to an exit from the club, having been in charge for less than six months.
On the Premier League table, Kakamega Homeboyz follow Ingwe closely behind in tenth place. They have amassed fourteen points, one less than Leopards. They have recently been registering mixed results, picking a win, a draw and a loss in their last three league fixtures. They are however well known for upsetting `big’ teams and if Leopards are not cautious enough, they will be the next victims.
The two sides have met four times over the last three years, Homeboyz recording one win while Leopards boast of three victories. That is however the past and only Saturday’s performance will determine who goes home with the last smile.
Sofapaka are set to entertain Kariobangi Sharks on Saturday 20 May, 2017 at the Narok Stadium. This will be the first Kenyan Premier League match to be staged in this stadium.
The hosts will miss the services of Charles Okwemba, who was ruled out after developing abdominal pains earlier in the week. Also missing is forward Dennis Wafula. The two teams have never met in the top-tier league before, and both have posted an almost similar performance this season. Kariobangi Sharks is 5th on the table with nineteen points while Sofapaka trails closely behind with eighteen points, placing them in sixth place.
Kariobangi Sharks however have the most impressive run in recent matches, having won three of their last league games and are unbeaten in five. Sofapaka on the other hand bounced back from two consecutive losses to register a 1-0 win over Chemelil Sugar last weekend. The match kick off time is 15:00.
Squad 1. Mathias Kigonya (GK) 2. Juma Reuben (GK) 3. Edmond Kwanya 4. George Maelo 5. Ezekiel Okare 6. Johnson Bagoole 7. Mike Odour 8. Brian Dayo Magonya 9. James Kasibante 10. Samuel Mutiria 11. Jonathan Mugabi 12. Mohammed Kilume 13. Maurice Odipo 14. Salim Jaffari Gichuki 15. Wanok Pate 16. Charles Pilipili Melubo 17. Paul Odhiambo 18. Kennedy Odour
AFC Leopards head coach Stewart Hall is on his way out of the Club, Kenyanstar can confirm.
AFC Leopards head coach Stewart Hall will be leaving AFC Leopards SC less than four months in the season and less than a year after he took reigns at the Club.
Reliable source at the Club told Kenyanstar that the English coach is leaving the Club, a fact they have to content with even as the side seeks stability on the pitch.
Hall will be heading to Canada to join his family and will only see the side through the Kakamega Homeboyz and Tusker matches.
The Club has already settled on a replacement but our quest to get the details were futile after the source told us that he is someone vast with African leagues and they will be revealing who it is soon.
Stewart Hall had signed a two year contract with AFC Leopards late last year and had intimated that he was keen on building a lasting project at the Club and went on to restructure the playing unit to fit his philosophy.
The Kenyan Premier League together with other stakeholders in the sports industry have pleaded with the government to review the proposed 50% tax on the gaming industry as stipulated in the Finance Bill 2017, which is currently before Parliament.
In a Press Conference held at the Sarova Stanley Hotel, various heads of Sports bodies outlined the effects of implementation of the proposed Bill, while also giving their suggestions. Among those in attendance were Head of Operations at Extreme Sports Athanas Obala, Chief Executive Officer of Football Kenya Federation Robert Muthomi, Chief of Operations at Kenya Premier League Frank Okoth, Chief Executive Officer at the Kenya Rugby Union Richard Omwela among others.
``If the proposal is enacted, it will wipe off huge investments in infrastructure, marketing, sports sponsorships, investments and other effects,’’ said Muthomi. He also confirmed that FKF is engaging the government to find a lasting solution that will result in a win-win situation for both parties.
Frank Okoth echoed Muthomi’s sentiments, saying that it would cause a collapse in the league. ``It (the Bill) is going to mean total collapse in the league because clubs will have no money to pay their players. The league is less one sponsor and if the betting firms go, it is the players who will widely suffer and that is why we are pleading with the government to protect investors.’’
AFC Leopards Chairman Dan Mule was also in attendance, and urged for more discussions to try and find an amicable solution. ``As a club, we want to encourage more discussions to allow a better oversight and encourage local investors.’’
``We came together to plead with the government to reconsider the matter because it is going to negatively affect our community clubs which have benefited from sponsorships by these companies,’’ said Isaac Kones, who was representing Nakuru All Stars.
It is waited to see how the government will react to this huge statement from the sports bodies.
AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia sponsorships are at risk following reports that their shirt sponsor Sportpesa plans to review their engagement with the two sides among them a possible termination of their sponsorships.
Kenyanstar has learnt that betting giants will reduce or withdraw their sponsorship with AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia if the government goes ahead to implement the 50% tax regulation.
During the 2017/18 budget presentation in March, the government proposed a sharp hike in taxation on betting, lottery and gambling from the current 7.5% to 50%. Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards, two of the biggest clubs in Kenya, are now at risk of losing sponsors which might lead to very many problems including lack of payment of player wages, lack of transport and training facilities, losing players to other clubs among other things.
SportPesa has been sponsoring the two teams since 2016 and prior to that sponsorship, both clubs had no sponsors and were enduring a lot of difficulties.
SportPesa have in the past shown seriousness in their words, having suspended its sponsorship of Gor Mahia aqnd AFC Leopards in mid-last year due to hooliganism. After some time, they re-instated the sponsorship deals following a reduction in the vice.
Other sports bodies at risk include KPL and Rugby Union.
Current Kenyan Premier League top scorer Stephen Waruru is back to the national team fold after being included in the 26-man list named by coach Stanley Okumbi to face Angola in an International friendly set for Sunday 4 June, 2017 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.
Waruru has so far scored six goals to place himself on the top of scorers chart and will be joined by teammate Daniel Waweru, who earned his maiden call-up to the national team. Other new players called to Harambee Stars are Tusker defender Marlon Tangauzi, who has displayed good performances this season and Wazito FC striker Joseph Waithera. The players are expected to report to camp on May 28.
Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia), James Saruni (Ulinzi Stars), Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers)
Bolton Omwenga (Kariobangi Sharks), Haron Shakava (Gor Mahia), Titus Achesa (Posta Rangers), Jockins Otieno Atudo (Posta Rangers), Mayeko Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Pascal Ogweno (Kariobangi Sharks), Robinson Mwangi Kamura (AFC Leopards), Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers), Wilkison Marlon Tangauzi (Tusker)
Ovella Ochieng (Kariobangi Sharks), Daniel Waweru (Ulinzi Stars), Duncan Otieno (AFC Leopards), Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Jackson Macharia (Tusker), Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia), Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi Stars), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Victor Majid (Chemelil Sugar)
Boniface Muchiri (Sony Sugar), Daniel Mwaura (Mathare United), Joseph Waithera (Wazito FC), Masita Masuta (Nzoia Sugar), Masoud Musa (Kariobangi Sharks)
Sofapaka striker, Paul Odhiambo, intends to set up a football academy in his home town of Butere in Kakamega County. Odhiambo has told Kenyanstar that there are more talents where he comes from but luck nurturing, something he would like to take up.
"That is my long term plan. When i finally stop playing football, I would like to mentor and nurture talent in Butere so that I'm not the last football player from the region"
"I got my opportunity at a very tender age through a program courtesy of Mr. Odera[Head Teacher, Butere Boys High School] and i know kids from this area can grow to unprecedented heights should we direct our energies in the right direction"
"Right now I'm collecting training material for kids from my earnings and a few well wishers. My plan is to engage head teachers from three main primary schools in the region and have something going from October this year"
"I'm counting on a lot of Support from my good friend Mr. Odera since he's on the ground but the initial intention will be to give the kids basic training and early exposure to football. Over time, we will grow into a full-fledged academy and give Butere youth an alternative career path."
Odhiambo has become a dependable player for the high flying SOFAPAKA FC with three goals and three assists so far this season and is expected to star again when SOFAPAKA play Kariobangi Sharks in Naivasha this weekend.
Ulinzi Stars face a tricky match on Sunday against Posta Rangers and head Benjamin Nyangweso has revealed that the team is motivated especially after their recent impressive run which has seen them win three consecutive matches.
He also revealed that goalkeeper Jacktone Odhiambo, who was stretchered off during Ulinzi's 2-1 win against Muhoroni Youth, returned to training on Tuesday and has been declared fit for their upcoming match. ``Apart from a few knocks, everyone is okay. There is no serious injury...We are looking at having some good recovery especially after the tough run of fixtures we had last week. I am very hopeful we will be back to full energy this weekend.''
Kenyan Premier League reigning champions Tusker FC have concluded the signing of Kezironi Kizito. This comes days after another Ugandan Shaffik Batambuze agreed to leave Tusker for Singida United, who recently earned promotion to the Ugandan Premier League.
The 18-year old winger has reportedly agreed to a three-year deal with the Brewers, a pact effective from June 2017. The move will end Kizito's two-year spell with Ugandan side Vipers SC. Speaking on the matter, Tusker coach George Nsimbe was delighted to capture Kizito's signing, insisting that they have already identified areas that need strengthening once the June transfer opens. ``Definitely we've identified areas to strengthen when the mid-season transfer window opens. We need both a left-back and a winger since Batambuze is leaving. We only got him and Abdul (Hassan) at the moment but we also need a striker to help Wanga (Allan).''
``We've identified Kizito. He's a good winger with speed and plays in the senior national team which should be a good capture for us. I have worked with him in Uganda both at club and national team level so I know his potential,'' said Nsimbe on Kizito.
Kenyan Betting Firm SportPesa have agreed a partnership deal with Tanzanian giants Yanga SC, which will see the company sponsor Yanga for the next five years. The club will now have the name SporPesa printed in front of their shirts.
The deal is reportedly worth 5 Billion Tanzanian shillings for the five years and it surpasses a deal that agreed upon by SportPesa and their rivals Simba SC, which was worth 4.96 Billion TZS. Yanga will now be receiving 950 Million TZS annually. The deal will also see the club pocket 100 Million TZS in bonuses if they clinch the title. In the International scene, Yanga will pocket 250 Million TZS if they win the Kagame Cup, which is competed by clubs from East and Central Africa.
SportPesa have now sponsored Gor Mahia (Kenya), AFC Leopards (Kenya), Yanga SC (Tanzania) and Simba SC (Tanzania). The firm has also sponsored two English clubs; Everton and Hull Ciy.
Bandari FC have released Kenyan International midfielder Anthony ``Muki’’ Kimani. While speaking to kpl.co.ke, coach Nkata said that the player has been granted indefinite leave from the club. He has however not officially been struck off the team’s records.
Kimani has reportedly gotten a job at Bandari’s mother company Kenya Ports Authority, a job not related to football. ``If a player gets such a job, it is difficult for him to concentrate in football. Especially because he stands to gain a lot from his new job as he looks ahead to his life outside the sport. That, together with the fact that he is approaching his sunset years in as far as his football career is concerned, is the reason we made the decision to let him go so that he can concentrate on one thing,’’ a club official said.
Nkata however admitted that his team could have done better with Kimani’s services, and said that he is welcomed to the club at any time. ``It is, however, for the better because he is not stranded. He is still part of the club and he can come back whenever he wants to. He is still in the club records.’’
Posta Rangers coach Sammy `Pamzo’ Omollo is the Fidelity Insurance coach the month for April. This was revealed in a brief ceremony at the Camp Toyoyo Grounds on Wednesday, his first similar award this season.
Pamzo was handed the award after guiding his side to four wins and two draws in April. Posta Rangers started off April with a1-1 draw against Kakamega Homeboyz before snatching a 1-0 win over Western Stima, 1-0 win over Mathare United, 1-0 win over Kariobangi Sharks, 1-0 win over Sony Sugar and ending the month with a 1-1 draw with AFC Leopards. Pamzo received a trophy, Ksh. 75000 and an extra Ksh. 50000 will go to the club.
Ulinzi Stars head coach Benjamin Nyangweso was delighted with his side's weekend 2-1 win over Muhoroni Youth, a result which took their point tally to twenty one, four adrift of league leaders Gor Mahia. The Soldiers have now won all three of their last league fixtures.
``We played quite well in that match, especially noting that it was our third game within a week. We only lost out a bit late on after Brian's red card but overall, I was pleased with the win,'' Nyangweso said about the win.
In the match, keeper Jacktone Odhiambo was stretchered off at the start of the second half but the coach expects him to be fit for this weekend's tie against Posta Rangers. ``It wasn't such a major injury and we will assess him when we return to training on Tuesday. Hopefully he will be okay to get back to training.''
Tusker FC coach George Nsimbe is pleased with his side's commitment in the recent matches that they have played. Tusker overcame Sony Sugar 2-1 in Ruaraka to take their winning streak to five consecutive matches, a performance which has taken them to the fourth position in the Premier League table.
Nsimbe was a happy man after their most recent win. ``It was not an easy match. We came all the way from Kericho and trained twice for the match and managed to collect maximum points. The fighting spirit shows that we are competing and not just participating in the league.''
Tusker's next assignment is an away match against Mathare United, who are winless in their last three league matches.
Thika United coach Nicholas Muyoti is optimistic that he will have a full squad to choose from when his side face Gor Mahia on Sunday 21 May,2017 at the Nyayo National Stadium.
Muyoti, who oversaw his second match as Thika United's head coach after being elevated to the post, was forced to make five changes in their previous goalless draw against Muhoroni Youth due to injuries. Keeper Boniface Barasa, captain Dennis Odhiambo, Said Tsuma, Baraka Badi and Chris Oruchum were all sidelined with injuries, which a big blow to the coach in terms of team selection. Muyoti was however happy with the result and the point. ``We are grateful for the one point although we would have enjoyed three points better but we shall build from there.''
``We have suffered a lot of injuries of late and made big changes in the playing unit but my prayer is to have a fully fit squad to choose from against Gor Mahia, and I know we shall be prepared,'' he added. Thika United currently languish at the bottom of the table with eight points, having only registered two wins this season.
English Premier League side Everton have announced a club record, five-year shirt sponsorship with Kenyan betting firm Sporpesa. This is the biggest sponsorship deal in the club’s history.
Sportpesa will now replace Chang Beer on the front of Everton’s shirts from next season, for the next five years. This is the second English club that SportPesa are sponsoring, with Hull City also being sponsored by the online betting giants. SportPesa will set up new European headquarters in Liverpool, a move which will create over 70 jobs.
Speaking at the club’s AGM in January, Everton Chief Executive Officer Robert Elstone confirmed that the club would secure £75 million from their new shirt sponsors. SporPesa has experienced rapid growth since its inception in 2014 and is the sponsor of the Kenyan Premier League, two Kenyan league clubs, the Kenyan rugby team, Hull City and now Everton.
Gilbert Fiamenyo and Allan Katreegga started from the bench in Leopards’ 1-1 draw with Zoo Kericho on Sunday 14 May. Fiamenyo later came on to equalize and salvage a point for Ingwe, prompting assistant coach Dennis Kitambi to explain that decision of benching the two significant players after the match. He stated that the move was a disciplinary measure taken against the Fiamenyo and Kateregga after their physical brawl in Leopards’ midweek match against Sony Sugar.
Speaking on behalf of coach Stewart Hall, who eluded the press, Kitambi lauded the players’ efforts but insisted that there was still work to be done. ``We played well and this is a morale booster especially coming from two losses. We however still have big concerns on set-pieces. This is the fourth straight game that we have conceded from a set-piece….that means we have to work on the set-piece situations.’’
``Otherwise I think the boys played well in the first twenty minutes, but started the second half very badly. Once the opponent scored, the boys became too nervy and couldn’t keep the ball down. We shall build on this result,’’ he added
In the game, Leopards also saw a change in formation, from their recent 3-5-2 to 4-3-3 and Kitambi attributed that to lack of the personality to effectively play 3-5-2. Leopards currently sit in 8th position with fifteen points from eleven matches.
Tusker FC registered their fifth consecutive win after overcoming Sony Sugar 2-1 at Ruaraka on Sunday 14 May 2017.
Michael Khamati had a chance in the 21st minute with a first time shot at goal but his effort went narrowly wide. Macharia and Mieno combined nicely in the 27th minute in attack but Macharia’s shot wide. Tusker FC finally got a goal in the 38th minute through Allan Wanga, who took a shot from long range. The ball hit the crossbar and bounced right behind keeper Kevin Omondi, prompting protests from Sony players who complained that the ball had not crossed the line but the referee decided otherwise and awarded Tusker the goal.
Khamati doubled Tusker’s lead in the 61st minute, slotting in a low shot past Omondi. Sony got a consolation goal from the spot in the 77th minute Situma brought down Muchiri. Asembeka converted it to make the scores 2-1, but his goal was not enough for Sony to salvage anything.
AFC Leopards played to a 1-1 draw with Premier League newcomers Zoo Kericho at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on 14 May 2017.
Leopards almost went behind in the 3rd minute but were fortunate as Gichana’s ball hit the post much to their relief. In the 7th minute, Mangóli found Isuza but the latter was flagged offside and twelve minutes later, Duncan Otieno was denied by Misikhu after a beautiful run on the left. The first half finished in a goalless draw.
In the 60th minute, Stanlus Akiya headed the ball past a helpless Andika to put Zoo Kericho 1-0 ahead. Hall then decided to replace Nyakha with Fiamenyo and his sub paid off in the 85th minute after Kamura’s free kick was deflected by Zoo defense and found Fiamenyo at the edge of the box, and the striker made no mistakes with his first chance to draw Leopards level.
The result leaves Ingwe in position 8 with fifteen points while Zoo Kericho remain 16th with nine points. AFC Leopards are now winless in three matches.
Meddie Kagers’s lone goal inspired Gor Mahia to a narrow 1-0 win against Nzoia United on 14 May 2017 at the Mumias Sports Complex.
Gor Mahia went into the match sitting at the summit of the Premier League and sought a win to strengthen their place at the top. They were almost dealt a blow three minutes into the game when influential midfielder Kenneth Muguna went down with an injury, but was luckily fit to continue after being attended to. Timothy Otieno headed in the ball in the 5th minute but the goal was disallowed as he was adjudged to have fouled the keeper. Nine minutes later, Meddie Kagere got his second goal in three games after dribbling past the Nzoia defense and beating keeper Mustapha Oduor to finish into an empty net. Nzoia almost got an equalizer in the 26th minute but Boniface Omondi’s shot was deflected for a corner. Two minutes later, Mustapha produced a classic save to deny Godffrey Walusimbi a goal after the latter had unleashed a powerful shot.
Nzoia had the perfect chance to equalize in the 31st minute when they were awarded a penalty after Boniface Oduor was foiled by Harun Shakava. Edwin Wafula however missed the penalty, his effort being saved by Gor keeper Boniface Oluoch. In the second half, Nzoia’s Elvis Rupia thought he had equalized for the hosts in the 52nd minute but his goal was rejected after he had fouled Boniface Oluoch. Kógalo were able to hold onto their lead and went home with all the three points.
The result takes their point tally to twenty five, two ahead of second placed Posta Rangers.
AFC Leopards will have to walk an extra mile to put a smile on their fans’ faces when they face Zoo Kericho on Sunday 14 May, 2017 at the Kenyatta Stadium, with the match kick off time at 15:00.
Leopards have lost two consecutive matches; against longtime rivals Gor Mahia and Sony Sugar. This is something that the Ingwe fraternity of players, technical staff and fans are not used to experiencing and has caused so much uproar among the Ingwe faithfuls. This means that Sunday’s match will be a must win for Hall and his charges. It will however not be a walk in the park for Leopards as Zoo are in their part looking to get out of the relegation zone and registering wins is the only sure way of doing that.
They however started top flight football on a bad note, losing all of their first five matches. They have since gone on to win two and draw two matches, before losing their most recent game to Tusker.
Wetern Stima registered their second win of the season with a 3-2 win over Mathare United in Moi Stadium on May 13, 2017.
The goal galore started in the 8th minute after Kennedy Otieno headed in the ball to give Stima an early lead. Crispin Odour leveled for the visitors in the 26th minute from the spot after Cliff Nyakeya was brought down by Vitalis in the penalty box. In the second half, Mathare took the lead in the 55th minute through Crispin Odour to register his second of the match. Thirteen minutes later, Moses Arita tapped in an Ezekiel Otuoma cross to draw Stima level. Substitute Bernard Ondiek sealed all three points for the hosts late into the stoppage time after rising to head home a cross from Otuoma. The result ensures that Western Stima are out of the bottom spot and move to 16th place with nine points while Mathare are 15th with nine points from eleven games.
At the Kenyatta Stadium, Kariobangi Sharks shocked Bandari FC with a 1-0 win inRound 11 of the Kenyan Premier League. The lone goal of the match was scored by Odongo to give Western Stima a deserved win. The loss is Bandari’s first in four games.
Ulinzi Stars continued with their fine form of the season after voyaging to a 2-1 win over Muhoroni Youth on Saturday 13 May 2017 at the Afraha Stadium. This is despite finishing the match with ten men after Brian Birgen was shown a red card.
The match had no real chances in the first half hour until the 30th minute when Samwel Onyango gave the Soldiers the lead after being fed by Oliver Ruto. Five minutes later, Birgen brought in a dangerous cross that was well saved by Sailm Sowedi. In the second half, Ulinzi made a goalkeeping change with James Saruni coming in for Jacktone Odhiambo. Ulinzi doubled their lead in the 64th minute courtesy of Boniface Onyango, connecting a corner from Mike Otieno to send it home.
Brian Birgen was given matching orders in the 75th minute after a dangerous tackle on Eric Baki, and he made it worse by punching him. Eight additional minutes were added after normal time and it is then that Muhoroni got a consolation goal, Mudenyu feeding Thomas Venval to score. Ulini maintain the 3rd spot in the table standings with twenty one points while Muhoroni Youth go to 14th place with ten points from eleven matches.