This weekend has been marked as a FIFA international break,but in Kenya the league goes on as ususal with five catch-up matches set to be played in different venues. All matches will be on Saturday October 7 from 15:00.
Kariobangi Sharks vs AFC Leopards (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos)
This meeting will act as a warm up for the finals of this year’s Gotv Shield tournament where the two sides will battle it out at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani on Friday October 20.
But in terms of the league standings, the fixture will certainly not be easy for any side as both search for maximum points that might improve their position come the end of the season.
Both teams have of late been irresponsibly droppings points; Sharks having won only one of their last four games while Leopards boast of only one victory in their last five fixtures.
Sharks will however have to re-arrange their attacking power following the absence of striker Masoud Juma and Patillah Omotto, both of whom are away in Iraq with the national team. Ingwe on their part will have to do without the defensive duo of Dennis Sikhayi and Robinson Kamura who are also on international duty.
The first leg encounter ended 2-0 in favor of Kariobangi Sharks.
Sony Sugar vs Ulinzi Stars (Awendo Green Stadium)
SoNy Sugar will once again step into the field seeking to upset one of the `big teams’ when they host Ulinzi Stars at the Awendo Green Stadium. AFC Leopards and defending champions Tusker FC are some of the big guns who have of late fallen to SoNy’s trap.
Judging by results, the Sugar millers are confident that they can beat the soldiers, having held them to a barren draw in the first leg encounter before eliminating them 1-0 in the Gotv Shield tournament.
As expected, lanky forward Amos Asembeka will lead the team’s hunt for goals alongside Yemi Mwana who recently recoverd from injury.
SoNy are currently enjoying a four- match unbeaten run while Ulinzi’s last result was a 1-0 loss to third placed Kakamega Homeboyz.
Western Stima vs Bandari ( Moi Stadium, Kisumu)
Western Stima host Bandari FC at the Moi Stadium where coach Richard Makumi will be seeking his first win since replacing Henry Omino as the tactician of the Lakeside club. Stim have only managed one win in their last nine matches but face fellow strugglers who have only one win in eight games.
The Dockers were on the end of a 3-1 defeat to league leaders Gor Mahia last weekend while Stima held Nzoia United to a 0-0 draw.
Zoo Kericho vs Kakamega Homeboyz (Kericho Green Stadium)
After being reinstated back to the Kenyan Premier League by the Court of Appeal, Zoo Kericho will be banking on their home advantage to overcome a high flying Kakamega Homeboyz side.
Homeboyz have only lost once in their last 18 fixtures, a feat that has propelled them to the third position in the table standings with 45 points.
Zoo on the other hand have lost three of their last consecutive matches and are in danger of dropping into the relegation spots. Thy will however look upon Mike Madoya who was named player of the month for June/ July to guide them through the bad spell.
The first leg encounter between the two sides was a goal-fested 3-3 draw.
Nakumatt vs Muhoroni Youth (Ruaraka Grounds)
Nakumatt FC have a chance to rekindle their maiden season in top flight football when they face bottom placed Muhoroni Youth at the Ruaraka Grounds.
Their top scorer Kepha Aswani who has so far netted ten times will be keen to add onto his goal tally and even surpass Ulinzi’s Stephen Waruru who tops the charts with eleven goals to his name.