The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) fully resumes after the FIFA International break, with nine Round of 29 matches scheduled for Saturday October 14 and Sunday October 15 in different venues.
Saturday October 14, 2017
AFC Leopards vs Posta Rangers (Narok County Stadium, 3pm)
AFC Leopards host a stagnant Posta Rangers side at the Narok County Stadium in what will be a replay of their 1-1 draw in the first leg clash.
Rangers' results have of late been contrary to their performances in the first half of the season, being winless in their last ten matches. The plunge in form has seen Sammy Omollo's side drop to 7th on the league table with 40 points.
They welcome back Joackins Atudo, Patrick Matasi and Simon Mbugua who were last week involved in Harambee Stars friendly games.
On their part, AFC Leopards will also be in the hunt for their first victory in four matches following draws against Mathare United and Kariobangi Sharks and a loss to Sofapaka.
This will be their last league fixture before the Gotv Shield tournament finals against Sharks set for Friday October 20th.
Ingwe will be missing midfielder Keziron Kizito who recently went to India for trials. The side is currently 12th on the log with 33 points.
Bandari FC vs Sofapaka (Mbaraki Sports Club, 3pm)
With only losses to show in their last four matches, Bandari invite Sofapaka at the Mbaraki Stadium hungry for a win that would put aside all their troubles. The Coastal based side has slipped out of the top ten positions and are placed 11th with 33 points.
Sofapaka on the other hand will seek motivation from their latest 2-0 win over AFC Leopards as they tackle Bandari.
After receiving Sofapaka's player of the month for a second consecutive time, Ugandan forward Umaru Kasumba will be eyeing the league's top scorer's spot with a goal on Staurday. He is currently joint with Ulinzi Stars striker Stephen Waruru on eleven goals.
Mathare United vs Gor Mahia (Thika Sub-County Stadium, 3pm)
Mathare famously beat Gor Mahia 1-0 the last time this fixture was staged on April 30, and K’Ogalo coach Dylan Kerr is likely to exercise extra caution when dealing with the relegation battlers.
Gor lead the table with 60 points while Mathare are just three points above the bottom position.
K’Ogalo are working with a full strength squad that includes the deadly attacking trio of Meddie Kagere, Jacques
Tuyisenge and Timothy Otieno, who have scored, between them, 23 league goals this season.
Cliff Nyakeya and Roy Syamba are unavailable for Mathare United as they are nursing injuries while goalkeeper Wyclifffe Kasaya remains a long term absentee following knee surgery in September.
Zoo Kericho vs Ulinzi Stars (Kericho Green Stadium, 3pm)
Ulinzi Stars will once again try to notch a win after being unsuccessful in their last three attempts. The club's last result was a one-all draw with Sony Sugar a fortnight ago. The Soldiers are currently fifth with 42 points.
Zoo Kericho meanwhile will be without Isaac Kipyegon who is out on suspension after accumulating five yellow cards. The team is however confident that they can overcome the visitors, having downed them 2-1 in the first leg fixture back in April. Zoo were held to a 2-2 draw by Nzoia United on in their last game.
Kariobangi Sharks vs Chemelil Sugar (MISC Kasarani, 3pm)
Just days before their Gotv Shield finals clash against AFC Leopards, Kariobangi Sharks host Chemelil Sugar well aware that a win would boost their morale ahead of the decisive game. They will however have to up their performance if they are to beat the sugar millers as they are currently on a five-match winless run.
Sharks will be without midfielder Michael Bodo has been suspended for this match for accumulating five yellow cards.
Currently 9th on the log with 35 points, Chemelil will be gunning for a win that will extend their run of three games without a loss. A win on Saturday will also take them to three points adrift of Sharks.
Sunday October 15, 2017
Kakamega Homeboyz vs Nakumatt FC ( Mumias Sports Complex, 3pm)
Kakamega Homeboyz had a nine-match unbeaten record shattered by Zoo Kericho last weekend, and they will be eager to provide a suitable reply in Mumias on Sunday.
Nakumatt striker Kepha Aswani will want to end his goal drought as he chases the Golden Boot. He is on 10 goals thus far.
The two teams played to a barren draw in their first leg match in April.
Sony Sugar vs Kakamega Homeboyz (Awendo Green Stadium, 3pm)
The two sides will all be searching for a win after recording draws in their last two matches.
The two teams have met twice this season, their first leg league match ending in a one-all draw and Sony prevailing in their GOtv Shield quarter-finals played three months later.
Sony will be without Victor Ademba who collected five yellow cards, and is thus suspended from this match, while Brian Otieno will be absent for Homeboyz for the same reason.
Tusker FC vs Muhoroni Youth (Ruaraka Grounds, 3pm)
This season’s title is slowly but surely slipping away from the hands of the brewers, a situation that has led their coach George Nsimbe to admit that this may be the worst season of his career.
Tusker were held to a barren draw by Kariobangi Sharks on Wednesday, and the two dropped points saw them remain static on sixth position on the SPL table.
Muhoroni are placed at the lowest end of the heap, although they garnered a 4-3 win over Nakumatt on Wednesday to earn themselves some breathing space.
The brewers beat Muhoroni 1-0 in their first leg meeting.
Western Stima vs Thika United (Moi Stadium Kisumu, 3pm)
Thika United and Western Stima are both battling against relegation and this clash should be a cracker for obvious reasons.
Tied on 27 points, this will be a fight for Stima to leapfrog Thika and get out of the dreadful relegation zone that has been their home for the greater part of this season while the Thika side will want to inch farther away from the danger zone.
A one-all draw was the outcome of this match-up in late April.