KPL week 18 preview
With league leaders Tusker FC not in action till Wednesday next week, second placed side Rangers could go top with victory over Nairobi City Stars while Ulinzi are back in league action after participating at the World Military Games in Brazil.
28 July 2011
AFC Leopards v Western Stima (Nyayo stadium live on SuperSport 9)
The midweek encounter comes barely four days after Leopards’ 3-1 loss arch rivals Gor Mahia.
AFC Leopards will be seeking to quickly forget the humiliation with a string performance against Western Stima.
The visitors are in good form having beaten Congo United 1-0 last week. They also boast of a good record against Leopards. They last lost to Ingwe in 2009 and this season, they won the first leg 1-0.
With three ex Stima players in the Leopards’ ranks, this match has the hall marks of a derby. Augustine Etemesi, Brian Masiolo and lately Francis Chinjili all crossed over from Stima to Leopards.
New assistant coach Mickey Weche will also make his debut for |Ingwe teaming up with Dutchman Jan Koops who is the head coach
Prediction: AFC Leopards 2-2 W. Stima
30July Bandari vs Mathare United (Mombasa)
Bandari are hovering above the relegation zone and coach Rishadi Shedu is in dire need of a win.
The portsmen have a poor record against the slum boys whom they have not beaten in six encounters. The first leg was a hugely lopsided encounter with Mathare United easing to a 3-0 win.
Coach Salim Ali says that the weather will play a big factor with humidity and heat giving their opponents some advantage.
Mathare has struggled to impress this season as the coach bloods the young players but their recent form shows a team getting into a good run of form.
The defence has been their strong forte with Anthony Kimani and Lloyd Wahome immense in central defence while diminutive Kevin Kimani has led by example scoring seven goals from midfield.
Prediction: Bandari 1-2 Mathare United
30July KCB v Ulinzi Stars City 15:00
The bankers welcome the reigning champions who are fresh from their World Military Games campaign in Brazil.
Having forfeited six points, Ulinzi will be eager to get going again as they step up the defence of their title.
The bankers under the stewardship of the soft spoken Leonard Saleh have been incredibly consistent this season and their 3-1 win over rangers two weeks ago showed a team that means business.
KCB talisman Clifford Alwanga has seven goals to his credit in the league and will be hoping to continue with his rich goalscoring form.
The soldiers on the other hand have been playing beautifully punctuated by team spirit and look marginal favourites. The first leg ended 1-1.
Prediction: KCB 1-2 Ulinzi
30July City Stars v Rangers(Hope Centre)
Will Rangers FC be too good for another relegation threatened side as they were against Congo United three weeks ago in Mombasa?
This is the question on everybody's lips ahead of their match up with City Stars this weekend.
The match will be a David versus Goliath affair. Whereas Rangers are at the second slot in the log with 32 points from 16 league games, City Stars are at the basement with just 13 points.
Focus will be on how coach David Ouma lifts his side after the 3-1 loss to KCB two weeks ago; a result that saw them cede the top spot to Tusker.
Even after mass exodus of its key payers that were integral in their first leg of the season, the league pace setters seems to be unperturbed as their flowing counter attacking kind of play continues to gain momentum and bear fruits
A loss is unthinkable for City Stars who are upto their necks in the relegation dogfight.
Prediction: City Stars 1-2 Rangers
Sunday 31st July 2011
Congo United Vs Karuturi (Mombasa)
Congo United have lost back to back league matches after a 4-0 defeat to Rangers at home and 1-0 loss to Western Stima away in Bukhungu Stadium.
The results saw the team drop into the relegation zone-one place off the bottom.
The premiership debutants will be buoyed by their shock win over Gor Mahia in their midweek FKL Cup tie and will hope they can continue where they left off against Karuturi.
With skipper Rama Salim leading from the front, Coach Gilbert Selebwa will look to pull off a fourth win of the season.
They face a resurgent Karuturi side that has won three of its last five matches including back to back wins against Western Stima and Sofapaka.
The signing of John Mwangi and Roy Waiswa has added to the team’s striking force providing help for the ageless Jacob Omondi.
Chemelil Sugar Vs Thika United (Chemelil)
Chemelil Sugar look a different side under Coach Edward Manoah who has given them a new lease of life since joining the team in May.
Currently eighth, they could push on with a win against Thika United.
Things have been far from rosy at Thika United with new coach John Kamau Irungu suffering straight defeats in his first two games in charge.
They are still missing hitman Moses Arita who is away in South Africa for trials and this will be a tough test for Kamau’s credentials.