Kenyan bookies are feeling the pinch as the battle over taxes and licences rages on.
Sofapaka will be hopeful of a positive result, one that will help retain their bid for the Kenyan Premier League crown, when they play host to Mathare United this weekend.
Mayienga will be hoping to bury the painful memories of their exit from the CAF Confederation Cup when they play host to the Soldiers on Sunday afternoon at the Kasarani.
Gor Mahia’s pursuit of a first continental title will once again be tested this weekend when they lock horns with RS Berkane in the CAF Confederation Cup.
Gor Mahia has a great chance of moving to the summit of the Kenyan Premier League standings for the first time this season should they beat Kariobangi Sharks this weekend.
Kakamega Homeboyz is set to play host to Mathare United on Sunday afternoon in the Kenyan Premier League.
The Match Week 18 encounter will take place at the Bukhungu Stadium in the culture rich county of Kakamega.
Nicholas Muyoti’s charges head into the encounter with an extra spring in their step after an exultant 6-0 win over Mount Kenya United in last weekend’s Kenyan Premier League tie.
Allan Wanga, who temporarily served as player coach for the better part of last month following the dismissal of head coach Paul Nkata, inspired Homeboyz to victory by netting a brace; a feat which was matched by left winger David Okoth who equally scored two goals to the good in the encounter.
Peter Thiongo and Maxwell Ravel scored a goal apiece to ensure that Homeboyz not only left the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos with maximum points, but also inflicted revenge on Mount Kenya who trounced them 6-1 last season.
Wanga’s sterling strikes in the encounter puts him in a good position to challenge for the KPL golden boot, as it moved him to the very top of the 2018/19 goal scoring charts with eight goals. The 33-year old striker will however have to ward off competition from Sofapaka’s Kasumba Umaru and Ochieng’ Enosh of Ulinzi stars who have both found the back of the net seven times this season.
Umaru took his tally to seven goals a fortnight ago when his strike from 12-yards secured a marginal 1-0 win over Kenya Commercial Bank, whereas Enosh Ochieng’ has been the shining light in an otherwise dark and lull season for Ulinzi Stars; having converted seven out of the eleven goals scored by the 4-time KPL champions this season.
Nicholas Muyoti, formerly of Nzoia Sugar F.C, has enjoyed a relatively comfortable start to life at the Bukhungu; drawing 2-2 with title challengers Sofapaka in his first match in charge before their most recent mauling of Mount Kenya United.
The former Harambee Stars midfielder took over the reins of power from Ugandan tactician Paul Nkata who was relieved of his duties in late January after his name was adversely mentioned in a match fixing scandal.
Mathare United registered their third 0-0 draw in four games when they played host to Western Stima in Nairobi last Saturday. This recent slump could have something to do with the fact that the Mathare players have been on a go slow due to unpaid salaries for the last two month
Despite kicking off the season in stellar form, one that saw them reign at the top of the league for nearly two month, Mathare United’s title bid has once more been haunted by financial constraints.
One win in their last eight games in the Kenyan premier League has seen the Slum Boys drop to third on 31 points; a point behind Bandari and two points adrift of league leaders Sofapaka.
Kakamega Homeboyz on the other hand have clawed their way back to the top half of the table since the appointment of Muyoti.
Francis Kimazi’s side has developed notoriety for shutting shop when in crisis, but it’s hard seeing the Slum Boys getting anything out of the match against a replenished Kakamega Homeboyz side.
Prediction: Kakamega Homeboyz to win on Betin Kenya
Kakamega Homeboyz vs. Mathare United recent results
Mathare United 2-0 Kakamega Homeboyz (September 1, 2018)
Cliff Nyakeya 21’
Ronald Reagan 54’
Kakamega Homeboyz 0-0 Mathare United (May 19, 2018)
Mathare United 1-0 Kakamega Homeboyz (August 2, 2017)
Eric Ambunya 4’ (OG)
Kakamega Homeboyz 1-1 Mathare United (July 29, 2017)
Chris Ochieng 64’
Wycliffe Ochomo 80’ (P)
Mathare United 0-0 Kakamega Homeboyz (March 5, 2016)
Bandari will be looking to retain their place at the helm of the Kenyan Premier League when they face Ulinzi Stars this weekend. The Saturday afternoon encounter will take place at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru County.
The Dockers participated in what was a potential title decider last weekend when they welcomed second placed Mathare United to the Mbaraki Sports Club. A match pitting first against second on the table should always be an end to end encounter that is destined to leave viewers at the edge of their seat.
Instead, the much awaited game proved to be a mindless non-event, as both sets of managers chose to go for a restrained approach rather than an adventurous one.
Although it was Bandari that began the day well, the visitors came closest to scoring in the 25th minute when Chris Ochieng fashioned two quick fire attempts after a goal melee ensured in the Bandari goalmouth; Faruk ‘Spiderman’ Shikhalo rescuing Bernard Mwalala’s side on the occasion with some impressive reflexes.
The script was quite similar for the Mombasa based club after the interval, as they created a number of goal scoring opportunities that they simply couldn’t grasp by the scuff of the neck. As such, the game inevitably petered out to a goalless draw which was a good enough result for the Slum Boys who have forced Bandari to a draw for the fourth successive time in the Kenyan Premier League matches.
Sharing the spoils means that Bandari head into Match Week 16 with a paltry two point lead at the top; nonetheless with a game to spare.
Ulinzi Stars were similarly forced to share the spoils, as they settled for a one-all draw with Posta Rangers on their trip to Machakos County last weekend. Posta Rangers stunned the Soldiers in the 34th minute through John Nairuka who came back to haunt his former side with a stunning lob past goalkeeper James Saruni for the opener.
Desperate for an immediate response, Dunstan Nyaudo’s charges intensified the pressure on Rangers; an effort that paid dividends fifteen minutes before the final whistle when Ibrahim Shambi equalized for the Soldiers with a powerful drive from 25 yards.
The draw leaves the 4-time KPL champions in the bottom half of the table in eleventh with eighteen points — a staggering fourteen points behind leaders Bandari.
Bandari have proven to be the most in-form team this season with just a single defeat in their opening 15 games of the season; registering nine wins and five draws in the process.
Four wins and two draws in their last six leaves Nyaudo’s side at a very good place against an Ulinzi outfit that has only won once in the last eight league games.
Prediction: Bandari to win at Bovada
Ulinzi Stars vs. Bandari recent results
Ulinzi Stars 0-0 Bandari (June 17, 2018)
Bandari 1-1 Ulinzi Stars (April 8, 2018)
William Wadri 24’
Masita Masuta 90+3’
Bandari 1-0 Ulinzi Stars (November 11, 2017)
Darius Msagha 47’
Ulinzi Stars 2-1 Bandari (June 17, 2017)
Geoffrey Kokoyo 1’
Enosh Ochieng 75’
Noah Abichi 44’ (P)
Ulinzi Stars 4-2 Bandari (November 19, 2016)
Boniface Onyango 8’
John Makwatta 16’
Enosh Ochieng 45+3’
John Makwatta 82’
David Kingarua 30’
Michael Sunday Apudo 45+2’
Sofapaka will play host to Kenya Commercial Bank on Sunday afternoon in the Kenyan Premier League, with the encounter penciled to take place at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.
Bandari’s mission to sate their lust of the Premier League title will see them welcome Mathare United this weekend in the the Kenyan Premier League.
Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia will play host to Algerian side Nasr Athlétique de Hussein Dey, otherwise known as NA Hussein Dey on Sunday afternoon in a continental encounter.