KPL Top 8 kicks off wednesday

Mar 09, 2011

Western Stima and Tusker open the Kenyan Premier League “Top 8” tournament on Wednesday night at  Nyayo National Stadium.

The match also marks the return of the night matches, which have not been held since October. Being a knockout tournament every team will be anxious to start on a positive note and going by the performance at the weekend matches, it is hard to predict how this tie will go.

Tusker under coach Sammy Omollo have had one of their best starts in the season winning two of their opening matches and are currently perched a top of the KPL standings on six points.

This is a performance the brewers are keen to replicate in the knockout tournament in their quest for honors after many years without a trophy in their cabinet.

Tusker’s veteran strikers George Midenyo and Dennis Mukhaisi each have two goals a piece and look set to have a great season if their past performance is anything to go by. They will be key in Omollo’s plans to stop Stima.

Mukhaisi who had remained quiet the whole of last season suddenly woke up two weeks ago scoring twice against his former club AFC Leopards in a 2-0 victory at Nyayo Stadium.

Then last weekend, Midenyo one of the players hoping to revive his career hit twice against Congo United in Mombasa. 

This performance easily makes Tusker’s forward one of the most lethal and one that is bound to guide them to greater things this season.

Stima are currently placed fourth in the KPL standings after stopping KCB 1-0 in their season opener two weeks ago and held Nairobi City Stars to a barren draw at the weekend.

The Kakamega based side is considered a mid table candidate in the KPL this season. Their only hope of silver ware maybe this tournament and are therefore expected to put all their focus on the first match against Tusker.

Stima have always impressed when playing in Nairobi and are never intimidated by the big names in the City setting up a mouth-watering clash against the brewers. Aloise Mangi, Mike Sirengo and Ramadhan Balala remain the key players to lead the Stima side to a potential victory.

Stima arrived on Wednesday for the match. The winner of the tournament will earn Sh1million but KPL will keep all gate collections.The match will be shown live on SuperSport.


Sportsnewsarena Correspondent

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