KPL top guns seek redemption

By nesta kizito
Apr 26, 2013
  • KPL Defending champions Tusker will travel to Nakuru where they will ‘host’ Western Stima at the Afraha Stadium on Saturday.(Photo:SNA File)

Tusker, Gor Mahia and Ulinzi Stars will this weekend be thrust on the spotlight as they seek to bring their far from impressive Tusker Premier League camapaigns on track.

Arguably the dominant force over the last three years, the trio have only embarked on the new season in fits and starts that has left them well off pace in the title race.

But with five other matches shelved, the three teams will be placed in sharp focus with only matches involving them on the cards.

Fresh from their midweek 3-1 victory over Mathare United in the KPL Top 8 quarter final match, defending champions Tusker will travel to Nakuru where they will ‘host’ Western Stima at the Afraha Stadium in Saturday’s only match.

The brewers will be hoping to sustain the momentum that saw them pulverise Mathare with ease. In their last league match, Robert Matano’s men survived a late onslaught from AFC Leopards to escape with a point in a 1-1 draw City Stadium

. However, the outcome of the match only left them hovering above the relegation zone with 6 points from five matches. Only Karuturi Sports and debutants Kakamega Homeboyz are placed lower than Tusker in the 16-team log. But Matano is not a worried man. At least not just yet.

Early days

“It still too early in the season. The next five matches is what will give us a clear bearing,” Matano said. Regardless, Matano will be keen to improve on his team’s dismal record so far.

A single win with just four goals in all five matches is what the brewers have accounted for. But in Western Stima they will come up against a side that has blown hot and cold thus far with three wins and three defeats in eight outings.

On Sunday, the misfring Ulinzi will entertain troubled Karuturi Sports at the same venue. The soldiers were held to a 1-1 draw by Mathare United in their last match while Karuturi suffered a 3-0 plummeling at the hands of joint league leaders Thika United. In nine matches, Ulinzi have only won thrice. Scoring goals seem to be their major headache.

Five goals is all Ulinzi has to show for with captain Evans Amwoka chipping in two.

Although Gor Mahia has returned three victories in five outings, the manner in which they have recorded these results has been far from convincing.

The team has evidently been weakened by a long injury list. Last weekend a late Rama Salim equaliser saved them the blushes of an embarassing defeat to Sony Sugar.

While the rock bottom Homeboyz may appear on paper as easy pickings, Zdravko Logarusic’s men will be best adviced to approach the match at Mumias Sports Complex with utmost caution.

Weekend Fixtures: Saturday: Tusker vs Western Stima (Afraha - 3pm) Sunday: Kakamega Homeboyz vs Gor Mahia (Mumias - 3pm), Ulinzi Stars vs Karuturi Sports (Afraha - 3pm)