Unbeaten Ulinzi, AFC and Mathare out to maintain unbeaten records as KPL resumes

By alex wafula
Mar 30, 2016
  • Ulinzi Stars are in Mombasa to play a match against Bandari.

  • Bandari's Edwin Lavatsa in action against Lupopo.

After a two week break for AFCON qualifier matches, the SportPesa-sponsored Kenyan Premier League resumes with seven matches on the cards this Wednesday.

Only three teams, Ulinzi Stars, Mathare United and AFC Leopards are unbeaten in the first five matches of the season.

The pick of the midweek buffet will be in Mombasa where two top local coaches, Twahir Muhiddin and Robert Matano face off when Bandari FC host Ulinzi Stars.

In their last six meetings here, Ulinzi has lost only once. This was in last year’s GOtv Shield quarter final where Muhiddin led his charges to a 1-0 win.

Matan has one ambition this season, to win the league for the first time since 2010.. His side has been superb on the road, both their wins coming away from home. Ulinzi also boasts of an enviable record, having conceded only a single goal so far.

Muhiddin’s home record has also been superb, playing two at their Mbaraki backyard and winning all without conceding a goal. He has underlined his side’s ambition to better their record from last season where they finished fourth and won the domestic cup.

AFC Leopards welcome Kakamega Homeboyz

In Nairobi, AFC Leopards welcome Kakamega Homeboyz at the Nyayo National Stadium in a Western derby. Ivan Minnaeret’s side are second on the log with 11 points, same as Mathare United but with an inferior goal difference.

The side has been boosted with the return of left back Andrew Diego and midfielder Andrew Tololwa.

He expects a tough encounter against a Homeboyz side that is placed eighth. “They are a good team and it will not be an easy match for us. But I love the desire that our team has and we want to maintain our strong start. It is very important for us to fight for all points,” Minnaert told Sports News Arena.

At the Ruaraka Complex, under fire Sony Sugar coach Leonard Odipo will seek to invoke the spirits from the ground in which he started his coaching as he leads out his side against Posta Rangers, coached by former Sony coach Zedekiah Otieno.

Odipo has picked only one point in five league matches, losing the remaining four and pressure is mounting on the former Tusker FC assistant. He comes up against a Sony side hungry for points after losing their last match to Kakamega Homeboyz.

Otieno says there will be no sentiments when he meets his former side. “It is a very tough match if you look at where Sony is on the table. Of course they will be coming to look for points but for us,  I think our focus is just winning at home. We have had two very good weeks of preparation and I am optimistic the results will show on the pitch,” Otieno added.

KPL Midweek fixtures; Mathare United v City Stars, AFC Leopards v Kakamega Homeboyz (Nyayo Stadium), Posta Rangers v Sony Sugar (Ruaraka Complex), Chemelil Sugar v Tusker FC (Chemelil), Western Stima v Sofapaka (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), Muhoroni Youth v Ushuru FC (Muhoroni), Bandari FC v Ulinzi Stars (Mbaraki Stadium).