• Will Leopards maintain the tempo?

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  • AFC Leopards will be away to Thika United this weekend.(Photo:File)AFC Leopards will be away to Thika United this weekend.(Photo:File)
Apr 13, 2012-

A raft of sanctions imposed on GorMahia players by new coach, Zdravko Logarusic, and the firing of Rangers head coach, Ezekiel Akwana, were the major talking points off the pitch this week.

But when action resumes in the Kenyan Premier League this weekend, AFC Leopards are expected to hog all the headlines, as they seek to sustain their vice-like grip on the league leadership.

Leopards’ match against Thika United at the latter’s home ground will the highlight fixture of the four matches lined up for Saturday.

Last weekend, Jan Koops’ men were ruthless in their 6-2 rout of Rangers at a rain lashed Mumias Sports Complex to stay ahead of the pack with 23 points from 9 matches.

Ingwe’s near perfect run has seen them only drop points two matches - identical barren draws against Chemelil Sugar and Gor Mahia.

But in Thika they will come up against a side riding on the crest of an eight-match unbeaten run.

Thika lie 5th on the log with 14 points. While Thika coach, John Irungu, acknowledges Leopards’ great form, he believes his side has the capacity to ensnare and tame the felines.

“We respect Leopards, but we will take the fight to them. We have done well in our past matches and we are not about to drop our guard”, Irungu said. However, if Leopards avoid defeat in Thika, their stay at the top of the table will be guaranteed irrespective of whatever happens in the other matches this weekend.

At City Stadium, all eyes will be on James Nandwa, who will face his former employers Karuturi Sports when he formally takes charge of Rangers. That Rangers is a club in deep crisis is an open secret.

Club chairman, Yobesh Ongeri, has lately had plate-full of issues to deal with. From quelling a simmering disenchantment within the playing unit, courting an ambivalent sponsor (Daima Dairy), grappling with a court case and dealing with a headstrong coach, Ongeri has seen it all.

In the field of play, Rangers who had a fairy tale run last season, have rapidly been reduced to also-rans.

The Mumias debacle was the second time in a just a few days Rangers’ net had been stuffed with a six-pack. They will certainly be treading on very thin ice when Michael Nam’s Karuturi Sports come calling.

Four matches will be played on Sunday with fallen giants GorMahia and Mathare United up against very strong opposition. Can things get any worse for the once mighty Gor? That is the million dollar question on the minds of K’Ogalo’s long suffering fans who have not savoured victory since the opening day.

The arrival of tough talking Croat Logarusic has failed to spark off an immediate turnaround the fans were hoping for.

At a lowly 14th place, Gor now find themselves in the unfamiliar position of fighting relegation as opposed to challenge for the title.

The high riding Sofapaka will certainly not give them the soft cushion that they need when the two teams lock horns during the 3pm kick off match at City Stadium.

The Nyayo National Stadium will be the venue of a double-header featuring City Stars up against Ulinzi Stars in the early kick off, before reigning champions Tusker entertains Mathare United.

KPL Fixtures Saturday: Western StimavsOserian (Bukhungu-3pm), Thika United vs AFC Leoprads (Thika-3pm), Muhoroni Youth vs Sony Sugar (Muhoroni-3pm), Rangers vsKaruturi Sports (City-3pm) Sunday: City Stars vsUlinzi Stars (Nyayo-3pm), Tusker vsMathare United (Nyayo-5pm), GorMahiavsSofapaka (City Stadium-3pm), Chemelil Sugar vs KCB (Chemelil-3pm).

 

 

Nesta Kizito

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  •   Teams  P W D L GF GA GD Pts
    1 AFC Leopards 10 8 2 0 20 6 14 26
    2 Sofapaka 10 6 2 2 12 7 5 20
    3 Chemelil Sugar 10 6 2 2 8 4 4 20
    4 Tusker 10 5 4 1 12 6 6 19
    5 Thika United 10 3 5 2 13 8 5 14
    6 Western Stima 10 4 2 4 12 9 3 14
    7 MuhoroniYouth 10 4 2 4 8 8 0 14
    8 Karuturi Sports 10 3 4 3 8 7 1 13
    9 Ulinzi Stars 10 3 3 4 13 15 -2 12
    10 KCB 9 3 2 4 10 9 1 11
    11 Gor Mahia 10 2 4 4 5 7 -2 10
    12 Mathare United 10 2 3 5 10 15 -5 9
    13 SonySugar 10 2 2 6 7 11 -4 8
    14 Oserian 10 2 2 6 6 14 -8 8
    15 Rangers 9 1 5 3 8 18 -10 8
    16 City Stars 10 1 4 5 4 12 -8 7
    Date Time   Stadium
    Fri 20-04-12 15:00 Oserian vs Muhoroni Youth  Oserian
    Sat 21-04-12 15:00 Mathare United vs Western Stima  City
    Sat 21-04-12 15:00 SonySugar vs Rangers  Awendo
    Sat 21-04-12 15:00 Ulinzi Stars vs Gor Mahia  Afraha
    Sat 21-04-12 15:00 AFC Leopards vs Tusker   
    Sun 22-04-12 14:00 City Stars vs Chemelil Sugar  Nyayo
    Sun 22-04-12 16:00 KCB vs Karuturi Sports  City
    Sun 22-04-12 16:00 Sofapaka vs Thika United  Nyayo
    Wed 25-04-12 19:00 Gor Mahia vs City Stars  Nyayo
    Sat 28-04-12 14:00 KCB vs Oserian  Nyayo
    Sat 28-04-12 15:00 Thika United vs Muhoroni Youth  Thika
    Sat 28-04-12 15:00 Ulinzi Stars vs SonySugar  Afraha
    Sat 28-04-12 16:00 Mathare United vs Rangers  Nyayo
    Sun 29-04-12 15:00 Karuturi Sports vs AFC Leopards  Karuturi
    Sun 29-04-12 15:00 Chemelil Sugar vs Western Stima  Chemelil
    Mon 30-04-12 19:00 Tusker vs Sofapaka  Kasarani
    Sat 05-05-12 14:00 Rangers vs Tusker  Nyayo
    Sat 05-05-12 15:00 Muhoroni Youth vs KCB  Muhoroni
    Sat 05-05-12 16:00 City Stars vs AFC Leopards  Nyayo
    Sun 06-05-12 15:00 Western Stima vs Ulinzi Stars  Bukhungu
    Sun 06-05-12 15:00 Oserian vs Thika United  Oserian
    Sun 06-05-12 15:00 Gor Mahia vs Chemelil Sugar  City
    Sun 06-05-12 15:00 SonySugar vs Karuturi Sports  Awendo
    Mon 07-05-12 19:00 Sofapaka vs Mathare United  Kasarani
    Fri 11-05-12 19:00 KCB vs Gor Mahia  Nyayo
    Sat 12-05-12 14:00 Tusker vs Chemelil Sugar  Nyayo
    Sat 12-05-12 15:00 AFC Leopards vs SonySugar  Nyayo
    Sat 12-05-12 15:00 Muhoroni Youth vs Sofapaka  Muhoroni
    Sun 13-05-12 15:00 Karuturi Sports vs Oserian  Karuturi
    Sun 13-05-12 15:00 Thika United vs Mathare United  Thika
    Sun 13-05-12 15:00 Western Stima vs City Stars  Bukhungu
    Mon 14-05-12 19:00 Rangers vs Ulinzi Stars  Nyayo
    Fri    18-05-12 19:00 Sofapaka vs AFC Leopards  Kasarani
    Sat 19-05-12 14:00 Mathare United vs Karuturi Sports  Kasarani
    Sat 19-05-12 15:00 SonySugar vs KCB  Awendo
    Sat 19-05-12 15:00 City Stars vs Thika United  Hope Centre
    Sat 19-05-12 16:00 Gor Mahia vs Western Stima  Kasarani
    Sun 20-05-12 15:00 Ulinzi Stars vs Muhoroni Youth  Afraha
    Sun 20-05-12 15:00 Chemelil Sugar vs Rangers  Chemelil
    Sun 20-05-12 15:00 Oserian vs Tusker  Oserian
    Date Home Result Away
    SUN 08-04-12 AFC Leopards 6 – 2 Rangers
    SUN 08-04-12 Oserian 1 – 0 Gor Mahia
    SUN 08-04-12 SonySugar 0 – 1 Tusker
    SUN 08-04-12 Thika United 1 – 1 KCB
    SAT 07-04-12 Sofapaka 2 – 0 City Stars
    SAT 07-04-12 Karuturi Sports 1 – 0 Western Stima
    SAT 07-04-12 Mathare United 2 – 1 Muhoroni Youth
    SAT 07-04-12 Ulinzi Stars 2 – 1 Chemelil Sugar
    WED 04-0412 Gor Mahia 1 – 1 Mathare United
    SUN 01-04-12 City Stars 1 – 0 Oserian
    SUN 01-04-12 Muhoroni Youth 0 – 0 Rangers
    SUN 01-04-12 Ulinzi Stars 0 – 2 Tusker
    SAT 31-03-12 Chemelil Sugar 1 – 0 Sofapaka
    SAT 31-03-12 Karuturi Sports 0 – 1 Thika United
    SAT 31-03-12 Western Stima 2 – 1 SonySugar
    WED 28-03-12 KCB 1 – 2 AFC Leopards
    MON 26-03-12 Sofapaka 3 – 2 Ulinzi Stars
    SUN 25-03-12 Oserian 0 – 1 Chemelil Sugar
    SUN 25-03-12 Rangers 0 – 6 Thika United
    SUN 25-03-12 SonySugar 0 – 0 Gor Mahia
    SAT 24-03-12 Mathare United 1 – 0 City Stars
    SAT 24-03-12 AFC Leopards 2 – 1 Western Stima
    SAT 24-03-12 Muhoroni Youth 2 – 1 Karuturi Sports
    SAT 24-03-12 Tusker 0 – 0 KCB
    WED 21-03-12 Gor Mahia 1 – 1 Rangers
    SUN 18-03-12 Gor Mahia 0 – 0 AFC Leopards
    SUN 18-03-12 Thika United 1 – 0 SonySugar
    SUN 18-03-12 Western Stima 1 – 2 Sofapaka
    SAT 17-03-12 Chemelil Sugar 1 – 0 Mathare United
    SAT 17-03-12 City Stars 1 – 2 Muhoroni Youth
    SAT 17-03-12 Tusker 2 – 2 Karuturi Sports
    SAT 17-03-12 Ulinzi Stars 2 – 0 Oserian
    WED 14-03-12 Tusker 2 – 0 Gor Mahia
    WED 14-03-12 Rangers 2 – 1 Western Stima
    MON 12-03-12 Mathare United 2 – 2 Ulinzi Stars
    SUN 11-03-12 AFC Leopards 2 – 1 Muhoroni Youth
    SUN 11-03-12 Karuturi Sports 2 – 0 Chemelil Sugar
    SUN 11-03-12 KCB 0 – 2 Western Stima
    SUN 11-03-12 Thika United 0 – 0 Tusker
    SAT 10-03-12 Oserian 0 – 0 Sofapaka
    SAT 10-03-12 SonySugar 1 – 1 City Stars
    THU 08-03-12 Muhoroni Youth 0 – 1 Tusker
    WED 07-03-12 Mathare United 0 – 1 KCB
    MON05-03-12 Sofapaka 2 – 1 Rangers
    SUN 04-03-12 Karuturi Sports 1 – 0 Gor Mahia
    SUN 04-03-12 Ulinzi Stars 0 – 2 AFC Leopards
    SAT 03-03-12 Chemelil Sugar 2 – 0 SonySugar
    SAT 03-03-12 Oserian 2 – 1 Mathare United
    SAT 03-03-12 Western Stima 1 – 1 Thika United
    FRI 02-03-12 KCB 4 – 0 City Stars
    SUN 26-02-12 Muhoroni Youth 0 – 1 Chemelil Sugar
    SAT 25-02-12 AFC Leopards 2 – 0 Oserian
    SAT 25-02-12 City Stars 0 – 0 Karuturi Sports
    SAT 25-02-12 SonySugar 0 – 1 Sofapaka
    SAT 25-02-12 Thika United 2 – 2 Ulinzi Stars
    WED22-02-12 Gor Mahia 0 – 1 Muhoroni Youth
    WED22-02-12 Western Stima 1 – 0 Tusker
    SUN 19-02-12 Mathare United 0 – 2 AFC Leopards
    SUN 19-02-12 Chemelil Sugar 0 – 0 Thika United
    SUN 19-02-12 City Stars 0 – 0 Rangers
    SUN 19-02-12 Oserian 1 – 2 SonySugar
    SUN 19-02-12 Sofapaka 2 – 1 KCB
    SAT 18-02-12 Ulinzi Stars 2 – 1 Karuturi Sports
    SUN 12-02-12 Karuturi Sports 0 – 0 Sofapaka
    SUN 12-02-12 KCB 2 – 1 Ulinzi Stars
    SUN 12-02-12 Rangers 2 – 2 Oserian
    SUN 12-02-12 SonySugar 3 – 1 Mathare United
    SUN 12-02-12 Thika United 0 – 2 Gor Mahia
    SAT 11-02-12 AFC Leopards 0 – 0 Chemelil Sugar
    SAT 11-02-12 Muhoroni Youth 0 – 0 Western Stima
    SAT 11-02-12 Tusker 2 – 1 City Stars
     
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