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Friday, March 14, 2014

Kenya Premier League WEEK 5 Preview: Leopards Face Stern Test at Sofapaka as Gor Mahia Aim to Extinguish Western Stima

Bundled out of continental football at first round attempt, wounded Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards return to Kenya Premier League assignments in full time this weekend. The two, arguably the biggest clubs in Kenyan football, could not muster their way around their more established opponents from South and North Africa with Kogalo suffering an embarrassing 5-0 defeat against Esperance in Tunis while AFC Leopards battled to a 2-2 draw against SuperSport United but which wasn’t enough to give them progress into the advanced stages of the CAF Confederations Cup.

To make it worse to the Leopards, they suffered a 1-0 defeat to a winless Muhoroni Youth outfit, a result that finds the 13-time league winners second from bottom with three games under their belt. James Nandwa’s side face a tricky tie in the form of Sofapaka on Sunday in Machakos. The Batoto ba Mungu lost 1-0 to Chemelil last Sunday but have had a far more steady start to their season as compared to Ingwe and they will be confident to get something off AFC who look to be stumbling under the starter’s gun. Another defeat for Leopards and coach Nandwa may as well face the sacking if recent speculations are anything to go by.

Reigning Champions Gor Mahia on the other hand have had a perfect start to their domestic league season winning their opening two matches and victory against surprise league leaders Western Stima on Sunday could move them to the top of the standings should other results go their way. Gor have kept a clean sheet in both matches and will be favorites to take the three points against Stima who have a porous defense that has conceded 5 goals in four matches. 

The other match on Sunday will see Tusker go for their third win on the trot against a winless KCH as second-placed Chemelil aim to pile more misery on bottom-placed Nakuru AllStars who are the only team to get off the mark.

On Saturday, Sony Sugar will be looking to get back to winning ways when they host Ken Kenyatta’s KRA in Awendo while Bandari and Thika United who both dropped down the log with losses clash in Coast. Stalemate-masters, Ulinzi Stars, host Mathare United in Nakuru with the Soldiers looking for their first three points of the season having drawn all their first four matches.

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