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Friday, March 21, 2014

Kenya Premier League Week 6 Preview: AFC Leopards Host Leaders Chemelil, Defending Champions Gor Mahia Travel to Nakuru

The Kenya Premier League action enters its sixth matchday this weekend with all the 16 teams in action in different fields across the country.

Chemelil Sugar assumed leadership of the league standings last weekend, the sugar millers’ 2-0 win over whipping boys Nakuru AllStars seeing them leapfrog Western Stima to the top.

The Edward Manoah led outfit will have a much tougher outing this Saturday when they face AFC Leopards at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday. Leopards collected their first full points of the season, Allan Wanga’s penalty leading them to a 1-0 victory over unbeaten Sony Sugar. That vital win must have eased the pressure on coach James Nandwa but only temporarily as he’ll be back on the hotseat when they host league leaders Chemelil at Nyayo Stadium. 

Former Harambee Stars custodian, Francis Onyiso, will be in the dugout for Ulinzi Stars when they visit Tusker FC in the early Saturday kickoff. The military outfit became the latest club to join the managerial merry-go-around after their coach Salim Ali resigned after a poor start to the season that has seen them draw all their first five matches. Their host’s Tusker, collected their third win on the trot beating KCB 2-1 to see Kimanzi’s men remain 4th on the log, just a point adrift of 1st place and with a game in hand.

There will be three points for the taking for reigning champions Gor Mahia when they travel to Afraha Stadium on Saturday for a clash against Nakuru AllStars. Nakuru are the only team yet to register a point, five games into the season. They face a Gor Mahia side who had won all their first three matches until they visited boogey team Thika United who escaped with a draw in their midweek clash. However, Kogalo will be confident of leaving Nakuru with three points which could put them on top of the table standings if other results go their way.

There will be a busy schedule on Sunday as five matches will be on the cards. Sony Sugar will aim to bounce back from their first defeat of the season when they play Nairobi City Stars in the early Sunday kickoff before 6th placed Thika United play host to winless KCB. Henry Omino’s Western Stima have had an encouraging start to their season and they will be favorites to collect maximum points when they play host to Bandari who have lost their past four matches. 

The other two matches will feature Mathare United against the in-form Muhoroni Youth as Sofapaka take their title hunt to Nyayo Stadium against KRA.

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