The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) week four sprung a lot of surprises with a much fancied AFC Leopards side going down to Chemelil Sugar FC being the talk of the week.
There were impressive wins for Kariobangi Sharks, their first of the season, Posta Rangers who move to second on the log after their win over Western Stima with Gor Mahia once again reclaiming their top spot thanks to a solo strike from Meddie Kagere. But what happened in the other matches of the week?
Nakumatt FC 0-0 Sony Sugar FC
Newbies Nakumatt FC had hoped to build on their last week win over Zoo Kericho but were made to pay for their bluntness in front of goal. In one of the scoreless draw over the weekend, former Sony Sugar man Joshua Oyoo had the perfect opportunity to make it two wins on the bounce for the shoppers late in the game after they were awarded a penalty but blazed his effort wide as the teams settled for a barren draw.
Muhoroni Youth 0-0 Mathare United
The uncertainty of their participation in the top flight might have disarrayed Muhoroni Youth’s plans going by the kind of players at their disposal and it is certain that for the better part of the first leg they will struggle. After an opening day win over Kariobangi Sharks, Muhoroni went and lost their next two matches against Kakamega Homeboys and Bandari FC and the draw against Mathare United might be a welcomed result but they must be worried at their scoring record where they have only notched one goal in the four games; and it was from the spot.
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Gor Mahia 1-0 Kakamega Homeboyz
Another loss could have be detrimental for Gor Mahia; the team coming to this game after an unexpected 1-2 loss at the hands of Western Stima in week three. Coach Ze Maria had tinkered with his team, the main talking point being that of relegating Timothy Otieno to the bench and elevate Meddie Kagere to the starting team and the Rwandese didn’t disappoint, netting what proved to be the goal that sent them a top of the KPL log.
Sunday 9 April
Ulinzi Stars 2-1 Bandari FC
Bandari FC unbeaten streak finally came to an end at the hands of Ulinzi Stars who had to dig deep to record their second win of the season. The Dockers had not conceded a goal either in their last three games and it came as a shock when defender Godfrey Kokoyo gave the soldiers the lead with just a minute gone on the clock. The Paul Nkata boys rallied back to restore parity through Noah Abich from the spot but it was substitute Enosh Ochieng who came with the winner fifteen minutes from time. Bandari however will have to do without the services of their captain Wilson Obungu in their next game after he was sent off in the game late on.
Thika United 1-0 Zoo Kericho
The vagaries of the KPL seems to be eating newbies Zoo Kericho to the last bone following g a terrible start to the 2017 season. Not only have they lost their last four games, they are yet to find the back of the net with Joel Tata goal in the 17th minute in week four ensuring that they will have to be contented with another stay at the foot of the league log for one more week.
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Chemelil Sugar FC 2-0 AFC Leopards
AFC Leopards came into this game atop of the KPL log and with Coach Stewart Hall insisting that they were more concerned with youth development and not the title, Chemelil Sugar ensured they walk out of Kisumu empty handed. Goals from John Mwita and veteran Hillary Echesa in either half condemned the Leopards to their first loss of the season and now find themselves sixth; an indication of how tough the league promises to be this season.
Nzoia Sugar FC 0-2 Kariobangi Sharks
After three games without a win, Sharks finally registered their season first three points and it came against fellow newbies Nzoia Sugar at the Sudi Stadium. Bolton Omwenga opened the scoring for Sharks against his former side with Patillah Omoto wrapping up the scoring proceedings midway in the second half; a result that moved them from 17th spot to 16th.
Sofapaka FC 2-2 Tusker FC
Two teams with contrasting fortunes met in week four of league action with Sofapaka once again proving that they won’t be pushover this season. The Brewers goals came from Michael Khamati and Allan Wanga with Batoto ba Mungu getting their goals from Pete Wanok and Moses Odhiambo; a result that leaves Sofapaka fifth with Tusker being at 14th.
Posta Rangers 1-0 Western Stima
Rangers impressive start under the tutelage of Sammy Omollo continued with another hard fought 1-0 win over Western Stima. The all-important goal was notched in by Dennis Mukaisi a result that sees them climb to the second place on the log. Stima on the other hand, who came into this game on the back of a morale boosting 2-1 win over Gor Mahia, finds themselves second from bottom.