KPL Preview: AFC Leopards out to end wretched run against Sofapaka; former champions Ulinzi and Tusker face off

KPL Preview: AFC Leopards out to end wretched run against Sofapaka; former champions Ulinzi and Tusker face off

Kenyan Premier League Round Seven takes center stage this weekend minus two fixtures as Gor Mahia and Bandari will represent the country in the CAF Confederations Cup Play-Offs.

Nzoia vs Sharks

Kariobangi Sharks would not have chosen a better fixture to get back to winning ways than Nzoia Sugar as they hold an unbeaten record against the Millers. Nzoia's best result in this fixture was a barren draw last season with Sharks winning the rest.

William Muluya will come up against a familiar foe after Collins Omondi departed the Sharks bench to take over the reins at Nzoia. The Millers are brimming with confidence after their 2-1 win over Sofapaka while Sharks extended their woeful start to the season with a last-minute loss to Gor Mahia. 

Sofapaka vs AFC Leopards 

Sofapaka find themselves in unfamiliar territories after six matches as they sit 11th on the log with seven points from six games. Their mass exodus is haunting them with Divaldo Alves yet to find his footing in the league.

Batoto Ba Mungu have a good head to head record against Leopards losing only once while winning five and drawing once in their last seven encounters. Leopards will look to get back to winning ways after their draw against Stima and will once again rely on their defense that has only let in two goals this season.

Posta Rangers vs Wazito

Wazito head into Round Seven with a new head coach in charge and will hope that Melis Medo can finally spark the expensively assembled unit to the upper echelons of the KPL. Wazito are yet to find a consistent starting 11 with chopping and changing happening in every match and was the reason that led to the first managerial casualty in the KPL after Stanley Okumbi and Fred Ambani fought over selection.

Rangers are unbeaten against Wazito albeit having only met twice. The Mailers will siphon confidence from the fact that last time they met Medo, the match ended in a 6-2 loss for the American tactician who was then at Mount Kenya United. 

Ulinzi Stars vs Tusker

Bar Gor Mahia, Ulinzi Stars and Tusker are the only teams to have won a KPL title since 2010 but have failed to challenge for the league in recent seasons. Tusker certainly look like serious challengers this season with their only defeat coming at the hands of Gor Mahia.

Their free-flowing attack has enabled them become the highest scorers in the league but their style of play has also left them susceptible at the back as they have they fifth-worst defense. True to their name Ulinzi have the joint-best defensive record but have struggled for goals, winning only two games so far.

Saturday 26th October

  • SoNy Sugar vs Kisumu All Stars   12 PM Green Stadium, Awendo
  • KCB vs Zoo Kericho                     3 PM Kenyatta Stadium Machakos
  • Chemelil vs Homeboyz                 3 PM Chemelil Sports Complex
  • Nzoia Sugar vs Kariobangi Sharks 3 PM Sudi Stadium Bungoma
  • Ulinzi Stars vs Tusker                   3 PM Afraha Stadium Nakuru

Sunday 27th October

  • Posta Rangers vs Wazito 3 PM Narok County Stadium Narok
  • Sofapaka vs Leopards     4:15 PM Narok County Stadium Narok

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