KPL Tidbits: Gor Mahia in false start as rivals AFC Leopards look promising

Hassan Oktay of Gor Mahia.
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K’Ogalo failed to beat the Dockers in Mombasa again after going down 2-1 while Ingwe managed a comeback to force a 1-1 draw against the Sharks

  1. Gor Mahia with a false start
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    #1 Gor Mahia with a false start

    The reigning champions kicked off their title defense on a wrong foot after they went down 2-1 to Bandari in Mombasa. K’Ogalo, who, one might argue, were still recovering from a grueling Caf Champions League match, where they needed a penalty shootout to knock out the hosts, Nyasa Big Bullets in the preliminary round, were beaten by Bandari, who finished just 13 points them behind last season. This was the second lose to Gor Mahia, who also went down to Kariobangi Sharks in the KPL Super Cup, a week ago.

  2. AFC Leopards promising despite draw
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    #2 AFC Leopards promising despite draw

    AFC Leopards might have dropped two points in a draw against Sharks, but Ingwe fans should start to believe in the team once again, or at least expect some entertaining football should they miss out on the KPL title. It seems that the beautiful football philosophy, that started under Tanzanian coach Dennis Kitambi, is being adopted by the new bench. Ingwe displayed a good game and even an early goal by Harrison Mwendwa could not distract them from forcing a 1-1 draw.

  3. Ulinzi Stars fire blanks in Mumias
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    #3 Ulinzi Stars fire blanks in Mumias

    Ulinzi Stars had a terrible home record last campaign, but it seems that the ghosts of Afraha have since followed the Soldiers on the road. Dunstan Nyaudo’s men suffered casualties against Vihiga United whose firepower was a no march to the military side. Vihiga United, who finished nine places below Ulinzi Stars last season, pumped two goals past a misfiring side with jammed guns at the Mumias Sports Complex.

  4. Bandari dominate Gor Mahia again
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    #4 Bandari dominate Gor Mahia again

    The Dockers are slowly crafting a habit of humiliating Gor Mahia and once again they did it, convincingly.  Bandari repeated an identical 2-1 score line they harvested against the reigning champions last August when they became the first Kenyan Premier League side, in the 2018 season to have beaten K’Ogalo; subsequently ending their 22-match unbeaten run. On Saturday, at the very Mbaraki Sports Club, the Bernard Mwalala led side forced a 2-1 win. 

  5. Two red cards on match day one

    #5 Two red cards on match day one

    Cases of indiscipline were eminent on match day one as two players will be forced to miss the next round of matches. Mathare United goalkeeper Job Ochieng' was the first player to have received a red card after he was sent off in the ‘Slum Boys’ victory over Chemelil Sugar. Ochieng was given his marching orders after he committed a foul on Lucas Waitere. But in Machakos, Kariobangi Sharks were also forced to play the last three minutes’ minus Michael Bodo, who was sent to the stands for a retaliatory attack in the 1-1 draw against AFC Leopards.