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KPL Tidbits: AFC Leopards head coach Casa Mbungo still winless as Tusker fall flat

12:07 GMT 18/02/2019
Brian Birgen of Ulinzi Stars and Aziz Okaka of AFC Leopards.j
The sleeping giants will for the second week running be chilling in the relegation zone after they suffered a fifth straight defeat of the season

  • Kakamega Homeboyz striker Allan Wanga.

    #1 Allan Wanga shakes a flat Tusker

    When Tusker released over a dozen players, including striker Allan Wanga before the start of the 2018 season, some of the reasons given by the then coach George ‘Best’ Nsimbe was that some of the unwanted players were too old to play for the Brewers. But Wanga, who doubles as the acting coach at Kakamega Homeboyz, showed his class before coach Robert Matano and his former bosses, at the Ruaraka Ground when he scored the lone goal of the day to hand Tusker their second league defeat.  Wanga was elevated to the position after Homeboyz fired Paul Nkata for alleged match-fixing scandal.

  • Harun Shakava of Gor Mahia v John Avire of Sofapaka.

    #2 Gor Mahia picks fourth straight win

    Defending champions Gor Mahia could go joint top of the Kenyan Premier League with Bandari should Hassan Oktay pick his fifth win in a row against Western Stima at the Kenyatta Stadium on Wednesday. K’Ogalo made it four wins in a row with a 1-0 result against Sofapaka at the Afraha Stadium on Sunday. And with a game at hand, three points from Machakos will propel them to joint-top with leaders Bandari both on 28 points. Oktay charges are now third three points shy of the Dockers and one behind Mathare United.

  • AFC Leopards coach Casa Mbungo.j

    #3 AFC coach Casa Mbungo still winless

    Casa Mbungo was brought in to help save AFC Leopards from going down to the grass, but the Rwandan tactician seems to have inherited the same problems that saw Serbian Marko Vasiljevic resign after just ten games in charge. Mbungo, who was welcomed to the Kenyan Premier League with a 2-1 defeat by Mount Kenya United, picked his third straight defeat of the season and Ingwe’s fifth in a succession, on Sunday. The former Rwanda Police tactician, who also lost the Mashemeji Derby against Gor Mahia, could not help relegation-threatened Ingwe lose against Ulinzi Stars in Machakos.

  • Francis Kimanzi of Mathare United.

    #4 Mathare United losing more ground

    Coach Francis Kimanzi must surely be asking himself when the rain started beating him. The 'Slum Boys’, who at one point had opened a five-point lead at the top of the log, now finds themselves trailing league leaders Bandari by two points and just one ahead of third-placed Gor Mahia, who, unfortunately, have a game at hand. A five-winless run, including two defeats during that period, saw Mathare United surrender the lead, thanks to the latest setback after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Zoo Kericho away.

  • AFC Leopards v Ulinzi Stars (Cover photo).

    #5 Ulinzi Stars end winless run

    While Ingwe is sinking further down in each passing game, Ulinzi Stars finally sharpened their shooting prowess with a first victory in seven games. The Soldiers who are 11th on the log grabbed maximum points for the first time since January 13, thanks to a solitary goal against 17th placed Ingwe, who are just a point and a place above Mount Kenya United at the base of the log. Coach Dunstan Nyaudo might be relieved, though, heading into the round of 15 matches, if he was to peg his hopes on a relatively better away record.

  • Wycliffe Ochomo of Muhoroni Youth & Kenya

    #6 Ochomo dream cut with injury

    Bandari's top score Wycliffe Ochomo’s dream of lifting the 2019 Kenyan Premier League Golden Boot suffered a major blow after the player picked what could be a long-term injury. Ochomo, who has scored five league goals for the Dockers, broke his elbow in a 1-0 away victory to Kariobangi Sharks. He was just two goals behind leading scorer, Enosh Ochieng of Ulinzi Stars, but with the striker expected to be out for at least four weeks, that is enough time for Ochieng and other top guns to open a marginal gap.