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Key talking points from week four of KPL action

12:11 EAT 26/02/2018
Mathare United sink Sofapaka.
Goal takes a look at the key events that dominated round four across the country, including a late winner for AFC Leopards

A total of 21 goals were scored in week four of Kenyan Premier League as Tusker and AFC Leopards registered their maiden wins of the season. Goal takes a look at the key events that dominated round four across the country, including a late winner by Ingwe that helped take-off the weight on under pressure coach Robert Matano.

  • Mathare United v Sofapaka.

    #1 Mathare United still top

    Many may argue that Mathare United are mere pacesetters and that the league is still in its initial stages, but history reminds us of Leicester City, who took control of the English Premier League early enough and ended up as winners in 2015/16 season. History has insatiable appetite of repeating itself. The ‘Slum Boys’ current form should be a worry to KPL opponents, who need to raise their heads and stop the leaders. Mathare United are yet to lose a match this campaign and the 3-1 thumping of Sofapaka is a clear indicator that the Francis Kimanzi coached side means business this season.

  • Gor Mahia v Kariobangi Sharks in Machakos.

    #2 Gor Mahia defence raise concern

    Though the reigning champions recorded their third straight win of the season, coach Dylan Kerr will be more concerned by the rate at which his defence is conceding goals. Boniface Oluoch made the ‘silliest’ of mistakes when a long-range free-kick slipped off his hands through his legs to allow Kariobangi Sharks comeback into the match after Samuel Onyango had put K’Ogalo in front in the seventh minute. Gor Mahia have conceded three goals in three matches, scoring ten in the process but with such a record and Tunisian giants Esperance waiting in the Caf Champions League, the Englishman, needs to tighten his backline.

  • AFC Leopards players celebrates Whyvonne Isuza.

    #3 AFC, Tusker register wins

    AFC Leopards needed a 93rd minute goal to pick their first win of the season in a 2-1 victory over Ulinzi Stars. Former champions, Tusker also overcame a gritty Nzoia Sugar to hand coach Sam Timbe his maiden win with the same score line at the Ruaraka Grounds on Saturday. AFC Leopards drew 0-0 with Posta Rangers, who also held Tusker to a scoreless draw in round two. But a Marvin Nabwire’s 93rd minute goal eased pressure off the back of coach Robert Matano and kick-started Ingwe’s rise from the bottom of the table. AFC Leopards have now climbed to 12th position on the log and are yet to play two matches.

  • Sammy Okinda saves against Umaru Kasumba of Sofapaka.

    #4 Poor conversation rate

    KPL strikers have come under scrutiny for their poor conversation rates. While there was an overall improvement in the number of goals scored in week four, Sofapaka and Nzoia Sugar forwards will need to work on their scoring prowess. Sofapaka assembled one of the best striking forces in the league in Stephen Waruru, Umaru Kasumba and Kepha Aswani. Unfortunately, the trio have been firing blanks, a display that leaves Batoto Ba Mungu in 15th position on the log with only three points from three matches.

  • Tusker striker Timothy Otieno celebrates v Nzoia Sugar.j

    #5 2-1 score line dominate

    Twenty-one goals were scored in the past week but it was the 2-1 score line that stood out. Out of the 10 matches staged over the past weekend, five of them ended in a 2-1 score line. Gor Mahia/Kariobangi Sharks, Tusker/Nzoia Sugar, AFC Leopards/Ulinzi Stars, Zoo FC/ Thika United as well as Kakamega Homeboyz and Vihiga United all produced identical 2-1 results and a combined 15 of the 21 goals scored during weekend. Only one match (Sony Sugar vs Nakumatt) ended in a scoreless draw.