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Key talking points from week six of KPL matches

5:52 AM EDT 3/12/18
Gor Mahia Kevin Omondi v Nzoia Sugar.
Here are some of the incidences that you may have missed but were captured by Goal as Gor Mahia opened a five point lead

Kenyan Premier League week six was characterized by on and off the pitch incidence even as defending champions Gor Mahia opened a five-point lead.

Here are some of the incidences that you may have missed but were captured by Goal.

  • Chemelil Sugar v Nakumatt at Machakos.

    #1 Coach meets players

    Nakumatt FC financial woes have now taken a patchy route after players failed to show up for training the whole week, only to reappear on match day to honour their fixture against Chemelil Sugar in Machakos. Nakumatt coach Anthony Mwangi claimed that he only saw his players on match day and the Shoppers’ lack of match fitness was evident as they went down 4-1, their biggest defeat so far this season. According to Mwangi, Nakumatt players have not received their salaries for a couple of months and it took the intervention of a former Harambee Stars coach, Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee to bail out the team after the players refused to take to the pitch.

  • Gor Mahia midfielder Kevin Omondi celebrates.

    #2 Gor Mahia stretch lead

    Playing with a second string side, Gor Mahia still managed to keep their unbeaten record despite Coach Dylan Kerr making ten changes to the squad that beat Bandari FC the previous weekend. Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi scored the lone goal against Nzoia Sugar to stretch K’Ogalo’s lead at the summit to five points. The league leaders will be out of action this weekend to honour the return leg of Caf Champions League match against Esperance this Saturday, but Kerr will head to Tunisia knowing too well that irrespective of the outcome of the weekend matches, his side will still be top of the table.

  • Brian Marita (R) and Yusuf Mainge of AFC Leopards.

    #3 AFC scratch Mathare’s face

    AFC Leopards showed the true character of the ‘big Cat’ after they thrice came from behind to hand Mathare United their first defeat of the season. Leopards, under caretaker coach, Dennis Kitambi, recorded their second consecutive victory this season with a 4-3 defeat to former champions at the Kenyatta Stadium on Saturday. The result aside, Ingwe played an entertaining match, building from behind while dominating the midfield. The match was crowned by a beauty of a goal from Marvin Nabwire, who looped a long-range shot after spotting Mathare United custodian, Robert Mboya off his line, the goal that proved the difference as Ingwe moved to fifth on the log.

  • Chemelil Sugar v Nakumatt FC.

    #4 KPL strikers on a holiday

    The past week was punctuated by low goal count where only two matches registered score line results. Other than AFC Leopards’ 4-3 win over Mathare United and Ulinzi Stars 1-0 victory over Kakamega Homeboyz, the other four matches of the day, all ended in a scoreless draw as KPL striker went on a holiday. Out of the nine goals scored on Sunday, five of them came from two players; Philip Muchuma of Chemelil Sugar, who bagged the only hat-trick of the weekend with Bandari’s William Wadri scoring a brace in the Dockers’ 3-0 win over Sony Sugar. Goal drought has also hit Tusker’s camp. The former champions are yet to score a goal in 360 minutes. The last time a Tusker FC player found the back of the net was on February 24, in a 2-1 win over Nzoia Sugar at the Ruaraka Stadium.