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KPL Tidbits: Nakumatt hammer Mathare United to put pressure on Francis Kimanzi

10:03 BST 20/08/2018
Mathare United coach Francis Kimanzi with players.
The four star Shoppers left coach Francis Kimanzi in a tight corner as Sony Sugar managed to pick their fifth straight victory under Peter Odhiambo

  • ENOCK AGWANDA of SOny Sugar and CLIF NYAKEYA of Mathare United.

    #1 Sony Sugar upward surge continues

    Sony Sugar’s 2-0 victory over Kariobangi Sharks was probably the biggest upset of the weekend as the Millers continued to grind out maximum points from their rivals in the second leg. Three months ago, Sony Sugar were lying at the basement of Kenya Premier League table. The poor display saw coach Salim Babu axed and the hiring of Patrick Odhiambo came with a good fortune. The Millers have lost only two of their last five matches; against AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia, since June, a performance that leaves them eighth on the log.

  • Sofapaka U-20 coach John Baraza

    #2 Sofapaka blows hot and cold

    Batoto Ba Mungu will face league leaders Gor Mahia on Tuesday with a lot of pressure on their back after John Baraza’s charges blew away a chance to consolidate chances of a top-four finish. Sofapaka, who were second on the log on the tail end of July, now find themselves 21 points adrift of their mid-week opponents after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Nzoia Sugar at Sudi Stadium. Ex-Soldier Stephen Waruru rescued a tired Paka with a second-half equalizer to help his side pick a point on the road.

  • Ulinzi Stars v Thika United.

    #3 Ulinzi Stars’ poor run continues

    Ulinzi Stars have now taken their poor home run on the road after the Soldiers were felled with a single shot by Posta Rangers. Rangers took the battle to a neutral ground in Bukhungu Stadium and despite the fact that Ulinzi Stars are enjoying a relatively better away record, the Army side failed to pick their eighth victory on the road after they went down by a solitary goal. Things are not any better for Ulinzi Stars at Afraha Stadium either. They have only picked two victories at home this season.

  • FRANCIS KIMANZI MATHARE UNITED COACH

    #4 Nakumatt put Kimanzi under pressure

    Francis Kimanzi is a man under siege. Nakumatt opened up the old wound of Mathare United’s poor run when the Elephant packed down the ‘Slum Boys’ at the Camp Toyoyo. Mathare United thought that they have finally fixed the missing link when they halted an eight-match winless run with a victory against Kariobangi Sharks before Nakumatt game. But the Shoppers took them back right where they belong with a deserved 4-0 victory, the heaviest defeat by any side last weekend. The result saw Mathare United slid a place down on the log to seventh.

  • Alex Orotomal Michael Kibwage and Ezekiel Odera of AFC Leopards.

    #5 Alex Orotomal scores first goal

    The lanky Nigerian striker finally found the back of the net since his transfer move to AFC Leopards in June. Orotomal, who missed Ingwe’s last game, returned to the squad with a goal in a 2-0 victory against relegation threatened Thika United. The Nigerian hitman made his debut in a 2-1 defeat by Gor Mahia and saw his goal against Bandari disallowed. However, coach Rodolfo Zapata will be happy to see his latest catch gaining confidence in front of goal ahead of the return leg of Mashemeji Derby on Saturday.