‘Magic’ Kitambi steals the show as AFC Leopards move joint top

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Mathare United.
Goal takes a look at the key events that you may have missed even as champions Gor Mahia continued to call the shots with a game at hand

The round seven of Kenyan Premier League produced 29 goals, nine of which came from a thriller involving Sofapaka and Tusker FC.

Ugandan tactician, Sam Ssimbwa handed his compatriot, Sam Timbe the second defeat of the season in a 5-4 thriller staged at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday.

As we head into week eight, Goal takes a look at the key events that you may have missed even as champions Gor Mahia continued to call the shots with a game at hand.

  1. Goal Kenya.

    #1 AFC move joint top

    AFC Leopards moved joint top of the Kenyan Premier League with rivals, Gor Mahia following a 2-1 win over Kakamega Homeboyz in a derby. Ingwe started the season on a low note; the poor result that cost coach Robert Matano his job, just three league games into the season. But the once rained on Leopards have since shaken off the underdog tag when they climbed the top of the summit for the first time this season on 16 points though Gor Mahia have a superior goal difference.

  2. Goal Kenya.

    #2 Match officials integrity questioned

    Kakamega Homeboyz coach Mike Mururi was the latest coach to point an accusing finger at the match officials, who have come under sharp criticism in recent past. Mururi was irked by the referee’s late call to hand AFC Leopards a penalty in the 2-1 lose at Kenyatta Stadium with both sides headed for a draw. “I am not happy. Referees should be fair. That was not a penalty. I am not happy!” Gor Mahia Coach Dylan Kerr and Posta Rangers counterpart, Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo are just but a few of the brave coaches, who have questioned integrity of match officials this season.

  3. Goal Kenya.

    #3 Kitambi, the unstoppable

    AFC Leopards caretaker coach Dennis Kitambi has beaten Gor Mahia counterpart Dylan Kerr record after the Tanzanian registered his fourth consecutive win of the season. Kitambi, who took over the team from Robert Matano, albeit on an interim basis, has picked 12 points from the last four games, to beat Kerr, who is the only other unbeaten coach this season. Kerr, who has been in charge of six games, dropped two points in a 0-0 draw with Tusker on February 28.

  4. Goal Kenya.

    #4 Uncertain future for Sam Timbe

    Pressure is piling up for Tusker coach Sam Timbe with the result proving hard to come by for the Ugandan tactician. Timbe, who joined Tusker last January, has picked only one win this season and his biggest defeat came from the side he last handled in Kenya before his second return – Sofapaka, who handed the Brewers a 5-4 defeat. The defeat left Tusker ten points adrift of joint leaders Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards.

  5. Mathare United.

    #5 Mathare ends Sony Sugar jinx

    Mathare United finally ended their nine match winless streak at Awendo Green Stadium with a 2-1 victory over Sony Sugar. The ‘Slum Boys’ had played 810 minutes without a single victory in Awendo. Chrispin Oduor’s goal handed Francis Kimanzi a fifth victory of the season