James Magayi @magayijim
Monday afternoon’s clash between AFC Leopards and struggling Tusker FC is the Easter weekend football highlight as Kenyan Premier League (KPL) action returns following a 10-day break.
Leopards and Tusker being, the second and third most decorated clubs in Kenya respectively, have always served thrilling rivalry-laden football and Monday’s duel portends the same.
Ingwe are in a momentum having won their last four matches and scored 11 goals along the way to move to second in KPL standings while brewers’ poor start to the season shows no sign of steadying. With just one victory so far this season, pressure is on reputed Ugandan tactician Sam Timbe to attain desirable results for Tusker.
Both sides took three points off each other last season but the odds are on Ingwe to triumph in Kericho given their current form. With forwards Ezekiel Odera, Jaffery Owiti and Marvin Nabwire red hot on form, Leopards just need to seal defensive loopholes that have seen them concede eight goals in their last five games. Revelations of interim coach Dennis Kitambi quitting the den may also unsettle the Ingwe squad.
“A lot of changes were made in the squad but we have to make it work and we are doing our best. We are currently not that good results-wise but we give our best in every game.
There is need for more effort as Leopards are doing very well and our team must be at their best to get victory over such a confident side,” said Timbe. League leaders and defending champions Gor Mahia host struggling Vihiga United in Kisumu looking to keep their unbeaten run and tenancy at the top.
K’Ogalo have won five of their six league matches this season while Vihiga United is one of the two teams that are winless in the division. Fourth-placed Mathare United get the Easter proceedings underway at Machakos with a solid Chemelil Sugar today.
Mathare are buoyed by their recent acquisition of shirt sponsors Ng’ombe fencing wire but were deprived of their prized coach Francis Kimanzi who led the Kenya Under-23 side in Uzbekistan during the FIFA International calendar.
Paul Odhiambo’s Chemelil are also cruising in seventh place and having blown away Nakumatt 4-1 in their last league match while Kariobangi Sharks host Ulinzi Stars at Camp Toyoyo in what promises to be another closely-fought game.
Ulinzi Stars narrowly beat a newly-promoted Sharks early last season but the two sides fought to a one-all draw in the return leg. Sharks ended up finishing ahead of the soldiers.