With the international break drawing to a close, AFC Leopards’ head coach, Tom Juma,
eagerly awaits his team’s first win of the season. Their upcoming clash with Muhoroni
Youth on 16th Sept, 2023, serves as their chance to break the winless streak. Meanwhile,
Police FC is determined to redeem themselves following a disappointing performance
against Posta Rangers in their last encounter.
The third round of the Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKFPL) kicks on
September 16, 2023, all at 3pm. Let’s delve into the statistics and noteworthy aspects
as we approach this exciting weekend of fixtures.
AFC Leopards v Muhoroni Youth
Kasarani Stadium – 3pm
In the upcoming Third Round showdown at Kasarani Stadium, AFC Leopards and
Muhoroni Youth promises an exhilarating show. Ing’we, buoyed by their recent signings
of 17 new players after a transfer ban lift, are seeking their first win of the season. In
the opening weekend, they struggled to gel as a team and settled for a 0-0 draw
against Talanta FC despite having a numerical advantage.
Dan Shikanda, the chairman of AFC Leopards, expressed his support for the new head
coach, Tom Juma, ahead of the upcoming games during an appearance on Citizen TV’s
Sporty Monday show. He pledged a commitment to maintain continuity and fostering
improvement under the new coaching leadership.
Muhoroni Youth, on the other hand, kicked off their season with a goalless draw
against Nairobi City Stars and a 1-1 stalemate against the millers, showing their
determination to compete.
Shabana v Kenya Police
Raila Odinga Stadium – 3pm
At Raila Odinga Stadium, Kenya Police aims to rebound after a significant loss to
Kamau’s Posta Rangers, characterized by a scoring spree by Curtis Wekesa, Jackson
Macharia and Brian Otieno, and a lackluster draw against Kariobangi Sharks. Despite
their defeat, the third round of the FKFPL coincides with Okello’s standout performance
for S. Sudan in an international friendly against Kenya on Sept 12th, where he scored
within five minutes due to a defensive error. Whether this energy will translate into the
upcoming match against Shabana remains to be seen.
Furthermore, Kenya Police secured the third spot in the FKFPL 2022/23 season and
are now determined to clinch their first league victory. Assistant coach Salim Babu
expressed high expectations, emphasizing their intense two-week training and
valuable lessons learned from previous errors.
Shabana FC is ready to clinch their maiden victory having previously suffered1-0 loss
against Murang’a Seal and settled for a draw against Talanta FC. The stakes are high
for both teams, intensifying the pressure and anticipation.
Nzoia Sugar v Bidco United
Sudi Stadium – 3pm
Nzoia Sugar, fresh off a compelling 2-1 victory in their season opener and a 1-1
draw against Muhoroni Youth in Gameweek two, is poised to welcome Bidco United at
Sudi Stadium this coming Saturday. Bidco United has exhibited a fluctuating
performance graph early on in the league campaign.
The historical encounters between these sides reveal a remarkably balanced dynamic,
with six draws and two victories tilting in favor of Nzoia Sugar in their most recent
encounter earlier this year. Notably, Nzoia Sugar has bolstered its ranks with the
acquisition of Victor Haki and Joseph Oyugi, who made an instant impact in their first
Anthony Akhulia’s Bidco United has been consistently recording draws and could
possibly secure another draw or stage a remarkable play against their opponents.
Kakamega Homeboyz v Tusker
Bukhungu Stadium- 3pm.
The upcoming third round of the FKFPL has Patrick Odhiambo’s team eager to triumph
after a tough CAF Confederations qualifiers exit and a goalless draw at home.
Kakamega Homeboyz faces a make-or-break situation, with no room for further
lagging at the League’s bottom.
Tusker FC recently pulled off an impressive 1-0 victory against Bandari despite
playing with a team of ten men for the final half-hour due to David Odoyo’s dismissal.
Their subsequent draw against Kariobangi sharks fuels their hunger for a win.
The history between these squads hints at a fixture brimming with intensity following
Kakamega’s win to Tusker in their recent Mozart Bet Trophy battle as both sides vie
Kariobangi Sharks v KCB
Kasarani Annex – 3pm
Kariobangi Sharks are set to face KCB in an exciting match this upcoming weekend at
Kasarani Annex. The Sharkmen have demonstrated consistency of securing draws; first
against Police FC (0-0), and second, against Tusker FC (1-1) in their previous outings.
Their training sessions leading up to gameweek three reflect William Muluya’s
dedication to secure their first win as they prepare to face KCB.
On the flip side, KCB enters the match with momentum, having triumphed over AFC
Leopards in gameweek two. With the appointment of new coach Benard Mwalala
following the expiration of Zedekiah Otieno’s contract, KCB’s defensive capabilities
have been remarkable, evidenced by consecutive clean sheets in away games.
Talanta FC v Murang’a Seal.
Ruaraka Grounds – 3pm.
The remarkable tenacity displayed by Murang’a Seal, including their triumphant
exploits in both the inaugural and subsequent rounds, sets the stage for an enthralling
encounter. Murang’a Seal stands at the top of the league as they take-up Talanta FC
in the third round at Ruaraka Grounds this coming Sunday.
As they gear up to Talanta FC, who are determined to secure victory after a string of
draws ( A goalless encounter against AFC Leopards and a 1-1 draw against Shabana
FC), the match-up on the 17th of September, 2023, at Kasarani Annex promises to be
a captivating game which both sides aspiring to carve their niche in the league.
Gor Mahia v Nairobi City Stars
Kasarani Stadium – 3pm
Reigning champions Gor Mahia extend a gracious invitation to Nairobi City Stars as
they partake in a showdown of formidable proportions. Gor Mahia, fresh from their
season opener win in the Second matchday of the season, look to take advantage of
their new found momentum.
Prior to the league, Coach Mckinstry expressed strong confidence that the team would
successfully defend their championship. Currently, Gor occupies the fourth position in
the Kenya Premier League; a worthwhile position as they aspire to make progress up
Conversely, Nairobi City Stars, having commenced their campaign with a goalless
standoff and a hard-fought draw against Bidco, gear up to challenge the mighty Gor
Mahia on their own home ground, a promise of an electrifying spectacle in the third
Bandari v Ulinzi Stars
Mbaraki Grounds – 3pm
Bandari FC, driven by their recent win over Sofapaka will play host to Ulinzi Stars at
their Mbaraki Grounds. Ulinzi stars currently grapples with the ignominy of occupying
the bottom rungs of the Kenya Premier League table. The team, now faced with the
option of reversing their fortunes, will look to seize this opportunity to make a
statement, while Bandari’s new found momentum adds an extra layer of intrigue to the
Posta Rangers v Sofapaka.
Kasarani Annex – 3pm.
Posta Rangers are scheduled to face Sofapaka at Kasarani Annex this coming
weekend. Currently, the Rangers hold the second position in the Kenya Premier League,
propelled by their impressive victory against Police FC in gameweek two, where they
netted three goals while maintaining a clean sheet. Under the guidance of coach John
Kamau, they have yet to concede a single goal this season.
Sofapaka, on the other hand, has struggled to make an impact this season, securing
only one point thus far. Despite new coach Francis Harigingo acknowledging that his
team is still adapting to his methods and the integration of 17 new players this season,
he issues a warning to Posta Rangers, pledging an intense battle in the upcoming round.
Nevertheless, Posta Rangers remain resolute in their quest to build upon their
outstanding start of the season.
The third round of the Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKFPL) unfolds with
high expectations and pressure as most teams seek their first win while others aim to
hold onto their positions.
Football enthusiasts are in for an intricate and thrilling weekend of football action, as
teams embark on their quest to etch their names in the annals of Kenyan football
ROUND THREE FIXTURES.
Saturday, September 16, 2023
Nzoia Sugar v Bidco United (Sudi Stadium, 3pm)
Kakamega Homeboyz v Tusker (Bukhungu Stadium, 3pm)
Shabana v Kenya Police (Raila Odinga Stadium, 3pm)
Bandari v Ulinzi Stars (Mbaraki Grounds, 3pm)
AFC Leopards v Muhoroni FC (Kasarani Stadium, 3pm)
Sunday, September 17, 2023.
Kariobangi Sharks v KCB (Kasarani Annex, 3pm)
Gor Mahia v Nairobi City Stars (Kasarani Stadium, 3pm)
Posta Rangers v Sofapaka (Kasarani Annex, 3pm)
Talanta FC v Murang’a Seal (Ruaraka Grounds, 3pm)