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MATCHWEEK 19 PREVIEW: Gor Still at the Top of the League, Tegisi Braces in His Debut as Tusker FC Gradually Makes a Comeback.

By January 16, 2024No Comments

Embarking on the analysis of imminent fixtures, we delve into the intricacies of forthcoming encounters, endeavoring to prognosticate the plausible outcomes set to unfold in the upcoming match week 19.

FRIDAY, 19th JAN, 2024.

Sofapaka v Kakamega Homeboyz. (Machakos Stadium, 15:00) LIVE.

Kakamega Homeboyz faces a challenging streak with four consecutive games without a win. Their striking inefficiency is underscored by a goal drought, failing to score in their last four matches, including a recent goalless draw despite being awarded two penalties. Sofapaka, on the other hand, grapples with defensive vulnerabilities, conceding the most goals in the Premier League, as evidenced by their recent 3-1 defeat against Tusker. However, their home performances stand resilient, having not conceded two or more goals in the last three games.

As the clash looms, Sofapaka’s formidable home record, marked by scoring in their last three home games, contrasts sharply with Kakamega Homeboyz’s struggles on the road. The latter, failing to secure a draw away this season, further amplifies their woes, including a lack of scoring prowess with no instances of netting two or more goals in their last three away outings. However, Kakamega Homeboyz stand in the 6th spot in the premier league, unlike Sofapaka who is 11 points away from their opponents and in the relegation zone. With Batoto ba Mungu aiming to capitalize on their home advantage and earn extra points and Kakamega Homeboyz seeking an offensive resurgence, this encounter promises an enthralling clash.

Players to watch.

Sofapaka – Keagan Ndemi, Batoto ba Mungu relies heavily on his scoring abilities, with the club strategically capitalizing on his expertise.

Kakamega Homeboyz – Moses Shumah, His consistent goal-scoring form has been conspicuous this season, making him instrumental for his team in the impending fixture.

SATURDAY, 20th JAN, 2024.

Bandari FC v Kariobangi Sharks. (Mbaraki Grounds, 15:00)

At their home turf, Bandari enters the upcoming clash as a formidable force, having kept clean sheets in their last two games and impressively avoiding conceding two or more goals in their past nine outings. The coastal outfit, currently occupying the 4th position in the league standings, boasts a remarkable 12-point lead over their 14th-placed counterparts. Bandari’s defensive expertise extends to their home performances, with a streak of not conceding in their last three games and avoiding two or more goals in their last five home matches. This remarkable resilience is complemented by an outstanding home-winning streak, clinching victory in the most home games in the Premier League and drawing the fewest home games, setting the stage for a clash where they aim to extend their dominance.

Adding a compelling layer to this narrative is the historical context of their last encounter on 11th Nov, where Bandari secured three points by netting two goals in the second half at Kasarani Annex against Kariobangi Sharks. The upcoming encounter takes on heightened significance as Kariobangi Sharks, now five games away from an away draw and looking to return to the win column, seeks redemption on Bandari’s home turf. The Sharks will be fueled by the desire to prove a point, eager to settle the score after their previous encounter. With Bandari’s home fortress providing the backdrop to this high-stakes clash, football enthusiasts can anticipate an enthralling spectacle as Kariobangi Sharks aim to overturn the tables and disrupt Bandari’s formidable run.

Players to watch

Bandari FC – Hassan Abdallah (captain), The lad seizes the opportunity in what could be his final season at Bandari, fueling his desire to make a lasting impact as a marauding winger. This aspiration becomes fundamental for him in the current season.

Kariobangi Sharks – Erick Mmata, His remarkable skill in unlocking defenses and generating additional scoring opportunities is apparent, prompting Muluya to commend his defensive contributions and expressing optimism that he will score in this fixture.

Gor Mahia v Tusker FC. (Machakos Stadium, 15:00) LIVE

Perched atop the Premier League, Gor Mahia will face Tusker FC in a highly staked match. Gor Mahia, unbeaten this season and displaying a relentless winning streak of four games, epitomizes their dominance with the fewest goals conceded in the league and clean sheets in their last four fixtures. The defending champions have also drawn the most home games, showcasing resilience on their turf. Meanwhile, Tusker FC, propelled by a five-game winning streak and currently situated in the 3rd position under the guidance of coach Robert Matano, seeks to challenge Gor Mahia’s supremacy.

Recalling their last confrontation on Oct 22nd, 2023, Gor Mahia emerged victorious with a goal from Benson Omalla, who was instrumental with seven goals at that time. Although Tusker FC aims to disrupt Gor Mahia’s reign, the defending champions, under the adept guidance of coach Johnathan McKinstry, remain a formidable force. McKinstry’s impactful management has been a key factor in Gor Mahia’s sustained success. Despite his relentlessness in their performance in the previous match, the coach is certain his team is up-to task.

Renowned as quintessential figures in Kenyan football, the imminent clash between these two teams unfolds as a potential historic milestone.

Players to watch.

Gor Mahia – Alpha Chris Onyango, A ball-playing midfielder good at dictating the tempo of the game, Onyango offers composure and stability in the middle of the pack, and he will be hoping that his heroics earns him an extended stay in the team.

Tusker FC – Levin Odhiambo, the left-back, boldly asserts his team’s robust title contention in the FKF Premier League after a convincing 3-1 triumph over Sofapaka, propelling Tusker to third place. Odhiambo’s infectious enthusiasm reaches new heights, marking him as a standout player to watch in the upcoming fixture.

Shabana FC v Ulinzi Stars. (Raila Odinga Stadium, 15:00)

Ulinzi Stars find themselves in a challenging stretch with five consecutive games since a victory. In contrast, Shabana secured a win in their recent match against Nzoia Sugar and boasts two triumphs in their last five outings. However, Shabana faces a five-game drought in drawing matches. Ulinzi Stars, on the other hand, grapple with offensive struggles, having failed to score in their last three games and not netting two or more goals in their last five encounters.

Shabana, despite their recent success, exhibits defensive vulnerabilities by conceding in their last 12 games. Interestingly, they have the fewest home wins in the Premier League and have conceded in every home game this season, though they haven’t allowed two or more goals in their last five home fixtures. In a tactical showdown, Ulinzi Stars, holding a one-point advantage and perched at the top of the standings over their opponents, aim to capitalize on their previous mastery over Shabana. However, Shabana’s newfound form introduces an element of unpredictability, suggesting that only those adept at tactical maneuvering will emerge victorious in this impending clash.

Players to watch.

Shabana FC – Momanyi Tegisi, having recently made his debut with an outstanding brace, emerges as both a threat to his opponents and a valuable asset to the team.

Ulinzi Stars – Javan Omondi, the recently acquired left-footed talent, arrives with a symphony of skill and a unique melody, adding a distinctive flair to the team.

Kenya Police v Nzoia Sugar. (Police Sacco Stadium, 15: 00)

Nzoia Sugar finds themselves at the nadir of the Premier League, having clinched the fewest victories and grappling with the ominous specter of relegation. Their recent streak of four games without a draw further accentuates the challenges they face, compounded by the unenviable record of having lost the highest number of games in the league. In stark contrast, Kenya Police, basking in a commendable resurgence under the astute guidance of Logarusc and Salim Babu, currently occupies the 8th position. Demonstrating defensive prowess, Kenya Police has secured clean sheets in their last two fixtures and has avoided conceding two or more goals in the past three games. Notably, their offensive proficiency shines through with a seven-game scoring streak at home.

While Kenya Police flourishes in the standings, Nzoia Sugar languishes at the league’s bottom tier. The stark disparity between the two teams is evident, with Kenya Police’s blossoming performance standing in contrast to Nzoia Sugar’s relegation-threatened struggles. As both teams navigate contrasting trajectories, Kenya Police’s strategic evolution provides a compelling narrative, promising to be a focal point in the broader context of their upcoming encounter.

Players to watch.

Kenya Police – Tito Okello, the South Sudan hawk-eyed striker brings his vast experience and prowess to this upcoming fixture.

Nzoia Sugar – Osoro’s reliability will be effective in this fixture as he has the ability to restore his club to glory in life threatening circumstances.

SUNDAY, 21 JAN 2024.

Posta Rangers v Murang’a Seal. (Machakos Stadium, 16:00) LIVE.

Muranga SEAL faces a protracted struggle, enduring eight games without a victory, while Posta Rangers navigate a four-game stretch devoid of draws. The goal-scoring prowess of both teams has dwindled, with Posta Rangers failing to find the net in their last two matches, and Muranga SEAL falling short of scoring two or more goals in their last eight games. Defensive frailties have haunted Muranga SEAL, conceding in their last seven outings, contrasting with Posta Rangers’ resilience as they have not allowed two or more goals in their last 11 games.

While Posta Rangers exhibit defensive solidity, their struggles in home fixtures are evident, having not secured a win in the last three attempts and succumbing to defeat in their last three home games. Conversely, Muranga SEAL grapples with an extended drought away from victory, enduring six games without success on the road. Notably, in their last encounter, Posta Rangers emerged victorious with a narrow 1-0 scoreline. As these teams clash again, the dynamics of goal-scoring inefficiency and defensive resilience promise an intriguing battle on the football pitch.

Players to watch.

Posta Rangers – Brian Otieno, The ladling will be capitalizing on his positioning and goal scoring instincts in a bid to improve his goal tally, hence a valuable player in this match.

Murang’a Seal – Dennis Kweyu, Possessing a string of accolades as the recipient of multiple man-of-the-match awards, Dennis Kweyu assumes a pivotal role within his club, acting as the cohesive element that binds the team together.

Talanta v Bidco United. (Machakos Stadium, 13:00) LIVE.

A stark struggle unfolds for Talanta on their home turf, as they have succumbed to defeats by a margin of two or more goals in their last three Premier League clashes. The team’s recent performance overall has been underwhelming, with only one victory in their last seven league encounters. Additionally, a concerning goalless streak looms over Talanta’s campaign, encompassing three consecutive home matches, highlighting their offensive challenges.

Bidco United, on the other hand, faces woes on the road, unable to find the back of the net in their last four away matches in the Premier League. Their away record further accentuates their struggles, with just one win in their last eleven games. As both teams grapple with their respective shortcomings, the upcoming clash promises to be a test of resilience and a battle for resurgence in the Premier League arena.

Players to watch

Talanta FC – Ian Omondi, recognized as the linchpin, exhibits solidity at the back and takes pride in his defensive prowess. The team relies on him to serve as a protective shield, preventing any goals from being conceded.

Bidco United – Michael Bodo, with a skill set encompassing both attacking and defensive capabilities, is poised to play a crucial role in this upcoming fixture.

KCB FC v Muhoroni Youth. (Police Sacco Stadium, 15:00)

KCB contends with a three-game stretch without a victory, while Muhoroni Youth endeavors to overcome a four-game sequence without securing a draw. Highlighting their offensive challenges, Muhoroni Youth has scored the fewest goals in the Premier League, and KCB faces a goal drought with no goals in their last three matches, failing to score two or more in each of those games. Muhoroni Youth maintains a defensive resilience, having not conceded two or more goals in their last six games, contrasting with KCB’s struggle to secure victories at home, being three games without a win in their home fixtures.

Furthermore, KCB has recorded the fewest home wins in the Premier League and encounters difficulties in front of their home crowd, failing to score in their last three home games and lacking the ability to score two or more in their last three home encounters. On the other hand, Muhoroni Youth faces challenges in away fixtures, being five games without a draw on the road, and failing to score two or more goals in any away game this season. However, Muhoroni Youth’s defense remains resolute, having not conceded two or more goals in their last three away games.

Players to watch

KCB FC – Having established himself at KCB subsequent to his transfer from Kariobangi Sharks, James Mazembe has become a beacon of excellence, appreciated and valued for his scoring prowess.

Muhoroni Youth – Christoper Raila, The team will be anticipating the young talent’s ability to secure a goal in their forthcoming fixture, with expectations hinging on his scoring acumen.

AFC Leopards v Nairobi City Stars. (Bukhungu Stadium, 15:00)

Nairobi City Stars assert their dominance with an impressive winning streak, securing victory in seven consecutive games and currently holding the second position in the FKF PL standings. The team has been unstoppable, avoiding defeat for the past seven matches and showcasing a potent attack by scoring the most goals in the Premier League. In stark contrast, Leopards, while formidable, have drawn the highest number of games in the league and are four games unbeaten. However, their goal-scoring efficiency has dwindled, with no instances of netting two or more goals in their last three games.

Both teams boast commendable defensive records, having kept clean sheets in their recent outings. Nairobi City Stars has maintained a solid defensive stance, not conceding two or more goals in their last seven games, while Leopards have not allowed such high-scoring encounters in their last four matches. As Nairobi City Stars clinches victories on the road, Leopards struggle to secure wins at home, drawing the most home games in the Premier League. Despite this, Nairobi City Stars remains unbeaten away for five consecutive matches. Notably, Leopards showcase resilience in their home defense, conceding the fewest goals and not allowing two or more goals in their last five home games.

Players to watch.

AFC Leopards – Clifton Miheso, Renowned for his exceptional speed, creativity, rapid acceleration, adept dribbling skills, and the capacity to create opportunities through precise passes, Miheso, the national team winger, is poised to play an instrumental role in this eagerly awaited fixture.

Nairobi City Stars – Bajaber, Accumulating numerous man-of-the-match accolades, Mohammed Bajaber stands as a highly esteemed winger, with commendable and impressive scoring capabilities. The club relies on his proficiency to consistently find the back of the net.

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