The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) will enter its 21st round of matches on Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 August with seven and not the regular eight matches on the cards as Ulinzi Stars will be jetting out to Rwanda for the African Military Games.
The absence of Ulinzi Stars means one more team will not be in action – Posta Rangers.
Meanwhile, Gor Mahia and Tusker, the two leading teams will want to put their runs back in check after dropping points in the past few matches. Tusker has been lucky to still stay at the top whenever it drops points as Gor Mahia returned the favor.
This time, however, the league leaders have it tight as they lead by just two points.
AFC Leopards vs Ushuru (Mumias Sugar Sports Complex, 3pm)
AFC Leopards barely survived their match against Posta Rangers on Wednesday. They will be keen to rebound with a bossing performance against the tax men.
Ushuru are smarting from their 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Western Stima on Wednesday and must quickly deal with any confidence issues.
Ushuru goalkeeper Patrick Matasi was assaulted by people believed to be AFC Leopards fans in their previous match and is unlikely to feature in this match. Certainly out of this match is Ushuru defender Nelson Marasowe for collecting a red card on Wednesday, his second this season.
Western Stima vs Sony Sugar (Afraha Stadium, 3pm)
Stima are unbeaten in their last five games and are brimming with confidence after their 4-0 hammering of Ushuru.
But Sony Sugar will also come into the game high on confidence after holding fancied Gor Mahia to a barren draw in their midweek encounter.
Stima’s Dennis Sikhayi is suspended from this match for having accumulated five yellow cards.
Mathare United vs Tusker (Kasarani Stadium, 4.15pm)
The match of the weekend.
Both teams will come into this game bruised by unexpected defeats against lower table teams in their Wednesday games.
The brewers lost 2-0 to Thika United in Machakos while the slum boys were stunned 2-1 by Kakamega Homeboyz in Mumias.
Tusker’s top scorers Anthony Ndolo and Stephen Owusu, with eight goals between them, have been rather silent in recent matches. Paul Nkata will need them firing to collect all points from this very useful Mathare side.
Mathare’s reliable Eric Johanna is not available, away undergoing trials at Swedish club AIK Fotball.
Gor Mahia vs Bandari (Moi Stadium, 2pm)
With only one win in four games so far, pressure is mounting on Gor Mahia coach Marcelo Ferreira to come up with a consistent winning formula for the team.
That K’Ogalo beat Bandari 2-0 at their Mombasa base counts for very little since the defending champions have not delivered any convincing performances in their recent games.
The goal drought affecting strikers Jacques Tuyisenge and Meddie Kagere continues to persist, and it remains to be seen whether they will snap out of it on Sunday.
Dan Sserunkuma and Shabaan Kenga are sure starters for Bandari in this game, and they will fancy a go at their former employer.
Bandari welcome back goalkeeper Wilson Obungu who has served out his red card induced one-match ban.
Sofapaka vs City Stars (Kenyatta Stadium, 3pm)
This will be a battle involving bottom placed teams that have each won just two of their 20 matches so far.
For the second match in a row, player-coach John Baraza will be on the touchline for Sofapaka as head coach David Ouma is on national team duty in Spain with Harambee Starlets.
Nairobi City Stars’ forward Frankline Osama is suspended for accumulating five yellow cards.
Thika United vs Kakamega Homeboyz (Kasarani Stadiunm, 3pm)
Thika United stunned Tusker 2-0 on Wednesday, but the three points only saw them move two places above the relegation zone.
A similar result will be highly desirable for the James Nandwa-coached side seeking inspiration.
Eugene Mukangula, scorer of the brace that sunk Tusker on Wednesday, will once again be the go-to man for Thika. Mukangula has six goals this season and counting.
Kakamega Homeboyz have not lost in seven games and beat Thika 2-2 in the reverse fixture.
Chemelil Sugar vs Muhoroni Youth (Chemelil Stadium, 3pm)
Muhoroni Youth will have to do without striker Wycliffe Ochomo as he is still out banned. This means that veteran Francis Ochola will be called upon once again to spearhead the hunt for goals for Muhoroni.
Chemelil Sugar lost 1-0 to Muhoroni in their first leg encounter in May.