In-form Homeboyz plotting Tusker FC upset

Kakamega Homeboyz celebrates scoring during their Kenyan Premier League match against Sofapaka FC at the ...
Kakamega Homeboyz celebrates scoring during their Kenyan Premier League match against Sofapaka FC at the Mumias Sports Complex in Kakamega on July 17, 2016. The match ended 1-1. Photo/Tabitha Otwori/Sportpicha/Citizen Digital

Kakamega Homeboyz FC face Tusker FC in round 23 of the Kenya Premier League (KPL) with Head Coach Mike Muiruri confident a positive result against the table toppers will go a long way in fueling their league ambitions.

The recently promoted side put a superior performance in their last match on Sunday against bitter rivals, AFC Leopards, scoring four in a thrilling KPL match staged in Mumias.

The Kakamega-based outfit has been unplayable in the second leg, picking crucial points from KPL giants including Gor Mahia FC, Mathare FC and Ulinzi FC and is hopeful it can add the Brewers to its growing list of casualties as it continues a rather late league charge.

The tie has every ingredient necessary to make a delicious, nail-biting affair; while Homeboyz will be looking to extend its nine-match unbeaten run, the hosts have made it clear that nothing but the title will do-tasting defeat only thrice this season.

“I thank God that we currently have no injury concerns and we have trained well. Tusker play a different style of football and the outcome will depend on how my players approach the game,” Muiruri, a former Chemelil Sugar tactician, told Citizen Digital.

He credited teamwork and support from the club’s Chairman Cleophas Shimanyula for their recent rise in form and is optimistic that they still have a chance of claiming the title.

“We have been playing as a team and the chairman has been motivating the players in the dressing room so we are hopeful our good spell is still not over,” he said.

“At the beginning when we were promoted, our main objective was to stay in the league but as the season progressed we raised our expectations to qualify to the top eight. If we continue the way we are moving, there is the possibility of us winning the league,” he added.

The Brewers will however be the more confident of the two, after a triumphant 1-0 win in the reverse fixture.

Elsewhere, Leopards will be hoping to bounce back from their humiliating defeat over the weekend when they welcome bottom-side Nairobi City Stars FC.

Ingwe are placed tenth on the log and a win against the Kawangware-based outfit could propel them into at least a top eight spot.

Only a point separates City Stars from Sofapaka FC and the 2009 league champions, who relinquished the bottom spot for the first time this season, will be buoyed by their impressive recent form that has seen them take six points from their last two matches when they face a resurgent Posta Rangers FC.

Mathare United, who might have to wait for yet another season to reclaim the title they last won in 2008, will be lining up against struggling side Ushuru FC.

The Francis Kimanzi led side’s title charge cooled down after their awful form in the second half of the season, which included a five-match winless streak, saw them knocked out of the top four.

The Slum Boys will be looking for their second win on the bounce against the Taxmen whose Coach, Ken Kenyatta, is under immense pressure with his side struggling to impress.

Holders Gor Mahia will, however, be taking a two-week break from the league during which they hope to make amends in their fading campaign that has seen them fail to narrow the gap at the top.

With eight rounds of play remaining to the conclusion of the league, matches lined up in the coming weeks might be very crucial in deciding who ends up where on the log.



Saturday 20th August

Mathare United FC vs. Ushuru FC

Chemelil Sugar FC vs. SoNy Sugar FC

Sofapaka FC vs. Posta Rangers FC

Sunday 21st August

AFC Leopards FC vs. Nairobi City Stars FC

Tusker FC vs. Kakamega Homeboyz FC

Western Stima FC vs. Muhoroni Youth FC

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