Stima claims top of the table position as Sofapaka, Homeboyz lose

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 00:00 |
Sofapaka’s Timonah Wanyonyi (right) vies for the ball against Tusker defender Hillary Wanyama during their league match at Machakos Stadium on Saturday. Photo/PD/COURTESY

The 2019/2020 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) may still be at its infancy stage, the emerging question is  which team will break the duck and end Western Stima’s fairy tale  run? 

After Match Day Four,  table-topping Stima are yet to lose a match which is a manifestation of their seriousness and threat to the so-called fancied teams in the title contention.

Last weekend, Stima, arguably one of the most enterprising teams in the league, continued enjoying a purple patch in a 2-1 win over Kisumu All Stars in a Dala Derby at Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

Following the result, Stima, who have won two matches and drawn a similar number, are warming the summit with eight points.

Resurgent AFC Leopards are a point adrift in the second slot on the log and, just like Stima, deserve attention after winning their second consecutive match by a hefty 4-0 margin at the expense of Chemelil Sugar at Mumias Complex.

Ingwe started the season with a 1-0 defeat by Kakamega Homeboyz and if you ever thought their spots were fading you ought to have watched their match in Mumias where two goal-hero John Makwata, Soter Kayumba and Tresor Ndikumana pepped them with spectacular goals.

The win was no doubt a big relief for Leopards who had been criticised by their fans for a lacklustre performance that does not befit their status. 

The team’s coach Andre Cas Mbungo was very ecstatic after the victory and attributed it to team work.

“We played more offensively and I was happy that the players were good on the ball. Obviously, this is a big inspiration and I hope the players continue working hard in the rest of the fixtures,” said Mbungo.

As Leopards were winning, Tusker were also left purring in a morale-boosting 3-1 win over Sofapaka.

For Tusker, it was sheer brute on Batoto Ba Mungu on the evening and what made their success even sweeter is that they managed to make the score-line more emphatic in an action-packed second half.

The win saw Tusker remain entrenched in the seventh position with seven points, statistics which they share with Bandari, KCB, Ulinzi Stars, Kariobangi Sharks and Leopards who have a better goal aggregate.

In the meantime, Kariobangi Shakrs and Mathare United shared the spoils at 0-0 in a Slum Derby in Machakos and what is discernible is that both teams seem to have perfected the art of drawing matches thus losing crucial points.

In contrast, Wazito had a fruitful weekend in a 2-0 win over hosts Zoo Kericho thus healing the wounds of a disappointing 1-0 loss to Leopards the previous weekend in Kakamega.

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