Sunday, March 11, 2012

Pre Match: Muhoroni (H)

MichezoAfrika previews the match per Timothy Olobulu:-

Jan Koops’ charges will be welcoming the league debutants at the Nyayo National Stadium, hoping to keep their unbeaten record unchecked. They will be wary of a Muhoroni side who bottled up Gor Mahia 1-0 at the same venue three weeks ago.

Leopards are currently at second spot on the log, with Sofapaka being on top; 11 points after but Ingwe has a match at hand. A win for the Leopards will see them get back to the apex.
Leopards have played four matches with three wins and a draw. They have beaten Ulinzi Stars away in Nakuru, Oserian at the Nyayo Stadium and Mathare United at the same venue. They drew with Chemelil Sugar also at the same venue.

Muhoroni are placed 10th after four matches with four points. They have won once, lost twice and drawn once.

AFC Leopards midfielder Charles Okwemba is back in the team after missing out last weekend  2-0 win over Ulinzi Stars in Nakuru. He is the only new face in the team and replaces injured Mike Barasa in the starting eleven.

“Last week he was not feeling well and he was not in the correct state of mind. We have looked at him this week and he was very sharp and it was not a problem for me and the technical bench to decide on him to start. Barasa is injured on the shoulder. It is very painful and he cannot play today”, Koops told

The coach also says that he expects his charges to continue with their unbeaten run though he does not throw all his cards in the cast as per the match.

“I cannot say that we will always win. For me, I say that we will try our best when we get to the field. We respect our opponents and I think we have a good chance of winning and we will try to win because our fans also expect us to win”, he adds.

Patrick Matasi will continue in goal, hoping to continue with his clean sheet. The former West Sugar man has not conceded a goal since the league begun. Amon Muchiri will continue at left back in the absence of the injured Abbas Kiwalabye with Edwin Baraza playing at right back.

Erick Masika and Jonas Nahimana will continue with their job at central defense. Captain Martin Imbalambala will play infront of the defense. Salim Khamis Kinje and Bernard Mang’oli will play in central midfield. Charles Okwemba will play on the offensive right with Jimmy Bageya playing on the offensive left. Allan Wanga will be the lone man upfront.

A win for the Leopards today will see them go back to the top of the log with 13 points. A draw will also see them topple Sofapaka on goal difference.

Full Line up;
Starting XI: Patrick Matasi, Edwin Baraza, Amon Muchiri, Erick Masika, Jonas Nahimana, Martin Imbalambala, Charles Okwemba, Jimmy Bageya, Salim Kinje, Bernard Mang’oli, Allan Wanga
Subs; Barnabas Tiema, Robert Syong’o, Fabrice Tumba, Abraham Cokie, Kadenge, Victor Ochieng’, Francis Chinjili

Michael Kwambo of Kenyanstar writes:-

AFC Leopards recovered from that scoreless home draw against Chemelil in their opening fixture to register three identical 2-0 wins over Mathare United, Oserian and Linz (sic) Stars to go top of the KPL. Jan Koop’s side will try to maintain their momentum and protect their lead when they face a Muhoroni Youth side that surprised Gor Mahia 1-0 in their last outing to Nairobi. A win for Leopards could see them perched atop the KPL summit at the close of business on Sunday. This is a must win clash for the side as a slip up could see them lose the KPL’s prime property.

Muhoroni Youth come to Nairobi on an expedition. The side who are in their debut KPL season are currently placed ninth and will be out to avoid the curse of newly promoted teams that return to the Nationwide leagues at the close of the season. Coached by the wily Alfred Imonje, this side surely knows the importance of collecting points as the more points you have simply determines you continued stay in the league or even the ascent to glory. With this in mind, expect the Muhoroni side that steps out on the day to be competitive in their approach to the game.

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