Saturday, May 5, 2012

Pre Match: City Stars (A)

Leopards is finally back to the city.

Collins Okinyo of Supersport predicts a 2-1 victory for Leopards.

City Stars are deep in the relegation zone propping up the other 15 teams with only eight points. It’s a scenario similar to last season where they survived in the last day of the league and they will need to summon those powers of revival to get out of the bottom again. 

They face league leaders AFC Leopards who have not won their last two encounters but still lead the table on 27 points. 

Strikers Allan Wanga and Mike Baraza are back in the fold after missing last week’s encounter. 

Prediction: 1-2

Denis Machio of MichezoAfrika writes:-

Ugandan Abbas Kiwalabye will this afternoon make a comeback to the Ingwe’s starting line up after close to two months absence due to a knee injury. Abbas will start in his left full back position alongside Edwin Wafula on the right full back, Erick Masika and Jonas Nahimana in central defense ahead of Patrick Matasi who starts in the post.

AFC Leopards will be looking at maintaining their advantage at the summit of the KPL log where they lead with 27 points. They play bottom placed Nairobi City Stars at the Nyayo stadium this afternoon.

Lead strikers Allan Wanga and Mike Barasa also make a come back in the starting fold after missing their last match with injuries.Wanga will partner upfront with Victor Ochieng and Mike Barasa to lead the search for goals that could extend their supremacy.

Head coach Jan Koops will employ an attack minded midfield that includes Salim Kinje, Martin Imbalambala and Bernard Mang’oli with Charles Okwemba making a comeback after weeks of absence due to sickness but will start from the bench.

Tickets are selling at the venue at Kshs 400 and Kshs 200.

LINE UP:Patrick Matasi, Edwin Wafula, Abbas Kiwalabye, Eric Masika, Jonas Nahimana, Martin Imbalambala, Bernard Mang’oli, Salim Kinje, Mike Barasa, Allan Wanga, Victor Ochieng.

Subs:Barnabas Tiema, Robert Syongo, Amon Muchiri, Augustine Etemesi, Laurent Tumba and Oscar Kadenge. 

Wilson Mathu of Futaa writes:-

Kenya Premier League side Nairobi City Stars has promised to stop the marauding AFC Leopards strikers in the top-bottom clash at the Nyayo Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Club team manager Laurence Njenga told that the Stars were determined to stop the strikers who have dominated the KPL scorers’ charts this season.

-We have been working on stopping the strikers by perfecting our defense and it has been working well so far.

-The team is very fine at the moment and we respect them but we are prepared to give our all in the match.

The two will face off in the second match of the Saturday double header at the Nyayo Stadium starting 1500Hrs.

City Stars are placed bottom of the log while Ingwe are top separated by a 19 points difference.

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