Tag: 2017 Kenya Premier League

18 Mar 17

Scorer: Kenneth Muguna

Gor Mahia collected their second win of the 2017 season when they beat Zoo Kericho by a solitary goal at the club’s spiritual home (Kisumu).
Additional reporting from goal.com
Coming to this, Gor Mahia were seeking add three points to day one win while Zoo were out for a bounce back after losing by a solitary goal in their opening match against Posta Rangers.
Muguna solo effort
Kogalo got their goal in final minutes of the first half after Kenneth Muguna made a turn and left his markers well beaten outside the 18 yard box. He then took a shot that was too difficult for Misikhu Vincent to stop and put the home side ahead.
At the 56th minute, Timothy Otieno failed to double Gor lead after he headed Karim Niyizigimana’s cross that had left Misikhu well beaten wide. Their were penalty claims after Jacques Tuyisenge was brought down but the referee waved play to continue.
Zoo had to play the final 10 minutes with 10 men after Omulanda Nixon was given matching orders after a second yellow card. This was after fouling Muguna. 
Gor coach gave a chance to Oliver Maloba and Philemon Otieno to feature the first ever in a competitive match while Zoo brought in Sindani Sabiri for Mike Madoya.
Other Gor Mahia’s chances in the match saw Karim Niyizigimana head wide Geoffrey Walusimbi’s delivery while Misikhu denied Muguna a goal but tipping his well taken free kick above the post.
Nicholas Kipkirui missed to capitalize on early lapse in Gor defence that would have seen them score first. His side went on to have limited chance in the game.

 The loss becomes Zoo’s second consecutive loss in in the league.
Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch, Haron Shakava, Musa Mohammed, Wellington Ochieng’, Karim Nizigiyimana, Godfrey Walusimbi, Ernest Wendo (Philemon Otieno), Francis Kahata (George Odhiambo), Kenneth Muguna, Jacques Tuyisenge, Timothy Otieno (Olivier Maloba),.
Subs: Shaban Odhoji, Collins Okoth, Meddie Kagere, Amos Nondi.
Read also: FKF to abide by SDT ruling, promises to amend licensing manual

Starting XI Misikhu Vincent, Obayi William, Ligare Johnstone, Kipyegon Isaac, Akiya Stanslus (Ouma Dominic), Omulanda Nixon, Gichana Geoffrey, Madoya Michael (Sindani Sabiri,, Oile Martin, Kipkirui Nicholas, Odhiambo Bernard
Subs: Koko Samuel, Namasakha Danson, Omondi Dennis, Mmata Leonard, Omondi Kevin

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11 Mar 17

The long awaited start of the 2017 Kenya Premier League is finally here. Gor Mahia are set to take on newly promoted Kariobangi Sharks at Thika stadium on Sunday. Gate charges will be Ksh 300.

Last season Gor Mahia started the season poorly. By the time Ze Maria arrived, Gor Mahia were in the relegation zone.

“We have learned from what happened last season. This year our aim is to start positively and keep the momentum going till the final day. Our target is to reclaim the title and we know it won’t be easy,” said Musa Mohamed to Capital Sports.

Musa Mohamed knows it will be no easy task against the newly promoted side. .

“We have prepared well and the confidence in the team received a huge boost when we won against Tusker last weekend. We are focused for this match which we don’t expect to be easy. Sharks is a good team and they will be coming to prove a point against us. Nonetheless, our aim is nothing but victory,” he said to Capital sports.

Already another newly promoted side, Nzoia United has registered a chock 5-2 win over champions Tusker. And Kariobangi Sharks will be buoyed by that result and will be attempting to replicate it. They already beat AFC Leopards in a friendly.

Gor Mahia’s attack will be led by the returning Timothy Otieno whose form of late has seen him preferred in attack along with Jacque Tuyisenge.

The league is going to be difficult.  Due to the late start and due to a shortage of available stadia, There will be multiple double and triple headers which will only ruin the playing surfaces. And there will be more midweek matches than usual. Whichever team is able to adapt to the poor playing surfaces and crammed schedule will be the succesful team.

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10 Feb 17

The Sports Dispute Tribunal (SDT) has given directive that the 2017 Kenyan Premier League begins on 25th February with 16 teams initially. The status of Muhoroni Youth, Sofapaka, KCB and Vihiga United is pending.  A decision will be made later on to determine which two out of those four teams will be added to the league.

Rachier defends himself

Gor Mahia Chair Ambrose Rachier has been accused of fomenting the current chaos along with the other KPL brass.  Rachier has however sought to clear his name.

“We are subordinates and the federation which runs football in the country has authority to do that. He (Nick Mwendwa) is the president of football in this country and we will honor what he wishes. We will not defy him,” said Rachier to capital Sport.

They have also been accused of refusing to meet with the FKF to resolve the issue. But Rachier says there are genuine reasons for not having the meeting.

“We are not trouble makers as many people out there have been made to believe. The chairman is genuinely sick. He has been unwell since he came back from Germany and we can’t set an exact day for the meeting. We will just wait till he feels better and we make a date. We are not against the meeting,” Rachier told Capital Sport.

However FKF dismissed such talk as “delaying tactics”.

“It is becoming tiring now. If he is really unwell, I think he can still send a proxy and the meeting goes on. We had also agreed that if there are two people from either side, that’s enough for a quorum,” FKF Executive Committee member Chris Amimo said to capital sports.

Rachier has no problem with the 18 team format but he has caveats.
“We have no problem going to 18 once the dispute of the six teams who all want to play in the league is resolved. Promotion and demotion should be determined on sporting grounds and we also need to be engaged as per the agreement we signed. “They want 18, and time is running out. When and where will they play?” Stadia are being closed for rehabilitation and time is also running out. On our side, we are ready to solve this,” he continued.

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7 Feb 17

FKF chairman Nick Mwendwa has announced that the Kenya Premier League has been suspended until further notice. In addition, foru KPL officials have been suspended for bringing the game into disrepute.

“KPL and FKF have been at war for over 14 years. We have been doing this over and over again and we can’t keep extending these wars,” infuriated Mwendwa said according to Capital Sports.

Those who will face disciplinary hearings are KPL Chief Executive Officer Jack Oguda, Chairman James Musyoki, his vice Ambrose Rachier and Mathare United chairman Bob Munro for going against the federation’s directives despite being part of the JEC.

“FKF disciplinary committee will follow due process and summon individuals to be heard and they will pass a ruling after for us to implement. The three have brought the game into disrepute. We take serious exceptions as a federation in what KPL said in their statement as well as Rachier’s letter going against clear directives,” Mwendwa railed.

Mwendwa is infuriated because KPL announced league fixtures that excluded Zoo Kericho, Nakumatt, Vihiga United and KCB whom Mwendwa had announced were promoted.

“These same people have been at the JEC when we sat and agreed things and now they are going against the very same things we reached resolutions on. Those are blatant lies they are spreading and we can’t as a federation accept because we have facts. There are consequences when you don’t follow regulation,” Mwendwa said.

Instead the schedule included Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth who were demoted for not meeting CAF licensing guidelines.

“We did our regulations and sent to CAF who approved that if you don’t have a club license by end of year 2016, you shall be relegated. I have the details of the AGM meeting. Item number 14 we voted on the proposal to adopt club licensing regulation. We got 70 votes against zero. If a club is not licensed, it will not be in the top tier league,” Mwendwa affirmed.

KPL clubs have been against league expansion to 18 teams. Rachier has noted that this means less money for each team. According to Capital Sports,  Mwendwa also said the financial implication was agreed on at Sh36mn and FKF is expected to deposit Sh24mn to KPL by April.

However, Mwendwa was at pains to substantiate allegations that both Nakumatt FC and Zoo Kericho had offered to add Sh10mn each to the agreed Sh36mn kitty to cater for an 18-team league, creating a clear conflict of interest as they will benefit from the league expansion.

“What is wrong with that?” Mwendwa posed when asked about the allegation.


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6 Feb 17

The 2017 Kenya premier league is set to kickoff this coming weekend according to reports posted by Citizen sports. Gor Mahia are set to kick off their campaign on Sunday February 12 against Kakamega Homeboyz.

Confusion still surrounds the structure of the league. On January 26, Nick Mwendwa announced that he had agreed in principle with KPL leadership to create an 18 team league. On Wednesday he announced that Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth would be relegated for not meeting CAF licensing regulations while Vihiga United and KCB would be promoted. However the fixtures released by KPL are for a 16 team league with only Nzoia United and Kariobangi Sharks being promoted. The other teams promoted by FKF (Zoo Kericho and Nakumatt) have also been excluded. Meanwhile Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka are included in the fixtures.

In a press release from KPL, KPL CEO Jack Oguda stated that the fixtures can only be reviewed and amended ‘if and when the league is expanded to 18’.

“Today the KPL Governing Council met and unanimously adopted this statement and agreed to support, and also enjoin KPL in, an immediate and urgent petition by Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka against their irregular and dubious ‘relegation’.

“We also agreed to appeal to the relevant authorities and judicial bodies all previous and future FKF decisions which violate FIFA principles/regulations and the FKF-KPL Agreement,” read part of the statement.

Updated KPL Fixtures and Venues

February 11 – Bandari v Kariobangi Sharks (Mbaraki Sports Club, 3pm), Chemelil Sugar v SoNy Sugar (Chemelil Stadium, 3pm), Kakamega Homeboyz v Gor Mahia (Mumias Sugar Sports Complex, 3pm)

February 12 – Mathare United v Thika United (Kasarani, 2pm), AFC Leopards v Nzoia United (Kasarani, 4.15pm), Western Stima v Muhoroni Youth (Moi Stadium, 3pm)

February 15 – Sofapaka v Ulinzi Stars (Nyayo Stadium, 3pm), Tusker v Posta Rangers (Kinoru, 3pm)

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