Stima beat Tusker, Posta corner Nzoia: The Brewers are in title race with Gor Mahia and Ulinzi

By Gilbert Wandera: Saturday, July 15th 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Football
KPL MATCHES Posta rangers Luke Ochieng shields Kariobangi sharks Elias Asieche during the KPL Match at Afraha stadiun in Nakuru on April 22,2017.They ended in 0-0. PHOTO:MOSES KIPSANG

The defending KPL champions have lostd two league matches in a row.

Reigning Kenya Premier League (KPL) champions Tusker were beaten 1-0 by Western Stima in Kisumu yesterday.

In another match played yesterday, Posa Rangers beat Nzoia United 2-1 through Denis Mukaisi and Joseph Mbugi before Patrick Kwitonda pulled one back for Nzoia.

Today, Kariobangi Sharks will be in action. Despite earning promotion just this year, the team has made great strides and are now placed fifth on the log with the season not even half way.

The team takes their quest for more points to Machakos Stadium where they are scheduled to host Kakamega Homeboyz this afternoon.

Apart from the fact that they are enjoying good form in the top league, past form also favours Sharks.

The two teams have previously met twice in the lower league with Sharks winning once and the other fixture ending in a barren draw.

Sharks have largely been inspired by a core of players who have played together for a long time and have now reached their top level. They include Ibrahim Kitawi, Ovella Ochieng and Patilla Omotto.
The trio has been boosted by the additional of Ibrahim Sanneh, Masoud Juma and Osborne Monday all of whom are very experienced in top flight football to create a lethal squad tipped to pick all three points this afternoon.

Homeboyz are however not to be underrated. The team has also picked some decent results under coach Mike Mururi and are tipped for atleast a top eight finish.

Homeboyz who were promoted to the top tier last season have managed to hold onto majority of their players and this has brought some stability in the squad.

Thika United face a tough fixture also today as they host Sofapaka.

It has been a challenging four months for the Brookside-sponsored side who have had to change coaches once so far.

New coach Nicholas Muyoti is yet to win a match since taking over and will be eyeing his first three points.

Sofapaka have shown an inability to pick all three points from mid table teams and may struggle against Thika United.

At Ruaraka Stadium, Mathare United tackle Sony Sugar with both teams determined to turn around a bad run of results.

The sugar millers are placed 13th on the log having won less than half of their 15 matches so far.

Furthermore, Sony Sugar have had a poor away record having picked just seven points in their eight matches on the road.

But they have some experienced players who could complicate things for United. They have Moses Asembeka, George Abege and Marwa Chamberi to lead their attack.

Mathare, on the other hand will be looking for their first win since the league resumed after a three-week break.

In Mombasa today, newly appointed AFC Leopards coach Robert Matano starts his reign with a match against Bandari.