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SOLDIERS FACE MILLERS: Busy schedule for Ulinzi as KPL resumes

FOOTBALL By Gilbert Wandera | September 7th 2016
ULINZI VS SONY SUGAR Kevin Amwayi (lin white) of Ulinzi stars battles for the ball with sony sugar's Eugene Ochieng during Sport pesa premier league at Afraha stadium in Nakuru on February 13,2016.The match ended on a goaless draw .PHOTO:KIPSANG

After missing two weeks of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL, Ulinzi Stars will have a busy schedule trying to catch up with the rest.

The soldiers play away to Sony Sugar at Awendo Green Stadium this afternoon.

Ulinzi Stars missed two weeks of fixtures as they were taking part in the military games in Rwanda where they emerged champions.

Team captain James Saruni has admitted that the team whose head coach Robert Matano is absent due to sickness will have it tough trying to catch up.

“It is a very tough run of fixtures but we are ready for it. We knew we would face this, but as a team, we know we can handle it,” he told the club’s website.

After Wednesday’s match, the soldiers will then take on Sofapaka on Sunday before travelling to Nairobi for a meeting with league champions Gor Mahia.

The soldiers are currently placed sixth on the log with 33 points, 11 behind leaders Tusker but with two matches on hand.

For goals, the soldiers have John Makwata to depend on. The Harambee Stars striker has been in top form this season and is currently the team’s leading scorer.

The sugar millers on the other hand have been unbeatable since Salim Babu took over three months ago and have been enjoying a good run of results.

With a home ground advantage favouring them, Sony Sugar are unlikely to drop points at home this afternoon as they seek for a top-8 finish.

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Elsewhere, AFC Leopards have summoned all traders selling their merchandise to a meeting tomorrow evening.

The club says it wants to start issuing licenses to the traders to ensure that some of the revenue from the merchandise sale goes back to the club.

“Over the years, many people have reaped millions from the club by selling stuff using the club’s logo without benefiting the club.

“We have summoned all the persons doing the business with our club logo from matters merchandise. We want to ensure that all those using our logo do their business legally and also the club get some income from it.

“Over the years we had so many people benefiting from the club without giving back. It’s unfair as this denies us a lot of revenue,” a statement from the club said.

The club further said that it is not their intention to deny anyone a chance to sell their merchandise, but are insisting on it being done in the right way.

“We are not denying anyone a chance to sell anything, what we want is to have all those involved to follow the right channel.

AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia, two of the country’s biggest community clubs lose millions of shillings in revenue every year due to unscrupulous sell of their merchandise.

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