Back and running.

With World cup Glory for the next four years now decided its time to focus attention back to the Kenya Premier League. The first round of the second leg of matches was played over the last weekend, with the big fixture being the duel at City Stadium between defending Champions Sofapaka and 2007 edition winners, and current league leaders Tusker FC. The match ended in a 1-1 stalemate (Tusker super sub Paul Were salvaging a draw after Sofapaka went ahead though Bobby Mugalia)

Elsewhere in the league, 3rd placed Mathare United missed an opportunity to make in headway in closing the x point gap between them and Tusker FC. They were held to a 0-0 draw by Naivasha’s Karuturi Sports. Gor Mahia was the biggest winners, pounding Chemelil Sugar 4-1 whilst in the relegation battle. Red Berets and Thika United picked up valuable 1-0 wins over SoNy Sugar and Mahakama respectively. As a result of the weekend fixtures, Tusker’s lead at the top of the log is now subject to second placed Ulinzi Stars failing to win their game in hand on the weekend, at the bottom end of the table, Mahakama’s loss to relegation rivals Thika United, leaves them 7 points adrift at the bottom of the table. Red Beret’s win takes them out of the relegation places at the expense of Sony Sugar on goal difference.

CECAFA Club Championships set to start

Its that time of the year again, as the annual CECAFA Kagame Cup. the competition for the defending legaue champions various East and Central African nations kicks off from the 30th of June to the 12th of July.

This year Sudan, via the big bucks of El Merreikh FC, are the hosts of the competition. kenya will be represented by, Tusker (defending CECAFA Cup champions) and Mathare united, (qualifiers through winning the 2008 KPL title) This season’s tournament also sees the appearance of Congolese powerhouse TP Mazembe Englebert. the club were invited as guests to fill in the gap by the withdrawal of Ethiopa and Eritrea’s reperesntatives.

Full groups and host cities below

Group “A” (El Mereikh Stadium, Khartoum):

El Mereikh (Sudan)
Atraco (Rwanda)
Mathare United (Kenya)
Kartileh Djibsat (Djibouti)

Group “B” (Khartoum Stadium):

TP Mazembe (Congo, Kinshasa)
KCC (Uganda)
Tanzania Prisons (Tanzania)
Benadir Telecom (Somalia)

Group “C” (Port Sudan):

Tusker (Defending champions, Kenya)
Hey el Arab (Sudan)
AS Inter Stars (Burundi)
Miembeni (Zanzibar)

More info from the Kenya Premier League website

Gor 3 AFC 2

After two penalties and plenty of drama that was the result of the first league clash between the old firm in over two years.

The result takes Gor Mahia up to 6th in the 16 team Kenya Premier league with 6 points whilst Ingwe find themeselves rooted to the bottom of the table with only a single point from their 4 games.

Its good to know that despite the relative lack of strength of these two teams on the local scene, they can still serve up a feast of thrilling football when they collide on the pitch

Same old same old…

Who would have guessed it. Within a week of Ingwe’s (AFC Leopards) epic return to top flight football the old spectre of match abndonments would not be far behind.

Their first match back in the KPL against the newly renamed Nairobi City Stars was abandoned in the 60th minute when the swollen crowd of Football fans brought down a perimeter fence surrounding the pitch with AFC Leopards trailing 1-0 to their hosts. The finger pointing is already in full force with Stadium officials at the World Hope centre in Kawangware blaming an influx of ‘illegal fans’ for the abandonment.

They say that they sold 2000 official tickets but there may have been more than 5000 people watching the game. Which leaves this blogger wondering, if there were official tickets, where did the other 3000 odd prove that they had a rights to access the ground?