The Kenyan Premier League resumes today, Wednesday October 12, after a two-and-a-half week break where domestic cup competition as well as international matches were played.
Mathare United’s visit to Muhoroni Youth today (12), will open the proceedings as both sides continue their hunt for a Top 8 finish that will admit then to the 2017 Top 8 finals.
The hosts go into this clash under new stewardship after head coach Bobby Ogolla was shown the door last week but in Tom Juma, the man who has been handed the duties for the remaining games of the season, they will feel confident of getting a result at home.
Mathare, fifth on the log, were once tipped to fight for the league title but they somehow fell by the way side although head coach Francis Kimanzi admits that they are within their season targets – a top four finish.
They face a Muhoroni side who will be hoping they can address a wretched run which has seen them win only once in their last 7 league assignments, but are unbeaten in 10 home matches.
There’s really nothing to separate these two teams in terms of their previous meetings. In the 9 games they have played, both teams have won 3 matches each and the other 3 ended in draws.
Muhoroni won the corresponding fixture 1-0 last season and fought for a 1-1 draw when Mathare hosted them in April this year. Both players who scored in that match, Muhoroni’s Wycliffe Ochomo and Mathare’s Whyvonne Issuza will miss this match, the latter recovering from a broken ankle while the former has been ostracized from his team.
Ochomo’s absence will be highly felt by the hosts with the striker the joint leading goalscorer in the league with 12 goals but Mathare will also feel the pinch of missing attacking midfielder Eric Johanna who is suspended for the clash after accumulating five yellow cards.
Muhoroni Youth Starting XI: Farouk Shikhalo, Yusuf Mohammed, Mike Simiyu, James Ogada, Kelvin Omondi, Abdalla Hamisi, Benjamin Mosha, Kennedy Rono, Moses Arita, Francis Ochola, Samuel Ndungu
Subs: Kennedy Otieno, Peter Okore, Andrew Sekayombya, Daniel Otieno, Dennis Monda, Lwamba Bebeto, Calvince Omanga
Mathare United Starting XI: Robert Mboya (GK), Robinson Kamura, David Mwangi, Andrew Juma, George Owino, Vincent Okello (C), Whyvonne Isuza, Crispin Oduor, Duke Abuya, Daniel Mwaura, Derrick Onyango
Subs: Wycliffe Kasaya (GK), Bernard Omondi, Ronald Okoth, Harrison Mwendwa, Musa Oundo, Cliff Nyakeya, Alphonce Ndonye
Muhoroni Youth – L W L D L L
Mathare United – L W W L D
9 meetings, 3 wins each, 3 draws
Correct Score Prediction: 1-1 at Half time. 2-1 to Muhoroni Youth at FT
Both teams to score: Yes
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