NAIROBI, Kenya- The second round of fixtures in the 2018 Kenya Premier League (KPL) season did not replicate any humiliating defeats as the opening round, though there were plenty of instances where the team in mention was considered a loser.
Here are the SportPesa News second round losers.
Thika United FC
Thika United FC played out to a 3-3 draw against retailers Nakumatt FC on Saturday at the Ruaraka Grounds, with the key talking point of the match being Thika giving away a 3-1 lead.
It is fair to say that lapses in concentration were the main cause for Nakumatt’s second and third goal that left the milkmen in 13th place with a point from their two matches.
Having finished in a lowly 16th in the SportPesa Premier League (SPL) last season forcing them to compete in the playoff against Ken Kenyatta’s Ushuru FC, Thika will need to improve to avoid a similar situation this time round.
Nzoia Sugar FC who made their debut in Kenya’s top flight last season, seemed to be on course for an incredible away win against 2008 KPL champions Mathare United FC until Chrispin Oduor cancelled out George Mutimba’s opener in the 77th minute.
Their first point in the 2018 campaign didn’t seem so bad either, that was until Festus Okiring was given his marching orders for handling a goal-bound shot in the penalty area. The resulting spot kick was then successful by Francis Omondi to secure a second successive win for his namesake Kimanzi.
The first red card of the season shown to Okiring led to the Nzoia defeat leaving them without a win from their first two matches and at the bottom of the table.
The 2016 SPL champions might have garnered their first point of the season against Posta Rangers FC over the weekend, though their start to the season is very far from convincing.
The loss of influential players during the transfer period seems to be taking a toll on the brewers, with the likes of Allan Wanga leaving for Kakamega Homeboyz and star midfielder Humphrey Mieno joining record league winners Gor Mahia FC, there seems to be a void left in the squad.
Their failure to create enough chances and convert the few that they do is proving costly and their tame efforts leaves them in 15th place with only a point to their name.
Ulinzi Stars FC
Going into the match against Sony Sugar FC as favorites, Ulinzi Stars were stunned by a solitary Clinton Omondi goal in the 15th minute of the encounter.
The four-time champions went into the fixture with a dismal record, seeing as they had not been able to beat the millers in their last seven encounters, thus extending their winless run against Salim Babu’s charges.
The soldiers blew the chance to go to the top of the KPL table as the loss meant they did not improve from the three points they bagged in their 4-2 victory over Zoo FC, leaving them in sixth place.
2018 CAF Champions League representatives, 16-time KPL title winners Gor Mahia FC and AFC Leopards SC will play their matches against Zoo Kericho FC and Wazito FC respectively on Thursday 15, 2018.