FKFPL Wrap: Impressive Leopards continue soaring as Gor Mahia drop points

12th February 2024

Ingwe picked up their fifth consecutive win as they continue moving up the standings.

PHOTO| AFC Leopards
PHOTO| AFC Leopards
  • Gor Mahia failed to pick up the maximum points for a second game in a row after being held by Ulinzi Stars.
  • City Stars bounced back from disappointing results in their recent two games with a huge away win against Bandari.
  • Tusker was too hot to handle for relegation-threatened Shabana.

Match week 21 of the Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKFPL) was not as dramatic as expected. 

Most of the clubs including Nairobi City Stars, Posta Rangers, Sofapaka and AFC Leopards picked up narrow wins or played to barren draws.

The Robert Matano-led Tusker FC side is the only club in the league that managed to run riot over their opponents.

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Leopards who endured a rough start to the 2023/2024 season, picked up maximum points once again as they continue to climb up the FKFPL Log. 

Ingwe’s win came at the expense of Murang’a Seal, whose problems seem to be getting worse each weekend. The central region-based side has now gone 11 matches without registering a win in the topflight league. 

Here is a wrap of all the action witnessed in FKFPL match week 21.

Gor Mahia drop points against Ulinzi Stars 

League leaders Gor Mahia FC failed to pick up the maximum points for a second game in a row after playing to a barren draw with Ulinzi Stars.

K'Ogalo tried their best to penetrate Ulinzi Stars defense in a match staged at the Machakos Stadium but their efforts were fruitless.

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Benson Omala, who recently missed an opportunity to join Algerian side JS Saoura, started on the bench with head coach Jonathan McKinstry putting his trust on Christopher Ochieng to lead the attack. 

Despite the disappointing draw, the record FKFPL champions remained at the helm of the FKFPL table with 44 points. On the other hand, Ulinzi Stars climbed to the 11th position, a point above Murang’a Seal.

Nairobi City Stars edge past Bandari to draw closer to Gor Mahia

Nairobi City Stars bounced back from disappointing results (1D 1L) in their recent two games with a huge win against a strong Bandari FC side on Saturday.

The Nicholas Muyoti-coached side defeated the coastal-based club 0-1 at the Mbaraki Grounds in Mombasa County.

The goal which came in the first half of the thrilling encounter was scored by Vincent Owino with the assist coming from Robinson Asenwa.

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Bandari players gave everything in the first half to try and pick something from the match but their City Stars counterparts stood strong.

The massive win took Nairobi City Stars’ tally to 37 points, seven behind leaders and title favorites Gor Mahia.

Tusker hit four past troubled Shabana FC

Finally, Tusker was too hot to handle for relegation threatened Shabana in a match played on Sunday at the Raila Odinga Stadium.

Tusker FC walloped the Kisii-based side 4-0 in a one-sided match to increase their chances of lifting the FKFPL trophy this season.

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Red-hot forward Erick Kapaito opened the scoring for the Brewers in the 14th minute before Ibrahim Joshua, Siwa Shaphan and Joseph Mwangi netted three second half goals. 

The win helped the former FKFPL champions climb up to fourth in the log with 34 points ahead of the crunch clash against KCB FC slated for Saturday, February 18.

FKFPL match week 21 results

Gor Mahia 0 - 0 Ulinzi Stars

Bandari FC 0 - 1 Nairobi City Stars

Shabana FC 0 - 4 Tusker FC

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KCB 1 - 2 Kakamega Homeboyz

Talanta FC 1 - 1 Sofapaka FC

AFC Leopards 1 - 0 Murang’a Seal

Muhoroni Youth 1 - 2 Kariobangi Sharks

Bidco United 1 - 2 Nzoia Sugar

Posta Rangers 0 - 0 Kenya Police FC