As the Kenyan Premier League gears up for its highly anticipated return after the festive season, football fans across Kenya are eagerly awaiting the resumption of top-tier football action.
With Matchweek 17 just around the corner, let’s take a closer look at what lies ahead for some of the league’s prominent teams and the intense relegation battle.
Gor Mahia: The defending champions have been nothing short of impressive this season, maintaining their top position in the league standings. With 34 points to their name, Gor Mahia remains undefeated, showcasing their dominance in the league. They are set to face a formidable challenge against Posta Rangers, the second-placed team. This clash promises to be a title decider, with Posta Rangers trailing the leaders by five points. A victory for Gor Mahia could solidify their position at the top, while a win for Posta Rangers could ignite their title hopes. The performance of key players like Benson Omalla, the league’s top scorer, will be crucial in this fixture.
AFC Leopards: On the other end of the spectrum, AFC Leopards finds themselves in a precarious position in the league. The storied club is currently struggling to move away from the relegation zone and is in desperate need of points. Their match against Ulinzi Stars will be a pivotal one, as they look to secure a much-needed win and climb the standings. AFC Leopards will rely on their passionate fan base and experienced players to turn their fortunes around.
Tusker FC: Tusker FC, a perennial contender in the FKF Premier League, is also facing a challenging season. The former champions are currently not in the top half of the table and will be looking to improve their performance. Their upcoming clash against KCB FC presents an opportunity for Tusker to make a statement and work their way up the standings.
Relegation Battle: The battle to avoid relegation is heating up as several teams find themselves perilously close to the drop zone. Shabana FC and Muhoroni Youth are among the teams struggling at the bottom of the table. Their match at Ruaraka Stadium could be a make-or-break encounter, with both teams fighting for survival. Points in this fixture are crucial, and the pressure will be on to secure a victory.
Fixtures for Matchweek 17:
Bandari FC vs. Nzoia Sugar at 15:00, Mbaraki Grounds
Nairobi City Stars vs. FC Talanta at 15:00, Kasarani Annex
Shabana FC vs. Muhoroni Youth at 15:00, Ruaraka Stadium
Police FC vs. KK Homeboyz at 15:00, Police Sacco Stadium
Posta Rangers vs. Gor Mahia at 15:00, Machakos Stadium
Sunday’s fixtures include:
Kariobangi Sharks vs. Murang’a Seal at 13:00, Police Sacco Stadium
Sofapaka FC vs. Bidco United at 15:00, Machakos Stadium
AFC Leopards vs. Ulinzi Stars at 15:00, Nyayo Stadium
KCB FC vs. Tusker FC at 16:00, Police Sacco Stadium
As the FKF Premier League resumes, fans can expect a thrilling weekend of football action, with title contenders, relegation battlers, and top players all ready to leave their mark on the league.