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‘Zico’s’ Sony Sugar causes ripples as Leopards play to expectations

WHEN comprehensively beating Mathare United 3-1 on the opening day, Sony Sugar looked a safe bet for a 2012 Kenyan Premier League title contender.

Sony carried their Awendo home form, this time to Naivasha and beat Oserian 2-1 on Sunday. There will be a firmer look at coach Zedekiah “Zico” Otieno side; after all they have a proud history -- a Premiership title in 2006 and a fairly consistent record since then.

After only two rounds, only Tusker and Gor Mahia, who did not participate because of their continental engagements on the weekend, can challenge Sony to the claim of a 100% record.

Tusker visit Western Stima at Bukhungu on Wednesday afternoon while Gor Mahia welcome league debutants Muhoroni Youth in a SuperSport “live” broadcast match under the National Stadium floodlights in the evening.

AFC Leopards stole the rest of Sunday’s limelight, with a commanding performance and 2-0 victory over Mathare United at the National Stadium.

The opening match of the SuperSport “live” broadcast double-header had Sofapaka coming from behind to edge KCB 2-1.

Elsewhere there were barren draws for Nairobi City Stars against Rangers and Thika United having an unlikely one over favoured home team Chemelil in Nyanza.

AFC Leopards 2 Mathare United 0

Jimmy Bagaye, a man who enjoys speedy running and a no-holds-barred engagement had early satisfaction after scoring for Leopards in the 32nd minute; a powerful slam when the ball fell well for him against a hesitant Mathare United defence.

Leopards were firmly on the driving seat just two minutes after the change of ends, Benard Mang’oli tapping home an Allan Wanga cross.

This season Leopards signed players with the promise of making a formidable team. Even if they did not have a terrific start -- drew 0-0 with Chemelil last week -- supporters saw the promise of a winning side once it caught rhythm.

A decent crowd featured dignitaries including former Trade and Industry Minister Mukhisa Kituyi, Ikolomani Member of Parliament Bonny Khalwale and Nairobi Mayor George Aladwa.

Leopards were too formidable a side for Mathare United that was hoping for a change of fortune from a previous weekend defeat at Sony.

They tried to cope and in particular, Jesse Were should have scored in the 87th minute when he shot just wide with Leopards ‘keeper Patrick Matasi well beaten.

Two minutes later, it was Francis Ouma who headed on to the cross bar a Daniel Mwaura corner as United laid on a closing stage siege on Leopards goalmouth. Leopards’ Jan Koops said the victory was a boost to the morale of his team but warned them not to get carried away since the season was just starting.

TEAMS:-

AFC LEOPARDS - 1. Patrick Matasi: 5. Edwin Baraza, 3. Abbassi Kiwalabye, 40. Eric Masika, 17. Jonas Nahimana, 4. Martin Imbalambala (captain), 18. Salim Khamis, 10. Charles Okwemba, 9. Allan Wanga, 50. Jimmy Bagaye, 22. Bernard Mang’oli

Reserves - 19. Barnabas Tiema, Gk; 26. Robert Syongoh, 14. Amon Muchiri, 11. Mike Baraza, 34. Victor Ochieng’, 8. Laurent Tumba, 7. Oscar Kadenge

Scorers - 50. Jimmy Bagaye (32’), 22. Bernard Mang’oli (47’)

Coach - Jan Koops [The Netherlands]

MATHARE UNITED - 1. Joseph Ruto: 13. Athman Buki, 21. Kevin Omondi, 17. Lloyd Wahome, 15. Anthony Kimani (captain), 4. Dennis Nzomo, 10. Daniel Mwaura, 12. Tirus Omondi, 24. Francis Ouma2. Jamal Mohammed, 29. Andrew Tololwa

Reserves - 22. Robert Mboya, Gk; 30. Anthony Khadudu, 7. Vincent Okello, 27. Gabriel Nduru, 11. Innocent Mutiso, 25. Jesse Were, 14. Paul Ochieng’

Coach - Gabriel “Kingi” Njoroge

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Referee - Anthony Ongwayo

Assistant ref - Brasan Mamati

Asst ref - Caroline Kiles

Reserve ref - Edward Lumbugu

Match commissioner - Zach Wadeyi

Sofapaka 2 KCB 1

After Sofapaka had made most of the attacking, the lead went to KCB when Jacob Keli scored a minute to half time, his third goal of the season after last week’s brace in the 2-1 win over Ulinzi Stars.

Simon Mburu levelled for Sofapaka in the 59th minute, converting a ball from a flicked header by John Baraza.

Sofapaka substitute Robert Binja, who had just come in for Mburu, was brought down inside the box by Dennis Omondi to earn Sofapaka a penalty that Baraza stepped up convert for 2-1.

TEAMS:-

SOFAPAKA - 39. Duncan Ochieng’: 35. Felly Mulumba, 40. Eugene Asike, 8. Abdallah Juma, 15. Hashim Mukwana, 25. Musa Mudde, 20. Humphrey Ochieng’ Mieno, 11. Anthony Kimani, 23. Simon Mburu, 12. John Baraza, 22. Heretier Ndombele Luvualu, 29. David Okello

Reserves - 29. David Okello, Gk; 10. Robert Binja, 5. Edgar “Fighter” Ochieng’, 17. Elli Asieche, 21. John Njoroge, 30. Joseph Nyaga, 2. Osborne Monday

Scorers - 23. Simon Mburu (58’), 12. John Baraza (penalty)

Coach - Salim Ali

KCB - 16. Timothy Onyango: 13. Bethuel Warambo, 3. Milton Milimo, 4. Joseph Kangata (captain), 2. Dennis Omondi, 14. Michael Oyando, 20. Geoffrey Maina, 6. Elvis Ayany, 11. Benjamin Chaka, 7. Jacob Keli, 5. Paul Mungai. Reserves - 1. Sammy Okinda, Gk; 12. Joseph Apindi, 25. Emmanuel Olupot, 10. Ezekiel Odera, 30. Bernard Meki, 18. Clifford Alwanga, 8. Brian Osumba

Scorer - 7. Jacob Keli (44’)

Coach - James Otieno

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Referee - Nasur Doka

Assistant ref - Mike Mwangi

Asst ref - George Okerio

Reserve ref - Moses Osano

Oserian 1 Sony Sugar 2

Sony Sugar striker Enock Agwanda, discovered early last year in the Kenyan Premier League’s Under-19 championship as a free-scoring right winger, lived up to his reputation with the fastest goal so far this season.

There was only 45 seconds on the clock when Agwanda concluded a lightning attack by Sony in Naivasha.

A shell-shocked Oserian, however, made it a contest by calmly regaining their poise. They reorganised their defense ensuring that they did not concede again in the first half.

Incidentally, it was when the Sony defence started showing signs of wilting as the hosts missed plenty of chances, that the visitors withdrew their starting goalie Collins Oduor and injected new signing Wilson Obungu, the out-of-favour Kenya international.

Amid a battling second half Oserian got the equaliser, John Kio finding the mark in the 85th minute.

But Sony confirmed their all-roundness by Joshua Oyoo scoring the winner in the 90th minute.

TEAMS:-

OSERIAN - 21. Anthony Marisia: 23. Edwin Misiko, 13. David Seda, 2. Thomas Onyango, 24. Frankline Osama,11. Peter Kamau (14. Gordon Okoth), 20. Geoffrey Njuguna (18. Fred Omondi), 16. Protus Ambani (19. Tirus Ojuki), 26. John Kio, 21. Paul Odhiambo, 9. Edmond Situma

Reserves not used - 22. Enock Oduor, Gk; 12. Jackson Oduor, 4. David Wanyama, 14. Peter Chesoti

> Scorer - 26. John Kio (85')

Coach - (-)

SONY SUGAR - 1. Collins Oduor: 15. Wycliffe Nyangesh, 23. Andrew Waswa, 12. Tumba Kilonzo, 5. Sylvester Wanyama, 10. Victor Majid, 3. Joshua Oyoo, 6. Dennis “Wise” Okoth, 25. Enock Agwanda, 7. Marwa Chamberi (21. Jared Ogalo), 19. Mathias Okoro (2. Cyrus Shitote)

Reserves not used - 29. Wilson Obungu, Gk; 21. George Amayo, 24. Vincent Ogutu, 4. Omar Musa, 30. Roy Okal

Scorers - 22. Enock Agwanda (45 seconds), 3. Joshua Oyoo (90+')

Coach - Zedekiah "Zico" Otieno

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Referee - Damaris Kimaru

Assistant ref - Stephen Oduor

Asst ref - Oliver Ouma

Reserve ref - Thomas Onyango

Match commissioner - Evans Omosa

Nairobi City Stars 0 Rangers 0

Having began with a Day One loss to Tusker, Nairobi City Stars were hoping to step up their play and snatch all the points against a Rangers side that had scrambled a 2-2 draw last weekend against Oserian.

But both teams looked like sides set for an uphill task to stay afloat this season; unless they can find confidence somewhere. They both played nervously.

City Stars squandered clear chances in the second half falling to Silas Aluvisia, Dan Sserunkuma and Samuel Mwangi who all shot over the bar.

However City Stars’ ‘keeper Ronnie Kagunzi had to make acrobatic saves to deny Aggrey Ongoli twice.

Chemelil 0 Thika United 0

Chemelil looked good in their opening day 0-0 draw in Nairobi against AFC Leopards and will be disappointed by failing to grab home advantage to beat Thika United at Chemelil.

For United, it was a stout effort and satisfactory point, having got nothing at home when they stumbled 0-2 against visiting Gor Mahia.

TEAMS:-

CHEMELIL - 30. Fredrick Onyango: 26. Smith Ouko, 13. Willis Ouma, 5. James Omino, 9. Charles Odero (captain) 15. Victor Omondi (Kassim Mohammed, 68’), 12. Daniel Mutahi, 10. David Ojuang’, 4 Gerson Likonoh (Tony Opondo, 47’) 7. Wycliffe Odhiambo, 16. Haji Mwachoki ( Mike Mururi, 81’)

Reserves not used - 1. John Wawu: 2. Moses Chikati, 23. Christopher Litswa, 6. Peter Mwachi

Coach - Edward Manoah

THIKA UNITED - 1. Joel Bataro: 31. Simon Mbugua, 15. Dennis Odhiambo, 12. Vincent Nyaberi, 15. Douglas Okumu, 13. Joseph Kuria, 26. Michael Luvutsi, 35. Dirkir Glay (Vincent Omumbo), 40. Francis Kahata (Clifton Miheso, 60’), 19. Kepha Aswani, 11. John Nairuka (Freeman Mulbah, 81’)

Reserves not used - 22. Lucas Indeche, 21. Jackson Macharia, 8. Morris Dukuly, 29. Chitai Fredrick

Coach - John Kamau Irungu

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Referee - Haji Adede

Assistant ref - Elias Kuloba

Asst ref - David Otiang’

Match commissioner - Samuel Omwoyo

RESULT & FIXTURES:-

Saturday:

Ulinzi Stars 2-1 Karuturi Sports

Sunday:

Sofapaka 2-1 KCB

Mathare United 0-2 AFC Leopards

Nairobi City Stars 0-0 Rangers

Chemelil Sugar 0-0 Thika United

Oserian 1-2 Sony Sugar

Wednesday :

3.00pm: Western Stima v Tusker [Bukhungu]

7.00pm: Gor Mahia v Muhoroni Youth [National Stadium]* “live” on SuperSport 9East







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