Two round one SportPesa Premier League catch-up matches will be held on Sunday, Muhoroni Youth against Kakamega Homeboyz at Mumias Sugar Sports Complex and Western Stima versus Sofapaka at Moi Stadium. Both matches kick off at 3pm.
Muhoroni Youth v Kakamega Homeboyz (Mumias Sugar Sports Complex)
Muhoroni got off to a positive start this season, beating newly promoted Kariobangi Sharks 1-0 at Muhoroni Stadium while Kakamega Homeboyz faltered in their opening match drawing 1-1 away to Chemelil Sugar.
Muhoroni will have to do without former Gor Mahia defender James Ogada who was sent off against Kariobangi Sharks and is therefore suspended.
Wycliffe Ochomo, now at Homeboyz, will come face-to-face with his former employers for the first time since they parted ways just before the end of the 2016 season.
“It is still early days in the league and I think the single point we have is a good place to start because there is potential to build up on that. We cannot use the same tactics we used against Chemelil because Muhoroni like to hold play while Chemelil are usually more adventurous and like to attack,” said Homeboyz coach Mike Mururi.
Homeboyz collected four points in their two league encounters with Muhoroni last season.
Western Stima v Sofapaka (Moi Stadium)
This will be Western Stima’s first league outing of the season.
The power men will meet a wounded Sofapaka side that lost 1-0 to Sony Sugar in Afraha last weekend.
Both teams signed 15 new players each for the new season, recording one of the highest numbers of recruitments in the December-January transfer period. In fact, only Muhoroni Youth signed more players in that period.
Veteran Charles Okwemba, former Kakamega Homeboyz striker Augustine Etemesi and defender Humphrey Okoti formerly of Bandari, are the players to watch from the new-look Sofapaka side.
Stima’s new players to look out for are ex-Tusker and Chemelil Sugar goalkeeper Samuel Odhiambo, promising striker Gad Mathews from Palos, and defender Jackson Saleh from Gor Mahia.
“I want to score in every game, and I hope that good luck will be on my side starting with this first game. There are several new players who have joined us from different clubs and we have been working very hard. I know we shall connect well in the game,” said award winning Western Stima striker Wesley Kemboi.
Stima beat Western Stima 1-0 and 2-1 in their home and away SPL games respectively last year.