The Football Kenya Federation Premier League finally kicks off after a delay following the failure by the Sports Ministry to release new protocols.
In conjunction with the Health Ministry, the Sports Ministry released the protocols on Thursday evening, finally ensuring any doubts of the league resumption.
The match that marked the league’s return was the clash between Kariobangi Sharks and Kakamega Homeboyz at Utalli Ground. K-Sharks won courtesy of a 16th-minute goal by midfielder Omoto Patilla.
However, today is the ‘official return’ as several matches are lined up for the day.
FKF Premier League Fixtures
Tusker vs. KCB 1pm – Ruaraka Grounds
Bandari vs. Bidco Utd 3pm – Mbaraki Grounds
Western Stima vs. Posta Rangers 3pm – Moi Stadium
AFC Leopards vs. Nzoia Sugar 3.15pm – Ruaraka Grounds
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Tusker, KCB top table face-off – 1 PM – Ruaraka Grounds
No better match could have marked a return to action than a high-octane, all-at-stakes top table clash.
Tusker, in red-hot form, leads KCB by six points, with the Bankers dropping to third after K-Sharks’ win took them to second on 31 points, one ahead of KCB.
Tusker has been near unstoppable after a shaky start to the season, losing just once in the last five and winning three. KCB, meanwhile, is shaky, winning just one, losing two, and drawing two of the last five.
Win a better head-to-head, Tusker is good for the win, though KCB has a lot to fight for.
AFC Leopards take on Nzoia – 3.15 PM – Ruaraka Grounds
You know a lot is at stake when fifth place AFC could jump to second place with a win against Nzoia.
Sitting just two points behind K-Sharks in second place, Ingwe will want to keep their good form going (3 wins, one draw in last four games). Nzoia, in 12th place, though, always gives AFC a hard time, what with the previous five games seeing each team win once each and draw the other three.
But AFC has a lot at stake now; thus, they should be good for the win.
Other matches – 3 PM
Other clashes with see Bandari welcome Bidco United at Mbaraki Grounds, Mombasa. Both teams had an upturn in form before the break, though Bidco lost to Gor before the league halted. However, each team has picked up three wins in their last five games. Thus, a game with two in-form teams should see a draw.
Meanwhile, Western Stima takes on Posta Rangers at Moi Stadium, Kisumu. Not much will separate the two struggling teams.