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Tusker, AFC Leopards in action as FKF Premier League returns

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Tusker FC players during a training session.
Tusker FC players during a training session.
  • Tusker have four points from two matches
  • They play away to Kakamega Homeboyz
  • AFC Leopards host Muhoroni Youth at the Kasarani Stadium

Tusker FC will look to get their second win of the season and remain unbeaten, as they take on Kakamega Homeboyz at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on Saturday afternoon.

The brewers have four points from their first two matches of the season, beating Bandari FC 1-0 in Mombasa in their opener before drawing 1-1 with Kariobangi Sharks at home.

They take on Homeboyz, who have had a difficult start to the season, and they hope to inflict more misery on the side in their own backyard.

Skipper Charles Momanyi says they know they expect a difficult match against Homeboyz, but have prepared well enough to battle for three points on enemy territory.

“They are a good team and always tough to beat in their backyard. But for us, we have prepared well and the players are quite confident that we can get these three points back to Nairobi,” Momanyi said ahead of the game.

He added; “During the international break we have worked really hard to try and improve on areas that we noticed weren’t working against Sharks. We have worked on our block defending but most of all, we have tried to sharpen our finishing.”

Home and away sweep last season 

Tusker’s Eric Zakayo against Eric Ambunya of Homeboyz

The brewers beat Homeboyz home and away last season. They opened their campaign in Bukhungu, winning 1-0 courtesy of Lawrence Luvanda’s penalty and then went on to win by the same margin when they played the return leg in Nairobi.

Homeboyz have had a poor start to the season. They have only played one league match, losing 1-0 away to recently promoted Murang’a Seal.

Before that, they had played in the CAF Confederation Cup for the first time ever, where they were handed a huge defeat away to Libya’s Al Hilal Benghazi, losing 4-0. They had drawn 0-0 at home.

Patrick Odhiambo and his men will look to start the season proper, and winning at home against last year’s second placed team, the side they beat to clinch the FKF Cup for the first time ever, will be the starter they need.

Meanwhile in other fixtures, AFC Leopards will also be seeking their first win of the season when they take on Muhoroni Youth at the Kasarani Stadium. Leopards started their season with a 0-0 draw against FC Talanta and suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of KCB in their last match.

Pressure mounting on Tom Juma 

New AFC Leopards head coach Tom Juma

Pressure is mounting on head coach Tom Juma but the former Kenyan international says he is equal to the task. Juma, whose side has been hugely transformed with several new players this season, says they have worked to improve on their finishing ahead of the duel with Muhoroni.

“In two games we have not scored a goal and that is a worrying trend. We have created several scoring chances but our finishing has not been the best. In football, if you don’t score, you do’’t win. So we have worked on that and hopefully we will do better,” noted the coach.

Muhoroni are winless as well, having picked back to back points in draws against City Stars and Nzoia Sugar. They will look to battle for maximum points and put more pressure on Leopards.

Meanwhile in Mombasa, Bandari will play host to Ulinzi Stars while Kenya Police will be in Homa Bay taking on newly promoted Shabana FC.

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