FKF Premier League: Kenyan League Resumes With Mouthwatering Fixtures After Festive Break

FKF Premier League: Kenyan League Resumes With Mouthwatering Fixtures After Festive Break

Robert Abong'o
updated at January 4, 2024 at 7:54 AM
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  • The Football Kenya Federation Premier League resumes this weekend
  • Perennial Champions and league leaders Gor Mahia take on Posta Rangers
  • Kenya Commercial Bank tackle former FKFPL champions Tusker FC

As the curtain falls on the festive season, football enthusiasts can anticipate a thrilling return of the Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKFPL) this weekend.

The league's hiatus ends, bringing excitement as teams gear up for action after a well-deserved two-week break.

The weekend highlight unfolds at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos, on Saturday, January 6, 2024, where defending champions Gor Mahia prepare to face a formidable challenge from Posta Rangers.

Gor Mahia FCfans in a past match. Photo: Tony Karumba.
Gor Mahia FC's supporters cheer at a football match. Photo: Tony Karumba.
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In what marks the final round of the season's first leg, K'Ogalo, with an impressive unbeaten streak, aims to extend their lead. Conversely, Posta seeks to narrow the five-point gap that separates them from the top spot.

Gor Mahia captain Philemon Otieno insisted the defending champions are keen to extend their unbeaten run.

“We resumed our preparation for the game, and we played Nyanza Combined, which gave us a hard time, but we managed to win. All is well, and we are very much optimistic that we will get maximum points and a result over the weekend," Otieno is quoted on Citizen Digital.

Bandari FC is set for a critical home game against Nzoia Sugar at Mbaraki Stadium on the same day, looking to bounce back from a narrow defeat to K’Ogalo. The stakes are high as Bandari endeavours to avoid slipping further down the league table, while Nzoia Sugar, positioned at the bottom, desperately seeks points to escape the relegation zone.

Shabana and Muhoroni Youth engage in a tightly contested match at Raila Odinga Stadium in Homa Bay.

Kenya Police hosts Kakamega Homeboyz in another intriguing battle. Homeboyz head coach Peter Odhiambo expressed their determination to accumulate more points and vie for the league title after the Christmas and New Year holidays.

“We hoped to use today's friendly as part of our build-up, but it ended prematurely. We shouldn't put our interests before the game, and we need to respect football,” Odhiambo told The Star on Monday, January 1, 2024, following a loss in a friendly match against AFC Leopards Juniors at the Bukhungu Stadium.

Nairobi City Stars seeks redemption at the Kasarani Annex against FC Talanta following a heavy defeat against Kariobangi Sharks.

On Sunday, January 7, 2024, fixtures are equally exciting, as debutants Murang'a Seal tackle Kariobangi Sharks at Police Sacco Stadium in South C. Fresh off a draw against AFC Leopards, Murang'a Seal is eager to secure a victory after six games without one.

The weekend's action culminates with a high-stakes encounter between KCB and former champions Tusker at the Police Sacco Stadium. The Brewers, riding high from a victory over Kenya Police, face a formidable test against KCB, hinting at a potential shift in the league dynamics.

Struggling Sofapaka, under the new leadership of head coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno, faces Bidco United at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos. Finally, AFC Leopards hosts Ulinzi Stars at Nyayo Stadium, with the match holding immense importance for Leopards to secure their third win of the season and distance themselves from the lower end of the table.

Bandari bid farewell to William Wadri

Sports Brief previously reported on Bandari FC biding farewell to their midfield dynamo, William Wadri, marking the end of a remarkable six-year journey with the Mombasa-based FKF Premier League club.

The departure of the dynamic attacking midfielder was confirmed as his contract ended on Sunday, December 31, 2023.

Wadri, who played a crucial role under various coaches since his arrival in February 2018, disclosed his exit.

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