Homeboyz eye crown after mauling Ulinzi

Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 01:15 | By
Stephen Opoku of Kakamega Homeboyz shields the ball from Fidel Origa of Wazito FC during FKF-PL match played at Utalii grounds, Nairobi last year.P/D RODGERS NDEGWA

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League table-toppers Kakamega Homeboyz are seemingly not intent on having the title chase go down to the wire if their 4-0 massacre of Ulinzi Stars in Kakamega at the weekend is any guide.

Abana Abeingo’s surge towards the silverware received a major boost after their closest challengers in second placed Tusker settled for an uninspiring 1-1 draw with KCB in Ruaraka.

After a 2-1 loss at the hands of Bandari in Mombasa on March 13 which reduced their advantage over Tusker to six points, Homeboyz tilted the statistics in their favour after what looked like a walk in the park against Ulinzi.  With Homeboyz’s advantage at the top now reading 10, pundits feel a maiden top-tier league is theirs to lose although there is an average of ten matches for all the teams to conclude the season.  

Homeboyz founder Cleophas Shimanyula gave plaudits to the players for a job well done while maintaining that he will do all what has to be done for the team to reach the ‘Promised Land’. “This is wonderful. There is absolutely no interlude in the search for our first Premier League title. The boys are motivated and ready to maintain their performance until the end of the season,” said Shimanyula.

As for Ulinzi, it was an abysmal discharge which left the team just a heartbeat away from fighting relegation.

Placed 15th in the 18 team league, Ulinzi will have to pull up their socks if they are to move away from the dreaded zone, beginning with a mid-week match against Nairobi City Stars tomorrow.  In the meantime, Gor Mahia and Posta Rangers, who are fourth and fifth respectively in the chart, both boosted their chances of a respectable finish by securing maximum points.

Huge morale boost

Gor beat Wazito 2-1 to complete a double over the money-bags in a result which gave the former a huge morale boost ahead of an anticipated tough test against the title-chasing Tusker next weekend.

The biggest upset, however, in the weekend came in the form of AFC Leopards tearing Kenya Police into shreds in a convincing 3-0 win in Kasarani and as a result helped the big cats haul themselves from the 11th to the 10th position in the log.

Leopards coach Patrick Aussiems has rediscovered a winning formula and although winning the league title with Ingwe seems implausible, the best the Belgian can do is to propel the team to be among the top five in the season.

Meanwhile, relegation-threatened Mathare United seems to have perfected the art of taking a lead in a match only to tumble like a pack of cards.

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