By David Karanja
Mathare United moved to the top of the Sportpesa Premier League following their 5-2 demolition of 2009 champions Sofapaka on Saturday at Machakos stadium. Mathare, who haven’t lost after the first three rounds of the new season now sit at the helm on seven points.
Tusker FC and Muhoroni Youth, who both recorded 2-1 victories over their respective opponents City Stars and Thika United are in positions two and three respectively on six points each, just one point above promoted Posta Rangers who drew one all with Western Stima.
From position 5-10, are Bandari, Ulinzi Stars, Western Stima, AFC Leopards, Chemelil Sugar and Ushuru FC who are all tied on four points though Bandari, Ulinzi Stars and AFC Leopards have games in hand.
A second defeat of the new season sentenced Sofapaka to position eleven on three points, same as Kakamega Homeboyz and defending champions Gor Mahia who are 12th and 13th respectively while Thika United, Sony Sugar and City Stars sit bottom of the table with a point each.
The matches at hand will be played on Wednesday and Thursday, where AFC Leopards play Bandari on Wednesday while Gor Mahia take a trip to Nakuru to face Ulinzi Stars at the Afraha stadium.
Elsewhere, the national women’s soccer team, Harambee Starlets moved a step closer to qualifying for the African Women Championship finals in Cameroon later this year following the withdrawal of the Democratic Republic of Congo; who were scheduled to tour Kenya for the first leg tie of the qualifiers this weekend.
Football Kenya Federation Chairman Nick Mwendwa has confirmed receiving the information but states that he is awaiting official communication from the Confederation of African Football.
Starlets will now face the winner of the match pitting Ethiopia and Algeria which will be played this Sunday in Algiers while the return leg will be played on the 20th of March in Ethiopia.