Mathare/AFC Preview


  Posted: 19 Feb 12, 10:14

By: Rodgers Eshitemi

It’s definitely a match to watch as Mathare United and AFC Leopards revive their rivalry in the eagerly awaited Kenyan Premier League tie, on Sunday 19 February at Nyayo National Stadium, starting 1600hrs, just after Sofapaka-KCB encounter.

Their rivalry dates back to 2000, when the Slum Boys slammed Ingwe 2-1 to lift the Moi Golden Cup before Leopards revenged the following year, stunning them 2-0 in the finals to clinch the same Cup.

rivalry revived

Though Mathare struggled to escape relegation last season, they really gave AFC a run for their money, winning one of their two meetings; Mathare-AFC 1-0, 2-2.

But having registered unpleasant results in their 2012 KPL season-openers, with Mathare charges faltering 3-1 to SoNy Sugar as Chemelil Sugar held fancied AFC to a barren draw; both teams are craving for victory.

ITC reprieve

AFC is under pressure from their fans to deliver but with the International Transfer Certificate (ITC) reprieve for Allan Wanga, they’re confident of the three points.

On the other hand, Jamal Malo Malo Mohammed, who also missed the first encounter due to ITC issues, is expected to boost Mathare after the exit of playmaker Kevin Kimani.


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