KPL 2019/20: Rangers stun Sofa in Narok as Sharks-Stima share spoils in Machakos

The 2019-20 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season kicked off on Friday 30 August with two matches of the scheduled nine of the opening round being played in Machakos and Narok.

Posta Rangers claimed the first win of the new season as they came from behind to defeat Sofapaka 2-1 at the Narok Stadium while Kariobangi Sharks and Western Stima played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Comeback

Goals from Gershon Likonoh and new signing Eliud Lokuwam in the second half sealed all three points for Rangers as they came back against Batoto Ba Mungu who had led through an Eli Asieche penalty in the opening stanza.

In the other game of the day, Stima earned their first points away to Kariobangi Sharks since the two teams first met in the league in 2017 courtesy of goals from Ken Owino and goal keeper Samuel Abawa with Sharks getting their goals through Eric Kapaito and new signing Patrick Otieno.

Top of the log

Rangers, who maintained their KPL status after beating Nairobi Stima in the relegation/promotion play-offs last season, ascend to the summit of the KPL log at least for the next 24 hours before the rest of the opening round fixtures are played on Saturday and Sunday.

Five matches will be played on Saturday with two more on Sunday. Defending league champions Gor Mahia will be in the highlight match-up of the round on Saturday as they will be up against Tusker FC in Kisumu in the opening match of a scheduled double header at the Moi Stadium that will also receive live coverage on KTN News.

Below are all the results plus the upcoming fixtures of matchday 1;

Friday 30th August 

  1. Sofapaka 1-2 Posta Rangers – Narok Stadium
  2. Kariobangi Sharks 2-2 Western Stima – Machakos

Saturday 31 August 

  1. Mathare United vs Bandari – Ruaraka – 3 PM
  2. Sony Sugar FC vs KCB FC – Awendo – 3 PM
  3. Wazito FC vs Nzoia Sugar FC –  Machakos – 1 PM
  4. Kisumu AllStars vs Ulinzi Stars – Kisumu – 2 PM (Live on KTN News)
  5. Gor Mahia vs Tusker FC – Kisumu – 4:15 PM (Live on KTN News)

Sunday 1st September 

  1. Kakamega Homeboyz vs AFC Leopards – Bukhungu – 3 PM
  2. Zoo FC vs Chemelil Sugar FC – Kericho – 3 PM