Henry Omino’s Kisumu All Stars will be out again this Saturday- September 28th at the Moi Stadium, on the lookout for their first set of three points. Omino faces his former side Western Stima FC, their City rivals and with whom they even share a training ground. It is the first time the two face off in the top flight Kenyan Premier League (KPL), yet the Kisumu Derby already promises a huge crowd turnout for round 4 of the KPL.
The last competitive meeting between the two sides came in the second tier- the 2018 National Super League campaign from which Stima emerged victorious. They would go on and win the division at the end of the season and subsequently earn promotion into the top flight. In the first leg of that second-tier season, a barren stalemate had been the result of a nerve-wracking affair.
Their latest meeting, however, is an emphatic 5-1 win by Stima in Kakamega in August. With All Stars having earned promotion from the second tier- pre-season preparations had them head to Kakamega for league build-ups and a meeting with Stima, who were also there for the same purpose, occasioned the wallop. Eric Otieno was the only scorer for All Stars while Stima boasted even a goal from their youngest player Benson Omalla- a student at Kisumu Day High School and a Kenyan junior International.
Omalla will be missing in action alongside three others for the tie as the quartet does duty for the Kenyan U20 team in the CECAFA Championships currently ongoing in Uganda. Fidel Origa, his teammate at Stima, is in Uganda and so are Alvin Ochieng and Stephen Otieno both of Kisumu All Stars.
Familiarity breeds contempt and as Omino takes on his former employers, he could as well parade Martin Oduor and Wesley Kemboi for the tie. Both players have been in the books of the Kisumu Powermen as late as last season.
After three weeks of action, it is Stima who head into the tie as favorites with five points from opening their three matches. They stay undefeated after three rounds. All Stars, on the other hand, have only acquired one point- the one from their week two trip to Machakos at Kenya Commercial Bank.
The Kisumu contest kicks-off at 3 pm Kenyan time at the Moi Stadium.