It was a fantastic weekend of football that saw Rangers FC set the tone for a rousing Kenyan Premier League second leg.
Playing in their first KPL season without a shirt sponsor (they were Posta Rangers last season) the Nairobi outfit has defied all odds that include lack of a sponsor, to take control of the log with 14 rounds of matches left to the end of the 2011 period.
Beating league debutants Congo United was a result that ensured Rangers enjoy a two-point lead, on 32 points, over 2007 winners Tusker FC, who won 2-1 against another struggling side, AFC Leopards.
Congo United did not do enough to win the match and once again, the overall lack of creativity proved to be the team’s death knell.
There is genuine pressure now for them to compete with passion, if only to get out of the relegation zone.
For them to lose 4-0 against a visiting side that lost four of its first team players, then some soul searching is again required.
Rangers FC lost Kevin Ochieng’, Joseph Nyagah, Charles Okwemba and Brian Mandela in the mid-season transfer window, but that didn’t stop Aggrey Ongoli, Hashim Mukhwana, Jaffar Gichuki and Edwin Mwaura from hitting four past a the hapless hosts.
Chemelil are continuing the stealthy climb up the league table and Edward Manoah is definitely a Premiership coach who can get the best out of his players.
“Since I came here, the boys have been working extremely hard and I’m impressed by their performance in the last three weeks.
“We have worked hard and our results over the weekend against an equally hard team Sony Sugar, was not an easy task,” said Manoah.