Wednesday, March 20


The Ligi Ndogo Planets travel to Mahakama this Sunday in its first division one A match this season. Ligi started well but a series of miscues saw them finish a distant 6th, seven and a half matches behind promoted Bandari.
They are back at it again this season.Part of this quest will rest heavily on the play of its new signings. Ligi has brought into its ranks former Sakataball best player Mike Machek,teenage prodigies Evans Njuku and Coca Cola standout Collins Odawa from Ambira high school;a cast of promoted players from the  Ligi Ndogo academy program will also feature notably this season.They include Edgar Odhiambo,Mark Tizodi,Lawrence Ochieng and Edwin Mkanda.Ligi Ndogo bred midfielder Brian Yator,returns from a loan spell at Kibera Celtic.
The return of captain Samuel Machio will also boost the
Planets.Machio sat out a good part of last season with an ankle injury.He has shown much improvement in his return,slotting back easily to his leadership role. More noticeable was his readiness to compete this season.Remarkably, he was among the top scorers during the pre season with three goal.
The experienced duo of Phillip Uochukwu from KRA and Artur Weyula from Nakuru All Stars promise a tight back.
Mohamoud Jama
Perhaps the most notable inclusion will be Mohamud Hussein Jama,the tall and robust striker is a former member of the Somali Republic national team that did duty at the Cecafa regional tournament last year. Despite going down in the early stages the racy and talented striker was most notable in Somali's three matches against Burundi,Sudan and Tanzania. He joins the Planets this season from Banadir football club in the Somali premier league.
He has displayed a formidable form and determination in a series of exhibition matches for his current club. However he is more impressed by the organization and management of the club.
Next season,we will play in the premier league, he says.This is my token payment to the club that has been so good to me.

The Mahakama v Ligi Ndogo match will be played at 1.00pm at the City stadium. Last season the planets picked up three points off the former premier league side, winning 2-1 and tying 0-0 at home.
Mahakama finished the season on a trot tying Kariobangi Sharks 2-2 away and losing their last match 1-0 to KRA at home.
The Planets tied Moyas 0-0 at home but finished on a high,beating Nairobi Stima 2-1 on the road.

Planet starters against Mahakama
Goalkeeper Tom Muthomi who got full caps in the last two matches last season,starts on goal against Mahakama.Nahashon Omondi fills the left back position left by Jeremiah Bright who is at  premier side Tusker FC.Captain Samuel Machio returns as striker alongside Edgar Odhiambo.
Squad Tom Muthomi (GK),Evans Njuku,Arthur Weyula,Phillip Ugochukwu,Edwin Wanjala,Brian Yator,Samuel Kabuthi,Mike Machek,Samuel Machio,Edgar Odhiambo.
Subs Samuel Njau,David Okiki,Mikhail Mwaniki,Brillian Ochieng,John Njoroge,Charmant Chihuguyu,Mohamoud Hussein Jama.

Other fixtures this weekend
Debutants Muranga United invite Coast United.Murang’a United beat Maua 2-0 but lost 1-0 at home to Wamo in the FK cup.Murang’a were second in the Central region provincial league behind Nyeri Stima.
Bidco invite newcomers and North Coast runners up Brighter Stars from Lamu.


Division One Zone A Group 1
15:00 23/03 Muranga United - Coast United
15:00 23/03 Mahakama - Ligi Ndogo
15:00 23/03 Bidco United - Brighter Stars
15:00 24/03 Kambakia Christian Centre - FC Talanta
15:00 24/03 Nairobi Stima - Brighter Stars
15:00 24/03 Maweni City - K.R.A.

Division One Zone A Group 2
11:00 23/03 Kariobangi Sharks - Moyas
13:00 23/03 Rangers FC - Mount Kenya United
15:00 23/03 Tala Nationale - Magongo Rangers
15:00 23/03 Green Berets - Nakumatt
15:00 24/03 Admiral - Congo JMJ United
15:00 24/03 Nakumatt - Mount Kenya United

Division One Zone B Group 1
15:00 23/03 Nakuru AllStars - West Kenya Sugar
15:00 23/03 GFC 105 - ADC Swan Orchards
15:00 23/03 Comply - Kolongolo FC
15:00 24/03 Nzoia United - MumCop FC
15:00 24/03 Kisero FC - Shabana
15:00 30/03 GFC 105 - Nakuru AllStars

Division One Zone B Group 2 
15:00 23/03 HotSprings FC - Kisumu Youth Olympic Centre FC
15:00 23/03 Utawala - Kisumu Municipal
15:00 24/03 Finlays Horticulture - Oserian
15:00 24/03 Agrochemicals - St Joseph FC
15:00 24/03 Raiders FC - Longonot
15:00 30/03 Kakamega Stars - Utawala