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Coach Sandahl Faces Rivercess Today

Monrovia FC Swedish coach Johan Sandahl, heads for another test match today at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia against 2011 County Meet participant Rivercess County in football.

Rivercess County changed their head coach and signed on Jubilee FC assistant coach Josiah Garpu, who led Maryland County during the 2009/2010 County Meet. The county’s preparation for this year’s sporting activities has witnessed few test matches and the recent one ended in a goalless draw against Jubilee FC.

Although Rivercess County is yet to complete her listing, reports from the camp say today’s test game is the last fixture for players, who are on tryout with the county. Despite limited spaces for recruitment, coach Garpu has an opportunity to cross-examine young talents for inclusion.

Coach Sandahl is expected to conclude his three weeks assessment to Liberia this weekend to return to Sweden. Since his arrival here, there have been great improvements and the football formation at the club has changed greatly with players learning lots of international skills ahead of the heated Liberian national league next month.

Three Ghanaian footballers arrived at the club on Saturday and were involved in the 1-1 encounter that witnessed Monrovia FC being challenged by top players of the Duport Road football arena in a tension-packed ninety minutes action.

Liberians End Kenyan Season Poorly

Liberians playing in Kenyan will end their season this weekend without winning any of the season titles for their respective clubs. Freeman Mulbah and former Watanga FC defender Dirkir Gray of Thika United may end the league with 41 points.

However, depending on the last game of the season this weekend, a win will see them settle at the 7th spot on the Kenyan premiership log.  Abraham Cokie of APC Leopards is currently occupies the 5th slot with 45 points from 29 matches.

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Meanwhile, if Ulinzi Stars beat Sofapaka on Tuesday at the national stadium, the 2011 Kenyan Premier League championship will be decided on Saturday (November 19, 2011).

It is overwhelmingly expected that leader Tusker will win against Congo United at Mumias on Saturday, and that champions Ulinzi need victory over Sofapaka and then against Gor Mahia on the last day in order to edge Tusker and retain their title.

Following weekend results, Congo United is already relegated. The final slot for a drop team will be taken by either Bandari or Nairobi City Stars. Bandari have an anxious trip to Chemelil and City Stars formidable visiting opponents in Karuturi Sports. For mid-table teams, battle for a top-eight finish — to qualify for next year’s start-of-season “KPL Top 8” tournament – rages.

The top teams, cushioned by No. 6 Rangers, are already known, including crowd pullers Gor Mahia [No. 4] and arch rivals AFC Leopards [No. 5]. The final two slots will only be confirmed filled when No. 7 Sony Sugar down to No.10 Thika United, are through with their matches.

Following a hard fought 1-0 win over Congo United at the Kenya Ports Authority [KPA] Sports Club on Sunday, Kenya Commercial Bank gave them a chance to finish in the top eight should they beat AFC Leopards at the City Stadium on Saturday.

Already, two of last year’s “KPL Top 8” participants, losing finalists Western Stima, Mathare United and Karuturi Sports, have missed the boat to a repeat. Played under floodlights and cameras, the Ulinzi/Sofapaka match-up on Tuesday will be SuperSport’s last “live” match of the season. If Ulinzi keep the “rubber alive” by winning, the final day will be a cliff-hanger.

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