first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka’s Piston Mutamba vies for the ball with AFC Leopards’ Isaac Kipyegon (right) and Aziz Okaka (left) during their 2019 Kenyan Premier League first leg clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 12 – Just a day after celebrating the club’s 55th birthday, AFC Leopards will have little time to party as their new found form will come under sharp focus when they face a stern Sofapaka test at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on Wednesday afternoon.Ingwe banished a six-game losing streak with back to back victories over Sony Sugar and Tusker FC and the club will be looking to take that count to three when they take on third placed Batoto ba Mungu. AFC has been boosted with the news on Tuesday afternoon that their defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng will be eligible to play after the Harambee Stars defender received his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) from Sweden.“I am glad that I can finally play but I don’t think I am yet in a position to start because it has been long since I played. But I am ready if the coach wants me to start then I have to do my best,” Ochieng noted.He added; “This is the first step of my journey back to the top and hopefully I will give the best to the team.”Ochieng’s addition will be a huge plus for the AFC defense that had been leaking goals before their victory over Sony in Kakamega.Head coach Cassa Mbungo will also hope Ochieng’s experience in his vast career will help propel the team off the bottom half of the table as they are currently languishing at 14th spot with 16 points, five away from the top half.Sofapaka’s John Avire vies for the ball with AFC Leopards’ Isaac Oduro during their 2019 Kenyan Premier League first leg clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe first leg between these two sides ended 2-2 but it promises to be a cracker when they meet again at Bukhungu.Meanwhile, Sofapaka will go top of the standings with victory on Wednesday. They sit third with 30 points, just two shy of early leaders Bandari and a victory will put them on top of everyone.“That is the motivation we have as a team because, you can never count the matches you have not played. Being on top of the league is itself a morale boosting thing to the players and that is our target. To go up there and remain there,” Sofapaka coach John Baraza said.He added; “We expect a very tough game beyavse AFC are in good form and that means there is something positive they are doing. It is always tough against them and it will not be different this time.”Sofapaka will welcome back defensive stalwart Mousa Omar who missed last weekend’s massive 3-0 win over Chemelil Sugar in Awasi, but they will still be without the injured trio of Dennis Odhiambo, Michael Oduor and Mohammed Kilume.Fapaka head coach John Baraza shouts instructions on the touchline during the Kenyan Premier League match against Gor Mahia at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on February 18, 2019“Dennis has trained very well and he is back up in contention. But we felt this match is too early for him but next week he should be available. Mohammed has just started light training but probably in the next three or four weeks we should be looking at him back,” Baraza opined.In the other midweek ties, Kariobangi Sharks will be at home against Nzoia Sugar at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani, the reigning FKF Shield champions looking to get themselves back into title contention.After two draws in their last three games, Sharks find themselves dropping down to fifth spot with 26 points and boss William Muluya will be aiming to get back to winning ways against a Nzoia side that has lost four of its last five games.Nzoia, still without replacement for Nicholas Muyoti as head coach, are struggling to keep afloat and are 11th in the standings with 20 points.The first leg in Sudi ended 0-0 and it was the first time the sugar millers were getting a point off Sharks, the latter having won all the preceding four ties.KPL Wednesday midweek fixtures: Western Stima vs Chemelil Sugar FC – Kisumu – 3pmAFC Leopards vs Sofapaka – Bukhungu – 3pmKariobangi Sharks vs Nzoia Sugar FC – Kasarani – 3pm0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgA retired farmer accused of sexually abusing his nephew said he would have shot himself if he thought he had committed the offence.Retired farmer Sam Cunningham denies he was event at house in Downings during alleged assault.Samuel Cunningham, 66, is accused of four counts of sexual assault against his then 14 year old nephew at a holiday home in Co Donegal in 1993. The alleged victim, Patrick Cunningham, now a 35 father-of-four, claims he was assaulted when he went to do repairs with his uncle on the holiday home at Rosguill, Downings.Patrick Cunningham says he was fondled and that his uncle performed oral sex on him at the farmhouse.However Samuel Cunningham stressed “There is no way on this earth I would have done that to any young person. If I thought I had done that I would have taken myself out the back and shot myself.”The alleged victim, who waived his right to anonymity, claims the alleged sexual assaults were sparked when water was splashed on his trousers when they were fetching water from a well.“He told me to take off my clothes because I would get a flu. He then made a makeshift bed on a sofa.“He said there were only a few blankets in the house and told me to get in beside him,” he said.Mr Cunningham then alleged the four assaults took place.Sobbing in the witness box at Letterkenny Circuit Court today, he said he counted flowers on some curtains and thought of his dead grandfather to block out the pain and stop himself getting an erection.Patrick Cunningham said he kept the assaults to himself until a number of years later when he told his cousin Seamus.He said he became introverted after the alleged assaults.He also partially blamed the assaults for falling in with the wrong crowd and eventually being convicted of two armed robberies in Northern Ireland.However the accused, Sam Cunningham, denied that any such assaults ever took place.In fact, the retired farmer from Glenside Road, Dunmurray in Belfast, said he always spent the New Year period at his late wife Rose’s family home in Cavan.He alleged that his own son Francis along with the alleged victim Patrick and his cousin Seamus had now formed a “team”.“This is the worst thing I have ever witnessed. The devastation to the family who have been turned upside down has ben unbelievable.“The only thing I can think of is that the want to keep me away form my farm,” he said.A niece of Mr Sam Cunningham, Mrs Doreen Robinson, said she does not believe the holiday home was even in the possession of the family claiming it had been sold in 1992She also said she not believe the allegations against her uncle.“I don’t believe it. A paedophile does it over and over again and doesn’t stop after just once,” she said.The trial before a jury of eight men and four women continues before Judge Keenan Johnson on Tuesday next.ALL COMMENTS ON THIS TRIAL WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED AS THE CASE IS ONGOING.RETIRED FARMER SAID HE WOULD HAVE SHOT HIMSELF IF HE THOUGHT HE ABUSED NEPHEW was last modified: April 5th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDowningsjudge keenan johnsonjuryLetterkenny Circuit CourtPatrick CunninghamSamuel Cunninghamsex assaultlast_img read more