KCB on high alert against in­vad­ing Stima in Su­per League

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Fire­works are ex­pected at Camp Toy­oyo to­mor­row when fifth-placed Nairobi Stima tackle Kenya Com­mer­cial Bank (KCB) in a must-win Na­tional Su­per League tie for both sides as the race for pro­mo­tion to the top flight reaches the busi­ness end.

In Nakuru, third-placed Waz­ito will be up against Ezekiel Ak­wana’s Nakuru Al­ls­tars - who sit ninth on the log – while pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Vi­higa United will visit Pa­los in Kisumu on Wed­nes­day.

At the Moi Sta­dium in Kisumu to­mor­row, Ben­son Amianda will hope to in­spire Ken Keny­atta’s Ushuru past Pa­los as the tax men

With Muhoroni Youth al­ready rel­e­gated, five teams are now in a tight race to avoid rel­e­ga­tion as the penul­ti­mate round of Sport­pesa Pemier League goes down this week­end.

Last week­end saw

Muhoroni Youth end their five-year stay in the top flight league af­ter an em­bar­rass­ing 7-0 loss to

Kar­i­obangi Sharks.

Debu­tantes Zoo Keri­cho and Naku­matt, for­mer cham­pi­ons Mathare

United, Thika United and

Western Stima are in the fight of their lives as they bat­tle to pull them­selves out of the drop zone.

Of the five teams, sec­ond from bot­tom Western Stima face a daunt­ing task as they re­quire max­i­mum points in their last two matches of the sea­son and hope that other teams around the red zone drop points.

Thika and Mathare – on 35 points each - need four points from their re­main­ing two matches, while Zoo and Naku­matt re­quire a win each in or­der to sail to safety. The math be­tween Zoo Keri­cho and Thika United, which was ini­tially sched­uled for to­day in Kisumu, was how­ever post­poned yes­ter­day with­out any ex­pla­na­tion.

Stima will be at their Kisumu back­yard this af­ter­noon when they tackle sec­ond-placed Posta Rangers.

Stima’s Ugan­dan coach Richard Makumi knows the task at hand but be­lieves they can pull a mir­a­cle es­cape. “This is not an easy sit­u­a­tion aim for an im­me­di­ate re­turn to the Sport­pesa Pre­mier League.

KCB fell 2-0 to Stima in the first leg match staged in Naivasha and the bankers’ coach Leonard Saleh knows that to­mor­row’s tie of­fers them a chance to keep tabs on lead­ers Ushuru.

The bankers will miss the ser­vices of de­fender Den­nis Orenge, who is sus­pended for ac­cu­mu­la­tion of five yel­low cards but have Si­mon Abuko to rely on for goals. The for­mer Ose­rian and AFC Leop­ards winger has 15 goals in the sec­ond tier this sea­son.

The beauty of the fix­ture is that both clubs are based in Ruaraka with KCB hold­ing their train­ing ses­sions about 500m away from Stima Club, home to their op­po­nents. For­mer Kenyan in­ter­na­tion­als Ibrahim Shikanda and Fred Am­bani have turned Stima into se­ri­ous ti­tle con­tenders. To­mor­row: Nakuru Al­ls­tars v Waz­ito (Afraha Sta­dium, Nakuru, 11am); Pa­los v Ushuru (Moi Sta­dium, Kisumu, 3pm); Talanta v Isi­ba­nia (Camp Toy­oyo, 2pm); KCB v Nairobi Stima (Camp Toy­oyo, 4.15pm); City Stars v Ad­min­is­tra­tion Po­lice (Hope Cen­tre, 1pm); Kib­era Black Stars v Mod­ern Coast Rangers (Hope Cen­tre, 3.15pm)

Kenya Po­lice v St. Joseph Youth (Karu­turi Sports, 1pm); Agro­chem­i­cals v GFE 105 (Muhoroni Sta­dium, 3pm)

Mon­day 2pm while Naku­matt To­day:

Mathare United v Muhoroni Youth (Ruaraka Grounds, 2pm)

Ban­dari v Ulinzi Stars (Mbaraki Grounds, Mom­basa, 3pm) Kar­i­obangi Sharks v Nzoia Sugar (Camp Toy­oyo, Jeri­cho, 3pm) Sony Sugar v Naku­matt (Awendo Green Sta­dium, Mig­ori, 3pm) Tusker v So­fa­paka (Ruaraka Grounds, 4.15pm)

Western Stima v Posta Rangers (Moi Sta­dium, Kisumu, 4.15pm) To­mor­row:

CHRIS OMOLLO | NA­TION

Ban­dari FC ‘s Wil­ber­force Lu­gogo (right) vies for the ball with Naku­matt David Naf­tali dur­ing Sport­pesa Pre­mier League match on Oc­to­ber 22 2017 at Ruaraka gounds in Nairobi.

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