KCB on high alert against invading Stima in Super League
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
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:
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.