Nzoia face KCB

Western-based side plot to rob bankers when they meet to­mor­row

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local - BY ANGWENYI GICHANA AND FRAN­CIS WADEGU/

Na­tional Su­per League run­away lead­ers Nzoia United face for­mer fel­low Kenya Premier League side KCB to­mor­row as the league en­ters round 28.

The match will be played at Camp Toy­oyo. Naku­matt hosts Nairobi Stima to­mor­row at Kasarani while third-placed Kar­i­obangi Sharks travel to Mu­mias to take on fifth placed Vi­higa United as the race for pro­mo­tion to the Kenya Premier League in­ten­si­fies. Keri­cho Zoo travel to Nairobi to bat­tle Waz­ito.

Kenya Po­lice play Talanta at Afraha Sta­dium in Nakuru while Bidco hosts Ligi Ndogo in Thika.

Agro Chem­i­cals hosts Pa­los at Fu­raha grounds in a Nyanza re­gion derby.

Trou­bled Sha­bana FC hosts Ose­rian at Keri­cho Green Sta­dium.

Mean­while, the height­ened race for pro­mo­tion into the top flight league is get­ting in­ter­est­ing with six na­tional su­per League sides—Nzoia United, Naku­matt, Kar­i­obangi Sharks, Zoo Keri­cho, Vi­higa United and KCB—jostling for the four avail­able places to join top flight league.

After the week­end round of fix­tures, which left 11 matches to play for most teams in the 20-team sec­ond divi­sion, Nzoia’s place in next sea­son Premier League looks as­sured as they hold onto top spot with 67 points after 2-1 win over Moyas.

Ma­sita Ma­suta and Luke Na­manda ac­counted for the goals that en­sured Bernard Mwalala’s side re­tained their un­be­liev­able un­beaten sta­tus after 27 league matches.

Of the con­tenders for pro­mo­tion, Naku­matt lost ground as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Nakuru All Stars on Sun­day. John mwangi had put Naku­matt ahead in­side the open­ing quar­ter of an hour but Michael Osundwa struck back ten min­utes later to deny the su­per­mar­ket giants all three points they needed to hang onto the coat­tails of the league lead­ers.

From 27 matches, Naku­matt have 56 points. That al­lowed Sharks to reel in the sec­ond-placed team fol­low­ing their 3-0 tri­umph over Mod­ern Coast United that ex­tended coach Wil­liam Mu­luya’s un­beaten run in the league since he took charge of the side.

Ibrahim Kitawi’s dou­ble fol­lowed by an ef­fort from John Macharia took Sharks, who have played a game less, to within three points off Naku­matt. Zoo Keri­cho dropped to fourth in­spite of their 1-0 home win over fel­low pro­mo­tion con­tender Vi­higa.

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Matthew Odongo of Kar­i­obangi Sharks chal­lenges Tera Fe­nan­dez of Talanta FC dur­ing a re­cent Na­tional Su­per League tie

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