Ac­tion re­turns

Muhoroni face Mathare as the Sport­pesa Premier League re­sumes

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - FRAN­CIS WADEGU @fwadegu198

Muhoroni Youth host Mathare United as the Sport­pesa Premier League re­sumes to­day after the in­ter­na­tional break.The dark storm has been hov­er­ing above Muhoroni Youth for much of the sec­ond leg fol­low­ing the much pub­li­cised fall­out be­tween the play­ing unit and the club’s top man­age­ment.

To­day, Muhoroni will be look­ing to put the cri­sis firmly be­hind them as they con­front the slum boys.

For most of the first leg, Muhoroni were con­sid­ered ti­tle dark horses but mis­un­der­stand­ings have seen them fall off the top half of the ta­ble and now coach Bobby Ogolla will be look­ing at least to steer them back into the top eight.

They will have to do that with­out top scorer and con­tro­ver­sial for­ward Wy­cliffe Ochomo, who was sus­pended from the club for his al­leged role in fo­ment­ing a rift within the club. For goals, they will have to look up to vet­eran for­ward Fran­cis Ocholla who on his day takes some stop­ping.

Mathare too had loftier am­bi­tions when the sea­son be­gan with the ap­point­ment of Fran­cis Ki­manzi. The 2008 cham­pi­ons had hoped to be chal­leng­ing for the ti­tle but with five matches left to play, they face a 10-point gap to top­ple the cur­rent lead­ers. Club’s CEO Jack­tone Obure con­ceded in Mon­day tele­vi­sion show that they have now mod­i­fied their tar­get to a top tree fin­ish in spite of the tough fix­tures ahead of them. “We have been largely con­sis­tent this sea­son and have been in the top five for the most part of the sea­son. Our tar­get now is to fin­ish in the top three and I know our play­ers are up to the task de­spite the dif­fi­cult games we have away at Chemelil Sugar and Gor Mahia,” Obure said. To at­tain what now looks like a mod­est ob­jec­tive, vic­tory to­day against Muhoroni is a must for Ki­manzi’s men.

Three young for­wards—Eric Jo­hanna, Whyvonne Isuza and Daniel Mwaura —will be key to un­lock the ex­pe­ri­enced Muhoroni back-line. Also for Muhoroni noth­ing short of three points will en­able them to re­turn into the top eight in the league stand­ings.

With their 33 points, they are two be­hind Kakamega Home­boyz, who oc­cupy the last slot in the top half of the six­teen-team top flight divi­sion.

Muhoroni Youth’s Paul Muchika is tack­led by Ulinzi Mbongi Omar in re­cent match. /ENOS TECHE

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