Ushuru’s blow

Tax men dragged into rel­e­ga­tion dog­fight as cham­pi­ons Gor close in on Tusker lead­ers

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

Just as the race for the SportPesa Pre­mier League is gath­er­ing steam with three matches left, the fight for sur­vival is pick­ing up as Ushuru found them­selves be­ing dragged into the rel­e­ga­tion dog­fight fol­low­ing their lat­est de­feat at the hands of Thika United.

Af­ter the man­ner in which they con­cluded the last cam­paign, keen ob­servers averred that Ushuru will strug­gle to main­tain their top flight sta­tus as a sit­u­a­tion that was ex­ac­er­bated by the de­par­ture of sev­eral key play­ers. Ken Keny­atta’s tax men suf­fered their 13th de­feat of the sea­son, thanks to a sec­ond half strike from Thika’s deadly Nige­rian hit-man Chibueze On­wudi.

The re­sult left the 14th placed Ushuru, who have 24 points still in a vul­ner­a­ble po­si­tion, with rel­e­ga­tion a dis­tinct pos­si­bil­ity as they are now just five points from safety con­sid­er­ing strug­gling sides So­fa­paka and City Stars picked up cru­cial points.

So­fa­paka handed them­selves a life­line with a bat­tling 2-1 vic­tory over re­cently crowned KPL Top 8 cham­pi­ons Muhoroni Youth to get the week­end rolling. Goals from po­lice­man Ge­orge Maelo and Noah Abich en­sured the 2009 cham­pi­ons still have all to play for and moved from the bot­tom of the ta­ble as they now have 19 points

City Stars pen­chant for great es­capes re­main as they claimed an un­likely point away at ta­ble top­ping Tusker. Robert Ndungu’s equaliser af­ter An­thony Ndolo had given Tusker the lead might yet prove to be the most im­por­tant goal the Kawang­ware side have scored this sea­son as they now have 18 points.

Though rel­e­ga­tion is out of the ques­tion, a top 8 fin­ish looks to be dis­ap­pear­ing down the hori­zon for AFC Leop­ards af­ter they were beaten 2-0 by arch-ri­vals Gor on Sun­day.

Sec­ond half goals one from the spot by Med­die Kagere and a bril­liant strike form Enoch Ag­wanda stretched Leop­ards’ win-less streak to six matches. Leop­ards are not only still fourth from bot­tom with 30 points but also out­side the top half of the ta­ble. On the other hand, the win moved sec­ond-placed Gor to within four points of ta­ble lead­ers Tusker, who dropped points against base­ment club City Stars. Tusker have 52 points while Gor are on 48 points, to­tals that now re­duce the ti­tle show­down down to the two top teams as Chemelil Su­gar and Western Stima fell by the way­side fol­low­ing their sim­i­lar 1-1 stale­mates against Posta Rangers and Ulinzi Stars re­spec­tively. Chemelil have 43 points and vastly in­fe­rior goal dif­fer­ence while Stima have amassed 42 points.

Ushuru FC play­ers touch base dur­ing a re­cent SportPesa Pre­mier League match. / ENOS TECHE

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