Ushuru bank on for­ward San­neh

Tax men’s sur­vival de­pends on Gam­bian striker’s per­for­mance

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

For a se­cond suc­ces­sive year, the hopes of a foot­ball club sur­viv­ing the purge from the top flight league hangs pre­car­i­ously on the shoul­ders of young Gam­bian striker Ebrimah San­neh.

The for­ward’s goals were good enough to keep Nairobi City Stars in the SportPesa Pre­mier League last sea­son and this af­ter­noon in Machakos, he comes up against his for­mer em­ploy­ers as he seeks to help Ushuru stay among the elite.

While San­neh has not been fir­ing on all cylin­ders his role will be cru­cial if only for to­day as the tax men hope to hold onto the three point ad­van­tage they have over So­fa­paka as the sea­son draws to a close.

Ken Kenyatta’s men have en­dured a tor­rid se­cond half of the cam­paign go­ing a dozen matches with­out vic­tory and should that poor run con­tinue, then chances of them re­lin­quish­ing their top flight sta­tus will only in­crease.

Kenyatta rued his side’s se­cond leg per­for­mances that has dragged them into the mire and with only six points avail­able and to­day’s game the ‘eas­ier’ for them to keep So­fa­paka at bay, he will be go­ing full throt­tle for vic­tory.

“I said that I wanted to win all the re­main­ing games be­cause our se­cond half of the sea­son has been quite poor. At this mo­ment, I can say I am des­per­ate for points. I want to win the next two games and I hope it will hap­pen. Our sur­vival de­pends on it,” said Kenyatta.

San­neh will spear­head an at- tack that has suf­fered in front of goal-scor­ing just 23 goals in their 28 matches so far.

Though they have al­ready been rel­e­gated, City stars have promised to give their re­main­ing cou­ple of matches the ut­most re­spect by per­form­ing to their best lev­els.

As­sis­tant coach Den­nis Okoth, who like his skip­per John Am­boko, were par­tic­u­larly hurt by the team’s de­mo­tion, said they will be seek­ing to go out on a high.

“We have two more matches to honour and we will put in a good fight. I hope the club shall re­main strong and find its way back to this league,” said Okoth.

For them to get any­thing out of this en­counter, the re­turn­ing Jimmy Bageya will be cru­cial and so will be Jasper Mu­tie and Robert Ndungu, both of whom have been in the score-sheet in Nairobi City Stars ill-fated re­cent at­tempt to beat the drop.

/ENOS TECHE

Ushuru play­ers plot dur­ing a re­cent match.

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