Bat­tle for KPL slots in­ten­si­fies as top four face tricky ties

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local -

BY ANGWENYI GICHANA/ The bat­tle for slots in the Sport­pesa Premier League en­ters round of 36 this week­end with pro­mo­tion can­di­dates fac­ing tricky ties.

With four matches re­main­ing and Nzoia al­ready pro­moted, four teams—Kar­i­obangi Sharks, Zoo Keri­cho, Naku­matt and KCB — will be chas­ing the other re­main­ing slot.

Two teams will be prompted to the Premier League but talks are on­go­ing be­tween Foot­ball Kenya Fed­er­a­tion and Kenya Premier League Lim­ited to have four teams pro­moted.

Sec­ond-placed Kar­i­obangi Sharks travel to Thika to meet Bidco in a bid to main­tain the sec­ond spot while third placed Zoo Keri­cho will en­ter­tain Nairobi Stima as they seek to main­tain their im­pres­sive run. Fourth-placed Naku­matt will play a re­ju­ve­nated Sha­bana FC at Keri­cho Green Sta­dium on Sun­day. Fifth placed and former Kenya Premier League side KCB will be in ac­tion against Kenya Po­lice at Afraha Sta­dium in Nakuru as sixth-placed Vi­higa United travel to Naivasha to meet Oser­rian.

In other matches slated for to­mor­row, Agro Chem­i­cals hosts Mod­ern Coast Rangers at Fu­raha grounds in Chemelil while Pa­los FC will bat­tle it out with Waz­ito at Moi Sta­dium in Kisumu. On Sun­day, NSL cham­pi­ons Nzoia United face Talanta at Kasarani while in Nakuru, it will be a lo­cal derby be­tween St. Joseph’s Youth and Nakuru All Stars.

Nzoia won the cham­pi­onship hav­ing amassed an unas­sail­able 88 points. Kar­i­obangi’s fine run in the sec­ond leg has seen the team move to sec­ond place with 74 points while Zoo is third with 72 points. Naku­matt has dropped to third po­si­tion due to their spo­radic form.

/ENOS TECHE

Naku­matt’s De­vid Naf­tali bat­tles Ban­dari’s Kibiru Si­jenge in a GOtv Shield tie. Naku­matt are also chas­ing Premier League pro­mo­tion.

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