NAIROBI, October 17 – Premier League Clubs will be involved in the crucial weekend fixtures after the arrival of Harambee Stars players who had been stranded in Conakry and Lagos.
The local players turn their eyes on the ever twisting league after taking part in international duty last Sunday, in a match that that saw Kenya go down 3-2 against Guinea.
Sher Karuturi, who began a new life without Coach James Nandwa, will be seeking for a third consecutive win thanks to a 3-1 thumping of Western Stima 3-1 on Wednesday, a week after their 1-0 narrow win over basement team Mathare Youth in Naivasha.
The rejuvenated Sher now in fourth place will hope to extend their good run when they visit third place Agro Chemicals in Muhoroni on Saturday, under new coach and former team manager Sammy Okoth.
The Naivasha based team will be happy with the arrival of Harambee Stars keeper Noah Ayuko into their away squad, when they face Agro Chemicals in a tricky fixture.
Sixth place World Hope host fifth place Thika United at Hope Centre for another mouth watering clash. Both teams are tied on 35 points but a goal difference separates them.
The Kawangware side succumbed to a 2-1 shock defeat at their backyard on Friday by 13th place Mahakama, a major blow to the title challenge.
It was the third consecutive loss of Bobby Ogolla’s team after crashing out 1-0 to Ulinzi Stars at Greensteads in Nakuru and 2-0 at the hands of Sony Sugar.
12th place Bandari visit Red Berets at Greensteads a week after falling to Gor Mahia at the Nyayo National Stadium.
15th place Red Berets on 26 points and who now lie above the relegation zone will be seeking for a win in order for them to increase their survival chances
Second placed Sony will hope for a win in their backyard when they host 10th place Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) in Awendo, spurred by international Jockins Atudo.
The bankers could not be pushovers after holding Mathare United to a 1-1 draw but a win for the sugar millers could open the gap at the top of the premier league for 24 hours.
League leaders Mathare United who hold the bulk of Harambee Stars players of keeper Duncan Ochieng, defender Edgar ‘Fighter’ Ochieng and Lloyd Wahome, midfielder Kelvin Ochieng and Austin Makacha with striker Francis Ouma, were meant to play Western Stima on Sunday but the match has been pushed to October 29.
The same case applies to Tusker FC and Ulinzi Stars.
Relegation threatened Mahakama will host Gor Mahia for a crucial Sunday derby at the Nyayo National Stadium, while basement Mathare Youth is away to meet eighth place Chemilil Sugar.
In form Gor Mahia earned three precious points on Friday after edging out Bandari 1-0.
James Siang’a side also hope to lift the KFF cup when they face Posta Rangers in the final on Monday after seeing off nationwide league side Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) with a 2-1 comfortable victory on Saturday.