NAIROBI, Kenya, September 17 – Mathare United have a chance to take a big step to retaining their Kenya Premier league (KPL) when they meet league leaders Sofapaka at Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday.
United secured a morale boosting 2-1 victory over Chemelil Sugar last weekend after two successive draws that slowed down their rise to the summit of the standings.
It’s a different story for the league’s debutants who have to pick themselves up from a 1-0 loss to Gor Mahia at the same venue last Sunday.
They do some have respite though as Mathare stalwart Edgar Ochieng who is serving a two match suspension.
Robert Matano will also have to do without Bob Mugalia and Dondo Robson who will also sit out two fixtures but has the luxury of falling back on this season’s leading scorer John Baraza and Patrick Kagogo.
Chrispine Oduor will be the go to man for the defending champions while Titus Mulama and Kevin Ochieng are expected to anchor the midfield.
Tusker have a tricky and a must win encounter against Western Stima at Kasarani Stadium.
The brewers have lost their last two matches to Sofapaka and Nairobi City Stars by the same 3-2 scoreline denying them the chance to clinch top spot.
Tusker coach James Nandwa hopes his top marksman Joseph Emeka will continue his scintillating goal scoring form that has seen him secure 10 goals so far.
Stima have drawn their last three fixtures leaving them at ninth place going into this weekend’s round.
Gor Mahia who are buoyed by their win over the league leaders head to Awendo to face Sony Sugar.
A win for K’ogalo who are currently fifth on the standings will put them level on points with Thika United for a few hours at least before the men from Central take on Cmelil Sugar the following day.
In other fixtures, Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) face Nairobi City Stars, Agrochemicals play host to struggling Bandari FC and Sher Karuturi play Red Berets.