Relegation battle hots up


NAIROBI, September 25- The battle in the Kenya Premier League (KPL) to escape relegation intensifies this weekend with three of the four teams likely for the drop up against tough opposition.AFC_LEOPARDSAFC Leopards need to muster all their resilience to secure victory over Mathare United at Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday.

‘Ingwe’ coach Nick Yakhama was in belligerent mood saying that his team will be going for nothing short than victory against the defending champions who have who are wounded at the moment after losing to Sofapaka lat weekend.

Yakhama will have comfort in the fact that veteran Franklin Obare and Dennis Mukaisi have been finding the net regularly of late.

Sebastian Muchera and captain Francis Xavier could also be a handful for United’s defence which is without Edgar Ochieng who is suspended.

Despite playing at home, bottom side Agrochemicals have a tough assignment against Thika United who were the league pacesetters early this season.

Agro, who finished third last season, are counting their losses after many of their players from last term moved on.

Red Berets could be in for a backlash when they head for the intimidating confines of City Stadium where Gor Mahia lie in wait.

‘Kogalo’ walked into a trap last week in Awendo where they lost 2-1 to Sony Sugar. They will be relying on the form of George Odhiambo whose eight goals this season has helped anchor them in fifth and challenge for a top four position.

Bandari will fancy their chances against Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) at Nyayo after their victory over Agro last week.

Yusuf Chipo’s side will also be brimming with confidence after their 3-1 thrashing of Nairobi City Stars that has helped them steer well clear of the relegation zone.

Stars have a mountain to climb in terms of bouncing back from that defeat as they face the attacking flair of league leaders Sofapaka are five points clear at the top of the table.

Tusker lock horns with Ulinzi Stars hoping that Sofapaka slip up and so that they can narrow the gap as they strive to reclaim the title they last won in 2007.