Berets face postmen


NAIROBI, Kenya, May 28- The first leg of the Kenya Premier League season comes to an exciting conclusion this weekend with two double headers at City stadium on Saturday.

On Saturday, Posta Rangers will take on Red Berets from 1pm followed by Nairobi City Stars up against KCB from 3pm.

On Sunday, Gor Mahia hope to bounce back from their midweek loss to AFC Leopards with victory over Karuturi Sports from 2pm with 2008 champions Mathare United bringing the curtains down against Thika United from 4pm at the same venue.

With the league taking a six week break, teams will be eager to finish the first leg on a high ahead of the crucial second leg.

Debutants in the top flight, Posta have steadily improved coming to grips with the rigours of the premier league which has mirrored in their results as they are unbeaten in the last five.

They face a Red Berets side that is reeling after losing to Mahakama last weekend. The paramilitary side are hovering just above the relegation spots and a win will let them breathe easier during the break.

Saturday’s second match will pit eighth versus ninth with KCB face City Stars separated by goal difference.

City Stars a solid side defensively but have drawn the second highest number of matches in the league with goals hard to come by.

They face a KCB side that has made inconsistency, its middle name. The bankers lost to Chemilil last weekend, only a week after beating Gor Mahia and one cant be sure which KCB will turn up.

On Sunday, Karuturi will look to sign off an impressive first leg that has seen them perched in the top three with a win. The flowermen have been a model of consistency and teamwork and in Allan Otindo, they boast of the league’s top scorer.

The Naivasha side has a good record in Nairobi having won twice and drawn once in their travels to the capital so far this season so Gor should be wary.

Gor have had a far better first half of the season compared to last season and backed by their partisan fans, they will be dangerous as the City stadium surface provides the perfect stage for their fluid passing football.

The clash of last year’s runners up Mathare against third placed Thika brings together teams enjoying contrasting fortunes. While Mathare have steadily climbed to third on the log, Thika are having a torrid season that has seen them stuck at the foot of the table.