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Kariobangi Sharks to throw all at Nzoia for promotion guarantee

Kariobangi Sharks FC are on the verge of promotion to the Kenyan Premier League.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu
Kariobangi Sharks FC are on the verge of promotion to the Kenyan Premier League.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 9- With the uncertainty over whether two or four clubs will be promoted to the Kenyan Premier League next season, Kariobangi Sharks will be out to give themselves 100% assurance on Saturday when they face National Super League leaders Nzoia United who have already been promoted.

Sharks are placed second on the National Super League standings with 80 points, two away from third placed Zoo Kericho who will be at home to FC Talanta on the final match day of the NSL season.

“It is going to be a very tough match because we are playing away against a tough opponent. The approach to the match will need a lot of concentration and cautiousness because any mistake in the match will be costly,” Sharks head coach William Muluya told Capital Sports.

He says the side has prepared well for the tie and will not be under pressure, despite seeking a firm assurance they will play top flight football next season.

“This is the final day of the season and we need to go out there and enjoy ourselves. This match is going to be like a final and in a final you don’t need to rush or panic. If we are going to get into the premier league it is going to be a huge plus for not only me but the players who have been doing it for me,” Muluya added.

The former Mathare United team manager joined Sharks in June after leaving his post with the Slum Boys and has turned around their season after a poor start.

He has paid tribute to his players for their hard work and only hopes they will be rewarded by earning promotion.

“We have worked together and everyone has pulled in one direction. Not that it wasn’t there before, but it is taken into more detail now. We have had so much support from the management thus the focus by the players has been better,” Muluya added.

Zoo and Nakumatt FC are the two other sides with a promotion chance. The two sides will be promoted if the Football Kenya Federation has its way to expand the league into an 18 team format.

The two can also squeeze into second if either one of them wins their weekend matches and Sharks slip against Nzoia who have lost only once this season.

Fourth placed Nakumatt will be at home to Wazito FC.