Ushuru and KCB continue their fight for the National Super League (NSL) title this afternoon with six matches lined up at different venues across the country. With just five matches remaining before the season ends, the two are separated by just two points and in pole position to clinch the coveted crown besides earning a direct promotion to the 2018 SportPesa Premier League season.
Ushuru have 67 points, two ahead of KCB from 31 matches with Vihiga United third with 65 points followed by Wazito (62 points) and Nairobi Stima (61 points) in fourth and fifth positions respectively, meaning all five have a chance to claim the title.
That leaves little room for error for the tax collectors, KCB and by extension Vihiga, as any slip ups in their remaining matches could hand the chasing pack an advantage.
Ken Kenyatta’s Ushuru face 14th-placed FC Talanta at Camp Toyoyo two hours after KCB’s meeting with Administration Police at the same venue. However, Kenyatta’s worry will be whether his players are focused following a recent go slow over unpaid bonuses.
The issue is yet to be resolved and there were even doubts yesterday whether the players will honour the Talanta tie. Should they honour it, then Talanta are in for a tough match given the tax collectors have won 21 games and lost only four, scoring 56 goals in the process.
Meanwhile, Leonard Saleh’s KCB have the double headache of closing the gap at the top and winning their remaining fixtures, hoping that Ushuru drops points for them to take the lead. KCB, beaten 4-1 by Ushuru two weeks ago, take on an AP side that shipped in four without reply against Kenya Police in their last encounter and therefore should pose little problems for the bankers.
The bankers have on-form striker Simon Munala who has scored 14 goals in their ranks and the AP defence will have to be at its best to keep him quiet. Elsewhere, fourth-placed Wazito, who have a game in hand, can close in on the leader with a victory over 13th-placed GFE 105 at Eldoret’s Kipchoge Keino Stadium as fifth-placed Nairobi Stima take on 11th-placed Kibera Black Stars at Hope Centre.