With the relegation matrix in the SportPesa Premier League (KPL) getting trickier by the day, Mathare United and Thika United applied kicks of dying horses at the weekend with identical 1-0 wins over Nzoia Sugar and Tusker respectively.
Two rounds of matches are remaining with the focus being the relegation dogfight involving Mathare, Thika United and Western Stima. Nakumatt are also not very safe since only a single point separates them from Mathare and Thika.
And suffice to say, basement team Muhoroni Youth might have as well kissed goodbye to the league after they suffered a 7-0 whitewash by Kariobangi Sharks on Saturday which went on record as the highest winning margin since the league begun.
For Mathare, they seem intent on saving their dithering campaign by hook and crook as only a week after frustrating Sofapaka’s surge to the second position, they edged out wasteful Nzoia Sugar, thanks to a 15th minute penalty by Samuel Olwande.
However, it was Thika United’s success that was more incredulous after they stunned Tusker in a match played under atrocious pitch conditions in Ruaraka. As it stands, Mathare and Thika who occupy the 15th and 16th positions with 35 points each are almost safe from relegation and will only be too eager to win their remaining fixtures to cast any doubts of their continued stay in the league.
Despite holding Ulinzi Stars 2-2 in Kisumu, Western Stima are also likely to join the bandwagon of teams to be demoted to the National Super League (NSL) next year. In contrast, AFC Leopards who were also clutching onto reeds can now rest easy after getting the better of gritty Nakumatt with a solitary goal’s win in Kasarani.
The result saw Ingwe climb to 12th place on the log and in the process are assured a chance of playing in the top flight competition next year. Undisputed champions Gor Mahia who have nothing to lose threw a lead to draw 1-1 with Zoo Kericho in Nakuru.
Zoo are placed 13th in the char with 37 points and will be avoiding losing their two remaining matches as this might push them to the relegation zone. Pride of place amongst players goes to red-hot Kariobangi Sharks striker Masoud Juma who catapulted to the top of the KPL score chart after a plundering a record four goals in his team’s massacre of poor Muhoroni Youth. Masoud now has 15 goals to his name.
With two rounds of matches to go and with Masoud having overtaken Gor Mahia’s Jacques Tuyisenge and Nakumatt’s Kepha Aswani, the Sharks talisman might just be rubbing his hands with glee hoping to capture the Golden Boot Award.