For the last couple of months, Nzoia United have endured a thorough dressing down from their fans following indifferent results in the 2018 Kenyan Premier League (KPL). To most people, Nzoia appears to have flattered to deceive after a strong start in the campaign when they bruised the egos of bigwigs Tusker, beating them 5-2.
Apparently, the heat now is too much for Nzoia who are entrenched at the basement of the league and not even an assured display against Gor Mahia last week in a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Green Army at the Sudi Complex could appease their disenchanted fans.
Admittedly, this is a spell Nzoia will be striving to cast away when they face Zoo Kericho at home Saturday. Just like the sugar belt side, Zoo Kericho who occupy the second last position have lately posted results which have been nothing to write home about which implies that a cut-throat battle is in the offing in the two team’s quest to muster an improved performance.
Nzoia, in particular, owe their fans an improved performance with the team’s striker Morven Otinya who was signed from Sofapaka recently indicating as much. “We apologise to our fans for the pedestrian show but as I have always said before, there is always room for improvement and that’s what we are angling for.
Obviously, the match against Zoo is important for us and I must say we are looking at the bigger picture of bagging all the three points to set a winning trend in subsequent fixtures,” said Otinya.
In the meantime, AFC Leopards, buoyed by a 3-2 win over Wazito in a midweek clash, will be more than desirous to continue from where they left when they clash with Kakamega Homeboyz in an “Ingo” Derby at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos Sunday.
Despite Homeboyz having dominated the head-to-head engagements between the two sides, book-makers highly tip Leopards to prevail and especially given the alluring form of the team’s striker Ezekiel Odera who is seemingly scoring for fun.
Ingwe who are second behind their perennial rivals Gor in the standings are expected to draw great inspiration from the rising star of interim coach Dennis Kitambi who is holding brief after the sacking of Robert Matano following a string of poor results.
Indefatigable Leopards defender Salim “Shittu”Abdallah has said in no uncertain terms that the team is itching for redemption after a slow start in the season. “The morale in the team is high and beating strong teams like Mathare has given us a fighting spirit. We are now determined to keep winning and everyone is focused,” he said.
As Leopards go hunting for points in Masaku, it will be a defining moment for Chemelil Sugar coach Mike Mururi who has been given a condition to win the next two matches with the under-performing Homeboyz or face the sack. Another potentially explosive match will pit Sofapaka against Tusker in the early kick off in Machakos on Sunday.