The resolve by Mathare United to win SportPesa Kenyan Premier League (KPL) matches under difficult circumstances will come under severe test against Nzoia Sugar at the Sudi Stadiun in Bungoma today.
For a long time, Sudi has been considered a dreary hunting ground especially to teams from Nairobi and it will be interesting to observe what is up the sleeves of Mathare.
Add onto the fact that Nzoia will be going into the game buoyed by a huge 7-0 win over Dero FC in the SportPesa Shield and Mathare’s work is cut out.
But then, in as much as they will be enjoying home ground advantage, Nzoia need not take things lightly given Mathare stopped a gritty Posta Rangers 3-1 at Camp Toyoyo last weekend and will thus be gunning for a second win on the trot.
For Mathare, victory will help them bridge a gap of a point with league leaders Gor Mahia who are busy with the ongoing SportPesa Super Cup tournament in Nakuru.
In the absence of Mathare head coach Francis Kimanzi, who is in India as deputy coach of Harambee Stars in an invitational tournament, Salim Ali will take charge of the “slum boys”
Mathare will mainly rely on Cliff Nyakeya and Chrispin Oduor while Nzoia have top scorer Elvis Rupia—who has 12 goals already—to depend on in their quest of registering maximum points.
Elsewhere in Narok, Sofapaka test Chemelil Sugar and a win for the former will see them dislodge Mathare from second position on the log.
Last week, Kepha Aswani, Umaru Kasumba and Stephen Waruru were uncompromising in Sofapaka’s 2-0 win over Re-Union in a SportPesa Shield Cup round of 64 tie and one hopes the trio will rise to the occasion against the unpredictable Chemelil.
Meanwhile, Posta Rangers will tackle hosts Thika United minus Jockins Atudo who is away with Harambee Stars in India.