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Vihiga take on arch-rivals Thika in WPL thriller

Women Premier League (WPL) defending champions Vihiga Queens Sunday host local nemesis Thika Queens in a match that is likely to determine who the undisputed queen of the season is as the two sides are engaged in a cutthroat battle at the top of the table.

Vihiga assumed the lead after last weekend’s matches at 48 points while Thika are second at three points behind and with a match at hand. With the two sides clear favourites to clinch the title, the winner of this weekend’s match stands a better chance of clinching it.

Coach Alex Alumira’s charges, Vihiga, suffered their first loss this season in April while playing away in Thika in a 2-1 outcome. Their second loss was in the hands of new kids Trans Nzoia Falcons who also beat Thika home and away. Vihiga’s return match to Trans Nzoia is slated for November 14 in Kitale.

“We have not been perfect in the first three matches of the second leg and we lost many scoring chances. However, team rhythm and confidence is back and we have worked on defence and finishing in the last week and I am looking forward to a good performance,” said Alumira, acknowledging that it will be a tough match.

Meanwhile, Trans Nzoia will line up against Mathare Women on Saturday and Kayole Starlets on Sunday at Kenyatta Stadium, Kitale where wins in the double fixture will see them get to one point behind the second-placed team if Thika loss, two if the Thika versus Vihiga match end in a draw or four points if Thika win.

“We intend to win all our second leg matches. We had a bad start in the first leg where we played for five draws but after the county government offered their support to the team, our performance improved and I believe we are in the running for the title, nothing is lost just yet,” said Trains Nzoia head coach Justin Okiring.

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