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Police FC winger John Njoronge vies for the ball against Fortune Sacco defender Henrey Kinyua during a past NSL match at Ruaraka Stadium. Photo/PD/DAVID NDOLO

Mount Kenya United may not be posting impressive results lately in the Betika National Super League but their meeting on Saturday with runaway leaders Talanta at Ruaraka ground should be a blockbuster of sorts.

According to records, Mount Kenya United, who are staring at relegation, always rises to the occasion against fancied teams and it remains to be seen if they will continue with this trend in the round 29 clash. 

Talanta are potential table-toppers going into the play-offs and in pundits’ doctrine, losing to Mount Kenya is unthinkable at this point in time.

Talanta have won three consecutive matches straight and are at 51 points with 12 matches to go while Mt. Kenya United are clutching onto the reeds with 29 points.

However, it could be suicidal for Talanta to underrate Mount Kenya who punched above their weight in a midweek clash by beating Modern Coast Rangers 2-1.

Mount Kenya coach James Nandwa believes his charges can cross the toughest of hurdles not least that of Talanta and have asked them to stand up to be counted in the match.

 “We are sailing in high seas and certainly cannot afford to have all teams step all over us.

Relegation is not in our dictionary and whoever says Mount Kenya is weak is misguided.  For me, it is not yet over until it’s over,’’ said Nandwa.

As for Talanta who are under the tutelage of Ken Kenyatta, they are on a roll after beating Mwatate United 2-0 and would least want to put their feet off the gas pedal and especially this time when they are tipped for the NSL glory.

‘’We’ll play our usual game but obviously you cannot just underestimate a team like Mount Kenya which is teeming with individual talent.’’ said Kenyatta.

Elsewhere, Fortune Sacco FC who made a statement of intent in a 5-0 mauling of hosts Coast Stima last week will be at home against Mwatate United who are desirous to make amends after falling to Talanta.

Fortune Sacco are currently third on the log with 44 points with a match at hand over second placed Kenya Police FC who host Coast Stima in Ruaraka on Monday.

A win for Sacco will put them in contention for the play-offs assuming Talanta drop points against Mount Kenya.

Meanwhile, Shabana who are glued in fifth position have a date with neighbours Gusii FC at Awendo Grounds tomorrow.

Ore Bobe, as Shabana is fondly referred to, will be angling to get back to winning ways after slip ups lately in the season.

Shabana, who are on 42 points after partaking as many matches, have been in top flight league wilderness for two decades with coach Robert Ojienda tasked with taking the team back to the ‘’Promised Land’’

 Elsewhere, Kibera Black Stars should brace for searing temperatures in Mombasa when they face Modern Coast Rangers at Serani grounds. Both teams dropped points in their respective midweek clashes.  

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