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Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 00:00 |
Daniel Sakari of Kariobangi Sharks (left) vies for the ball against John Kago of Ulinzi Stars during their BetKing Premier League match on January 3. Photo/PD/RODGERS NDEGWA

Barry Silah @obel_barry

Afraha Stadium at the heart of Nakuru town will this afternoon play host to two BetKing Premier League as round eight of action gets underway.

Zoo FC, who played their first match of the season last weekend against Bandari FC and forced a 1-1 draw, will be hopeful to get something against visiting Posta Rangers in the lunch time kickoff at their new home ground. 

Rangers are 12th on the log with six points after posting five consecutive draws and with coach Sammy Omollo returning to the dugout, this might unsettle the far-from-fit Zoo side. 

The Kericho-based side is one point off the bottom with a single point from one match played.

The teams have a recent head-to-head record of three wins against each other.

Rangers finished last season at position 11th while Zoo FC were 14th.

Later on at the same venue, traditional hosts Ulinzi Stars have an interesting tie against newcomers Bidco United.

Bidco lost marginally to league leaders KCB and youthful coach Anthony Akhulia will be hoping to come good. 

The weekend before, the Thika-based side posted their first win of the campaign following a 1-0 win against Vihiga United away in Kisumu. 

Ulinzi Stars on their part are coming from a hard fought 1-1 draw against the same Vihiga United in which they lost two players to injury in the physical contest.

The two clubs have yet to meet in any active competition with coach Benjamin Nyangweso expected to unleash his attack pair of Enosh Ochien’g and Oscar Wamalwa in hunt for goals. 

Ninth-placed Bidco has a two- match advantage over the 2010 champions. Ulinzi have one win in their past five matches and three draws, a similar statistic to their opponents of the day.

“We know it will be a tough match but we have prepared adequately. It is in a venue we have not visited before but the circumstances are not different,” said Akhulia.

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