Fortune Sacco face acid test at home as Coast Stima seek to escape relegation

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 00:00 |
Morgan Oduor of Nairobi Stima (left) fights for the ball with Jackson Oketch of Vihiga Bullets FC in a past NSL match. PD/RODGERS NDEGWA

The National Super League resumes today after a long break due to government suspension with three rescheduled matches planned.

The main match sees premiership contenders Fortune Sacco welcome third-placed Vihiga Bullets at Kianyaga Stadium in Kerugoya, Kirinyaga County. 

Surprise package Bullets FC, under Edward Manoah, had gone on a five match run which elevated them from ninth to fourth in the table with 27 points with a match in hand before the suspension of football in the country.

On the other hand Fortune Sacco are a point and a place just behind their opponents of the day and will be hoping the match favours them at their own turf.

However, both coaches have raised concerns over the fitness levels of players who have missed active football for about 58 days. 

“It has been a bit difficult because the government suspended sports, our players have not really had proper training.

It means even fitness levels are still low. However, we will just have to be ready.

I know we travel to a difficult venue to face a good side but we will attempt to go and win the match regardless,” said Manoah ahead of their duel as they continue to seek promotion to the top tier.

Meanwhile in another duel, league newcomers Mwatate United host lowly Migori Youth at Wundanyi Stadium.

Mwatate from Taita Taveta County will be hoping their impressive debut campaign continues even as they prepare to battle the Border Boys. 

Mwatate are currently eighth on the table with 25 points off 17 matches with an impressive eight wins so far.

Migori Youth, on the other hand are fighting relegation and in 17th place with 18 points in the bag. 

Kevin Oluoch’s side has been hampered heavily by financial challenges this campaign, not to mention losing a couple of crucial players in the off-season.

Elsewhere at Mbaraki Stadium, fast falling Coast Stima host relegation threatened Muranga Seal in another banana skin.

Both teams have played 16 matches but are separated by six points in the standings despite the power men winning only five matches compared to Seal’s four.

Coast Stima on 22 points will want to take advantage of home ground advantage to tilt the odds in what has been a difficult season which saw them losing important players.

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