Mathare plan to add more misery to Tusker
Former Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Mathare United are out to
add more misery on league rivals Tusker when the local league resume
on Saturday after a week's break.
The two sides meet in an early kick-off at Machakos Stadium before
they pave way for Posta Rangers and Kakamega Homeboyz.
Tusker kicked off their title campaign on a wrong foot a fort night
ago, going down 5-2 against Gor Mahia and coach Robert 'Lion' Matano
is expected to come out like a literally wounded lion as they seek to
forget the humiliating defeat and bounce back. However, history
against Mathare does not favour them.
The Slum Boys enjoy a better head to head record against the brewers,
having beaten them three times and drawn once in their last four
“Off cause it's going do be a different ball game because we don't
expect beat Tusker by five goals the way Gor did. I know Tusker are
wounded and they would not want to lose two league matches in a row,
but we are prepared for them and plan to add more misery for them,”
said Mathare United coach Salim Ali.
He added: “We have a very good record against Tusker having not lost
to them in the last three years and we plan to continue with the
trend. Out of our last four matches, we have won three and drew one.”
Matano said he didn't believe on the head-to-head record and told
Mathare to expect the full wrath of a wounded lion.
“Losing is not in my mind, we went back to the drawing board after the
defeat against Gor Mahia on the first day and we have corrected the
mistakes we made. We are a full house, with no injuries nor
suspensions, so we are going to be ruthless,” Matano said.
Mathare who played to a barren draw against Bandari in their opening
match, will be missing the services of their skipper Chrispin Oduor
who is nursing metatarsal injury, but Salim is confident the other
players can do the job.
League debutants Wazito FC will be chasing their first win in top
flight football when they visit Western Stima in Kisumu, while Ulinzi
welcome 2009 champions Sofapaka at Afraha Stadium in a match the
visitors will be desperate to win after kicking off their campaigns
with a 2-1 defeat against Rangers.
Nzoia Sugar vs Sony Sugar (Sudi Stadium) 1pm
Tusker vs Mathare Utd (Machakos) 2pm
Ulinzi vs Sofapaka (Afraha) 3pm
Western Stima vs Wazito (Kisumu Stadium) 3pm
Posta Rangers vs Kakamega Homeboyz (Machakos) 4.15pm
KCB vs Kisumu All Stars (Machakos) 3pm
AFC Leopards vs Kariobangi Sharks (Kasarani) 3pm
Bandari vs Zoo FC (Mbaraki) 3pm
Chemelil vs Gor Mahia (Kisumu Stadium) 3pm