Posta, Mathare renew rivalry

Friday, March 19th, 2021 00:00 |
Gor Mahia’s Jules Ulimwengu (left) and Sammy Odera of Posta Rangers battle for the ball during their BetKing Premier League match held at Kasarani Stadium on March 10. Photo/PD/RODGERS NDEGWA

Following the cancellation of the international friendly between Harambee Stars and Tanzania’s Taifa Stars, the focus is now on the only Betking Premier League fixture pitting Posta Rangers and Mathare United at Kasarani Annex today.

 Both teams are struggling in the top-flight but it would be safe to say that Rangers start as favourites, at least on paper, going by their recent fortunes.

 About a week ago, Rangers, who sit in the 14th position, sent a strong statement of intent by stunning defending champions Gor Mahia 1-0 and will be seeking to stretch the purple patch against the  Slum Boys.

 As for 2008 champions Mathare, they are placed in an odd 16th with nine points from 13 outings and would relish claiming Rangers scalp to move out of the relegation zone.

Meanwhile, hopes of Harambee Stars to claim a second win on a trot over Taifa Stars were dimmed after a friendly scheduled for Kasarani yesterday was cancelled to allow the Tanzanian players to mourn their president, John Pombe Magufuli, who passed on Wednesday night.

 Harambee Stars had beaten Tanzania 2-1 in the first friendly at Nyayo National Stadium on Tuesday.

 In a statement signed by its chief executive officer Barry Otieno, Football Kenya Federation said the development was necessitated by the untimely death of Magufuli, adding that it was in consultation with Tanzania Football Federation.

 “Following the untimely demise of Tanzanian President Magufuli, FKF in consultation with TFF has made a decision to cancel today’s international friendly between Kenya and Tanzania which was scheduled to take place at Nyayo,” read the statement.

 The federation went ahead to issue its heartfelt condolences to the president’s family and indeed all Tanzanians.

“FKF wishes to extend its deepest sympathy and message of goodwill to TFF, the family and friends of the late president and the good people of Tanzania. May the Lord bless you with strength to sail through the tough situation.’’

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