Rangers habour dreams of top-five KPL finish
After going three straight matches without defeat, Posta Rangers can dare dream of winding up among the top five teams at the end of the 2019/2020 Kenyan Premier League (KPL).
Rangers humbled troubled Wazito 3-0 last weekend and will be seeking another sensational victory against fast-fading Bandari today at Narok Stadium to conform to what book-makers think of them.
“We have really burned the midnight oil to get to where we are and obviously, I believe we have a realistic chance to be perched in a respectable position,” said Rangers coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo.
He added: “If you look at the league statistics, we are not far off from the fifth-placed team in the league and it may just be a matter of time for us to reach this position. I have told the players to keep on believing in themselves to get what they want,”
And as sure as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, Omollo said in no uncertain terms that his team will make life difficult for Bandari on the pitch just as it did to Wazito.
“Bandari is a strong team but we are sure of giving them pound for pound. I’m glad that my players have shown great character even in the face of battle-hardened teams,”
In Francis Nambute, Joseph Mbugi and Clinton Kisiavuki, Rangers boast of experienced players who are expected to be quite a handful to Bandari defence.
Against Wazito, Mbugi scored a brace and will relish at doing more by bagging a hat-trick or more not only to carry home the ball of match day, but also to attract the eyes of the national team scouts.
In the meantime, Bandari have yet to find their footing despite having their Technical Director Twahir Muhiddin take the coaching job after the sacking of Bernard Mwalala and the match provides the team with a platform to make amends.
In the meantime, Gor Mahia will be gunning on remaining at the summit of the league when they face their old adversaries Nzoia Sugar in a late kick-off at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos Sunday. During a midweek clash against Sofapaka in Kisumu, Gor weathered heavy storm but eventually ran off 2-1 winners to dislodge Kakamega Homeboyz from the top of the chart.
Despite teething financial problems Gor are merely grinding descent results to the satisfactions of their fans and one hopes that Lawrence Juma and Kenneth Mugunga whose goals pepped them against Batoto Ba Mungu will replicate the same against Nzoia.
Batoto Ba Mungu themselves have a tough one in their hands when they entertain Mathare United in a potential thriller in Machakos.