SPORTS By Gilbert Wandera | October 31st 2015
As the Kenyan Premier League season ends tomorrow, KCB coach Rishadi Shedu would have wished for a better ending. As it is, Western Stima, who they play in Kisumu tomorrow, stand between them and a place in next year’s top-tier league.
The bankers must win and hope that Nairobi City Stars go down to Sony Sugar at City Stadium for them to retain their place in the KPL next season.
The two teams are separated by two points. City Stars are ahead of KCB after collecting 27 points, while the bankers have 25 points.
Victory for both of them will ensure that City Stars remain and KCB go down. It is a situation Shedu is keen to avoid by all means.
“We put ourselves in this situation by not winning some matches we should have won. We have to get ourselves out and have not given up that it can happen,” he said.
The bankers go into this match on the back of a two-match loss against City Stars and Ulinzi Stars.
Things are not made any better by the fact that the bankers will be playing without their top marksman, Paul Kiongera.
The player, who is on loan from Tanzanian giants Simba, picked his fifth yellow card against Ulinzi Stars last weekend and is ineligible to play.
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“When he was shown the fifth yellow card, I felt like crying. He is our key player and we have depended on him to score throughout the season. In his absence, it has been difficult for the others to rise up but we hope it will end well,” added Shedu.
As it is, Kiongera could just have played his last game for the bankers last weekend as he is headed back to Tanzania to rejoin Simba next week.
Away from the relegation battle, five teams will be battling it out for one position to finish among the top eight.
They include Ushuru (36 points), Mathare United (35 points), Thika United (35 points), Sony Sugar and Western Stima (34 points).
Ushuru look the mostly likely side to pick the last remaining top eight spot as they play already relegated Nakuru All Stars at Oserian Stadium on Sunday.
However, they still cannot underrate their opponents who will be looking to go down with a bang. All Stars have already brought down a number of giants this season and will not hesitate to do the same to the tax men.
Only Muhoroni Youth stand in the way of already crowned champions Gor Mahia finishing the season unbeaten as the two teams play on Sunday at Nyayo Stadium.
Gor Mahia will make history once again if they win this one, and end up with 78 points.
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