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Kenya Champions Ulinzi takes on tusker F.C

[Posted 11 Jun 2011]
[By Charles Malingha]
Kenya Champions Ulinzi takes on tusker F.C

With another weekend of league football upon us after the two-week international break has come to an unimpressive conclusion, teams and their coaches gear up for what can be season defining fixtures for some.

Every match from here until the end of the season will be critical.

The next four months or so will determine the destination of the title, the teams that will be playing in Continental championships next season and which teams will no longer be playing in the Kenyan Premier League.

For others, it will be the usual, the routine set of matches.

The KPL has become well known and followed in East Africa and beyond due to its unpredictable behaviour.

This unpredictable state is a reference to the weekly hustle and bustle of football obviously not the final outcome of the league in November of every season. This season, teams like Rangers FC and Kenya Commercial Bank have surprised everybody. Back in February though, no one gave these boys a chance to make a mark on the first tier of league football in Kenya but since then, coaches David Ouma (Rangers FC) and Leonard Saleh (KCB) have responded in authoritative fashion.

"We are enjoying our current run in the league and we just hope to maintain the form in the remaining matches," said Ouma.
After 13 rounds of matches, Rangers FC who last season survived the relegation axe by merely two-points, have been enjoying a rare form that has seen them assume leadership status at the helm of the league.

On their part, the bankers are four points adrift, in the third position. Getting back to football, it is going to be a crucial weekend for champions Ulinzi Stars.

The soldiers welcome 2007 champions Tusker FC today at Afraha Stadium, taking place at a time when both the clubs want to relish their 2007 and 2010 forms respectively.

But that canít be said of Nairobi City Starsí head coach, Kennedy Odhiambo.

With the former Harambee Stars defender at the helm, the Kawangware-based side has been the exact definition of horrible.

Maybe, some would think that they are destined to be positive on the field now that their ownership troubles are behind them, well that may be right but what kind of a mindset does City Stars take to their todayís home match against another struggling side, Mathare United.

Yes, admittedly Ambassadors in Sport have taken over the club but what next?

With the transfer window yet to be closed on June 30th, both sides have to compete to sign new legs to their side, never mind City Stars are set to lose their unsettled Ugandan striker Jimmy Bageya to AFC Leopards.

If that wasnít damning enough, there is already talk that the club might receive new owners.

One would rightly think that after weeks of dreary performance from the side, the players and the club itself owes their fans something of a celebration now.

If City Stars indeed come out in full force against United, then there is no reason as to why such festivities will be delayed even a single bit but Salim Aliís boys are no slouches themselves.

City Stars must absolutely win this match to get out of the bottom whereas United canít afford to lose this one given that they are already dropped a lot of points this season.

Both teams can play football the right way but one can expect a very bloody encounter at Hope Centre.
Meanwhile, Sofapaka face the herculean task of overturning a 3-0 deficit against Tunisiaís Club Africain in their Confederation Cup fourth round return match in Nairobi on Sunday.

"When we started out no one believed we could make it to this level. Every hurdle we have overcome has been a success for us," boasted recently appointed coach Francis Kimanzi.

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