Ulinzi Stars and Gor Mahia favoured to win their fixtures this weekend
Ulinzi Stars Vs Western Stima,
Today 3pm, Afraha
My Prediction: Soldier Boys 2—0 Stima
Ulinzi lost the game 1-0 to Western Stima the last time the two sides met in Kakamega. Since then, Ulinzi Stars have been quietly creeping up the standings and find themselves fourth with a game in hand over third place Sofapaka and leaders Tusker. In fact a win today will put them ahead of Sofapaka on goal difference. If that isn’t inspiration, then I don’t know what is. Stima’s reverse fixture victory over Ulinzi was at a time when the soldiers were struggling but they aren’t struggling any more. Stima drew last weekend against a revitalised City Stars so that isn’t altogether embarrassing, but I don’t see them getting one over Ulinzi at the Afraha fort.
Chemelil Sugar Vs Gor Mahia,
Tomorrow 3pm, Afraha
My Prediction: Chemelil 1—3 K’Ogalo
Chemelil are just two points behind Gor Mahia and last week almost beat league leaders Tusker. But almost isn’t good enough. Chemelil are good at home but unfortunately this won’t be a home game on two fronts. The game is being played in Nakuru, and Gor are at home anywhere in the country. We all know the ‘Green Army’ will be taking the trip to Nakuru and so support won’t be lacking. Rama Salim is on fire and his partnership with Dan Sserunkuma is unbelievable. For some reason coach Zdravko Logarusic isn’t screaming as much now as he was a couple of weeks ago. And he clearly did well during the break by creating a team that will be a force to reckon with in this second half of the season. They are up to 6th place on the table and looking good.
Karuturi Sport Vs Sony Sugar,
Tomorrow 3pm, Karuturi grounds
My Prediction: Karuturi 0—1 Sony
Karuturi are unlucky. They have had a poor run since the break and are blaming most of it on the fact that they have lost their home ground. They have no convenient location to train and have to use the Oserian grounds as their home base. So not only are their fans unavailable, they aren’t familiar with the grounds as they were with “Old Trafford.” They lost the ‘Naivasha Derby’ last weekend and to Mathare before that. Not good. Sony too aren’t having a convincing second half to their season. A loss and a draw against AFC Leopards and a slim win against KCB. Coach Zedekiah Otieno had said he would recruit wisely in June and we would see a very different Sony in the second half, but I’m afraid I’m seeing the same one. Lucky for them, Karuturi appears much worse off today.