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January 17, 2019

Western Stima out to cement promotion chances against Bidco

Western stima  Junior Mukisa FC and FC Talanta Poul Kaniriduring their National super league match at Camp toyo stadium on may 18,2018  /courtesy
Western stima Junior Mukisa FC and FC Talanta Poul Kaniriduring their National super league match at Camp toyo stadium on may 18,2018 /courtesy
National Super League side Western Stima will be seeking to extend their stay at the top of the standings when they play an on-form Bidco United side today at Thika Sub County Stadium. Stima are joint top with Ushuru on 52 points although the Kisumu-based powermen have a healthier goal difference.
The change of guard at Stima, which saw Ugandan head coach Richard Makumbi suspended and his place taken by Paul Ogai, has revitalised the club in their fast fading quest to return to the top flight. They face a fifth-placed Bidco who have found a new lease of life after parting ways with coach Leonard Saleh, winning three consecutive matches since the veteran coach’s departure.
The former KCB coach was replaced by Anthony Akhulia, who had been acting as the assistant coach and the former holding midfielder believes he is still in contention for promotion. Speaking after their match against Administration Police on Monday, Akhulia warned his critics of writing them off.
“We are still in the race, the gap is not big and as you know, the NSL is competitive and has no favorites. Any team in the top six is capable of making it to the Kenyan Premier League,” he said.
Administration Police will be eyeing revival following their midweek 2-0 loss to Bidco when they play second-from-bottom side Nakuru All Stars at Afraha Stadium. The National Police outfit is 14th with 25 points while the hosts have 17.
KCB will be out to enrich their chances of promotion when they face basement side GFE 105 at Sudi Stadium. The bankers are third with 47 points and have a match in hand while the match day opponents’ chances of surviving the axe hang on the balance as they have amassed just 14 points from 25 matches.
Fireworks will reign at Karuturi Grounds tomorrow when promotion candidates Ushuru and Nairobi Stima clash. Ushuru had a chance to open a two-point gap at the top in a midweek match but were bitterly held by Coast Stima and will be seeking a win and pray Western Stima bow to Bidco, a result which will catapult them to the summit. However, the taxmen will face repulsion from the Ibrahim Shikanda-coached Stima, who are fourth with 46 points.
After picking a valuable point against Ushuru, Coast Stima will be baying for the three points when they host a relegation-threatened Isibania at Mbaraki Stadium. Kibera Black Stars will be up against Nairobi City Stars at Camp Toyoyo in a local derby. Kibera are placed tenth with 33 points while the former top flight side are sixth with 41 points.
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