GLADIATORS STAY FOCUSED

Strathmore seek redemption over Western Jaguars

The students who are under pressure to deliver hope to rediscover their 2016 form in a bid to avoid relegation.

In Summary

• Gladiators lost 3-1 to Greensharks in their last match and will hope to return to winning ways against Michael Malungu's charges who will also face United States International University USIU-A Mashujaa tomorrow.

• In form  USIU will try get their third consecutive win as they entertain Jaguars. Their 1-0, 2-1 victories against Greensharks and Parklands respectively lifted the students to fifth

 

Western Jaguars' Allan Malit (L) battles for the ball with Moses Omamo of Sailors in a past KHU Premier League match
Western Jaguars' Allan Malit (L) battles for the ball with Moses Omamo of Sailors in a past KHU Premier League match
Image: ERICK BARASA

Former national hockey champions Strathmore University 'Gladiators' need to have the best mindset and belief when they play  Western Jaguars today, coach Meshack Senge has said.

Gladiators lost 3-1 to Greensharks in their last match and will hope to return to winning ways against Michael Malungu's charges, who will also face United States International University USIU-A Mashujaa tomorrow.

The students, who are under pressure to deliver, hope to rediscover their 2016 form in a bid to avoid relegation. They are eighth on the table with 10 points from 13 matches.

Gladiators have suffered more defeats (9) than any other Premier League side. The Festus Onyango captained side have won thrice and drawn once. They face an uphill task to stay in the league with ninth-placed Sikh Union breathing down their neck. 

Strathmore succumbed to a 2-0 loss in Kakamega. Senge said his charges are not planning for revenge but will instead play for the vital points. A win for Strathmore will ease their relegation fears and inject confidence back to the playing unit.

He said: "It is a tricky match and a must-win one for us as we strive to improve our points tally. The team needs to play confidently and bring out the X-factor in the hunt for valuable points. We need to plan pragmatically and approach the game with a clear mindset.  Playing at the City Park Stadium gives us an edge but we are not banking on it so much."

In-form USIU will try to get their third consecutive win as they entertain Jaguars. Their 1-0 and 2-1 victories against Greensharks and Parklands respectively lifted the students to fifth. Jaguars have a poor away record and the Kakamega side should be worried of the high octane students' style of play. USIU will have to win by an eight-goal margin to dislodge Police from fourth place.

Sailors suffered a humiliating defeat in the hands of Butali last weekend and face a tricky Sikh Union team that salvaged a point in 3-3 draw with Police on Wednesday. The two sides played out 2-2 draw in the first leg. Sikh need the points more since they are second last from the bottom

Men Super League Side Kenya College of Accountancy University KCAU will look to book their place in the top flight next season with matches against Mvita and Mombasa Sports Club.

KCAU collected four points in Mombasa courtesy of 1-1 draw with Mvita and a comprehensive 3-0 win over MSC. Maximum points for the students will get their promotion deal sealed. Parkroad have already been promoted after a faultless season in the second tier.