Mount Kenya, Zoo in fight for survival as KPL gets to homestretch
Mt.Kenya United and Kericho Zoo are among teams fighting relegation at the base of the KPL Table standings.
Mount Kenya United have lost nine of their last 10 league assignments and are now staring at the prospect of relegation after merely surviving last season by winning the playoffs. The side is placed bottom in the standings with a paltry 12 points off 22 matches and are nine points away from assured safety.
Despite the return of their charismatic coach Melis Medo, the team which is said to be struggling financially despite new ownership has not had a change of fortune.
The side has conceded six goals in back to back matches, losing 6-1 away to Nzoia Sugar before suffering another embarrassing defeat, going down 6-2 to Posta Rangers last weekend.
The leaking defense comes up against a Chemelil side that has been working hard to get off the red zone and their 2-0 victory away to Zoo Kericho last weekend saw them creep off the drop zone and will be looking for more points against Mount Kenya to assure safety.
Meanwhile, fellow strugglers Zoo have not won since March 3 and will be playing Vihiga United in Kericho. Zoo has lost four of their last six matches and drawn two to see their fortunes dwindle and the scare of relegation lookz real on them
But head coach Sammy Okoth is hopeful that they can save their season despite looking extremely entrenched in the red zone.
“We are in a tough situation but I know we can handle it. Right now every game is like a final for us and we have to get points. Playing at home especially we need to be at our best,” the tactician stated.
Zoo have struggled especially after the departure of their key players Nicholas Kipkurui (Gor), Mike Madoya (Tusker) and Isaac Kipyegon (AFC Leopards). They have failed to replace them with the same quality.
Meanwhile, flailing Mathare United will look to get back into winning ways when they tackle Nzoia at Kasarani. Mathare have struggled in the second half of the season despite starting the season strong and have lost three of their last four matches.
They are placed sixth in the standings with 35 points and another loss on Wednesday will see them falling off the top half of the standings.
In the other tie, Bandari FC will be at home against KCB in another mouthwatering tie. Bandari have found their footing after losing all matches last month and their resurgence could see them go top of the standings albeit for at least 24 hours before Sofapaka and Gor Mahia play.
KPL Wednesday fixtures:
Mt Kenya United vs Chemelil Sugar FC – Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos
Bandari FC vs KCB FC – Mbaraki Sports Club, Mombasa
Mathare United vs Nzoia Sugar FC – Kasarani
Western Stima vs Ulinzi Stars – Moi Stadium, Kisumu
Zoo FC vs Vihiga United – Green Stadium, Kerich