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Clifford Alwanga @ SS com

Ulinzi Stars after KCB scalp

A gruelling battle looms in the Tusker Premier League at the Afraha Stadium over the weekend when hosts and 2010 champions Ulinzi Stars take on visiting KCB.

Both teams have tight targets that they need to achieve by the end of the match and they have vowed to work towards ensuring maximum points.

Military side Ulinzi Stars are eyeing to finish the season among the top five teams on the standings and are currently tied on points with 2009 champions Sofapaka [4th] and Thika United[6th].

A loss on their side and a win for their rivals will see them miss their aim and stretch their shaky results in the recent past into the last match of the season.

Ulinzi have not been in their best form in the recent past and have managed only one win in the last five matches, recording two losses and two draws in the process.

The results have left the coach Sammy Simiyu a disappointed man but he has challenged his strikers to go for goals in the last match. KCB will also be seeking to skip into the Top 8 list with a tough contest for the two slots available.

Five clubs are in contention for the slots and it is proving to be a ‘do or die’ dash to the tape. Millers Sony Sugar, Chemelil Sugar and 2008 champions Mathare United are tied on 38 points in sixth, seventh and eighth while Western Stima and KCB are separated by a point at 37 and 36 points respectively.

The bankers have expressed confidence that the three points are within their reach in the tie and that they will be among the Top 8 finishers.

Probable lineups:

Ulinzi Stars: Jacktone Odhiambo, Kelvin Ouma, Oliver Rutto, Mulinge James, Josiah Okello, Ibrahim Ismail, Ochollah Stephen, George Oyoo, Chester Okoyo, Waruru Stephen, Wycliffe Ochomo.

Subs: James Saruni, Geoffrey Kokoyo, Justin Onwong’a, Evans Amwoka, Erick Apul, Collins Ochieng’, Allan Muhati.

KCB: Sammy Okinda (GK), Benedict Owuor, Milton Milimo, Joseph Kangata, Bethwell Warambo, Elvis Ayany, Edwin Mwaura, Brian Osumba, Ben Chaka, Paul Kiongera, Jacob Keli.

Subs: Timothy Tsinjenga (GK), Pius Adriano, Michael Oyando, Clifford Alwanga, Ezekiel Odera, Peter Wainaina, Daniel Waweru.


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