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Football | Kenya

Osborne Monday @ SS com

Sofapaka aim for top five



This will be the last week of action in the Tusker Premier League and 2009 champions Sofapaka will be in a battle to finish among the top five teams on the standings.

Sofapaka are currently in fourth spot but tied on points with fifth and sixth-placed Ulinzi Stars and Thika United respectively.

A loss in the last match could therefore see them drop to as low as the sixth spot on the standings if Thika United win against Gor Mahia and Ulinzi Stars register a similar result against KCB.

The club will, however, have to shake off the poor recent streak of results that saw them slip out of title contention. Batoto Ba Mungu have won one of their last ten matches this season, an occurrence that was capped by the sudden departure of the coach Stewart Hall after barely two months at the helm.

Karuturi Sports on the other hand have also had one of their worst ever seasons having suffered a raft of injuries.

The team was also locked out of their training grounds after a court dispute but they have continued to fight gamely.

The flower men have managed to survive relegation but will take part in neither the Top 8 tournament, nor be among the top ten teams as they are stuck in 12th spot on the table.

The club, through the coach Michael Nam, has welcomed any point against Sofapaka terming it as a step in the right direction for them. Karuturi have also revealed that they are unlikely to ring the changes in the upcoming match.

Probable lineups:

Sofapaka: Duncan Ochieng (GK), Thomas Wanyama, Abdalla Juma, Edgar Ochieng, Eugene Asike, James Situma (cpt), George Owino, Elli Asieche, Joseph Nyaga, Anthony Kimani, Bob Mugalia.

Subs: David Okello (GK), Robert Binja, Felly Mulumba, Danson Kago, John Njoroge, Heritier Luvualu, Collins Shivachi.

Karuturi: Michael Wanyika (GK), Simon Pierre, Samuel Olare, Titus Wamalwa (cpt), Andrew Mbwabi, Mustapha Mohamed, Abdul Mohamed, Kennedy Oduor, Victor Majid, Zzinda Hussein, Allan Otindo.

Subs: Noah Ayuko (GK), Yusuf Siruma, Joshua Okeyo, Peter Juma, Mohamed Mwachiponi, Alfred Chole, Geoffrey Msiebe.



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