Saturday, June 2 – 3:00p.m Local time Camp Toyoyo, Nairobi County, Kenya
Coach Francis Kimanzi will be looking to end his stale run of draws when Mathare United play host to Zoo Kericho on Saturday afternoon in the Kenyan Premier League.
The Slum boys will welcome Zoo at Camp Toyoyo in what will be the only KPL encounter of the weekend; with a considerable number of midweek matches scheduled for next week.
The likes of Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Kakamega Homeboyz and Kariobangi Sharks will nonetheless be in action over the weekend, as they will be taking part in the regional SportPesa Super Cup tournament. The competition, set to run between 3rd and 10th June, will see the four Kenyan outfits test their mettle against Tanzania’s very best in Simba, Yanga, Singida and JKU.
Although the two nations will be pitting themselves for the regional bragging rights, it will unequivocally be a classic case of every man for himself, seeing as the winner of the week-long tournament will be rewarded with 30,000 USD in prize money, on top of earning the right to face Everton in a promotional match at Goodison Park before the end of June.
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Gor Mahia- who double up as the defending champions in the Kenyan Premier League and the SportPesa Super Cup- will certainly fancy their chances in the competition, having received a much needed reprieve from their continental duties. This comes after FIFA, working in tandem with the Confederation of African Football, enforced a month-long break for both the Champions League and Confederation Cup, ahead of the 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup.
K’Ogalo continues to lead the KPL charts on 34 points, six points adrift of second placed Ulinzi Stars who are level on points with Sofapaka. Mathare United however complete the top four with 27 points after yet another draw in their last outing; their fourth in as many games.
The Slum boys have been struggling to replicate their rich vein of form exhibited at the start of the season, with head coach Francis Kimanzi increasingly getting frustrated over the slump in form.
Mathare have had a more than generous Premier League fixture with matches often few and far between. Kimanzi’s charges however have little to show, as they are seven points behind Gor who still have two games in hand.
Be that as it may, Saturday’s game, on paper, gives the former champions a good fighting chance, as it comes against a struggling Zoo Kericho side. Zoo are currently 17th on the log with 16 points from 16 matches, two points above bottom placed Sony Sugar, and a single point away from safety.
Mathare United vs. Zoo Kericho Match prediction
Whereas Mathare have struggled finding the back of the net, with two of their last four draws ending goalless, Zoo have scored in their last eight matches; their only drawback being the inability to see off matches.
Mathare are seemingly low on confidence and on a downward spiral while head coach Sammy Okoth could arrest his side’s decline with a good outcome. As such, Zoo Kericho are with little question the unlikely favorites heading in the encounter.
Prediction: Double chance Zoo Kericho to Win/Draw
Mathare United vs. Zoo Kericho recent results
Zoo Kericho 0-0 Mathare United (July 2, 2017)
Mathare United 6-0 Zoo Kericho (August 19, 2017)
Ochieng Chris 6′
Oduor Chrispin 45′
Seda Edward 57′
Onyango Derrick 74′
Oduor Chrispin 82′ (P)
Onyango Derrick 90′
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