Coronation time for Gor Mahia as trio battle relegation


Gor Mahia will be crowned champions of Kenyan football for a record 16th time this afternoon in Kisumu.

The champions face Sony Sugar in what is more of a formality match having won the title with four matches to spare.

The focus will however be on the relegation battle where Western Stima, Zoo Kericho, Thika United and Mathare United are facing a do or die afternoon.

Muhoroni Youth have already been relegated to the National Super League.

Mathare United, champions in 2008 have flirted with relegation for the better part of the season. The slum side need only a point to survive the chop. They face Posta Rangers knowing very well that failure to in coupled by wins by Thika United at home against Bandari and Western Stima over Chemelil in Awasi will take them back to the lower league.

“Of course we have to do everything to avoid relegation. This has been a tough season but we have learnt so much from the fight. We need only a point and we will do everything to get it,” said Mathare United coach Francis Kimanzi.

Western Stima and Thika United, both at 35 points are at the most precarious state amongst the relegation candidates. Zoo have 37 while Mathare have 38.

A win for Zoo and Mathare United will leave either Thika or Stima going to the lower league depending on the outcome of the their games.

“This is not the time to look back at lost opportunities. We know we have to give this game our best. Bandari will come to frustrate us because they want to finish in the top eight, for us, we must win,” Thika United coach Nicholas Muyoti said.

The advantage Thika United have is they will be playing at their home tough which has come under serious criticism for the bumpy state of the playing surface.

Stima has always finished among the top ten sides over the last four years, but things have not been rosy for the electric boys this season. They may have beaten champions elect Gor Mahia 2-1  early in  the season, but that may only be the biggest story they will have to tell this season should they fail to beat Chemelil.

Muhoroni Youth will play their last match in the KPL at the Mumias Complex against a resurgent AFC Leopards who have been buoyed by their recent success in the GOTv Shield. Leopards coach Robert Matano will be seeking to end on a high.

Nzoia and Kakamega Homeboyz clash in Bungoma while Sofapaka, in their quest to finish second will be in Narok against Zoo Kericho with deposed champions Tusker clashing with Ulinzi Stars in Nakuru.

But the funfair of the season will be in Kisumu here Gor Mahia, after relinquishing the title last season will have a hold of it once again after their clash with Sony Sugar.

Gor Mahia has been the team to beat all season and despite losing twice to Mathare United, once to Stima and Sofapaka,

Under  Kerr, Gor has lost only once and drawn twice, a record the coach is proud of.

“It has been because of the hard work by the boys. They have given their best in training since I came and they deserve to be champions.” Kerr said after being named the best coach for the month of September.

“I dedicate the title to the players, the fans and to all those who have supported us all through,” he added.

The fixtures:


Chemelil Sugar V Western Stima (Chemelil Sports Complex)

Gor Mahia V SonySugar (Moi Stadium, Kisumu)

Muhoroni Youth V AFC Leopards (Mumias Sports Complex)

Nakumatt V Kariobangi Sharks (Ruaraka Grounds)

Nzoia Sugar V Kakamega Homeboyz (Sudi Stadium, Bungoma)

Posta Rangers V Mathare United (Camp Toyoyo, Jericho)

Sofapaka  V Zoo (Narok County Stadium)

Thika United V Bandari (Thika Sub-county Stadium)

Ulinzi Stars V Tusker (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru)



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