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Ushuru host Bidco, leaders City Stars hope to add further mystery to Talanta

By Barry Silah
Friday, November 8th, 2019
Salim Mzee of AP shields the ball from Ushuru’s Sebastian Osodo during a past NSL match. Ushuru take on Bidco United at Camp Toyoyo grounds today. PD/RODGERS NDEGWA

Nairobi’s Camp Toyoyo grounds will be the place to be as two top National Super League matches take place at the venue this afternoon.

Round 13 gets underway from midday with 10 matches lined up across the country but it is the meetings of sixth-placed Ushuru against third-on-the-log Bidco United and leaders Nairobi City Stars versus struggling FC Talanta that have got everyone talking. 

Ushuru are on fire after battering Talanta 4-0 last week in a show of might and incidentally, immediate former Talanta tactician Juma Abdalla will be on the bench for the taxmen after moving there last week. 

However, Bidco, who have had a stellar season with eight wins in 12 matches, will not be pushovers. Bidco coach Anthony Akhulia saw his side suffer a 1-0 loss to Vihiga United last weekend and he will be hoping to right those wrongs today, making it an exciting match to look forward to.

“We must get our groove back. We had a bit of a slip last time out and it is important to recover immediately so that we stay on course. Ushuru are a good side with experience but I will count on my players to show character,” Akhulia told People Sport yesterday. 

After the 2pm fixture, it will be time for City Stars and Talanta to clash at the same venue two hours later. 

Following their biggest loss last weekend, Talanta must guard against another hammering given they are up against an unbeaten City Stars who lead the standings with 32 points from 12 matches and have scored the most goals (25) in the division. 

Talanta have won just four of their opening 12 matches to sit ninth on the 20-team log, piling pressure on Abdalla who ditched them for Ushuru last week and will have to find their groove quickly before they find themselves fighting relegation.

Second-placed Nairobi Stima will be at their Karuturi backyard to host mid-table side Administration Police. Stima, under Leonard Odipo, will be hoping for some favours from Talanta if they are to cut the six-point deficit between them and leaders City Stars.

Another exciting encounter will see seventh-placed Shabana host fast-rising Kenya Police at Gusii Stadium.