Zoo angling to cage Kisumu All-Stars

Saturday, May 21st, 2022 08:39 | By
Migori Youth FC captain Clifford Ouma (right) vies for the ball with a Kisumu AllStars player during their league match recently. Photo/PD/Gibo Zachary

Zoo FC have in the recent past lost momentum thus dropping five places in the National Super League (NSL) standings and coach Herman Iswekha knows the tide has to change if promotion is to be within sight.

 Now eighth on the log with 37 points, the Kericho based side is preparing for a duel against Kisumu All-Stars FC away at Moi Stadium tomorrow. Zoo has in the past two matches dropped points after a loss against Muhoroni Youth FC and a draw versus Mully Children’s Family FC. 

In Kisumu, Zoo will also expect to find a stubborn opponent who despite being 14th on the log, is always a hard nut to crack at home. In the first leg, the two sides tied at 1-1. Kisumu who are in a disappointing season so far, intend to quell the ambitions of the visitors in a bid to help their bid.

 Meanwhile, the joint league leaders APS Bomet FC and Fortune Sacco FC are on the road this weekend as they seek to outdo each other. 

Both are on 47 points albeit separated by goal difference. APS Bomet are away to strugglers Gusii FC at Awendo Stadium today (Saturday) with an eye on a big win. 

In the first leg played last November, APS Bomet beat relegation-threatened Gusii FC 1-0 at their IAAF Stadium and will be pushed to do a double given the stakes involved.

 APS Bomet coach Charles Odera told People Sport that he intends to convincingly win matches given that he has a full house. 

“We want to ensure we are winning and playing well. The season is at a crucial moment therefore we cannot afford to make mistakes. I know no opponent will be easy going onwards but we have to be confident in ourselves plus respect all our challengers,” Odera said. 

Gusii FC are currently on 26 points and 17th on the log with only a single win in their last five matches.

 Fortune Sacco on their side also seemingly have an easy duel with bottom side Mwatate United FC. This will be a defining clash pitting a top team and a bottom team with contrasting fortunes in the championship. 

 The Kirinyaga based side who travel to Taita Taveta County’s Wundanyi Stadium, have 13 wins from 25 matches and are primed for promotion given their current form with three wins in their past five matches while their opponents of the day have a single win in the past five with only 19 points in 25 matches. 

In their last match, Fortune Sacco won 1-0 last November and in the previous year, Mwatate were vanquished 5-1, thus projections seem to favour the visitors in this duel.

In other matches lined up for the weekend, financially strapped Coastal Heroes welcome sixth-placed Kibera Black Stars FC at Mbaraki Grounds. Heroes are currently 15th on the table and have only a single win in the past five matches. They also have a blip on the record after three consecutive losses putting them on 26 points. At the same time, Kibera Slum Boys with 37 points are a little inconsistent in recent times winning twice, drawing twice and losing once.                          

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