GFE hoping Easter brings back their NSL swagger at Ushuru


Peter Musiine (left) of Nairobi City Stars FC contests for ball with Rodgers Ochieng of ...
Peter Musiine (left) of Nairobi City Stars FC contests for ball with Rodgers Ochieng of Ushuru FC during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Ruaraka Stadium on November 4, 2016. The match ended in a barren draw. Photo/Oliver Ananda/www.sportpicha.com

Surprise leaders GFE 105 will look to unravel their latest upset when they take on former top flight side Ushuru FC on Friday as the National Super League (NSL) enters its eighth round.

Five matches will be on the cards across the country’s second tier league on a day that marks the beginning of the 2017 Easter Festival celebrations.

GFE 105 Head Coach Joshua Obara whose side has threatened to lose their steam over the last two rounds is confident his charges will bounce back from their mini-slump. After a barnstorming start that saw them win all their four matches, GFE have lost one and drawn the other of their latest matches.

In both games – a 1-0 defeat to KCB and a barren draw with Bidco United – they have failed to find the back of the net and Obara will be hoping the Easter brings back their swagger.

“We will change our tactics because Ushuru is experienced and we have noticed they have a similar style of play with Bidco. We will try to play using flanks because we have quick, sharp strikers. I will do some changes on the squad which played last weekend and am very sure we will go home with all the three points,” Obara told Citizen Digital..

He added their return to the Camp Toyoyo Stadium where they launched their NSL campaign in spectacular fashion against Talanta FC will be a big boost as they endeavour to rediscover their winning ways.

“Our first game this season we played there and we won 5-2 so we know Camp Toyoyo very well and hope we will find that rhythm again against Ushuru,” he added.

The Eldoret-based side’s exploits have not gone unnoticed with the national team First Coach Stanley Okumbi having included their star striker Zeka Wakoli in the squad that will face Malawi in an internbational friendly later this month.

Ushuru and GFE 105 last met three years ago during the GOTV Shield Cup with Obara’s team coming out victorious in post-match penalties.

Elsewhere two bottom placed MOSCA FC will face Kibera Black Stars on Friday with each side looking to end their winning less streak stretching up to six games.

Nairobi City Stars who dropped to the NSL last term entertain KCB in Nairobi on Friday afternoon in one of the most anticipated tie.

On Saturday two newcomers Bidco United and Agrochemicals lock horns while Nakuru All Stars who ended KCB’s unbeaten run on Wednesday face second placed Vihiga United on Sunday afternoon.

 

NSL ROUND EIGHT FIXTURES

Friday

MOSCA vs Kibera Black Stars 14:00

Ushuru Fc vs GFE 105 15:00

Adminstration Police vs Wazito 15:00

Isibania vs Modern Coast 15:00

Nairobi City Stars vs KCB 16:15

Saturday

Palos vs Police FC 13:00

Bidco United vs Agrochemicals 16:15

Sunday

Nairobi Stima vs St Joseph 14:00

Vihiga United vs Nakuru All Stars 15:00

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