In-form Kabete take aim at Kiambiu in Super 8 clash

Peter Ogola (left) of Ajax Youth vies for the ball with Kayole Asubuhi's John Kamau ...
Peter Ogola (left) of Ajax Youth vies for the ball with Kayole Asubuhi's John Kamau during their S8 PL round 5 encounter on Saturday 1 April at Makongeni Grounds. Champs Kayole will be away to Shauri Moyo Blue Stars at Ziwani on Sunday 9 April. PHOTO/Courtesy

In form Kabete United will seek to break into the top four of the Super 8 Premier League on Sunday when they host unpredictable Kiambiu Youth FC in the highlight clash of the weekend at Kabete Grounds.

The game is one of eight fixtures on the cards in the Nairobi County estate competition.

After a rocky start to the season where they were rooted at the foot of the log resurgent Kabete who are sixth with nine points will be hoping to make it four wins on the bounce against the Eastern Conference side immediately below them on five.

Under mentorship of Peter Opiyo, Kabete survived the relegation last season but have steadily turned around their campaign after losing their opening two games.

The stunning 2-1 win over champions Kayole Asubuhi two weeks ago was a turning point for the West Conference side who have since floored Macmillan FC 2-0 at home before felling another Super 8 giant in the form of Jericho FC 2-1 last Saturday.

“Morale is high within the team especially after beating Jericho because it showed we are not where we were when we started the season and what is important for us is to keep improving with each game.

“We lost to Kiambiu last season but this is a different team. We have new players who bring in new energy so I am confident we will beat them,” Opiyo charged.

Hot on the heels of a morale boosting 3-1 home win over Ole Rongai FC last weekend, Raul Oduor’s Kiambiu head into the clash aiming to leapfrog their hosts.

Last season, Kiambiu were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw in the first leg before they took maximum points in the second leg by humbling Kabete 2-1.

“We are ready for them. It is a matter of who will get the three points but from my assessment of how training session has been, I believe we will win this game.

“I know gaining three points away is not easy but the confidence is there, fitness also so I believe we are well prepared,” Oduor underscored.

Shauri Moyo Blue Stars FC vs Kayole Asubuhi (11 am)

Stuttering East Conference titans Shauri Moyo Blue Stars will be desperately searching for their first win this season when the take on champions Kayole at Ziwani.

Mohammed Zuberi’s Blue Stars are 13th with three points and have a tall order against revived Asubuhi who sit sixth with an equal number of points.

Team Umeme vs Masa (3PM)

Fifth-placed MASA tackle rookies Team Umeme who are 12th with four points also at Ziwani.

Umeme suffered their third reverse of the season last weekend when they went down 0-to Meltah Kabiria and will be aiming to put behind the uninspiring results when they take on the Makongeni-based side that have nine points and a game in hand.

TUK FC vs Macmillan FC (3PM)

Struggling TUK FC who are also winless this term are out to put their act together when they invite newcomers Macmillan FC at CID grounds in South C.

Lukas Aluoch’s university students are languishing second from bottom with two points and have another chance at breathing some life into their campaign when they take on Joseph Ochieng’s Macmillan who prop the standings.

Ole Rongai FC vs Kawangware United (3PM)

Leaders Kawangware United are away to Ole Rongai FC at Nazarene Grounds seeking to widen the gap atop to six.

Kawangware who beat NYSA 1-0 last weekend are leading the 16-team pack on 13 and are bookmakers’ favourites against Ole Rongai (ninth) on four with a win and a draw.

Ajax Youth FC vs Meltah Kabiria FC (1PM)

Ajax Youth FC are seeking home fans comfort Ngong Posta Grounds in Rongai to floor West Conference rivals Meltah Kabiria.

Ajax who are yet to record maximum points have notched three while Meltah are placed 11th on five.

NYSA vs Zamalek FC (3PM)

New entrants Zamalek FC will seek motivation from their last performance which was probably their biggest so far where they outclassed experienced TUK 1-0 to inflict the same on hosts NYSA.

Kamukunji based Zamalek (eighth/seven) take on NYSA who sit comfortably in second (10) will be targeting to recover from their first loss of the season where they went down 1-0 away to Kawangware last weekend.

Metro Sports FC vs Jericho FC (3PM)

Ezekiel Akwana’s third-placed (10) Metro Sports FC invite Jericho FC to Drive Inn Grounds looking to catch up with the leaders Kawangware. They will first have to get past wounded Jericho who are still bitter from their 2-1 humiliation by Kabete that left them ninth (six).

*All fixtures are on Sunday

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