Ogoti won’t let Rangers rest on their laurels 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

Modern Coast Rangers Team Manager Ferdinand Ogoti has asked his charges not to rest on their laurels as they visit Ushuru FC on the back of a 3-1 win over Bidco United in their mid-week National Super League (NSL) clash.

The Coastal-based side will afford only three days’ rest before tackling table-toppers Ushuru on Monday as the country’s second-tier league enters its sixth round.

The match had earlier been scheduled for Sunday at the Thika Sub-County Stadium before it was postponed to a day later at the same venue as the visitors requested more time to shake off their fatigue.

“We have only played yesterday and travelling today would mean our players won’t get enough time to rest and prepare for the Ushuru tie so we have decided to move the game to Monday so that our players can rest and travel comfortably,” Ogoti told Citizen Digital.

The Rangers are ranked at a comfortable fourth place but only two points separate them from their nearest chasing pack of four teams and Ushuru will pose the biggest hurdle in their bid to stick with the frontrunners.

Nonetheless, Ogoti is adamant they can post positive results against the squad that was relegated from the top flight last season and who are desperately seeking to win back their promotion having painfully gone down on the final day of the season.

“So far our striking force is lethal and we are ready for the game and I believe we are going to triumph against the experienced Ushuru who have both experienced players and coach but if we play the way we played against Bidco then we are going to win,” Ogoti emphasized.

The Rangers are a seasoned NSL side, always floating in the comfort zone; avoiding relegation but doing little to push for a place in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL). They have never featured in the KPL.

“We have been in this league for a long time more than any other team and our goal this season is to play in KPL next season and the way we have started the league am sure we will be in the mix at the end of the season,” he underscored.

Newly promoted GFE 105 who are creating a buzz in the NSL with their impressive form travel to Vihiga United in another potentially explosive match while Nairobi City Stars look to build on their first win at home to the lowly Kibera Black Stars.

Third-placed Wazito FC travel to Bidco United while Palos FC who are placed fifth host Nakuru All Stars.

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Palos FC vs Nakuru AllStars

Bidco United vs Wazito FC

MOSCA FC vs Agrochemicals

Vihiga United vs GFE 105

Ushuru FC vs Modern Coast Rangers

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