Zoo out to compound Tusker’s woes in KPL


Zoo Kericho FC players reacts after loss to Thika United FC during their SportPesa Premier ...
Zoo Kericho FC players reacts after loss to Thika United FC during their SportPesa Premier League match played at Thika sub county stadium in Thika on April 09, 2017. Thika United FC won 1-0. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

In Summary

  • Zoo Kericho wants an immediate reaction to their 3-2 loss against Bandari in the midweek, when they host 11-time KPL champions Tusker on Sunday.
  • Tusker are without a win this season, only picking a point from Mathare United having fallen 5-2 to reigning Champions Gor Mahia in the season opener. 
  • Eight other matches will be played across the country as KPL enters round three

Zoo Kericho wants an immediate reaction to their 3-2 loss against Bandari in the midweek, when they host 11-time KPL champions Tusker on Sunday.

Tusker are without a win this season, only picking a point from Mathare United having fallen 5-2 to reigning Champions Gor Mahia in the season opener.

Zoo right-back Brian Asewe now says their loss to Bandari was a wake-up call, as the Kericho based side had taken a 2-0 lead only to surrender it in the second half.

“It’s a must win for us. Tusker is a good team but our entire squad was really upset after the defeat in Mombasa. We can’t afford to lose the league momentum this early, so we want to ensure we get all the points against them. It won’t be easy but we know Tusker are beatable. We must give our fans another win,” offered Asewe.

Zoo started the new season on high note, beating Chemelil Sugar 3-1 in their opener but could not collect anything from Mbaraki Sports Club, despite commanding the proceedings in the better part of the clash.

Focus ahead

Zoo’s head coach Herman Iswekha concurred with his dependable defender, saying the quicker they move on the better.

“We need to quickly go to the drawing board and see what went wrong. I believe we are going to come back stronger. We had very basic defensive and goalkeeping issues during our Bandari match but that’s something to sort out. After all we lost to a good team, currently enjoying top form,” told Iswekha.

On the other hand, Tusker are keen to bounce back to their fading form, having gone six straight matches unbeaten, before the Gor match.

Meanwhile, eight other matches will be played across the country as KPL enters round three, champions Gor highlighting the fixtures when they host KCB FC at the Kenyatta Stadium – Machakos on Sunday.

Gor have played just a match, after travelling to Algeria last weekend where they lost 4-1 to USM Alger in a CAF Confederations Cup. Their Thursday tie against Chemelil Sugar was cancelled in the 11th hour, leaving them with match in hand.

Their eternal rivals AFC Leopards will be at the Bukhugu Stadium against Wazito FC, with both sides yet to register a win this season.

Summurised weekend KPL fixtures

Saturday

Mathare United vs Ulinzi Stars – Kenyatta Stadium (2:00pm)

Kisumu All Stars vs Nzoia Sugar – Moi Stadium (3:00pm)

Wazito FC vs AFC Leopards – Bukhungu Stadium (3:00pm)

Sunday

Posta Rangers vs Western Stima – Kenyatta Stadium (2:00pm)

Kakamega Homeboyz vs Kariobangi Sharks – Bukhungu Stadium (3:00pm)

Sofapaka FC vs Chemelil Sugar – Narok County Stadium (3:00pm)

Sony Sugar vs Bandari – Green Stadium Awendo – (3:00pm)

Zoo Kericho vs Tusker TC – Kericho Green Stadium (3:00pm)

Gor Mahia vs KCB – Kenyatta Stadium – (4:15pm)

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