Defending champions Tusker FC will look to pick a second consecutive win and complete a home and away punch of Bandari FC when they take on the dockers at their Mbaraki Complex backyard on Sunday afternoon.
Tusker have had a shaky start to their title defense but having beaten the dockers in Nairobi last week, are looking for three points that will push them into the top eight.
The brewers’ biggest problem this season has been their consistency and it is a matter they will look to address when they face Cassa Mbungo’s men in Mombasa.
“We have had an analysis of how we play our matches and what we are trying to do better is to manage the matches from the start. We want to control proceedings and go into the lead first then maintain it to the end,” said defender Chris Oruchum.
He added; “We expect a very tough match against Bandari especially having played them just three days ago. They will come all out for a win and as a team we have psyched ourselves to make the away trip count.”
Of Tusker’s 11 wins against Bandari in their last 22 meetings, five have come from Mbaraki and they will be keen to pick yet another three points on Sunday.
For the home side, another loss, a seventh match without victory, will spell doom for under pressure coach Mbungo. The tactician has been under immense scrutiny with his side’s flailing fortunes and will be eager to earn victory.
They will seek motivation from the result of the last match the two played at the venue. Tusker, then seeking for the title, were leading 1-0 at the break, but they saw the lead cut off with two late goals as Bandari won 2-1.
Meanwhile in other fixtures, Gor Mahia’s new coaching team of Andres Spier and Michael Nam will go out of the tunnel for the first time when K’Ogalo host Posta Rangers at the Kasarani Stadium.
Posta thrashed Gor Mahia 3-0 when the two sides last met, a result that sent the head coach his assistant and goalkeeper trainer home.
Gor have their work cut out against Posta, coming into the tie short in the defense line after skipper Harun Shakava decamped to Kenya Police. It was just a month after Frank Odhiambo had also left the club, having moved to Sweden to join Djugarden IF.
Victory will be the only thing Gor fans will require of the new technical team.
In other fixtures, Kenya Police FC, who have been busy in their transfer market will parade their galacticos when they take on Police FC at the Wundanyi Stadium in Voi. Police’s new signings including Shakava and Francis Kahata are expected to make their debuts.
in other fixtures, AFC Leopards host Bidco United at the Nyayo National Stadium as Ingwe looks for a third win on the trot to lift them into the top 10.