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Police tactician Baraza ready for duel with his ‘junior’ Salim

Kenya Police celebrate
  • Kenya Police face Nzoia Sugar on Sunday
  • Baraza is unbeaten since joining Police
  • Nzoia Sugar are top of the table

Kenya Police FC head coach Sammy Omollo says he is looking forward to the battle with his once assistant coach Salim Babu, as his side takes on high-flying Nzoia Sugar at the Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday evening.

Babu was Baraza’s assistant during his stint at Sony Sugar, and has also been coached by the experienced tactician as a player and the two will go head to head in what is expected to be a mouth watering fixture.

“I know him (Salim) really well. I knoiw how he loves to play tactically and he also knows me so it is going to be a very interesting and exciting match. Congratulations to him for the good job he has done at Nzoia,” Baraza said.

He added; “I have looked at them and I have seen their strengths and weaknesses and definitely we will device a game plan to counter this. It is going to be a really exciting match.”

Nzoia have been high-flying this season and currently sit top of the standings with 21 points, same as second placed KCB but with a better goal difference.

They thrashed Wazito FC 4-0 in their last match to send a statement of intent and against Police, they face another stern test.

Police unbeaten since Baraza took charge

Action between Kenya Police FC and Posta Rangers

Meanwhile, Police have been unbeaten since Baraza took over the reins at the club and he will look forward towards another stab at maximum points.

They played to a 2-0 victory against Posta Rangers in their last match, with a double from Elvis Rupia. The forward scored his first with a thumping header from a Yusuf Mainge cross before doubling from the penalty spot after he had been appended.

Looking back at the match, Baraza was impressed with the performance his side gave and looks forward to more.

“The boys played their hearts out and pushed themselves so much. It has been a month now since I came here and I am happy with how dedicated they are from training to the match. I am optimistic we will see more fruits of their hard work,” added the coach.

Posta look to bounce back after Police loss

Action between Kenya Police FC and Posta Rangers

Meanwhile, Posta, who lost against Police in midweek, will look to bounce back when they take on Kariobangi Sharks at the Utalii Complex.

Coach John Kamau hopes that his side can recover and bounce back, especially hoping his defense line can sparkle once again.

“We conceded very cheap goals against Police and on the other end we didn’t utilize our chances. Our performance is not that bad but we only have problems on either end of the pitch and this is something we need to work on and improve,” said the coach.

It will be a tough duel against Sharks who are also on a rough patch, having won only once in eight attempts. They have lost two and drawn three in their last five.

In other fixtures set for Sunday afternoon, AFC Leopards will be away to Bandari FC in Mombasa, KCB face Ulinzi Stars at Kasarani Stadium while Gor Mahia play Vihiga Bullets at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

 

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