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Tusker look to bounce back, Gor host City Stars in FKF PL

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  • Tusker suffered a 3-0 loss at the hands of Police FC last weekend
  • They host Kariobangi Sharks at the Ruaraka Complex
  • Gor Mahia play City Stars at Kasarani

FKF Premier League defending champions Tusker FC will take on Kariobangi Sharks at their Ruaraka Complex backyard on Saturday afternoon, looking to bounce back to winning ways after a disastrous outing last weekend losing 3-0 to Kenya Police.

The title holders were stunned by Police with three quick first half goals, but they will be keen to put in a response against Sharks.

Interestingly, before Police, Sharks was the last team to score three unanswered goals against the brewers when they beat them by the same margin in the first leg of last season at the Annex.

Head coach coach Robert Matano, speaking before the game, said the players know what is required of them and they are keen to ensure they pack up victory to bounce back and show their intent at defending the title.

Positive mentality 

Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano

Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano during a training session

“The players have adapted a positive mentality after that miserable loss to Police and we have taken it as sportsmen. We are more focused than before towards this coming match,” the tactician said.

Matano says they have worked to strengthen their defensive outlook especially after what they saw in their match against Police, a catastrophe at the back seeing them concede three easy goals.

“We have worked more on our defending especially on one v one situations from what we saw against Police and also organizational play for the whole team. I believe we will be better improved.”

Elsewhere, record champions Gor Mahia will take on Nairobi City Stars at the Kasarani Stadium, looking to continue with their winning run.

Gor have picked 10 out of a possible 12 points in the last four matches and are the form side heading into the fixture.

City Stars shown resilience 

City Stars shown resilience 

Kenya Police midfielder Marvin Nabwire battles for the ball with Anthony Kimani of Nairobi City Stars

City Stars on the other hand have shown slow resilience to recover lost ground from a poor start to the season. Their last outing was away in Mombasa where they lost 2-1 courtesy of a contentious last minute penalty.

They will however be keen to make a statement against Gor and a win over the former champions would be a great injection of confidence.

Meanwhile, the Kasarani Annex will host a double header, with KCB taking on a struggling Mathare United in the early kick off.

The Slum Boys have had their struggles, conceding nine goals in their last two matches with a 5-0 spanking at the hands of Police FC in midweek following up another five-goal disaster, last weekend’s 5-1 loss at the hands of Kakamega Homeboyz.

The latest results have seen the head coach Boniface Omondi sacked by the club with Sammy Koko, the keeper trainer, taking temporary charge.

In 10 games, Mathare have only won once.

In the late kick off, FC Talanta will take on another side under pressure, Bandari. Since their victory over Tusker FC, the dockers have lost three successive matches, and only bounced back to winning ways in controversial manner last weekend, beating City Stars 2-1 with a late contentious penalty.

In other matches, Wazito play Sofapaka at the Muhoroni Stadium, Kakamega Homeboyz host Posta Rangers at the Bukhungu Stadium while Gor Mahia will take on City Stars at the Kasarani Stadium.

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