- The brewers are two points behind leaders Gor Mahia
- A win over Wazito will take them a point on top of the league
- Wazito are battling relegation
Tusker FC host Wazito FC at their Ruaraka Complex backyard on Wednesday afternoon in a catch up FKF Premier League fixture, their eyes fixated on punching their way into the top of the standings.
The brewers are two points behind leaders Gor Mahia and victory at home against the bottom side will move them a point above.
Despite facing a team struggling for breath at the bottom of the log, Tusker’s head coach Robert Matano has challenged the team to give its all and not dare underrate their opponents.
The tactician has said Wazito will pose a big threat for the team and thus his charges need to exercise caution and step in with their best.
“They are a tough team. I have watched them in the last three games and I know they are a very solid side. They fight, they run and we need to be at our best to contain them,” said the coach.
He added; “We have prepared well despite the tough run of matches every three days. The players know what is needed of them and I am happy with how they have performed so far. The success we have had in the last five matches is behind our backs and now we have to focus on the next run of game.”
Wazito are placed 17th in the FKF Premier League standings and have not won in their last five matches. They have three defeats and two draws.
Tusker on the other hand, have won five matches in a row and are placed second in the standings with 51 points, two behind league leaders Gor Mahia.
Victory will take the brewers to 54 points, and top of the table.
These two teams have met eight times competitively since Wazito earned promotion to the Premier League. The brewers have won five matches and drawn three, losing none. Last season, Tusker won both home and away matches, earning a 2-0 victory in the first leg and 3-0 in the second.
Met already in pre-season
The teams have recently met in a pre-season friendly match in Muhoroni, Tusker winning 2-0.
Tusker will most likely go in with the same team that has taken them through a run of five consecutive wins, but will be boosted with the return of winger John Njuguna who missed last weekend’s win over Police FC due to personal issues.
The brewers have gathered confidence especially with three consecutive clean sheets and that will be an extra injection of confidence heading into the 3pm kick off.
Meanwhile in the other catch up fixture set for Wednesday, Police FC will be away to Vihiga Bullets in Kakamega, looking to bounce back from the weekend loss to Tusker.
They also come up against a team that is battling relegation.
Bullets sit bottom of the log with four losses in their last five matches. Victory will be crucial for the bottom side who are hoping to power off the drop zone with 10 rounds of matches left.