Can former champions Sofapaka escape relegation?
With the league title already decided, attention shifts to the tail of the log where Sofapaka and Ushuru are engaged in a fierce fight for survival.
Sofapaka at 15th place on 23 points have a fighting chance in the event that they win their final game against Thika United on November 19, at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, and the Ken Kenyatta’s Ushuru on 26 points, fail to get victory against Posta Rangers.
Such an outcome will see the two teams tie on 26 points, but would work in Sofapaka’s favour since their -10 goal difference, is superior to Ushuru’s -16 goal difference.
On paper, Ushuru, who were undone by a barren draw with relegated Nairobi City Stars last weekend, have a tougher opponent in Posta than Sofapaka.
This term, life has rather been harsh for the Batoto Ba Mungu who won their only league title in their debut season in 2009, but assistant coach John Baraza, who has held the fort in the absence of David Ouma still has a glimmer of hope.
“We have big hopes. We have fought hard and it’s at the last door so we have to fight to the end. We have no miracle or something special to hand the players but the motivation is, of course, the desire to retain our status in the league, “Baraza told Daily Nation Sport.
November 19 fixtures (All kick off at 3pm)
Ulinzi Stars v Bandari (Afraha Stadium)
Posta Rangers vs Ushuru (Kasarani Stadium)
AFC Leopards vs Muhoroni Youth (Mumias Complex)
Chemelil Sugar vs Mathare United (Chemelil Complex)
Sofapaka vs Thika United (Machakos Stadium)
Gor Mahia vs Tusker (Nyayo Stadium)
Western Stima vs Kakamega Homeboyz (Moi Stadium)
City Stars vs Sony Sugar (Ruaraka)