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Jacques Tuyisenge @KPL

SPL round 30 preview

Gor Mahia are just one point away from the league title as they face Ulinzi Stars in Kericho. Will the winner be confirmed in this round?

SATURDAY

Ulinzi Stars v Gor Mahia (Kericho Green Stadium, 3pm)

Gor Mahia require just one point in order to put the title race to bed and secure a record 16th Kenyan championship.

The soldiers approach this match on the back of a 1-0 loss against AFC Leopards on Tuesday, while Gor recovered from their weekend loss to Mathare United with a 3-1 thumping of Kariobangi Sharks on Tuesday.

With the hat trick on Tuesday against Kariobangi Sharks, Jacques Tuyisenge soared to joint top on the goal scorers’ charts with 12 striker. He will form a lethal partnership with another League Golden Boot contender Meddie Kagere, who is on 10 goals this season.

Gor and Ulinzi played to a 2-2 draw in their first leg encounter.

Nzoia Sugar v Tusker (Sudi Stadium, 3pm)

Tusker coach George Nsimbe is serving a club suspension for unfavourable comments he made about his players a fortnight ago. His assistance Francis Baraza will thus be in charge on the touchline.

Nzoia Sugar have recorded three consecutive draws.

Small injury problems for Tusker. Their top scorer Mike Khamati is down with a groin injury he picked up last weekend while playing against Muhoroni Youth, joining midfielder Hashim Sempala in the sick bay.

Nzoia famously beat Tusker 5-2 in their league opening match played on March 11. Revenge, naturally, will be in the brewers' mind.

SUNDAY

Muhoroni Youth v Kakamega Homeboyz (Muhoroni Grounds)

Every point counts for relegation battling Muhoroni Youth, and they desperately need nine out of their six remaining matches if they are to survive relegation.

Homeboyz on the other hand will be looking to get back on track after they lost their 10-match unbeaten record to lowly Nakumatt and Zoo Kericho.

Wycliffe Ochomo, should he be fielded on Sunday will be vying with his former employers.

The two teams met in the first leg in March, where Homeboyz beat Muhoroni 2-0 in Mumias.

Nakumatt v Bandari (Ruaraka Grounds, 3pm)

The league title is likely to be decided this weekend. Not so the Golden Boot race, and joint top scorer in the league, Nakumatt’s Kepha Aswani will be looking to add to his tally.

Tanzanian striker Lewis Cosmas is another useful player at the retail traders who should play an influence in this match.

Bandari's championship winning coach Paul Nkata has failed to record the kind of success he had with Tusker last season, although there is still ample time remaining to salvage the coast-based side from their current 14th place on the league table.

Bandari beat Nakumatt 1-0 in the first leg match played on March 11.

Sofapaka v Western Stima (Narok County Stadium, 3pm)

Second-placed Sofapaka will just have to stick to consolidating their position considering leaders Gor are way beyond the horizon.

Sofapaka's mid season signing, productive striker Umari Kazumba has been rather quiet by his standards but Stima will ignore him at their own peril.

Sofapaka won the reverse fixture 3-1 in Kisumu.

Thika United v Mathare United (Thika Stadium, 3pm)

Another battle of relegation candidates separated by two points.

Mathara pulled off a huge upset when they beat Gor Mahia 1-0 a week ago and will fancy putting down Thika at their own backyard.

The slum boys beat Thika 3-2 in their first leg meeting.

MONDAY

Posta Rangers v Zoo Kericho (Ruaraka Grounds)

Rangers ended their seven-match winless run with victory over AFC Leopards last weekend and will be eager to build on that.

Zoo Kericho on the other hand have put together an unbeaten run spanning four games.

Rangers won the first leg 1-0.

TUESDAY

Chemelil Sugar v Sony Sugar (Chemelil Sports Complex)

Sony will miss the services of midfielder Abdallah Himisi and defender Samwel Olare who have been ruled out with knee and ankle injuries respectively.

The sugar millers beat Vihiga United 2-1 in their GOtv Shield third place play-off on Saturday and will certainly have a feel-good aura coming into this match.

Chemelil Sugar defender Kennedy Odhiambo is fit again after recovering from an ankle injury.

Chemelil beat Sony 2-0 in Awendo in their first leg fixture.







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