Fight to the Finish

As Kenya’s Football Premier League starts to look more and more like a reflection of the stock exchange this year’s title race boils down to a horse race with three teams , Mathare United on 52 points, former champions Tusker FC (50) and defending champions Sony Sugar (47) . Though Mathare United head the table that Sony Sugar and Tusker FC both have 3 games in hand on Mathare but any slip ups such as Tuskers’ barren draw away at Thika United last weekend could still see Mathare United claim their maiden Premier League title.

Mathare United will be looking to collect as many wins as they can from the remaining fixtures and hope that it gives them enough points to hang on to first place come the final reckoning and will be boosted by the victory they ground out away at Agro-Chemical in Muhoroni although they could very well lose their lead as they do not have any scheduled fixtures on Saturday.

Tusker only two point behind the league leaders will have a chance to put their misfortunes of the week before aside as they host relegation threatened Coast Stars at Nyayo Stadium this weekend. However that Tusker have not exactly been in flying form and the threat that looms of relegation that looms over their opponents means that this encounter will be more than a mere formality for a club that has not won the title in four years even with the relative strength of its resources.

Defending champions Sony Sugar host mid-table Homegrown, who are themselves on a 5 match unbeaten streak, looking to protect what slim chances they still have to defend their title. Going into the weekend matches on 47 points from 25 games, Sony Sugar surely cannot afford any slip ups if they are to prevent the race for the title becoming a two horse race.

On the other end of the table Gor Mahia will be looking to avoid relegation with victory against Mathare Youth who themselves will also be looking nervously over their shoulders as the season draws to a close. Relegation for the 1987 Mandela Cup champions, a possibility that at the turn of the century would have seemed laughable now looms large as ‘Gor’ as they are affectionately called by their loyal supporters lie 3rd from bottom on 26 points, but with the bottom of the table beig so congested with 6 clubs all within 5 points of each other an unbeaten streak with a few wins could prove just enough to keep Gor Mahia going for another season in the top flight