Kenya Shabana, Sofapaka in action as FKF relegation battle hots up

The fight to stay in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League for another season will take centre stage when Shabana FC, Sofapaka, Muhoroni Youth, and Nzoia Sugar return to action with mid-week matches tomorrow (Thursday).

With only two teams getting the axe to play in the National Super League (NSL) for next season, the battle at the bottom has continued to be a closely fought affair and it will be Shabana, who will kick off the day to survive with a fixture against FC Talanta at Homabay Stadium.

Tore Bobe were on an unbeaten run of four matches before they lost 1-0 against Gor Mahia in their last assignment on Saturday. Shabana had defeated Posta Rangers 3-0, Muhoroni 2-1, drew 0-0 with Kakamega Homeboyz, defeated Sofapaka 1-0 before losing the game against K’Ogalo. However, the defeat against K’Ogalo saw them maintain position 15 on the 18-team table, a place above the relegation zone, but the same number of points as Sofapaka, who are in 16th position.

Shabana coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo is adamant they will win all their remaining matches to stay in the league. “We lost the last game (against Gor Mahia), and our immediate task is to bounce to winning ways against Talanta, they are a tough team with a good coach and we must be prepared to fight for the points, I urge the fans to bring the noise, we want to take each game as a final,” said Omollo.

Talanta are also not in a good position as they sit a place above Shabana with 30 points, meaning should the Kisii-based Glamour Boys win the fixture, they will move above with one point. After losing 5-2 against Kariobangi Sharks, Sofapaka will face Posta Rangers seeking to make amends and keep their slim survival hopes alive.

However, heading into the round of 30 fixture, Sofapaka coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno is worried that the team struggle to win their remaining five matches, if they play like they did against Sharks. “We lacked basic and played a poor game against Sharks, if we don’t improve on our game, then I am worried we might be digging our hole to relegation,” said Otieno.

While Sofapaka have 28 points, Posta are seventh with 43. The other match will see Muhoroni, who are placed 17th with 27 points, take on Bandari FC while bottom-placed Nzoia Sugar, with 18 points, will travel to face Homeboyz at Mumias Complex.

Kenya Police, who are second with 54 points, 12 less than run-away leaders and champions Gor Mahia, will face AFC Leopards, a dress rehearsal to their semi-final fixture of the Mozzart Bet FKF Cup on May 26, while Tusker, who defeated Murang’a Seal 2-1 last Sunday, will face Nairobi City Stars at Police Sacco.

Meanwhile, Gor Mahia, who are closing in on the title, will face KCB on Thursday, knowing they need two wins from their remaining fixtures to lift a record 21st title.


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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