Narok to host Vihiga-Mathare relegation dogfight

The Narok County Stadium will be the venue for the relegation dogfight between Vihiga United and Mathare United in round 23 of the BetKing Premier League (BPL).

The match, being Vihiga’s home game, would have been played at the Mumias Sports Complex but due to the ban on sporting activities in the Nyanza, Western and part of the Rift Valley regions, teams from those areas have been forced to relocate their home matches.

Huge shot

Wednesday’s showdown will not automatically decide on which team retains its topflight status for another season, as there are still 11 rounds left to play, but will be a huge shot in the arm towards realizing that for whichever team that claims the win.

Four points separate the two teams on the standings with Vihiga, lying second from bottom, the better off side at 15 points. Mathare sit bottom with 11.

Final straw

The first-leg encounter, played in May at the Ruaraka grounds, saw both teams share the spoils in a 0-0 draw with the result being the final straw that broke the camel’s back as it was Salim Ali’s last game as Mathare head coach. He was dismissed a day later with Frank Ouna appointed as his replacement.

Both teams have played each other four teams in the topflight with Mathare claiming the only win of the series, winning 3-1 at the Kasarani Stadium back in January 2019.

The two teams will head into tomorrow’s game on almost similar form from their last five fixtures where each have claimed just one win.

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