Tuesday 15th will see a return to BetKing Premier League action and one highlight takes place at the Sudi Stadium in Bungoma. Here, Nzoia Sugar FC will play host to fellow relegation threatened side Vihiga United from 3 pm.
Nzoia are yet to lose a home match in the season but sit precariously in 14th position on the log, just two places up from United who occupy the second last slot on the 17-team table standings. Neither team has won any of its last five matches.
Coach Mike Mururi, head tactician at United, is on the lookout for his first win since taking charge at the Vihiga county sponsored side and tomorrow’s match presents another chance to try out everyone in his squad as he seeks a winning touch. His opposite number Ibrahim Shikanda, will want to not concede at all since scoring has never been a problem for the sugar millers.
Former Bungoma Superstar striker Hillary Simiyu is on three goals in five matches for Nzoia and is confident of a win.
”We have prepared well and ready to rectify the mistakes made from our last matches. We will want to score and not concede,” says the forward.
United’s last league action was a 4-0 home drubbing by Tusker FC at the Mumias Sports Complex with Mustapha Oduor in goal. The former Nzoia Sugar man would have loved to return to Sudi and prove a point but it is likely that Mururi’s patience has run out and Morgan Ambuka might be the one sent out in goal against Nzoia.
Oduor, who dethroned Ambuka from the number 1 spot after switching from Nzoia in the mid-season, wants to be part of action tomorrow.
”It’s always tricky playing against your former employers, emotional even. But we go out wanting just three points. Our preparations have been great and when started in goal, I will deliver I am sure,” he says.
The two teams have clashed five times in the Kenyan top flight with each team being dominant at home. Nzoia have had two slim 1-0 wins over United while tomorrow’s visitors once humbled the sugar millers 3-1 in Mumias. They too, have won the fixture twice with the other tie ending in a goalless draw.