Tusker will be out to stretch their lead at the top of the Betking Premier League when they host Nairobi City Stars at Ruaraka grounds on Friday.

The last five meetings between both sides have seen Tusker win twice, draw twice and lose one.

Tusker were invited to participate in the Cecafa Kagame Cup in Tanzania but the tournament clashes with the premier league calendar and if the tournament dates are not pushed back, they will most probably not be taking part as they fight for the title under stiff competition with KCB who trail them by a point.

They face ninth placed side City Stars hoping to pick up maximum points to avoid giving room for KCB to catch up with them.

Their last game ten days ago against Mathare United ended in a goalless draw and having had plenty time of rest compared to their opponents, they will face them having prepared longer and with the squad fitter than that of their rivals.

They will have to cope with the departure of their captain Hashim Sempala as well as their players who are in the Under 23 camp who are yet to jet back.

Nairobi City Stars are down to ninth in the league after previously being as high as sixth in their five-game winning streak.

They have had an excellent season after five years in the cold but have started to slow down having won one, drawn three and lost one in their last five games.

Coach John Amboko will hope to get a win in his third attempt as they are yet to win since coach Sanjin Alagic left.

Their last game against the league leaders ended in a 2-2 draw in a game they led by two goals at halftime and will hope to avoid a repeat of that when the two clash at Ruaraka.

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