With less than two weeks left before the first leg of the Sportpesa Super 8 Premier League comes to a halt, teams know very well that they are negotiating a potential banana skin that could dent their title hopes and therefore need to up their game as the competition enters week 14.
With over 100 matches having been played so far, clear indications have shown that East side conference teams are dominating over their West side counterparts if the league table standings is anything to go by.
As matters stand now, the closest West side competitor (TUK) sits at fourth on the table after 13 rounds of matches.
The top three spots are entirely dominated by East side teams -Jericho All Stars, Kayole Asubuhi and Metro Sports in that order- who know they cannot afford to sit on their laurels as this week’s ‘Wakilisha Mtaa Yako’ campaign continues at different venues and times within Nairobi County.
KAYOLE YOUTH VS KIAMBIU YOUTH
An East side derby that pits two Youth’s side is one of two breath-taking ties on the offing when Kayole Youth takes on 7th placed Kiambiu Youth this Saturday 30 April at MYSA Headquarters Grounds from 3pm.
The Kayole side is currently struggling at the second-from the bottom on the 16-team log with 8 points and will be searching for their third victory in the league but will have to go past Kiambiu Youth first to achieve this.
Kiambiu Youth will not be in the mood to let off their opponents lightly as they will be out to recover from their bitter 0-1 loss to Kiamaiko City last Sunday that placed them 7th on the table standings with 19 points.
KIAMAIKO CITY VS MASA
MASA will be away to Kiamaiko City at Huruma grounds to take a shot at breaking their winless streak that stretches back to six matches with their last triumph being a narrow 2-1 win over Melta Kabiria back in March.
The Makongeni based outfit drew 2-2 with Kiambiu Youth on Sunday at City Stadium that left them 13th on the table with 13 points while their host, Kiamaiko City are fresh from beating Kiambiu Youth 1-0 last weekend that took their tally to 14 points that placed them on 11th on the standings.
KAWANGWARE UNITED VS BABA DOGO
Kawangware United will welcome Baba Dogo United at Kawangware BP grounds in one of the highlight matches slated for the Labor Day holiday on Sunday 1 May.
Inspired by their top goal poacher who doubles up as their coach, Francis Thairu, Kawangware United who are known to go down with a fight will hope to use their home advantage to floor the visiting East side conference outfit whom they are separated by only a point in the league standings.
Baba Dogo who are coached by Wilberforce Odongo will hope that after holding heavyweights Jericho All Stars to a one all draw in their previous encounter that placed them 10th with 14 points, will be enough motivation to emerge with the maximum points from their tricky outing.
MELTA KABIRIA VS TUK
Melta Kabiria have an onerous task when they lock horns with fourth placed TUK in an early kick-off at Kawangware BP grounds. TUK have fired warning shots to the top three teams as the students made their intent to clinch the title crystal.
The West side bigwigs have proved to be a force to reckon with as they have not lost a single match since their 2-3 piping by Kayole Asubuhi in February. Last weekend, they registered a convincing 3-1 home triumph over Kabete United to stretch their impressive form to ten matches without tasting defeat and subsequently to fourth with 24 points, 4 adrift of leaders Jericho All Stars.
Kabiria, who are led by Shadrack Ateka are 14th on the log with 12 points racked up from three wins and the same number of draws and will be in dire need to steady their ship before the first leg wraps up and they face a stern test when they take on the West side conference leaders.
SHAMAKO BABES VS METRO SPORTS
Bottom-placed Shamako Babes have a Herculean duty when they welcome Metro Sports in a lunchtime kick-off at Kabete Grounds.
Shamako have registered a single win in the competition when they surprisingly downed Jericho All Stars and it remains to be seen whether they can tame the loosing genie back to the bottle and engineer another top-notch shock when they face third placed Metro FC.
The leagues whipping boys who are struggling with a mere four points will be wary of Metro who will be extra keen to put behind their dismal performance last weekend. Metro bowed down to a solitary goal against Shauri Moyo Blue Stars that put a blemish on their flawless run in the league that subsequently saw them move to a touching distance on third and three points away of Jericho All Stars who are at the peak.
KABETE UNITED VS DIGUNA FC
Kabete United will entertain their West side counterparts, Diguna FC in another heart-throbbing match scheduled to kick-off from 3pm that wraps up the double header at Kabete grounds.
Sixth placed Diguna are fresh from hitting Melta Kabiria 2-0 in their previous match and are in good shape to continue with their dominance. Kabete will however be equal to task as only three points separate the two sides on the table standings.
Kabete are ninth on the grid on 17 points and will be keen gather the crucial three points at home after failing to do so in their last outing where they were punished 3-1 by TUK.
JERICHO ALL STARS VS KAYOLE ASUBUHI
League table-toppers, Jericho All Stars face an acid test of their credentials when they cross swords with an inform Kayole Asubuhi at Camp Toyoyo from 3pm.
This promises to be a nerve-wrecking top-of-the-table clash as the visiting Kayole outfit will be out to dethrone All Stars from the summit of the log as both sides are currently joint on 28 points but the former has a superior number of goals.
Kayole Asubuhi have kept their title charge on the right bearing having won eight matches on their way to maintain their impressive record intact. In fact the only time they lost a match was in late February when they lost 2-1 against Diguna.
But it remains to be seen whether All Stars will be able to overcome this test as they have been hot-cold in their latest games. Last weekend, they plundered a convincing chance of extending their points atop when were held to a one all draw away by Baba Dogo United and before that they whipped Kiamaiko City 3-0 away.
SHAURI MOYO BLUE STARS VS AJAX FC
Shauri Moyo Blue Stars takes on Ajax FC in the earlier kick-off at Camp Toyoyo. Blue Stars will be keen to follow up their last weekend’s 1-0 win over Metro Sports when they welcome eighth placed Ajax.
Ajax have 17 points from four wins and five draws while their host sit pretty on 5th place with 24 point. The Ken Odera charges will be keen not to blunder as their top three ambitions are fraying on a tight rope before the league breaks in mid-May.