Karuturi Sports coach Michael Nam. Photo credit michezoafrika.com

Tusker has not beaten the flower men in close to four years and today’s fixture will be another major test for the champions as they chase their third win of the season.

“I watched Tusker’s match against Gor Mahia in mid week and I think they were lucky to win it 2-0 because Gor was the better side. From that match, I noticed their weaknesses and we will want to capitaliSe on them,” said Nam.

He added: “Tusker is good in set pieces and posses a very strong aerial threat, but we have a strategy to counter that. I am not coming for a draw, we will go flat out we rather win or lose.”

Nam will miss the services of his top striker Jacob Omondi who is nursing a thigh injury. Midfielders Thomas Biketi and Mustapha Mohammed are also out with injuries.

“In the absence of Omondi, I think of starting with Gerald Mukonza and Allan Otindo in front. We have registered a winning trend in our last two matches and we want to maintain it, I know Tusker’s morale is also high after they won against Gor in midweek and I expect a tough match,” Nam said.

Tusker coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo admits that Karuturi poses a threat to their league progress and hopes to break the jinx against the Naivasha lads.

“Karuturi has always been a tough opponent for us. We could have bagged the league title with a win against them last season but they denied us, they have also beaten us before, but we hope to break their stubbornness this time,” said Omollo.

The brewers will still miss the services of midfielders Crispin Olando who is nursing a long term back injury and Joseph Mbugi.

Meanwhile KCB has been boosted by the return of Daniel Waweru from a long term knee injury, when they face City rivals Rangers in a crunch league fixture at the Nyayo Stadium.

Waweru has been out of action for almost two years and coach James Omondi believes his return to the team would help their title campaign.

KCB beat Rangers 3-2 in their last meeting and in the first leg of last season they tied 2-2, clearly showing that their fixture always produce a number of goals. The two teams had contrasting results in their last matches, with KCB going down 2-0 to Western Stima and Rangers beat Stima by the same margin in midweek.

“We are mentally prepared for the match and I’m sure it is going to be a thrilling match,” said Omondi.

Muhoroni Youth will also be making another trip to the City to face City Stars at the Hope Centre in another league match this afternoon.

By JAMES WAINDI, The Standard

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