No favors from Posta Rangers

By alex wafula
Nov 17, 2021
  • Posta Rangers hold the relegation keys for Ushuru. They have promised no favors. (SNA. File Photo)

  • Ken Kenyatta, the Ushuru FC coach is keeping his fingers crossed that they avoid relegation as they face Posta Rangers. The taxmen only need a draw to survive. (SNA. File Photo)

Ushuru FC need just a point in their final match against Posta Rangers to avoid the chop, regardless of the result between Sofapaka and Thika United in Machakos.

It is a precarious situation that Ken Kenyatta, the Ushuru FC coach finds himself in for the first time since he guided the side into the Premier League in 2013.

And, Posta Rangers, the side he beat back then in the play offs, to get a ticket to the KPL have promised them no favors when they lock horns at the Kasarani Stadium on Saturday.

“We have our targets and one of them is to finish within the top five. A win in our final game will take us up there and hopefully if the teams above us drop points we will attain what we targeted at the beginning of the season. We are looking at our own performance and not looking to do anyone a favor,” Lawrence Webo, the Posta Rangers acting deputy coach told Sports News Arena.

Ushuru’s last win was on July 2, and they have gone for 13 matches without victory, a replica of their performance last season in the final half of the season.

Sofapaka will be hoping for a final day miracle and have vowed to go out in their best colors and shut out Thika United.

This comes even as their former coach Sam Ssimbwa who coached them between 2009 and 2010 is angling for a return to the club after attending Thursday’s training session.

However, the club is tight lipped on whether or not the temperamental coach will be back. “At now, we are only relying on hope and a miracle. We have to do our bit, go ou t there and ensure we win against Thika then see what fate has for us. We know it will be a tough match because Thika are no pushovers but we are determined and we’ll go all out,” John Baraza, the stand in coach said.

Weak financial base

Sofapaka will rue their late revival after waiting until the final 10 games of their season to start ticking after struggling for much of the first leg. Baraza has attributed this to a weak financial base that led their signing young and inexperienced players.

The decision to bring in experienced faces in June proved magical as the club immediately embarked on a revival mission.

Elly Kalekwa, the club owner and president in a past interview told Sports News Arena that even if they were relegated, he will not disband the team and will continue supporting it.

While Sofapaka and Ushuru offer part of the final day relegation drama, the party will be at the Nyayo National Stadium where Tusker FC’s coronation as the 2016 champions will take place when they face last year’s champions Gor Mahia.

K’Ogalo will be expected to mount a guard of honor for the new champions. “Yes, we will make them a guard of honor, but on the pitch we will show that we are the better team. I think if it was not for the deducted points we would be at par right now. It was sad that we lost points that way but we promise we will be back in a big way next season,” Jose Marcelo Ferreira, the Gor Mahia coach said ahead of the game.

Tusker who won the title two weeks ago in Nakuru courtesy of a 1-0 result over AFC Leopards will be heading into the match under no pressure and the players have explained they will only be going in to enjoy themselves.

AFC Leopards ordered to pay Minnaert

Elsewhere, AFC Leopards have been ordered to pay their former coach Ivan Minnaert Sh2.4million by the Football Kenya Federation arbitration board over unlawful termination of contract.

Minnaert was sacked by AFC Leopards in September after a spate of poor results, but he advanced the case to the tribunal arguing he wasn’t dismissed in the right way. In its decision, the arbitration committee argued Ingwe did not substantiate the reasons they gave for dismissing the tactician.

The arbiters also argued there wasn’t a definite yard stick to measure ‘undesirable results’ as given by the club’s Executive Committee as a reason to sack the coach.

Speaking separately, Minnaert who says he is weighing several offers on his table has termed the ruling a win. He had initially asked for a pay out of the entire 18 month due on his contract, but the tribunal only awarded six months saying it was an excessive period as it pre supposed that the coach would not work at all during the 18 months.

KPL Saturday fixtures (All matches kick off 3 p.m.)

Gor Mahia v Tusker FC (Nyayo Stadium), Sofapaka v Thika United (Machakos Stadium), Posta Rangers v Ushuru FC (Kasarani Stadium), Ulinzi Stars v Bandari FC (Afraha Stadium), AFC Leopards v Muhoroni Youth (Mumias Complex), Western Stima v Kakamega Homeboyz (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), City Stars v Sony Sugar (Ruaraka Complex), Chemelil Sugar v Mathare United (Chemelil Complex).