16 June 2013

KENYA : Co-op Bank, Lions clash highlight of the Weekend

  • Lions will play host to defending champions Co-operative Bank in the highlight match of the national classic league fixtures this weekend to be played at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium on Saturday.
    The bankers go to the match with an advantage sitting at the top of the log with 16 points while Lions are third with 11. Lions have, however, played three matches less than Co-op Bank.
    The match will present the Carey Odhiambo men with an opportunity to consolidate their lead if they win.
    A win for Lions will take them to joint second with Thunder who play Mennonite Knights. The last time both sides met was in December last year during the league playoffs semifinals which the bankers won 2-1 in the best-of-three series.
    With their matches against Lions being a tough encounter always, Co-op Bank captain Brian Busu believes they will not be a pushover and a win is their main target.
    “They are a good team but we will be going for nothing short of a win. We have trained well and ready for the battle.”
    Lions assistant coach Francis Ngunjiri says any of the teams has equal chances to win even though they will be keen on a win as well.
    “This is a tough match because we respect each other. It can go either way.”
    United States International University- Africa, USIU-A, has an equally tough task when they play against Kenya Ports Authority, KPA, in Mombasa.
    USIU is the only team to have played fewer matches at four and have so far won three and lost one. A win will undoubtedly see them climb up the log significantly.
    Ulinzi guarded against Terrorist
    Ulinzi Warriors will be looking to put aside their poor start with a possible win against University of Nairobi’s Terrorist on Sunday.
    Out of six matches, they have only won two and inking down their third victory will be the main target this weekend.
    The other match in the men premier will see bottom side Nairobi Aviation College face off with Strathmore University. In the women premier, leaders Eagle Wings have an opportunity to cement their leadership when they play against winless Mennonite.
    The match will seemingly be an easy one for the champions who have only lost once from their six matches played.
    In Mombasa, it will be a battle for the second place when USIU-A and KPA face off in a potentially tight match.
    Both sides are second with ten points from five matches each with home ground advantage favoring the Dockers. Strathmore University, the only side to have beaten Wings this season, has an easy match against Kenyatta University Oryx who have only one win to show for.
    Co-op Bank, also on ten points, has a chance of claiming the second position when they play Kenya College of Accountancy- University, KCA-U.
    Safe Spaces and Sprite Storms are the other teams with ten points but will be out of action this weekend. The highlight match in division one will see unbeaten leaders Strathmore University face Equity Bank on Sunday afternoon.
    Only two points separate the two teams and a win can go either side. Zetech College will play Little Prince, Kenya Airports Authority, KAA, play World Hope, Trailblazers will be up against Parklands Baptist with Umoja facing off with Upper Hill.
    Collated Fixtures: Saturday- KPA vs USIU Flames (2pm), KPA vs USIU Tigers (4pm, Mombasa), KAA vs World Hope (9am), Zetech College vs Little Prince (10:30am), Eagle Wings vs Mennonite (12pm), Strathmore University vs KU Oryx (1.30pm), Thunder vs Mennonite (3pm), Lions vs Co-op Bank (4:30pm); Sunday- Trailblazers vs Parklands Baptist (9am), Co-op Bank vs KCA-U (10:30am), Umoja vs Upperhill (12pm), Strathmore University vs Equity Bank (1:30pm), Terror vs Ulinzi (3pm), Strathmore University vs Nairobi Aviation College(4:30pm).

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