Posta not ready to play ‘king-maker’ in Stima clash

Posted On Jan 10 2020 by

first_imgTheir fate might however not be sealed until Wednesday when Zoo Kericho plays Thika United at the Kericho Stadium.The two sides were meant to play tomorrow at the same venue in an early kick off, but according to Zoo Kericho who are the home team, Stima have refused to share the home ground.Zoo’s home ground in Kericho had been temporarily suspended owing to safety concerns due to the political situation in the country, but head coach Sammy Okoth says they have been cleared to host Thika on Wednesday.Western Stima coach Richard Makumbi. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAStima will now head into the Posta tie with all focus geared on earning maximum points, a result that will see them bridge the gap between them and safety. Depending on the score-line, they might as well skip over Thika.Posta get into the fixture with the target of cementing their hold on second spot and Omollo has asserted they will be going into the tie all out to secure a win.“We are not going to do anyone a favor. We have our targets and the match is also crucial for us. We know that we stand a very good chance of finishing second if we win tomorrow and that is exactly what we are going to hunt for there,” Omollo said.“It will not be an easy match. Stima want to survive and their future heavily relies on this match,” he added.Posta are on 50 points, same as third placed Tusker FC and one ahead of Sofapaka and Kakamega Homeboyz.-Head-to-head-Posta Rangers players.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaIn terms of recent past, the odds does not favour Stima who have only managed to pick one win while Posta have won three of their last five games.But looking at their history, it seems like a balanced tie with their last nine meetings having ended with three wins each while the remaining games ended in draws. However, Stima’s last win over Posta was in 2011 when they won 2-1 in Kakamega.-Mathare United-Meanwhile, Mathare United will have what on paper looks like a simplified task when they face relegated Muhoroni Youth at the Ruaraka Complex.Mathare are also hanging with some relegation ghosts around their heads as they are three points away from the automatic drop zones. With a win of a good margin, they will have one foot into safety.Muhoroni have conceded a whooping 13 goals over their last two matches and with Francis Kimanzi’s men looking for a healthy score-line, they might be salivating at the prospect of meeting the struggling Muhoroni.-Head-to-head-Mathare United striker Elijah Mwanzia strips his jersey to celebrate his late winner against Western Stima at the Ruaraka Complex on September 9, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOver their last 11 meetings, each side has won three times, while five of those matches ended in draws. The last three games between them have ended in draws, with the last two being scoreless. But if the current happenings are anything to go by, then it is bound to be a goalfest at Ruaraka.“No game is easy. We had a target of getting three wins out of three matches; we got one last week against Nzoia now we have another tough tie against Muhoroni. They might be relegated but they are playing for honor and under no pressure. Such games are not easy,” Mathare head coach Kimanzi said.KPL weekend fixtures Saturday: Mathare United v Muhoroni Youth, Tusker FC v Sofapaka (Ruaraka Complex), Zoo Kericho v Thika United (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru), Bandari v Ulinzi Stars (Mbaraki Complex, Mombasa), Kakamega Homeboyz v Gor Mahia (Mumias Complex), Western Stima v Posta Rangers (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), SoNy Sugar v Nakumatt (Awendo Stadium).Sunday: AFC Leopards v Chemelil Sugar (Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani).0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Posta Rangers head coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo (centre) shares thoyghts with his assistant George Maina (left) and goalkeeper trainer Lawrence Webo during a Kenyan Premier League match against Western Stima at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on April 9, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 10- Posta Rangers head coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo insists the team will not be travelling down to Kisumu to do anyone a favor when they face Western Stima on Saturday in a crucial relegation tie for the hosts.Western Stima’s fate in the Kenyan Premier League hangs in the balance as they sit second from bottom in the standings with two matches left and a three-point gap to safety.last_img read more

Valencia fall to first defeat at 10-man Getafe

Posted On Jan 6 2020 by

first_img0Shares0000Valencia defender Jose Luis Gaya Pena reacts after missing a goal opportunity during the Spanish league football match Getafe CF vs Valencia CF at the Col. Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe, Spain on December 3, 2017 © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOMadrid, Spain, Dec 3 – Valencia blew a huge chance to move within two points of Barcelona at the top of La Liga as they slumped to a first defeat of the season, losing 1-0 at Getafe on Sunday.The visitors’ disappointment was also compounded by the fact Getafe played for 65 minutes a man down after Mauro Arambarri was sent off midway through the first half. However, a Valencia shorn of the creative talents of PSG loanee Goncalo Guedes through injury lacked ideas to break the hosts down and were beaten by Markel Bergara’s deflected effort 24 minutes from time.“Congratulations to them, they won, I don’t think it was a fair result but that is football,” Valencia captain Dani Parejo told BeIN Sports Spain.“It is not an excuse, but to see good football and to be the best league in the world, I don’t think you can play on pitches in the condition it was today.”Barca’s failure to win at home in La Liga for the first time in a year on Saturday against Celta Vigo had opened the door for Valencia to continue their unlikely title challenge after finishing 12th in each of the last two seasons.Instead, the Catalans extend their lead at the top to five points with Valencia now just a point ahead of Atletico Madrid in third.Real Madrid are fourth, a further two points back, after they too were held 0-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.Two poorly timed challenges from Arambarri early on looked to have gifted Valencia the upper hand.However, the best Los Che could muster before half-time was a trio of Parejo free-kicks that tested Vicente Guaita.The 10 men then missed a great chance to go in front at the start of the second period when Angel Rodriguez fired wide with just Valencia goalkeeper Neto to beat.Getafe did, though, get a lucky break for the opener when Bergara’s powerful effort from 25 yards ricocheted off former Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista to leave Neto wrong-footed.Once again Valencia’s biggest threat came from a Parejo free-kick that Guaita brilliantly tipped onto the post.And the ex-Valencia keeper denied his former club once more in stoppage time with a smart stop from Carles Soler’s piledriver.On a fine Sunday for La Liga’s other two Madrid sides, so often overshadowed by Real and Atletico, Leganes also came from behind to beat Villarreal 3-1.Daniel Raba had given Villarreal the lead at Butarque on the hour mark.However, the introduction of Moroccan international Nordin Amrabat, who could face Spain at next year’s World Cup after the countries were paired together in Friday’s draw, swung the game Leganes’ way.Amrabat teed up Diego Rico to equalise before another Moroccan Nabil El Zhar put Leganes in front.And Amrabat was the creator once more in stoppage time for Gabriel Pires to complete the scoring.Las Palmas’ first win in 10 games moved the Canary Islanders to within two points of safety as Jonathan Calleri netted the only goal against a Real Betis side on the slide.Eibar are now nine points clear of the drop zone as they beat Espanyol 3-1 to record a third straight win.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more