Jericho FC captain Kevin Oreso shields the ball away from Kayole Asubuhi's Brain Ochieng during a past SPS8 PL tie at City Stadium. Jericho clash with Meltah Kabiria FC in their round 16 tie
Jericho FC begin their Sportpesa Super 8 Premier League second leg title hunt with an away trip to Kawangware Riruta stadium (BP) to face Simon Gicheru’s Meltah Kabiria on Sunday 2 July.
The Thomas Okongo led Jericho went into the breather while sitting 4th with 28 points after the first 15 games and will be angling to commence their title pursuit on a positive note with a win against Meltah Kabiria who lie four places below at 8th with 21 points.
Jericho shared the spoils with Kawangware United in a 1-1 draw in their final match before the breather and will be confident of hitting Kabiria whom they beat twice last season.
Jericho who are mourning the demise of their assistant coach and former Kenya international Benard ‘Makambo’ Agunda will be hoping for a win as a perfect send off for their fallen veteran.
John Nganga of Meltah Kabiria FC fights for the ball with MASA's John Odongo during a recent SPS8 PL at City Stadium.
Jericho coach Thomas Okongo maintains that despite the gloomy atmosphere within the team they have enough motivation to squeeze three points out of their opponents.
“Mood in Jericho is generally low as you know we are still mourning the death of Makambo but we will not let that cloud our performance. We have had busy during the mid-season, we have been engaging in high profile friendlies which I believe have been helpful to the team to be in the right frame to fight for the title in the second leg. We are ready to begin the second leg and more than ready to bag the three points against Meltah.” Okongo said ahead of the clash.
At the same time, Meltah who are unbeaten in four games will be hoping to stretch their amazing form into the second leg. In their round 15 tie, they drew 1-1 away against Macmillan FC.
“First leg had its fair share of ups and downs for Meltah as a team but the break has helped us work on our weaknesses and we are planning of starting the second leg with a bang so against Jericho we are targeting a win, nothing more nothing less besides we will be at home so it gives us more confidence.” Meltah coach Gicheru said.