Kawangware United's Edward Njuguna (R) lunges at Zamalek FC's Alfred Omulo in a contest for the ball during their SPS8 PL tie last Sunday 4 June at City Stadium. Kawangware won 3-1 and invite Jericho FC on Saturday 10 June at BP grounds.
After taking the league by storm this season, Kawangware United who are sitting five points clear at the top of the table face a test of their credentials when they take on third-placed Jericho FC at BP grounds on Saturday 10 June.
The West Conference leaders who are at the top of the 16-team column on 35 points from 14 games will be keen to take a tenacious grip of the prime spot where they have defied all odds and diluted pressure to occupy for the ten consecutive weeks.
The Francis Thairu led side are enjoying sleek form having lost just once in 14 games where they have won 11 times and drawn twice in the process. The Dagoretti based outfit are fresh from mauling Zamalek FC 3-1 last weekend in a performance befitting their current leaders status and ahead of the potentially explosive duel their coach Thairu has taken a swipe at Jericho saying they fear no team in the league.
The dreadlocked player-coach said; “Last week was a good show from the team, but we have a new challenge which we are focusing on right now. Things have changed since last season you can see how we have moulded a great team this year and our focus is to keep fighting so I don’t see any threat from them (Jericho). As long as we keep up with our form and God-willing injuries do not bedevil us, I am sure we can beat any team.”
Jericho FC's Dismus Buggy and Kayole Asubuhi's Simon Mburu battle for the ball during their SPS8 PL tie on Sunday 4 June at City Stadium. Jericho won 1-0 and this weekend travel to BP grounds on Saturday 10 June to face leaders Kawangware United.
However, Thomas Okongo men have a good record against Kawangware, last season they beat them both home and away with their last meeting ending 4-0 at Camp Toyoyo last August and before that they had beaten them 1-0 at their BP grounds.
Currently Jericho who sit third, eight points behind Kawangware on 25 points are oozing with confidence following their hard-fought win over fierce rivals and cup holders Kayole Asubuhi FC last Sunday. Jericho have won 8, drawn thrice and lost three times so far and Okongo believe s they have the cutting edge to bring down the leaders.
“This is match that we have been waiting for and it will determine how things in the league will go from there. They (Kawangware) are on top of their game at the moments but we have our own strategy in store for them, after we beat defending champions last week it demonstrated how strong we are mentally and physically to topple any team and they (Kawangware) are not any different. However, we know what is like to play under intimidating conditions from fans and being away I believe we can handle the pressure because I know how their fans come in numbers.” Jericho coach Okongo charged ahead of the exciting fixture.