Tough closing fixtures for Vihiga United, Zoo as relegation knocks

Vihiga United and Zoo Football Club will head into week 32 of the Kenyan Premier League with nothing but a win on their minds after both suffered losses in round 31 played on Sunday.

United- playing at home, were taken down by Robert Matano’s Tusker FC by two goals to one while Zoo were no match for title-chasing Bandari FC who made mincemeat of the Kericho side, hammering them by three goals to nothing.

Tusker controlled the soggy Mumias Complex surface [IMAGE- Diana Yonah]

Tusker had grabbed a quick two goal lead through teenager David Majak and Boniface Muchiri. Amos Kigadi, late in the game, brought a little hope to Sammy Okoth’s men but this was too little too late. In Mombasa, goals from Abdallah Hassan, William Wadri and Shaban Kenga sunk the day’s hopes for Zoo.

The losses keep both teams in second last (Vihiga) and third last (Zoo) positions with Mount Kenya United- last, already relegated.

The two teams’ next fixtures aren’t the kind to spur any hope as United travel to Gor Mahia- a title-deciding clash for the holders while Zoo have to go to Ruaraka and beat Tusker FC.

After round 31, only two points separate the two teams. Above Zoo, Chemelil Sugar lurks precariously just two points off while Posta Rangers are three adrift of Zoo. The spotlight, therefore, also drags them a little bit into focus.

Action from Western Stima’s barren draw with Mathare United [IMAGE- Samuel Gacharira]

In Kisumu, Western Stima’s barren draw against Mathare United took them four points clear of Zoo hence easing relegation worries for the side currently coached by Salim Babu and Hesbone Nyabinge.

The last three fixtures for Zoo include a trip to Tusker, a home tie against Kakamega Homeboyz and a visit to Kenya Commercial Bank. Vihiga United on the other hand travel to Gor Mahia, play host to Western Stima then finish off with Kariobangi Sharks.