Football review Super 8 league enters second leg

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Eight matches will be played over the first weekend of SportPesa Super 8 premier league’s second leg.

play John Nganga of Meltah Kabiria FC fights for the ball with MASA's John Odongo during a recent SPS8 PL at City Stadium.

Second leg of the Sportpesa Super 8 Premier League will begin on the weekend of  July1 and 2 with eight lined up for the start of 15 rounds of the competition.

After a three week mid-season break, participating teams once again forge their squads in readiness for the potential bruising East vs West conference title assault.

One match will be played on the first day where leaders Kawangware United tackle Macmillan FC at BP grounds while the rest of the seven matches including the weekend highlight pitting Meltah Kabiria and Jericho FC slated for Sunday.

Meltah Kabiria v Jericho (3pm)

The Thomas Okongo-led Jericho FC went into the breather while sitting 4 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 behind with 21 points.

They 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 Bernard ‘Makambo’ Agunda will be hoping for a win as a perfect send-off for their fallen veteran.

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.

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,” Gicheru said.

Kawangware United v Macmillan FC (3pm)

Leaders Kawangware United will be hoping to continue with their title charge when they face off with Macmillan FC at Kawangware Riruta Stadium BP. Kawangware sit at the top of the standings with 36 points, five clear of closest challengers NYSA while Macmillan occupy 14 with 10 points from one win and 7 draws.

Kayole Asubuhi v Masa (3pm)

Top scorer Tony Okello will lead MASA’s hunt for the first three points of the second leg when they travel to Calvary grounds to tackle cup holders Kayole Asubuhi FC.

Okello, who pumped in 12 goals to steer his side to 7 place with 24 points in the first leg will be keen to pick up from where he left when they take on Asubuhi who sit two places above them at 5 with 26 points.

TUK v Ajax Youth (3pm)

After a blip form in the first leg, 2015 champions TUK FC take on weaklings Ajax Youth FC at CID grounds hoping to continue with their surge up the log. TUK sit 6 on the log with 25 points after picking 7 wins and 4 draws in the first leg while Ajax are rooted at the base end of the log with 6 points from one win and three draws.

Ole Rongai v Metro Sports (3pm)

Underperforming Ole Ronga FC who sit second from below with a paltry 9 points welcome Metro Sports FC at Nazarene grounds looking to turn around their fortunes in the final leg. Metro lie 9 place on 21 points.

Zamalek v Kiambiu Youth (3pm)

At Drive Inn grounds, newly promoted Zamalek FC will be pumped up when they clash with Kiambiu Youth FC as they seek to build on their impressive first leg performance which saw them climb up to 3 on the log with 29 points. They will be locking horns with Raul Gonzales Kiambiu who are placed 13t with 11 points.

Team Umeme v Shauri Moyo Blue Stars (3pm)

At the same time in Ziwani sports grounds, Team Umeme currently occupying 11 with 19 points square it out with visiting Shauri Moyo Blue Stars FC. Newbies Umeme have won 5, drawn 4 and lost 6 times in the first leg and will be looking to climb up the log against Blue Stars who sit 12 with 16 points.

Kabete United v Nysa (3pm)

Second placed NYSA will be guests to Peter Opiyo’s Kabete United at ACK grounds. NYSA sit five points behind leaders Kawangware United while Kabete sit 10 with 21 points.

Full round of 16 fixtures

Kawangware United v Macmillan FC (3PM Kawangware BP grounds)

Kayole Asubuhi v MASA (3PM Calvary grounds)

TUK FC v Ajax Youth FC (3PM CID grounds)

Ole Rongai FC v Metro Sports FC (3PM Nazarene grounds)

Meltah Kabiria FC v Jericho FC (3PM Kawangware BP grounds)

Zamalek FC v Kiambiu Youth (3PM Drive Inn grounds)

Team Umeme v Shauri Moyo Blue Stars FC (3PM Ziwani grounds)

Kabete United v NYSA (3PM Kabete ACK grounds).

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