The Star (Nairobi)

8 November 2012

Kenya: Chemelil Threatens Ingwe

The unending desire to finish in the top eight of the Kenya Premier League will be Chemelil Sugar's biggest motivating factor when they host title hopefuls AFC Leopards in the final match this season.

Chemelil team manager Rajab Said promised that his side will be ready to derail Leopards bid of ending their 14-year wait to win the domestic crown.

"We want to play in the Top Eight and we can only do so by winning our last match and that is a stark warning for Leopards to come expecting defeat," warned Said. Chemelil currently lie 8th on the KPL standings table with 38 points and have put together a run of ten matches without defeat, a streak Said is confident will continue against Leopards this weekend.

"We are not looking at how the championship battle turns out. We are enjoying a good run and we are yet to concede in our last four matches. Our focus is to beat AFC Leopards and meet our targets," he charged.

The sugar millers have enjoyed a good run against Leopards in the last two seasons, having lost only once in their last four meetings including the goal-less draw the teams played out in the opening day of the season. With a full squad to choose from, Said said there was no better time for them to meet Ingwe.

"Leopards know playing us at our backyard is always a problem for them. They might not admit it but they know their championship hopes are over because they can't get past us," boasted Said. The match will be played at the nearby Awendo Green Stadium, home to Sony Sugar as the Chemelil Complex does not have a perimeter fence around the playing field, a requirement for any match being aired live by KPL's broadcast sponsors SuperSports.

"Our pitch is of good standards but it lacks some specifications and given that the match will be aired live, it was felt Awendo would be a better alternative as our other usual choice Afraha will also be hosting a match between Ulinzi and KCB," explained Said.

Jan Koops men go into the match needing all three points to have any chance of lifting their first title since 1998 but even a point might be enough should their rivals Gor Mahia and Tusker lose their encounters on Saturday.

Leopards will be buoyed by last weekend's result against Mathare United whose11-match unbeaten run they ended with a 4-2 win that kept their title hopes alive going into the match against Chemelil.

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