Western Stima's Daniel Makachi was hi's team's hero nine years ago when they faced relegation on the first day. Stima will hope not to tumble in their last fixture.
Judgment Day: All set for KPL's trilateral finish
By Zachary Oguda | Fri 17 Nov, 2017 19:00

Apart from the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title race, there are a lot of things yet to be decided; the golden boot, a candidate to join Muhoroni Youth in the National Super League (NSL) and teams who will be looking to finish among the top eight bracket.

The 2017 KPL curtains which will fall on Saturday 18 November will see all games kick off at the same time, 2pm EAT with Sofapaka, Posta Rangers, Tusker, Kariobangi Sharks and Kakamega Homeboyz vying for position two and three to join winners Gor Mahia on the podium.

The most enticing part of the final day is on the relegation end where Western Stima is the most favorite team to join Muhoroni Youth. But what is at stake for other teams? 

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Chemelil Sugar v Western Stima 

Venue: Chemelil Complex

Western Stima have no option but to win and hope that other results go their way; a draw coupled by other results going their way might see them stay afloat but any loss will automatically send them down-in other words, their KPL destiny largely depends on other teams. To make matters worse, they will have to win with more than seven goals and hope that Thika United doesn't score a goal on the day. With both teams having battled to a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture, this promises to be another tightly contested game. Chemelil defender Benjamin Oketch has picked five yellow cards and is therefore suspended from this match, as is Stima’s Ugandan ace Villa Oromchan.

Gor Mahia v Sony Sugar

Venue: Moi Stadium-Kisumu

Another formality in the Gor Mahia game having won this year's title with five games to spare. They are already planning for the upcoming season but the day will be special since they will finally be handed the title but Sony Sugar have promised to spoil the party with a top ten finish topping coach Salim Babu wish-list. Gor won the first leg fixture 2-1 at the same venue.

Muhoroni Youth v AFC Leopards

Venue: Mumias Complex

The faithful AFC leopards fans in the Western part of the country will have an opportunity to watch their players in live action for the last time this season. This should be a ride in the park for the Robert Matano coached side with Muhoroni Youth yet to record a win in their last four games and will be out just to show teams that might be interested in their services that they can still contribute largely in the top flight come 2018.  Leopards without the services of Victor Majid will hope that a win here propels them to a top ten finish to redeem their 2017 season which has been a miserable one. The reverse fixture ended in favor of the Leopards with Allan Kateregga now with Ugandan side KCCA scoring the all important goal. 

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Nakumatt v Kariobangi Sharks 

Venue: Ruaraka Grounds

Both teams having confirmed survival will be out in this game with different aims. For Nakumatt, this week's tactics might be on how to help their striker Kepha Aswani score as many goals as possible  to cover ground between him and the current leader Masoud Juma. Juma scored in the reverse fixture and a goal here might just be the finish he hopes for in a season that he has had many set backs; if his trials stints abroad are anything to go by.

Nzoia Sugar v Kakamega Homeboyz 

Venue: Sudi Grounds

A win here should hand Homeboyz a podium finish after a superb season which has been majorly due o their impressive home form but a duel at Sudi wont be an easy ride. Nzoia, in their debut season exceeded expectations and have been brilliant he entire season blowing hot and cold a times but still managed to achieve their aim of staying afloat in their debut season. Nzoia have lost twice their last two matches against Mathare United and Kariobangi Sharks and will need to show character in order to deal with their neighbours Homeboyz. Wycliffe Ochomo, who picked a red card during Homeboyz’ previous match against Gor Mahia, has been suspended from this match.

Posta Rangers v Mathare United 

Venue: Camp Toyoyo

Mathare United left it late in their bid to stay afloat and they still have doubts whether they have really survived or not and a win here should see them rest easy. They know they face a Rangers side who are looking to finish in the second spot to redeem their image after blowing cold after an impressive start to the season. Omolo defensive part of the game has been one of his major strength and will be looking to end the season on a high. Rangers beat Mathare 1-0 in the reverse fixture on April 17.

Sofapaka v Zoo Kericho

Venue: Narok County Stadium

Umaru Kasumba is six goals off the top scorers chart and it will take a miracle for him to bang those goals or more if he is to topple Masoud Juma from his position. Sofapaka are two points over Rangers and going by the league margins, should they fall to Zoo and the teams around them win, they might finish as lowest as seventh on the log and that is something Sam Simbwa would not want to take. Having secured their top flight status last week against Thika United, Zoo should be easy going into this match.

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Thika United v Bandari 

Venue: Thika Sub County Stadium

Thika United's loss last week placed their status in the top flight in jeopardy and will have to win on Saturday and hope that all other results go their way but they should find it a bit easy against a Bandari side who ave already started plans for next season this coming after dropping five players a fortnight ago. Danny Serenkuma;s brace and Darius Msagha scored in the reverse fixture to hand Bandari a comfortable 3-0 win.

Ulinzi Stars v Tusker

Venue: Afraha Stadium

On a good day, this should be a big clash in the KPL considering the caliber of the teams. Both have fired blanks this season and this should be just another formality with Tusker having to miss the services of captain James Situma who is suspended. Both teams battled to a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture.

Zachary Oguda

Twitter: @zaxoguda

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