Benson Amianda (L) is expected to lead the line for Ushuru when Ken Kenyatta's charges take on Nakumatt FC in the first-leg promotion/relegation playoff on Friday
Stats behind Nakumatt-Ushuru journey to playoffs
By Peter Wainaina | Fri 19 Oct, 2018 12:14

Nakumatt FC will be looking to steal a march on Ushuru FC when they play host to the Taxmen in the first-leg encounter between the two sides in the race to secure topflight status for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

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The game will be played at the Camp Toyoyo on Friday 19 October and not the earlier communicated date of 20th starting 3PM EAT with the return leg a week later on Sunday 28 at the MISC Kasarani.

Third from bottom

Nakumatt who endured a disappointing 2018 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) campaign finished third from bottom with 37 points with a poor record of suffering defeat 15 times from the 34 matches played with only nine of those being wins.

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Mellis Medo’s charges conceded 61 goals the most by any team in the division but in contrast, their attacking play was potent with The Shoppers managing 49 goals in their advantage, which was only bettered by league winners Gor Mahia’s tally of 71.

Brian Nyakan and Cornelius Juma who are expected to lead Nakumatt’s attack on Friday, netted six and five goals respectively in the season just ended.

Third best

Ushuru on the other hand finished as the third best team in the National Super League (NSL) with 69 points, 11 adrift of league winners Western Stima and possessed the division’s joint second best defence that conceded just 23 goals from 36 matches.

Ken Kenyatta’s charges did not look the threat that everyone had thought of when the season started and struggled to exert themselves in the final round of the season needing a point on the final day against Bidco United and Nairobi Stima’s capitulation at the hands of KCB to secure the play-off slot.

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Though it was difficult to break down Ushuru as they suffered just five defeats all season, the second best tally, their inability to see out victories hampered them in the long run as they drew 12 games with 19 wins.

Having been here last season in the first ever play-off, Ushuru know what is needed to avoid a reoccurrence of their 2-1 aggregate loss to Thika United in 2017.

Peter Wainaina
Twitter: @naina_naish
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