Western Stima celebrate a goal from a past match. Kelvin Okoth comes up against the club he almost joined at the start of the year.
Western Stima heads high as Tusker visits Kisumu
By Fabian Odhiambo | Thu 13 Dec, 2018 08:30

The 2016 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions, Tusker FC travel to Kisumu for their second successive away fixture in the 2018/19 season and on Sunday 16 December, they will be taking on newly promoted Western Stima, week one winners over Posta Rangers. 

This will prove yet another dicey fixture for coach Robert Matano at Tusker, and it promises some good football as the home side Stima know too well what not winning at home can do to a team.

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Coach Paul Ogai, speaking to Soka, revealed that he will go for the full share of spoils, as he wants to begin his home fixtures on a positive footing.

''The general expectation is that we win at home, and I know it will not be easy because we are facing a stronger team in every aspect. They have an experienced technical bench and players too,'' says the coach, who guided Stima to a 1-0 win over Posta Rangers in his debut match in the top flight.

Stima, during their time in the top flight two seasons ago, did have some incredible results against the top sides. In fact, Tusker's last visit to Kisumu to take on the Powermen ended in a 0 - 1 defeat in 2017. His team has to be simple this time, Ogai says, adding that with just enough belief over their relatively superior opponents, they can pick a win.

''I'll tell my boys to be simple because in such a match, only self-belief can carry the day. We handled pressure all through last season in the second tier so this one is not new. They are used to playing high pressure matches at home,'' added the tactician.

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Stima currently lie eighth on the 16-team log while their Sunday opponents sit four places beneath. The last four matches between the two sides have produced  two wins for Tusker and one for Stima, the other one, a one-all draw in 2016.

Fabian Odhiambo

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