Rangers on the brink of KPL promotion

Hashim Mukhwana of Rangers FC controls the ball. (Image: Courtesy)

Posta Rangers are on the brink of returning to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) after two years in the lower division.

Currently leading the National Super League Zone A division with 47 points, Rangers are all but assured as they sit eight points above second-placed Nakumatt with two matches remaining.

Although Rangers coach George Maina is optimistic of getting back to the top flight, they are still unsure of the promotion criteria.

According to FKF Leagues and Competitions director Doris Petra, the executive committee will sit this week to determine the mode of promotion.

“I forwarded my proposal to the Executive Committee where I proposed winners of each of the two zones gain automatic promotion. However, that is yet to be approved and I am hoping a decision will be reached this week,” said Petra.

Mr. Maina is, however, ready for any mode of promotion. “We have not been told on the mode of promotion but we are ready for anything, whether a play-off or direct promotion. We have been working hard throughout the season and I believe where we are, speaks volumes of our ambitions,” said Mr. Maina.

“We have a very good squad, a good blend of youth and experience and if there is any team that deserves to be in the premier league, then it should be us,” he said.

Mr. Maina was handed the mantle at Rangers after former coach Leonard Saleh was re-deployed, his first stint as head coach having deputised at Tusker for close to a decade and he has handled the job well.

“It is a great experience and I am learning everyday. As a coach, you have dreams and it was one of my ambitions to head a team. I am looking forward to better times,” he said.

Meanwhile, FC Talanta have given up on fighting for the title following Monday’s 2-0 defeat by Kariobangi Sharks in the Super League Zone A division that has left them eight points behind leaders Rangers.

”I know the players would have wished to go all the way but they have nothing to be ashamed of because they have fought well during the season,” said Talanta coach Michael Nam, who also blamed injuries for costing them some points.

”It has been frustrating some times, but what can we do, I am sure my players will come back stronger next season,” added the former Rangers coach, whose side lie third on the table with 39 points.