Despite losing nine games in a row, Kenyan Premier League (KPL) debutants Ushuru will be the king makers of this season’s league title.
The 13th-placed side face Gor Mahia in the season finale on Saturday, a match that will decide the destiny of the title.
If they beat Gor and Sofapaka win against Tusker, then the title will be lifted at the Ruaraka Complex, but victory for K’Ogalo will see them defend their title.
Ushuru coach Ken Kenyatta who will have his full squad at his disposal says he will not be doing anyone favours.
“If our teams are to do well in continental football, then they have to be the best and we will not be compromised to do favours to anyone. We are going there to compete and pick up points because this is a very important match to us. Having lost nine games in a row, a win in our last match will be a morale-booster,” said Kenyatta.
His sentiments were echoed by dynamic midfielder Geoffrey Kataka: “We are not going there to help Sofapaka or Gor Mahia. We are going for the points because it is long since we won. We would like to finish the season on a high and no one should expect any kind of favours.”
The tax men frustrated Gor in the first leg played at the Moi Sports Centre, Kasarani with K’Ogalo custodian Jerim Onyango the difference as Kataka squandered several chances.
Kenyatta has also lamented Gor’s decision to take the match to Kisumu. “We knew the game was in Nairobi and we were only informed of the changes on Tuesday. It is disappointing but Gor are also not used to the Kisumu turf so all of us will kind of be playing away,” he said.
Ushuru have had a torrid second leg and their nine-match losing streak has underlined their struggles after a terrific start to the season.
Kenyatta is, however, optimistic of better tidings next next season when he hopes to strengthen the team with experienced players.
“We were plagued with injuries to key members of the team as well as lack of experience. We have learnt a lot and next season, we want to be better. I want to sign about five experienced players, from premier league clubs,” said Kenyatta.