High stakes as Zoo host Thika in survival clash

High stakes as Zoo host Thika in survival clash

15 Nov 2017, 07:35

The spotlight will be at Kericho's Green stadium as Thika United take their league survival bid to rivals Zoo FC this Wednesday 15 November.

A potential precursor to the dramatic survival race the tie will be as relegation-threatened, Thika United visits Zoo FC, eyeing A win to guarantee their stay in topflight football next season.

Picking up

Thika has picked up at time of need with crucial back to back victories against positively impacting their late survival quest. 

The run has seen the team stay precariously at third last, with their valiant spirit earning them praises from the team who fell by their side.

READ: Thika were playing for their lives 

It, however, remains to be seen if Nicholas Muyoti charges can stretch the same and grind a win in the hostile Zoo's backyard,

What at stake!

In the penultimate league tie, Thika not only mulls over the prospect of stretching its recent ascendancy but also the welcome opportunity of moving out of the drop zone by leapfrog their matchday rivals Zoo, ranked only two points above them.  

Zoo on a worrying trend?

 A recent spate of one defeat and four draws has left Kericho based side bearing the brunt of the dwindling run and the club will not want to even think on the dire implications that yet another loss could come with.

Sammy Okoth's side has a motivation from within.

The league newbies will certainly guarantee their survival with a win. With only two games left, the will be keen to do themselves the favour now and avoid the pressures of league day.

Among others, Zoo will draw inspiration from fact that Thika's turn of form has stemmed from teams already safe in the league and at least nothing to play for but pride.

The ties first leg ended in favour of the host thanks to Joel Tata's goal.

READ: Zoo vs Thika ticketing info

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