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Zoo Kericho Banking On Home Advantage Against Nzoia

Zoo FC coach Sammy Okoth (far right) is banking on home support in their SportPesa Premier League (SPL) match against Nzoia Sugar FC on Wednesday. PHOTO/SPN
Zoo FC coach Sammy Okoth (far right) blamed ill-preparations for their heavy 6-0 defeat at the hands of Mathare United in the SportPesa Premier League match played at the Ruaraka Grounds on Saturday, August 19, 2017. PHOTO/SPN

NAIROBI, Kenya- Zoo Kericho FC have trained their sights on victory when they host Nzoia Sugar FC in a SportPesa Premier League (SPL) encounter at the Kericho Green Stadium later Wednesday.

The SPL newcomers returned from their two-week suspension with a hard fought 1-0 win over high riding Kakamega Homeboyz FC at the same venue last Saturday to stem a run of three outings without victory.

With their SPL fate hanging on the final verdict of the Court of Appeal to be delivered on November 3, head coach Sammy Okoth, is keen on an emphatic finish to a campaign that saw them play in the top flight for the first time.

“We came back motivated after the two week suspension. The boys willing to give their all and are training harder than before.

Weak link

“Whenever we lose or win, we always look at the weak link to keep improving but we need to win more before the case is determined. We are approaching each game at a time and we must make home advantage count,” Okoth who hailed the club’s supporters for egging them on stated.

Zoo and Nzoia who topped the second-tier National Super League (NSL) last season played out a 1-1 stalemate at the Sudi Stadium in Bungoma during their first leg clash in April.

Mike Madoya, who was recently voted the June/July player of the month, cancelled out a Lawrence Juma opener for Nzoia after his teammate, Edwin Wafula missed from the spot.

Zoo sit 13th on the standings with 32 points, six adrift of eighth-placed Nzoia who have played a game more but Bernard Mwalala and his Nzoia side- who have notched six wins on the road- will be bouyed by their rich away form that is only bettered by leaders Gor Mahia FC, Sofapaka FC and Ulinzi Stars FC.

The 2016 NSL champions have collected seven points from their last three matches- winning 3-1 and 3-0 against Muhoroni Youth FC and Bandari FC before being held to a barren draw by relegation threatened Western Stima FC.

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