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THIKA UNITED

Lukas Indeche
Otieno, Mejja, Nyaberi, Mbugua
Luvusti, Macharia, King'atua
Allison, Aswani, Kahata
TUSKER FC

Boniface Oluoch
Buki, Kiiza, Ochieng, Omar
Khalid, Maloba, Otieno
Dunga, Were, Murunga

Thika United will be chasing their first major local title when they play Tusker in this year’s Kenya Premier League (KPL) Top 8 final at City Stadium on Wednesday.

United are making their first ever appearance in the three year old tournament and have already made history by making it to the final giving them the necessary impetus to go for the title.

The Thika side have had a great season which saw them lead in the KPL standings for two months but recent results have not been that encouraging. Winning the Top 8 final will be a great boost to their morale.

Coach John Kamau is upbeat that his side will be going for the title and he has vowed to fight by all means possible to get the trophy.

“A final is there to be won and it does not matter how you play. The most important thing is getting the trophy at the end of the match. I am motivated with this opportunity of getting my first ever senior trophy. The Under-19 trophy is behind us now and I am focused on this one,” Kamau told Goal.

“Tusker is a very good side but their performance in the league in the last few matches has not been so good, they will want to redeem themselves with the title. I am expecting a tough match from them.”

Experienced striker Kepha Aswani who is back in the team is a big asset for Thika United in such a major match. They also have David Kingatua and influential midfielder Francis Kahata who is a likely second half substitute.

Tusker will do anything to win this year’s event especially coming in the wake of poor results in their KPL matches.

The team lost twice in a row in the last seven days something that has put moral down in camp but a win on Wednesday should help to erase all this.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • The KPL Top 8 tournament has a prize money of Sh1million for the winning team.

  • Tusker have never won the tournament despite taking part in the past two editions.

  • Tusker are placed ninth on the league standings after losing two of their past matches against Mathare United and Muhoroni Youth.

  • It is the first time that Tusker coach Robert Matano (pictured) is taking part in competition after he led the team to defending the league title last year.

  • Thika United are second on the premiership log and went down for the first time in two months after Gor Mahia beat Chemelil 2-0 last Wednesday.

  • If Thika wins on Wednesday, they will become just the second non-Nairobi-based team to win the title. The first team based outside the capital to win the competition was Ulinzi Stars who clinched the inaugural edition in 2011.

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