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  • November 6, 2013
  • • 20:00
  • • Chemelil Sports Complex, Chemelil

Chemelil 0-0 Sony: ‘Sugar belt derby’ ends in stalemate to take relegation battle to final day

Chemelil 0-0 Sony: ‘Sugar belt derby’ ends in stalemate to take relegation battle to final day

Timothy Olubulu.

Sony Sugar will have to wait until the last day of Kenya Premier League to know whether they will survive chop after failing to beat rivals Chemelil

Relegation threatened Sony Sugar failed to wade themselves completely off the drop zone after they played to a barren draw against hosts Chemelil Sugar in a mid-week match played on Wednesday.

The draw leaves Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno’s men still perched at 14th on the log but now on 31 points, only two ahead of 15th placed Kakmega Homeboyz.

Sony Sugar needed nothing short of maximum points against Chemelil in the Sugar belt derby, but they failed to get the goals coming home with rains in the second half hampering the speed of the game. Sony Sugar goalie Wycliffe Kasaya was once again the centre of action, making superb saves ensuring his side stayed in the game.

Chemelil Sugar were looking for a Top 8 placing and the draw leaves them at 9th, two points off Thika United and will now only hope the milk men stumble in their last game and they win against another relegation bound team, Nairobi City Stars.

Sony need nothing short of three points against Bandari at home on Saturday to assure themselves of a stay in top flight regardless the results Homeboyz will pose against AFC Leopards’ in Mumias. A draw would be suicidal for Zedekiah Otieno’s men as it will place them on 32 points and a -11goal difference.

If Homeboyz, who have a -6 goal difference, win against Ingwe, then they will survive the chop on goal difference. City Stars are also in danger of being relegated on goal difference and they must beat or pick a point against Chemelil in Awasi next weekend to stay afloat.

If Jan Koops’ and his side lose and Homeboyz win, then City Stars will bite the chop again, on goal difference. Western Stima and Mathare United too are on the same predicament being on 30 points but they might be saved by their good goal difference.