Venue Switched

Two Kenya premier league matches scheduled to take place on Friday have been switched to Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos from the Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani.

Kenya Premier League have been forced to shift the matches because of the US President Barrack Obama’s three-day tour to the country that starts tomorrow, with the Safaricom Stadium among the venues secured for the tour.

The organisers have also changed the kick-off times and the first match between hosts Ushuru and Western Stima will start at 2pm and not 5pm as early scheduled. The second match between Tusker and Thika United will be played from 4pm and not 7pm as early planned.

Ushuru FC will be seeking victory to get above their opponents, Western Stima after losing their last three matches.

Ushuru coached by Ken Kenyatta are placed eighth on the log with 26 points, just below Western Stima, who are seventh with 28 points. In the first leg match between the two sides in June, Ushuru beat Stima 1-0 courtesy of Allan Kateregga’s lone goal. Western Stima on their side, will be looking to maintain their position and qualify for the Top 8 tournament next year. They drew their last match against bottom-placed Nakuru All Stars in Kisumu.

Tusker FC were held to a one all draw away to Thika United in their first leg encounter played in February. Wycliffe Opondo’s opened the scoring for Thika during the match while Ismael Dunga equalised for Tusker.

However, the two sides will be meeting without the two players who were both released in the June transfer window with Dunga heading to Mathare United and Opondo signing for Sofapaka.

Tusker will be looking to continue with their good form after beating Sofapaka 5-0 in their last Premier League match, just a week after another 5-1 thrashing of Chemilil Sugar. Coach Francis Kimanzi has improved his side with big signings from the June transfer window–among them Noah Wafula, Abdalla Juma and Ugandan Emmanuel Ngama– all from AFC Leopards. They are currently placed second on the log behind Gor Mahia, with 32 points from

19 matches. Their striker Jesse Were is the top scorer in the Premier League with 16 goals.

Their opponents Thika United are placed 10th on the standings and will be looking to get their first win in four matches after losing their last three matches. Their last win was against AFC Leopards in Thika in the first match of the second leg and have since experienced a winning drought.

The teams have been advised to move to Machakos a day earlier so as to avoid the traffic that will come with Obama’s arrival in the country.