National Super League (NSL) clash between Western Stima and Kisumu All-Stars goes down this weekend in what has come to be termed the lakeside derby.
Football fanatics will be watching to see who walks away shoulder high in the grueling match pitting the latest arch-rivals in the second tier league at Moi Stadium on Saturday.
Stakes will be high when the two sides lock-horns from 3pm, having battled to a barren draw in their first leg encounter at the same venue.
If the turnout in the first encounter is anything to go by, the adrenaline -rush match is expected to attract a mammoth of crowd in support of their respective teams.
Stima will be seeking to solidify their lead and make a return in the top tier- SportPesa Premier league on top of the log to 61 points; on the other hand, debutant All-Stars will also go full throttle at it to avoid dropping on the log.
The cash-strapped All-Stars are ranked tenth on 37 and a win on Saturday will propel them to position eight, depending on the outcome of today’s (Friday) matches between Kenya Police vs Nakuru Fc and St Joseph Youth vs Coast Stima.
And with the now Stima Coach Paul Ogai being the former All-Stars Assistant coach, the derby is expected to draw fireworks, as the latter will be looking to outsmart his former boss Nick Aketch (All-Stars coach) who will be fighting tooth and nail to avoid humiliation of falling to someone who took his orders.
The Power men will be looking to continue with their impressive form and will also bank on their home advantage to emerge winners in the clash, as Coach Ogai said that mental preparedness will also determine which side carries the day.
“It is a derby therefore it will not be easy, the stakes will be high and it will not only depend on how well you are prepared physically but also mentally.
“The league is becoming increasingly competitive and any slight laxity or weakness will definitely benefit the opponent which we are trying to avoid,” said Ogai of Stima.
On the other hand, Aketch stated: ” As a team, we have prepared well and ready for the contest, stakes are high for both sides but at the end of the day it’s the team that shall score more goals that will smile. We must improve on our finishing and midfield if we must get at least some goals.”