Nyakeya wary of "formidable" KCB

Mathare United forward Cliff Nyakeya celebrates scoring against Nzoia Sugar during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Bukhungu Stadium on December 15, 2018.

Mathare United forward Cliff Nyakeya has warned his teammates not to underrate KCB when they face off in a Round Five Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Wednesday.

Nyakeya, who is the club’s top scorer with three goals, believes the Bankers are decent opponents despite having a slow start that has left them second from bottom with only a point from four matches.

Formidable

“I expect a tough match because KCB have nothing to lose, we are the league leaders so we have a lot to play for. KCB also have a good team it’s just that they have not gelled. We played them in pre-season and on a good day they are a formidable side,” said Nyakeya.

It will be the third home game for Francis Kimanzi’s charges who have picked a win and a draw at Kasarani.

Regret

“Our last home game (against Ulinzi Stars) ended in a draw and we still regret dropping those two points. We created so many chances but did not score. We are focused not to repeat that so there will be no margin for error against KCB,” he added.

In stark contrast, the Slum Boys are unbeaten and top of the table with 10 points from a similar number of games.

Maturity

“We want to maintain that record and remain top because we had an equally good start last year but we lost concentration along the way.

“Our last match against Posta showed that this team has come of age. Last season we would have cracked under such pressure and ended up drawing or losing. But this year we are a more mature side so it’s all about maintaining the momentum,” offered the reigning KPL midfielder of the year.