After a three-week break, the Kenyan Premier League will return; Talanta FC will go to the Moi International Sports Center on Saturday, 4 December, to battle Mathare United.
The Nairobi outfit will search for the maximum points in order to climb up the table. Talanta is in ninth place on the table with nine points, and three points will see them shoot up to sixth place if other results go in their favour.
The three-week break allowed the league’s management to sort out their administrative structures. But, unfortunately for Talanta, the scheduled matches with Kenya Police and Nzoia Sugar had to be pushed back.
Head coach Ken Kenyatta’s side spent two weeks without any playing action. To keep the players refreshed, Kenyatta opted to take on KSG Ogopa in a friendly match.
The exhibition match aimed to improve the conditioning of the squad. It also allowed some fringe players to make a case for themselves and enable Kenyatta to make some tactical implementations and try out new things.
In keeping with the club’s ethos of developing youth talent, young players from the National Youth Talent Academy were given some minutes on the field.
Although Kenyatta’s team did not play the match at the same level of intensity as you would find in the FKF-PL, it did serve its purpose of keeping the players fit and ready for a testing schedule. After Sunday’s match with Police, they are set to play again on Wednesday, 1 December, against Nzoia Sugar. The game will be the first of six matches in December.
The clash with Police is the perfect game for Talanta to regain their confidence and try to kick on ahead of a busy summer of football. Police have lost three of their five matches. They are two points above the relegation zone, finding them in 14th place on the log.
Talanta this weekend can inflict more pain to Police and make sure their horrible start to the top tier division continues. After Sunday’s game, there won’t be much time to relax for Talanta as they have a date with Nzoia Sugar.
Sugar is another club struggling in the league this season; they only have two points in their opening six games. However, on Saturday 27 November, they will take on Bandari, one of the league’s best teams, this campaign.
They are expected to ease past Sugar relatively smoothly and get a maximum of three points. A loss for Sugar will result in them encountering Talanta with some heavy heads and horrible form. This will be an advantage for Ken Kenyatta’s side.
Talanta has an easy six points to collect against two relegation candidates. They have to take all of these six points. However, two wins will help push Talanta up the table and make sure they go to the December matches with confidence.