Race For Final SPL Ticket Is On: Rangers, Nairobi Stima Play-Off Dates Set

Jun 12 - by SPN Correspondent for SportPesa News

FKF announces the clubs will play on Saturday and next Wednesday where the winner will complete the 2019/20 top league roster

Posta Rangers FC players celebrate a goal in a previous SPL match. PHOTO/SPN

  • Posta Rangers FC who finished the 2018/19 SPL campaign in 16th will be battling to save their top-flight status when they lock horns with Nairobi Stima FC who finished third in the second-tier National Super League
  • The mailmen have been in the top flight since 2010 before they changed their name to Rangers until 2012 when they reverted to Posta. Their stuttering campaign that dropped them to 16th on final day when Chemelil pulled a 1-0 win over Sony Sugar FC saw them win seven, draw 11 and lose 17 of their 38 games
  • They ended their 2018/19 season on 80 points from 22 wins, 14 draws and two loses, level with second placed Kisumu All Stars FC who joined champions Wazito FC in clinching the automatic SPL tickets on final day

NAIROBI, Kenya- The last team in the 2019/20 SportPesa Premier League (SPL) roster will be known next Wednesday (June 19) when the second leg of the first and second division play-off will be played at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.

Posta Rangers FC who finished the 2018/19 SPL campaign in 16th will be battling to save their top-flight status when they lock horns with Nairobi Stima FC who finished third in the second-tier National Super League.

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Football Kenya Federation (FKF) announced the play-off dates on Wednesday where Stima will host Rangers in the first leg this Saturday (June 15) at the Karuturi Grounds in Naivasha.

“The second leg will be played four days later, on June 19, 2019, at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos,” FKF added in a statement.

Automatic promotion

Rangers under former Thika United FC head coach, Francis Kamau, finished a point below the last guaranteed SPL position behind Chemelil Sugar FC (34) after losing 1-2 to 11-time league winners, Tusker FC in their final fixture.

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The mailmen have been in the top flight since 2010 before they changed their name to Rangers until 2012 when they reverted to Posta. Their stuttering campaign that dropped them to 16th on final day when Chemelil pulled a 1-0 win over Sony Sugar FC saw them win seven, draw 11 and lose 17 of their 38 games.

Nairobi who are hoping to join fellow power-men Western Stima FC in the SPL next term saw their dream to land automatic promotion fall short only on goal difference on the final day of the NSL last weekend.

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They ended their 2018/19 season on 80 points from 22 wins, 14 draws and two loses, level with second placed Kisumu All Stars FC who joined champions Wazito FC in clinching the automatic SPL tickets on final day.