The consistent CAM-PESINO seems on course for an overdue win at Caymanas Park today when he faces six opponents in the 3-y-o and up open allowance race over 1200 metres, the third on the nine-race programme.Trained by 14-time champion Philip Feanny, CAMPESINO, to be ridden by leading all-time jockey Winston ‘Fanna’ Griffiths, notched his last win over this trip in October at the expense of subsequent Superstakes winner FRANFIELD, covering the distance in the good time of 1:11.3 in open allowance company.Significantly, CAMPESINO has finished second in five of his seven subsequent races against the very best horses in the country. They include Horse of the Year SEEKING MY DREAM, champion sprinter POKER STAR, as well as LONG RUNNING TRAIN, and PHINEAS, when caught on the line by him in the Gladiator Trophy over 1400 metres on December 19.CAMPESINO had another near-miss against POKER STAR in the St Catherine Cup over 1100 metres on January 2 and all in all, his performances speak for themselves.The six-year-old bay gelding by Compadre out of Yaella reports well prepared to meet this engagement and with less to do in this small field, should make no mistake.WILLINGNESS TO FIGHTHaving shown good pace and a willingness to fight in his races, CAMPESINO, who runs from the convenient mark of 55.0kg, should win from the speedy 4-y-o colt, ROYAL ASSAULT, who, though failing in his bid for the hat-trick behind POTCHEEN over the straight on March 9, should ensure a good race with only 50.0kg and former champion Wesley Henry aboard.Other firm fancies on the card are down-in-class EL NUMERO UNO over UNCLE G and DI COBRE in the $250,000-$210,000 claiming race over 1200 metres for the Clifford Stewart Memorial Cup; MY WAY in the fourth for maiden three-year-olds; fleet-footed CLASSICAL TRAIN in the fifth; and down-in-class EXPRESS RUCK ahead of CAUSE FOR CONCERN in the closing $180,000 claiming race over 1400 metres.
“No, no, no; it is not yet done (on relegation fight). We are coming along well but still have a long way to go. We have to live one game at a time,” the tactician said after his side’s crushing 6-1 result against Kakamega Homeboyz at Camp Toyoyo on Sunday.He added; “We have a very ambitious owner, a very ambitious chairman and so am I. I would want us to go as far as we can go. Definitely we have to consider factors such as injuries and fitness but our ambition is to keep going, keep winning.”The victory was Nakumatt’s biggest win in top flight and further laid bare their statement of intent.“We prepared very well for this game. It was a match we played at home and we had to change a few details like the style of play. The key was to keep the ball on the ground because it is a good surface. Just keep it simple; simplicity is the key,” the tactician who has had stints in Qatar said.Nakumatt FC’s Cornelius Juma is joined by teammate Kevin Thairu in celebrating his brace during their Kenyan Premier League match against Kakamega Homeboyz at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 17, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe Nakumatt victory was a good rebound for the side having travelled to Awendo last weekend only to lose 3-1 to Sony Sugar. This was their only loss in seven games having picked up five wins and a draw.The match against AFC Leopards was Medo’s first on the touchline before he was confirmed on a permanent two weeks ago.He has brought in a change of attitude and playing style in the team and even former head coach Anthony Mwangi admitted as much that the new boss has made the team tick again.“We have not done many changes in the team. Coaching is about understanding your players and their abilities and making it simple. It is not good to complicate football. We have managed to get these results with the same players we had except two who we have just brought in,” the coach noted.The club has made two additions in the June mini-transfer window, midfielder Harun Nyakha and winger Joe Waithira joining from Wazito FC. Medo has hinted he might be going for more additions before the window shuts.“I am open to adding in more players but the difference with me is that I don’t go for the big names. There are very many players down here who are very good and they just need the right instructions and they will be stars,” the coach added.Nakumatt’s resurgence leaves the relegation battle tightened between Vihiga United, Chemelil Sugar, Zoo Kericho, Thika United, Sony Sugar and Wazito FC.Thika United players hurdle together in prayer during their Kenyan Premier League 1-0 win over Wazito FC at Camp Toyoyo on May 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluVihiga, Zoo, Sony and Wazito all picked up draws this weekend while Chemelil and Thika were on the losing end to AFC Leopards and Sofapaka respectively.Thika merely survived relegation last season beating Ushuru FC 1-0 on aggregate in the promotion and relegation play-off and they seem headed to another dog fight this season if they don’t change their tide.Head coach John Njogu however bears a brave face that the club will disentangle itself from the snare of relegation.“We have been making small mistakes that have come to cost us but I am hopeful that we will address them before the season goes in too far. I am optimistic that we can change and get good results,” Njogu said after his side’s 3-0 loss to Sofapaka in Narok on Sunday.KPL Weekend results:Saturday: Mathare United 1 Vihiga United 1 (Camp Toyoyo), Zoo Kericho 1 Sony Sugar 1 (Kericho Stadium), AFC Leopards 2 Chemelil Sugar 0 (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos).Sunday: Nakumatt 6 Kakamega Homeboyz 1 (Camp Toyoyo), Nzoia Sugar 1 Gor Mahia 3 (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), Sofapaka 3 Thika United 0 (Narok Stadium), Kariobangi Sharks 1 Posta Rangers 0 (Camp Toyoyo), Tusker FC 1 Wazito FC 1(Ruaraka), Ulinzi Stars 0 Bandari 0 (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nakumatt FC head coach Melis Medo gestures on the touchline during their Kenyan premier League match against Kakamega Homeboyz at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 17, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 18- Despite a positive run that has seen his side pick four wins in six matches and revive their hopes of avoiding the chop in their second year in top flight, Nakumatt FC head coach Melis Medo has warned that the job is not yet done.Nakumatt’s run has seen them rise to 12th in the Kenyan premier league standings with 23 points, four away from the bottom three relegation slots thus giving the side a new lease of life after a disastrous start to the new campaign.