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FKF Premier League

Babu’s Instant Impact Gives Nzoia Sugar’s Quest for Survival a Shot in the Arm

Salim Babu has had immediate impact at Nzoia Sugar since being appointed head coach at the end of January.

Replacing Ibrahim Shikanda, Babu found the Millers in the relegation play-off spot, with ten points from 16 games in the 34-match campaign and had only won a single game whole season (3-1 at home to Kariobangi Sharks on December 11), drawing seven and losing eight to compound their woes.

The former Sony Sugar tactician signed for Sudi with the club on a seven-match winless run which he purposed to end but managed identical 1-1 draws in his first two matches which were against league leaders Kakamega Homeboyz and Nairobi City Stars who were in second place then.

Since taking over the reins, the soft spoken Babu has overseen seven matches and remains unbeaten, having won four of them and drawn three.

His latest was a 1-0 victory over Vihiga Bullets at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega over the weekend, a win that moved them clear of the drop zone.

Salim Babu

Babu has lauded his troops for the rescilience and determination to remain in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League.

“We had planned for this win. Football is a game of instructions and the players played just how I wanted and put in the effort,” Babu spoke highly of his players after roping in the win on away turf.

Nzoia Sugar are 15th on the FKF Premier League log with 25 points, five points above Wazito FC who occupy the playoff spot.

Nzoia and Bullets play each other in two weeks’ time after the resumption of the top tier with the Millers hosting the return leg at the Sudi Stadium in Bungoma.

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