Despite being just a point behind Football Kenya Federation Premier League leaders Tusker, KCB coach Zedekiah Otieno is downplaying his side’s title chances, saying it is for the brewers to lose.

At the same time, Mathare United’s coach Frank Ouna is confident that the 2008 champions will survive the axe, despite remaining rock-bottom of the 17-team league.

Tusker, who have previously lifted the title 11 times, are at the helm of the log on 55 points from 26 matches, while KCB, who are chasing their maiden league crown, are second with 54 points from the same number of matches.

Both teams have six matches before the curtains fall on the competition. KCB kept their title hopes alive by thumping high-flying Kariobangi Sharks 3-0 on Sunday at Thika Stadium in Kiambu.

With Sharks coming into the clash having not lost in their last five matches – winning in three in a row and drawing in two- they were expected to give KCB a run for their money, but instead the bankers put them to the sword for their 16th victory of the season.

Going by the battle for the 2021/22 Caf Champions League slot, which KCB lost to Tusker on June 30, coach Otieno said the leaders have the advantage over them.

“You can remember on June 30 when FKF were supposed to name the Caf Champions League representative, we had an advantage of two matches, but we drew against Kakamega Homeboyz and even though we beat Nzoia Sugar thereafter, Tusker beat Ulinzi Stars to clinch the slot,” said Otieno.