Kirinya-Jinja SSS head into the Eastern derby against already relegated JMC Hippos on Tuesday at Kakindu Stadium, Jinja in a must win situation.
The students had been on a rise and crucial victories over Vipers, SC Villa and Police plus a couple of draws helped the side rise above the drop zone, but a damaging 5-1 defeat to table leaders KCCA on Saturday has reduced the side’s chances of surviving the drop.
The schools boys are back to the place they’ve spent most of the season occupying- the relegation zone- and only a win on Tuesday and hope their relegation rivals [Lweza, Bul, Police and The Saints] lose to their respective opponents will revive the side’s hopes for survival.
A local rival is not what Abbey Bogere’s charges would have loved to face at this time. JMC may be down, but they have not been giving their opponents easy rides in their recent games and trust the side to be motivated even more when they come face to face with their local rival.
Beating their neighbors and going down with them wouldn’t hurt the JMC faithful and that is what the side will be aiming at on Tuesday.
They will come to play for pride, and will look to dent their neighbor’s chances of surviving relegation.
With Police and Bright Stars still to play -their last two games- JMC will have a big role on who follows them to the Big League.
Kirinya-Jinja SSS are on the same points  with Lweza who currently occupy the last secure place in the league, but are below on goal difference. They trail Bul, Police and The Saints by a point and two points each for the latter two.