NSL Review: Isibania upset AP as nine-man Talanta fall to City Stars

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Isibania vs AP Talanta vs City Stars
FC Talanta's Edwin Walumoli (L) in a tussle for the ball with Nairobi City Stars left back Philip Simiyu. Talanta lost 3-1

Isibania staged a remarkable comeback to trounce Administration Police 2-1 in an FKF National Super League match played on Sunday, February 18, 2018, at Camp Toyoyo. The match was aired live on free to air channel Bamba Sports.

After a cagey first half that ended 0-0, hosts AP were the first to take the lead in the 67th minute courtesy of a goal from the spot by substitute Robert Jagero. The burly striker tucked in after Nicodemus Asumwa had been brought down by Isibania midfielder Shadrack Kawa.

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Second Half substitute Robert Jagero shot AP ahead from the spot after Nicodemus Asumwa had been fouled in the 18-yard box

The lead, however, only lasted ten minutes. Antonio Abwao, who had given the hosts’ defense a hard time for the better part of the match, was brought down inside the box. Abdalla Ismail stepped up to take the resultant penalty kick and did so in calm fashion.

The guests seemed motivated by the equalizer and would take the lead five minutes from time. Michael Babu tucked in from close range after good build-up play from the left flank left him unmarked.

Also Read: Taita Taveta launches All-Star county football club

“We were playing a good opponent in AP. They went ahead with a penalty but I’m glad my boys showed good character to come back and win the match,” said Isibania coach Dan Musta.

Antonio Abwao
Antonio Abwao (Center) was a thorn in the flesh of the AP defense. He won a penalty kick that was converted for Isibania’s equalizer

“Just like last season, the competition is high, but we are working to achieve at least a top-five position in the first leg. This way, our second leg will be much easier,” added the coach.

AP coach Ben Juma, meanwhile, was downcast that his team could not hold on to the lead but was confident that they will make amends and outdo last season’s performance.

Also Read: FKF Nairobi County branch holds awards gala for 2017 best performers

“We lost concentration after scoring the goal. In our first match, we also lost concentration in the second half and conceded two goals. We will go back and work on our mistakes ahead of our next match,” he said.

Isibania
Isibania players mock Administration Police in celebrating their winning goal five minutes from time

FC Talanta

In the second match played at the same venue, Nairobi City Stars trounced nine-man FC Talanta 3-1, in a match that was also aired live on Bamba Sports.

Abdirahim Mango gave City Stars the lead at the stroke of halftime. Upon resumption, Arthur Museve scored an own goal to hand Talanta an equalizer. City Stars would, however, restore their one-goal advantage less than ten minutes later through Kevin Ouma.

Jimmy Bageya
Jimmy Bageya made a return to Nairobi City Stars in the January transfer window. He was instrumental in City Stars’ attack

Talanta were undone by a 56th-minute red card shown to midfielder Victor Ashinga, which looked to slow them down. Ten minutes later, defender Isaac Sadam too was shown red following a rough challenge on returning City Stars forward Jimmy Bageya.

Also Read: Bidco United held as KCB lose to Modern Coast Rangers

With a two-man advantage, City Stars resorted to keeping possession. The tactic eventually yielded a third goal in the 81st minute when Adams Usama buried a cutback from the left flank.

Edwin Walumoli
Edwin Walumoli, a January acquisition for Talanta from Bidco United, protests a handball by City Stars’ Philip Simiyu

In other results, Western Stima was held to a barren 0-0 draw by Ushuru in a match played at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu while in Muhoroni, Kenya Police got easy pickings after home side Muhoroni Youth failed to turn up for the match.

Round 2 Results

Updated Standings

Taita Taveta launches All-Star county football club

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FKF President Nick Mwendwa has on Saturday, February 17, 2018, presided over the launch of a Taita Taveta County football team by Governor Granton Samboja at the Wundanyi Stadium.

The event was also graced by among others, Wundanyi MP Danson Mwashako, Sofapaka FC President Elli Kalekwa, Harambee Stars Assistant Coach Stanley Okumbi and Taita Taveta CEC for Sports Bigvai Mwailemi, who also doubles up as FKF Taita Taveta sub-branch secretary.

The newly formed team played a build up friendly match against Soy FC from Kitale

Governor Samboja pledged noted that it was his dream and that of his fellow leaders to have a county football team, further pledging support by the county government.

“This long-term project we have undertaken is a dream we had envisioned, as a way of empowering the youth,” said the Governor.

“We shall do everything within our means to give you the necessary support that will enable you (Taita Taveta All-Stars players) showcase your talent,” he pledged.

In attendance was Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja, FKF President Nick Mwendwa, Wundanyi MP Danson Mwashako, Sofapaka FC President Elli Kalekwa, Harambee Stars Assistant Coach Stanley Okumbi and Taita Taveta CEC for Sports Bigvai Mwailemi

FKF President lauded the county for giving an opportunity for giving a sporting chance to its youth. He also mentioned FKF’s commitment to football development from the grassroots.

“We are working together with the county government to give youth an opportunity to play, in line with our long-term agenda of raising the levels of the game from the grassroots,” said FKF President Nick Mwendwa at the launch.

The guests pose for a team photo with both teams (Taita Taveta All Stars and Soy FC) after a buildup friendly match

44 players have been selected for trials with the team. The squad set to be trimmed to 25 players who will make up the final team set to represent the county in FKF Leagues.

Also Read: Bidco United held as KCB lose to Modern Coast Rangers

NSL Review: Bidco United held as KCB lose to Modern Coast Rangers

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Bidco United vs Kibera Black Stars
Bidco United leftback Lambert Oyuga boxes out Kibera Black Stars rightback Melvin Macharia during the match that ended in a 0-0 stalemate

Kibera Back Stars held Bidco United to a barren stalemate at the Thika sub-county Stadium in one of six FKF National Super League matches played on Saturday, February 17, 2018.

The hosts, coming on the back of a morale-boosting 2-1 win in their opening match of the campaign, were in control of the opening exchanges, but couldn’t find a way through Black Stars’ defense. The first half ended 0-0.

Upon resumption, the guests looked enterprising and deservedly had a chance to go ahead in the 60th minute. Henry Onyango was brought down inside the box by Bidco goalie Charles Okeyo, only for Wilson Njuguna to sky the resultant penalty kick.

Wilson Njuguna
Wilson Njuguna skied a 60th-minute penalty kick that would have seen Kibera Black Stars run away with all three points against hosts Bidco United

Bidco seemed awoken by the near-death experience and resorted to attacking. Resolute defending by Black Stars would, however, peg back the hosts, the match ending 0-0.

Black Stars coach Godfrey Oduor opined that he would have fancied a win, but noted that a point away from home is welcome.

Also Read: 2018 FKF Division One League fixtures released

“We didn’t get the result we anticipated, but a point away from home is welcome,” said the coach.

“We are working towards promotion just like any other team, and any point we collect is crucial in attaining our target,” he added.

Kibera Black Stars
Bidco United’s new signing Kanamuli Kapilimba (R) was a standout performer, limiting Kibera Black Stars to only a handful of chances in front of goal

New Bidco coach Leonard Saleh, on his part, noted that competition in the NSL is high and further exuded confidence that his team will outdo last season’s performance.

“The match was tough. A draw is a fair result but we will be working to better this performance in our next match,” he said.

Competition

“In this league (NSL), no one is guaranteed promotion since the competition is very high, which is a positive thing for our players, coaches and the league at large. But we will definitely do better than (we did) last season,” he opined.

Also Read: FKF Nairobi County branch holds awards gala for 2017 best performers

In other results, KCB lost 1-0 to Modern Coast Rangers in a doubleheader at the Mbaraki Sports Club. Nahashon Thiong’o scored the lone goal. The second match at the same venue saw Coast Stima get a debut 2-1 win over Kisumu All Stars.

Green Commandoes
Green Commandoes held Nairobi Stima to a goalless draw in Naivasha, following their 1-1 draw at home to Coast Stima in their opening match of the campaign

Green Commandoes also held Nairobi Stima to a 0-0 draw at the Karuturi Grounds in Naivasha while at the Afraha Stadium, hosts Nakuru All-Stars lost 0-2 to Kangemi All-Stars. Martin Lemaiyan struck a brace for Kangemi.

At the Sudi Stadium in Bungoma, St Joseph Youth held hosts GFE 105 to a 0-0 draw.

Sunday Fixtures

Four matches will be played on Sunday, February 18, 2018, with two of them set to be aired live on free to air channel Bamba Sports from the Camp Toyoyo Grounds.

Administration Police will host Isibania in the first live match set to kick off at 2 pm before paving way for the clash pitting FC Talanta against Nairobi City Stars at 4.15 pm.

Muhoroni Youth will also be up against Kenya Police at the Muhoroni Grounds while at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu, Western Stima will welcome fellow heavyweights Ushuru starting 3 pm.

Round 2 Saturday Results

Updated Standings

FKF Nairobi County branch holds awards gala for 2017 best performers

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Football Kenya Federation Nairobi County branch on Friday February 16, 2018, held an awards gala in recognition of 2017’s best performers.

The event was graced by FKF President Nick Mwendwa, Deputy President Doris Petra, Nairobi County CEC for sports Janet Muthoni Ouko, Upper Savannah MCA Stazo Omung’ala and FKF Nairobi County branch officials, among other guests.

CEC for Sports Janet Muthoni Ouko emphasised the county’s commitment in supporting football at the grassroots by working closely with the FKF leadership.

“We have undertaken the renovation of five grounds in Nairobi to FIFA International Standards. This will not only keep our youth engaged in worthwhile football activities but will also aid in raising the level of the game,” she said.

FKF President Nick Mwendwa, on his part, reaffirmed the Federation’s long term goal of developing the game from the grassroots saying; “We have a policy that will see us extend support to our branches, in line with our long term goal of raising the levels of the game from the grassroots.”

Those awarded at the gala include Phanuel Omire (Referee of the year) and Zuberi Mohammed of Equity Bank FC (Coach of the year).

Further, Creative Hands FC’s Daniel Mutinda walked home with the top scorer’s prize (Sub-County League) as did Kevin Orongo (County League) and Spitfire FC’s Salim Mohammed (Regional League).

Dandora Fulnesco scooped the Fair play team of the year gong while Creative Hands, Makadara Youth, Equity Bank and Mukuru Talent were crowned Sub-County league, County League, Regional League and Women Regional League Champions respectively.

NSL Preview: Green Commandoes face stout Nairobi Stima test

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Green Commandoes was held to a 1-1 draw in their opening match of the campaign. They next face Nairobi Stima in Naivasha

After dropping two points at home to Coast Stima in their debut match of the FKF National Super League, Green Commandoes will be traveling to Naivasha ahead of their second match against Nairobi Stima, slated for Saturday, February 17, 2018.

Commandoes were pegged back by an 85th-minute equalizer by Coast Stima super-sub Collins Kombo in a match the hosts had squandered numerous goal scoring opportunities.

Despite coming up against a formidable opponent in Nairobi Stima, the Kakamega High School side will be hoping to give a good account of themselves.

“We were not able to get a good result (in our first match) despite playing well. Football (however) is a learning process and I am confident we will correct our mistakes in our next match,” said Green Commandoes coach Brenden Mwinamo, following their opening 1-1 draw against Coast Stima at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.

Stima, meanwhile, will welcome Kisumu All-Stars to the Mbaraki Sports Club in a doubleheader that will also see Modern Coast Rangers face KCB. Both matches have been scheduled for Saturday, February 17, 2018.

Also Read: National U20 team trials in the offing ahead of Egypt tourney

Kangemi All-Stars, meanwhile, will be hoping to bounce back from their opening defeat to Bidco United when they travel to the Afraha Stadium to take on Nakuru All Stars. The hosts also lost their opening match 3-1 to Isibania and will be out to make ammends.

At the Sudi Stadium in Bungoma, GFE 105 will host Nakuru based St Joseph Youth while at the Thika sub-county Stadium, Bidco United will be at home to Kibera Black Stars. Both matches have been slated for Saturday starting 3 pm.

Also Read: 2018 FKF Division One League fixtures released

Bamba Sports

Two matches will be aired live on free to air channel Bamba Sports from the Camp Toyoyo grounds on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

Administration Police will be up against Isibania in the first match set to kick off at 2 pm. AP lost 2-0 to Ushuru in their opening match of the campaign and will be looking forward to a swift turn-around of fortunes. Isibania, on the other hand, will not be easy pushovers, especially after their opening 3-1 win over Nakuru All Stars.

Also Read: Kenya drops one place in latest FIFA Rankings

The second match will see FC Talanta host Nairobi City Stars starting 4.15 pm. Both teams dropped points in their opening matches of the campaign and will be out for all three points.

Muhoroni Youth will also host Kenya Police at the Muhoroni Grounds on Sunday. The relegated KPL side skipped their opening match against KCB and will be facing a strong challenge in Kenya Police who finished sixth in last years’ edition. Police was held to a barren stalemate by FC Talanta in the opening match of the campaign.

In what promises to be the match of the weekend, Western Stima, relegated from the top tier last season, will host Ushuru, who narrowly missed out on promotion last season. The match has been slated for Sunday at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu. Both teams won their opening matches by an identical 2-0 scoreline.

Round 2 Fixtures

Round 1 Results

Standings

2018 FKF Division One League fixtures released

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Football Kenya Federation FKF KPL Division One

Football Kenya Federation has released fixtures for the 2018 FKF Division One League set to kick off on February 24, 2018, with the final matches of the season scheduled for October 21, 2018.

The league shall comprise 28 teams, pooled into two Zones, each constituted of 14 teams.

MOSCA FC will be taking part in the league following their relegation from the second tier National Super League.

Naivas FC, Trans Mara Sugar, Raiply, SS Assad, Mitunguu, Tiki FC and St Joseph Academy, meanwhile, have been promoted from the fourth tier Division Two League.

Full Division One League Fixtures

Click here to download full zone A fixtures

Click here to download full zone B fixtures

Kenya drops one place in latest FIFA Rankings

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Harambee Stars players pose for a team photo before the final 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match against Zanzibar at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos

The National football team, Harambee Stars, has narrowly dropped by a place in the latest rankings released by world governing body FIFA on Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Kenya is now ranked 106th in the world and 26th in Africa. In the Eastern Africa region, Kenya is second behind Uganda, ranked 75th in the world.

Harambee Stars’ last assignment in the FIFA International window was a 1-0 loss to Thailand in Bangkok. Prior to the loss, Kenya had earlier gone down 2-1 to Iraq in a friendly match in Basra.

Also Read: Thailand edge out Harambee Stars in friendly

CECAFA

Stars would then win the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in December 2017, after edging out Zanzibar in post match penalties.

Also Read: Harambee Stars crowned 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup champions

Focus now shifts to the March 2018 international friendlies window, where Kenya is slated to take part in two friendly matches.

Also Read: Harambee Stars falls to Iraq in Friendly

Rising Stars: National U20 team trials in the offing ahead of Egypt tourney

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The National U20 team during a past training session at the MISC Kasarani

Football Kenya Federation will from Monday, February 19, 2018, hold trials for the Kenya National U20 team (Rising Stars) that is set to take part in a four Nation tournament in Egypt between March 18th and 28th, 2018.

A total of 99 players scouted across the country will take part in the four-day trial exercise at the MISC Kasarani, that will culminate with the selection of the final team set to represent the country in Cairo.

“Youth development remains key in our long-term agenda,” said FKF CEO Robert Muthomi.

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“That is why we have not only put in place an elaborate scouting network that ensures no deserving player is left out, but that we also find quality players within the required age bracket,” explained Mr. Muthomi.

The first batch of 50 players will be tested on February 19th and 20th 2018, with the second batch scheduled to have their chance on February 21st and 22nd 2018.

International players, as well as players who will be scouted from the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Central and Nairobi editions, will also join the team in the course of next week.

Also Read: Debutants Green Commandoes, Coast Stima end it even

Those called up for the trials include players scouted in the ongoing Chapa Dimba na Safaricom youth tournament and the FKF leagues

Full List

NSL Review: Debutants Green Commandoes, Coast Stima end it even

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Coast Stima winger Muhiddin Muhiddin tries to evade his Green Commandoes markers. The powermen rallied to hold the hosts to a 1-1 draw

Newly promoted sides Green Commandoes and Coast Stima played out a 1-1 draw in the final FKF National Super League round 1 match played on Monday, February 12, 2018, at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.

The hosts dominated proceedings early in the match, but could not find a way past an organized Coast Stima defense. The first half ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

Upon resumption, Green Commandoes survived a scare when Coast Stima forward Muhiddin Muhiddin’s goal was ruled out for offside.

Green Commandoes would then punish Stima less than 10 minutes later when Henry Atola received a through-pass, rounded up the goalkeeper before calmly slotting into an empty net.

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Green Commandoes starting XI in the match against Coast Stima at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega

As the match seemed to be heading Green Commandoes way, Stima won a free kick just outside the box, with five minutes left on the clock.

Stima goal

Substitute Collins Kombo stood up to the task, sending a rather tame effort that the hosts’ goalkeeper Seif Mwinyi somehow failed to handle, parrying it into his own net.

Green Commandoes coach Brenden Mwinamo was disappointed that his team could not hold on but expressed optimism that the schoolboys are up to the task.

“We conceded a very easy goal very late in the match, but that is the nature of football. We will go back and try to correct our mistakes,” said the Green Commandoes coach.

Competition

Coast Stima tactician Kinero Swaleh, on his part, noted that the NSL is quite physical, as compared to the Division One League, but further exuded confidence in his team ahead of this new challenge.

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Coast Stima Starting XI in their match against Green Commandoes at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega

“Our opponents were quite physical, and we are also set to travel a lot as opposed to last season. But my boys are ready to compete at this level,” said the coach.

Stima will next face Kisumu All-Stars in Mombasa on Saturday, February 17, 2018, while Green Commandoes will be up against Nairobi Stima at the Karuturi Ground on the same day.

Updated Standings

Matchday 1 Results

Upcoming Fixtures

NSL Review: Nairobi Stima, Western Stima master identical wins

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Nairobi Stima saw off Nairobi City Stars 2-0 in a match played at the Camp Toyoyo grounds

Powermen Western Stima and Nairobi Stima picked up identical 2-0 wins over Modern Coast Rangers and Nairobi City Stars respectively in FKF National Super League matches played on Sunday, February 11, 2018.

At the Moi Stadium in Kisumu, two goals by Johana Mwita and Maurice Dukully ensured that Stima kicked off her quest for a return to the top tier on a positive note.

Nairobi Stima also shrugged off a disappointing finish to their 2017 season to see off Nairobi City Stars. Stephen Owusu and Alex Luganji were on target for Stima.

Nairobi Stima
The win means Nairobi Stima is joint second on the log with Ushuru, KCB and Western Stima

KCB’s match against Muhoroni Youth that had been scheduled for Sunday at Camp Toyoyo did not materialize as the latter failed to turn up. The Bankers consequently take home all three points and a two-goal cushion.

Kangemi All-Stars

Earlier on Saturday, Bidco United, Isibania, Ushuru and Kibera Black Stars got crucial wins over Kangemi All-Stars, Nakuru All-Stars, Administration Police and GFE 105 respectively.

The matches pitting Kenya Police against FC Talanta and Kisumu All-Stars ended in identical 0-0 draws.

Updated Standings

Matchday 1 Results

Upcoming Fixtures