NSL Review: Ushuru, KCB win as Nairobi Stima lose footing

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Ushuru vs FC Talanta
Action in the match between Ushuru and FC Talanta. Ushuru won 2-0

League leaders Ushuru and second-placed KCB dispatched FC Talanta and Administration Police respectively in National Super League matches played on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Fan Ngaira and Benson Amianda scored a goal apiece as Ushuru edged out a hard fighting FC Talanta 2-0. Talanta had dictated proceedings in the opening half hour, confining the taxmen to their own half.

The hosts were however made to pay for their dearth of finesse in the final third on the half-hour mark. Fan Ngaira smashed in a half-volley after Talanta Goalkeeper Peter Mageto failed to effectively clear his lines from a corner kick.

Eric Kapaito would give the Ushuru defense hard times in search of an equalizer. The Communications Authority sponsored side would, however, be undone by the second goal for Ushuru. Benson Amianda scored from the spot after Kenneth Githinji was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the 18-yard box.

Bidco United

In a preceding match, Bidco United had edged out Nairobi City Stars 2-0. Heritier Luvualu opened the scores in the 30th minute with a left-foot shot after being set up by Edwin Walumoli.

The home side would rue hard luck; hitting the woodwork twice in pursuit of an equalizer. Efforts from Victor Ochieng and Ezekiel Odera ricocheted off the crossbar on two occasions, muzzling the hosts’ chances of a comeback.

Edwin Walumoli would then a score a late goal for Bidco, lobbing over City Stars goalie Victor Odhiambo, who was way off his line. The win was Bidco’s second in a row, after a 3-1 win over FC Talanta in their last match in Thika.

In an early kick-off that got underway at 11 am, KCB dispatched Administration Police 3-1. A brace by Kevin Migele and a goal by Teddy Osok from the spot saw KCB temporarily move top of the log before Ushuru’s win over Talanta.

KCB

The Bankers sit second on the log with 70 points, two less than league leaders Ushuru. Both teams have played 32 matches apiece. KCB will be up against Isibania in their next match slated for Saturday, November 4, 2017, in Awendo. Ushuru, meanwhile, will be up against Nairobi City Stars on Sunday, November 5, 2017, at Camp Toyoyo.

At the Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret, Wazito FC edged out hosts GFE 105 0-1. Dennis Gicheru scored a second-half penalty to see Wazito rise to third on the log with 68 points from 32 matches.

Nairobi Stima

Meanwhile, at the Hope Center in Kawangware, Nairobi Stima’s hopes for a place in the Premier League next season were dealt a major blow after a 1-0 loss to hosts Kibera Black Stars. The Powermen have an 11 point deficit between them and league leaders Ushuru, with only four matches to play.

Nakuru All Stars also grabbed derby bragging rights, edging out fellow Nakuru based side St Joseph Youth 1-0 at the Afraha Stadium. Sydney Simale scored the lone goal.

Updated Standings

Round 34 Results

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