NSL Preview: Ushuru, Western Stima set for midweek action

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Ushuru
Ushuru forward Benson Amianda keeps the ball under pressure from his Kenya Police marker. Ushuru lost 2-0, and will be hoping for a win over Nairobi City Stars on Wednesday
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League Leaders Western Stima will be out to extend their fine start to the 2018 FKF National Super League season when they face second-placed Kibera Black Stars on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

The match will be the second of a doubleheader set to be aired live on Bamba Sports from Camp Toyoyo, starting 1 pm.

The first match will pit a limping Ushuru against Nairobi City Stars. Both sides dropped points in their last matches against Kenya Police and Modern Coast Rangers respectively and will be out to seek swift redemption.

Ushuru vs Kenya Police
Ushuru lost 2-0 to Kenya Police last time out. Up next is Nairobi City Stars on Wednesday at Camp Toyoyo

KCB

The Bankers are also scheduled to take on Kangemi All-Stars at the same venue in an early kick off slated for 11 am. Kangemi fell pants down to Western Stima (4-0) in their last match played at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu, while KCB was held to a 1-1 draw, at home, by a stubborn Isibania side.

Meanwhile in Kisumu, hosts Kisumu All-Stars will be hoping to build upon a 1-0 win against Nairobi Stima away from home when they host Bidco United. The latter has been on a good run this season, having won two and shared the spoils twice out of four matches.

Karuturi doubleheader

Nairobi Stima will also be hoping to bounce back from a 1-0 loss in their last match when they face FC Talanta at the Karuturi Grounds starting 3 pm, while Kenya Police will be looking to replicate their performance in their last match against Ushuru when they take on Isibania at the same venue starting 1 pm.

GFE 105 will also be hosting struggling Nakuru All Stars at the Sudi Stadium in Bungoma.

Green Commandoes

One match has been slated for Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega. Green Commandoes will face Modern Coast Rangers in a match scheduled to kick off at 1 pm.

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

The Kakamega School side was not in action over the weekend. They, however, suffered a 3-1 loss to FC Talanta in their last match played at the same venue. The match against Modern Coast, who squeezed a 2-1 win out of Nairobi City Stars in their last match, will be a chance to bounce back.

Standings

Western Stima leads the 19-team log with 10 points, having won three and shared the spoils in one out of the four matches The Powermen have played.

Second Placed Kibera Black Stars boasts a similar record, albeit with an inferior goal difference (three goals against Western Stima’s seven). Bidco United, Kenya Police and Isibania complete the top five, in that order.

Kibera Black Stars
Kibera Black Stars edged out Administration Police 1-0 in their last match played at Camp Toyoyo, to move to second on the log

Following Muhoroni Youth’s relegation to the third tier Division One League, Administration Police is ranked 19th, with Nakuru All-Stars taking 18th place. Both sides are still in search of their first point of the season.

St Joseph Youth, Kenya Police, Bidco United, Kibera Black Stars and league leaders Western Stima are the only sides that are yet to taste defeat as at Round four, while Nakuru All Stars has conceded the most goals (8 goals).

Midweek Fixtures and Match venues

Standings as at Round Four

Results