NSL Review: Ten man FC Talanta stun Bidco as AP snatch rare win

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FC Talanta vs Bidco United
Action in the match pitting FC Talanta against Bidco United at Camp Toyoyo. Talanta won 3-2
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FC Talanta labored to a 3-2 win over fancied Bidco United in the second of a doubleheader staged at Camp Toyoyo on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Emmanuel Mogaka had put FC Talanta on the front foot when he got on the end of a perfectly weighted freekick by Sebastian Osodo. Geoffrey Ouma would, however, restore parity in the 36th minute.

FC Talanta vs Bidco United
Bidco United’s starting lineup against FC Talanta at Camp Toyoyo

FC Talanta, however, showed winning intent, with Paul Karuri punishing an error by Bidco defender Kanamuli Kapilima less than two minutes after the guests had equalized. Emmanuel Mogaka would stretch Talanta’s lead on the hour mark.

FC Talanta vs Bidco United
FC Talanta players celebrate Emmanuel Mogaka’s third goal which proved to be the match winner

Bidco United, ranked second on the NSL log, didn’t seem to lose hope. A red card to Talanta midfielder Sebastian Osodo aroused hopes of a comeback, which was made alive by a goal by Brian Misango three minutes to time.

The hosts would, however, hold on for a fourth win in 14 matches.

Administration Police

Earlier on at the same venue, Administration Police rallied from a goal down to edge out Coast Stima 2-1.

Abbas Muhiddin had given the guests a first-half lead that was canceled out by Robert Jagero on the hour mark.

Administration Police vs Coast Stima
Administration Police came from behind to edge out visiting Coast Stima 2-1

Humphrey Alemba secured all three points for the law enforcers in the 79th minute to see AP leap out of the relegation zone.

Kisumu All Stars

At the Moi Stadium in Kisumu, Kenya Police suffered their second defeat of the season at the hands of hosts Kisumu All Stars. The match ended 1-0. The guests had seen their unbeaten run broken at the same venue in round 13.

The win saw Kisumu All Stars rise to third with 25 points from 14 matches. All-Stars are tied on points with second-placed Bidco United, despite having a match in hand.

Updated Standings

Results

Wednesday Fixtures

Six more matches will be played on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, including a doubleheader at Camp Toyoyo, featuring favorites KCB and Ushuru.

  1. Nakuru All-Stars vs Nairobi Stima (Afraha Stadium, 11 am)
  2. KCB vs Nairobi City Stars (Camp Toyoyo, 11 am)
  3. Ushuru vs Kibera Black Stars (Camp Toyoyo, 1.15 pm)
  4. Western Stima vs Green Commandos (Moi Stadium, 3 pm)
  5. Modern Coast Rangers vs St. Joseph’s Youth (Mbaraki Sports Club, 3 pm)
  6. Isibania vs Kangemi All-Stars (Awendo Stadium, 3 pm)

    Fixtures


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