NAIROBI, Kenya- Despite suffering a first defeat of the season, Kibera Black Stars FC hang on to the 2018 National Super League (NSL) lead after going down 0-1 to KCB FC on Monday.
Black Stars are top on 13 points, two adrift of Bidco United FC having played six games with Kenya Police FC in third but with a game in hand over the top two.
Bidco romped to the most resounding victory of the round by hammering Nakuru AllStars FC 5-0 to leave the visitors winless, pointless and rock bottom.
Demoted Kenyan Premier League side, Western Stima FC, Isibania FC and Kisumu All Stars FC are the other teams filling the top six in that order on 11 but separated by goal-difference in what is shaping to be a tight race for promotion to the top-tier next season.
Black Stars missed the chance to increase their advantage at the top to five when they went down to the Bankers who are seeking to return to the KPL after two seasons in the second division at Camp Toyoyo, Nairobi in one of the three games played on Monday.
Chrispinus Onyango justified his inclusion in the recently constituted National U23 team with a goal in the 21st minute to hand KCB their second win in a row following their 2-1 success over Kangemi All-Stars FC in midweek to inflict a first loss of the season on the leaders.
KCB rose to seventh (10) a point adrift of the five sides above them on the log to keep touch with the sides vying for the two automatic promotion spots.
At the same venue in the NSL double-header, Administration Police FC notched their first three points of the season in a 2-1 win over Eldoret-based visitors GFE 105 to jump off the bottom of the log and nestle in 17th on four points in the 19 team table.
Elsewhere, Police ran the rule of law over Kangemi who slumped to 14th (six) by thrashing the 3-0 at Karuturi Grounds in Naivasha to lock their place among the top three and go five games without defeat.
National Under 20 team, Rising Stars, striker, Abraham Dawo sunk a double to give the cops a healthy advantage before Jesse Mata sealed the victory late on with the third.
On Sunday, Ushuru FC notched their second victory of the campaign when they edged Green Commandoes 1-0 at Camp Toyoyo to advance their tally to eight on the table in 11th.
Bill Oporia headed in the winner in the third minute before Ken Kenyatta’s side put up their famed defensive wall to see their lead throughout the remaining part of the fixture against the enterprising students who remain a place and two points above basement side Nakuru.
“The match was very tough, but all I needed was three points, and I’m glad I got them. ’ll come there (top of the league) as time goes by. No cause for alarm. The league is still very young,” Kenyatta remarked after the game.
Kisumu forced home side Talanta FC to accept a barren draw in the second game at the venue.
In other games, Isibania kept their spirited challenge to make the top flight alive when they sunk ex-KPL side, Nairobi City Stars FC 1-0 while Western Stima dropped points for the second successive game when they shared a pulsating 2-2 draw with St. Joseph’s FC in the Kisumu derby.
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|1||Kibera Black Stars||6||4||1||1||6||2||4||13|
|6||Kisumu All Stars||6||3||2||1||5||3||2||11|
|8||Modern Coast Rangers||6||3||1||2||9||8||1||10|
|10||St Joseph Youth||6||1||5||0||7||6||1||8|
|14||Kangemi All Stars||6||2||0||4||6||11||-5||6|
|15||Nairobi City Stars||5||1||1||3||5||7||-2||4|
|19||Nakuru All Stars||6||0||0||6||2||14||-12||0|