NAIROBI, Kenya- Isibania FC kicked off their National Super League (NSL) campaign with a convincing 3-1 victory over Nakuru All Stars in Awendo to record the highest tally of goals in the opening round.
2017 second runners-up Ushuru FC also began on a winning note, edging out Administration Police 2-0 at the Camp Toyoyo grounds courtesy of goals by Benson Amianda and Ekaliani Ndolo.
KCB, Nairobi Stima FC, Western Stima FC, Kibera Black Stars FC and Bidco United FC rounded up the list of winners in the NSL round one action played across the country.
Nakuru All Stars FC scored an early opener through Jerome Baraka only for Isibania FC to level matters through Patrick Mvita who scored a brace with Abdalla Ismael putting the game to rest with the third.
Kibera Black Stars squeezed a 1-0 win out of a hard fighting GFE 105 with the lone goal coming from a spot kick by Henry Onyango before the interval.
Power-men Western Stima FC and Nairobi Stima FC picked up identical 2-0 wins over Modern Coast FC Rangers FC and Nairobi City Stars FC respectively in matches played on Sunday, February 11, 2018.
At the Moi Stadium in Kisumu, two goals by Johana Mwita and Maurice Dukully ensured that Stima FC kicked off her quest for a return to the top tier on a positive note.
Nairobi Stima FC also shrugged off a disappointing finish to their 2017 season to see off Nairobi City Stars FC. Stephen Owusu and Alex Luganji were on target for Stima.
The win means Nairobi Stima FC is joint second on the log with Ushuru, KCB and Western Stima FC.
KCB’s match against Muhoroni Youth FC that had been scheduled for Sunday at Camp Toyoyo did not materialize as the latter failed to turn up. The Bankers consequently took home all three points and a two-goal cushion.
Kangemi All-Stars FC kicked off their FKF National Super League campaign on a sour note, losing 1-2 to Bidco United FC in a match played on Saturday at the Hope Center, Kawangware.
A first-half goal by Martin Lemaiyan gifted Kangemi All-Stars a promising start only for the news boys to be pegged back by two goals by Bidco United’s Augustine Etemesi and Jacob Onyango.
Despite the loss, Kangemi coach Michael Nam was optimistic that the team will master a swift comeback in their next match.
“We were playing a more experienced side, but I am happy that despite losing, my boys gave a good account of themselves,” said Nam.
“The NSL is very competitive as compared to the Division One League. But I am confident that my boys will catch up,” underscored the coach.