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Western Stima Buy NSL Breathing Space, Ushuru Taxed

Ushuru FC forward, Enock Agwanda, in action against Kibera Black Stars FC during their National Super League clash at Camp Toyoyo Grounds, Nairobi. PHOTO/Ushuru FC/Twitter
Ushuru FC forward, Enock Agwanda, in action against Kibera Black Stars FC during their National Super League clash at Camp Toyoyo Grounds, Nairobi. PHOTO/Ushuru FC/Twitter

NAIROBI, Kenya- The top of the table clash and the police derby highlighted a busy weekend of National Super League (NSL) action that ended with Western Stima FC extending their lead at the top to four points.

Kenya Police FC remain the only unbeaten side in the second division following their 1-1 stalemate against fellow law enforcers, Administration Police FC at Karuturi Stadium, Naivasha on Sunday.

Western, who were demoted from the Kenyan Premier League last season, still lead the charge for a quick return to the top tier on 27 points from 12 games, ahead of second-placed KCB FC who have a game in hand.

Police (21) are third on goal difference from fourth placed Kibera Black Stars with Coast Stima (19) rounding off the top five.

Seventh-placed Bidco United FC (18), who were playing away at Green Commandoes later Monday, could rise to the top five with victory over the students in the tight division where the race for two automatic promotion places is still wide open.

All eyes were on Camp Toyoyo, Nairobi on Saturday when Western arrived to take on the bankers who would have gone top themselves with a win over the pacesetters.

KCB took the lead in the first half through Zachary Gathu against the run of play before Samuel Odhiambo levelled from the spot by giving keeper Juma Mpongo no chance when defender Dennis Gicheru was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box.

With the game headed for a draw and KCB reduced to 10 men, substitute Fredrick Nyarombo popped up with the winner to secure victory and give Western a cushion on top of the standings at the expense of the hosts.

Kenya and Administration police traded blows in the signature contest on Sunday with the former preserving their unbeaten run when the game ended all square.

Having lost 11 of their previous matches, basement side, Nakuru AllStars FC secured their first point of the season when they held hosts Nairobi City Stars FC to a barren stalemate in a match featuring two ex-KPL sides at Camp Toyoyo on Saturday.

Ushuru Denied

City Stars (15) remain 11th behind another former top flight side, Ushuru FC who were denied maximum points by highflying visitors, Kisumu All Stars FC (19) who forced a 1-1 draw to perch at sixth pending the Monday fixture.

Enock Agwanda fired Ushuru ahead in the 60th minute but the taxmen who missed out on promotion to the KPL by losing the play-off against Thika United FC could not hold on when substitute Dennis Ochieng restored parity in the 84th.

Ken Kenyatta’s side are 10th (16) as their yo-yo season continues to roll on, 11 behind the leaders and in much need to pick up winning form quickly if they are to realise their ambition to return to the KPL for the first time since 2016 when they went down.

Commandoes piled on the misery on home side GFE 105 (five) after beating them 3-1 in Eldoret in what was the biggest result of the weekend round of matches. The students improved their tally to eighth to rise to 16th in the 19-team log pending their game against Bidco.

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