Nairobi Stima enhanced their chances of promotion to the SportPesa Premier League (SPL) with a 2-0 win over Administration Police at the Karuturi grounds on Saturday.
Ghanaian import Stephen Owusu claimed a brace in the match to take his goals tally to 20 this term as the Ibrahim Shikanda-coached side consolidated their third position with 66 points, three below second-placed Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB).
Western Stima, who sealed promotion to the top tier on Friday, sit pretty on top of the 19-team log with 76 points.
In Nakuru, Talanta set Nakuru All Stars on the brink of relegation with a 3- 1 hiding in a thrilling match at the Afraha Stadium.
Rodgers Omondi opened the scoring at the half hour mark before Eric Lusala doubled the lead two minutes later. Martin Wachira put the game beyond doubt with a third shortly after the restart.
Portipher Odhiambo netted All Stars’ consolation leaving them second from bottom on 21 points similar to fellow strugglers Golden Field Evengelim (GFE) who fell 2-0 to Modern Coast Rangers in Mombasa thanks to Samuel Ate and Francis Ocholla’s goals in either half.
At Moi stadium in Kisumu, Kisumu All Stars defender Victor Okong’o scored the priceless goal against Kangemi AllStars as the hosts recorded their first win in their last six league matches.
Nakuru All Stars assistant coach James Angila was a disappointed man after succumbing to their 23rd defeat this season.
“This defeat puts us in deep relegation worries and it means we must win our two remaining matches against Ushuru (home) and against Modern Coast Rangers (in Mombasa) to escape the chop,” lamented Angila.
Kisumu All-Stars snapped their six match winless run with a 1-0 win over Kangemi All Stars thanks to Victor Okong’o who scored the solitary goal in the 34th minute to take the Blue Eagles’ tally to 41.
The visitors looked sharp in the early moments of the first half, but failed to make a mark with the two quick chances that they carved out, before the host turned the tables.
The first real chance fell to the hosts. Nelson Amunga latched onto a Bobby Kwaka’s cross from the left, but his connection went narrowly wide.
Moses Okumu found unmarked Fabian Hosea on the left with a lovely diagonal. The winger beat his marker for pace before playing Okong’o through to calmly slot past Kangemi’s goalkeeper Michael Onyango.
Looking to add some urgency to his side, Aketch sought the services of Gerishon Arabe for Jack Owili just two minutes after resumption. He was forced to make a goalkeeping substitution a few minutes later, bringing in Robert Owiti for injured Nicholas Adkinyi.
After a slow start, Okong’o tested Onyango with a long range drive but the custodian was well positioned to save comfortably. Nelson Mandela was unlucky not to level matters in the 76th minute with a long range strike that missed the target by few inches.
Nakuru AllStars 1-3 Talanta
Administration Police 0-2 Nairobi Stima
Kenya Police 0-0 City Stars
Migori Youth 1-1 Kibera Black Stars
Modern Coast Rangers 2-0 GFE
Kisumu AllStars 1-0 Kangemi AllStars