Talanta FC set Nakuru All Stars on the brink of relegation with a 3- 1 hiding in a thrilling National Super League match played at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru on Saturday.
Rodgers Omondi opened the scoring in the 30th minute before Eric Lusala doubled the lead just two minutes later. Martin Wachira put the game beyond doubt with a third shortly after the restart but there was still time for Portipher Odhiambo to plant some respect on the score line.
The win lifts Talanta to tenth place with 44 points while All Stars remain second from bottom with 21.
“I am happy with the result. It was the perfect reaction after losing to Bidco last weakened,” said coach Juma who insists he is still in the team building process.
“I have scouted a number of good players which I hope to recruit because my ultimate dream next year is to take Talanta to Kenya Premier League,” added Juma who has previously coached KCB and Thika United in the KPL.
Nakuru All Stars assistant coach James Angila was a disappointed man after the match.
“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.
The Juma Abdallah coached side went into the offensive right from the first whistle, pinning their opponents into their own half in the opening stages of the match.
After a series of missed chances, Talanta finally found the back of the net at the half hour mark when speedy striker Rodgers Omondi capitalized on a goal mouth melee to prod home the opener–his fifth of the season.
Inspired by this goal Talanta piled more pressure and two minutes later they increased their goal tally to two through Eric Lusala who converted with a powerful shot inside the box.
On resumption the visitors stepped up pressure for more goals and after 12 minutes of well-coordinated exchange the impressive Martin Wachira fired the third past Erick Amuhanda.
All Stars found a consolation in the 80th minute when second half substitute Portipher Odhiambo powered a 30 metres pile driver past a hapless Joel Bataro.
With the job done, coach Juma brought in Emmanuel Mogaka and Paul Karuri for Martin Wachira and Seir Hussein.
All Stars coach Ezekiel Akhwana introduced Japheth Amakanji and Austine Oduor and rested Robert Arot and Joseph Luchenga but this did not change their fate.