Wazito's Eric Odhiambo takes on the KCB defence in their round 32 NSL clash at Camp Toyoyo on Wed 2 Nov 2016. Sub Crispinus Onyango scored an 85th minute goal to hand KCB 1-0 win
NSL: Nakumatt recovers, Nzoia falls as promotion race intensifies
By Patrick Korir | Thu 03 Nov, 2016 14:42

Round 32 of National Super League (NSL) brought about a full schedule of ten games on Wednesday 2 November, all played within a span of six hours across seven venues in the country.

In sum, a total of 18 goals were scored in the ten games with four players from four different teams scoring a brace each.

Elvis Rupia kills Nzoia at the death

While a few games went to script, with the favored teams collecting all spoils, two particular games defied the run up form to the games.

Of great focus was a MOSCA – Nakumatt clash at Ruaraka where the latter ended a five game winless run to reactivate their quest for promotion with a 2-0 win.

In gaining the much needed win, Nakumatt who came to the game with a loss right after four draws, completed a double over MOSCA who they beat 3-2 in the first leg. Nakumatt’s win was delivered by a brace from Timonah Wanyonyi in the 20th and 43rd minutes.

But as Nakumatt recovered, the invincible Nzoia Sugar fell; finally, when their 31-game unbeaten run came down hard at the Afraha Stadium where they lost 2-1 to Nakuru AllStars.

Nzoia took a routine lead in just the second minute through Patrick Oluomo Kwitonda, his fourth goal of the season, for a 1-0 half time lead.

Nick Yakhama’s AllStars however had the answer in the second half with Elvis Rupia serving up the leveler in the 73rd minute before snapping the unbeaten check at the death to complete his brace.

Away from the surprises of midweek, four promotion hopefuls, all sitting in the top six picked crucial wins; Zoo FC of Kericho and Kariobangi Sharks winning in away games as Vihiga United and KCB notched home wins.

Super sub Onyango

Second placed Zoo FC cruised to a fourth straight win after downing hosts Oserian 3-2. Zoo carried a 2-0 lead to the break with goals from Johnstone Ligare and Kevin Nyamaya in the third and 19th minutes. It improved to 3-0 in the 56th minute when Bernard Odhiambo Wanguche drove in yet another goal.

But Oserian responded with goals by Hillary Otieno and Peter Kamau in the 61st and 86th minutes to hand the visitors some jitters, that was however not enough to stop them from taking a win back to Kericho.

At Camp Toyoyo, Kariobangi Sharks improved their unbeaten run to 23 straight games after handing home team Nairobi Stima a 2-0 beating.

Ibrahim Kitawi was the hero, scoring a brace on either half for the win in the process improving his season tally to nine goals.

Prior to the Stima – Sharks game at Toyoyo, immediate former Premier League side KCB were at their fine element posting a 1-0 win over Wazito FC, their third straight 1-0 win as had been inflicted on Nakumatt and Oserian in the past two weekends.

Super sub Crispinus Onyango was the man of the moment when he came off the bench to grab the winner for the bankers on the 85th minute.  

Modern Coast walkout

At the Mumias Complex, hosts Vihiga United returned to winning ways after beating the only coastal outfit in the second tier Modern Coast Rangers 3-0.

Beaten 1-0 last time round by Wazito, Vihiga were in no jocular mood, cruising to a 3-0 lead by the 67th minute with a brace from Christopher Masinza and a third from Godfrey Oiro.

The game however failed to conclude as, with 23 minutes left, the visitors walked of the field of play with protestations towards biased officiating. The league’s rule book is however expected to favor Vihiga, and notwithstanding the results and scores staying as is.

Though beaten, Nzoia United stays top of the 20-team log with 79 points and carry a 13 point lead over Zoo to round 33 of games set for 5-6 November.

With 62 points, Sharks are four points behind Zoo to sit third with a better goal difference over Nakumatt who come in at fourth. Vihiga United stays put at fifth spot with 57 points and only ahead of KCB on goal difference.

Away from the top six, jostling for top ten positions was also rife. Upwardly mobile Palos FC from Kisumu beat Ligi Ndogo 1-0 at Toyoyo in the earliest game of the day to romp to seventh spot with 49 points.

A Sydney Ochieng goal is all that mattered for Palos to collect a fourth straight league win to go above Bidco United who managed a 0-0 draw against Police at Afraha Stadium.

Agro Chemicals stayed ninth with 45 points despite being held to a 0-0 draw at Kericho Stadium by basement side Shabana.

St. Joseph shocker on Talanta

A special mention on Wednesday went to strugglers St. Joseph’s who floored Communication Commission of Kenya sponsored FC Talanta 2-1 at Kasarani.

Up until then the 18th placed side had failed to see a win in their last six games, their last triumph being a shock 2-1 win over fancied Zoo FC on 25 September at Afraha.

The surprise loss by the moneyed 17th placed Talanta was the third straight, and fourth in the last five league games.

Patrick Korir

Twitter: @tipkorir

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