Past action between Ushuru FC and Nairobi City Stars. On Saturday 17 March, Ushuru were humbled 3-0 by debutants Coast Stima at the Mbaraki stadium
NSL: Stima shock Ushuru as Bidco move top
By Peter Wainaina | Sat 17 Mar, 2018 20:57

Six round seven matches were played on Saturday 16 March in the National Super League (NSL) with debutants Coast Stima providing the days shock result by dispatching Ushuru FC 3-0 at the Mbaraki grounds in Mombasa. 

Second win 

Goals from Yusuf Eme, Rodgers Okoth and Alfred Maningi saw the team in their maiden season in the second tier claim only their second win in six games and now lie 10th on the log with nine points. Ushuru on the other hand drop to 13th with eight points after suffering their third defeat of the season. 

At the Thika stadium, Bidco United, under the tutelage of former Harambe Stars tactician Leonard Saleh, moved top of the log standings with a comfortable 2-0 win over visiting Administration Police. 

Sean Opwora and Tedian Esilaba grabbed the goals to secure the side's fourth win in seven games to move up to 14 points. 

At the Sudi stadium, visiting Western Stima had goalkeeper Samuel Odhiambo to thank as his converted spotkick helped edge GFE 105 to move up to second, level on points with Bidco. 

Down pour 

Kibera Blackstars drop to third after being held to a 1-1 draw by Kenya Police in a game that was partly halted due to the heavy down pour at the Camp Toyoyo. Wilson Njuguna broke the deadlock midway through the opening stanza before Kenya Under-20 forward Ibrahim Dawo equalized for the visitors moments after coming off the bench. 

The point earned sees Police remain unbeaten with three wins and three draws from six matches. 

Early kickoff 

In the ground's early kickoff, Nairobi Stima played out to a 2-2 draw with Modern Coast Rangers. 

Nahashon Waweru broke the deadlock for visiting Rangers early in the opening half before former Tusker frontman Stephen Owusu pulled Stima level with his fourth goal of the campaign. He turned provider moments later for Alex Luganji as Ibrahim Shikanda's charges took a 2-1 lead going into the break. They were unable to hold on to it though as Abdalla Mdeka scored Rangers' second right after the restart with both sides culpable of missing clear cut chances to seal victory. 

With the point Rangers move up to eighth with 11 points while Stima are two points behind in ninth place. 

In Nakuru at the Afraha stadium, hosts St. Joseph Youth were held to a 0-0 draw (their sixth draw of the season) by visiting KCB. 

Sunday 

The round will conclude on Sunday with three matches lined up; Nairobi City Stars will play host to Kangemi Allstars at the Camp Toyoyo from 11PM in a planned double header that will also see Kisumu Allstars host Nakuru Allstars from 3PM. 

At the Bukhungu stadium, Green Commamdos will be looking for their first win of the season when they host Isibania.

Peter Wainaina
Twitter: @naina_naish
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