Part of the action between Police FC and FC Talanta today at Camp Toyoyo on Sun 2 Apr, 2017. Talanta won 2-1 to move to fourth spot in the standings
NSL: Talanta, City Stars on cruise mode, GFE 105 the one to beat
By Patrick Korir | Mon 03 Apr, 2017 08:10

After five played games in the second tier National Super League (NSL) in the weekend ended Sunday 2 April as listed in the match day five schedule, Eldoret's GFE 105 are proving to be the team to beat after making it four straight wins from as many games while FC Talanta and Nairobi City Stars recorded their third straight wins. 

In the only two games played on Saturday, Nairobi Stima and Administration Police (AP) bounced back to collect heir second season wins after posting a 1-0 win over hosts Isibania at Awendo and 3-1 over visiting St. Joseph's at Camp Toyoyo, respectively. 

Also read AP ease past St Joseph as Stima beat Isibania

Benjamin Kahindi grabbed a brace for AP with Keffa Momanyi scoring the third goal while the visiting St Joseph pulled a consolation goal through Adam Fadhili. 

AP went to the Camp Toyoyo duel on the back of a loss and two draws; 1-0 to Ushuru and 0-0 and 1-1 draws against Isibania (home) and Nairobi Stima (away). For Stima, the win ended a two game stretch defined by a  2-0 loss to Ushuru and the 1-1 draw with A.

On to Sunday, Eldoret's GFE 105 made it three wins from three outings on the road, to grab their fourth straight win is as many games, after shocking hosts Vihiga United 2-1 at Mumias Complex. 

Patrick Okullo's Penalty handed the hosts the lead early in the fist half but it only worked as the perfect teaser for Joshua Obara-coached GFE who evened out the game, arguably the pick of the weekend, in the 19th minute through Joseph Omondi. Ayub Asila scored the winner four minutes after the half hour mark 34. 

Heading to Mumias, GFE had posted a 5-2 away win over FC Talanta, 2-1 home win over City Stars and 1-0 away win over Palos. Vihiga on their part has beaten Modern Coast 1-0 at home before humbling Wazito 2-0 away. 

In two other games played at Camp Toyoyo, FC Talanta and Nairobi City Stars registered their third straight wins after seeing off Police 2-1 and unlucky Kibera Black Stars 3-2, correspondingly

Also read GFE shock Vihiga as Talanta, City Stars shine

FC Talanta, coached by Kenya U20 coach John Kamau were two goals to the good by half time with strikes from Brian Okeyo and on-loan Kevin Ndungu from Kariobangi Sharks. Police chase for points ended with a consolation two minutes to time through former Mahakama, AFC Leopards and Mathare United forward Eric Mmata's penalty after he sent keeper Peter Mageto the wrong way. 

Talanta came to the game on the back of a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Nakuru AllStars and 2-0 triumph over Kibera Black Stars. 

In the followup game, promoted Kibera Black Stars came from behind twice to settle the game at 2-2 at the break before a Peter Wainaina goal in the 75th minute sent them back to the drawing board to search for their first win in their sixth game of the season.

Ezekiel Odera opened the scoring with a fine header in the 20th minute but Black Stars responded swiftly after the restart, Ronald Reagan heading in past Claude Koffi to restore parity. 

Mwinyi Hamisi capitalized on a defensive lapse to put City Stars ahead again at the half hour mark but the unrelenting Kibera Black Stars clawed back with a second equalizer in the 40th via a 40th minute penalty by Anthony Baraza Nyangweso for his second goal of the season.

City Stars, beaten in their first two games of the season, came to the game with a 4-0 flattening of Agro Chemicals and 3-1 win over Nakuru AllStars. 

GFE top of the standings

From the weekend games GFE returned to the top of the standings with a maximum 12 points displacing Ushuru who drop down to second spot with ten points. City Stars and FC Talanta are third and fourth with nine points and only separate by point's difference. 

AP and Nairobi Stima are eighth and ninth with eight points with Vihiga United tenth with six. Isibania and Black Stars, both win less, prop the table at 18th and 19th with two and a single point, respectively. 

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Patrick Korir

Twitter: @tipkorir

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