Amimo David (L) and Waiswa Alex (R) join Morven Otinya in celebrating his first goal of the match in their 2-1 win over Wazito on Sun 19 March at Camp Toyoyo. Palos now tops the NLS league with seven points from three games.
NSL: Trends begin to show as Palos goes top
By Patrick Korir | Mon 20 Mar, 2017 08:35

Seven well contended games marked the third weekend of the second tier National Super League (NSL) on Sat 18 and Sun 19 March, 2017 across the country. 

Results from the weekend games gave a mild purview of what lies ahead in the highly competitive league currently contested by 19 teams. 

Fifth for Wakoli Zeka

Three of those games came on Saturday where hosts Isibania faltered at the hands of relegated Ushuru after going down 2-0 at Awendo with goals from Lwamba Bebeto and Victor Ochieng in the 24th and 65th minutes. 

Hosts GFE 105 made it two on the trot with a 2-1 beating of another relegated side Nairobi City Stars at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret as Modern Coast Rangers collected a third straight Mombasa win over MOSCA in as many years after registering a 2-0 win at Mbaraki. 

Goals by Zeka Wakoli in the 43rd minute - his fifth of the season and Elvis Okusi in the 85th minute gave the hosts the win. In between, City Stars had Ezekiel Odera red carded in the 65th minute and two minutes later earned their consolation from Edwin Nduati. 

Francis Ochola and Mike Muya goals in the 20th and 60th minutes left MOSCA beaten 2-0 for a second straight season by Rangers in Mombasa. 

Also read Ushuru, GFE and Modern Coast register wins

On Sunday FC Talanta ended a two game losing run to force host Agro to a 0-0 draw at Chemelil as Nairobi Stima registered their first win after edging out Bidco United 2-1 at the 'Old Trafford' at Cray Fish, Naivasha. 

It was a case of the under study beating the master as, Ibrahim Shikanda who was an assistant to Yussuf Chippo at Stima in 2016 beat his former boss in the duel. 

Stima scored through Vincent Ochami and Ivan Anguyo in the 13th and 71st minutes respectively as Edwin Walumoli netted the consolation goal for Bidco who are yet to win in three games. 

From two games that were live on Bamba Sports, Police turned around a two game drawing streak with a  2-1 win over upstarts Kibera Black Stars at Camp Toyoyo and thereafter Wazito's two game winning run came to a rude end after a 2-1 fall to Kisumu's Palos. 

Former Gor Mahia FC man Kevin Ade Omondi netted a brace to hand Police FC maximum points, while Tony Baraza scored the consolation goal - a historic one at that - their first ever in the NSL, for the hard fighting Kibera Black Stars side. 

Harambe Stars trialist Morven Otinya's brace delivered in the 33rd and 44th minutes - that increased his goals this season to five, served up Wazito a real warning of what the race to the Premier League is all about. 

The hosts came to the game in the wake of 1-0 and 3-1 wins over FC Talanta and City Stars, respectively, but their chase for spoils in this one ended with a Paul Torres Karuri header in the 78th minute. 

Also read Palos edge Wazito as Police dim Black Stars

From the weekend games, early trends are now visible - that Palos is living up to their favorites tag, Ushuru is a team to beat, GFE 105 is on the right track, as Bidco United, City Stars and MOSCA must hit the drawing board early to rectify startling starts to the season. 

Palos assumed pole after the weekend games with seven points from three games as GFE 105 drops to second with six points to stay ahead of Wazito and Ushuru on goal difference. 

With four points, Nakuru Allstars who welcome KCB on Wednesday 22 March at Afraha Stadium and Modern Coast lie fifth and sixth. 

Patrick Korir

Twitter: @tipkorir

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