Vihiga United warm up fo the second half of their Cup match against Homeboyz recently. The team hit AP 5-0 on Sunday 30 July to hit the 44 point mark from 19 games, thereby opening a four point gap over Ushuru and Nairobi Stima
NSL: Vihiga United stretch away, Ushuru on the up
By Patrick Korir | Mon 31 Jul, 2017 13:10

Fresh from a 3-2 midweek win over Ushuru, Vihiga United continued with their winning ways on Sunday 30 July with a 5-0 flattening of Administration Police (AP) at Camp Toyoyo to open up a four point gap while consolidating their place atop the 19-team second tier National Super League (NSL) with 44 points from 19 games.  

Goals from skipper Patrick Okulo - his eleventh of the season, and Lucas Waitere handed the Edward Manoah-coached Vihiga a 2-0 at half time. Charles Okwemba's penalty and goal from Keiphas Baraza Mutuu who is on loan from Kakamega Homeboyz and Clyde Senaji completed the rout.

Also read Vihiga reclaims top spot as Ushuru, Wazito stutter

It was the second straight game that Okwemba and Mutuu - both roped to the Vihiga stable in the June transfer window, were on the score sheet coming days after they opened their accounts in the 3-2 win over Ushuru. 

The latest win, the eighth in ten away games, makes the Vihiga County outfit the best performer on the road.

The match came a day after Ushuru whom they beat on Wednesday had recovered to register a 3-2 win over Bidco United at the same Camp Toyoyo. Oscar Mbugua scored the first before Benson Amianda followed it up with a brace to improve his tally for the season to nine. Bidco responded through David Lazo and David Juma. 

Also read Okulo, Mutamba the NSL crème de la crème

That win, the sixth for Ushuru in nine home games lifted the side to second spot with 40 points, a position they continue to occupy after Sunday thanks to a better goal difference over Nairobi Stima - the league leaders till Wednesday, who were forced to a second straight 0-0 draw by Palos out at Karuturi on Saturday. 

Wazito and KCB close the top five with 39 and 36 points, respectively, following their 1-1 draw at Camp Toyoyo on Sunday. While the two will rue dropped points in the last five days, the result was marked improvement for either in a sense. 

For Wazito it was a better performance from from the shocking 0 -1 loss to Kenya Police on Wednesday while for KCB it was a turnaround from a 3-0 whacking received from Wazito back on Wednesday 12 July at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos. 

Also read Wazito hands KCB second worst NSL defeat

Perfect July for Police FC

On the back of the Wednesday win over Wazito, Kenya Police made it four wins on the trot with a 2-1 away win over GFE 105 at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret. Benjamin Megason scored a quick fire brace in the first five minutes of the second half - the first off a spectacular scissor kick that left the fans in awe. They had trailed 1-0 at half time. 

The win in Eldoret, and GFE's fifth loss in ten home games, sends the gun men two places up to seventh to sit right behind Kisumu's finest, Palos on goal difference. Prior to the Wazito win, Police had downed Modern Coast Rangers 2-0 and home team St. Joseph's 4-3 in Nakuru. 

Still on 27 points, GFE has now dropped to ninth spot, a point behind Nairobi City Stars who were slowed down in Nakuru after a 1-1 draw with St. Joseph's. Both teams had registered 0-0 draws the weekend before; City Stars holding Nairobi Stima at Karuturi as St. Joseph's held FC Talanta at Afraha. 

Modern Coast end poor streak

At the coast, home team Modern Coast Rangers ended an eight game winless streak with a 1-0 victory over FC Talanta at Mbaraki Sports Club on Sunday. The coastal side that had shown early season promise to sit third at one point, last registered a win in April; 3-0 over hosts St. Joseph's. 

Inactive

Three sides remained inactive over the weekend; Isibania and Nakuru AllStars who now drop to eleventh - behind Modern Coast Rangers on goal difference, and twelfth on the log, as well as basement side MOSCA. 

FC Talanta and AP, with 23 and 20 points occupy spots 13 and 14. Kibera Black Stars - who followed up their surprise 1-0 win over hosts GFE on Wednesday with a 0-0 away draw at Agro Chemicals on Saturday are up to 15th spot with 20 points. Agro is next with 16 points, five better than Bidco. 

Next set of action

After the grueling weekend, teams are now preparing for round 21 where nine games have been lined up; five on Saturday 5 August and another two the day after. 

Log leaders Vihiga will be home to Isibania at the Mumias Complex as third placed Nairobi Stima face off with MOSCA at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos. Fourth placed Wazito will be up against FC Talanta at Camp Toyoyo, a game that will be preceded by a KCB - GFE 105 tie from 2pm. Second placed Ushuru will have a rest day. 

Fixtures

Saturday 5 August

3:00 - Bidco United vs Administration Police,  Thika 

11:00 KCB vs GFE 105, Camp Toyoyo 

3:00 FC Talanta vs Wazito, Camp Toyoyo 

1:00 Kenya Police vs Agro Chemical, Karuturi 

1:00 Vihiga United vs Isibania, Mumias 

3:00 MOSCA vs Nairobi Stima, Machakos 

3:00 Palos vs St. Joseph's Youth, Kisumu 

Sunday 6 August

2:00 Kibera Black Stars vs Nakuru AllStars, Camp Toyoyo 

4:15 Nairobi City Stars vs Modern Coast Rangers, Camp Toyoyo

Patrick Korir

Twitter: @tipkorir

Related Articles
The 2017 National Super League (NSL) season hit the halfway mark on Wednesday 26 July with the final...
Four players will be barred from representing their teams when the second leg of the National Super ...

The final set of matches in the 18th week of the National Super League (NSL) took center stage on We...
After registering a 0-0 draw with Nairobi City Stars on Saturday 22 July, Nairobi Stima shot from th...


Leave a comment