Wazito's Reuben Onswando in a past game. The team is top of the NSL with a two point advantage after Easter weekend games
NSL: Wazito return to the top
By Patrick Korir | Mon 17 Apr, 2017 14:38

Nine games were listed in the eighth round of the second tier National Super League (NSL) between Easter Friday 15 to Sunday 18 April and from the games, preseason favorites Wazito FC rose to the top after a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Administration Police (AP) at the Thika Stadium.

The Friday win, coupled with last week's leaders GFE 105's 1-1 draw against Ushuru on the same day, sent Wazito top with 16 points to open a two-point gap over the Eldoret-based side.

Two red cards

AP went to the break 1-0 up but Wazito bounced back to level eight minutes after the hour mark with Edicah Mukolwe's goal and minutes later, and the club's top scorer in 2016, Pistone Vunyoli Mutamba, headed in the winning goal.

It mattered little that Wazito finished with nine men after second bookable offenses to defenders Kennedy Okanda and Dennis Gicheru in the 77th and 82nd minutes, as they held on for their fifth set of three points this season.

GFE 1-1 Ushuru

GFE had a chance to extend their lead at the top but failed to hang on to a 55th minute goal from Boniface Mukhekhe as they conceded a
Bebeto Lwamba penalty ten minutes to full time to drop two points.

Palos 3-1 Kenya Police FC

On the same Friday Palos shot up a massive seven places to settle at third place with 13 points after a 3-1 whacking of Police at the Moi Stadium, Kisumu for their first home win of the season. 

Salemani Majenga  and Anthony Waiswa goals in the 17th and 36th minutes handed the hosts a 2-0 cushion at the break. Eric Mmata pulled one back for Police in the 49th minute but Golden boot contender Morven Otinya, now chasing his first national cap for Kenya against Malawi on Tuesday 18 April, scored the final goal for Palos in the 73rd minute. 

Vihiga 1-1 Nakuru AllStars

Palos were to however drop to fourth after Vihiga United earned a point in their 0-0 draw with a vastly improved Nakuru AllStars in Mumias on Sunday. The latter are sixth with 12 points.

Kibera BlackStars 1-0 MOSCA 

Back to Friday, the highlight of the day were two notable wins for promoted Kibera Black Stars and Isibania. The former picked their maiden season win after a Ronald Reegan strike two minutes to the half hour mark handed the side a 1-0 win over free falling MOSCA.

Isibania 1-0 Modern Coast Rangers 

Out at Awendo, Isibania hit Modern Coast Rangers 1-0 for their first home win to end a three-game losing streak at the same venue. Felix Okik who banged in ten goals in their promotion season in 2016 scored the all-important goal.

Agro 1-0 Bidco United 

On to Saturday, the only fixture on the cards saw draw specialists Agro Chemicals hand host Bidco United a 2-1 beating at the Thika Stadium ending six failed attempts from where they picked only four points.

Agro fought from behind for all spoils as Anthony Mbugua had opened the scoring for Bidco United in the 19th minute. A Jackson Maina 35th equalizer and decider by former Oserian forward Emmanuel Kapchanga a minute to the hour mark handed the Steve Biko coached side the season's maiden victory.

Also read: KCB hold City Stars as Stima beat St Joseph

On Sunday, an Ivan Anguyo strike in the 34th minute handed Nairobi Stima their third season win as they went over St. Joseph's 1-0.

KCB 2-2 Nairobi City Stars

 In another tie, two former Premiership sides Nairobi City Stars and KCB settled for a 2-2 draw at Camp Toyoyo.

Though with a point in the bag, KCB were the day's 'winners' as they came from two goals down to salvage their evening with seven minutes left on the clock.

Ezekiel Odera tapped home a Khalid Jumaan free kick in the 54t minute and City Stars doubled matters the next minute through Robert Ndungu a minute later.

Kennedy Owino was to half the deficit for KCB and Simon Abuko cancelled out the scores in the 83rd minute.

From the Easter games, City Stars are sixth with 12 points and KCB ninth with 11. Ushuru and Nairobi Stima are seventh and eight with 12 points while Rangers who at one point were third, close the top ten.

The league continues on Wednesday 19 April.

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Patrick Korir

Twitter: @tipkorir

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