Nairobi Stima players at a past match. Their Sunday win over FC Talanta keeps them joint top on the log.
NSL: Wins for Vihiga, Wazito, Stima as promotion race heats up
By Fabian Odhiambo | Sun 16 Jul, 2017 19:30

Three teams are tied at the top of the National Super League (NSL) log with 38 points after 17 rounds of matches and only a superior goal difference keeps one of them- Vihiga United- at the top. Wazito FC and Nairobi Stima each recorded Sunday wins to keep up the pressure on United at the top.

Also with winning ways were Police, KCB, Ushuru and Palos in Kisumu.

Wazito downs Black Stars

Oliver Kilonzo was the name for Wazito FC as they edged visiting Black Stars by a goal to nil, a result that keeps them joint first on the 19-team NSL log. It was their sixth win in the last seven league games. 

Vihiga United's 2-1 win over Bidco United at the Mumias Complex ensures the Edward Manoah-coached side retains pole position. 

Midfielder Patrick Okullo with his tenth goal of the season and center-half Bernard Ochieng were the two names on the score-sheet for United. 

Fine Ushuru form, Stima bounces back

In another Sunday clash Ushuru continued with their fine form after recording a 2-1 win over MOSCA. Mid season acquisition Andrew Murunga - roped in from Kakamega Homeboyz, and Barrack Odhiambo reduced Tetieh Olesu's goal to a mere consolation in the match.

Nairobi Stima bounced back from their recent Cup upset against Premier League side AFC Leopards when they dismissed hosts FC Talanta by three goals to one. After a Joel Bataro own goal, Ivan Anguyo and Victor Omune each struck and Vincent Wasambo's goal for Talanta counted least. 

After that win, the third straight and tenth in the last 13 games, Stima maintains third spot behind Vihiga and Wazito on goal difference as Ushuru stays fourth a point behind the leading trio.

KCB recovers

Bankers KCB made a massive bounce back from a 3-0 flattening at the hands of Wazito on Wednesday to register a 2-1 win over visiting St. Joseph's at the same venue. Adam Fadhil Said scored the consolation for the visitors. 

The win keeps KCB fifth and four points off the leading pack while St. Joseph's, who received their 12th loss of the season from 17 games, stay in relegation unsafe 18th place with seven points, three ahead of basement side MOSCA.

Resurgent Police on the up

To add on to the list of home winners were Kenya Police who hit visiting Modern Coast Rangers 2-0 at the Karuturi grounds. Douglas Wamalwa scored a brace to spur Police to the triumph. 

The win was the second straight for the gun men as it added on to their 4-3 win over St. Joseph's on Wednesday. 

It hands them a two spot rise on the log, from 13th to eleventh as the team is now on 22 points from 17 games. The free falling Rangers, held to a surprise 2-2 draw by travelling Kibera Black Stars on Wednesday, are now down a place to 13th. 

Fabian Odhiambo

Twitter.. @Fabian_Odhiambo


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