City Stars maintain impressive start as Shabana, Ushuru struggle

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 00:00 |
Boniface Kamau of Mt Kenya United (left) shoots the ball under a challenge from Arvin Adongo of Kenya Police during their NSL match last week. Photo/PD/RODGERS NDEGWA

Nairobi City Stars maintained their impressive start to the 2019/20 National Super League (NSL) season after picking up their fourth win in five games following their 2-1 victory over Coast Stima at Mbaraki Sports Club yesterday.

City Stars retained their second place on the table on goal difference behind leaders Nairobi Stima following first half goals from teenage sensation Vincent Otieno and youngster Oliver Maloba which left them on 13 points. 

The Kawangware-based side ran a lot in the first half and made waves in attack orchestrated by former Bandari lynchpin Anthony ‘Muki’ Kimani while the back held forte under the watchful eye of Noah Abich and Salim Shittu.

Elsewhere, Shabana and Ushuru had a difficult time against teams they were expected to beat. Former Kenyan Premier League giants Shabana were humbled 2-0 by Administration Police at Camp Toyoyo while James Omondi’s Ushuru drew 1-1 with Kibera Black Stars at Ruaraka grounds. 

FC Talanta walloped hapless Northern Wanderers 3-1 with the latter, who are yet to pick a point in five matches, scoring first through Enock Momanyi before Abdalla Juma’s men responded via Anthony Guchu, Abdull Wahab and Brian Juma.

“It was a great result for us and I am proud of how we even managed the game,” said an elated Juma.

Meanwhile, Vihiga Bullets beat St Joseph’s Youth 2-1 at Afraha Stadium to move to 11th position on the 20-team table with seven points while local rivals Vihiga United picked a point away at Mbaraki Sports Club following an entertaining 2-2 draw against 16th-placed Modern Coast Rangers.

In Naivasha, struggling Kenya Police collected only their second point of the season after a 2-2 draw with Migori Youth at Karuturi grounds.

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