City Stars, Nairobi Stima fire blanks as NSL intensifies
Betika Super League title contenders Nairobi City Stars and Ushuru played out to a barren draw at Hope Center yesterday as the championship entered round 14.
The entertaining match was a game of both halves with plenty of opportunities going to waste.
However, it was leaders City Stars who enjoyed chunks of possession with particularly playmaker Oliver Maloba and winger David Gateri creating problems for the visiting side with towering Davis Amuyunzu and Gambian import Ebrimah Sanneh denied by opposing goalkeeper Bonface Barasa.
The contest in the middle of the pack between Luis Masika of Ushuru and Charles Otieno of Ushuru was epic as they battled for control of the ball. The result means the gap at the top is retained to six points with City Stars now on 36 points and Nairobi Stima second on 30 after the latter’s barren draw with Kibera Black Stars at Karuturi grounds.
Third-placed Bidco United were beaten 3-2 away at Mbaraki grounds by 11th-placed Coast Stima in a match visiting coach Anthony Akhulia protested what he termed biased officiating.
Meanwhile, Murang’a Seal stunned FC Talanta 1-0 courtesy of a Stephen Mbari 15th minute penalty to push them to eighth on the 19-team log with 21 points while seventh-placed Shabana threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 away at Kericho against APS Bomet. At Serani Sports Club, Modern Coast Rangers needed Eric Kimanzi’s strike to overcome Migori Youth 1-0 while Fortune Sacco saw off Administration Police 3-2 at Camp Toyoyo.