Coast Stima take control of NSL proceedings as newcomers Mwatate United struggle

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 00:00 |
Lwamba Mulondwa of Mully Children’s Family (centre) attempts to driblle past David Kiki and John Njoroge of Kenya Police during their NSL match in December 2020. Photo/PD/RODGERS NDEGWA

The 2020/21 season of the Betika National League might still be in its  infancy but a clear pattern seems to be forming. 

Round four of the league sees Coast Stima take the reins at the top while at the base, newbies Mwatate United’s struggles continue.

Coast Stima FC are on 10 points off a possible 12 with three wins and a draw to their name.

The Mombasa-based team appeared to be in trouble after many of its top players left but the effect has been the opposite. 

This past weekend, they saw off visiting Soy United 2-0.The second tier newcomers have no win in the campaign, with only two points to their name and sit a lowly 17th on the log.

Meanwhile, Ken Kenyatta’s FC Talanta are now second on the standings with nine points. 

The team that lost 1-2 to Kenya Police in their last match started off the campaign with three straight wins putting in strong contention for the title come May this year. 

Tied at third with eight points is the pair of Nairobi Stima and Kisumu All Stars who both have two wins and two draws apiece. 

All Stars under former Western Stima tactician Salim Babu drew 0-0 with fellow relegated side Sony Sugar at Moi Stadium, Kisumu, and the laketown side is keen on making a swift return to the premiership after being axed last season.  

As for Nairobi Stima under Abdalla Juma, they came from the back to beat strugglers Mt Kenya United 3-2 at Camp Toyoyo on Sunday. 

It was a difficult match for the powermen who wanted to make amends after their playoffs faltered two seasons ago against Posta Rangers.

Elsewhere in the lower end of the table, newcomers Mwatate United join MtKenya United and surprise package Muranga Seal all with one point off four rounds. 

None of the trio has a win and have in total conceded 25 goals in what is proving to be a tricky season for them. 

Mwatate United were beaten 1-2 by visitors Shabana FC while Seal also lost by the same margin to Vihiga Bullets at Bukhungu Stadium.

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