Leaders Police FC and Talanta drop vital points in the Betika National Super League

Monday, May 31st, 2021 00:00 |
FC Talanta’s forward David Juma (left) and Rajab Keffa of Vihiga Bullets vie for an aerial ball during their NSL match held at the Ruaraka grounds, Nairobi, at the weekend. Photo/PD/Rodgers Ndegwa

Front-runners in the Betika National Super League fell short this past weekend as the competition gathered momentum.

 In Round of 19 matches, Kenya Police and FC Talanta dropped points meaning the title chase is still wide open with 19 matches to go.

 Police lost only their second game of the campaign with a surprising 1-2 loss to newcomers Modern Coast Rangers who are 16th on the log with 22 points. 

 Police who sit second on the log with 35 points had up until two weeks ago been top of the table but now have to maneuver their way back seeing as they are two points adrift. 

 Francis Mwangi’s men who had one of the tightest defenses in the first of the campaign have now conceded three goals in three matches.

 Meanwhile top placed FC Talanta drew 2-2 with Vihiga Bullets in an enthralling clash at Ruaraka Stadium Saturday.

 This was a second consecutive draw for Talanta who have 37 points.

 Last week, they also drew 0-0 with Migori Youth. However, the fact that some other teams chasing promotion dropped valuable points gave Talanta relief.

 Bullets on their part have posted interesting results recently following the halt of their five wins streak run in midweek. On Wednesday, the Westerners who are third with 31 points lost 2-1 against lowly MtKenya United before their weekend draw with Talanta. 

 Edward Manoah’s men are well on course for either a playoff or straight promotion spot given their good run this season that has seen them pick nine wins out of 19 matches.

 In other matches, midtable sides like Shabana and Silibwet Leon kept alive their ambition of finishing high with solid wins at the weekend.

At Bukhungu, the Bomet-based Leons beat fellow newcomers Soy United 2-0 to move ninth on the log with 26 points after seven wins to their advantage this season.

Shabana on their part are eighth following a 1-0 win over sixth placed Kibera Black Stars.

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