Police FC, Talanta FC neck and neck in NSL title chase

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 00:00 |
Nairobi Stima FC defender Hilary Otieno battles with Police FC striker Samuel Ndung’u during a Betika NLS match on Sunday. Photo/PD/DAVID NDOLO

Kenya Police FC and FC Talanta have their eyes firmly on the promotion to the top tier as the Betika National Super League returned last week.

Both clubs have 35 points each but top placed Talanta have a game in hand plus a superior goal difference.

Police overcame fast fading Nairobi Stima  2-1 at Camp Toyoyo Sunday courtesy of goals by Sammy Ndung’u and John Njoroge. 

It was the officers’ ninth win of the campaign out of 18 matches played thus far. Stima, who are facing relegation, are still out of sorts and even the long-break could not help them fix their problems.

“I do not think we faced strong opposition and it is because we practiced well during the long break even if it was challenging.

What is important going forward is keeping up the momentum because the season is still long and undecided so we cannot relax.

Indeed we should have scored more goals in this match but we are thankful for the three points and therefore we have to work on some areas,” said Police coach Francis Mwangi.

Meanwhile, FC Talanta beat Muranga Seal 3-2 away to stake a claim as one of the contenders this season.

Ken Kenyatta’s men next face Migori Youth in Nairobi on Thursday and will want to keep the heat on if they are to stay the course.

Talanta have 11 wins and a goal difference of two and are so far looking odds on favourite to clinch at least the automatic two direct promotion places.

In another contest, eighth placed Kisumu All-Stars lost 1-0 to vastly improved Kibera Black Stars at Ligi Ndogo Grounds.

Elvis Ayany’s side, who inflicted All-Stars’ fifth loss of the campaign, are up to an impressive fourth on the log.

As for the former premiership side, their mojo seems to be quickly fading and will be keen to make immediate amends in their forthcoming fixture. 

Leading pack

All-Stars are currently a disappointing eighth on the log with 25 points; a massive 10 off the leading pack.

Elsewhere, the five win run of third placed Vihiga Bullets was stopped Saturday by last placed Mt Kenya United.

Bullets are on 30 points, having been impressive so far and coach Edward Manoah is confident the little blip will not be a problem. 

“We had a good run and we got caught eventually. It is not the end of the road but instead we will pick lessons from that loss,” said the experienced tactician who still believes his team is well within sights for promotion.

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